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When Racism Reigned: Japanese Internment in Canada

Norm Gibbons

A COLLAGE OF PERSPECTIVES: Seventy-three years ago on December 7, 1941,  the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. In response, the United States Congress declared war upon the Empire of Japan that same day.  Canadian Prime Minister, W. L. Mackenzie King, announced the Cabinet’s decision to declare war on Japan the next day, Dec. 8, 1941. […]

Coal Train Comin’

Rex Weyler

Canada’s dangerous bargain with US lignite, the world’s dirtiest coal: This summer, Port Metro Vancouver approved a coal export terminal on the Fraser River, despite severe warnings by health officials and ecologists. Over the last decade, Canadian federal conservatives and BC Liberals have gutted the industrial review process, silenced scientists, eroded ecological protections, and attempted […]

A Wishy-Washy Liberal

Christine Cohen Park

Journal of a Wishy-Washy Liberal: Travelling through Israel and Palestine Call me a wishy-washy liberal if you like, but there are ways and ways of visiting Palestine. Before I set off I knew about the frustrating and humiliating queuing at the checkpoints, the demolitions, the trigger-happy settlers, road blocks, intimidations, the villages divided from their […]


Norm Gibbons

On June 24, 2014 at 2.24 a.m. Vatican Time, when Pope Francis should have been asleep, he tweeted the world:  “How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.” Of his 14 million tweeting followers, one out of the immediate 6459 replies to God’s official representative on Earth commented, “Go to […]

Tongue of the Sea

Judy Williams

The Gitga’at Nation residents of Hartley Bay, BC, spent June 20, 2014 stringing a 20,000 foot crocheted “Chain of Hope” across the 11,544 foot entrance to Douglas Channel from Hawkesbury Island to their home village. The Chain of Hope marks the proposed exit route for tankers carrying Alberta tar sands bitumen from Kitimat to Asia. […]

North Korea Revealed

Trevor Carolan

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Gooder? Escape from Camp 14. Blaine Harden. Viking, 205 p. $26.95 Review by Trevor Carolan, author of Return to Stillness, Celtic Highway, and 14 other books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translations, and anthologies. [Warning Note: This is a graphic, disturbing, and sadly true story.] Having recently passed through Seoul, the […]

Leaving Liverpool: 1937

Patricia Skidmore

By Patricia Skidmore From the 17th century until 1974, the British empire deemed some families too poor to look after their own children, seized hundreds of thousands of those children, and shipped them to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada as “white stock” and cheap labour for the colonies. Between 1883 and 1948, Britain […]

Freedom: Babatunde Olatunji

Rex Weyler

by Rex Weyler On April 6, 2003, the great ambassador of African music, Babatunde Olatunji, passed on, one day shy of seventy-six, in Monterey, California. The following morning, I looked out over English Bay in Vancouver, a second home for Baba, and recalled the undying rhythms he left in this city, which we still hear […]

Fukushima, & Runaway Trains

Rex Weyler

by Rex Weyler Over 2500 years ago, Chinese Taoist Lao Tzu included precaution among his attributes of wisdom in the Tao Te Ching: “Those who rush ahead don’t go far,” he warned. “Better safe than sorry,” my mother warned me many times. Most mothers have said something similar: “Safety first” or “look before you leap.” […]