Today I bask in civic pride, celebrating the life and achievements of John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806), first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario, for my Yankee friends). He founded York (now known as Toronto...does anything in this country keep its original name?), abolished slavery in Upper Canada almost 25 years before it was abolished in the rest of the British Empire, and organized the construction of Yonge Street, the longest street in the world.
Amy claims that I'm the only person on earth who realizes that today is Simcoe Day (no relation to Stockwell Day) in Toronto...I disagree, since she's the one who told me about it to begin with.
So Happy Simcoe Day, one and all!