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Early Kootenay Doukhobors -– A Historical Note

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October 22, 2020
Early Kootenay Doukhobors -– A Historical Note

New evidence has surfaced of the early migration of Doukobors to the Kootenays at Rossland, B.C. Kootenay historian Greg Nesteroff and Saskatchewan Doukhobor scholar Jon Kalmakoff (www.doukhobor.org) to offer a detailed account of the migration. It was previously thought that the sect came to B.C. in 1908-1909. Rcent research on the Rossland Evening World, Western...
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Western Canada’s First Labour Daily – A RadioLabour Interview

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October 17, 2020
Western Canada’s First Labour Daily – A RadioLabour Interview

The Rossland Evening World in British Columbia was the first daily labour newspaper in Western Canada and possibly the whole country. Labour historian Ron Verzuh discusses the World and the lessons it has for modern labour journalism.  Duration: 8’04”.  Posted: October 16, 2020. Also available at rabble.ca/podcasts. Read the interview text here: Hear the interview...
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Radishes and Gooseberries – A Book Review

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October 7, 2020
Radishes and Gooseberries – A Book Review

Scott P. Stephen, Masters and Servants: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Its North American Workforce, 1668-1786(Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2019), 440 pages, $44.99 (paper). “Radishes and Gooseberries!” Our high school social studies teacher would drill the names into us so we would better remember them for next week’s quiz. Who were they and who...
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Flying Union High – A Book Review

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September 19, 2020
Flying Union High – A Book Review

Christine Hayvice, Arrivals and Departures (Toronto: Unifor Local 2002, 2020), 489 pages, $35 (paper). I love flying and I’ve done my share of it. Now I’m grounded like most of the world, thanks to Covid, so reading a title like this had me longing for a chance to hop on a plane again. Alas, despite its...
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Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

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August 8, 2020
Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

No confirmation as yet. No certainty that someone, some offshore invader of my privacy, has paid me a midnight digital visit recently. But I have no doubt that he/she/they/it was/were here. How do I know? Sounds like I’ve turned to conspiracy theories to explain human behaviour, doesn’t it? All I know is that my...
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Leola’s 2020 Summer Fruit & Flower Show – A Covid Breather

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August 2, 2020

Early August in the garden of lovely Leola. A welcome breather from Trump and that other virus. Beauty provides a little respite from an ugly time. Perhaps a moment of hope. “Fleurs de mal,” wrote the poet long ago, but flowers of love and enchantment as well. Enjoy!
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Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

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August 1, 2020
Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

I’m pretty sure I just won $7,000 a week for the rest of my life. Don’t believe me. Envious of my good fortune? Well, Deborah Holland, executive vice-president of Publishers Clearing House says right here that I “could definitely become the winning number.” I can’t see how I can lose. If Deb says I’m...
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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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