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Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

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January 22, 2015
Indiegogo starts Salt fundraiser

My second history film, Remembering Salt, is in the editing stages now. We have funding to complete most of the work but could use some help with post-production and distribution costs. If you want to make a contribution, go to this site: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/remembering-salt-cold-war-in-a-canadian-town/x/9665858  
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Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

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October 18, 2014
Remembering Salt – A history booklet and video

Sixty years ago, the blacklisted Hollywood movie Salt of the Earth showed to 900 curious viewers at the Castle Theatre in Castlegar, B.C. On November 16, 2014, in a celebration of this heroic battle against the spread of McCarthyism, about  150 people of the West Kootenay region again saw Salt in the very theatre that showed it...
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Common Cause

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September 8, 2013
Common Cause

Canadian left writer-activist Naomi Klein spoke on to the founding convention of Canada’s largest private sector union, UNIFOR, on September 1 at the official merger of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paper workers (CEP). She lauded both unions for their past commitment to social unionism but added an urgent...
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‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

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April 9, 2013
‘Cause Mother Thatcher Knows Best

Rocker Richard Thompson’s take on Margaret Thatcher, who died April 8, offers a different and perhaps more truthful obituary considering her bitter legacy of battling with her own people. Here’s a sample stanza from “’Cause Mother Knows Best”: She says, “Bring me your first born and I’ll suck their blood Bring me your poor,...
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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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Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

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May 5, 2011
Opposing the Tory Majority – A political commentary

“NDP, NDP, NDP,” they chanted interrupting New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton’s solid victory speech on May 2, election night. It was a chant of hope and pride that couldn’t help but make Jack’s night. After all, he’s been working hard for this moment for almost a decade. But as I watched the elated...
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Socialists barking at the American back door?

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April 27, 2011
Socialists barking at the American back door?

There’s a federal election in the Land of the Igloo Dwellers and the left is surging. But guess what? In America, you’d never know it.  There’s something happening – a moose jumped maybe – in one of the two other occupiers of the North American continent? You’d be forgiven for not knowing about it since...
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Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

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March 31, 2011
Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

Many people will not have heard of Joe Bageant who died on March 27, 2011, at 64 after a four-month battle with cancer. He went down fighting, did Joe, and I don’t mean cancer. He fought the American system with a passion and a vengeance that deserved our respect and our deep attention.  He...
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Banks robbing the poor…again

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March 21, 2011
Banks robbing the poor…again

The banks aren’t made of marble. They’re made of exorbitant fees charged to the jobless and the poor. That’s what about 50 protesters told US Bank on March 18, 2011. The protesters, many of them local trade union members, marched in front of a Eugene, OR, branch of US Bank chanting “Oregon families are...
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