Adele Blair

Features Writer

Adele was born in Ottawa, Ontario, educated at Carleton University and enjoyed careers in both Education and Social Work, which spanned 52 years. She has three cherished adult adopted children, 4 beloved grandchildren , and a 6 year old canine companion named Bailey. Recently retired, she enjoys writing as a hobby, is active in almost everything going, and resides in Nepean, Ontario.
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Operation Elephant and ‘Class Size’

Operation Elephant and ‘Class Size’

There is much to be learned from history. The story of ‘Operation Elephant,’ a Second World War battle, is worth teaching to every school child, to every politician, and to every policy maker. I wish it were mandatory reading for our leaders in Education. The battle, planned by distant generals, [...]

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A better way - some thoughts on the ‘Class Size’ protests

A better way - some thoughts on the ‘Class Size’ protests

As a retired teacher, I relish in seeing adults I once taught as children appear in the news because they improved the world in some way. I am delighted to see them on television getting an award for outstanding work. It gives me great satisfaction when they turn up as a reporter or public figure perhaps, [...]

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The Gordion Knot in Ontario Sex Education

The Gordion Knot in Ontario Sex Education

In 333 BC, Alexander the Great came upon an ancient wagon, in what is now known as Turkey, on which the yoke was bound with knots so entangled it was impossible to use. Any man who could unravel the knots, it had been proclaimed, was destined to become the ruler of all of Asia. Alexander became obsessed [...]

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Does size really matter, Teach?

Does size really matter, Teach?

An inquisitive adolescent boy posed this complex question to his Sex Education teacher, “Does size really matter, Teach!” The somewhat embarrassed young educator swallowed hard, took a deep breath, and thoughtfully postulated, “Well, that depends on a few salient factors! And those [...]

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When we no longer call the plays: some thoughts on power of attorney

When we no longer call the plays: some thoughts on power of attorney

Tom Brady is widely thought to be among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He is called ‘the winningest quarterback in NFL history’ according to Wikipedia (July, 2018) and led the New England Patriots to more division titles than anyone in the history of the NFL. He was reliable and consistent, [...]

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Hats off to young teachers - Some thoughts on the Florida high school shooting of February 17, 2018

Hats off to young teachers - Some thoughts on the Florida high school shooting of February 17, 2018

Always bear in mind we in Canada are NOT immune. As I am bombarded with the news and programming about the 2018 dreadful massacre of 17 people in a Florida high schoolI I am forced to realize this was not an occurrence particular to the USA alone. Canada shares so much with the USA,including school [...]

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What are schools for? Lessons from the Walter Baker Pool

What are schools for? Lessons from the Walter Baker Pool

As a retired, senior lady awaiting an Aquafit class recently, I watched with nostalgic memories of my own babies, a group of twenty something, swimsuit clad moms, carry their cherished infants on their hips, confidently into the warmth of a shallow pool, at the Walter Baker Sports Centre, in Nepean, [...]

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When we lead from the heart - some thoughts on inclusion in Ontario education

When we lead from the heart - some thoughts on inclusion in Ontario education

There are some words that pull at our heart strings universally, such as newborn, freedom and abandonment. Inclusion is another. Who among us cannot recall an incident of not being included and the pain and hurt associated with it? Maybe it was not being invited to a birthday party in third grade. Maybe [...]

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The Used Car Sales Lot and Your Child’s Education....

The Used Car Sales Lot and Your Child’s Education....

What is said to be true, what is perceived to be true, and what is true, in both the Used Car Sales Lot and in the Ontario school system, needs to be considered carefully by those buying into either! If you think all three are the same, it is time to get more informed! If you then still think all three [...]

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If we are lucky! - Some thoughts on the care of seniors

If we are lucky! - Some thoughts on the care of seniors

If we are lucky, we are all going to get old one day. We will be called seniors at age 65, or perhaps even at age 55. Membership in this group cuts across all races, genders, creeds, sexual orientations and linguistic or ethnic identities. If we are really lucky our leaders will have solved a lot of [...]

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