Documentary examines Del Villano [1956-59] bear hunt – by Kyle Gennings (Timmins Daily Press – April 22, 2013)
The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.
TIMMINS – Timmins is a community that is built upon stories of heroism, bravery, ingenuity and downright strangeness.
From Sandy McIntyre to Maggie Buffalo, the snippets of Timmins past are wide spread and deeply rooted. But none of the stories transcended the borders of the community and the country quite like the tale of one mayor and his determination to see the Queen’s guard look their best marching in front of Buckingham Palace.
Leo Del Villano served as Mayor of Timmins for many years. Between 1956 and 1959 he gained international fame for having organized the largest bear hunt in Ontario’s history.
“I am looking at an overall perspective on Black Bear hunting and management in Ontario and as I had been going through a number of newspaper articles, I stumbled across Leo Del Villano’s story,” said Michael Commito, a PhD candidate from the Department of History at McMaster University. Read the rest of this entry »