Canada’s Underground Railroad Sites Show Other Half Of The Story

Last year, Canada Western Red Spring wheat averaged 13.9 percent protein, up from 13.1 percent in 2011 and 13.4 percent in 2010, according to the Canadian Grain Commission. Data for the current crop is not yet available. Canada is not the only exporter with big wheat supplies. Wheat also looks ample in the Black Sea region and Australia. “When a buyer raises his hand, he’s going to have a lot of options,” the wheat exporter said. “This will be a buyer’s market and the sellers are going to have to get very creative.” U.S. wheat exports are off to a torrid pace in the marketing year that began June 1. U.S. exporters loaded and shipped more wheat for the week ended Sept. 12 to global buyers than any time in at least the past 23 years, with most of the grain headed for China and Brazil. Canadian spring wheat will also face competition from U.S. hard red spring wheat. As in Western Canada, mild weather produced better-than-expected yields in the northern U.S. Plains, with lower protein content. Canada exported 14.3 million tonnes of spring and winter wheat in the 2012/13 crop year, which ended July 31, up 7 percent from the previous year, according to the Grain Commission.

Some are quite a drive from Detroit, like Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, north of Chatham. Some, like the Walls site, would be totally off your radar if you did not know how to find it. You also can take an organized tour. McMillin, who specializes in black history and Underground Railroad tours, puts together such tours once or twice a year. Gary Winston of Michigan Millennium Metro Tours plans to offer them several times next summer (see sidebar.) Sheridan Daniels of Detroit, who took a McMillin tour Sept. 3, says she had no idea so much black history was in southwestern Ontario. For instance, “I had heard of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and read about it, but that’s about it,” she says. “I never had actually seen it before.” Ontario connection Josiah Henson escaped from his Kentucky slave master in 1830 and came to Canada. He later wrote an autobiography, which writer Harriet Beecher Stowe used as inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. That 1853 novel helped change U.S. public opinion about slavery, although it later became controversial. So one critical Underground Railroad stop in Ontario is in Dresden, where Henson started the New Dawn Settlement to help fugitive slaves start over in Canada. It turns out that the site’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is no rustic cabin, but a pretty nice house where Henson whose life was a far cry from the pejorative “Uncle Tom” image lived.

Canada’s volleyball stars eager to bump off court rivals

3), Puerto Rico (No. 20, No. 4) and Mexico (No. 23, No. 5). Canada plays Guatemala on Monday (8 p.m.) and Mexico on Wednesday (8 p.m.) in group play. Quarter-finals and semifinals run Thursday to Saturday with the final on Saturday night. (A full schedule can be found at langleyeventscentre.com/continentalvolleyball.) The winner advances to the 2013 Grand Champions Cup to be held in Japan in November. Itas all part of the road toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. The Canadian menas team last qualified for the Olympics in 1992 when it finished ninth. Canadian captain Fred Winters, a nine-year veteran out of North Vancouver, said the squad, which recorded wins over the Netherlands, Korea, Portugal, Finland and Japan during a busy summer, is capable of winning the NORCECA title for the first time. aCuba is not as strong as they used to be and the U.S. is the only team that can challenge us if we play well. It would be great to win our first NORCECA in Canada.