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Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

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July 9, 2018
Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

A scan of New York Times headlines for July 8, 2018, reveals several signs of deteriorating times. So much for mother’s milk  The United States delegation to the World Health Organization opposed the promotion of mother’s milk as healthiest for children, thus “embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers,” reports the Times. “The Americans were...
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How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

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July 5, 2018
How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands(New York: Oxford, 2017). Western historian Richard White has long provided us with insights into why the United States are the way they are. In Railroaded, he described the role of the railway barons in bettering and worsening the western United States. In The Organic Machine, he...
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Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

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February 19, 2017
Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

As the Trump administration continues to create a brand new political swamp in Washington, D.C., filled with billionaire alligators, the nation further divides into two camps. There are those who believe the one-month-old president is making America great again and those who watch in disbelief as he spits venomous tweets at the democratic traditions that are seen by...
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Measure 97 in Oregon

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October 22, 2016
Measure 97 in Oregon

I am a Canadian living in Oregon who is constantly shocked to watch Americans shoot themselves in the foot (and the head) when it comes to demanding that corporations pay taxes. Yes, pay some taxes to help the community. I have been even more astonished to watch ordinary working Americans support Donald J. Trump...
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Bernie, where are you?

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October 22, 2016
Bernie, where are you?

The absence of the mildly social-democratic voice of Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential hopeful until last July, has been discouraging to all those of us who were inspired by the possibility of a progressive-minded president. Indeed, anyone who followed media commentary about the rise and decline of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will not be...
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Labour rebels shaped BC history – A book review

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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...
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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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Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

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May 7, 2015
Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

Sixty years ago in December 1954, a movie called Salt of the Earth found its way into Canada, thanks to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (now Steel). The film was blacklisted across the United States as the Cold War unleashed a widespread paranoia that became known as McCarthyism. But fear of...
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Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

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November 24, 2014
Banned film brings tears, laughter, solidarity

Blue skies brightened the crisp Sunday afternoon in mid-November 2014 when I arrived at the old Castle Theatre in Castlegar, British Columbia, carrying a copy of the banned 1950s film Salt of the Earth. It was the day after a local election and I expected post-election hangovers would probably keep all but ardent churchgoers...
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Bernie Sanders on fixing America

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May 14, 2014
Bernie Sanders on fixing America

Once again my snail mailbox is jammed with wonders. I haven’t been so lucky as to receive multiple invitations to buy a walk-in bathtub like Calvin Trillin said he was in a recent New Yorker. But there have been other promising delights. Seed catalogues are big right now and I have received enough of...
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