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The Convict Lover

Several years ago, I read The Convict Lover by local writer Merilyn Simonds.  It is based on a pile of letters that the author found in the attic of her new house, letters written by a convict to a girl who lived next to the quarry where the convict labourers toiled, taking place in 1919.   284 more words

Cornwall Crime and Punishment, 1873.

Cornwall’s fire fighters show off their equipment in front of the Court House and Jail, 1906.  The water in front of the Court House is the old Canal. 578 more words

Cornwall Canal

Canada's most notorious prison opens its doors to the public again this summer

KINGSTON, Ont. — Canada’s most notorious prison will once again open its doors to the public this summer, almost three years after it formally closed. 389 more words


15 people face charges in alleged Montreal cocaine ring

MONTREAL – Fifteen people face charges in an alleged Montreal-based cocaine ring.

The RCMP said American and Canadian authorities seized 220 kilograms of cocaine as well as $2 million that was to be used to help import the drugs from the United States. 58 more words


The Faces of Kingston Penitentiary

There is an interesting collection of pages from old Kingston Penitentiary inmate description ledgers available on the Library and Archives Canada website. Ranging from the early 1900s to about 1919, these pages provide information such as the convict’s name, age, birthplace, crime committed, distinctive marks, and for men only, two mugshots. 659 more words

20th Century