Georgian Bay Reads



Saturday, October 21, 2017  

Five Defenders - Five Books - One Winner

Clearview, Collingwood, Meaford, Springwater, and Wasaga Beach Public Libraries will be duking it out to see who will be library champion this year.

This Year's Winner!
Meaford Library!

Leslie Ransom

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I was born and raised in a small northern Ontario town (Wawa). My roots remain in small communities, where I spent most of my adult life.  I am a retired Secondary School Principal, but I also taught in private, public and First Nation schools for 32 years.  I spent 3 years working as an elementary teacher in a very isolated First Nation community just south of James Bay. Our family enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience while there.

I am a dedicated community volunteer, having received a provincial award for outstanding volunteerism-Corps D’Elite.  I am an avid reader and have been my entire life of all genres. I am also a fierce Library supporter.

I have also been involved in sports and competition in skiing, cycling, and running for my entire life. I am happily married for 40 years and have one child, a son, Loic.

THE BOOK: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese 

indianhorsecoverSaul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he’s led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows.

With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.

Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man. Drawing on his great-grandfather’s mystical gift of vision, Saul Indian Horse comes to recognize the influence of everyday magic on his own life. In this wise and moving novel, Richard Wagamese shares that gift of magic with readers as well. (


For more information and to view the other defenders visit the website here



  • 2017-11-17T20:51:45+0000
    Owners Found - Thanks everyone! Dog found November 17, 2017 - Afternoon Location: 11th Line, Meaford Breed/gender: Yellow Lab, Male Please see photo. If you are the owner or know the owner, please call Georgian Triangle Humane Society at 705-445-5204. Thank you for your help!

  • 2017-11-16T19:02:54+0000
    Municipality of Meaford shared County of Grey's post.

  • 2017-11-16T17:04:39+0000
    We have recently had some instance of garbage bag tags being ripped in half, and both halves being placed on two separate garbage bags. Garbage will only be collected if a complete bag tag is present on all waste bags, and by-law enforcement will be contacted if necessary.

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