Subject: great articles
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the recent edition of Shunpiking. The essay "The Origins of Racism" was very informative. It turned my view of racism upside down.

After reading your paper I became so disturbed by the provincial government's arrangements with Stora Enso and Michelin that I for the first time have written letters to MLAs/prospective MLAs.

Graham Waugh
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Subject: Black History Supplement - Thank you so much

Volume 6, No. 38

Date: Tue, 23 August 2005

Thank you for the article THE LONG WALK HOME by Paul MacDougall. I was born in Glace Bay, NS, and I am very happy that you can teach me the history of blacks in Nova Scotia. I really needed to know, so thanks again,

Best regards,

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Subject: Justin Coward Memorial Basketball Tournament

Shunpiking Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 41, May, 2002

Re: Tony Seed
I would personally like to thank you for all the positive articles you have written about the JCMBT (Justin Coward Memorial Basketball Tournament) over the past few years. The Cowards are very close family friends and my brother, Dave, played with Justin, and he was actually quoted in one of your previous articles about wearing his number.

Our family has been involved in the tournament from the very beginning, with my parents sitting on the board, Dave playing, my sister Katey playing Midget A, and my father and I also coached in Curtis' organization, the JC Rockets. As you can tell this tournament is something we take very seriously, our house is full of volunteer shirts, hats and jackets as I write you, because we are about 20 minutes away from going to the gym to get things set up! In closing I would just like to express my gratification and sincere thanks from not just myself and my family but from the entire organization.

Thanks a million,
Jim Smith

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Subject: Justin Coward Memorial Basketball Tournament

What is important: a coach's letter
Shunpiking Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 41, May, 2002

Dear Tony Seed,

I just read your article about the Justin Coward Tournament and again feel excited, overwhelmed and very pleasantly surprised that such a tournament takes place and that the values it stands for are really at the forefront.

I am a new coach to basketball and, even though we are a Bantam C team -- really an introductory team to competitive sport -- coaching has been a very challenging experience, bringing out the best and the worst in me and challenging me to re-evaluate what my values in sport are.

One can become very narrow-minded and competitive and only want to win at any cost. We are fortunate on our team to have a girl playing with us who has a mental handicap. Sometimes it's been frustrating as her basketball abilities are limited and, at other times I am amazed at how the other girls include her and make her feel an important part of the team. What lessons we learn and pass along to the kids in the end matter so much more the winning at any cost.

Once my daughter was involved in a cross-country run and was winning the race, when her friend fell and dropped out. My daughter stopped to help her friend; as a result she didn't place well. I got after my daughter for stopping, and my husband later asked me my definition of sportsmanship ... a good lesson learned.

Being involved this year, especially with 12-13 year-old girls, has been a wonderful experience for me, and I think it has been a great experience for them as well. It is such a difficult time for girls at this age, and to be able to throw themselves into sport, have fun, win, lose, and celebrate a great year will carry them a long way in the future.

Thank God for tournaments like the Justin Coward!! They help keep us focused on what is important in an all too competitive world.

And thanks to you, Tony, for helping keep Justin's memory and values alive.


Barb Campbell,

St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scoita

April, 2002

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