Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wasaga Beach hosts Georgian Bay Reads

There's going to be a literary show down in Wasaga Beach this fall. Wasaga Beach is gearing up to host the fourth annual Georgian Bay Reads in celebration of Canadian Library Month. 

Georgian Bay Reads will be held in the RecPlex at the Oakview Community Centre on Saturday, October 20. Georgian Bay Reads is a cooperative event between neighboring communities in celebration of Canadian literature. Libraries from Town of Blue Mountains, Clearview, Collingwood, Meaford and Wasaga Beach send a representative to defend the Canadian novel of their choice. 

Moderator for the evening is Wasaga's own Monica Quinlan, who will ensure the evening is lively as participants engage in a literary duke-out to determine Canada's best novel for 2012. 

This year Wasaga will be represented by Deputy Mayor David Foster, who will use his best council debating skills to defend the novel The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.  The heat will rise as defenders battle, joke and do whatever is necessary to keep their book from being voted out.  Audience participation is a must as defenders debate the merits of their book. Each book is voted out of the competition by members of the panel with help from the audience. The winning defender brings home the GBR trophy for their library. As the biggest book debate in the Georgian Bay region the event promises to provide the audience with an evening of lively discussion, big laughs and great Canadian books. 

Participants in this year's event are: 

Representing Blue Mountains is Araby Lockhart, library supporter, defending Barometer Rising by Hugh McLennan.
Representing Clearview Township is Edward Henley, director of finance, defending Neuromancer by William Gibson.
Representing Collingwood is Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor CPL, defending The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
Representing Meaford is Cor Boogerman, library supporter, defending The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott.

Representing Wasaga Beach is Dave Foster, deputy mayor, defending The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.
Tickets are required for the evening event. Tickets are free but limited. For more information or to put your name on the ticket list contact Cathy at the library at 705 429-5481 ext. 2405.
Jackie Beaudin is chief librarian at Wasaga Beach Public Library. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Biden to make Obama's case to middle class

It’s time for Joe Biden to show why President Barack Obama is keeping him as his running mate.

The vice president is set to address the thousands of delegates at the Democratic convention — and millions more watching at home — on Thursday evening. Advisers say Biden will tell what he saw from his front-row seat as Obama made some hard decisions. And he'll make the case that Republican rival Mitt Romney isn’t suited to make the tough calls.

Biden’s target audience is white, working-class voters. Look for him to use words such as ‘‘conviction’’ and ‘‘character.’’ He also plans to talk about the decisions that have defined Obama’s term in office, such as sending Navy SEALs to get Osama bin Laden and helping bail out Detroit’s automakers.