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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

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November 29, 2018
Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com. Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them...
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Review of Codename P9

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November 27, 2018

Reviewer offers thoughts on value of P9 history The Ormsby Review and Booklook have published a review of my booklet Codename Project 9. “Historian Ron Verzuh ably incorporates what has been told and nicely advances it,” writes Michael Sasges. “His interviews, and those by others, are an especially important addition to the Project 9...
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The Raiding of Local 480 – A Labour History

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November 26, 2018
The Raiding of Local 480 – A Labour History

My article, “The Raiding of Local 480: A Historic Cold War Struggle for Union Supremacy in a Small Canadian City,” has been published in Canada’s foremost labour history journal, Labour/Le Travail 82 (Fall 2018): 81-117. Abstract This brief history highlights one of the most hard-fought but little-explored labour wars in North American history, one that...
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Maltese Autumn –A Travel Essay

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November 16, 2018
Maltese Autumn –A Travel Essay

Of Goddesses, Homeric Heroes, Maltese Falcons, and Ancient Mariners I’m sitting on a rooftop patio listening to church bells chime amidst the ceaseless scream of scooters on the narrow streets below. It’s late morning here in Malta, a tiny three-island archipelago in the middle of the vast Mediterranean Sea. My ostensible quest:to find a...
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Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

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November 12, 2018
Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

Living in America Series A week after the mid-term elections, theUnited States electorate seems as divided as ever. The Democrats can rightly claim several victories: control of the House of Representatives with 117 women elected, more governors (glory be that Wisconsin’s anti-union governor ScottWalker is gone), and more Democrats in state legislatures. Sadly Beto...
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Codename Project 9 on amazon.com

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September 7, 2018
Codename Project 9 on amazon.com

The people of Trail, British Columbia, kept one of the biggest Canadian secrets of the Second World War. Most didn’t know it at the time but they were involved in something of world-shattering importance. Codename Project 9 breaks the wartime code of silence that had settled over the city in the early 1940s and reveals...
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Balkan Roots – A Travel Essay

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August 16, 2018
Balkan Roots – A Travel Essay

It is pouring a hard, unforgiving Balkan rain that threatens to scupper my plans to visit Lukovdol, a small village in Croatia where I hope to find the ancestral home of my grandfather Francisus Verzuh. We are in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar, a county near the Slovenian border. Wikipedia dubs it Croatia’s...
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Codename P9 – A Public Screening

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August 11, 2018
Codename P9 – A Public Screening

My third documentary film, Codename Project 9, had its first public screening at the Expressions Cafe in Nelson, B.C., on August 6, 2018, 73 years after the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The film documents the role that the Trail smelter played in making the bomb, providing glimpses of...
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Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

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August 1, 2018
Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

RCMP secret agents were still looking for Reds under every bed during British Columbia’s 1983 “Solidarity Coalition” protests against the austerity budget of the right-wing Social Credit government of Bill Bennett. Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked that taxpayers’ money could once again be spent wastefully searching for a miniscule group of people who might...
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How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

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July 5, 2018
How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands(New York: Oxford, 2017). Western historian Richard White has long provided us with insights into why the United States are the way they are. In Railroaded, he described the role of the railway barons in bettering and worsening the western United States. In The Organic Machine, he...
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Books

Venice Observed - A Travel Booklet with Photos by Ron Verzuh 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