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Get ready to celebrate the cold with Winter Stations

An over-sized canoe billowing steam. A globe of charred wood lined with faux fur on the inside. A public sauna. These are just three things people can expect from the second year of Winter Stations, set to launch on Family Day at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. The now-annual event blends art, design and architecture […]

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Winter writing contest winners

Thanks to our talented and creative readers for submitting some compelling entries to our second annual winter writing contest. Entries ranged from fiction to memoir to poetry, with a wide range of subjects. As always, we asked a local author to provide an opening sentence to get the creative juices flowing. This winter’s sentence was […]

The Glen Ames Garment Grabbers show off the all-in-one sleeping bag they created for the First Lego League robotics tournament. The close-knit team, which designed the waterproof and fireproof sleeping bag for a local homeless shelter, is heading to provincial championships this weekend, hoping to qualify for internationals.

Glen Ames students build a better sleeping bag as part of robotics competition

When you think of trash, what comes to mind? Plastic bottles and food waste? Garbage islands floating around the ocean? Discarded batteries and electronics? For this year’s Glen Ames robotics team, called the Garment Grabbers, what came to mind was clothing. “Usually you don’t think of clothing being wasted,” said programmer Evan Barlow. “Your parents […]

Grade 7 and 8 students at Duke of Connaught Public School learn the basics of computer science by coding parts of popular video games like Minecraft during the Hour of Code, held at lunch and after school on Dec. 7. Speaking in favour of the annual event, organized by the non-profit, US President Barack Obama said, “Nobody is born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and science, just about anyone can become one.”
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Early start in computer programming at Hour of Code

Step two squares forward, stop, turn right. If the sheep is woolly, shear it. Those are the kind of commands students at Duke of Connaught Public School coded on Dec. 7 for the Hour of Code. If they got it right, a blocky Minecraft character jumped for joy on their phone or laptop screen, thrilled […]


Deja Views for Dec. 15, 2015

Many of us remember the Beaches Library before the addition was built in 2005. The west side of the building was often filled with strollers, bikes and people playing chess on the permanent outdoor tables. Special thanks to Ann Patterson who provided this great photograph. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? […]

The Escape, by Justice Ryan

Painful history makes for a powerful comic book

Candy wrappers, comics, action figures – what sparked Justice Ryan’s award-winning comic book The Escape are all bright fun things from childhood. But they were stashed behind walls and under floorboards in a place no child should have been. “The kids were hiding all this stuff like contraband,” said Ryan, talking about her visit last […]