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Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

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June 14, 2020
Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

Keith G. Powell, In the Shadow of Elephants (Cranbrook: Wild Horse Creek Press, 2019), 302 pages (paper), $21.95. Billed as a historical novel, Kootenay writer-publisher Keith G. Powell has crafted a multi-tasking book that doubles as a local history and triples as a photographic tour of the pioneer days of the East and West Kootenays. The...
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Fighting Hate – A Book Review

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May 21, 2020
Fighting Hate – A Book Review

Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey From Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), 320 pages (soft cover), $22.95. As a Canadian living in the United States, I am witnessing an era of deepening tensions fueled by racial, class and gender hate. Tony McAleer’s book seemed a possible...
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Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

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April 29, 2020
Vancouver Junkie Hunter – A Book Review

Norm Boucher, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2020), 181 pages, (paper). We’re on the toughest section of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. The hookers and dopers mingle with the gays and straights all of them looking to score something. We could be in a scene from DaVinci’s Inquest, the top-quality TV...
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Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

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March 5, 2020
Drop Your Guns, Pardner – A Comment

I don’t know what it is that attracts the National Rifle Association to me. The closest I ever came to owning a gun was as a young boy when I had a second-hand BB gun that usually didn’t work. So why, decades later, has the NRA decided to target me as a potential member?...
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Portugal and Basque Spain – Four Travel Essays

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December 17, 2019
Portugal and Basque Spain – Four Travel Essays

In September and October 2019, I travelled with family members to Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and to the Spanish and French Basque Country in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. These four essays are my attempt to capture some aspects of the cultures we observed.
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Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

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October 18, 2019
Revisiting the 1950s Red Scare – A Book Review and Interview

Raymond Caballero, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (Norman, OK, University of Oklahoma Press, 2019), 320 pages, $29.95 (paper). Just when books about the history of Communist trade unions seem to have waned, Portland historian Raymond Caballero brings to life the horrors of the Second Red Scare in the 1950s through an account of the trials and tribulations...
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A-Bomb film recognized

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September 14, 2019
A-Bomb film recognized

Codename Project 9 continues to win film festival recognition with an “official selection” at the Vegas Movie Awards Festival in Las Vegas. It didn’t make the final cut at this new “prestigious monthly competition and annual film festival,” but is listed among the selections posted on the festival’s web site. You now can see...
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New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

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August 3, 2019
New Play Features Paul Robeson’s Legacy – An Update

African-American singer-actor-activist Paul Robeson continues to inspire and raise awareness of the controversial politics that surrounded the man, as the new play 8 Hotels attests. Early reviews of the play, playing on the London stage August 1-24, 2019, do not indicate that playwright Nicholas Wright’s script includes Robeson’s famed Peace Arch concerts in the...
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Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

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July 29, 2019
Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

Parks Canada officially designated the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall as a national historic site on July 20, 2019. The subject of my 2013 documentary film Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, the 1898 building has been the meeting place for many historic events in the history of the B.C. labour movement. The Parks Canada web...
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Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

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July 15, 2019
Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

The lawsuit now before the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit calls on the federal government to protect today’s young people and future generations from the effects of climate change. We old people need to support their case and the Green New Deal for the sake of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The...
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