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A Long Journey Ends…A New Journey Begins

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October 8, 2017
A Long Journey Ends…A New Journey Begins

As the late Tom Petty sang, “I won’t back down.” I started working on my PhD in history as I neared retirement in 2008, so I had to take that line pretty seriously. Truthfully, at times I was ready to back down. But in fits and starts – and with plenty of encouragement from family and...
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Two B.C. Labour Rebels – A Book Review

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August 6, 2017
Two B.C. Labour Rebels – A Book Review

Labour activists Robert Gosden and Albert “Ginger” Goodwin are the subject of two books I reviewed in BC Studies (#194, Summer 2017). Rebel Life and Goodwin book review – p. 1-3
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Leola’s Magical Garden – A Photo Essay

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June 25, 2017
Leola’s Magical Garden – A Photo Essay

          It’s gardening season at our house and Leola has created a beautiful wonderland of flowers, fruit, and vegetables. Enjoy the video at vimeo.
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Proletarian Cromwell – A Labour History Essay

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May 17, 2017
Proletarian Cromwell – A Labour History Essay

Canadian labour historians have often cited politically inspired poems to portray first-hand the misery of the workplace, the poverty experienced by working families, the inequality perpetrated by the capitalist system, or to describe the agency of the working class in seeking justice against those who exercise hegemony over them. But few have been inclined...
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Making America Hate Again – A Commentary

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April 17, 2017
Making America Hate Again – A Commentary

The other day someone read me an internet post that said eight of the sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justices had rejected President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to fill the position vacated by Antonin Scalia, the long-running conservative on the court. I got excited. Did the judges really put the kibosh on Justice Neil Gorsuch,...
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“The World Should Shiver” with Anger – A Commentary

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April 16, 2017
“The World Should Shiver” with Anger – A Commentary

It took less than two months in office for Donald J. Trump to haul out the Tomahawk cruise missiles and start bombing Syria. Just days later, Fox News was boasting that the president had dropped the “biggest non-nuclear bomb in history” on Afghanistan. That must be some sort of record. It’s not surprising given that Trump...
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Hail a Canadian Labour Hero – A Book Review

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April 5, 2017
Hail a Canadian Labour Hero – A Book Review

Jon Bartlett and Rika Reubsaat, Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2016), 126 pp., $19 paper. Arthur “Slim” Evans has long been a notable figure in Canadian labour history, most often associated with the famed On-to-Ottawa Trek that he led in 1935 in an effort to improve conditions in the...
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Farewell, Bob White – An Appreciation

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February 24, 2017
Farewell, Bob White – An Appreciation

Bob White, who died of undisclosed causes on February 19, 2017, was one of my heroes and I’ll miss him, as will many working people all over Canada. I wasn’t close friend, more an admirer from afar. As a communications representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE, I was often awed by...
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Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

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February 19, 2017
Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the great Russian directors (1932-1986), brings a poetic vision to his films that has both entranced and frustrated viewers since his first film Ivan’s Childhood won accolades at the Venice Film Festival in 1962. The maker of Alexei Rubylev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974), Stalker (1979) and Nostalgia (1983)...
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Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

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February 19, 2017
Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

As the Trump administration continues to create a brand new political swamp in Washington, D.C., filled with billionaire alligators, the nation further divides into two camps. There are those who believe the one-month-old president is making America great again and those who watch in disbelief as he spits venomous tweets at the democratic traditions that are seen by...
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Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh