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“We’ll never swerve, We’ll steadfast be, We’ll have our rights, We will be free. They are unworthy of freedom who expect it from other hands than their own.” As we walked back to Annie’s flat from Bellgrove railway station in the Bridgeton district of Glasgow, we stumbled onto a unique monument. It commemorates the working men and women who built Calton, a district nestled between Bridgeton and the Clyde. It was a dreary wet day, the first real rain the city had had in a couple of weeks. The two of us had spent the afternoon in Dumbarton, exploring the castle that defended against hostileRead More →

I recently decided to sort out my old photographs. There are lots, stored in several old boxes and Rubbermaid containers in the basement. There are at least a dozen photo albums, all about half full of pictures. A lot of those little albums you used to get when you brought film into Black’s for processing and printing. To make a long story short, there’s literally thousands of them. The plan is to scan them and store digital versions on the computer. If every picture is worth a thousand words, there are millions in those basement boxes. If every picture tells a story, there are thousandsRead More →

Facebook is always asking me what’s on my mind. The answer varies from one moment to another. It all depends on what I’m thinking about at the time. At this moment, I’m thinking about the people going to the NDP convention this weekend, and I am wishing them well in their decision making. I am hoping they decide to adopt the LEAP manifesto and that they choose to have a leadership election. There are lots of reasons to want a new leader. The idea that Justin Trudeau outflanked Tom Mulcair on the left is not one of them. In fact, I don’t think it’s even true.Read More →

From time to time I had opinion pieces published on the “op ed” pages of the Guelph Mercury and the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. The Record pieces were from the days when I was president of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. That was in the late 80s and early 90s. It wasn’t a digital world back then and most have been lost. This column was published in the Record on Sep 04 1991. The Berlin Wall had been knocked over. Glasnost, Perestroika and Gorbachev were running the Soviet Union. The editors asked me to give my perspective on the fall of international communism. For over a hundred years,Read More →