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House of Commons passes apology motion for British Home Children

It happened so quickly most Members of Parliament were barely aware of it. On February 15 a Private Member’s motion brought forward by Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault was passed. The motion calls for the House of Commons to apologize … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Forgotten’ documentary disappointing

“The act of uprooting children and sending them, alone, across the ocean to work in a strange land… must be regarded as one of the most Draconian measures in the entire history of children in English-speaking society. Its impact on … Continue reading

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Historical Amnesia: Remembering History’s Ignored Children

Imagine that a mass amnesia had gripped society and we suddenly lost our memory of history. Then imagine that history was rewritten for us, leaving out the entire story of the civil rights movement in the ’60s, or the Suffragettes’ … Continue reading

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Federal MP launches apology motion for Home Children

In this era of politics characterized by brazen corruption and the naked pursuit of power at any cost, it’s refreshing to know we have people like Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Alex and I have conferred on a … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter 2014

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Dr. Barnardo: Saint or Villain?

“Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits thoughts and feelings as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets.” —British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli … Continue reading

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Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest Ontario Tour

Autumn is nearly upon us and with it comes a new round of touring with my new book, Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest. We’ll start with Ontario, where I have a busy schedule of reading events, the British Isles … Continue reading

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