Author Archives: EJ Lavoie

About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca

IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 6 of 6)

Red Ochre According to Selwyn, in 1957, when he was almost 50 years old, “I finally discovered what I wanted to do when I grew up.” In the meantime, he had left his high school teaching job, and made a … Continue reading

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IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 5 of 6)

Bushed “Packing on the Pic was, well, no picnic.” So began Selwyn’s tale of swamps that proved to be the bane of his so-called “summer vacation”. He had landed a job with General Timber Company, packing supplies into bush camps … Continue reading

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IN SYNC WITH SELWYN (Chapter 4 of 6)

4 ̶ Through a Glass Darkly After a hiatus of five years, the haze clears, and I can see my way clear to finish this post. Selwyn Dewdney’s memoir suggests the origin of its title, Daylight in the Swamp. In … Continue reading

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FATHER COUTURE & THE OLD CHURCHES

Radio-Canada called me up for information on the Longlac church that burned down yesterday.  I was able, in the short time available, to put together this account: At age 36, Father Joseph-Marie Couture was ordained as a priest in 1922, … Continue reading

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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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