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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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Dateline Winnipeg 1919 – A Book Review

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May 22, 2021
Dateline Winnipeg 1919 – A Book Review

Michael Dupuis, The Reporter and the Winnipeg General Strike (Vancouver: Granville Island Publishing, 2020), 254 pages (paper), illustrated by Michael Kluckner, $19.95. We’ve heard many versions of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike story. We’ve read it in history books and graphic novels, seen it in videos and plays, heard it on radio documentaries, and even hummed...
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True Crime in Northern Saskatchewan – A Book Review

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April 26, 2021
True Crime in Northern Saskatchewan – A Book Review

Michael Nest with Deanna Reder and Eric Bell, Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett(Regina: University of Regina Press, 2020), 311 pages (illustrated), $24.95. Author Michael Nest The online streaming networks are filled with true crime dramas these days, all claiming to be based on true facts. But it’s never clear...
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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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