Crawford Kilian was born in New York City in 1941. He was raised in Los Angeles and Mexico City, and was educated at Columbia University (BA '62) and Simon Fraser University (MA '72). He served in the US Army from 1963 to 1965, and moved to Vancouver in 1967. He became a naturalized Canadian in 1973.
Crawford has published 21 books -- both fiction and non-fiction, and has written hundreds of articles. He taught at Vancouver City College in the late 1960s and was a professor at Capilano College from 1968 to 2008. Much of Crawford's writing for The Tyee deals with education issues in British Columbia, but he is also interested in books, online media, and environmental issues.
Reporting Beat: Education, health, and books
Crawford's Connection to BC: Though he was born in New York City, one of Crawford's favourite places is Sointula, a small town off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.
Stories by Crawford Kilian
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Salacious attack may be unsubstantiated, but it’s a turning point for him and US democracy.
It only gets worse as inauguration nears. Can American democracy recover?
The barbarians have pushed inside the gate, and there is no going back.
Author makes compelling case that capitalism is collapsing and there is nothing to replace it.
If we don’t unite, the radical reactionaries will keep winning.
PISA results strong for BC, Finland, but raise important questions about equality and education.
If Putin did sway the election, America is at a crossroads.
Daily flood of overdoses, deaths taking physical and emotional toll.
Trudeau’s Orwellian pipeline approval ignores looming threat to our grandchildren.
Castro made revolution cool, and showed two generations of Latin American leaders they didn’t have to be America’s puppets.
As a former teacher, I agonized after his victory: How to prepare kids for clownish logic?
It’s odd, since any elected politician is by definition a member of that class.
Hope Jahren’s new book details her love affair with science, and fight to keep it funded.
Decision on class size, composition latest battle in long Socred/Liberal war on education.
On health care and global health in particular, we need to move fast.
No matter the outcome, he leaves behind a brutally polarized nation.
Sometimes it helps to take a global perspective.
Signals from space signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, says physicist.
It’s fuelled by social and cultural anxieties. And the impacts are considerable.
Time for Canada to come up with new, better ways to help devastated country.
Recalling the day in May 1985 that ended board autonomy in BC.
‘Blitzed’ reveals how meth almost led to German victory — and doomed Hitler.
When 25 per cent of world’s children are malnourished, we are all affected.
Book chronicling the sad fates of those who sought riches in Asia offers LNG lessons.
World Health Organization needs a leader to battle for resources, make tough choices.
Reflecting on age, health and politics.
Escalating drug risks for users, first responders mean it’s time to legalize cocaine, heroin.
The trick isn’t to anticipate an inevitable fate, but to prepare students for a totally surprising one.
Author looks at what helps students learn – and what doesn’t work.
A newfound, ‘earth-type’ planet may seem thrilling. But interstellar colonization isn’t such a, well, stellar prospect.
And what might they teach us, if we welcomed them to Canada with open arms?
Another hospital bombed, more civilians killed. How long will we tolerate it?
Whether we lost interest early or late, the civil war has brutalized us as well as the combatants.
Especially relative to the wealth or poverty of others? Here’s a useful reality check.
US political analyst Thomas Frank’s new book is a master class on the master class.
Outbreak in a gas-dependent, climate-changing region is worth paying attention to.
So long as we ignore the dubious honour, we betray those tasked with protecting us.
Ever heard of an ‘autogolpe’? Now is a good time to brush up.
Anu Partanen’s new book challenges ‘socialist nanny state’ stereotypes of her native Finland, and its neighbours.
New book shows how America's class and race attitudes were shaped in the country's earliest days.
How a discovery in South China Sea fuels further doubt around BC's stalled natural gas dreams.
On Lionel Shriver's witty new novel, an anatomy of 21st-century economics.
BC's own Brexit? Likely not. Still, secession movements tell us something about the regional mood.
Book exposes international effort to hide the truth -- UN camp was responsible for outbreak that has killed thousands.
Despite flaws, book on 1950 B.C.-Alberta mega-fire has useful lessons.
Will 'America's Got Talent' and ambition ruin a 13-year-old opera prodigy?
How outsourcing hospital cleaning is costing lives in BC, laid bare in book.
Seller of violent spectacle, Hollywood hides its own dark frontier past.
The wildfire sparked a crisis that, for a time at least, burned anti-social attitudes to ashes.
Expert Amir Attaran makes a logical case to move the Games. But it won't work.
The transition will come sooner or later. Let's make it sooner.
Hope that your city reacts like this when disasters come its way.
Why the same budget dramas play out BC-wide each spring.
Big Sports have become grotesque parasites on every country, from rich to poor.
Like many other world leaders, PM shows how to be true and false at the same time.
Another northern country shows how NDP might create a new future for itself. Really.
And don't let Canada's punditariat restrict or stifle your debate.
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A review of Sonia Shah's brilliant new book on 21st century disease threats we all face.
It's an argument I first heard as a trustee 35 years ago. And it's wrong.
Look around -- our stupid choices make 'market wisdom' a bad joke.
Many have admired the images of Air Force One descending over Cuba. They fill me with dread.
Don't let our government be selective about who it criticizes.
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Eighty years on, 'It Can't Happen Here' skewers America's new political climate.
New book chronicles policy that made (and unmade) our modern world.
Latin American outbreak a fascinating study in the 'online global immune system.'
A modest proposal for a new start by Canada the 'honest broker.'
Global counter-offensive will also fight dengue, chikungunya and other fetal deformities.
Closed schools and ever-tightening belts only cost us later.
Our 1970s social experiment proved a tonic for unhealthy inequality. Let's hope it spreads.
Contemplating the hopes and hazards of a crazy breakthrough called CRISPR.
Canadians may decry its executions and power moves, but we're locked in an alliance.
Not by moving further left, but by moving ahead (where they've usually been).
Not to rain on your holiday parade or anything.
Far, far away from the Star Wars racket, a science fiction renaissance takes flight.
Class war, killer inequality, and more political horror stories for post-Harper Canada.
Momentous new report (and its critics) offer insight into inequality's fatal effects.
For good or ill, BC's 27th premier shaped this province as much as his father did.
Remembering the complex Hollywood Red, who once pronounced me a writer.
The death cult's 13th-century origin story sheds grim light on mounting strikes in Syria.
Even in this early stage, we can draw conclusions.
A disease by many names throughout history, we still fail to recognize the pain.
Ponder your loss. Search your souls. Perhaps even hear an adversary's view?
A new riding reflecting a polarized country, the race mirrored national shifts.
Our young PM's book is a Bildungsroman. And it deserves our close attention.
It's another hit we seem wired to welcome despite the ominous research.
Memo to pundits: if you can't fathom defeat over policies, seek help!
Surveying hazards and opportunities across our upended political landscape.
A one-man show from fringe to power. Our underestimation only fuelled his contempt.
Steve Fraser does. Historian retrieves lessons from our class war memory hole. NDP take note.
Who will take this contested new riding? Tyee inspects candidate offices for clues.
How can reality-based voters counter increasingly truth-averse politicians? Here's one idea.
If a disease killed 30,000 a year in one country, you'd expect a travel warning. Not in America.
Life on a frozen rustball will never match our recurring visions of conquest.
Step one: nationalize tourism. Step two: remake society.
Her agile mind defies injury, 13 years after a senseless attack.
A little boy's death forces us to confront a mass tragedy, far beyond Syria's borders.
By accepting the desperate we do our nation's future a favour.
We could've been his haven. Instead, his family's hopes ended in the sea off Bodrum.
Bob Rae's agreeable new book misses a deeper ideological shift.
NDP frontrunner swaps courthouse for Burnaby North-Seymour doorsteps.
Up against three strong candidates, Seymour native rolls out cautious campaign.
Should voters launch NDP to victory on Oct. 19, some not-so-fun realities await.
Kinder Morgan opponent and SFU researcher takes up science of public office.
Young Liberal vies to win middle ground between Conservative North Shore and NDP Burnaby.
We should take this new riding seriously; all four parties certainly have.
It's one of the most anti-Conservative chapters in the Bible. So why did Nigel Wright cite it?
From Europe to Uruguay, inequality crusaders yank discourse from neoliberals.
No mention of JT? And more telling takeaways from 'Strength of Conviction.'
With courageous leadership, we could offer the world 50 million solutions.
Latest climate models demand hard lessons in megadrought, upheaval and more.
A curmudgeonly retort to the life lessons of Huffpost.
Eight Constitutional plug-ins for Canada 2.0.
We took hits from SARS and swine flu. Will leaders ignore warnings again?
Roosevelt, Stalin and the unlikely friendship that won the Second World War.
How rampagers against Asians in Vancouver helped launch a famous PM.
On climate change, pope's radical directive excites beyond the Church.
Host's departure a chance for our national broadcaster to save its institutional soul.
Consensus not an attack on Alberta, but an argument for 'Plan B,' signatories say.
Watch out, freedom lovers! Conservatives will build the biggest police state they can.
‘Good cop, bad cop’ approach brings global health into the 21st century.
Right-wing think tank takes aim at 'the rock star of education.'
Harsh treatment echoes Dreyfus persecution more than a century ago.
Premier Clark says decision 'put disputes behind us.' Don't count on it.
Suggested steps to restore the nation to its pre-Harper glory.
Brooke Jeffrey's book adds to 'Harperlit' canon.
Over 3,000 perished in 2014, and this year's numbers already show horrific spike.
After protracted strife and school strikes, a blueprint for some blue-sky thinking.
Blowing stuff up gets us nowhere. Send aid instead.
As is often the case, the nonverbal content of the event was the important part.
The decades-old feud continues, thanks to BC Libs' tribal disdain for teachers.
With Bill 11, BC Liberals continue to infect classrooms with corporate philosophy.
'Divergent' generation of female protagonists seek escape, not solutions.
As economy stumbles, our self-styled wartime prime minister bets on fear.
We're paying more than we need to, new study finds. Now, who'll make this an election issue?
Sockeye return exhausts fishers! Eager electorate tramples voting booths! Add your own wishful woes.
What the 'xerothermic' age tells us about a drier future.
From Bolshevik Revolution to present-day war in Syria, the young have flocked to epic ideological struggles.
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An early take on the plebiscite's fraught beginnings.
Swedes don't need plebiscite to build new subway lines.
Why Queen's U. shouldn't fire Melody Torcolacci.
Our cautious left-of-centre parties could learn a thing or two from bold Greek coalition.
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Crack a cold one along with this new brewography by the Wall Street Journal's beer critic.
Should academic freedom protect a professor who says immigrants have damaged Vancouver?
Turfed after 18 embarrassing months, the veterans’ minister was merely following his commander’s orders.
For a change of pace, let's lose the solemnity and hurl zingers at our leaders.
We could be the go-to country for ambitious educators.
A journalist's look at three different systems producing remarkable results.
The year's best in couldn't-put-it-down real-life thrillers.
The year's best in 'disapproved' genres like science fiction, fantasy and thrillers.
Pulled by money, pushed by climate, a quarter-billion people now leave home every year.
TD Economics pondered the trend, and just couldn't get too worked up.
The damage is hard to assess if we can't remember what an extraordinary public broadcaster it once was.
How many more will die building a billionaire's sky ride for One Percenters?
No vaccine, no cure for a mental disease you give yourself.
Seeking a record of eight years of deliberate misrule? This is your book.
We can't let this week's attacks turn Canada into a garrison state.
Monday morning in a Helsinki Grade 6 classroom.
And what exactly do they do today? A look at the whittling down of a once noble role.
Put simply, we can no longer afford to let the virus decimate West Africa's health care and economy.
Canada's response in Iraq will be 'noble,' Harper says. What should that mean?
The two cultures of BC education politics, explained.
Huge stakes for each side make a perfect stalemate. With a Tyee interview with BCTF president Jim Iker.
Untangling Wednesday's statements on how to 'clear the way' back to school.
Sources say Clark gov't insists on clauses insulating it from another Supreme Court loss.
Europe's ambitious education strategy is no summer daydream.
Military historian Gwynne Dyer on how an imperial con game set our course for a century.
Bethune fought with his blood bank; Liversedge, his everyman scrappiness. Two gripping reads.
Actor's shocking passing reminds that darkness so often limns talent.
Why it revives the all but dead school voucher idea, and why conservatives love it.
Pay attention, for West Africa's crisis is the first of many we'll have to deal with.
Tired of games, thrones and rings? This crop of science fiction eats Tolkien rip-offs for breakfast.
Canada's borders, set by imperialists, need a 21st century redraw. Get out your pen!
What does it say that Harper's government is willing to pay to liberate a mere 200 souls?
Like SARS and H5N1, 'chikungunya' won't be the last world-touring outbreak.
Time to revisit and rethink just why we are subsidizing private schools.
It's not the virus alone, but how Gulf rulers have handled it, that's a threat.
Former Guardian journalist reveals how he netted the news story of a decade.
Dr. Buckingham's censure only confirms the long, tragic decline of Canadian academic culture.
Collapsing Antarctic ice sheet? Just another global warming story. Also one I wrote decades ago.
Conservative pundit reflects on the child porn remark that turned his world against him.
Not one of our kids is disposable, yet we keep them brain-damagingly poor.
That's premier's message as BC higher ed becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of big business.
Inequality has always been a rigged game, economist argues in explosive new book.
With 'Atimetus got me pregnant,' they invented the tweet. And it took off from there.
Gabriel García Márquez knew all of Latin America's family secrets.
New history follows the country's fascinating search for wealth and power.
Former finance minister was a damn good political showman, and a friend to many.
Global health community must intervene to help citizens of developing nations get the message.
From the start, I suspect Catbert has guided our PM's hirings and firings.
Sure, disdain 'anti-vaxxers,' but the issue is more complex than it seems.
Aided by millions of taxpayer's dollars, a two-tiered education system has taken root.
New book explains Fukushima in tragic detail, highlighting need for a major industry overhaul.
Neither left nor right, dromocrats feel sold out by whoever's in power. And they're rising up.
Writer Lee Billings chronicles the revolutionary search for life among the stars.
Vicente Fox's plea follows a hopelessly failed war on drugs.
Great new fictions that force us to examine our rather alarming present.
Immovable desks. Full frontal teaching. And other doltish design traits of our slow-to-learn schools.
'Overbooked' traces the growth of our planet as theme park, staffed by slaves.
The law's the law, and our education system is not a game of Calvinball.
Teacher-bashing Liberals remain hellbent on gaming the political system.
Ottawa's plan to entice more int'l scholars promises more than it can deliver.
Reporter Graeme Smith shows us why Canada has much to be embarrassed about.
New geological study shows it's not just the Big One that matters.
On Europe's 'Savage Continent,' Putin's persecutions are just one sign lessons weren't learned.
'Strange Rebels' club of 1979: Deng Xiaoping, Ayatollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher.
When medical malpractice, in the guise of politics, is carried out on a global scale.
'Command and Control' details the explosive near-misses that almost devastated the world.
Oppressed for so long, he saw that retribution was pointless. And a prisoner became a saviour.
Rebels like Finland don't much care about OECD's student rankings. And that's a good thing.
These vivid stories of men who fled may finally kill the myth of the 'Good War.'
No way he'll step down over the Duffy affair. Among his ilk, honour is for chumps.
Rifle in hand, I heard Kennedy was murdered. Suddenly the map no longer fit the terrain. Somehow it led to Canada.
Without him the New Dems might now be a Canadian nostalgia item, finds this insider account.
Paul Wells portrays PM as author of his own misfortunes. But how far will they go?
Chris Turner's treatise on Tory anti-empiricism should spark outrage. But those in power won't see it.
Advocates wonder if pricy probe into 2009 Fraser River salmon collapse has been washed out.
What would Orwell say about our curious brand of Newspeak?
Senator revolt only the latest in people and policies that went south for PM.
An American teacher abroad discovers how a truly egalitarian school system works.
Susan Delacourt chronicles the turn of Canada's political leaders into panderers.
Two tough yet optimistic looks at our world, 35 and 100,000 years from today.
The least-recognized casualties of 9-11 are the democratic institutions of the US and its allies.
With Photoshop, black-and-white past comes alive in living colour.
A reality check for the 7,000 Canadians considering extraterrestrial living.
A better system could help students soar to academic success.
These days, workers of the world unite online to create the latest genius goods.
Still on the road to recovery following a vicious assault, she'll reunite with family in Korea after 12 long years.
Memo to the 'jobs' premier: a strong education system boosts wealth, not the reverse.
Voters, think yourselves employers, and would-be politicos your job seekers. Give 'em hell.
New book offers compelling look at what got us here, but few answers on how to move beyond.
Putting the number of deaths by illicit drugs in BC into perspective.
'1984' and 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' offer insight into Edward Snowden's plight.
North Island town looks to colourful past as it re-imagines the future.
One Mountie's attempt to get to the bottom of the Mike Duffy scandal.
So Nuttall and Korody were 'inspired by al-Qaeda.' Here's what's really scary about that.
New book reveals the human cost of budget cuts.
Let's forget the man and focus on his message instead.
An activist murdered, and America roiling, I sought refuge in the army.
Viral faces virtual, as web community battles H7N9 and MERS.
The great satirists running our government continue the joke with Mike Duffy's implosion.
The movie's about glamour; the book is about the horror of social climbers.
It would mean a major upset in a Liberal bastion. Why is NDP candidate Jim Hanson optimistic?
Without a hope of holding party power why would anyone run solo?
The debate, focus of international attention, is front and centre this election.
Cracks in BC's higher ed funding system go far and deep.
How to decipher the noise of political clichés.
Major test of web-based warning system that's built up since SARS.
Lessons for teachers in its approach, where students are taught to be citizens, not consumers.
Two centuries later, with our changing climate, Tambora's power still haunts us.
'Restless Empire' traces rise from hermit kingdom to world straddling dynamo.
Coded in his speech was a message directed straight to Stephen Harper.
Upon study, the language of the ethnic outreach memo tells us much about the party's inner mind.
How did this young Chilean get so many believing 'We Can Change the World'?
Former Tory advisor's comments about child porn viewers triggered his fall from grace. What's behind such an error?
Why Bill C-425 deserves far more scrutiny than media have given it.
To stop a truly fearful virus both 'smart' and fatal, we must remain vigilant.
His thundering rebuke to news media as usual riveted a Vancouver audience.
Why are they smartest in the world? Actually their school system is what's super, and BC could learn a thing a two.
This could be a learning moment but Canada's ossified pundits aren't really about that.
Three years after quake, in-depth accounts show aid disastrously handled.
They fund our politics, shape our societies, outsource our jobs. Chrystia Freeland figured someone should talk to them.
How many Canadian lives are sacrificed with every policy decision? Sixth in a series.
(With a bow to Roger Angell of The New Yorker.)
As a teacher I had to think about how I'd deal with a crazed shooter in my classroom.
High in the ruling party there's no abundance of higher ed credentials. Does it matter?
Don't let media hypocrites make you pull your punches on 'the Albertans.' Swing away!
This could be the best book ever written about BC politics, and arrives just in time.
Robert Citino's 'The Wehrmacht Retreats' makes a powerful case for war as an expression of national culture.
Moore vs. BC will have big effects, but only if we understand the binds North Van trustees faced.
From transit to housing, which is the true cleanest, greenest city? A tour of Sweden's capital.
NDP's Donnelly, Alexandra Morton, farmers and more weigh in on 75 recommendations to protect the fish.
Backed by new report, former NDP leader stumps for good things more equality brings.
Student debt hurts everyone's bottom line. Why we should heed new demands from Quebec.
Dropping out concerns more than loved ones. This painful calculation shows your wallet suffers, too.
And more premonitions of imperial America from Samuel Clemens and Theodore Roosevelt.
New report urges Canada make a big leap into educating foreigners. First, fill large holes.
Watching a dog in summer is to attend a seminar in savouring life. Photo essay by Tyee readers.
A historian divides us into six distinct cultural zones, from 'Yankeedom' to 'Left Coast'.
James Palmers' 'Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes' reveals a seismic shift in global economic fortunes.
Tea Partiers, lululemon and Wildrose's Danielle Smith all are fans. What gives?
The unheralded Brit explorer left names all around Vancouver Island. Except his own.
Tim Weiner's 'Enemies' chronicles the fumbling agency Hoover built and 40 years of consequences.
'Lessons from the front lines' topic of Tuesday event backed by labour and student groups.
TYEE LIST #16: Why wait for illness to reach you? Health is now a global fight.
Two books with same title by Heinberg and Rubin raise a daunting political question.
Why his fantastical stories were useful for honing a generation's BS detectors.
Ten years after barely surviving an attack, she readies to visit her homeland of Korea.
UBC prof Mark Schaller explains why humans turn hostile when sensitized to illness.
Or, why we like politicians more the farther they are from power.
Led by a radical, what started as a tuition fight united thousands more aggrieved Chileans.
TYEE LIST #12: Earthquakes, pandemics, solar flares; a calamitous pall hangs over our province.
As Harper's toxic rule erodes our democracy, it's time for the right to recall its vintage values.
Brilliant historian's final book reminds us 'democracies corrode quite fast.'
TYEE LIST #9: Put down that pen and curl up with these giants.
TYEE LIST #7: C'mon, show us you can write verse that's even worse!
On BC's marine highways, islanders and urbanites collide. A look at culture on board.
Debates over funding should prompt debate about whether diplomas are good value for the money.
After a stroke, I found myself embedded in BC's strained healthcare system. A report from the front lines.
A new grammar order is dawning. Plus 10 ways to tell if you speak the language.
That's my proposal. Beat the inevitable by turning the CBC into the CWC.
It's time to face the human cost of my Apple addiction -- and yours.
Report from India suggests so. Can we ever trounce the mutant bacteria?
A fascinating Canadian book urges 'political action for the 99%.' It was written in 1943.
'The Death of Liberal Canada' is more about a dying way of (over) writing.
UVic historian of education paints a bleak political picture, and blames all sides.
Sickening inequality, climbing cholera, drug resistant bugs, and more.
Imagine a Canadian Services Corps that prepares young people for higher ed.
His final magnum opus dives into the historical wrinkles and folds that make the city unique.
New media made us look. Now let's put fixing this 'state of emergency' into context.
Anonymous, averse to ideological categories, the movement gives the blogosphere fits.
The 1898 outbreak gave us Big Pharma and vaccine deniers, pitting public health against personal choice.
What Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo can teach occupiers in New York, Vancouver and elsewhere.
Media censorship was rampant during wartime Canada, reveals new book. Has conflict reporting changed?
Three decades of slashed funding and 'disrespect' means no recess for teacher-government dissent. Last of two.
Tension between teachers and government isn't new: it took a half-century for all to learn their roles. First of two.
New book reveals a brawler, boozer and womanizer who bravely saved many a life.
Startling new book linking leadership to mental illness suggests being too well balanced may be dangerous.
The Economist magazine is latest to fret that post-secondary education is next bubble to burst.
Meet Ben Shapiro, who says he's blacklisted by Hollywood.
Whether driven by criminality or something more, we'll all take what we want from this riot.
Tired of bandaid politics? Imagine a party that puts proactivity first.
'Valley of Death: The Tragedy of Dien Bien Phu' chronicles a war foretold.
The American who climbed into bed with the Gestapo, and Soviet secret police.
Canada and the UN have committed public health malpractice on a very large scale.
As pressure mounts to shine more light on the question, the politics get hotter.
Attacked and severely injured nine years ago, her rehabilitation continues.
'Trouble with Billionaires' author speaks today in Vancouver. A Tyee interview.
Caution: Government embarrassment may be hazardous to your health. Epidemics prove it.
Reading this huge autobiography on a Kobo is a good way to ponder the future of books.
When, as 'Cascadia's Fault' portends, a mega-thrust quake rips BC to California, politicians will fall through cracks.
Hemingway, Mailer, Kerouac. All cubs of the renegade Jack London.
He stood against Sikh extremism. He was beaten, threatened with murder. Now a terrorist group founder openly backs his Conservative opponent.
Media hear him say big business should pay more taxes and brand him scary, hostile, a 'dour Stalinist.' What's going on here?
Meet the four candidates vying to represent a riding that, electorally, has it all.
A guide to the guides, in fact. Places to find info on how to make your vote carry the most weight.
Rule one: Fear works. And more Conservative battle strategy laid bare by an early architect.
Where to plug into the 2011 federal election online.
We offer this start of a handy guide just in time for a federal election. Please add your own definitions!
The quake and nuclear risk were bad enough. Why did some media have to make it worse?
Bold ideas, thwarted reforms: the unlearned lessons of the 1988 Sullivan Commission.
Won't be salmon, bass, cod, or tuna. Learn to love tilapia, an aquaculture success.
A remarkable BC family's saga spans a century and a continent, sweeping, with Ida Gibbs, right up to the civil rights era.
Chris Hedges says liberalism is long gone in the US. Can it be resurrected?
Atwood does. So does Garcia Marquez. And a lot of top BC authors, too. How to find them.
Richard Rhodes' 'Twilight of the Bombs' says nukes are obsolete. So why keep them?
Idea: Attract the best foreign students by fast-tracking their Canadian citizenship.
They understand us better than we them. So who's breeding whom?
Port-au-Prince is still in ruins, cholera rages, the UN proves useless. We all stand indicted.
Inside the archival records of Mao's push to industrialize, and the catastrophic toll.
And a real Tin Pan Alley, too. Let's act to foster scruffy zones of creativity.
The Spirit Level author Richard Wilkinson on how inequality hurts more than the poor, the wages of stress, and more.
Want to know how to write a riveting story? Make your textbook 'The Tiger,' Vancouver author Vaillant's international bestseller.
Educators with tight budgets wonder why money they must pay won't go to greening school facilities.
What if Mordecai the Brilliant and many other writers had left their families and lovers in peace?
His 19th century analysis proved big wars lead to bankruptcy and revolt. But Canada's little modern war has serious costs, too.
That question asks: Who truly cares about the suffering island? And how democratic, really, is the web?
Or, a brief history of the many manifestations of the Business At All Costs Party in BC.
$200,000 slash in government funding prompts urgent request for funds.
We're likely to live there from now on no matter who is in power.
Their economy hums along happily, beating ours, and (eeek!) it's a social democracy.
Sorry, no one's moving to Gliese 581g. Why even imagine we're getting off this priceless planet?
Here are ten we think deserve closer and wider reading. Who would you add to the list?
The Tyee's rough guide to digital resources for writers (and readers). Please add more!
Province could make them 'venture educators' with real money to spend on experiments.
Students, after reading this you can't blame Google for lulling you into copying other people's words.
History suggests Roosevelt created the template for American imperialism.
When his sons ruined the empire, it was a woman who re-created Mongolia in the late 15th century.
Jacqueline Windh pursued her quest to let First Nations kids speak about their lives, made possible by you who gave to The Tyee Fellowship Funds.
Window breakers get jailed, peaceful protests get ignored, leaders do what they wish in secret, the rest of us are alienated. As intended.
Much of the world media snoozed through the G20 clashes. Add your own links to good reporting below.
Fadden evoked questions the CBC failed to ask. Like why he dropped his bombshell, and why now?
Eight years after surviving assault, she remains blind, able to share a smile if no words. Her attacker is now free.
I.F. Stone died as the Net was coming alive. Today's journalists should heed his prophecies.
Are you already numbing to the nightmare? Or hungry to learn the worst? Where to go to understand the unfolding catastrophe.
The violent horror of Ciudad Juarez. When Mexico's president visits Canada this week, will we be too polite to bring it up?
Rand. Hemingway. Tolkein. Stay away if you know what's good for you!
Surrey's dilemma: buy a portable classroom or hire 1.5 teachers?
The province refuses to meet the true cost of sustaining our public schools, as a close analysis shows. We all will pay a price.
As Canada weighs its role in Afghanistan, author James Sheehan looks at Europe and asks, 'Where have all the soldiers gone?'
Despite his bad rap as a dumb brute, the barbarian boss was the smartest gangster around.
Good luck to the Canadian émigré trying to rescue the Republicans.
Using Google Street View, you can open your laptop and visit all your old neighbourhoods. Beware of heartbreak.
The number shut by BC's Liberals is 176 and climbing, but here's why the savings will likely prove a mirage.
As aging boomers create an 'elder culture' they are redefining our society's spending priorities. For the better?
What if Canada stepped in and really tried to make a difference?
The origins of the bagel, and the joy of baking and eating one.
We live in a post-geographical world. It's time to ditch the riding system and bridge the rural-urban divide.
Drastic times call for drastic measures. It's time to go hypergreen.
Peter Steele of the Yukon has led a remarkable life chronicling fellow adventurers. Time for a memoir?
A bit of sleuthing reveals a rich history of risk takers.
Secrecy and cultural bias are enemies. Information insures more survivors.
A refuge for soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress syndrome is taking shape in Vancouver.
Classes are small, and now it's a key outpost of climate change study.
If swine flu hits hard here, what the province can and will do is sketchy. Read for yourself.
Did an ex-Weatherman terrorist really write 'Dreams from My Father'? Dream on.
Hard-hit nations have vital stories to tell, but most Canadian reporting is local and sporadic.
That's the bold agenda of Jennifer Lash and her Living Oceans Society.
Only 40 per cent of BC health workers get flu vaccines, and many refuse.
Who gassed Iraqi insurgents? Churchill. Author Nicholson Baker sets fire to revered icons of the WWII era.
Why in heavens are we trying to send humans back to the moon, and then to Mars?
Inside RAND, Robert McNamara's favourite think tank.
Marine researcher accepts voters 'chose' farmed salmon, sealing fate of wild stocks.
Question Period feels like watching schoolyard bullies scrap for status.
How flames truly built this land.
The GM bailout is 'investment in obsolescence,' oil has peaked, says a top bank economist.
On her long recovery from a random assault, it's been two steps forward, one back.
'Dread' details how epidemics help promote some sick political agendas.
After bringing the NDP far in 2005, this time Carole James couldn't seal the deal.
School trustees, administrators sound alarms.
More sites. 31 categories. And a Blog of the Week spotlighted.
The blogosphere erupts with a topic gone viral.
Nasty infections are up steeply. Health workers, NDP blame Liberals.
Some serious independent candidates explain why they've rejected BC's party politics.
Back from the Afghan war, a Canadian ex-soldier opens up about post-traumatic stress.
The true price of fighting in Afghanistan. First of two articles.
We need a new post-secondary for a post-recession world.
Study finds $135 million shortfall in funding, traces the source.
Cuts could affect up to 100,000 retired and working, K through college.
Wellington Moses and the case of the gold-nugget stickpin.
Even the best educated woman in gold rush days faced racist harassment.
How a prisoner slave was liberated just by stepping onto Victoria soil.
The land of optimism is coming apart. Has the luck run out?
It's beginning to look a lot like 1900 again. Yikes.
Rise of the search engine ad machine and place to hang around in.
What Israelis, Palestinians and Canadians are saying online.
Iggy take note: Obama's endless web campaign has reinvented politics.
'We're more traditional,' says North Shore's CEO. Are you listening Wall Street?
The Canada that first went to war, and how our war novels chose to remember.
How will world react? Check The Hook as people send dispatches from around the planet.
Tough heroes, vicious villains, and women who decide the outcome.
As rich got richer here, middle class bet big on their houses.
Seniors' turnout is so high, some say, each carries weight of two younger eligible voters.
Who cares about platforms or zingers? The real messages were non-verbal.
How hope for the future could reside in the new heritage centre.
A rough guide to political sites in this season of elections, here and in the US.
Its aging, shrinking population earns below the BC average. How to turn things around?
What flu epidemics tell us about social justice and mass amnesia.
And now, even as we tremble, we're stunting his growth.
Six years after a crippling assault, she's working to strengthen muscles, and better communicate.
And the foolish risk it poses to world health.
Our income gap is really a life and death health issue.
What we can learn from Obama's new digital politics.
BC's black pioneers arrived 150 years ago today. Why they came.
In more ways than one, he was a party animal.
His prose breaks all the rules with its mature complexity.
We teachers must adapt to our wireless students.
Corrupt. Inept. Affliction to all. A killer history.
Why Mifflin Gibbs still matters today.
General, dictator, martyr, god. He's in our political DNA.
Pullman's trilogy is a brilliant gift to the 'young adult.'
The case for reinventing Canada's police culture.
They spend $500 million a year here. Will they still?
'Looming Tower' searches for bin Laden's motives.
We're not as inventive as we think. Luckily.
How the other one per cent lives.
Her zooming book is reframing the debate.
Global warming might make rails sing again.
How it got so heavy, and how to lighten it.
Michael Chabon's Yiddish detective novel is a unique classic.
Just not the one you think.
Meet two founders of BC's residential schools for aboriginal children.
What the trees and buildings would say.
Started as a utopian colony, Sointula holds lessons for other resource towns.
Chalmers Johnson on America's addiction to war.
And what those insider blogs are saying.
Five years after being attacked, she struggles silently.
This week’s startling revelations raise new issues.
'Campus 2020' report promises upheaval without progress.
Tolkien's 'new' work proves a harsh prophecy.
'Fiasco' is the story of US armed forces done in by civilian masters.
The amusing economist is looking smarter every day.
Vancouver a kinder, gentler place for working poor finds UBC prof.
Why were aboriginal clam farms so far out of our sight?
He saw it all clearly through his 'telelectroscope.'
From the Antarctic to Granville Island, the toothfish symbolizes the ocean's plight.
This will get you going again. Start with latest UN report.
Farewell to Ernie Fladell, who got (fun) things done.
'Oracle Bones' seeks elusive history -- ancient and recent.
Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' stinks as literature and as genre fiction.
Mark Zuehlke plumbs the hubris and duplicity of the War of 1812.
Surprise victory for Vincent Lam's 'Bloodletting' will also buoy his pandemic flu guide.
Did China reach Cape Breton before Columbus sailed? It's a tempting thought
For its sweep and complexity, best of grim new genre.
Andrew Nikiforuk says we have only ourselves to blame for bird flu, mad cow disease and a host of other diseases.
The future PM believed in coups until he escaped the church's grasp.
A great Canadian thinker's enduring insights on empires, propaganda, and war.
A year after Hurricane Katrina, a hurried 'Deluge' joins a flash flood of instant tomes.
Simon Schama's book puts slavery at the centre of the War of Independence, with echoes across Canada.
Authentic voices make Lebanon's tragedy real. Where to find them.
The province still has a vast literary landscape to explore.
Deadly new illness sells, so why not stick with a story that rings true?
What to read before the bodies start dropping.
Maverick journalist dared to research Muslim anger.
Four years after the attack, she draws and learns to speak.
Lousy judgment is built into our political culture.
Mounting avian flu news makes blood run cold.
Danish cartoons are dull barbs, badly aimed.
Challenges of live, interactive politicking.
Avian flu, and a century old epidemic in San Francisco's Chinatown.
And Americans who tell more than Canadians.
Why we're finally hearing a lot about H5N1.
What's at stake in the teachers' strike.
Or are news media just overreacting?
Prime suspects: Tuition hikes, barriers to returning drop-outs.
The past teaches an avian flu epidemic could claim tens of millions.
Pandemic watching is going viral on the net.
It used to mean take charge optimism. No more.
Avian flu is scary, but a little knowledge is dangerous, too.
Brutally attacked three years ago, she fights paralysis. And she dreams.
If you have to ask what an education costs, you can't afford one.
Maxed out tuition fees and a slew of other political tests face B.C.’s new minister of advanced education.
For all our technical advances, says the noted thinker, we’re forgetting a lot of crucial stuff.
What happened last time and what will happen next time.
The go it alone Bush doctrine, says a rock hard conservative, could bring us World War III.
The two groups appear to have little in common as they struggle to meet education's complex challenges.
Films about writers are full of deceit, but films about underdogs offer writers a lesson that matters.
In 1913, that is. 'Perpetual Honeymoon for the Vancouver Bride' told how. Part of a two-day series on marriage then and now.
At Anahim Lake, musing while B.C. Burns.
Michael Moore's roast of Bush left a North Vancouver audience energized.
Will the Internet make a difference in this election?
Move over Chomsky. Author Chalmers Johnson accuses Americans of self-defeating imperialism, and calls B.C. a refuge.
Lethal to thousands is the answer. B.C.'s last pandemic proved that fear and denial are grave public health hazards
Too many college students are spending a fortune on courses with no relevance to their future careers.
What do Belinda Stronach, Stephen Harper, Paul Martin and Jack Layton have in common? No Net savvy.
The PM may have the gun registry in his sights, but there is no political support for the American way of firearms. The body count is just too high.
Rifle in hand, I heard Kennedy was murdered. Suddenly the map no longer fit the terrain. Somehow it led to Canada.