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Stuart McLean: Thanks for Sharing our Northern Stories

Dear Stuart,

I don’t think for a minute you will remember me. But I remember you. Like many other Canadians, I followed your documentaries on Sunday Morning. I laughed at the ailing cricket adventure on Morningside. (“That cricket is not well, Stuart.”) And, of course, I loved The Vinyl Café. Letters were an important part of that program, so I decided to write this one to you.

An Essential Skills Snapshot

Essential skills are the foundational skills people need to participate effectively in all areas of their lives – home, community, learning, and work. They are the building blocks, or the foundation, that let people learn new skills.

People benefit when they have essential skills

Essential skills help people to:

  •  learn new things
  •  achieve greater independence
  •  develop and improve their self-esteem and self-respect

Family Literacy Day is Here Again!


This year marks Canada’s 18th year of celebrating National Family Literacy Day each January 27. Family Literacy Day reminds us to take time to learn together and receive the huge benefits for both adults and children.

Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of family literacy.  It helps us spread the word that learning can take place through a variety of different activities —reading and telling stories, playing games, going for a walk, on-the-land activities, or any quality time families spend together.

Packing the E-Reader: A Reluctant Conversion

When e-readers first started becoming popular, I was in the camp of people who rejected them. I would go on extended (and likely quite boring) monologues about how they were going to destroy the publishing industry and wreak havoc on local book stores.

I maintained that I would never get an e-reader because I liked the physical presence of a book, liked the heft of it and the feeling of the pages turning, liked seeing the artwork on the cover page, and occasionally a large 80’s-looking photo of the author on the back.

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