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Canadian non-profit agency says literacy should be a right

It seems shocking but in a developed country with a well-established education system, about a fifth of the population has serious problems with literacy, and almost half the population is below the international average standard for literacy. That’s according to »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, Society

Griffin Poetry Prizes 2017: ‘Injun’ and ‘Falling Awake’

The Griffin Poetry Prize for a Canadian work went to Jordan Abel for his most recent collection entitled ‘Injun’. “This is a win for all the people who fought, and continue to fight against, appropriation and against the architecture of »


Foundation seeks to make Canadian children the most literate

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, a charitable foundation has been created to make all Canadian children skilled and confident readers by the time the finish grade school. The stated mission of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation is to make »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, International, Society

O Canada! … A Norwegian writer takes on our country’s features & foibles

Norwegian writer and retired literature professor Gerd Bjørhovde has always had a thing for Canada. And there is only one person to blame for it, she says;  Canadian author Margaret Laurence. “I was so fascinated with her writing,” Bjørhovde says. “She is »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

One very good year for debut novelist

“This year has been a complete remaking of my professional life.”  Sean Michaels still appears to be part stunned, part amused, but entirely delighted by what 2014 brought him. The Scottish-born, Ottawa-raised, Montreal-based journalist has been writing for years.  Articles »