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IN THE NEWS: 2017 – Freedom of the press… really?

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM CAPS NEWSPAPER – © JONATHAN VAN BILSEN, FEBRUARY, 2017 This month’s article is one I write with nervous apprehension as it deals with the media, publishers and the press and, consequently, may never see the light of day, especially if the editors have their way. The topic is the responsibility of …

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GALLERY: Port Perry Restaurateurs – Part I

The Port Perry Cookbook is nearly ready and will feature 18 restaurants of Port Perry. The book has favourite recipes, stories about the restaurants, bio’s of the chefs and owners and much, much more. The date of issue is March 1st. This gallery is Part I of two, showcasing the chefs of each establishment. How …

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IN THE NEWS… 2017 – Twenty years strong and looking forward

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM CAPS NEWSPAPERS – © Jonathan van Bilsen I find it hard to believe that CAPS is turning 20 this year. Although I have only been writing for them for five years, I feel the community bond is very strong, especially in an age when digital, blogging, social media and technology in general, …

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IN THE NEWS… 2012 – Jim Wills: pizza man

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM FOCUS MAGAZINE, 2012 © Jonathan van Bilsen Have you ever thought about building a twenty-two-tonne oven, right in your own backyard? Not likely, but one person has; Prince Albert’s Jim Wills did exactly that. In fact, Jim has built many ovens for people right across Canada. The ovens, all of which …

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Images of Historic Port Perry – I

Below is the first volume of historic images of Port Perry. These images have been restored and digitized in a very high resolution and are suitable for framing or use in advertising. To purchase or rent these photographs please contact us by clicking here. Special thanks to the Scugog Heritage Centre and Archives  (Hover the mouse …

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UPCOMING Lectures and Presentations Copy

Below are a list of upcoming lectures and presentations in which I am involved. These are open to the public. I look forward to seeing you there.   January 27, 2:00 PM – Travelogue to Japan Visit the mystical country of Japan the world through the eyes of Jonathan van Bilsen Held at Colonial Residence, located at 101 Manning, Road, Whitby, …

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Belarus: I’ll have a White Russian

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM FOCUS MAGAZINE – by Jonathan van Bilsen Many travellers venture to the Far East, South America and Europe, but most will stop short of the former Soviet Union States. I find that the transition countries have made, from Communism to Democracy, has created some amazing traits in the population and culture. …

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