Welcome to RonVerzuh.ca

Writer & Historian

Contact me at ron@ronverzuh.ca

Member Login
Lost your password?

Trail BC’s Fighting Ladies’ Auxiliary – A Podcast

0
August 12, 2016
Trail BC’s Fighting Ladies’ Auxiliary – A Podcast

  In June 1944, about thirty women in Trail, BC, were chartered as Ladies Auxiliary Local 131. By 1946 there were 25 such auxiliaries across Canada. Back then, Steel Local 480 was a Mine-Mill union fighting for certification against a company union set up decades earlier by Cominco president S.G. Blaylock. Local 480 was...
Read More »

Leola’s photos capture dreams – A public exhibition

2
May 2, 2016
Leola’s photos capture dreams – A public exhibition

The 48 images in “Windows, Passages and Reflections,” the photo exhibit now on display at the Eugene Public Library, share the sensitivity, perception, and artistic creativity of Leola Jewett-Verzuh. Some are so stunningly beautiful as to capture one’s dreams. These are not just windows on reality in various parts of the world. They also...
Read More »

Labour rebels shaped BC history – A book review

0
April 21, 2016
Labour rebels shaped BC history – A book review

Mark Leier, Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, revised edition (Vancouver: New Star, 2013), 183 pages, soft cover, $21; Laura Ellyn, Ginger Goodwin: A Worker’s Friend (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2016), 114 pages, soft cover, $23.95 It’s a minor miracle that labour historian Mark Leier’s revision of his original 1999 book...
Read More »

Remembering Salt – A research note

0
March 20, 2016
Remembering Salt – A research note

Cold War historians have uncovered much evidence to illustrate how the political intolerance of the early 1950s manifested itself in some Canadian cities. However, little has been revealed regarding McCarthyism’s impact on the country’s non-urban communities nor has there been significant exploration of the Cold War resistance that was mobilized in small Canadian towns....
Read More »

Joe Hill and Salt official selections

0
March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
Read More »

The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

1
December 17, 2015
The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

  Muscle cars slink along Canal Street in their wheel skirts. Vroom, vroom. Radios on high bass shake the sidewalk passers-by. Big men wear big gold watches and smile their big gold teeth. Pushing and laughing and butting fists. Are they the murderers to be or just some mother’s little boys? Music along Royal...
Read More »

Dinosaurs and superheroes

0
December 8, 2015
Dinosaurs and superheroes

Why does the male-dominated Hollywood film industry stop many women from advancing to the top echelons as film directors and studio heads? Columnist Maureen Dowd exposed the many reasons in the Nov. 22, 2015, New York Times Magazine cover story. The article comes on the heels of Patricia Arquette’s bold statement at last year’s...
Read More »

France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

0
November 22, 2015
France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

The images in this photo essay are presented randomly beginning with the streets of “The City of Light” and skipping to the South of France (Le Midi) where Leola and I spent time exploring the hilltop villages of Provence, the chateaux of the Dordogne, and the markets of Nice. What we saw through our...
Read More »

The 33 – A Film Review

0
November 20, 2015
The 33 – A Film Review

I was bubbling over with questions after seeing The 33, a new film about the 2010 mining accident that buried 33 miners alive in Chile’s San Jose mine. But I was also concerned that the filmmakers had chosen Hollywood star power to tell this story of local courage and community resistance. We too seldom...
Read More »

Organizing Immigrant Workers – A History Essay

1
November 10, 2015
Organizing Immigrant Workers – A History Essay

My article on organizing immigrant labour at the lead, zinc, and fertilizer smelter in Trail, B.C., during the Second World War has been published by the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, a respected journal that has been providing insightful articles on the history of the region for more than 100 years. My thanks to managing editor John Findlay...
Read More »

Books

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