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From 2011: Think you know the real Christopher Columbus?

William Fowler, a distinguished professor of history at Northeastern University in Boston, busts some myths about the voyager, who sailed west for Spain in the hopes of reaching Asia at the end of the 1400s.

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Thousands of marchers in British Columbia say no to Trans Mountain pipeline

“If the opposition movement in British Columbia and Washington state has a totem animal, it is the critically-endangered southern resident killer whale that travels the waters even more tankers will use if the pipeline is built,” writes Lynda Mapes.


Dead Indians are dignified, noble, silent, suitably garbed… and dead. Live Indians are invisible, unruly, disappointing. And breathing. One is a romantic reminder of a heroic but fictional past. The other is simply an unpleasant, contemporary surprise.

— Excerpt from Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian, first published last year by the University of Minnesota Press. The book is subtitled A Curious Account of Native People in North America; the publisher calls it “brilliantly subversive”.