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It Doesn’t Stop Anymore

The train doesn’t run these days.

But it once did regular trips bringing people and goods to the upper Ottawa Valley and the Town of Mattawa and beyond.

The station is derelict and decaying slowly. The ghosts of the past flow through the mind when walking the platform. The sounds of steam and diesel echo in the Valley.

Mattawa Station

Once upon a time it was a robust cared-for building filled with pride.

The changing of life in Canada cost it its life as a useful citizen.

Now the trains rumble right on by without blinking.

The ephemeral air of the sadness of allowing such a building and its memories to deteriorate to nothingness permeates the place.


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Kevin was a good guy.  Inquisitive, funny, talented, trusting and gentle.

Kevin encountered thoughtless ugly cruelty this past week.  He could not survive and so the veterinarian had to end his suffering.

He didn’t deserve this but his memory is alive and warm in our hearts.

Thank you for the joy you brought us, Kevin.


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End of an Era

Yesterday I went on a little photo walk and found myself in the part of town where the Ontario Northland Railway has its operations.

There is a long history to this enterprise and North Bay has been the centre of its operations since it was created.

Over the years it has grown into the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and its activities extend beyond rail to telecommunications, shipping, internet services, contract refurbishing of rail cars and locomotives.  At one time it had its own small airline (Norontair).

Recently in a “cost saving” measure the Provincial Government announced that it was divesting itself of the various parts of the ONTC and would sell each to the highest bidder.  This has created a great deal of upheaval and uncertainty in the town and indeed in the whole of Northeastern Ontario.  From North Bay to Moosonee unhappiness reigns.

The memory of the “Glory Years” is about to start fading:

It won’t be long before the building in the background is renamed.

People will forget as the enterprise that connected Northeastern Ontario fades into history.

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It’s OOOver!

A month ago it looked like this:

The other day…

…not so good!

1o months until next season!


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