Non-fiction

Category: Non-fiction

Did you know that our country was originally supposed to be called the Kingdom of Canada? This was the proposal made in 1866 by John A. Macdonald, who was to become the first prime minister at Confederation a year later. But the idea was turned down by the British government because they feared it would offend the Americans — a familiar story! Canada was then and is today a constitutional monarchy, a completely different political system from that of the United States.

An Olympic Rowing Crew: A Balance of Personalities

Once we had earned our seats in the boat, our bowman, Gabe Bergen, gave each of us a spirit animal to represent our appearance and personality. Here’s my take on each of my teammates.

Gabe Bergen - Diviner of Spirit Animals

Gabe was the oldest at age 30. Gabe is his own inimitable entity. On first glance, you’d think his perpetually scruffy beard and gleaming eyes were telling of his wisdom. Well, you’d be right. Gabe knew just what to say, and when to say it, to bring either comedic relief in training or the right perspective in competition.

Accountability Rising

Posted on December 5 by Art Horn in Non-fiction

Over the sound of his straining engine, a pilot really did shout that I should throw my two boxes of personal items out the small side door of his two-seater aircraft. The idea was that we were going to crash because the plane was too heavy and there was nothing but forest beneath us. Even during takeoff he voiced his concern about the weight of my baggage, but once we were airborne there was no longer a question. Perhaps we shouldn’t have taken off in the first place.

The 4 Year Olympian Book Trailer!

Posted on December 1 by Kyle in News, Non-fiction

Improbable, heart-wrenching, and uplifting, Jeremiah Brown’s journey from novice rower to Olympic silver medallist in under four years is a story about chasing a goal with everything you’ve got.

After nearly being jailed at age seventeen and becoming a father at nineteen, Jeremiah Brown manages to grow up into a responsible young adult. But while juggling the demands of a long-term relationship, fatherhood, mortgage payments, and a nine-to-five banking career, he feels something is missing. A new goal captures his imagination: what would it take to become an Olympian?

We usually think that war is decided by mighty battles and often it is. In the Second World War such battles as El Alamein, Stalingrad and Midway all had decisive effects on Allied victory. However, I wanted to write the book Ten Decisions to show that if you stand back and look at the Second World War, many of the decisions that mattered most, ones which were the most far-reaching, were not always made on the battlefield.

When the Canadian federal election was called for December 17, 1917, most Canadian women west of Quebec already had the provincial vote and, in most parts of the country, they had earned the right to vote and hold municipal office. It is clear that even without the First World War the right to vote federally would soon be realized. Both major political parties were on record supporting the cause and Canadians were well aware of the international currents promoting women’s rights.

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