Author Archives: EJ Lavoie

About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca

WALKING THE RIGHT WAY

“Always walk facing traffic.” That’s something I learned at my mother’s knee. When walking down a road, always face the traffic  ̶  that is, walk on the left-hand shoulder. So when I encountered two walkers on Monday who were walking … Continue reading

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RAVENS & SNOWPLOWS (Conclusion)

2 ̶ Snowplows Snowplows are adept at spreading garbage. Last Wednesday morning, I stacked my week’s garbage at roadside. We don’t have curbsides. We live in the bush. Overnight a blizzard had deposited ten or twelve inches of snow in … Continue reading

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RAVENS & SNOWPLOWS (Chapter 1 of 2)

1  ̶  Ravens Winter in the north wouldn’t be the same without them. Ravens to collect and dispose of garbage. Snowplows to spread it over all Creation. I spent a good hour today watching our ravens clean up the garbage … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 5 of 7)

5 ̶ Japanese Prisoners On February 24, 1942, the Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King, as a war measure, proclaimed the coastal region of British Columbia out of bounds to all Canadians of Japanese descent. In an unprecedented … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 4 of 7)

4 ̶   The Greatest Escape In the evening of Friday, April 18, 1941, more than 100 German prisoners prepared to break out of Camp Angler. For three months, they had been digging a tunnel in the sandy soil that led … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 3 of 7)

3 ̶ German Prisoners When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Camp 101, at Angler, Ontario, on January 27, 1941, he never imagined that he would be treated as a prisoner-of-war for six more years. Camp Angler was one of 12 German … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR (Chapter 2 of 7))

2 ̶ Tracking the Barbed Wire      When Paul Mengelberg arrived at Angler as a German prisoner-of-war, it was deep winter. In his memoir1, he dates his arrival to January 27, 1941. He recalled a long walk from the CPR siding … Continue reading

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ANGLER & PRISONERS OF WAR 7 Chapters)

1  —   Tracking Down History Eighteen years ago, I joined a small group searching for the notorious prison, Camp X, under the guidance of a former German prisoner-of-war who had been incarcerated there. Today the place is almost unrecognizable. In … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (Conclusion)

6 ̶ Waiting for Godot I felt perfectly capable of driving myself around. But I found myself caught up in an absurdist drama. Like the characters in Samuel Beckett’s play, I found myself alienated from normal society, searching for an … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (5 OF 6 Chapters)

5 ̶ Rehab I was ushered to an empty bed in 3 North, Room 335-S3-3. My two new companions were enjoying their suppers in beds facing the eastern windows. And I mean they were ENJOYING them. If fact, two or … Continue reading

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