We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – book review

Writing a review of this novel is tricky business as I want to avoid spoiling the big reveal that occurs a third of the way through. The secret is imperative to Fowler’s narrative and is done so masterfully that I am sure it will delight you as much as it has me. So all this … Continue reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – book review


Michelle McGagh, a writer for the Guardian UK, is about to embark on a radical life change: "I want to see if I can go a whole 12 months without spending on anything but bills and food." Michelle was partly roused to action by hearing about the Black Friday counter-movement Buy Nothing Day, and partly … Continue reading Inspiration

Joseph Stiglitz interview in the Tyee

Joseph Stiglitz, renowned economist and "winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, is the third-most cited economist in the world" according to Research Papers in Economics. In a Friday interview with David Ball of the BC online news source, the Tyee, Stiglitz addressed Canada's housing inequality situation.  Here's a brief preview of the … Continue reading Joseph Stiglitz interview in the Tyee

Forest of Reading programs

The Forest of Reading programs designed by the Ontario Library Association promotes Canadian literature for young readers, their teachers, school-librarians, public librarians, authors, illustrators, and publishers.  Check out this blog, CanLit for Little Canadians, to find out more about the programs and the books they have nominated for awards.

Pope Francis’ Sept speech on climate change

From an article in the Guardian in September, "...the pontiff emphasized his belief that politicians owe a debt not just to the planet and their children, but particularly to the underprivileged in the world seen as most at risk from the effects of global warming. “Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible … Continue reading Pope Francis’ Sept speech on climate change

Tell it Slant: the Fiddlehead’s annual writing contest

This is your final reminder that the deadline for the Fiddlehead's 25th annual writing contest is December 1, 2015.  Poetry and short fiction.  See their website for details!

Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

In the words of New Yorker environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, Slick Water is "a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage." More specifically, Nikiforuk says, it is a story about "the courage of women."  From the Tyee Online article by Robyn Smith.  The story of how one woman, an oil patch scientist, struggled … Continue reading Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

Refocusing Remembrance Day on mental health and healing

Remembrance Day November 11, 2015 An article on Rabble.ca about Remembrance Day in which the author says " I think by re-focusing Remembrance Day toward dealing with the humanitarian healing of soldiers, PTSD, mental health care, our country can begin addressing the broad 'mental health epidemic' -- one step at a time. "

The Role of Prairie Dogs as a Keystone Species

If  you would like to read some research on the role of prairie dogs as keystone species in their ecosystems (and ours), take a look at this article by B. MILLER, R. READING, J. HOOGLAND,T. CLARK, G. CEBALLO, Q R. LIST, S. FORREST, L. HANEBURY, P. MANZANO, J. PACHECO, AND D. URESK.