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France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

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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...
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The 33 – A Film Review

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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...
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Organizing Immigrant Workers – A History Essay

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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...
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“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

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November 9, 2015
“Street Rhythms” opens in Eugene, Oregon

KLCC radio interview – aired Nov. 25, 2015 Street Rhythms – Register-Guard – Dec. 3, 2015 My show “Street Rhythms ­– A Photographic Journey” opened on Nov. 8, 2016, for a two-month exhibition at the Eugene Public Library. The 27 photographs in the collection are images of people from around the world that were...
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Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

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November 9, 2015
Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

Remembering Salt, my second short documentary film about the Kootenays, is airing on Shaw Cable Channel 10 on the dates and times listed below. See the attached Castlegar News feature for a comment on the show: http://www.castlegarnews.com/entertainment/350655251.html . See below. The half-hour broadcast includes my comments on the making of the documentary as well as excerpts...
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Play’s honesty triumphs over free trade

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October 25, 2015
Play’s honesty triumphs over free trade

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat is a triumph of honesty about the slow, silent and devastating personal impacts of free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the one President Obama just signed. Just ending its premiere season’s run at Oregon’s Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Nottage’s play portrays a group of friends and family members who are...
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Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

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October 8, 2015
Labour magazine reviews Joe Hill and Remembering Salt

Our Times, Canada’s labour magazine, has included a two-page review essay on my films in its fall 2015 edition. Headlined “Rekindling Resistance,” writer Rachel E Beattie provides a wide-ranging assessment of the short films and concludes that the “triumphant note embedded in those stories” helps inspire action today and “remind labour activists of that spirit...
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Labour history novel – A Book Review

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August 26, 2015
Labour history novel – A Book Review

Mick Lowe, The Insatiable Maw: A Story of Eco-Resistance, Volume 2 of the Nickel Range Trilogy (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2015), 153 pages, paperback, $19.95 CDN.   On the heels of his first novel about Northern Ontario mine and smelter workers of the 1960s, journalist turned novelist Mick Lowe has released a thin second volume...
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Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

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August 25, 2015
Mr. Blaylock and the Smokies – A Memoir

John D’Arcangelo, a former teacher and long-time resident of Trail, B.C., has thoughtfully included one of my childhood memories in his recently published book A Time to Remember. My short entry recounts my dad Mike Verzuh’s recollection of a hockey game in which Cominco president S.G. Blaylock intervened to ensure that the game would go on. The book,...
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Blaylock’s Bomb – A History Essay

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July 23, 2015
Blaylock’s Bomb – A History Essay

“Blaylock’s Bomb – How a Small BC City Helped Create the World’s First Weapon of Mass Destruction” is now available in BC Studies No. 186 (summer 2015). Four years into the Second World War, the citizens of Trail, British Columbia, a small city with a large smelter in the moun­tainous West Kootenay region near...
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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