LiveSmart BC recognition for the Orca office


Congratulations to the Orca pod! We have been awarded a LiveSmart BC Certificate for the actions we have taken to improve our energy efficiency in the office. Over the past year, we’ve started composting our kitchen waste and all paper towels, implemented a sustainable purchase plan for office supplies, developed a more comprehensive recycling program, switched to reusable mugs and committed to turning of lights and heat when they are not in use. And what’s next? Well, we’re planning to instal low-flow aerators on our taps, insulate our hot water pipes, hot water heaters and storage tanks […]

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Would you give your 5-year-old child an iPad?

It’s an interesting question, with strong arguments on both sides. Would a gadget-free child be more creative, more imaginative, less distracted and socially more interactive? Or since technology is a reality of life, is it better for children to get used to it sooner rather than later? Read the full article from the Globe and Mail, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Reminder – Spring Reads Event TONIGHT!

Join authors Rosa Jordan, Matthew Hooton, Sarah N. Harvey and Mark Lavorato for an evening discussion on the art and challenges of storytelling. Full Event Details: 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Cadboro Bay Books: 3840B Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC For more information contact Cadboro Bay Books at 250.477.1421 or Brindle & Glass at

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Three BC Book Prize Nominations


The BC Book Prize shortlist was announced this morning, and we are thrilled to have three nominated titles this year. Congratulations to authors Caitlyn Vernon (Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest), Karen Rivers (What is Real) and Mike Deas (Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus).

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Top Picks for Children and Teens

Looking for a great Canadian read for children or teens? Look no further. The Victoria Times Colonist recently published a Top-10 list of titles ranging from board books to teen fiction, all chosen by Tracy Kendrick, co-ordinator of children’s and teen services at the Greater Victoria Library. Three Orca titles made the list! Alligator, Bear, Crab: A Baby’s ABC, by Lesley Wynne Pechter (Board Book) Kendrick said, “A colorful and playful book that introduces the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters.” Purchase board book Purchase ebook  Slick, by Sara Cassidy (Orca Currents) […]

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