Category Archives: Writing

Today I read “Their Morals and Ours” by Leon Trotsky

Today I read “Their Morals and Ours” by Leon Trotsky. He wrote the piece in 1938 for publication in ‘New International,’ the theoretical Journal of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States. It was barely a year before the … Continue reading

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Mutiny at Jackfish Bay

Flipping through the Illustrated War News from April 18, 1885, I came across this interesting image.

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Gabriel Dumont Speaks. Translated by Michael Barnholden. Revised 2nd Edition.

This book is a quick read, and keeping track of the action might take a bit of effort if your not familiar with the events it relates to. There are also problems of representation which undermine the book as a … Continue reading

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Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age: April 9-12, 1917.

So I haven’t read this book.  I bought it a few weeks back on an emotional high coming out of the “Alberta and the Great War” exhibit at the Borealis Gallery.  The exhibit was fantastic, visceral.  My senses were engaged as … Continue reading

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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark, by Mary Janigan.

The book delivers on what it promises, an explanation of the roots of western alienation in Canada. But its a very one-sided story that plays fast and loose with its narrative. Continue reading

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Joe Schmidt, Part III.

Read Part I, II. In late 1941 Joe Schmidt, just recently an esteemed resident of Cold Lake, Alberta, was hand picked by the Nazi’s to be a saboteur as part of Operation Pastorius, the Nazi attack on America. He was considered … Continue reading

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Joe Schmidt, Part II

Read Part I Joe Schmidt was born in Cologne, Germany in 1911. He had left in the mid 1920’s to come to Alberta where he found work on farms, eventually obtaining a homestead near Cold Lake in 1933. He was … Continue reading

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