LAND OF MURDOCH
I live in the U.S. and have only recently discovered Yannick Bisson [November] and Murdoch Mysteries and now Zoomer. The show introduced me to Canada – I mean I knew you were there, of course, but I have used the show to learn some Canadian history. They are generally right on with the facts. Did you know that although over 100 buildings were destroyed in the Great Toronto Fire of 1904, no one was killed? One man died in an explosion while clearing debris but no one in the fire. A Toronto tour guide on my recent trip to see the premiere of Murdoch Mysteries, Season 11, was not aware of that. —Barbara Weaver, Gaithersburg, Md.
HITTING A HIGH NOTE
What a beautiful article by Measha Brueggergosman [“Glass Half Full,” November]. She draws out the benefits of being a Canadian, how lucky we are to live in this land of democracy. Thank you for drawing to our attention what we take for granted. —Fernand Noel, via email
“No Place Like Home” [October]: I along with several friends enjoyed a 12-day tour of Newfoundland and Labrador. As we strolled along the sidewalk, someone joined our group, recognized us as visitors and immediately not only shook our hands but put his arm around our neck and said, “Aren’t you glad that Canada joined Newfoundland, eh?” Fantastic experience and looking forward to our second trip. —Joseph Freund, via email
Thank you for “A Woman’s Tale” [October] about the blockbuster “Alias Grace” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel. So timely and well crafted. Is this Zoomer or is this the New York Times I’m reading? So glad I renewed my subscription! Hope you can have the gifted Johanna Schneller write again for you. —Deena Rasky, via email
REACHING THE SUMMIT
I enjoyed Peter Muggeridge’s piece on the ’72 Summit Series [“The Cold War,” October]. My girlfriend Sherry (now spouse) and I were fortunate to attend Game 2 at the Gardens in Toronto, compliments of my friend and law school buddy, Bill Ballard. We sat close to Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife, who attended the game with Lester Pearson and his wife. Pete Mahovlich was the big star that evening. Best hockey game I have ever attended (I still have the program). Good to see that most of the “Boys of 72” are still kicking. —Gary Hauser, Waterloo, Ont.