Meetcha for lunch?

“Meetcha for lunch?” I used to work at a bookstore at the corner of Bank and Slater. Corner of Bank and Sparks is where I used to meet my father for lunch. And it was just a given that we’d first go to St. Pat’s Basilica (corner of Kent and Gloucester) for the lunchtime quickie Mass (22 minutes, tops: the lunchtime ecclesiastical special!). And then we’d find a chip wagon, or maybe go out for falafel. What’s a little bit odd, or perhaps just a little bit noteworthy, is that it didn’t seem strange to me at all that before you go for food, you go to Mass. It’s a…

Ireland-to-Canada emigration: from which port?

According to historian Timothy J. Meagher (The Columbia Guide to Irish American History), Liverpool was the point of departure for the vast majority of Irish emigrants to both Canada and the United States, at least during the Famine period: Even most of the Irish bound for North America, however, first went through Britain, more specifically…

Go west (and then north), young man

(Click on the above image to see a larger version of the .jpeg file). My dad, John Alexander Moran (right) at Frobisher Bay, late 1950s. He said that he just went out west, presented himself to the office of the geological survey, and they hired him — by telling him to buy several items, including…

Best blog pseudonym ever

P.-F-X., for Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761), blogs at Charlevoix: Blogue de la Nouvelle-France – A Blog About New France. Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix was an eighteenth-century Jesuit priest, voyageur, teacher, and historian who is best remembered for his Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France (1744). He is considered one of the first historians of…