Blog

Welcome to the blog page of my website. This is where I tell you about the latest happenings in my writing life and express my opinions on things going on in the world of Canadian writing, arts and politics. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and have created an index to the posts that have stood the test of time, which you can access by clicking HERE.

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Remembering Jack Tennant, 1935–2018

Posted by on May 23, 2021 in Alcoholism, Brian's Blog, Journalism | Comments Off on Remembering Jack Tennant, 1935–2018

The veteran newsman was booked to tell an audience stories from his journalistic past. Instead he revealed a dark secret that he had never spoken publicly about before.

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Remembering Frank King, 1936-2018

Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Brian's Blog, Friendship | Comments Off on Remembering Frank King, 1936-2018

There were more strings to Frank King’s bow than the signature achievement of helping bring the Winter Olympics to Calgary.

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Remembering Harvey Chusid, 1946-93

Posted by on Apr 28, 2021 in Brian's Blog, Music, Olympic Arts Festival, Theatre | Comments Off on Remembering Harvey Chusid, 1946-93

Harvey Chusid was an arts publicist who knew what journalists wanted because he used to be one himself.

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How I responded to being censored by The Writers’ Union of Canada

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in Books, Brian's Blog, Cultural appropriation, Press freedom | Comments Off on How I responded to being censored by The Writers’ Union of Canada

I was commissioned by the editor of The Writer’s Union of Canada magazine to write an article about a major literary festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The editor killed the piece for no defensible reason. But I will not be silenced!

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Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

Posted by on Jan 28, 2021 in Brian's Blog, CBC, Celebrities, Music, Politics | Comments Off on Remembering Tommy Banks, 1936–2018

At age thirty-one, Tommy Banks was hosting a talk show on CBC television. I talked to him about the show when I interviewed him in 1973.

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