By JOHN KIRK and STEPHEN KIMBER*
In June 1996, mere months after the U.S. Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act to tighten the screws on Cuba’s economy, Canada became the first country to publicly say “no” to Washington’s plan.
Back then, Ottawa announced it would introduce new legislation to blunt the bully-boy impact of Title III – an extra-territorial section of that law that prohibits non-U.S. companies from “trafficking” in what the United States claims is American property confiscated after the 1959 Cuban revolution – and threatened to take the United States to international arbitration. Continue reading
Panel discussion followed by Q&A
with acclaimed journalists Keith Bolender & Stephen Kimber
7pm, Thursday • February 7, 2013
Room 302, Dalhousie Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Since the early 1960s, few other countries have endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba. The US has had its hands in much of these terror attacks. The impact on the Cuban civilian population has been enormous, with over 1,000 documented incidents resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries.
Canadian journalists Keith Bolender and Stephen Kimber will examine different facets of this tragic history. Continue reading
Not Guilty: The Trial of Gerald Regan
By Stephen Kimber
Stoddart, 299 pages, $32.95
Reviewed by DEBORAH SEED,* Shunpiking Magazine
This review was written on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Montreal massacre of 1989.
When a new employee gets hired in an office, school, factory or store, she often finds out soon enough who are the men to avoid, especially at the parties. There exists an unspoken code in any work place, a code shared by many of the women and some of the men, that warns the new employee about the lechers and bosses who take liberties with their underlings. Translated into speech, a gesture or look means “Watch that guy!” or “Keep your distance. Dangerous when drunk or alone.”
A lot of women in Nova Scotia, however, apparently didn’t get the warning about Gerald Regan. According to Stephen Kimber, author of Not Guilty: The Trial of Gerald Regan, “Nearly three dozen women – baby-sitters, office staff, job seekers, law clients, reporters, party workers, a legislative page, even a corporate executive – had told police what seemed to be strikingly similar stories detailing how they’d allegedly been attacked by Regan over a forty-year period between the fifties and the nineties.” Continue reading