Ask a farmer
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Ask a farmer

A century ago, over half of Canada’s population was farmers. Most folks understood farming as it was done then because it was fairly simple. Today people are so far removed from agriculture that they have a hard time understanding the scary stuff they read about – growth hormones, steroids, genetically modified organisms, medications, pesticides and the like.

New Years’ herring
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New Years’ herring

Herring is one of the very best food sources of vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in our climate it’s not easy to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

The Thanksgiving flood of ‘54
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The Thanksgiving flood of ‘54

If you were in eastern Canada around Thanksgiving Day of 1954, you’ll remember Hurricane Hazel. Hurricane Hazel killed at least 400 people in Haiti and caused 95 fatalities in the U.S. It struck Canada as an extratropical storm, raising the death toll by 81, mostly in Toronto when it slammed into the city on October 15. It left 1,868 Ontario families homeless.