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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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Cheesecake and Castro’s Confidant – A Book Review

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March 11, 2021
Cheesecake and Castro’s Confidant – A Book Review

Rosa Jordan, In Search of a Happy Ending (Martinsville, VA: Propertius Press, 2020), 240 pages, $18.95 (paper). People love happy endings,” says a character in Rosa Jordan’s third novel. But “they will gladly trade truth for a happy ending.” Jordan seeks both in her writer’s search, allowing her to share insights into the multiple social problems...
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Dragonville – A Children’s Story

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February 21, 2021
Dragonville – A Children’s Story

My sister Niki has written a delightful children’s story called Dragonville. Here is the video version. Enjoy.
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Doukhobor Diaspora – A Book Review

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February 18, 2021
Doukhobor Diaspora – A Book Review

Vera Maloff, Our Backs Warmed By the Sun: Memories of a Doukhobor Life (Halfmoon Bay, B.C.: Caitlin Press, 2020), 264 pages with numerous photographs (paper), $24.95. When I was in my teens, a terrible explosion rocked my West Kootenay neighbourhood. A 16-year-old boy had accidentally blown himself up while on a mission for the radical Sons...
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Superheroes in Our Midst – A Book Review

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February 5, 2021

The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes — And the Fall of Everything Elseby Peter Nowak (Madeira Park: Douglas & McIntyre, 2020) $24.95.  The slogan “Defund the Police” became popular in 2020 as thousands of people protested the killings of George Floyd, Briona Taylor and other African Americans. The outrage included a call for community policing...
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Riding the Rails into Canada’s History – A Book Review

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January 21, 2021
Riding the Rails into Canada’s History – A Book Review

David Laurence Jones, Railway Nation: Tales of Canadian Pacific, the World’s Greatest Travel System (Victoria: Heritage House, 2020) 304 pages, $34.95 (paper). We can still hear the distant call of a diesel engine’s whistle today in most regions of Canada and for many of us it is a sound that transports us to an earlier time,...
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Slanted Right – Media Analysis

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January 12, 2021
Slanted Right – Media Analysis

The mainstream news media gets blamed for a lot of things. Some of it is deserved, some not. The problem in today’s multiple viewing platform world is that right-wing propaganda slips silently into what you might assume is an accurate, unbiased source of information. Take one example: Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure.
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Three Bad Bills Revisited – A Book Review

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January 10, 2021

Gary Steeves, Tranquility Lost: The Occupation of  Tranquille & the Battle for Community Care in BC (Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, 2020), 226 pages, $24.95 (paper). Being on a picket line, protesting in the street or participating in an occupation are all moments that create life-long comradeship. One event proves the point better than many. It is...
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Co-Pay Conundrum – A Social Commentary

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December 22, 2020
Co-Pay Conundrum – A Social Commentary

The insurance vultures are everywhere. A month before Christmas 2020, I paid several hundred dollars in “co-pays” for medical services. Canadians, I realize that “co-pay” is a foreign term to you, but for millions of Americans it is part of everyday life, death and possible bankruptcy. To be fair, insurers usually pay the lion’s...
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All Grandfathers are Created Equal – A Book Review

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December 21, 2020
All Grandfathers are Created Equal – A Book Review

Ian Haysom, Grandfathered: Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood (Victoria: Heritage House Publishing, 2020), 200 pages, $22.95 (paper). I skipped the grandfather stage of life and went straight to great grandfathering, but that didn’t mean I missed the charms of grandparenting so humourously described in Ian Haysom’s memoir, Grandfathered. Most of all, I have not missed...
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