The worst kind of historical revisionism is that which is practiced by governments. Take the Government of Canada which just revealed a plaque for its new National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The plaque reads: ‘The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and honours the survivors who… Read More

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The time to write

The first thing of any length that I ever wrote was a play in university. It was performed by drama students before an audience and one of my friends asked if I had written it the night before. The night before? Well no, it took longer than that. Any writer will tell you the key… Read More

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When my mother died in 2009, I decided to honour her memory by sponsoring a child through an organization called Plan International. Letters and photos are exchanged, and it’s like the film About Schmidt. In the final scene the character played by Jack Nicholson bursts into tears upon receiving a letter from the little boy… Read More

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When Jean Chretien was Prime Minister of Canada he once said something about the country’s founding in 1864, but Canada became a country in 1867. Every Canadian knows that. Right? Well, apparently not. By the same token U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t exactly up on American history. His interview the other day with The Washington… Read More

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Lest we forget

I once met Pierre Berton at an authors’ event at his home in Kleinburg, Ontario and he was hosting. The venerable historian wrote many books. One of them captured the glory and horror of Vimy, and that’s what the book is called. Vimy. Of course, I caught all the media coverage about that momentous World… Read More

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George Orwell and his epic novel 1984 are making a comeback. His character Winston Smith existed in a world where freedom and privacy have disappeared. Some think this is happening today. His colleague H. G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds and because of that we can thank Wells for introducing us to ‘fake news,’… Read More

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Writers, weird writers and nudity

Writers are a weird group, each one with his or her own particular quirks. Make no mistake, writing is torture, especially fiction, but it’s pleasant torture in which you proceed bit by bit to the end even if the process takes years. Michelangelo was asked how he, at the tender of 24, was able to… Read More

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Happy New Year and I hope 2017 will be good to you – better than it’s been for me so far. I began the year with my left forearm in a cast due to a broken wrist sustained in mid-December and it ain’t fun, especially when you need two hands to type, never mind negotiating… Read More

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