Month: December 2017

Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Mississauga resident Johnny Bower passes away

  By Perry Lefko Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower died on Dec. 26 at Credit Valley Hospital following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93. Bower was a prominent Mississauga resident for about 30 years and had a park in the city named in his honour. Nicknamed the China Wall, Bower played goalie for the Leafs from 1959-79 and was part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 60s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Bower recorded a song called Honky (The Christmas Goose) in 1965. Based on a children’s book written...

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From storytelling to great songs

A special theatre event is in store when “19 on the Park” presents their 2018 season opener at the Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment. “Books, stories and song: an evening with Carl Dixon and Ron Sexsmith,” pairs the internationally-renowned songwriters and performers, who will share the stage for the first time. This is your chance to hear the stories behind the songs and meet the creative men behind the stories. But it’s not only songwriting they use to express themselves. Both are published book authors as well. Sexsmith’s debut novel, Deer Life – A Fairy Tale, hit the...

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StatsCan says Canadians spending as much on marijuana as wine

With the Government of Canada poised to legalize access to cannabis for non-medical purposes in 2018, Statistics Canada released a report, on Dec. 18, estimating consumption of the herb from 1960 to 2015. The study estimates 4.9 million cannabis consumers in Canada, aged 15 and older in 2015, including both medical and non-medical use. That translates to an estimated 697.5 tonnes of weed. Assuming a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram, the estimated value of cannabis consumption in Canada in 2015 ranged from $5 billion to $6.2 billion, making the pot market roughly one-half to two-thirds of the size of the $9.2 billion beer market or about 70 to...

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Frosty the Snowman spotted multiple times in Ballantrae

The golf course community of Ballantrae highlights one special street during the winter season. The residents of Legendary Trail have again “lit up” their street with 66 inflatable snowmen. Bob Ross, with the help of volunteers, organized the initiative in 2016 and again in 2017. “The volume of traffic on the street increased tremendously,” says Ross. “Visitors drive up and down the street to see the army of snowmen.” Main photo: Bob Ross with volunteer installers Ron Morrison, Harry Renaud, Ron Brewing, John Blainey, Bob Ross, Larry Foreman, Harry Foster and Eric...

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Award-winning children’s musical is fun for all ages

Marky Monday’s Adventures in Dreamland is a rock musical for children of all ages. The one-hour, 10-minute performance features comedic sing-along catchy rock/funk songs that outline a wacky cast of characters in an imaginative dream world filled with real-life lessons. Through the use of music, comedy, interesting characters, and a journey to meet the owner of the dreamland, Marky Monday learns the values of respecting others, honesty, and how to build loving, compassionate friendships while thinking for oneself and maintaining integrity. Marky’s journey begins when he falls to sleep and meets a giant banana at an ice cream store....

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