Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Simcoe Day? Who’s He? Who Cares – Let’s Party!

The second-last long weekend of summer is coming up this weekend. Each province has it’s own holiday this long-holiday-weekend.

Here in Ontario it is called Simcoe Day, in honor of Lord Simcoe, the founder of Ontario.

There wasn’t really a “Lord” Simcoe, his name was John Graves Simcoe, and he founded York, which is now the city of Toronto.

He was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, which is now Ontario. He introduced many institutions including courts, trial by jury and English Common Law . . .


It’s a long weekend man! Just grab some Heineken, bags of chips, and
P A R T Y!

History is important – to historians. Long summer weekends were meant to chill out by the pool, BBQ, drinking beer – or anything alcoholic – and just forgetting about that awful thing called life.

Life isn’t so bad – so long as you take time to enjoy it’s finer pleasures.

Like drinking. Drinking can be loads of fun, there is so much to choose from. Beers, scotch, whiskey, cocktails, mocktails . . .


What are you 12?

Here’s your Shirley Temple. . .pussy!

Where was I?

Oh yeah. . . the finer things in life.

Like food!

Glorious goodies like double chocolate fudge cake, dripping in soft butter cream icing, topped with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce.


Though sometimes, the finest thing in life is to sit back, and do absolutely nothing at all. Be it soaking up some rays at the pool, lounging around on the balcony, or lying on the couch mindlessly watching some infomercial on television.

So, “Lord” John Graves Simcoe founded Toronto in 1793 and named it York . . .




Who cares about stinking history? So long as you can celebrate the holiday in peace and quiet, light off a few fireworks, drink your Heinekin and eat your chips.

Remember the key word . . .

P A R T Y!

But just in case you’re interested, here’s a snippet of why we do celebrate Simcoe Day in Ontario – for those who really want to know:

John Graves Simcoe

Born February 25, 1752 in Cotterstock, England
Educated at Eton College, Merton College, Oxford (THE SAME GUYS WHO WRITE THE DICTIONARY.

Occupations: Military Officer, First Lieutenant Govenor of Upper Canada.

Spouse: Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim

Parents: Captain John Simco, Katherine Simcoe

Children: Francis Gwillim Simcoe, Eliza Simcoe, Henry Addington Simcoe

Died: October 26, 1806 in Exeter, England

Fast Facts:

Appointment as Lieutenant-Governor in 1791 -- he was the FIRST to hold the position.

Founded Toronto in 1792.

Brought the court system to Ontario

The following are all named after him: The town of Simcoe in southwestern Ontario is named for him as is Simcoe County to the west and north of Lake Simcoe. Lake Simcoe, meanwhile, was named by John Graves Simcoe for his father. A provincial holiday held on the first Monday in August is known as Simcoe Day in Toronto. Simcoe's regiment still exists as the Queen's York Rangers, an armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Forces reserves. A school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Governor Simcoe Secondary School, was also named after him. Simcoe Street and Simcoe Place (office tower) in Toronto are both located near the fort where Simcoe lived during his early years in York.

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