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Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

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December 15, 2012
Raising the Workers’ Flag – A Book Review

  Stephen L. Endicott, Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League in Canada, 1930-1936 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 442 pages, $35 (paper), $75 (hard cover) The struggle to build trade unions in the extractive and manufacturing industries of Canada — mining, forestry, fishing, clothing, furniture, and others — was meteoric and...
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Mary’s Song – A Feature Article

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November 16, 2012
Mary’s Song – A Feature Article

An eerie and unsettling feeling surfaces even today when reading the graphic accounts of a hostage incident that ended in SFU alumna Mary Steinhauser’s (BA’71) tragic death on June 11, 1975. The former sociology/psychology student’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire at the British Columbia Penitentiary (B.C. Pen) after 41 hours of being...
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The Nation on what’s next

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November 8, 2012
The Nation on what’s next

The Nation provides a good summary of what the election means and what has to come from an Obama presidency over the next four years. “We are glad the 1 percent were rebuffed at the polls. We are glad the racist minority that still poisons this country’s politics failed to get their way. We...
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Do your homework kids – Election 2012

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November 5, 2012
Do your homework kids – Election 2012

When I reached for my mail last Saturday, I was pleased to see the faces of three youngsters poking their heads out of the mailbox. I reminded myself that I hugely enjoy the public service of having mail delivered on Saturdays, a service that has been denied to my fellow Canadians for many years....
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South African Elvis – A Film Review

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November 1, 2012
South African Elvis – A Film Review

Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 minutes Sometimes, maybe too much of the time, the music industry lets a great talent slip into oblivion, disappearing into the cracks and crinkles of rock n’ roll history never to be heard from again. That was the case with Sixto Rodriquez...
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The Brothers Reuther – A Film Review

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October 31, 2012
The Brothers Reuther – A Film Review

Brothers on the Line, directed by Sasha Reuther, 2012 There is a moment toward the end of Brothers on the Line when legendary American union leader Walter Reuther is making a speech to a rally of mostly black people fighting for their civil rights. “I think black is beautiful,” he says. There’s an appropriate...
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Richard Ford’s Canada – A Book Review

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August 8, 2012
Richard Ford’s Canada – A Book Review

Richard Ford, Canada (New York: HarperCollins, 2012), 420 pages, $27.95 (hard cover) Canadians with advance news of Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford’s latest novel, Canada, might have been expecting more than he was prepared to deliver about their home and native land. Indeed, Ford forces readers to wade through almost 200 pages before Canada...
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Steel Man

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July 17, 2012
Steel Man

Williams, Lynn. One Day Longer – A Memoir, Toronto: University of Toronto Press/Ithaca, N.Y.: ILR-Cornell University Press, 2011, 320 pp., $39.95 (hard cover). Lynn Williams broke new ground in 1983 when he became the first Canadian to lead the 1.2-million member United Steel Workers of America. Now he shares his journey in a memoir...
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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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July 10, 2012
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what...
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The Smelter Poets – A History Essay (Updated)

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June 4, 2012
The Smelter Poets – A History Essay (Updated)

When celebrated Wobbly troubadour Joe Hill purportedly visited the Rossland Miners’ Hall in the early 1900s to lend his support to the first Canadian local of the rugged Western Federation of Miners (WFM), he no doubt shared some of his inspired verses with the mine workers who are said to have protected him. Claims...
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