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Avie Bennett, developer turned publishing giant, dies at 89 - The Globe and Mail

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Davies, Mavis Gallant, W.O. Mitchell, Jack Hodgins, Guy Vanderhaeghe. Other celebrated Canadian novelists edited by the late Ellen Seligman and published during the Bennett years included Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry and Jane Urquhart.“Among the poets enthusiastically published in Avie’s time were Leonard Cohen and Al Purdy, both of whom were close to him,” Mr. Gibson recalled.The company issued about a hundred titles a year, as well as acting as agent for several foreign presses.Later, in 2013, Mr. Bennett lived out every publisher’s dream: He was thrilled to attend the formal ceremony in Stockholm with Alice Munro’s daughter Jenny, who accepted her mother’s Nobel Prize in Literature. But by then Canadian publishing had changed drastically and his glittering acquisition had slipped from his grasp; he no longer owned McClelland & Stewart.Mr. Bennett died on June 2 in Mount Sinai Hospital of unknown causes. His son Paul Bennett said his father collapsed suddenly the previous day at the Hazelton Place Retirement Residence where he lived for the past 17 months. He had become frail and used a walker. He had moved into the retirement home when his wife Beverly could no longer look after him in their Yorkville condo. Only a few days earlier, father and son – both huge baseball fans – had gone to see the Blue Jays play (they lost 3-1).Avie Bennett was born in Toronto on Jan. 2, 1928, the second of two children of Sophie (née Kleinberg) and Archie Bennett. Archie and his brothers, Dave and Jacob, were home builders, working with their father, Saul; the family had relocated from Kingston, where Saul had operated a lumberyard.The three brothers founded Principal Investments in the 1930s and began to prosper when they turned to building commercial properties in the forties. “My great-uncle Dave was the driving force,” Paul explained.In 1952, taking advantage of the postwar boom, they built Sunnybrook Plaza at Bayview and Eglinton Avenues, the first such shopping plaza in Ontario. By the late fifties, they had built a string of shopping plazas across Canada estimated to be worth $100-million. A story in The Globe and Mail in 1956 called the brothers, by then in their 60s, the country’s biggest commercial landlords, whose tenants included every Canadian bank and retail chain store.Avie Bennett went to the University of Toronto but left without a degree in 1948 to work for the expanding family firm. His college years, however, were not wasted because on the steps of the university library one day he had met a co-ed named Beverly Shapiro who became the love of his life. He was 22 when they married in 1950 and Paul, the first of their six children, was born a year later.“I went everywhere with my father when I was a child,” Paul recalled. “I remember he took me with him in 1954 to show me Dixie Plaza, which was under construction and opening soon.”A plaza opening called for a big celebration with balloons, clowns, snacks, perhaps a band. “I was 3 years old and I said ‘Will you give out Dixie cups?’ And that’s exactly what he did.” (They were filled with ice cream.)Then, in 1962, Principal Investments became overextended and collapsed. When the company went into receivership, the founding brothers took the opportunity to re...

Book Review|Margaret Atwood Meets Shakespeare in a Retelling of 'The Tempest' - New York Times

Friday, November 4, 2016

By EMILY ST. JOHN MANDELOctober 28, 2016HAG-SEED“The Tempest” RetoldBy Margaret Atwood301 pp. Hogarth Shakespeare. $25.Some years ago, the publishing company Hogarth announced a fascinating initiative: a series of novels based on Shakespeare’s most famous works. To date, eight novelists have signed on to reinterpret eight plays. In “Hag-Seed,” the fourth in the series, Margaret Atwood has taken on “The Tempest.” The setting is present-day Canada, and her Prospero is Felix, artistic director of an Ontario theater festival.In the original play, Prospero was deposed as duke of Milan by his conniving brother, Antonio. In Atwood’s version, the Antonio character is Tony, Felix’s festival partner, who handles operational matters while Felix immerses himself in staging ever-wilder productions of the kind that typically make small-town boards of directors a little nervous. His “Pericles” involves extraterrestrials. He stages “Macbeth” with chain saws.Felix, like Prospero, is a widowed father. But in “Hag-Seed,” the child too is lost, when Felix’s daughter, Miranda, dies su...

Gertie Wellman

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Springdale, Cyril of Ajax, Ontario, Dawson (Julie) of Springdale and daughters-Ruth (Guy) of Ontario, Velma (Ford) of Springdale. Also leaving to mourn are her brother Ronald Rice; sisters-Hazel Atwood and Melvina Slade; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends. Pastor Lindsey Foster will conduct the funeral service from Central Funeral Homes in Springdale on Wednesday, October 19 at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at the Living Waters Cemetery. Pallbearers are Nancy Dewling, Winnie Matthews, Dominic Winsor, Zachary Wiseman, Neil Rice and Dean Wiseman. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Ken Goodyear and Marilyn Stuckless of Central Funeral Homes. For condolences on line and to listen to the funeral service please visit

Thomas Davis, an Adventist Missionary Who Found Jesus After the Mission Field - Adventist Review

Friday, September 2, 2016

Canada, who officiated Davis’ funeral on Aug. 13 in the Kelowna Adventist church. “He influenced many in their walk with Christ,” Johnson told the Adventist Review. “I was one of those.” Thomas Atwood Davis was born on Feb. 9, 1920, in Safe Harbour, Newfoundland. His parents joined the Adventist Church when he was 11 and enrolled him in an Adventist school, a decision that he later said set the course for his life. During World War II, Davis was drafted into the Royal Canadian Air Force while studying at Oshawa Missionary College (now Kingsway College) in Oshawa, Ontario. Two of his three years of service were spent as a medic in England. He soon realized that he needed to spend time in God’s Word if he was going to maintain his relationship with God and escape the temptations of enlisted life, Dreher said. Other than the Bible, his favorite books were Ellen White’s Messages to Young People and Steps to Christ, she said. “His close walk with God showed since many of the enlisted men began calling him ‘preacher’ and would come to him for counsel and encouragement,” Dreher said. “But after returning to college he relaxed in the Adventist environment, not realizing his need nor understanding how to stay connected with God.” 20 Years of Church Service Davis met and married his wife, Margaret Penner, while studying theology at Canadian Union College (now Burman University) in 1949. He graduated in 1951, working first as a singing evangelist and then as a pastor. He left pastoral ministry in 1958 when he moved to Washington to became editorial assistant for the Bible Dictionary, which was being prepared by the Review and Herald Publishing Association as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary series. “Though Dad trained in theology and became a pastor, he was really a writer at heart,” Dreher said. With the dictionary project finished two years later, Davis accepted the post of editor-in-chief of the Philippine Publishing House. In 1965, he was called to take the same position at the Oriental Watchman Publishing House in India. His daughter Cheryl Dunn recalled his love for music and travel during those years. “While we lived in India he decided to make a recording of the songs he loved,” she said. “I practiced the piano for hours, and then we recorded his songs on reel-to-reel tapes. Dad also loved to travel. On our first furlough from the Philippines in 1964 our family toured through India, the Middle East, Egypt, and Europe before visiting family in Canada.” After five years in India, Davis was invited...

Canada Day 2016: 27 free ways to celebrate locally - CTV News

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mitchell can look forward to a parade and picnic in Lions Park from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., as well as other fun and games. It’s going to be a busy day on Main Street in Atwood, with a parade starting at 12:30 p.m., followed by music, clowns, and games and activities for kids.  Oxford County Canada Day festivities in Woodstock start at 5:45 p.m., with live music at Southside Park, as well as kiddie rides and other activities. The night is capped off with fireworks at dusk. Tillsonburg features two separate events to mark the day. A pancake breakfast gets underway at 8 a.m. at the Station Arts Centre, while food and free activities are on offer at the Annandale National Historic Site from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A Canada Day parade will wind its way through Norwich starting at 2 p.m., followed by games and children’s activities for the rest of the afternoon. Musical acts hit the stage at 7:30 p.m., and the night is capped off with fireworks. Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Brockville area joins in mourning - Brockville Recorder and Times

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Humboldt later this week. — City of Brockville (@BrockvilleON) April 9, 2018Organizations across Ontario were paying tribute to the victims of last week’s fatal bus crash.The bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a semi truck in northeast Saskatchewan on Friday, killing 15 people and leaving 14 others injured.The fatalities included 10 young teammates, ranging in age from 15 to 21, and five team personnel. Like many people across the country, the Wilsons placed a hockey stick on their porch in what has become a universal tribute to the lost players.The book of condolences is the product of city staff’s collaboration with Brockville’s Irvine Funeral Home.The tragedy also hit close to home for Mike Galbraith, a funeral director at Irvine who helped coordinate the book of condolences.“As a hockey dad, as a parent, as a funeral director, I can appreciate the chaos that’s going on,” he said.“Sometimes, people need an outlet.”Signing a book of condolences is a small way of confronting the powerlessness one feels in the wake of such a tragedy, said Galbraith.“This one’s kind of near and dear to the heart,” he added.“If I had the means and the time, I would fly out there today on a plane and help them out.”The Brockville Braves plan on contributing one dollar from every ticket sold to Tuesday’s Game at the Memorial Centre to a crowdsourcing fund for the victims. Galbraith said another version of the book of condolences will be set up at the arena ahead of that game.“It will all be added to one and sent off at the end of the week,” he added.Some 30 people had signed the city hall book as of mid-afternoon Monday, as word of the tribute began slowly to spread.Some of the people signing came from out of town, including Prescott, Mallorytown, Delta and Kingston.All of the local signatures and messages will be conveyed to Humboldt city hall.Elsewhere locally, organizers of the Brockville Winter Classic Weekend used their Facebook account to post tributes to the Broncos and a link to the crowdsourcing page.Brockville Mayor David Henderson said the scope of the tragedy extends beyond the world of hockey.“I think it wa...

Appeal ends, nearly $6000 raised - Sault Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hunter Chamberlain and their son, Bentley, died last Tuesday. Their SUV, northbound on Highway 69 near Parry Sound, crossed the centre line and collided with a transport. The SUV caught fire. Ontario Provincial Police have not released the names of the deceased pending identification by Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences. Whitehead's best friend, Rebecca Chapman, launched a GoFundMe appeal ( on Friday to help Victoria's mother, Jodey Whitehead, pay for funeral costs. Her goal was $2,000. That target was exceeded by more than 50 per cent within 24 hours with $3,186 donated by 66 contributors by 10 a.m Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, the tally grew to $5,980 from 136 donors. In an update, Chapman thanked donors and said the appeal was finished. “As per request by the family, I will be closing donations and taking the funds to them,” she said. “They decided that this is an overwhelming, but very appreciated amount of support, and that they would like me to close the fund as we have reached nearly $6,000.”Many donors offered their condolences about the trio's death. “My heart goes out to anyone impacted by this tragedy,” said Danielle Heatley. “I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and grandchild,” said MaryClaire Wood in a post. “I pray you find the strength to deal with this terrible loss.“Thanks to everyone for their generosity,” said Jonathan White...

'They lost their goalie': Don Mills Flyers pay tribute to murder victim Roy Pejcinovski in emotional return to the ice - Toronto Star

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Flyers and Marlboros.  (Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)Pejcinovski was a promising prospect in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft. “We remember him as a teammate and friend,” West said, urging the boys to “sit together, support each other, and keep playing the game.” And they did, but with a twist. The two teams tossed their sticks into pile at centre ice — with no discernible divide between Flyers and Marlboros. Players picked sticks at random, shuffling them like a deck of cards into two new teams.They then peeled their rival jerseys and put on new ones, black or white with a capital “R,” for Roy, in burgundy. The colour in the boys’ socks — orange and black for the Flye...