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Macdonald statue should reconcile art and history

Macdonald statue should reconcile art and history

Opinion to the Editor by Henri Garand The controversy over Holding Court, Picton’s statue of John A. Macdonald, must be examined in historical, aesthetic, and economic as well as political contexts: 1. The statue is linked to a specific time in Picton’s history and Macdonald’s life unrelated to his later political career. 2. The statue […]

Heritage Advisory Committee will create response to Macdonald statue working group report

Heritage Advisory Committee will create response to Macdonald statue working group report

The Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) has decided it will meet again to create a written response to the ‘Holding Court’ Statue Working Group’s recommendation to remove the bronze portrait of Sir John A Macdonald from downtown Picton. PEHAC was directed by the mayor and council to receive the working group’s report and provide […]

Working Group declares Macdonald statue should be removed

Working Group declares Macdonald statue should be removed

By Sue Capon The ‘Holding Court’ Statue Working Group, has declared the bronze portrait of Sir John A Macdonald as a young lawyer should be removed from downtown Picton. Following nine meetings, the group made the decision Oct. 20 through confidential ballots. The five options provided for ranked votes to show a most-to-least preference included […]

Will verdict 'You'll never die, Sir John!' crumble in 2020?

Will verdict ‘You’ll never die, Sir John!’ crumble in 2020?

By Sue Capon As tension continues over statues of Canada’s first prime minister – toppled, decapitated, vandalized, and moved into storage – citizens across the nation are protesting and supporting the legacy of a man – with roots in Prince Edward County – who is credited with both building the nation, and of mistreatment of […]

Sir John statue defaced for second time this week in Picton

Sir John statue defaced for second time this week in Picton

Prince Edward OPP are investigating multiple instances of mischief to the Sir John A Macdonald statue downtown Picton – the most recent early on Canada Day where it was splashed with red paint. Sir John’s hands were painted red Monday, June 30, and cleaned by County staff. Sir John statues and other historical monuments are […]

Picton resident woke to Indigenous history wants council to re-think Sir John's return

Picton resident woke to Indigenous history wants council to re-think Sir John’s return

A Picton resident is asking council to re-think the re-installation of the Sir John A Macdonald sculpture at the library. Sculptor Ruth Abernethy’s artwork Holding Court has been in storage for the past several months while landscaping work took place in front of The Armoury. The bronze statue is to be located on the forecourt […]

Sir John A returns to Picton Main with special speaker series

Sir John A returns to Picton Main with special speaker series

UPDATE: Dr. Niigaan Sinclair’s discussion next Tuesday which was previously at capacity has been moved to St. Mary Magdalene church in order to accommodate more participants! The return of Sir John A. Macdonald to Picton Main Street later this month will be celebrated with a special speaker series at his new home – the Picton […]

County history mingles with life of Sir John in new website

County history mingles with life of Sir John in new website

  Imagine life in Sir John A Macdonald’s Picton with the launch of the Macdonald Project’s new website. The project’s chair, David Warrick, notes the website includes walking and driving tours, and has details of the early life and career of Canada’s first prime minister, photo galleries, educational notes and video. “There are lots of […]

In defense of Sir John A.

In defense of Sir John A.

There has been talk, and a few letters, recently about the alleged ‘racism’ of Sir John A. Macdonald. This gets under my skin, because I’ve always found that history is ‘selective’ when pen is put to paper, and the Great Book of History is forged. Someone once said: “History is written by the winners,” and that […]

Sir John A arrives for larger-than-life Canada Day celebration

Sir John A arrives for larger-than-life Canada Day celebration

He’s larger-than-life and the celebration of Sir John A Macdonald’s arrival to downtown Picton was equally grand. Canada Day celebrations in Picton kicked off with the unveiling of the 1,400-pound bronze statue of Canada’s first prime minister – created by renowned Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy – on the grounds of the Armoury, next to the […]

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