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Review of "the King's Speech"

Kings speech Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter

I had the pleasure of attending the screening of "The King's Speech" last night at the Toronto Film Festival and enjoyed every minute of it.

The movie is about the unlikely friendship that forms between shy, stuttering King George VI (played by Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (played by Geoffry Rush), his speech therapist. The latter helping the former find his voice. Even King George VI shared our familiar self-doubt: "How can I be king and lead my people with a stammer?"

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My Experience at the NSA Conference

rebecca Rebecca Tasker

This July, Daniele, Carolina and I attended the NSA conference in Cleveland. We ended up taking a greyhound bus all the way and even though some parts sucked we saved some money and got to know each other a lot better. Carolina had been to NSA conferences in the past and Dan and I were the "First Timers". Not knowing what to expect i was extremely nervous and didn't really understand why, but once we arrived and everyone was meeting each other I felt alot better!

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STUTTER: the Performance by Jordan Scott

This Review first appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the CSA newsletter.

A review of the Poetry Performance of Jordan Scott and the Sounds of the Element Choir, Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Music Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

There was a mystical quality to Jordan Scott’s performance at the Music Gallery in May of this year. The venue, St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, was built in 1844. Although partly burned down in the 1950s, the church retains its stone structure and stained glass, reflecting its original purpose as a place of worship. This is appropriate for the shows put on by the Music Gallery, experimental and unconventional performances that encourage thoughtful reflection in the listener.

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Beware of dubious claims made on website

Kill Stutter A dubious website!

This article is a warning to people who stutter, and an appeal to everybody to help stop a website that makes impossible claims regarding curing stuttering, and has attracted international attention. The owner of the website in question, Arjun Lal, is Canadian and lives in Unionville, Ontario.The website claims to sell a taperecording that will stop stuttering in under 10 minutes.

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Notker the Stammerer

notker Notker

Did you know people who stutter have a patron saint?

Blessed Notker of St. Gall, called Balbulus (“The Stutterer”) lived in the 10th century in St Gall, a famous centre of learning and culture in medieval Switzerland.

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Saying Farewell to the Role of CSA Coordinator

This article first appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the CSA Newsletter

Shelli is a speech pathologist and a person who stutters. She became involved in the CSA to support other people who stutter by sharing her personal experiences, and to be a strong voice for people who stutter in Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, Joe.

shelli teshima Shelli Teshima

Four years ago I was given an opportunity to be the national coordinator of the Canadian Stuttering Association. Upon reflection I realize that I did not know what I would be dealing with as coordinator, or what an impact the position would have on my life.

I thought I would lead a few meetings, send some emails, attend conferences and hopefully inspire others who stuttered to become involved in the CSA. Those would prove to be some of my tasks, but there were so many more duties that came my way and challenged me as a person who stutters.

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