Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative
May 13, 2016

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It may be Friday the 13th but it is a lucky day for me. My latest book, Where Mountains Meet the Sea, An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver, has gone to press. Now the waiting for final printed copies begins.

(This image from the book shows a Japanese logging crew at Rice Lake in the upper Lynn Canyon area...

May 2, 2016


A wonderful new book about The Ward neighbourhood in Toronto (The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood) from Coach House Books prompts me to wonder if non-historians are breathing new life into ...

April 14, 2016

I was working myself up to write something about the NDP and the Leapers and the incredibly smug, head-in-the-sand reaction of all the mainstream pundits to the notion that perhaps we should actually do something about climate change instead of just talking about it when Crawford Kilian over at The Tyee website beat me to it, and much more eruditely.

So, go read him here.

April 6, 2016


Today is the 130th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Vancouver in 1886.

To mark the occasion, Jesse Donaldson has this piece at The Tyee reflecting on the influence that the Canadian Pacific Railway wielded in early Vancouver.

March 20, 2016

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Many years ago when my father retired from his private medical practice he removed from the walls of his office a set of photographic prints depicting the early days of Vancouver. He dispersed the prints among his four children and I displayed mine on the walls of different homes as I moved about the country until I either grew tired of...