A place for children

“What I love most about the space,” says Valerie Turner, “is that I can open my window and I hear the children playing.” Turner is principal of the Junior School at Toronto’s York School and her office is a crisp, welcoming environment in keeping with the overall aesthetic of the school. The windows in herContinue reading “A place for children”

The value of camp

Character education is learning to live through a set of core values, including good citizenship and responsibility for ourselves and others. Which is exactly what camp was created to do. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, spent eight weeks at camp each summer from 1937 to 1951,Continue reading “The value of camp”

Fighting back

by Glen Herbert  “This is a long haul,” Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of SVG, said recently. “Covid is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, maybe for the rest of our lives, and therefore we have to get into the habit of taking the vaccine and then taking boosters for us to getContinue reading “Fighting back”

Life is a song. Really.

A guest post for Chandler Coaches. For a number of years, I taught group guitar lessons at a seniors’ centre in Burlington, where I live. Each session—they typically ran 10 weeks—there would be between 20 and 30 people around the circle. If you asked why they signed up, they’d say “I’ve always wanted to playContinue reading “Life is a song. Really.”

Better Together at Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Each year since it opened, Banff Ave Brewing Co. has given back. Including this very unique year.   “It’s Reading Week,” says Meesh Souliere. “So we’ve had a pretty awesome week.” As with everything this year, that ‘awesome’ comes with a few qualifications. She admits that “this time last year, I remember running around the restaurant. It was just packed all the time. And now, youContinue reading “Better Together at Banff Ave Brewing Co.”

Going offline

All camps have a device policy, and some are stricter than others. At Nominingue it’s as strict as they come: no devices. Director Grant McKenna feels it wouldn’t be camp any other way. “I leave it at home,” says David Laeer. “I don’t really miss it. I guess that’s one of the things that NominingueContinue reading “Going offline”

A better way to learn

With 160 courses, a faculty of 70, and 5,000 students, Blyth Academy Online is demonstrating what online learning can be.  When I reached James Newton recently he was working through a chemistry lab. “I’m doing the combustion of methane,” he said. He had all the materials and diagnostic tools at hand, including a calorimeter, orContinue reading “A better way to learn”

Finding an academic home in the online world

From chemistry lab to student council, Blyth Academy Orbit brings the high school experience online. “He’s a great teacher,” says Lauren Enright of her chemistry instructor, Mr. Kearney. “He makes jokes to keep the class interested and engaged. A lot of the concepts in chemistry can be a little bit tricky to wrap your mindContinue reading “Finding an academic home in the online world”

Merle Travis

For American Songcatcher episode #7: She’s Gone With The Gypsy Davy Merle Robert Travis was born in Rosewood, Kentucky, on November 17, 1917, a year his father invariably referred to as “the year of the bad winter.” The house Travis grew up in was owned by the Beech Creek coal mining company, which employed hisContinue reading “Merle Travis”

Rube and Rake

“The year didn’t happen how we thought it would,” says Andrew Laite. While that’s the case for all of us, it’s particularly true for him and Josh Sandu, who perform as Rube & Rake. They began the year with a new album, “Leaving with Nothing,” intending to tour it for five weeks in the west,Continue reading “Rube and Rake”

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—David McBride, Vice Principal of Enrolment Management, Upper Canada College

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Catherine Ross, camp director and author, responding to the 2021 camp and program guide

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Sarah Jarosz’s mom

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—Nick Hornbuckle

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—Allan Spaan, CFO, Robert Land Academy

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–Robert J. Brym, from the preface New Society: Sociology for the 21st Century,
4th ed. (Toronto: Nelson)

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