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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today.  They are made possible through the continued support of Team KING|RE/MAX Crown Realty (1989) INC. Brokerage as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Then & Now: 1973 crime film is a time capsule of a lost Sudbury

Then & Now: 1973 crime film is a time capsule of a lost Sudbury

In 1973, the black rocks of a pre-regreened Coniston and Copper Cliff served as the backdrop for the Canadian noir film ‘Between Friends’, a film most people have never heard of but one with a clear link to both Die Hard and Quentin Tarantino
Then & Now: The short but dramatic saga of the Welcome Arches

Then & Now: The short but dramatic saga of the Welcome Arches

Although they were around less than two decades, the Welcome Arches that once greeted visitors to the Nickel City are a unique piece of local history
Then & Now: Idylwylde gets ready to celebrate its 100th birthday

Then & Now: Idylwylde gets ready to celebrate its 100th birthday

Established in 1922, the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club has survived a fire and the ups and downs of the sport’s popularity to remain among the city’s top courses
Then & Now: Mike Solski, last of Mine Mill Local 598 faithful

Then & Now: Mike Solski, last of Mine Mill Local 598 faithful

Two weeks ago, Vicki Gilhula shared the tale of the time Mike Solski was shot during a town council meeting. In Part Two this week, she tells the other part of the Solski saga, that of his time as head and one of the last holdouts, of Local 598, once the country’s most powerful labour union
Then & Now: The attempted assassination of Nickel Centre’s mayor

Then & Now: The attempted assassination of Nickel Centre’s mayor

In 1978, a man fixated on a supposed conspiracy against him entered the council chambers for the Town of Nickel Centre and shot Mayor Mike Solski with a .45-calibre handgun
Then & Now: Looking back on 50 years of Northern Lights Festival

Then & Now: Looking back on 50 years of Northern Lights Festival

NLFB is as much a part of Sudbury as the Big Nickel, porketta bingo and the Superstack. Vicki Gilhula looks back on 50 years of celebrating the best in folk, world, grassroots, Francophone and Indigenous music
Then & Now: This is the story of Sudbury’s last execution

Then & Now: This is the story of Sudbury’s last execution

On June 15, 1956, Robert Bruce Ducsharm was hanged for the murder of his romantic partner, Steve Klapouskchak, but it took two trials to do it
Then & Now: Sudbury or Chinookville? Ask Jack Douglas

Then & Now: Sudbury or Chinookville? Ask Jack Douglas

Sudbury appears as Chinookville in the 1970 book, 'Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes!' by comedian, author, actor and TV personality Jack Douglas
Then and Now: Lumber, politics, extortion and Fred Laberge

Then and Now: Lumber, politics, extortion and Fred Laberge

The first mayor to be born in the city, J.A. Laberge was a lumber baron and politician whose political career was derailed by an extortion attempt
Then & Now: How a business boy wonder from Sudbury became Canadian Tire CEO at age 33

Then & Now: How a business boy wonder from Sudbury became Canadian Tire CEO at age 33

Dean Muncaster credited for modernizing — and some might say revolutionizing — the retail chain