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#82 Winter 2016/Features/History

Too Young to Die

Many of Canada’s underage soldiers weren’t made aware that they could be shot, “that they could actually suffer horrifically and become victims,” Dallaire says. “That dimension was not even in the training construct at the time. You were always working at destroying the enemy and you never looked at the fact that you yourself could become a victim.” Keep Reading

Ami McKay’s Witchy Women

If I thought for a moment we had achieved true equality in North America, I would question the need for women’s studies, women’s history, women’s writing prizes. If I thought that, I’d be writing about McKay’s novel as a curiosity, one no longer relevant, like so much of the 1800s. Cultural rules don’t change that fast. But they do change. Keep Reading

Ken Danby Fans Will Rejoice

Undaunted, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has waded into the breach with the exhibition and book project Ken Danby: Beyond the Crease. In doing so, they are honouring an artist who remains one of the most popular with the Canadian public and one who has, at least since the 1970s, been steadfastly ignored by most public art museums, especially the largest ones such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton itself. Keep Reading


Justice Denied

Author says racism, undue media influence and biased law enforcement not bound by region or time In her 2014 book The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, the second in a series of four historical true crime books, author and former forensic scientist Debra Komar investigates two cases of murder, revealing one killer. On January 27, 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton was murdered in her home in Bear River, Nova Scotia. Nine months later, following a sloppy and highly-publicized investigation, a Black man named Peter Wheeler was wrongfully hung for the crime. While… Keep Reading


Wanda Taylor exposes stories of abuse, survival

Author and filmmaker interviews former residents, hopes to help with healing “This book was tough to write,” says Wanda Taylor, the author of The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: The Hurt, the Hope, the Healing. “And I know it’s tough to read. “Even though it’s hard, I really believe people need to hear about the troubling history. We need to ask ourselves how it was allowed to happen.” The “troubling history” is a story of physical, mental and sexual abuse that took place at the Home for Coloured Children,… Keep Reading


Redemption Songs

New book explores Nova Scotia’s connection to Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley’s anthem of hope and liberation Writing The Hermit of Africville changed my life. Learning about Eddie Carvery’s now 45-year protest against the racism that destroyed his community opened my eyes and left a lot of questions. What exactly is racism? What exactly are the human races? Those questions were the seeds Carvery planted in my mind. Now, they’re blossoming in a new book: Redemption Songs: How Bob Marley’s Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism (Pottersfield Press,… Keep Reading

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