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Mesmerized by Hitler – A Book Review

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March 29, 2019
Mesmerized by Hitler – A Book Review

Karl Koerber, Through the Whirlpool: Swept Up in the Nazi Apocalypse, self-published and available through amazon.ca, 240 pages, $15.85 (CDN), paperback with photographs. Seventy-five years have passed since the end of the Second World War and we continue to be fascinated, even preoccupied, by it. Every year, another batch of new films, novels and...
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Codename P9 wins Canada Shorts Award

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March 12, 2019
Codename P9 wins Canada Shorts Award

Codename Project 9, my short documentary film about the role Canada played in making the atomic bomb, has won an Award of Distinction from Canada Shorts, the Canadian and International Short Film Festival. I am pleased and honoured to receive the award from a festival whose mission is to “champion short filmmaking and strive...
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The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

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February 22, 2019
The Green New Deal – Living in America Series

I have not seen much hope of Americans embracing socialism as a possibility in reorganizing this increasingly broken society. Early this week, for example, I paid a visit to my barber. He’s ex-military, an ex-baker, an ex-tattoo artist, and a pretty decent haircutter. He was upset about the Green New Deal. “What about my car?...
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An Air Warrior’s Last Days

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January 20, 2019
An Air Warrior’s Last Days

A Book Review Peter J. Usher, Joey Jacobson’s War: A Jewish Canadian Airman in the Second World War (London, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018). Joey Jacobson’s War is a moving account of the last months of a young airman’s life told through his diaries and letters during training in Canada, waiting for action...
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Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall? – A Commentary

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January 14, 2019
Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall? – A Commentary

What Trump and the GOP gain from holding 800,000 government employees hostage The longest government shutdown in United States history has a silver lining for Donald Trump and the current crop of conservative Republican Senators. The longer it goes on, the more the government can bank bundles of cash to pay for their wall...
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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

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November 29, 2018
Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com. Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them...
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Review of Codename P9

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November 27, 2018
Review of Codename P9

Reviewer offers thoughts on value of P9 history The Ormsby Review and Booklook have published a review of my booklet Codename Project 9. “Historian Ron Verzuh ably incorporates what has been told and nicely advances it,” writes Michael Sasges. “His interviews, and those by others, are an especially important addition to the Project 9...
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The Raiding of Local 480 – A Labour History

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November 26, 2018
The Raiding of Local 480 – A Labour History

My article, “The Raiding of Local 480: A Historic Cold War Struggle for Union Supremacy in a Small Canadian City,” has been published in Canada’s foremost labour history journal, Labour/Le Travail 82 (Fall 2018): 81-117. Abstract This brief history highlights one of the most hard-fought but little-explored labour wars in North American history, one that...
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Maltese Autumn –A Travel Essay

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November 16, 2018
Maltese Autumn –A Travel Essay

Of Goddesses, Homeric Heroes, Maltese Falcons, and Ancient Mariners I’m sitting on a rooftop patio listening to church bells chime amidst the ceaseless scream of scooters on the narrow streets below. It’s late morning here in Malta, a tiny three-island archipelago in the middle of the vast Mediterranean Sea. My ostensible quest: to find...
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Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

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November 12, 2018
Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

Living in America Series – The Dems Have the Floor; What Now? A week after the mid-term elections, the United States electorate seems as divided as ever. The Democrats can rightly claim several victories: control of the House of Representatives with 117 women elected, more governors (glory be that Wisconsin’s anti-union governor Scott Walker...
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