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...
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.
The Ormsby Review has just published my review of a new book about history, car culture and landscape in British Columbia. Check it out here.
While I was writing my biography of Louis Taylor, Vancouver’s longest-serving mayor, I was used to having him called many things. Scoundrel, socialist, corrupt, light-weight. One thing no one ever called him was visionary, yet it turns out perhaps that’s what he was.
Taylor was a big fan of the American social theorist Henry George. In 1879 George published Progress and Poverty, one of the best-selling books of the 19th...