Monday, July 29, 2013

The Martyrs' Shrine 加國殉道者朝聖地

The Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario consecrated to the memory of the Jesuit missionaries who sacrified their lives when bringing their Catholic faith to the aborginals in Canada almost 400 years ago. The Shrine, 150Km north of Toronto, was built in Midland in 1926 in Goethic architectural design. It is attributed to the 8 martyrs of the Jesuit missionaries and the Catholics. 5 of them were catholic priests preaching in Canada: Antoine Daniel, Jean de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier and Noel Chanel. Three preached in American land: Isaac Jaques, Rene Goupil and Jean de La Lande.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Discovery of the unusual images 異常影像的發掘

Recently, I passed the Steeles Avenue in Toronto and the church building was still under construction. I walked and looked around the church's building site. The construction site was dumped with soil and flourished with weeds. To the general pedestrians, there were nothing worth staying for a while for appreciation.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Cheltenham Badlands 紅土地

This piece of land appears red full of small hills and gullies. This ancient seabed is estimated at 450 million years. The red and loose sediment of soil is commonly found in Alberta. It is rare in Ontario. Unlike those in Alberta, the feature of the present Cheltenham Badlands in Ontario is not entirely natural. In the early days, it had layers of deposit beneath a forest and soil cover. When the settlers arrived here, they cleared the forest to graze their cattle. Gradually, the top soils eroded and disappeared and the red sediment exposed.