A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order
THE DAY MY APPENDIX DIED!
53 YEARS ON - REMEMBERING WHEN BOTH THE MUSIC AND MY APPENDIX DIED
(from one of my Facebook postings which is getting a lot of traffic)
Today is the day my Appendix died! I was very very young. So young I was placed in a hospital room ward for both male and female youngsters.
It was the Ottawa Civic Hospital. When I awoke after my operation the girl in the next bed was sobbing loudly. Why was she weeping? Was I dead? Had my operation gone badly? Well it wasn't for me.
Turns out while I was in the OR she learned that her favourite rock and roll singer had died in a plane crash. Never heard of him (back then anyway). I was crushed that she did not care about me or my just removed appendix.
So, it was 53 years ago today that my appendix died and Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a horrible plane crash.
Canada’s Biggest City Building Canada’s Biggest Aquarium
By Stephen Weir Believe It or Not Toronto is finally going to have an aquarium. Work has already begun on a new building at the base of the world famous CN Tower. Even though it will be two years before the first Sand Tiger Shark and Carpenter Shark (sawfish) move into Shark Lagoon, three levels of government have already laid out the welcome mat for Ripley Entertainment, the owners of the future aquarium which is scheduled to open in 2013. At a late August press conference Canadian entrepreneurs, Jim Pattison Senior and Junior, officially launched the construction project. The Jim Pattison Group, one of the country’s largest private companies, owns Ripley Entertainment (Ripley’s Believe It or Not), and operates aquariums in both Tennessee and South Carolina. The new Toronto aquarium project has strong financial support and redevelopment monies from the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto…
Caribbean Vibration TV Alain Arthur 14-years on TV By Stephen Weir for the Caribbean Camera Every Saturday afternoon
for the past 14-years Alain Arthur has been warmly welcomed into hundreds of thousands
of households across Canada. He never gets old, he never gets fat (although wonder
where that hair went anyway?) and he always has positive, fun stories to tell
us about Caribbean Canadian culture. Not seen the show?
This Saturday at 5.30 pm. Omni TV will be airing the best travel stories of
2017 with visits to Trinidad, St Vincent, Dominica, Barbados and the
Bahamas.On the last Saturday of the
year Omni will be airingthe best Caribbean Vibration 2017 celebrity interviews,
including up close and personal chats with Machel Montana, PJ Puffy and many
other Soca stars. Caribbean Vibration TV for this year. The
show has a huge following not just on the Omni network, where each episode
is aired twice every week, but, it also runs five times a week on the
CaribVision Network in 14 different Cari…
15 year old model Emily Graham and artist/aunt
Heather Graham flank M’s portrait - Herman Custodio By Stephen Weir - for Brampton Guardian - Over a hundred art lovers attend a rare triple exhibition launch and
free reception at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) on Sunday. Now
open at the Brampton gallery is a contemporary art exhibition, an Inuit doll
show and an poetry / art installation created by Stephen Lewis and Seneca
College art students.