Tom Paterson

Many heritage buildings in Canada

T.W. Paterson: Locally and nationally, heritage is news

Over the last 30 years Canada has lost over 20 per cent of its historical buildings. —the National Trust for Canada.

Many heritage buildings in Canada
Old rusted cars can be a treasure trove of parts for those who know what they’re looking for.

T.W. Paterson: One man’s junk another man’s treasure

The hunters who swore they'd seen the old logging truck said the solid brass radiator was intact

Old rusted cars can be a treasure trove of parts for those who know what they’re looking for.
Mount Sheer or Upper town mining camp sits in a hanging valley of Mount Sheer above Britannia Beach

Shawnigan’s soil dump isn’t alone

One of the worst cases of continuing pollution is that of the historic Britannia Mines of Howe Sound, 45 kilometres north of Vancouver.

Mount Sheer or Upper town mining camp sits in a hanging valley of Mount Sheer above Britannia Beach
Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is facing development pressures.

T.W. Paterson: Not everything in the news is ‘new’

Going back perhaps as much as 14,000 years, archaeologists have been examining the seabed off Haida Gwaii

Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is facing development pressures.

T.W. Paterson: ‘Terrible Sensation! Murdered at Whitfield Brothers…’

One Monday morning, Shears went to fill up his powder can as usual and, to his horror, found a fuse leading from one of the kegs.

The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.

Grateful for mention of heroic grandfather

"If only the young miners would take heed and know of the struggle and suffering the old miners went through..." —Jock Gilmour

The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.
Uncle Abe made the first log driving trip down the Cowichan River in 1893 with ‘B.C. toothpicks’ like these.

T.W. Paterson: Mayea family made mark on Valley history

Looking through your book, Tales the Tombstones Tell, I came across my cousin’s name, Ernest Francis (Frankie) Mayea

Uncle Abe made the first log driving trip down the Cowichan River in 1893 with ‘B.C. toothpicks’ like these.
Craigdarroch Castle

T.W. Paterson: How Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch Castle (Part 5)

According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Craigdarroch is the only true castle on the North American continent, one of only two ever built.

Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle’s billiard room. Restoring the castle was a long and arduous process.

T.W. Paterson: How Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch Castle (Part 4)

“We also will spend some money on the castle itself. I know it’s in very bad condition.” —Mayor Haddock.

Craigdarroch Castle’s billiard room. Restoring the castle was a long and arduous process.
Maude’s bedroom at Craigdarroch Castle. These rooms were once let to fall into disrepair

T.W. Paterson: How James Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch castle (Part 3)

When Nesbitt said that the castle must be preserved at all costs, Ald. Tom Christie replied, “He gets a little carried away sometimes.”

Maude’s bedroom at Craigdarroch Castle. These rooms were once let to fall into disrepair
Astonishing though it is to think now

T.W. Paterson: How Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch Castle (Part 2)

“Why bother with Craigdarroch Castle? It is no more a castle than Mickey is a real mouse.” —Colonist columnist Bill Thomas.

Astonishing though it is to think now
Craigdarroch Castle

T.W. Paterson: How Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch castle

Those who think that the castle has always been there simply don’t know how close it came to being lost.

Craigdarroch Castle
Visitors could once pick up and examine artifacts at the still-iconic Bastion in Nanaimo

T.W. Paterson: Nanaimo’s Bastion was a unique museum

“Of course, none of the exhibits is for sale. We probably could sell the Bastion over and over again!” —custodian Frank Greenfield.

Visitors could once pick up and examine artifacts at the still-iconic Bastion in Nanaimo
One of the things that will be going  on to celebrate Canada’s 150th is the carving of a new totem.

T.W. Paterson: Happy birthday, Canada. Now what?

History, Canadian history, is in the news these days. 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday.

One of the things that will be going  on to celebrate Canada’s 150th is the carving of a new totem.
Lord Dufferin

T.W. Paterson: B.C.’s confederation with Canada not easy

“Well, I may frankly tell you that I think British Columbia a glorious province — a province Canada should be proud to possess.”

Lord Dufferin
Residents of Victoria found Capt. Bully Hayes charming

T.W. Paterson: The ‘gentlemanly’ Capt. Hayes of Rona

It must have come as a shock to Victorians to learn that their charming visitor had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality.

Residents of Victoria found Capt. Bully Hayes charming
Clara Westwood was born in a covered wagon as her parents headed to San Francisco. Shortly thereafter

T.W. Paterson: Clara Dick watched Vancouver Island grow

Ladysmith was another of the towns that she watched grow “from nothing along the shores of Vancouver Island”.

Clara Westwood was born in a covered wagon as her parents headed to San Francisco. Shortly thereafter
Is coal mining making a comeback in British Columbia?

T.W. Paterson: Fabled ‘black nugget’ was 2016 newsmaker

Is the coal mining industry in B.C. on the way out — or on the way back?

Is coal mining making a comeback in British Columbia?
Though he spent the last 10 years of his life trapped in an iron lung after being struck with polio when he was just 18 years old

T.W. Paterson: Bob Punnett’s strength most inspiring story

Well, another year about to bite the dust. Where do they go...?

Though he spent the last 10 years of his life trapped in an iron lung after being struck with polio when he was just 18 years old
For many Allied POWs in both world wars Red Cross parcels made all the difference between the success — or not — of Christmas behind barbed wire.

Chronicles: Ingenuity brings Christmas to ‘Kreighieland’

For many Allied POWs in both world wars Red Cross parcels made all the difference between the success of Christmas behind barbed wire.

For many Allied POWs in both world wars Red Cross parcels made all the difference between the success — or not — of Christmas behind barbed wire.