Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

November 2014

November 28, 2014

The Queen is dead. The Queen of Crime that is, P.D. James.

Ms. James, who passed away earlier this week, age 94, was the author of many much-admired crime novels, most of them featuring the poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh. I've enjoyed them all though my favourite remains Original Sin, probably because it is set in the book publishing industry and most of the characters come to work by boat.

If you wish to honour her memory you could do worse than read...

November 13, 2014

The West Vancouver Historical Society has invited me to speak on one of my favourite subjects, Vancouver mayor Louis Taylor. I thought I'd consider Taylor's three near-death experiences -- political and mortal -- and the impact they had on his long career.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 19, at the West Van Seniors Centre, 695 Twenty-First Street in West Vancouver. Start time is 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

November 6, 2014

Last week BC Premier Christy Clark turned historian when she addressed the provincial legislature to forge "a new path of mutual respect" with the Tsilhqot'in First Nation. To this end the Premier acknowledged and apologized for "the many wrongs inflicted by past governments." Specifically she was referring to the so-called "Chilcotin War" which led in 1864 to the trial and public execution of six Tsilhqot'in men. They were warriors, not criminals, said Premier Clark; they were defending...