The once flourishing Jackfish General Store is just a memory of great times in the community. |  Duane McCartney photo

Little remains of rural community

JACKFISH, Sask. — The road sign on Highway 26, the church with the historic bell and Rev. Father Leon Bondoux’s log cabin are all that remain of the once thriving Saskatchewan community of Jackfish. The first missionaries in the area were Oblates of Mary Immaculate, with Bondoux forming the first mission in 1890-92. Roman Catholic […] Read more

B.C.’s Windermere church has unscrupulous history

WINDEMERE, B.C. — It’s perhaps the most romantic tale of love and crime from the early days of B.C.’s Columbia Valley. St. Peter’s Church in Windermere, B.C., is known locally as the stolen church. In 1900, Rufus Kimpton, as a gesture of love for his wife, Celina, moved it via rail, wagon and riverboat from […] Read more

Construction began in the spring of 1929 and by fall the the bridge at Meskanawa, Sask., welcomed deliveries by train.  |  Duane McCartney photo

Saskatchewan’s longest trestle railway bridge

MESKANAW, Sask. — The steel tracks are gone now but the wooden railway trestle bridge remains along with the memories of a thriving community at Meskanaw, Sask. The last train crossed the bridge in 1979, and the trestle alongside Highway 41 has stood unused ever since. Constructed in 1929 to get the Canadian National Railway […] Read more

Habitat builds homes to break cycle of poverty

Vision is a world where everyone — despite a lower income — has a safe and decent place to call home

LACOMBE, Alta. — Habitat Red Deer has 193 low-income families from central Alberta needing a place to call their own. Susan Smith, the chief executive officer of Habitat Canada who recently visited one of the organization’s building sites in Lacombe, said they are part of the 1.6 million Canadians needing affordable housing. “Although I work […] Read more

City folk learn and enjoy at family farm

Mount Albert, Ont. – The Brooks family is in the business of growing fun. They used to run a typical southern Ontario 100 acre farm growing corn and hay for a small beef operation. “Our farm is now a major fun and educational attraction for kids 85 and younger,” said Alvin Brooks. In 1991, he […] Read more