Margaret Ormsby, catalyst & mentor

As one of Canada’s first accredited female historians, Ormsby’s first desk as a professor in 1940 was in the women’s washroom at McMaster. Now she’s the namesake for The Ormsby Review. FULL STORY

Fernie's place on this map has finally been given proper scrutiny by historian Wayne Norton.


Lock ’em up, lock ’em up, lock ’em up

The racist tactics of Conservative Premier William Bowser (1915-1916) are unearthed in an Ormsby exclusive.

The internment camps at Fernie and nearby Morrissey were dress rehearsals for the removal of Japanese Canadians from the B.C. coast in 1942. FULL STORY

Women & the wild essentials

Taylor notes, “Cascadia…has always been considered counterculture, liberated, transgressive, rebellious, transformative.” REVIEW: Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on… FULL STORY

The Kane scrutiny

In Victoria between April and June of 1847, the Irish-Canadian artist painted in the traditional territory of the Songhees (Lekwungen)… FULL STORY

Always cry wolf

With Wolf Island, Pacific Wild founder Ian McAllister and ex-journalist Nicholas Read have again appealed to readers aged 8-14. REVIEW:… FULL STORY

Fidel and me

She tells the story of how her father Fred Brown became head of Havana University’s philosophy department after she asked… FULL STORY

Highways to tell

Three veins of history are the Hope-Princeton, the forgotten Big Bend Highway and the Fraser Canyon. Review by Dan Francis…. FULL STORY

Joan Skogan (1945-2017)

An intrepid researcher and a conscientious writer, she will be much missed by those who knew her fascinating, passionate nature…. FULL STORY

Jim Wong-Chu (1949-2017)

Jim Wong-Chu was a serious and determined figure dubbed the Moses of Chinese Canadian writing. Chinese Canadians weren’t granted the… FULL STORY

A Cariboo concoction

Birchwater’s beat extends past the Chilcotin plateau, down the old Nuxalk-Dakelh grease trail to Bella Coola. REVIEW: Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories… FULL STORY

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