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Daniel Francis


Daniel Francis is a writer and historian. He is the author of two dozen books, including The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (Arsenal Pulp Press). He lives in North Vancouver. Read more of his work at danielfrancis.ca.

Donald Creighton was a bigot and a curmudgeon, a cranky Tory with a chip on his shoulder. He was also the country’s leading historian, who changed the way that Canadians told their own story. more

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Lacking in drama and embarrassingly undemocratic, Canada’s origins owe a lot to old-fashioned politics and not much to European battles or transcontinental railways. more

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"Resistance to wars is as much a Canadian tradition as fighting them." Daniel Francis discusses alternative histories, anti-draft demonstrations and the divisive nature of war. more

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Daniel Francis reviews All Else Is Folly, a "useful antidote" to the patriotic narrative that hails World War I as Canada's "coming of age." more

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Aboriginal people are creating a new version of Canada, and non-Aboriginals can lend a hand or get out of the way—Daniel Francis on the new Canadian narrative. more

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From Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars. more

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Daniel Francis asks why a high-speed commuter route runs through Stanley Park, Vancouver's precious urban oasis. more

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Daniel Francis reviews Toronto: Biography of a City, a book bound to irritate readers who live outside Toronto—the "centre of the Canadian universe." more

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Daniel Francis discusses Canada's failing mental health care system and its long history of mistreatment. more

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"Canadians have long been convinced that we do not know much, or care much, about our own history, but a new study suggests that this truism is not true." more

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Daniel Francis on John Franklin, John Rae and the Globe and Mail's enthusiasm for cannibalism. more

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The canoe as a fetish object, a misreading of Canadian history and a symbol of colonial oppression. more

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A review of the Vanguard of the New Age, Gillian McCann's book about the Theosophical Society, which mixes western spiritualism and eastern mysticism. more

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Is it the icons of Canadian pop culture—hockey fights, Tim Hortons coffee, Don Cherry’s haberdashery, Rick Mercer’s rants—that reveal the deepest truths about us? more

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The Penthouse, the notorious Vancouver night club, shares a history with several of the city's missing women cases. more

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Because of its status as the city’s tallest structure, the World Tower attracted a fair share of attention over the years, but nothing equalled the much-publicized attempt by Harry Gardiner, “The Human Fly." more

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A review of Voyage Through the Past Century by Rolf Knight. more

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During the 1950s the RCMP used a machine to identify federal employees who were homosexuals. The name of this bogus device? The "fruit machine," of course. more

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The Great White North gets rebranded and gains some military muscle: goodbye peacenik, hello soldier. more

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Richard Stursberg’s memoir of his years in CBC programming raises the question: How did someone with no sympathy for public broadcasting get the job in the first place? more

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