During the 1970s and 1980s British Columbia emerged as a leader in the manufacture of small boats for the leisure market and one of the pioneers in the industry was a Richmond company called K&C Thermoglass. The K of K&C was German immigrant Peter Kaufman, who died on March 3, 2009 at the age of 69 and the C was his partner Andy Cruden. Kaufman's father Bruno was also a partner. The B.C. boat builder constructed thousands of pleasure and small utility boats still in use40 years later, and was... Read this post
On Remembrance Day, I do what most people do—I buy a poppy, I lend my thoughts to remembrance, I respect two minutes of silence on the eleventh hour. But I’ve always felt a sense of distance from the people Remembrance Day ceremonies intend to honour, particularly those who were involved in the First World War. The events felt far away, and the number of military and civilian casualties are so overwhelming that it’s hard to grasp, except as one more set of statistics in human history.... Read this post
To judge by all the commentators saying Canada will never be the same after a lone gunman entered the House of Commons unopposed before being killed October 22, one might be excused for thinking such a thing had never happened in Canada before, even... Read this post
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