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Bonnie Henry – Pandemic Warrior

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November 27, 2021


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Remembrance and Forgetting – A Book Review

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November 11, 2021

Here is my Remembrance Day book review. 1280 To end all wars … again
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Lost Kootenays – A Book Review

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November 1, 2021


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Glorious Victoria – A Book Review

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October 16, 2021


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In the Footsteps of the Yukon Bard – A Book Review

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October 6, 2021

Jim Christy, Rough Road to the North: A Vagabond on the Great Northern Highway (Port Townsend, WA: Feral House, 1980, 2019) reissued edition, $17.95,181 pages plus photos, paper. There are strange things done in the midnight sun/ By the men who moil for gold Robert Service penned those words behind the desk of his Bank of...
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Northern Socialist – A Book Review

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October 5, 2021

John Jensen, No Compromise – A Memoir (Vancouver: Walhachin Press, 2021), 175 pages (paper), $20 plus GST. British Columbia’s labour history often focuses on the Lower Mainland where leaders of the big unions made headlines with major strikes, clashes with police, and the hard work of making the industrial workplace safer. This brief memoir shifts the...
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The Ghosts of Blaylock’s Mansion – A Book Review

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September 8, 2021

Charlie Hodge with Dan McGauley, Lost Souls of Lakewood Fun tale: The History and Mystery of Blaylock’s Mansion(Victoria: Freisen Press, 2021), 297 pages, $46.54 (hardback), $24.25 (paper). Mom used to drive us out to Blaylock’s Mansion on Kootenay Lake near Nelson to glimpse how the other half lived, I suppose, but also to share the storybook...
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“Impossibilist” Crusader – A Book Review

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August 3, 2021

Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt, Able to Lead: Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021). Eugene Thornton “E.T.” Kingsley (1856-1929) was a sharp-tongued orator in British Columbia political circles and an equally sharp-penned editor of the socialist Western Clarion in the early 20th century. Uniquely, Able to Lead probes his role in...
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Fighting Inequality – A Book Review

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June 21, 2021

Eric W. Sager, Inequality in Canada: The History and Politics of an Idea (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020), 488 pages, $37.95 (paper). Most of us know Stephen Leacock as Canada’s foremost humourist and author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), but there is another Stephen Leacock. This one figures in historian Eric Sager’s expansive study of...
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Crusaders Battle Chainsaws – A Book Review

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March 27, 2021

Elizabeth May, Paradise Won: The Struggle to Create Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Victoria and Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books, 2020), 328 pages (paper), $25. Anyone who has visited Haida Gwaii will instantly relate to Elizabeth May’s remembrance of one of the most significant First Nations land claims battles of our time. The battle was significant because...
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My NRA membership card has arrived . . . again

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July 18, 2021

I don’t know what attracts the National Rifle Association to my door each year. I don’t own a gun, abhor the killing machines, and do what I can to support all gun control measures. In fact, I advocate getting rid of America’s 300 million+ guns altogether.  My philosophy: where there are guns death is...
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Burning Crosses – A Book Review

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July 4, 2021
Burning Crosses – A Book Review

Allan Bartley, The Ku Klux Klan in Canada (Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2020), $24.95 (paper), 319 pages (photographs).         For almost a century, the racist and often violent Ku Klux Klan has found a home in most provinces of the Peaceable Kingdom. They no longer wear cartoon-like outfits, but they are out there all the same and they...
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