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Whenever I do a column centered around a theme, like a holiday or a season of the year, instead of focusing on a specific author, I am confronted with reams of truly awful poetry written for children. 1,550 more words


My must - read list (2018)

  1. The Van Gogh deception by Deron R. Hicks: Why? Because it is a really weird mystery novel involving Van Gogh paintings and a boy’s missing identity.
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2018 Newbery Books

Last month the Newbery Awards were announced and I have finally gotten around to reading the Medal and Honor books for this year.

The Newbery Medal winner this year is… 427 more words


The Underneath

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, is a powerful book not to be missed.

Ranger, a neglected dog, lives under the deck of a tilting house in the middle of a Louisiana swamp.  364 more words

Book Reviews

Jokes fly as Senators alumni gather

It started out a bit like any other mid-weeknight game of old-timers pickup hockey.

The Ottawa Senators of yesteryear strolled into the Canadian Tire Centre one by one Thursday evening, their well-worn hockey bags featuring a mish-mash of colours and logos. 992 more words

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Chris Neil heads into retirement

The biggest battle for Chris Neil Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre was fighting back tears as he announced his retirement.

On the ice, he was a heart and soul player for the Senators for 16 seasons and as the 38-year-old Neil bid a tearful farewell to an outstanding career he made sure to thank everybody that helped along the way _ including the organization, the front office staff, the people in the building, his teammates and, of course, his wife Caitlin and their family. 869 more words

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Francis: CFL commish 'very worried' about Calgary stadium situation

OTTAWA — Randy Ambrosie admits he has an emotional attachment to McMahon Stadium.

But he insists it won’t get in the way of him trying to have it replaced. 659 more words