On this day in 1957 the line of Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar stations was completed, high in the Canadian Arctic. This was a joint US-Canada defence project during the Cold War financed by the United States and operated by Canada.
Construction started in December 1954 and employed about 25,000 people in some of the most hostile and isolated environments in North America. The line consisted of 63 stations stretching from Alaska to Baffin Island, covering nearly 10,000 km.
The DEW line was set up to detect incoming USSR bombers during the Cold War, and provide early warning of any sea-and-land invasion. It was soon obsolete as a defence system however due to developments in Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and submarines.
Silent but deadly #oldsaying #man #bench #downtown #street
Bird on a wire #bird #hydro #leaside
On this day in 1793 John Graves Simcoe sailed into what is now the Toronto Bay by the western gap and decided that the site would be a good place for a fort and a settlement. Simcoe was Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor and founder of the City of York (now Toronto).
He also made Upper Canada the first province in the British Empire to abolish slavery.
Highschool reunion… 40 years later #laurier #reunion
On this day in 1996 in Atlanta Georgia, Canada’s Donovan Bailey won an Olympic gold medal, running the 100 m in 9.84, setting a new world record. At Lake Lanier, Canadian rowers Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle also won a gold in the double sculls, becoming Canada’s first and only three-time Olympic gold medalists.
The kids in the band are getting ready at Sneaky Dees!
Yellow twins #flowers #hibiscus
Beer or Wine? #sip #restaurant #northtoronto #beer #wine
Dan Bernstein takes the stand to wax eloquent about Curve25519 #ietf90 #ecc