Learning How to Die – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

December 4, 2014 9:59 am
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In his latest thoughtful, moving book Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters in the End the doctor and writer Atul Gawande tells the achingly sad story of Sara. In the prime of life and while pregnant with her first child, Sara was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Doctors induced labour […]

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Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead

November 10, 2014 2:59 pm
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In October 1914, 537 young men from Newfoundland boarded the Florizel, the ship that would sail them across the Atlantic and towards the battle shores of Europe. The Great War had started in August of that year and Newfoundland’s governor had offered England this small contingent of soldiers. As a […]

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Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards

October 22, 2014 11:35 am
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Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards, the first of the Whip Smart series by Montreal-based Kit Brennan, is an exciting page-turner transporting readers back to the Victorian era of 1842. Loosely based on the real-life adventures of Lola Montez, a notorious bad-girl of the era, Brennan fills in the […]

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Food Frenzy in the Capital

October 16, 2014 11:59 am
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When the average Canadian thinks of Ottawa, they think of the national hub of power and politics. However, our great city is more than just that. Don Chow and Jennifer Lim’s new book Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital is a feast for your eyes. In it, they explore all things […]

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Fall Reading List

October 15, 2014 2:04 pm
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It is hard to beat a cool fall afternoon spent cozying up on the couch with a hot tea and a must-read. That is why OLM is bringing you its fall reading list. Choose from a variety of sci-fi to romance, or challenge yourself to read them all (more time […]

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Music Meets Medicine: Allison’s Brain

October 14, 2014 2:47 pm
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Robert McMechan and his wife Allison Woyiwada recently released Allison’s Brain, a book they wrote together. It is the story of Allison’s medical journey, from diagnosis to recovery. Woyiwada was diagnosed with a large brain aneurysm in 2011. In a surgery that followed, the aneurysm was clipped. After the procedure, […]

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OLM Book Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

May 15, 2014 1:51 pm
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Author Esi Edugyan’s eloquent prose pays a worthy homage to the blues, as it is often considered the simplest yet most difficult music to play. The beginning of World War Two has The Hot Time Swingers on the run. This Blues band, along with their prodigy trumpet player, Hieronymus Falk […]

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Fake It Til You Make It: Perfecting Life’s Performances

March 11, 2014 2:54 pm
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Self-help books are sold on the promise that they can fill the gaps between who we are and who we want to be. Who are we really though, but actors?  If “all the world is a stage,” as Shakespeare famously wrote, then stage fright can be a real problem. This […]

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Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

February 12, 2014 4:34 pm
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The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri Knopf Publishing, Toronto, 2013, 340pp. Reviewed by Don MacLean February 2014.     A scene in the early pages of Jhumpa Lahiri’s marvelous novel The Lowland is formative for the story’s two main characters. Suhhash and Udayan are young brothers, separated by only 15 months, growing up […]

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Family Ties

January 15, 2014 9:08 am
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 Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire Vintage Books, 2012, 353pp. By Andrea Stuart Reviewed by Don MacLean Family trees are all the rage. Part of their appeal is surely the element of surprise. The deeper one digs, the more likely a discovery that the tree’s […]

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3 Things Every Woman Should Know About Herself & Her Money

January 3, 2014 3:45 pm
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‘It’s a Relationship That’s Not Going Away,’ Advises Female Financial Expert If you’re a woman, chances are good that in the years ahead, it will be you and you alone who’s responsible for managing your money. That could be a problem: Even among the very affluent, many women admit they […]

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Thought Leadership Will Empower Your Workforce

December 18, 2013 9:45 am
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On average, only 29% of employees are actively engaged in their work. Marketers often view thought leadership as a platform that is focused externally. But while thought leadership is an effective means of influencing customers, it’s also a very successful way of empowering employees. Over the last decade, various organizations […]

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Distant Stars – John Banville – Ancient Light

December 2, 2013 2:40 pm
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John Banville – Ancient Light Vintage Canada 2012 Reviewed by Don MacLean Readers familiar with the great Irish writer John Banville will also be familiar with the characters Alexander (Alex) Cleave, his wife Lydia and their troubled daughter Catherine (Cass), all of whom feature prominently in some of his previous […]

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World War I Could Easily Have Been Avoided but for Human Folly

November 14, 2013 12:21 pm
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Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 is  a compelling narrative of the political, cultural and personal forces that shaped Europe’s path to the First World War (1914-1918). Countless volumes have chronicled the political struggles, the diplomatic efforts, the battles and the strategies behind them, the […]

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Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them – Susan Delacourt (Douglas & McIntyre)

October 31, 2013 10:14 am
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Here is an insightful and provocative look at the inside world of political marketing in Canada – and what this means about the state of our democracy in the 21st century – from a leading political commentator. “Canada is now a nation of shoppers… We may want to ask whether […]

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How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change by Joe Clark

October 29, 2013 12:25 pm
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In HOW WE LEAD: Canada in a Century of Change, former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark launches an impassioned argument for Canada to reassert its international position as an agent of change, diplomacy and peace. Drawing on our history, successes, and the unique qualities that we possess today, Clark describes […]

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Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott by Mark Abley (Douglas & McIntyre)

October 24, 2013 9:34 am
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Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) died one of the most respected men in Canada – a well-known poet and short-story writer, a former president of the Royal Society of Canada, a founder of the Dominion Drama Festival, and a recipient of honorary doctorates from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. […]

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