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Launching Greenpeace

A first-hand account of Greenpeace's first expedition to stop U.S. underwater nuclear testing on September 15, 1971. more »

Jun 7, 2011 by in Essays

Jack Pine Fire Strategy

From "The Benefits of Being Burned," a chapter in Canada's Boreal Forest, by J. David Henry (Smithsonian Natural History Series). more »

Jan 5, 2010 by in ETC

th Canadian

On th train, back from th Empressdining car, snowing woodlands,pulling thru Manitoba, recallhow sum yrs after th second centenaryof th founding of Halifax, whichdate i commemorated with signabove my father’s street door more »

Jun 26, 2008 by in FICTION


A glossary of acronyms and initialisms designed for the note-passing phases of high-school courtship, from 2gether 4ever: Notes of a Junior High School Heartthrob by Dene Larson, published in 2004 by Chronicle Books. more »

May 15, 2008 in Lists

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Toward the end of Fahrenheit 9/11, the movie written and directed by Michael Moore, various U.S. military people and some civilians voice their dismay at finding themselves embroiled in a war that has no meaning. more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews

Bannock, Beans & Black Tea

In August my friend Barbara and her dog Costello and I drove to the Okanagan Valley in B.C. for a short holiday at her friend’s summer home. Our idea was to get away from work and from all thoughts about work. On the first morning, sunny and warm, I had a lie-in with Bannock, Beans & Black Tea by the writer/comix artist Seth (Drawn & Quarterly). more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews

The Sojourn

Patty: What I liked about Alan Cumyn’s The Sojourn (McClelland and Stewart) is the way he thrusts us into a muddy trench in the middle of World War I, where the narrator is carrying a load of something called iron pig’s tails on his shoulders and his buddy behind him is wrestling with two sheets of corrugated iron. A few pages on, we figure out that these soldiers’ job is to repair trenches while shells explode around them and all they have is each other. more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews


The protagonist in Geoffrey Bromhead’s three-day novel Struck (winner of the 25th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest) is a drifter with a penchant for being struck by lightning, and with some practical experience of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and he reminds us of Slothrop, the hero of Gravity’s Rainbow (by Thomas Pynchon), a much longer novel constructed with the physics of falling bodies rather than the physics of quantum particles, which are everywhere and nowhere at the same time. more »

Jul 24, 2007 by in Reviews