Narconon In Hespeler - What you need to know about this Scientology front group

I wondered if things could get worse in Cambridge. Things have taken a sinister turn. The City has allowed the Church of Scientology drug treatment centre to open to take advantage of those misfortunate people with addictions. Problem is the treatment centre is a sham.

The rehab program is a sequence of three steps 1) Scientology’s “purification rundown” 2) Scientology’s communications drills called “Training Routines” and 3) basic Scientology auditing processes called “Objective Processing.” (source - Nick Lister former Scientologist)

The “purification rundown” requires participants to take extremely high doses of vitamins, including up to 5,000 IU of Niacin daily, do light cardio exercise, and spend up to 5 hours per day in a sauna. The idea is that one is supposed to sweat out all of the drug residue that has been stored in one’s body fat. Science has proven this concept to be completely false,

Marc Latour, Trois-Rivières regional health agency director said, "The centre was dangerous for patients and violated many of the criteria regulating Quebec's rehab centres. He said there was no medical supervision and no scientific basis to the treatment.He had no choice but to shut down a Scientology-based rehab centre in Trois-Rivières."

Here is some history

Trois-Rivières - 2012 - Closed and Registered Charity Revoked
and video (LINK)

Three Former Patients Win Case Against Narconon with Quebec Human Rights Commission

Milton - 2015 Denies Narconon  zoning to keep them out

Maryland & Michigan - 2019 Prevented Narconon from Opening

Georgia - Narconon Loses Licence in Georgia  Insurance Fraud -

Former State Official Tells Her Story About Investigation  Narconon (3 Patient Deaths in 9 months)

Former Executives with Narconon Tell All About the Scandal and Fraud at Narconon

I hope our elected officials read this. It is tragic certain city staff and elected officials have allowed these charlatans in our city.

Clues to the Missing Hespeler Hockey Trophies Surface!

 Old Hespeler Arena Plaque Surfaces in 2017
As a history buff, I have been intrigued by the disappearance of the Hespeler Minor Hockey trophies and plaques when the old arena was demolished in 1988 and the new one was built.

The trophies never ended up in the new arena and over four decades of Hespeler hockey history was lost as the trophies mysteriously vanished.

Please read my previous BLOG on this topic to learn about the rich history of hockey in the community of Hespeler and my original quest to find the trophies.

I had never given up hope finding the truth about the trophies. New evidence has surfaced to suggest someone does have the trophies and in one case is selling them.

I discovered that in 2017 a plaque from the arena was sold on an online auction. The plaque  was titled Hespeler Minor Olympics Scoring Champion Pee-Wee Division . The last date on the trophy was 1974.

The last winner was Hespeler's own Tim Laurence. The year before Wayne Gretsky had won it and hence its value today.

Sadly the company auctioning the plaque did not return my emails. I wanted to find out who put the plaque up for auction. Maybe then we could find out what happened to the old Hespeler Arena trophies. The mystery continues.

Vera Causa Opera to Perform The Elixir of Love in Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo

Vera Causa Opera to Perform The Elixir of Love in Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo

Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” will be performed by Vera Causa Opera on April 5th, 6th, 7th, 2019 Media Release (03/26/19)- Vera Causa Opera (VCO) is proud to announce their performance dates for The Elixir of Love.

VCO is an innovative opera company in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. VCO reinstates opera as an accessible and communicative medium through the adaptation of old operas and the composition of new ones. VCO is a registered charity formed in 2015.

Gaetano Donizetti wrote countless operas, and many of them stand as cornerstones of early 19th century opera. Perhaps the most well-loved of all his operas is L'elisir d'amore, or, The Elixir of Love, which premiered in 1832.

Shows take place:

  • April 5th - CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge Centre for the Arts - 7pm
  • April 6th - WATERLOO - , Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo -7pm
  • April 7th - GUELPH - Harcourt Memorial United Church - 2pm

Artistic Director Dylan Langan says:“Elixir of Love is no doubt going to be a riot onstage. Singers and orchestra members have been frequently bursting into laughter during rehearsal. The audience is really going to enjoy this show.”

Tickets are only $15.00 and available at Ticket sales are limited due to size of venues, so buying tickets in advance are recommended.

For more information, contact Dylan Langan, Artistic Director at 519-277-9277, or by visiting

#opera #cambridge #waterloo #guelph #music #veracausaopera

Hespeler Furniture Made Radio Cabinets

The Hespeler furniture factory building is still standing but the company has not been in business since the 1970s. Known for its beautiful furniture that was made there. (more on that in a future post).

Rogers Majestic Radio Model 8M1092
What many do not know is that the Rogers Majestic Company in Toronto, who made early radios, used Hespeler Furniture cabinets to hold their radios.

 The radio to the left is a 1930s Rogers Majestic Radio Model 8M1092. It has several shortwave bands and AM.
The cabinet from the Hespeler Furniture Factory Model No. 8106.

Now not all Rogers Majestic Radios had Hespeler made cabinets. For example Knechtel Furniture Co. Ltd. Hanover, ON also made cabinets for Rogers.

It gets even more confusing considering another radio company DeForest-Crosley made similar models.

How to tell if the cabinet is made in Hespeler

Hespeler Furniture Company tag found on furniture and radio cabinets

But if you are looking at the backs, look for an identifying factors.

There were different types of marking made by the Hespeler Furniture Company on their products.This metal tag was one one radio cabinet is an example.

Another Rogers Majestic Company Radio with a Hespeler Cabinet


Rogers 12-126 "Teledial" model with Hespeler made cabinet

This is the Rogers 12-126 "Teledial" model. For all you vintage radio buffs here are the specifics.

This model is equipped with automatic tuning. The RT_neon is a voltage regulator tube. The 6X6 is a tuning indicator tube. The second 6F7M tube is used as a phase inverter. The radio has a telephone dial and an illuminated glass slide rule rolling pin dial window.

So check your old radios and see if the cabinets were made in Hespeler and send me a photo!

Why Not High Speed Trains In Canada?

Portugal and Spain High Speed Rail
There is no real justification why Canada is  over a half a century behind the rest of the modern world in not having high speed rail.

Old arguments such as, we do not have enough population to support high speed trains, have long been debunked.

 I took these photos of high speed trains in Portugal and Spain last September. The trains in Portugal are definitely on the low end of high speed rail just going over 200km/h. The Spanish high speed trains travel up to around 300 km/h. 

Canadians deserve better.

Overcrowding at Silverheights Public School Reaches Crisis Point if New Hespeler Subdivisions Approved

Silverheights School Capacity of 637 students could reach 800 due to uncontrolled growth in Hespeler.

Greedy developers are quick to build and the City of Cambridge are quick to approve new subdivisions in Hespeler regardless of the consequences.

The Waterloo Region District School Board will approve the creation of  Development Area for the elementary panel for the area known as 151 & 171 Guelph Avenue (30T-18103), City of Cambridge, as shown on Appendix B map below.

WRDSB map Forbes Estate Subdivision
That is in response to current and future enrolment pressure being experienced at Silverheights Public School.

In the City of Cambridge a new infill development (151 & 171 Guelph Avenue) has been proposed within the attendance area for Silverheights Public School. This development is expected to contain approximately 210 single detached and townhome units. 
Also within the Silverheights Public School attendance area, a new mixed-use development is proposed at the corner of Hespeler and Maple Grove Roads.  This development is expected to contain between 296 and 951 residential units (mostly apartment units)

Silverheights Public School has a current enrolment of 740 students, and a school capacity of 637 pupil places.  The school currently utilizes 10 portables. Projections indicate that should these developments be accommodated at Silverheights Public School enrolment could increase to over 800 students by 2028.
The facts are clear Silverheights School is already overcrowded and these subdivisions are being pushed through without any concern for the well being of the children who attend there.