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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A Feather in his Cap

Ah, spring. It evokes images of trees budding, flowers blooming, birds twittering—and potholes. Here in Montreal, we are plagued with the pesky pits every year. From bone-jarring jolts and spilled coffee to damaged tires, scratches and dents, potholes are a pain in the patootie.

Brutal winters, low priority placed on road maintenance, quick patch jobs; the reasons for the pitiful condition of our roads are as numerous as the potholes themselves.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-02-27 9:02am

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Mental Health Matters

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One youth speaks out about mental health and bullying.

Canadians all across the nation participated in the Bell Let’s Talk campaign this year on January 28. The goal for Bell in 2015 was to revive the conversation about mental health and to promote a stigma-free Canada. By looking at the figures, it can easily be said that Let’s Talk was quite successful, as Bell recorded 122,150,772 overall interactions throughout the day, ranging from tweets and texts to calls and shares. Bell also accumulated a new donation for mental health of $6,107,538.60. 

Posted by: Community Blog on Tue. 2015-02-24 2:02pm

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Thank God It's Not a Leap Year

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OC editor Gary is counting down the days to riding season

Hard as it is to believe given the never-ending deepfreeze we're living through this February, the official kick-start to the motorcycling season in La Belle Province is less than one month away…which is about the time I usually begin roaming the house wearing my motorcycle helmet and making "vrrmmm, vrrmmm" noises.


Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-02-20 4:02pm

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Women's World Cup Approaches

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Only 106 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup opens in Canada!

There are only 106 days until the FIFA Women’s World Cup begins in Canada! Will you be going to any of the games? The matches will be taking place in six cities (Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver) and the prices are quite reasonable!

I’ve signed up to volunteer at the FIFA events in Montreal to be a part of all the fun and can’t wait! I had a great time volunteering at the UEFA Euro Cup in 2008 and want to repeat the experience.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-02-20 3:02pm

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Belugas and Bucket Lists

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved visiting aquariums.

In elementary school, we’d go on field trips to the Montreal Aquarium on St. Helen’s Island. It fascinated me that a thin piece of glass was all that separated us from an entire underwater world of exotic sea life. The tropical fish were beautiful but what really kept my nose to the glass were the giants of the deep: Sharks and dolphins and whales—how could anything so huge be so graceful?   

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-02-20 11:02am

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Searching for Sittler

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One woman's quest to meet hockey great Darryl Sittler leads to some interesting and amusing situations!

I recently watched a TV show called Toronto Boomers on a local cable channel, and was delighted to learn my childhood hero, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler, was a big fan of Montreal Canadiens hockey superstar Jean Béliveau. How interesting, I thought, that heroes themselves have heroes they look up to as well.

Posted by: Community Blog on Thu. 2015-02-19 2:02pm

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Saving Matthew a Cause for Applause

I have to admit that I've always been a bit skeptical about these online crowd-funding campaigns, in which the ultimate goal is to raise huge amounts of cash in a short time span in support of a worthy cause or project that simply could not be funded in any other way.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-02-13 5:02pm

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Valentine's Day Activity

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Have you heard of the 36 questions that lead to love?

I keep seeing these 36 questions that lead to love popping up on various feeds on the Internet. No matter if you’re looking for love, looking to strengthen a current love or just meeting new people, I think it’s a fun exercise to do with friends, family and/or significant others.

Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-02-13 3:02pm

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Red, White and Proud

For me, one of the nicest moments at any Olympic games or international sporting event is seeing our flag slowly raised to the rafters after an athlete is victorious. The combination of the Maple Leaf on display while our anthem plays never fails to give me a big lump in my throat.

Our flag is recognized as a symbol of what we, as Canadians believe in: A free, peaceful and inclusive society.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-02-13 12:02pm

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