Stealing from Canada’s Writers

The B.C. Government lawsuit against Access Copyright To: The Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Education Dear Mr. Fleming: “Our first priority is to make sure students are getting the support they need in classrooms this fall. We will fully cover the costs of the agreement on class size and composition. Districts are creating smaller class… Read more »

Sonic Magic: The Science of Sound

Sonic Magic – The Science of Sound

Source: The Science of Sound – The Nature of Things: Science, Wildlife and Technology – CBC-TV How do you make a television documentary about something you can’t see? Well, you need a little magic. In this case “Sonic Magic,” which is the title of our latest production airing tonight at 8pm on CBC’s “The Nature… Read more »

the Komagata Maru

Why Fiction?

The Evolution of City of Tribes If you survive long enough as a writer you’re bound to come across stories that are, for one reason or another, harder to tell. People confide things to journalists that they would never admit in a court of law. Whistleblowers arrive with the threat of lawsuits or other kinds… Read more »


Stopping Traffik

Stopping Traffik: The War Against the War on Drugs (CBC — October 1999) Logline: “Whether it’s alcohol Prohibition or the War on Drugs, any zealous crusade is bound to have unintended consequences. Watch what happens when frontline cops, social workers, and wealthy businessmen join forces to oppose the drug war.” The war on drugs had… Read more »

Ed Asner as Lou Grant

My Own Lou Grant

If you’re too young to remember who Lou Grant was, you might want to skip the rest of this post. It’s a story about one of my mentors at CBC and you’d have to know the significance of who “Lou” was (in the journalism culture of the late 1970s) for the story to have meaning.… Read more »