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2019-05-25 MURDER AMONG THE PINES wins an Arthur The book was named Best Novella for 2018 by Crime Writers of Canada, which ws gratifying in many ways. It was fun to write and introduced a new fictional character - Maxine Benson - and a new locale - the Muskoka region of Ontario. Thanks to everyone at CWC and the Orca publishers. Now I'm thinking of a full-length novel based on Maxine and Muskoka...
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2019-05-25 Arthur Himself The Arthur Ellis Award for MURDER AMONG THE PINES looks like this. It's slightly altered from two previous Arthurs I was awarded (for THE MAN WHO MURDERED GOD and GYPSY SINS) but it's still animated - pull the string and the arms and legs stretch out. Incidentally, the award is derived from the pseudonym of Canada's official hangman back in the days when we did such things.
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2019-05-25 Arthur, Judy & me. Good to reunite with friends at the Crime Writers of Canada awartds banquet Thursday night.
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2019-02-18 MY FRIEND MICHAEL In December 2017 I met with Michael Wilson to begin working with him on his proposed autobiography. I was at first concerned about the difference in our political leanings, but to our shared delight we hit it off wonderfully. He was most notably a polite and decent man, far warmer than his public persona might suggest, with a gentle sense of humour. We met at his office at Barclays Bank where he was Chairman. I marvelled at many of the stories he shared, tales of his encounters with the Royal Family, Barack Obama, Henry Kissinger, Mick Jagger and a dozen others. They will make the book exceedingly readable and fulfilling. In March, Michael revealed to me that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Whatever happened, he wanted the project completed. I wished him well and promised a book that would make him proud. His death on February 10 was not unexpected but shocking nevertheless. The book will deal with his international business experience, government service, negotiating the original NAFTA, serving as Ambassador to the U.S., the tragic death of his eldest son, and the resulting dedication to improve the treatment of mental health sufferers. It will be titled SOMETHING WITHIN ME. Someone has said that Canada is a smaller place without him. I agree.
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2018-06-14 PROBUS APPEARANCE Nicely done poster design from Burlington PROBUS - thanks!
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2017-10-24 Sad to note the passing of Rick George Of all the business people and celebrities I have been fortunate to work with, none exceeded Rick for his kindness, humour and wisdom. As detailed in our book SUN RISE: Suncor, The Oil Sands and the Future of Energy (HarperCollins) Rick was instrumental not only in building Suncor to an energy giant but in reshaping Canada's role as an energy producer.

I recalled his personality and achievements in a broadcast interview with Andrew Bell of BNN.ca

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