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On This Day, October 18: O Canada, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.

Had the pleasure to pay a business visit to environmental science concerns in Guelph and Hamilton, Ontario yesterday. Every time there’s a trip to Canada, On This Day turns to stories about our border neighbor’s history. Fair enough, eh?
Guelph is an amazing city, only two hours from Buffalo; it is the Canadian capitol of pharmeceutical testing and lab testing and so much more. It would seem “en-guelphed” by Toronto’s larger reputation, save for those in the know in science the world over.
Make a day trip to Guelph sometime, for lunch, museums, the universities, and to see the church there that was to be the North American capitol of Catholicism (it is huge and yet only the entrance was ever completed). Coming back through Hamilton, amazing jump starts to science and industry happing there too. Hamilton became a regionalized city a few years ago, and is reaping the rewards—now regarded as a global city region.
While on Hamilton, Ontario, it was On This Day, October 18, in 1877, that Hugh Baker, Charles Cory, T. C. Mewburn and Mrs. I. R. Thompson got the world’s first telephone service, installed by the Bell Company. Alexander Bell was, as you know, from Ontario.
Here’s a Canadian piece of history On This Day, in 1990, from Toronto, to Buffalo– Varity Corporation announced it was moving to Buffalo, New York. In spite of a previous $200 million bailout, the farm equipment manufacturer – the remnants of Massey-Ferguson Corporation – could no longer compete.
On This Day in 1992, in Atlanta Georgia, the visiting Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-to-4, in Game 2 of the World Series, to tie the series at one game apiece; pre-game ceremony marred by a US Marine Corps color guard that entered the stadium mistakenly carrying the Canadian flag upside down. Jays were the first non-American team to win a World Series game.
It was On This Day in London England in 1929, that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain, reversed an April 1928 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. The fight began in 1918 when a lawyer appeared before Judge Emily Murphy and said her judgments were illegal because she was not a ‘person’ under British legal custom.
In effect, it ruled that Canadian Women are Humans too! The ruling that the word ‘person’ in Section 24 of the British North America Act refers to both male and female persons, and that Canadian women are eligible to be summoned to and serve as members of the Senate of Canada. Five Alberta women – Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy and Irene Parlby – had appealed the decision to Canada’s highest court of appeal at the time.
And that’s the news from On This Day from Buffalo’s neighbor, du Canada.

Written by Bill Zimmermann

Bill Zimmermann

Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

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