Five Is­lands man writes book on Cana­dian in­ven­tions and ideas

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­[email protected]­daily.com

Af­ter be­com­ing dis­abled dur­ing a First World War train­ing ight, Wal­ter Har­ris Cal­low came up with plans for the rst wheelchairac­ces­si­ble bus.

e Parrs­boro man, blind and with­out use of his arms and legs, was liv­ing in Camp Hill Hos­pi­tal when he sug­gested such buses be built. He nanced the rst two Cal­low Wheel­chair Coaches, which were built in Pub­nico.

Cal­low’s story is one of those told in Mark Rec­tor’s book Oh Canada! Our Home and In­ven­tive Land.

“Over the years, I no­ticed a lot of Cana­dian con­nec­tions with things,” said Rec­tor. “Peo­ple are sur­prised by a lot of them.

“I thought the book would ap­peal to peo­ple in­ter­ested in his­tory, but it’s done so well it sur­prised me.”

Fol­low­ing his pre­sen­ta­tions, many peo­ple, think­ing it will make a great gift, have bought sev­eral copies of the book.

“It’s easy to read, with short sto­ries about ev­ery­thing from the com­pound steam en­gine and gaso­line to the in­ven­tion of the tele­phone, the light bulb, Black­berry and Canadarm,” he said.

Rec­tor is a pro­fes­sor of elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer­ing at Hum­ber Col­lege, in On­tario, and has writ­ten many tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cles, as well as con­trib­uted to a text book, but Oh Canada! Our Home and In­ven­tive Land is his rst book.

He plans to re­tire next year, and live full-time at his res­i­dence in Five Is­lands, where he’s been spend­ing sum­mers.

His book can be pur­chased at sev­eral mu­se­ums across the coun­try in­clud­ing the Nova Sco­tia Mu­seum of In­dus­try, in Stellarton, the Fundy Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum, in Parrs­boro, and the Cum­ber­land Mu­seum and Ar­chives, in Amherst. It’s also avail at Coles in Truro and Amherst. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at pro­fes­sor­markrec­tor.com.

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