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Standing Above the Latest Lies and Violence

When I was nine years old, and I had just been ridiculed and reduced to tears by a crowd of bullies, my father said something to me that helped to dispel my pain a wee bit: “That wasn’t about you, Kev. It was about them.” Dad’s words have stayed with me whenever the latest thug [...]

Everything I need to know about my detractors I learned on Ward Two West

Those who in their madness pray for storms, dream that storms will bring them peace. – Mikhail Lermontov​ ​All men are essentially mad. They cannot even make a worm, but they create gods by the hundreds. – Michel de Montaigne​ Eddie Myers started hating me one morning right before his daily meds. I hadn’t done [...]

Is it Nothing to You? A Message from Bingo Dawson and all the other Fallen

I hadn’t walked the desperate streets of Vancouver’s downtown east side for months, until yesterday. Nothing has changed there, besides the absence of many familiar faces. Like any battlefield, the death rate is always high along East Hastings street, and my friends there have always been in the ranks of the most vulnerable. I first [...]

The Hard Truth about the Crime called Canada

Margaret Sepass was raped and then beaten to death by an Anglican priest named John Warner on December 5, 1969, at St. Michael’s Indian school in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Margaret was nine years old. Her burial site is unknown and John Warner was never charged. On January 5, 1938, Albert Gray was beaten to [...]