Archive for June, 2015

The March to Ballantyne Pier

June 15, 2015

by Janet Mary Nicol

It’s a story that defined Vancouver in the 1930s–a city divided by class as 900 longshoremen living on the east and south side of Vancouver fought for basic rights–to gain back a union and not a company association, as well as fair hiring practises. Their strike had only just started when on June 18, 1935, a march to protest the use of strikebreakers at Ballantyne Pier led to an all-out three hour waterfront/city street battle between police and the strikers.

Look for the full story at the BC Labour Heritage Centre website –


Indian Pop Star Jasmine Bharucha finds a new voice in Canada

June 6, 2015

by Janet Nicol

Once a pop star in India, Jasmine Bharucha has made a new life for herself as a realtor and children’s book author in Canada, spreading the message of mindfulness–and she still sings too.

Check out this cover story about Bharucha in the Vancouver-based June, 2015 issue of Canadian Immigrant magazine, available on-line at


Photograph by Sandra Minarik

A hat-trick of reviews on war, student soldiers & canoes

June 3, 2015

by Janet Nicol

Check out the summer issue of BC History for lots of great stories. In the book review section, I have a hat-trick of reviews on BC’s role in the First World War – “From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War” written by Greg Dickson and Mark Forsythe as well as “From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War by Barry Gough and on a more peaceful topic- “Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft that Helped Shape British Columbia, by Sanford Osler.

All are great reads by BC authors.

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