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Five Questions for Paul W. Bennett, author of Turning Points

Five Questions for Paul W. Bennett, author of Turning Points

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What inspired you to write the book?

Seeking to know everything about where I live comes instinctively, as does a marked tendency to absorb its local history, politics, and culture. Writing Canadian history textbooks in the mid-1980s and teaching high school history for four decades deepened my understanding of Nova Scotia's shifting status in the emerging Canadian state. Wherever I've lived in Canada, it's been like an immersion course for me. History and historical consciousness inform my thinking on so many issues and that's why I find poking around in Nova Scotia's past so fascinating.

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"Savory and Sentimental"

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Lindy Mechefske joins CTV News Ottawa's Leanne Cusak to talk about Ontario's fascinating history of food and cooking. 

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They also take a look at some of the historical snippets and recipes inside Lindy's book, Out of Old Ontario Kitchens.

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Nova Scotia author Vernon Oickle leaves little to be lost in translation

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Give a gander to Vernon Oickle's new book and you'll see it's pritnear all you need to understand Nova Scotia's vernacular and it ain't half bad.

In his book, Bluenoser's Book of Slang: How To Talk Nova Scotian, the Liverpool author informs his readers that rappie pie is a meat or chicken casserole that goes well with molasses, and that "can't get blood from a turnip" refers to getting money from someone who's flat-out broke.

These would be some of the book's... shall we say... less colourful expressions.

"I think it reflects how the culture evolved over time and when you have a place like Nova Scotia that is a melting pot of different cultures communicating together over the last 200 years, the way we speak is a reflection of that," said Oickle. "It reflects who we are, it captures our past."

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Lindy Mechefske brings Out of Old Ontario Kitchen's to Rogers TV

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Lindy Mechefske recently appeared on Rogers TV Daytime with Dylan Black. She talks about her book Out of Old Ontario Kitchen's and brings along some dishes and drinks and some interesting, old school, cooking tools.

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On the Chronical Herald's Book Shelf

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THE BOOK SHELF: This book of Bluenose slang is right nice

Allison Lawlor- The Chronical Herald, Published: Oct 12, 2018

Nova Scotia, like every region in the world, has its own distinct linguistic shorthand. These words and phrases become meaningful over time and help to not only inform the people who speak them about themselves but bind them together.

"Nova Scotia is blessed with a rich language. It is littered with words and expressions that vary from county to county, and from fishing community to farm town," Oickle writes in his book's introduction.

Whether it's someone on the South Shore asking, "Are you comin' with?" or a Cape Bretoner declaring "Right some good, you," Oickle's book, which is organized like a dictionary with words and meanings grouped in alphabetical order, is filled with expressions that might leave you wondering what you've just read.

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