A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order. Stephen Weir lives and works in downtown Toronto, Canada. His motto? Always busy. Never bored.
NEW SORTING STATION THE HOUSE THAT JACKSON BUILT
ALBERT JACKSON’S FAMILY STAMP HIS NAME ON NEW SCARBOROUGH BUILDING
If you don’t know who Albert Jackson was or what he looked like, you probably haven’t been s If you don't know who Albert Jackson was or what he looked like, you probably haven't been sending letters home to Mommy. Tall, fit, and finely groomed with a mustache, Canada's first Black mailman cut quite the figure walking his route. So much so that Canada Post put his painted portrait on a stamp back in 2019.
Born into slavery in the United States, Jackson was just a boy when his family escaped to Canada via the underground railroad. In Toronto, he pursued his education and won a position as a letter carrier in 1882. When he reported for work, he faced discrimination from his colleagues, who refused to train him. The debate over the situation raged for weeks until political pressure, especially from Toronto's Black community, triumphed, and Jackson was able to walk his route.
He passed away in 1918 at the age of 61. And while he is long gone, the memory of him hasn't. Last week, Canada Post bestowed another honour on him by naming a new state-of-the-art sorting building after him, The Albert Jackson Processing Centre. Canada Post's newest, largest, fastest, and greenest parcel sorting facility is now up and running in Scarborough.
"It has the capacity to process more than 60,000 packages per hour, or more than 1 million packages a day," reports Canada Post. "The facility doubles our processing capacity in the Greater Toronto Area – where most of Canada Post's parcels originate."
"It was a beautiful event," reported underground railroad photographer/historian Yuri Dojc. "It is very important to remember that things (technology) are changing, it is still iessential to remember that he was a pioneer, the first!"
This leading-edge building is Canada Post's largest, fastest, and greenest parcel sorting facility. It has the capacity to process more than 60,000 packages per hour, or more than 1 million packages a day. The facility doubles the company's processing capacity in the Greater Toronto Area – where most of Canada Post's parcels originate – and it will help improve service for Canadians and businesses across the country.
Canada Post executives, elected representatives, and union leaders were on the huge shop floor to make the opening official. Descendants of Albert Jackson also took part in the ceremony.
The actual Albert Jackson stamp is very much in demand from stamp collectors around the world. Designed by Andrew Perro and illustrated by Ron Dollekamp, the stamp showcases Jackson in the uniform he fought smile and a spring in his step, as if he has stepped out of history to hand you your mail."
. Recent Huffington Post Film Story by Stephen Weir http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/../../stephen-weir/america-wild-interview_b_11397002.html Rachel Pohl - photo by George Socka “ I don’t work out. I don’t diet. I don’t prepare before climbing,” confessed 23-year old mountain climber Rachel Pohl. “ Why can I (climb up a near vertical rock face) do it? Thank my mother and father for their DNA!” The modest adventurer is starring in "America Wild: National Parks Adventure". She doesn’t simply climb mountains, she preternatural ly finds pinkie sized breaks in sheer rock faces. One foot on one side of a stone crevice, the other on a different rock face altogether. And between her legs? The great abyss. publicity still - Devil's Tower America Wild, a new Imax movie narrated by Robert Redford, recently had its Canadian premiere in Toronto. It has begun showing at museums, galleries and Science Centres all across North America. The 50-minut
The Cutlass cutting it up after very successful debut in Toronto By Stephen Weir for the Caribbean Camera Kidnapping is a cottage industry in Trinidad. The Trinidad Guardian says that it “is a crime so epidemic that Trinidad ranks second in the world only behind Colombia for its rate of abductions”. Trinidad is so synonymous with the crime that it is not surprising that a kidnap movie made on Tobago has gained a global following! Since its 2017 Canadian debut in Toronto at the local Caribbean Tales Film Festival, The Cutlass has become one of the most successful T&T feature films made. “We've actually had a bit of news for The Cutlass since we were in Toronto in September,” film producer Drew Umland told the Caribbean Camera. “ “Independent films with a very limited marketing budget really have an uphill battle trying to reach their market. It truly is a grass roots effort. Showing The Cutlass at festivals like Caribbean Tales FF in Toronto really make
Moonzir Butt Wins! Mr. CHIN International Bikini 201l chosen today at the Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic, the Bandshell, CNE Grounds, Toronto. WINNER: This year’s winner is 22-year old Moonzir Butt. The Oakville native beat out 14 other contestants in this evening’s outdoor competition. Second prize was awarded to 29-year old John Burdo and third place went to Troy Campbell. Immediately following the crowning of Moonzir Butt, the winner and two finalists were joined on stage by Serena DiMillo, the winner of yesterday’s Miss CHIN International Bikini contest. Pictured above are, from left to right: John Burdo, Moonzir Butt, Troy Campbell and Serena DiMillo. The 3-day Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic is produced by CHIN radio /TV international; a Canadian radio and television broadcaster that produces and airs programming in over 30 different languages. The contribution of CHIN Radio to the cause of multiculturalism, understanding and tolerance between people of ma