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Ron Verzuh

Ron at Moscow’s Hotel Metropole August 2010, a portrait by Leola Olive Jewett-Verzuh.

Ron Verzuh is a Canadian writer, historian, photographer and documentary filmmaker. His book Underground Times: Canada’s Flower-Child Revolutionaries was among the first published studies of the underground press and counter-culture in Canada.

He is the retired director of communications for the Canadian Union of Public Employees where in 2008 he completed a 25-year career as a trade union activist. He also served as CUPE’s first international solidarity officer, administering its Global Justice (formerly Union Aid) Fund.

He was the originator of CUPE’s “Keep Medicare Healthy” campaign and “Medicare Check-up,” a 30-minute video associated with the national campaign. He also developed numerous other campaigns dealing with anti-racism, economic equality and social justice issues. He is the author of the anti-racist song “Include Me!” and the creator of the “CUPE Canary,” a symbol of health and safety in the workplace that is used around the world to promote Canada’s Day of Mourning for workers who have died or been injured on the job. His “Tolerance” button, which was produced to counter racism in schools after the 9/11 tragedy, won a national award as best moving billboard.

He was the founding editor of Goodwin’s, “Canada’s National Alternative Magazine,” and a rural British Columbia alternative magazine called The Arrow. He has also edited several social issues magazines most notably Perception at the Canadian Council of Social Development and Transition at the Vanier Institute of the Family.

He obtained his PhD in history from Simon Fraser University, his master’s degree in Canadian studies from Carleton University, and his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Simon Fraser University.

His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Divided Loyalties: A Study of a Communist-led Trade Union in Trail, British Columbia, 1943-1955.” His MA thesis, “Proletarian Spirits: A Social History of the English-language Labour Press in Canada to 1900,” was published in 1988 by Steel Rail Publishing as Radical Rag: The Pioneer Labour Press in Canada.

He has been a columnist for content, Canada’s media magazine, and Canadian Consumer. He is the author of several monographs, including Changing Images: British Trade Union Communications Under Thatcherism, Selling Labour Down Under: Australian Union Communications in a Time of Peril, and Remembering Salt: How a Banned Hollywood Movie Brought the Spectre of McCarthyism to Rural British Columbia.

He has also published many essays and articles on subjects ranging from the labour movement to travel, literature, news media, film, food and politics. These have appeared in publications and on websites in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Many of them can be seen on this web site.

Ron Verzuh is married and currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Ron in his regalia at Convocation, Fall 2017, Simon Fraser University.

9 Responses to Bio

  1. Kris Klaasen on February 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    This is pretty cool Ron. Impressive amount and variety of content.

    I’m wondering about the actual “blog”…the part where it’s you talking rather than you telling a story. Is that going to be part of the voice on your site?

    • Ron Verzuh on February 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks, Kris. I plan to use Musings as my blog but I don’t plan to announce what I had for breakfast every morning. It will be comments about events I attend and such. Other sections will include film, book and other arts reviews. Slowly I will get into it.

  2. Mike Dumler on February 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hey Ron – just took a quick tour of your website, and it looks and feels awesome. I have already added it to my favorites, and if I can remember how, I will add a link to it from my site. In the meantime, I am looking forward to exploring the wealth of material that is obviously here.

    Congrats & Best Regards – Mike

    • Ron Verzuh on February 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Mike.

  3. Neil Bradbury on February 19, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Your Web site looks GREAT but then I’d expect NOTHING LESS than the best from my friend Ron!!!!
    All the best wishes.

  4. Tiziana DeRovere on March 25, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hi Ron,

    This is Tiziana. I’m sitting in a cafe in Ashland studying your blog. I think it’s very creative and inspiring, so much so that I’ve decided to use the same format for my blog. I think you have a very interesting life. I’m so glad that you are with my beautiful friend Leola, whose picture graces many of your pages. I send you all my love and I really look forward to meeting you.

    • Ron Verzuh on March 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      So glad that you are enjoying it, Tiziana. Look forward to meeting you this spring sometime during the Shakespeare festival.

  5. Darlene Nicholson on May 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Wow…this is great Ron, although doesn’t surprise me.

    Congrats! Dar

    • Ron Verzuh on May 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks, Darlene. Hope all is well with you. Ron

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