Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ February 27, 2014

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey (Author)

The 5th Wave-fin

Kindle Edition: CDN$11.99

Hardcover Edition: CDN$14.44

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (April 8 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYJIJ46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 

The Fifth Wave ~ is a believable science fiction story that gives us a new line on the “defend ourselves from aliens” theme. 

If you are an adult who likes to read YA titles, this is written well enough to compare with The House of the Scorpion, but doesn’t compare with Robert Cormier. However, that said, my prediction is that the YA reading public will definitely like it.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ February 24,2014

For more than 60 years, Variety ~ The Children’s Charity Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. With their flagship project Variety Village, they are a world recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

They have achieved this reputation because of their ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities and are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario.

Over the next few months Professor Owl’s Book Corner will showcase some of the activities and programs available for these young people.  This month we will take a look at their Links program which teaches young adults with developmental disabilities to become a responsible, independent member of society.



Learning to become a responsible, independent member of society can be difficult for any young adult. But for young adults with developmental disabilities, it can be very challenging. To help these young adults, Variety Village offers a program called LINKS, which stands for Lifestyle, Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, and Sports. This program enables its members to develop confidence and learn life skills essential to their independence in the community.

Through educational and fun programs such as Physical Fitness, Nutritional Planning, Creativity and Healthy Living, each member becomes more self-aware and self-reliant. The LINKS program is like a “home away from home” for its members.

While some programs include time in the gym or pool being physically active, others include:


The creative process of arts and crafts helps to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in creative self-expression.


This program has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.


This program gives the participants a chance to explore and learn through hands on experiments. The program is focused on learning about different aspects of the world around us. The goals of this program are to form an understanding of simple and somewhat complicated action and reaction experiments.


This is an activity that happens on a weekly basis every Thursday morning. The LINKS group organizes a breakfast service that serves hot and fresh breakfast meals that are available to all of the staff and participants of the building. Each week we have a different special that will be served and that is prepared right on the spot. This program gives the participants a chance to experience a job oriented environment and it also helps the LINKS program earn money which can be used for other activities.


This program focuses on the understanding of plant life and how to manage your own plants. The program starts from the ground up focusing on how plants start to develop, what they need for proper development and also regular maintenance for a long healthy life. Along with the hands on aspect of planting, fertilizing and watering their plants, participants will be involved in a classroom setting where discussions will be facilitated around what the best practices are for growing certain types of plants. Participants will also have a first hand look at what affects their plants growth through a statistical bookkeeping procedure which involves measuring their plants on a weekly basis.

For additional information on the LINKS program, download the registration package and read our brochure. Feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns about the LINKS program – call Cathy Price,, LINKS Coordinator 416.699.7167 x 280.








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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ February 20, 2014

Spirit Animals Book 3: Blood Ties

Garth Nix (Author), Sean Williams (Author)


Animal Spirits3-cropKindle CDN$7.73

Hardcover CDN$10.82

 Audio CDN$20.68



 Praise for Spirit Animals

New York Times bestseller “Mull kicks off the multiplatform Spirit Animals series with an exciting first    installment.” —Publishers Weekly

“Mull masterfully draws readers in . . . [they] will have a hard time putting this book down.” —School Library Journal

“An insightful look at what it means to be a hero, with the glory it brings and the sacrifice it demands. The accompanying game offers an exciting off-page experience.” —Kirkus

  Product Description:

The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

Erdas is a land of balance. A rare link, the spirit animal bond, bridges the human and animal worlds. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each have this gift-and the grave responsibility that comes with it.

But the Conquerors are trying to destroy this balance. They’re swallowing whole cities in their rush for power-including Meilin’s home. Fed up with waiting and ready to fight, Meilin has set off into enemy territory with her spirit animal, a panda named Jhi. Her friends aren’t far behind . . . but they’re not the only ones.

The enemy is everywhere.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (March 25 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FFGCA34

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ February 17, 2014

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Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,000,000
to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

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Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals. 

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,000,000
to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

For more information go to


Rock for Dimes Vancouver 2014

Eighth annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to raise money for Vancouver families living with disabilities

Six bands will shake Red Room Ultra Bar on Saturday, to raise an estimated $20,000 for families living with disabilities. Freshwater Sharks, Standard of Hair, Still Living at Home, No Reply, The Ringtones and Lex Appeal will compete for bragging rights, at the same time showcasing their talents to music industry professionals.

On board as judges are Odds drummer Pat Steward, 54/40 lead guitarist Dave Genn, music producers Jeff Dawson, Mike Fraser, Randy Staub and retired NHL player Gary Nylund. Kieran Wilkie, from media sponsor 96.9 Jack FM will be the evening’s host.

All proceeds benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year the charity will be donating up to $15,000 to help a family or individual living with disabilities in British Columbia retrofit a vehicle to become accessible. The presentation will be given during Rock for Dimes.

Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but they can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. The funding will be given to an individual or family who desperately needs a modified vehicle, but cannot afford it on their own.

“We are very excited to support a local individual or family living with a disability acquire a retrofit for their vehicle that will make their life a little easier,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “A similar grant was given at Rock for Dimes in Halifax in November, 2013 with great success, so we have tied our initiative to this fundraiser and hope to help families across Canada.”

Having a modified vehicle will make a life-changing impact on the selected recipient, removing or minimizing a life safety risk by providing transportation to receive necessary medical treatment. As well, the vehicle could help the recipient maintain or obtain full employment, have the chance to pursue their education and improve access to the community.

“Can Am Mobility is truly excited and honoured to be a sponsor of March of Dimes Canada’s retrofit vehicle​initiative in 2014. The retrofit will provide the lucky recipient with an enhanced freedom of living,” says Ed Stang, Certified Mobility Manager for Can Am Mobility, which will be providing the retrofit.

Sponsors include Gowlings, CIS, Singleton Urqhart Legal Counsel, Dollar Tree, Can Am Mobility and Temec Engineering.  Airgo Mobility is the national sponsor, Long & McQuade the backline sponsor and 96.9 Jack FM the media sponsor.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the RedRoom Ultra Bar, located at 398 Richards Street.  The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person.

For more information or to order tickets please visit or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

  Whodunit – Brockville Murder Mystery Night!

Murder Mystery Night being held in support of March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Royal Canadian Legion will be transformed into an evening of mystery, intrigue and fun in support of Brockville residents living with disabilities. 

Tickets are only $39 and include dinner, the show and the chance to win door prizes. For every ticket bought at a Scotiabank location, the bank will give a matching donation of $39. Tickets can be purchased at the Scotiabank branches at 329 Stewart Boulevard and 7 King West. Sponsorship opportunities are still available​

“We’re very excited to host our first Murder Mystery Event in support of our local programming, says Theresa Brooks, Program Manager for March of Dimes Canada in Brockville, and the organizer of the event. “This will be a fun and lighthearted event that will make a big difference in the lives of the people we serve.”

In Brockville, March of Dimes Canada offers attendant services, employment services, financial support towards the purchase of assistive devices and home and vehicle modifications and more for people with disabilities.

The event will start at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour, and dinner and the show will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Brockville Branch located at 180 Park Street in Brockville.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 613-342-1935.

March of Dimes Canada’s dear friend ~ and Professor Owl’s Book Corner’s very first “Hero of the month”

Justin Hines appointed to the Order of Ontario

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Justin Hines performing at Rock for Dimes Toronto in May, 2013, at Club 279 at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Congratulations to Justin Hines on his very well-deserved appointment to the Order of Ontario.

Justin Hines has been a friend of March of Dimes for over eight years. Justin has thrived all his life, despite odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit. He has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that has him permanently using a wheelchair.

Justin has performed across the globe, throughout Europe, China, the Middle East, South Africa and North America. He performed at the Beijing Olympics supported by Sheila E, the Vancouver Olympics and the Pan Am Games in Mexico. He has released five studio albums, and his latest, ‘How We Fly’ was released in May, 2013 and is available in stores and online.

This past summer, Justin embarked on his ambitious Vehicle of Change tour, where he rode an RV across North America, raising money for a number of different charities, including March of Dimes Canada. More info about Justin, and the Vehicle of Change tour, can be found on his website at

 More information about the Order of Ontario and a full list of winners can be found at:​​

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ February 10th. 2014



Great event! Thanks to the guys and gals from Squared Circle Young Stars for putting on a great show and for supporting Variety Village. See you next time!

Tough guys take a fall

Nearly every ringside seat at Variety Village had a young fan squirming in it when The Fraternity swaggered into the building on Jan. 25.

Sporting preppy clothes and Ivy League ‘tude, the three Squared Circle wrestlers got boos when they tried to haul away the referee and wipe out their rival, Will White, in a three-on-one.

But White beat the odds. He sent the square-chinned Trent Gibson and Bradford Montague packing, then schooled their curly-haired leader, Channing Decker, with a Flying Senton Bomb.

It was all for a good cause, says Squared Circle Wrestling‘s Jordan Marques. “Every year we try to donate our time to help Variety Village,” Marques said, noting that the event was the fourth free show the North York wrestling outfit has staged at Variety, and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to its kids’ programs. The Scarborough recreation centre is designed floor to ceiling for people of all physical abilities.

 flames Variety Village Swim Team


Variety Village is proud to be the home of seven sport teams, all part of the Variety Village Athletic Club (VVAC). The VVAC gives children of all abilities the chance to be active, competitive and discover their potential.

The benefits of competing in integrated sport teams are many: developing both muscle and self-esteem, learning coordination, making new friends, and learning to see abilities and not disabilities.Since 1982, the teams of the VVAC have provided the perfect training ground for athletes who go on to compete at Paralympic, Special Olympic and Olympic games. Variety Village athletes attend regular competitions both at Variety Village and at locations across Ontario, Canada and North America.

Variety Village’s “Wall of Fame” pays tribute to some of the teams’ most accomplished alumni. They include:

  • Jeff Tiessen, world record holder and two-time Paralympic medalist in the 400-metre track event
  • Jeff Adams, four-time Paralympian and Olympian who has attained world records in the 400-metre, 800-metre and 1,500-metre track events
  • Tracey Ferguson, member of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team, four-time Paralympic medalist (three gold), and the first woman with a disability to receive an athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois
  • Anné Polinario, former member of the Variety Village Flames swim team, and five-time medal winner at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens
  • Bradley Bowden, Paralympian, wheelchair basketball, gold medal at 2004 Paralympics in Athens, sledge hockey, gold medal at 2006 Paralympics in Turin
  • Adam Lancia, Paralympian, wheelchair basketball, gold medal at 2004 Paralympics in Athens * Kaley McLean, Paralympian, swimming, 2004 Paralympics in Athens

Go Team Canada!

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