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My NRA membership card has arrived . . . again

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July 18, 2021

I don’t know what attracts the National Rifle Association to my door each year. I don’t own a gun, abhor the killing machines, and do what I can to support all gun control measures. In fact, I advocate getting rid of America’s 300 million+ guns altogether.  My philosophy: where there are guns death is...
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Farewell Ed Finn – An Appreciation

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December 29, 2020
Farewell Ed Finn – An Appreciation

My friend and former union colleague Ed Finn died on December 27, 2020, at 94. Those of us who knew him and worked with him, as well as the millions who read his prolific outpouring of thoughts and ideas, lament his passing. He was a truly principled man. He was honest, direct and candid....
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Life’s Little Pleasures – A Covid Comment

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November 3, 2020
Life’s Little Pleasures – A Covid Comment

In the midst of the Covid crisis and the Oregon wildfires came seven little kittens. Leola caught me enjoying one of life’s little pleasures in spite of Covid-19 looming everywhere. These little kittens, two of a litter of seven, were born as Oregon wildfires threatened some of our family members. We provided temporary refuge...
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Early Kootenay Doukhobors -– A Historical Note

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October 22, 2020
Early Kootenay Doukhobors -– A Historical Note

New evidence has surfaced of the early migration of Doukobors to the Kootenays at Rossland, B.C. Kootenay historian Greg Nesteroff and Saskatchewan Doukhobor scholar Jon Kalmakoff (www.doukhobor.org) to offer a detailed account of the migration. It was previously thought that the sect came to B.C. in 1908-1909. Rcent research on the Rossland Evening World, Western...
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Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

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August 8, 2020
Consp acy Theory – A Soc al Commentary

No confirmation as yet. No certainty that someone, some offshore invader of my privacy, has paid me a midnight digital visit recently. But I have no doubt that he/she/they/it was/were here. How do I know? Sounds like I’ve turned to conspiracy theories to explain human behaviour, doesn’t it? All I know is that my...
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Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

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August 1, 2020
Winning $7K – A Social Commentary

I’m pretty sure I just won $7,000 a week for the rest of my life. Don’t believe me. Envious of my good fortune? Well, Deborah Holland, executive vice-president of Publishers Clearing House says right here that I “could definitely become the winning number.” I can’t see how I can lose. If Deb says I’m...
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My Covid-19 Heroine – An Appreciation

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May 15, 2020
My Covid-19 Heroine – An Appreciation

“At long last , we have finally made a truly game-changing scientific breakthrough in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We have found a disease-control tool that, when used properly, can reduced transmission by somewhere between 50% and 85%. The tool is cheap and remarkably low-tech. You can even make one at home.” From “The...
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Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

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July 29, 2019
Union Hall Named National Historic Site – A Labour History Update

Parks Canada officially designated the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall as a national historic site on July 20, 2019. The subject of my 2013 documentary film Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout, the 1898 building has been the meeting place for many historic events in the history of the B.C. labour movement. The Parks Canada web...
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Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

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July 15, 2019
Old-Timers Back “Climate Change Kids” in Lawsuit – An Op-Ed Article

The lawsuit now before the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit calls on the federal government to protect today’s young people and future generations from the effects of climate change. We old people need to support their case and the Green New Deal for the sake of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The...
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History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

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May 30, 2019
History Backs the Green New Deal – A Response

Kevin Baker, “Where Our New World Begins: Politics, Power, and the Green New Deal,” Harper’s Magazine, May 2019. Kevin Baker, a journalist and author of award-winning historical novels, supports the Green New Deal. It isn’t blanket support; he sees that changes and compromises will be needed to make it fly. But he argues that...
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