Author Archives: EJ Lavoie

About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca

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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A STROKE OF LUCK (4 of 6 Chapters)

4 ̶ Memorable Moments On that first Saturday night, long after I had retired, a party erupted in my room. The festivities endured the rest of the night, all the next day, all Sunday night, and tapered off on Monday … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (3 of 6 Chapters)

3  ̶  Recovery  It was probably on Monday, May 1, that I was wheeled into a department where I began therapy. The speech therapy was really basic stuff. The neurologist would say four or five words and ask me to … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (2 of 6 Chapters)

2  ̶   The Hospital By 6:00 that Friday evening I was sprawled in a hospital bed, fully clothed, in the emergency ward, hooked up to monitors for pulse and blood pressure. The attending doctor, Dr. L., had to determine if … Continue reading

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