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An 1870 Media Battle over “Fake News”

Mar 26, 2018 | Ken Weber | Departments | Heritage | The Current Issue

The tweets and accusations of fake news in today’s media seem almost dainty compared to the Orangeville Sun’s lambasting of its rival weekly, the Orangeville Advertiser.

This illustration of Mitchell’s childhood home and the setting for the novel, the Yellow Briar homestead on Mono’s 5th Line, is by Alan Daniel, reprinted from the 1970 edition of the book.

Yellow Briar

Nov 22, 2017 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Winter 2017

When The Yellow Briar was published in 1933 it hit all the right notes for a readership mired in the Great Depression.

The safecrackers’ car abandoned in front of the Imperial Bank in Bolton.

A Community Mourns

Sep 16, 2017 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2017 | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue

In the winter of 1946 the people of Bolton were drawn together by an incident that began with all the ingredients of a grand farce, but ended in tragedy.

July 1, 1867

Jun 21, 2017 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Summer 2017

How the birth of the Dominion was celebrated in the hills.

GARY BLAKELEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

For Valour

Mar 20, 2017 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Spring 2017

The Victoria Cross was awarded to Canadians until 1972, when separate Canadian awards were created.

Shadows in the Forest

Nov 22, 2016 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Winter 2016

Many a table regularly offered squirrels, groundhogs and, of course, ducks and geese.

Soldiers and their loved ones say goodbye at the Shelburne railway station, 1914. Photo Courtesy Dufferin County Museum And Archives P-0009.

August 1914: The First Goodbyes

Sep 16, 2016 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2016 | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue

As early as August 7, the word went out to militia units across the country: Enlist as many volunteers as possible.

The Grand River – When Your Neighbour is a River

Jun 20, 2016 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Summer 2016

Not only does the Grand River lay out nature’s beauty, it also offers opportunities for recreation, commerce and development. Yet all this comes at a cost, for the Grand can be both friend and foe.

Dufferin County Museum and Archives. Photo by Pete Paterson.

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Mar 21, 2016 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Spring 2016

In the 19th century a weekly newspaper was the primary source of information, commerce, entertainment, argument and gossip for the people of rural Canada. Few papers did the job better than the Orangeville Sun.

Ontario’s indignation was fired by this woodcut, “The Tragedy at Fort Garry, March 4, 1870,” an artist’s conception of the Scott execution at Fort Garry. The anger was made even worse by rumours that Scott was buried alive and was heard screaming in the coffin at his burial. Library and Archives Canada, C-048776

The Red River Rebellion: The Hills Get Indignant!

Nov 25, 2015 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Winter 2015

There was the button that always cranked these hills beyond reason – the hint of anything Fenian.

D’Alton McCarthy MP (Cons.) 1876–78

Parachuting Candidates into the Safest Seat in the Country

Sep 11, 2015 | Ken Weber | Autumn 2015 | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue

For almost 40 years after Confederation, the Conservative Party treated the riding of Cardwell – Albion, Caledon, Mono and Adjala townships – like private property. It led to some wild and woolly election campaigns.

Harry Riddell with a blood stock horse, c.1910. Dufferin County Museum & Archives, P-1868

William Henry Riddell: 50,000 Miles in a Sulky

Jun 16, 2015 | Ken Weber | Back Issues | Departments | Heritage | In Every Issue | Summer 2015

Henry was born in Caledon Township in 1860 and left just long enough to get a veterinarian degree in Guelph in 1886 before moving to Orangeville to practise.

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