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Shriners: Making people better


Up the stairs we go, into the secret realm – where the Masons of Yarmouth hold their meetings. It’s a regal-looking room with 1800s red plush velvet furniture, a throne and altar – though my guides inform me this group has no religious affiliations. Close to a decade ago, the Sou’West Shrine Club, with close to 30 members, secured the former Hebron Baptist Church for its Masonic Lodge. There are approximately 1,200 Shriners in Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island; six million in North America. Shriners are one of several offshoots of the Masons. You must be the latter in order to ... Read More »

The Masons to reveal some of their inner workings


Behind its imposing limestone facade, the Masonic Memorial Temple at Sherbrooke and St-Marc Sts. seems as quiet as the tomb. What goes on behind the heavy bronze doors, flanked by twin columns surmounted by glass globes, representing the Earth and heavens? For the uninitiated, the Masons, with their secret handshakes and ceremonial aprons, are a mystery. Fiction writers and foes of freemasonry alike have spread lurid conspiracy theories about the fraternal order. But there’s really nothing creepy about the brotherly do-gooders, past Quebec Grand Master John Leide assures a visitor. “We’re not a secret society, but a society with secrets,” says Leide, ... Read More »

New Shriners Hospital in Montreal will become ‘flagship in our network’


Montreal’s $127-million Shriners Hospital for Children, now under construction, will include a surgical-skills laboratory — the only one in the Shriners network of 22 hospitals across North America. “The new Montreal Shriners Hospital will become a flagship in our network,” Jerry Gantt, a member of the board of directors for Shriners International, said Wednesday after launching a fundraising drive for the hospital being built in the southwest corner of the Glen Yard site in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The surgical-skills lab will be used to train future pediatric orthopedic surgeons, who will operate on cadavers and plastic models. The lab will likely attract physicians ... Read More »

Toronto Masons look for ways to reclaim the Masonic Temple


In most circles, Toronto’s storied Masonic Temple is better known as a live music venue than for its original purpose — a meeting place for the Masons, an ancient and semi-secret fraternal sect. But nearly 20 years after they moved their elaborate rites and rituals to other meeting halls, Toronto-area Masons want to find a way to reclaim their temple, which is once again for sale. As Leonard Feldt, past district deputy grand master for Toronto Don Valley, explains, something sacred emanates from the imposing limestone and brick structure at the corner of Yonge St. and Davenport Rd. “There’s a ... Read More »

Halifax begin events to honour Freemasonry in Canada


HALIFAX – A cemetery service and levee in Halifax on Friday will be just one event to commemorate the beginning of Freemasonry in Canada. Masonic officials will lay a wreath at the burial site of Major Erasmus James Philipps. Members of the 40th Regiment will fire a volley of muskets in honour of the occasion. The levee will be held at the Freemasons Hall in Halifax, 165 Coronation Ave., and is open to the public. Premier Darrell Dexter will declare March 30 to be Freemasons Day in Nova Scotia and will sign a proclamation. Mike Savage, the mayor of Halifax, will also ... Read More »