Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative
December 3, 2017

I've just been down getting my first look at the Polygon Gallery which opened on the waterfront in North Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. The inaugural show inside this gorgeous space is called N. Vancouver and features a collection of photographs, installations and artifacts reflecting the North Vancouver experience.

My favourite piece in the show, because I've recently become interested in the history of squatting, is a large photo by...

November 26, 2017

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A wonderful week in Ottawa included a visit to Parliament Hill to watch question period -- an unedifying experience -- and culminated in the Berton medal ceremony at Rideau Hall, an opportunity to meet the new Governor General. Above, the two of us share a grip 'n grin.

Thanks to Canada's History Society, not just for the award but for all the work it does promoting an...

November 8, 2017

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It was announced this morning that I have received the Pierre Berton Award for 2017, aka the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media (try saying that three times with your mouth full).

Details here.

I'll be in Ottawa in a couple of...

October 14, 2017

Last week CBC Radio called to invite me onto a noon call-in segment to discuss the re-naming of Siwash Rock in particular and the question of place names in general. Being preoccupied with rehab (see below) I could not accept the invitation but if I had I might have suggested to listeners that they ask themselves: What would Major...

October 7, 2017

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This space has been silent lately as I recover from knee replacement surgery. Rehab is a fulltime job.

Back soon. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving from the wet coast.

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