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August 07, 2006

Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe/Siouxsie and the Banshees: Peek-a-boo

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It's Simcoe Day! Ontario's first Lieutenant-Governor! ROCK to the ON!* Crank those speakers! Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

*Except the bit about nine members of Simcoe's appointed Legislative Coucil in Upper Canada owning slaves. That is so NOT cool. Still, he banned the importation of slaves into Ontario which helped move events in the right direction. And he built Yonge Street with his bare hands; the longest street in the world. METAL!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 7, 2006 08:54 AM

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He also raised the "Queen's Rangers" in New York, c.1776. The current incarnation is the "Queen's York Rangers":
http://qyrang.org/
As one can see on the cap badge, the first American Regiment is part of the Canadian Army ....

Cheers
JMH

Posted by: J.M. Heinrichs [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 06:21 PM

And he named a trio of counties after his wife's dogs...

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 10:16 AM

Well, now I have to know which counties! I am trying to imagine a dog called "Lanark"...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 03:50 PM

Sorry, I mis-spoke. The geographic regions in question are actually townships, not counties. Tiny, Tay and Flos are their names and they are all -- not surprisingly -- located within Simcoe county.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 04:20 PM

Oh and if we are running a notional "Counties That Sound Like A Dog's Name" Contest then I nominate Russell, Prescott and Prince Edward counties for the honour.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 04:22 PM

Prince Edward County is one of my favourite places. Though I should mention some of the locals call it Prince Edward Country. Just don't mention Belleville.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 04:37 PM

During a 2000 bike tour I rode through Carrying Place and pretty much every little dot on the map along County Rd 33 (ye olde Loyalist Parkway of yore). I'm not sure whether it's 33 or some other patch of dirt, but some unpaved, gravel-strip county road in the village bills itself as the oldest one in the province. It's filled with split-level residential bungalows now though and basically seems like Brampton circa 1979.

Picton is very picturesque, and Waupoos has that winery that cranks out the interesting cider. The less said about Belleville the better.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2006 04:55 PM

Prince Edward County has the worst example of a beer and the worst example of a wine I have ever had but one of the my favorite cheeses - Black Creek Maple Cheddar. I understand the beer has corrected its errors but the winery has not.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2006 09:25 AM