Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

July 2015

July 31, 2015


I recently saw the movie Woman in Gold about the legal battle to regain possession of a Gustav Klimt painting taken during the war. It stars Helen Mirren and Vancouver's own Ryan Reynolds, who was not as awful as many critics claimed. 

The movie is very pedestrian but it gives me an excuse to show off one of my prized possessions, a Gustav Klimt finger puppet...

July 26, 2015

For several years the online Encyclopedia of British Columbia, of which I am the editor, has been available free in schools around the province. This is thanks to an agreement between Harbour Publishing and a consortium of school districts that evaluates online educational resources and makes them available to members.The Harbour website brings the good news that the agreement has...

July 6, 2015

A new issue of Geist magazine (#97) is at the newsstands, and in it a column by yours truly about a new book on the history of war resisters in Canada.

Worth Fighting For is a collection of essays that argue that resistance to war is very much a Canadian tradition. I am particularly interested in the piece by David Tough, an historian at Trent U, that suggests that during World War...