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Mickleblog

Rod Mickleburgh has been a journalist for more than 40 years, including many years on the labour beat, once a regular duty on big city daily newspapers. He managed a few awards and nominations along the way, including co-winning the Michener Award with his highly esteemed [i]Globe and Mail[/i] colleague, Andre Picard, for coverage of Canada's tainted blood scandal. Rod left the [i]Globe,[/i] his reporting home for more than 22 years, in the summer of 2013. Rod is the author of two books: [i]Rare Courage,[/i] containing first-person accounts from 20 veterans of the Second World War; and [i]The Art of the Impossible,[/i] a tale of the wild and wooly 39 months of B.C.'s first NDP government led by Dave Barrett. Co-authored with Geoff Meggs, [i]The Art of the Impossible[/i] won the Hubert Evans Prize for non-fiction at the 2013 B.C. Book Awards.

Blog - Mickleblog May 18
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Rod Mickleburgh | At long last, a formal apology is being delivered in the House of Commons for Canada's racist behaviour in its shameful treatment of Sikh passengers aboard the Komagata Maru.
Blog - Mickleblog March 29
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Rod Mickleburgh | The rally in Vancouver, WA showcased just how much the Sanders campaign and its captivating slogan "A Future to Believe In" remains full of vigour.
Blog - Mickleblog January 4
Rod Mickleburgh | B.C. Premier Dave Barrett's 1975 defeat was a fitting end to the nastiest, most laced-with-hysteria election campaign in B.C.'s long polarized history.
Blog - Mickleblog December 14
Rod Mickleburgh | Former labour reporter Rod Mickelburgh remembers the witty, hardnosed and anti-worker premier of B.C., Bill Bennett.
Blog - Mickleblog June 25
The Road to Ballantyne, Vancouver 1935
Rod Mickleburgh | The Battle of Ballantyne Pier and the Second Narrows bridge disaster in Vancouver are touchstones of B.C.'s and Canada's labour history. Read on and see if you think they are worthy of learning about.
Blog - Mickleblog May 19
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Rod Mickleburgh | In a 38-page dissenting opinion in the recent 4-1 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling which ruled in the government's favour, Justice Ian Donald provided a ringing defence of free collective bargaining.
Blog - Mickleblog May 9
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Rod Mickleburgh | After turfing two decades of SoCred rule, B.C. NDP's Dave Barrett famously told his caucus, 'We're here for a good time, not a long time.' What row will newly elected Rachel Notley hoe?
Blog - Mickleblog March 5
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Rod Mickleburgh | How B.C. Labour got an unexpected hero in the fight to unionize the Site C Dam.
Blog - Mickleblog February 17
Rod Mickleburgh | Rod Mickleburgh reflects on a forgotten and endearing nugget of Canadian history: a one-term NDP politician (and uncle) who almost got a national holiday in February -- 18 years ahead of his time.
Blog - Mickleblog December 22
Dr. Julio Montaner
Rod Mickleburgh | Dr. Julio Montaner is hailed worldwide for his critical contribution to combatting the spread of HIV/AIDS. But what does he get from Canada? A big, fat cold shoulder.
Blog - Mickleblog December 8
Rod Mickleburgh | Rod Mickleburgh recounts what it was like to be the only labour beat reporter at the B.C. Federation of Labour convention.
Blog - Mickleblog November 28
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Rod Mickleburgh | During his unprecedented 15-year run as head of the Fed, there was never any doubt which side Jim Sinclair was on. More than almost any previous head of the trade union body, he was an activist leader
Blog - Mickleblog November 21
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Rod Mickleburgh | Vision Vancouver and Mayor Robertson might be back for a third term, but voters' displeasure was clear and loud. What can Vision do to make things right?
Blog - Mickleblog November 14
Rod Mickleburgh | As much as we rightly mourned the murders of two young Canadian soldiers last month, this past Remembrance Day inevitably lost some of its focus on the carnage that started it all.
Blog - Mickleblog September 3
Rod Mickleburgh | As B.C. teachers prepared to take to the picket line while schools remain empty this week, Rod Mickleburgh pens a top Labour-themed film list to help bide time as the strike slogs interminably on...
Blog - Mickleblog July 3
Rod Mickleburgh | The teachers have legitimate grievances, says Rod Mickleburgh, but they have found themselves on an indefinite picket line against a government that is prepared to leave them out there.
Blog - Mickleblog May 22
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Rod Mickleburgh | Once a radical, now government negotiator, Peter Cameron faces off against the B.C. Teacher's Federation during acrimonious contract talks. Rod Mickleburgh writes that he knew him when.