Clean Getaway

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For OC editor Gary, spring cleaning has its fun moments, but...

Although snow is fluttering down outside as I write this, spring has officially sprung and I couldn't be happier. What's not to like about trading in winter boots for walking shoes, parkas for wind breakers, and sweaters for T-shirts, right?

Well, there's that whole spring cleaning thing to contend with.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-03-27 3:03pm

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Picture Perfect

By now you’ve probably seen the photo of RCMP Cpl. Shaun Begg playing hockey in his red Serge uniform on a frozen glacial lake in B.C.’s Purcell mountain range. The photo went viral almost immediately and has been dubbed ‘the most Canadian picture ever’ online.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-03-27 1:03pm

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Irish Skies Are Smiling

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OC editor Gary sees the lights

You know the luck of the Irish is shining down upon you when the night sky is lit up by a greenish heavenly glow on March 17, as was the case in many parts of Canada this past Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately, I was totally oblivious to the possibility of seeing the northern lights that night until after the fact and, in any case, being an urbanized city dweller awash in artificial lighting, I probably wouldn't have seen a thing anyway.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-03-20 3:03pm

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At Last!

It may not look like it just yet, but it’s finally here: Today is the first day of spring! Let’s face it; with very few exceptions it was a brutal winter across the country. Yes, we Canadians are a hardy bunch, but even we have our limits. The snowstorms, frigid temps and icy sidewalks are finally on their way out, and any day now, we should be able to toss the boots, scarves, mitts and toques onto a shelf, not to be thought of again for months.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-03-20 12:03pm

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Springtime Roller Coaster

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OC editor Gary recounts the highs and lows of his "spring break" with reality

Well, it's been a roller coaster ride for me since I last posted a blog near the end of February.  On the upside, the old-timers hockey team I play with - the aptly named Greyhawks - actually won a 50-plus tournament!  We've been together since 2010, entering four or five charity tournaments  a year and, let me tell you, having won a 35-plus tourney three, maybe four years ago, it's been a long time between trophies. And the most recent win, at the Kirkland Oldtimers tournament, was a hard one to come by.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-03-13 1:03pm

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Poetry for Breakfast

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Did you know that March 21 is World Poetry Day and April is National Poetry Month?

I came across this quote today from Winston Churchill: “Eating words has never given me indigestion.” It was quite timely as I had just been reading about the theme for this year’s National Poetry Month coming in April: Food and Poetry.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-03-13 1:03pm

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Moving On

It’s the end of an era for our family. After my dad passed away two and a half years ago, everyone wondered if Mom would sell the family home and move. Understandably, she wasn’t ready—until now.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-03-13 9:03am

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Women and Sports

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It's International Women's Day on March 8 and with the FIFA Women's World Cup coming up in June, why not talk about young girls and women in sports!

This Sunday is International Women’s Day and in the lead up to March 8, as well as to the FIFA Women’s World Cup happening in Canada in less than 100 days, the FIFA Women’s Football and Leadership Conference took place today.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-03-06 3:03pm

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Awesome Women

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8th. As always, it’s a celebration of how far women have come over the years, and in many parts of the world, how far we still have to go.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-03-06 1:03pm

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Shakespeare Selfie

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A great writing challenge for youth or fun writing exercise for the rest of us!

Canada Writes is holding a “Shakespeare Selfie” youth writing challenge from April to May this year. And by selfie they mean soliloquy!  

Kids in Grades 7 to 12 are asked to send in a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character focusing on a current affairs story.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-02-27 2:02pm

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