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Dickens would have loved Slumdog

January 10, 2011
Dickens would have loved Slumdog

When television wasn’t much older than I was, I remember watching a show every week called The Millionaire. A middle-aged man in a suit would knock on a stranger’s door and give them a cheque for $1 million. Then the audience would watch as the money changed the life of the recipient for better...
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Loving bombs, hating war

January 10, 2011
Loving bombs, hating war

I tucked into my own private bomb suit when I arrived at The Hurt Locker, a hide-your-eyes peek at three young bomb demolition experts who are caught between Iraqi insurgents, palpable fear, and the American government’s willful attempt to force its democracy on the unwilling.
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Ouch!

January 10, 2011

I wandered into my local Hudson’s Bay store the other day in search of a set of cereal bowls and as I walked through the main doors an announcement blasted over the store-wide speaker system. “For the next 10 minutes only, we are giving away a free paring knife,” said a male voice. “This...
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Wired to wireless

January 10, 2011

I’m finally wireless or am I? It had been a regular conundrum for me. Most days I write at home, do my emailing, research on the Internet, etc. So why go wireless? What did I gain from it?
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Radical Rag

January 10, 2011
Radical Rag

Canada’s trade unions have long claimed a prominent place in the struggle for social democracy. From the earliest years of that struggle, the labour movement’s press has been on the front lines. Radical Rag tells the colourful story of those pioneer days, recounting the war for social justice fiercely waged through the pages of...
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Feasting with Love

January 9, 2011
Feasting with Love

Why another cookbook? Why not another cookbook especially one that is infused with so much tenderness, thoughtfulness and a deeply maturing love. We are writing a cookbook for lovers, young and old, but particularly for those of a certain age, a mature age. These recipes will appeal to lovers of good food, good stories...
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Moral support and a 62-lb squash

January 9, 2011
Moral support and a 62-lb squash

Dad had taken a miss the past two years of the district fall fair vegetable-growing competition – squash category. Always a green thumb and always a solid competitor, he had been discouraged when his 41-pound giant won a blue-ribbon second prize, forfeiting the red-ribbon first prize to a smaller but apparently better squash.
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Red Souls in Smoky Moscow

January 6, 2011
Red Souls in Smoky Moscow

Wild fires still raged around Moscow in mid-August and the smoke clouds above Red Square hung heavily over the brown marble block that sits below the ominous red walls of the Kremlin. This is the final resting place of the leader of the October revolution, the event that changed the world in 1917.
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Real Indians didn’t work, did they? – A history essay

December 15, 2010

The noble savage is dead. Long live the noble savage. That seems to have been the view of many politicians, land promoters, frontier boosters and historians as the nineteenth century drew to a close and western settler society clinched its hold on former aboriginal lands forever. At least that is the view that was...
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Underground Times

December 15, 2010
Underground Times

The Age of Aquarius was dawning. A radical, rebellious and sometimes illegal phenomenon was demanding attention - and getting it. Springing up everywhere, like a communal kick in the face to the Establishment, were 'alternative' or 'underground' newspapers proclaiming freedom and declaring war - freedom for a new generation of idealists, heroes and hippies;...
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