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New Collegiate Institute Opened

On February 21st, 1927, Lt. Gov. William Donald Ross  formally opened Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute whose staff and students had moved from the East End Collegiate to the new school on Monday January 4th, 1927. 

Bursting at the Seams!!

140 years ago on February 11, 1877, Rev. William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), the Church of England revivalist preacher, drew such a large crowd at St. Paul's Church in London, Ontario that hundreds of people could not even get standing room  and had to leave.   

Naming & Reclaiming

book cover image Landmarks

The isolation wrought by modern life, says naturalist Robert MacFarlane, makes us think nature is uninteresting. However, the power of words can reclaim our so-called barren lands.

Verily, Dude!

book cover image How English Became English

Today, the English language is spoken by more than a billion people around the globe. But where did it come from ... and where might it be headed?

Dashi and Shoyu - Essence of Japan - Japanese Food: A Documentary Film Series

image from a documentary Dashi:Essence of Japan

Dashi and shoyu, soup broth and soy sauce, the base of Japanese cuisine, the essence of food but also the essence of Japanese nature, distilled from the oceans, forests and mountains.

A hidden town in the Canadian North....

Book cover image - A Darkness Absolute

A Darkness Absolute is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series. I devoured the first book, City of the Lost, and have been eagerly awaiting this next entry.

Something different (and very good!) from Kathleen Kent

Book cover image - The Dime

Kathleen Kent has just released her new novel The Dime. I've read and really liked her historical novels and was looking forward to this newest book.

True North Favourite: Navy

Navy by Blaine Wiseman

This informative, non fiction title provides a broad introduction into the career of a Navy sailor.

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