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Three Bad Bills Revisited – A Book Review

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 the summer 1983 occupation of Tranquille, a residential institution for the developmentally disabled in Kamloops. Gary Steeves, who passed away as this book was being released, offers his account of the events that helped trigger a general strike and a social movement to protect British Columbians from the “regressive” Social Credit government (a.k.a. Socreds).

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