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

Wednesday, July 05, 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 04, 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 02, 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?)...

BRIAN DAVID MUEHLMAN - Burlington County Times

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter, traveling throughout United States and Canada hunting with his grandson, Kurt. Brian was a USCG Charter Captain on Lake Ontario for 15 years. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Gail Krauss Muehlman; his mother and step father, Margaret (Rex) Smith of Wexford; daughter, Candi (Joe) Landles of Evans City; step daughter, Becky Flagler of Pittsburgh; siblings, Connie Federbusch, Laurie (Ron) Mahen, and Mark (Pam) Muehlman, all of Mercer; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Mariah, Rayna, Seth, Brandon, Riley, Connor, Liam, and Nico; and several nieces and nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul Muehlman and his brother in law, Oscar Federbusch. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the blessing service at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Steven King Foundation, 621 Street, Jetmore, KS 67854 or Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randalman, NC 27317. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh. com. Let's block ads! (Why?)...

Clark Davey, 1928-2019: 'The true journalist of journalists' - Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

He was heartbroken after failing his medical, but an English teacher told him that people would pay him to write. So he enrolled in the first journalism degree course taught at University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1948 and joining the newsroom of the Chatham Daily News.There, he worked under Richard "Dic" Doyle, but moved to Kirkland Lake when the Thomson newspaper chain made him editor-in-chief of the Northern Daily News. His time there was brief, however, as his girlfriend, Joyce Gordon, issued him an ultimatum: Northern Ontario or me. He chose her: they married in September 1952.In the meantime, he joined the newsroom of the Globe and Mail, where his mentor Doyle had been working for a year.As a reporter with the Globe, Davey covered national and international affairs, including the Suez Canal crisis, the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the cancellation of the Avro Arrow program. During the 1957 federal election campaign, he recognized that Tory leader John Diefenbaker was gaining momentum and might actually win, and convinced his editors to allow him to stay with the Chief's campaign for 40 days. Clark Davey, former publisher of the Montreal Gazette, displaying a mock-up of the paper's new Sunday edition in 1988. Bill Grimshaw / The Canadian Press When Doyle became editor of the Globe in 1963, he chose Davey as his managing editor, and, according to Mills, the two raised the broadsheet's reputation from that of a local paper to a national one. Davey was managing editor for 15 years before joining the Vancouver Sun in 1978. He was publisher there until 1983, when he took over at the Gazette. He was publisher of the Citizen from 1989 to 1993. He was also president and chair of The Canadian Press, and co-founder and president of the Michener Awards Foundation that oversees the country's most prestigious journalism prize."He was the true journalist of journalists," says Kim Kierans, journalism professor at University of King's College in Halifax and Michener Foundation board member. "He told me when I last saw him in November, ‘If we're not providing the encouragement for journalism organizations and journalists within them to do the journalism that matters, then we're in trouble as a democracy.'"He was also a lovely man, smart and sparkling … with incredible enthusiasm for the business and its future."According to Mills, Davey, who in 2002 led a protest on the steps of the Ottawa Citizen after Mills was fired for running an editorial critical of then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, was known as tough and gruff, "but deep down he was a really kind and thoughtful person, and a very good friend who was always fair to people. But if you didn't know him, he could be intimidating."And although he called the shots on the job, it was Joyce who ruled the home roost. According to son Ric, his father only stopped the presses twice - once while at the Globe, when Joyce called him to report that she and Ric thought they had just seen a UFO."That was the kind of pull she had over him," says Ric.Clark Davey is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother Kenneth George; children Ric (Rita Celli), Kevin (Margaret) and Clark Jr. (...

Cecile J. Briggs -

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. There will be no funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.Cecile was born on November 14, 1933 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of Claude and Bertha (Belanger) Villeneuve. She married Joseph Maugeri Jr. on February 21, 1958. He predeceased her on April 19, 1972. She later married Ivan Briggs on June 20, 1975. He predeceased her in June 2001.She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling and spending time on social media.She is survived by her son Joseph Maugeri III and his wife Becky of Clayville, NY; three grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew Maugeri; a brother, Cyril and wife Sylvia Villeneuve and two sisters, Claudette Lefebvre and Bernadette Good as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Bernice Sequin and Marie Claire Payette.Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Memories and online condolences may be share with the family at Let's block ads! (Why?)...