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James Ingram “Cut” Barnard was a lifetime social worker whose career was marked by his passion for helping his young clients and his disdain for bureaucrats. The latter cost him his job at the Southern Pines School district and forced him to return to his childhood neighbourhood of Verdun in the southern tip of Montreal. The move allowed the widower to reconnect with his two grown children and restart his career with Montreal Social Services. However he quickly finds that Verdun has changed and soon becomes involved with Russian mobsters while trying to help those affected by drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. His desire to give troubled kids a fighting chance once again finds him at odds with his superiors. A woman from his past and an orphaned Russian provides Cut with a new outlook on life.
It’s 1998, and the Town of Beaverly is home to Canada’s deepest but least exploited sinkhole.
For years, Mayor Conrad Lemon’s efforts to transform it into a tourist attraction have been unsuccessful, as have most of his plans to put Beaverly on the map.
When an emergency thrusts Beaverly in the spotlight, Mayor Lemon is determined to make the most of it… no matter what. At his side (against her will) is Jemima MacNaught, assistant editor of The Beaverly Modicum, who finds herself forced to choose between loyalty to her profession and her town, though she’s not sure she wants to stick with either.
With A Hole in the Ground, longtime Québec humour columnist and broadcaster Ross Murray has written a novel that’s a tribute to small towns, small newspapers and the people who keep them running, through holes and high water.
Poetry By David Edmond CD
That all who journey past be touched; “Yea ever heard about Nigger Rock,” the old man asked? Before I could answer, he continued to speak. “Yea know that black runaway slaves are buried there.” Have you ever heard of the underground railroad? “That railroad for your information was not like the one they have in Montreal now, the one they call the Metro…” “…those poor runaway slaves came all the way to Canada in order to be free, but…” “…there was a black woman,…she went by the name of Birdie,” the old man continued. “I think we need to make Birdie proud.”the old man added, after he had read her poem. Who is Birdie? What does she have to do with Nigger Rock? Read her story, and as the old man said,..“make Birdie proud”.
Association de la Culture du Patrimoine d’Abercorn
Do citizens know their rights? Do they understand their duties? The increase in judicial activism, diversity in the population and the rapid changes brought on by technological innovation have many Canadians wondering about what holds Canada together and how they can act in an evolving country. In Canadian Public Culture, Gary Caldwell examines and dissects the public practices that we traditionally associate with a free and responsible citizen, the citizen who made this country the envy of the world.
Gary Caldwell, Foreword by Rodney Leggett