Thursday, June 11, 2009

PDP #54: Sir Adam's Place

In Ontario, the universal shorthand for electricity is "hydro." For this we can thank the hydroelectric power works at Niagara Falls, and for them we can thank Sir Adam Beck, one of the men who made it all possible. Back in the early twentieth century the province of Ontario was almost entirely powered by hydroelectric generation; it was only once every river that could been dammed, had been dammed that it invested in coal and nuclear.

This statue of Sir Adam Beck stands in Toronto, between the lanes of University Avenue, looking north past Queen Street West toward the Ontario Legislature. It's one of the many works of fine statuary in the city, and I'd imagine that most people who live here or go past it every day don't even know it's there.

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