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July 24, 2017

The CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) forerunner of the NDP was founded in 1932 by, (among others) Montreal poet F.R. Scott. Here is its platform from a postwar election campaign. (Date is not stated)

July 20, 2017

We had just arrived in Rome from Vasto Marina, a wonderful seaside place in the Italian province of Abruzzo. We had spent seven gorgeous days sunning on the Adriatic coast, eating amazing food and passing a wonderful time in wonderful company. We were there to do nothing and we were enjoying ourselves doing it. 

We decided to go to Rome for the day before flying back to Canada. I had been there before but Carolyn hadn’t and she wanted to see the Colosseum, the Forum and the Trevi Fountain. And do some shopping.

“Be...

July 7, 2017

I found an anthology Montreal in Verse published by The Canadian Authors Association published in 1942. It was their members' tribute to Montreal on its 300th anniversary. Here are four of them and excerpts from the introduction.

"When the whole world is at war, events of purely local importance are apt to pass unnoticed. ...But writers, who work in the silence of their study, barely disturbed by outside noises, could not help but be inspired by Montreal's three centuries of existence. ...Poets could not remain si...

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