A Summer Reading List for Youth

“Dr. Beck, have you got a summer reading list ready yet?” When I was asked this question two weeks ago, I was taken aback. I had completely forgotten to get a book list together before the summer started. Last summer, one of the more popular handouts I prepared were some reading lists for youth. I…

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt: a game, typically played in an extensive outdoor area, in which participants have to collect a number of miscellaneous objects (from www.dictionary.com) Do you get bored on a walk in the woods? Are you the annoying person who tries to avoid communing with nature? Here’s an activity for you for those times when…

Homecoming

I am a Governor at the Community College in the city where I live. It is a regional college and has two satellite campuses, each in a small town in the region. One of these campuses happens to be in the small town where I was born. I was slow getting my act together last…

Book Review – A Number of Things

In 1967, on the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, every town, city – even every neighbourhood – had a Centennial project. New buildings were built, the Ontario College System was founded and, when you’re visiting any town in Canada, you can bet that any public space with a name like “Centennial Arena” or “Centennial Park”…

The Impact of Obamacare

On Friday evening in Ottawa, President Barack Obama told the capacity crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre that, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 20 million more Americans received access to health care insurance. Obama believes that this is one of the accomplishments of his Presidency that has had the greatest impact on America and…