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Angela Davis still fighting

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January 26, 2011
Angela Davis still fighting

Angela Davis, one of only three women in history to be on the FBI’s most wanted list, is still a firebrand for her causes albeit a more subdued version of the 1960s radical Marxist sometimes dubbed the last great black activist.
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Changing Images

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January 24, 2011
Changing Images

This report is based on a three-month study of trade union communications in the United Kingdom conducted from May to July 1990. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Relations Trust, a London-based organization that sponsors a bursary each year for one Canadian trade unionist to study in the United Kingdom.
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Selling Labour Down Under

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January 23, 2011
Selling Labour Down Under

Reference Verzuh, Ron. Selling Labour Down Under: Australian union communications in a time of peril  (Toronto: Canadian Association of Labour Media, 1996). Synopsis On March 2, 1996, the Australian Labor Party lost the federal election.  After 13 years, it relinquished power to a coalition of right-wing parties led by Thatcherite John Howard. The upset was not entirely...
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Made in Dagenham

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January 22, 2011
Made in Dagenham

Sally Hawkins will be hailed as the British Norma Rae for her stunning portrayal of an unlikely strike leader in Made in Dagenham, the true story of a 1968 strike for equal pay for women. And she deserves every bit of the applause as does the film, although some might argue that it is...
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Barney’s Version

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January 19, 2011
Barney’s Version

The late Montreal writer Mordecai Richler gave us many characters that reveal both the comedy and the tragedy of human relationships, but Barney Padovsky is perhaps the novelist’s crowning achievement in that regard with this masterful creation of a schmuck of schmucks.
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Stolen livelihoods

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January 11, 2011
Stolen livelihoods

The shameful story of how Japanese fishing families were treated on the North American West Coast is well-known among historians, but Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet brings that story to life through oral history accounts from the very people who experienced that systematic racism.
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Dickens would have loved Slumdog

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January 10, 2011
Dickens would have loved Slumdog

When television wasn’t much older than I was, I remember watching a show every week called The Millionaire. A middle-aged man in a suit would knock on a stranger’s door and give them a cheque for $1 million. Then the audience would watch as the money changed the life of the recipient for better...
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Loving bombs, hating war

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January 10, 2011
Loving bombs, hating war

I tucked into my own private bomb suit when I arrived at The Hurt Locker, a hide-your-eyes peek at three young bomb demolition experts who are caught between Iraqi insurgents, palpable fear, and the American government’s willful attempt to force its democracy on the unwilling.
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Ouch!

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January 10, 2011

I wandered into my local Hudson’s Bay store the other day in search of a set of cereal bowls and as I walked through the main doors an announcement blasted over the store-wide speaker system. “For the next 10 minutes only, we are giving away a free paring knife,” said a male voice. “This...
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Wired to wireless

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January 10, 2011

I’m finally wireless or am I? It had been a regular conundrum for me. Most days I write at home, do my emailing, research on the Internet, etc. So why go wireless? What did I gain from it?
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Books

Venice Observed - A Travel Booklet with Photos by Ron Verzuh Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh