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A magical Place: Toronto Island and Its People

Casa Loma

Prairie Fire

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Participating Writer, Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program

  • Writers' Union of Canada Electronic Rights and Copyright Committee. Chair 2005 – present

  • Chair, Writers' Union of Canada, 2005-2006

  • Certificate of Commendation, Heritage Toronto, October 2000 for A Magical Place: Toronto Island and Its People

  • Nominated for Silver Birch Award, 2000, Sioux Winter

  • Award of Merit, Heritage Toronto, October, 1999, Casa Loma: Toronto’s Fairy-tale Castle and its Owner, Sir Henry Pellatt

  • Prairie Fire selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” list and nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 1998

  • Several other books in the Bains Series were selected for Canadian Children's Book Centre

  • “Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature,” 1984 (for a body of work, Bains Series)

  • Canada Council Award for Juvenile Literature, 1975 for Shantymen of Cache Lake. (This award is now called the Governor General's Award for English language children's literature)

  • Member PEN Canada

  • Founding member of CommunityAIR, an environmental group that opposes the expansion of a downtown Toronto airport and promotes quality of life in the city. Author of the group’s website  

  • Founding member of, a citizen group that researches and publishes information on financial donations received by candidates in the City of Toronto and surrounding municipalities.












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