Edith Cody-Rice is the publisher and contributing editor of the Millstone. In 2011, she retired from the position of Senior Legal Counsel to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she worked for twenty-nine years. Edith has worked extensively with journalists to help them publish their stories. She is currently a director of the Michener Foundation which grants awards and fellowships to outstanding journalists.
Edith is deeply interested in literature and for 19 years held literary luncheons at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for many of Canada’s outstanding writers. She was also on the board of directors of the Writers’ Trust of Canada for 15 years and was its chair in the mid 1990’s. She founded a very popular fundraising dinner for the Trust in Ottawa called Politics and the Pen which raises over $200,000 per year for the Writers’ Trust. She was a founding director of the George Woodcock Fund which provides support to published writers who face financial need while completing a book project.
Edith has also been a director of the Writers’ Foundation of Canada, the Ottawa Valley Book Festival, the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, and is currently a board member of Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival. Edith has been a fund raiser for the Ottawa library.
Edith serves on the Millstone as editor, reporter at large, book reviewer, and legal counsel.
Brent has worked in corporate communications for over forty years, first as a writer in the Prime Minister’s Office and later as a software marketing manager. He moved into website development in 1995, and in 1998 became a communications advisor at the Bank of Canada, from which he retired in 2023. He was also a freelance business journalist for a time.
He looks after the Millstone’s daily operations and writes news, history, editorial and photography pieces for the paper. He also runs the Almonte.com website, and several others for local organizations.
Brent moved to Almonte in 1987 and helped raise his daughters here. Erica was a Millstone contributor before moving to Edinburgh and later Toronto. She now lives in Ottawa and is a media specialist and librarian at Elmwood School in Rockliffe. Rachel is pursuing a Ph.D. at Carleton University.
For six years he was a board member of the Michener Awards, Canada’s most prestigious prize for public service journalism.