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Thursday
Dec142017

Featured in New Book Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada | December 2017


Upon my return from a United Nations workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I was delighted to receive a copy of the new book Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada (Fernwood Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-1-55266-976-1) by Professor Susan Boyd from the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. 

Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada by Susan Boyd (Fernwood Publishing).

It is a beautifully illustrated book and an excellent introduction to Canada's unique history surrounding drug use and drug prohibition. As the country embarks on a new phase in its relationship to some drugs, the book gives the bigger picture that many Canadians are probably unaware of. Canada had a period of extensive social experimentation in the late 1960s and early 1970s, defying perceptions the country is 'boring' and where excitement doesn't happen.

A feature we did for Toronto's Watch Magazine in 1994 (in which I was Editor-in-Chief) is on page 124 in the chapter on The Counterculture Movement: The 1960s and 1970s.

"Peace, Order and Good Pot" by Bill White from Toronto's Watch Magazine in 1994.

Acknowledgements page from Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada by Susan Boyd.

© David South Consulting 2017 

Monday
Oct022017

David South Consulting Scale-up | 2017

 


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Monday
Oct022017

Wild East 17 Years Later | 2000 - 2017


Published in 2000 (ECW Press: Toronto), Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia is 17 years old. It is also 100 years since the 1917 October Revolution in Russia that began the long experiment of the Soviet Union. Mongolia was the second country after Russia to adopt Communism

The world has changed considerably since then; and so has Mongolia. The digital revolution has rolled across the planet, the attacks of 9/11 unleashed a wave of violence and wars, and Mongolia even became the fastest-growing economy in the world a few years ago (2012). But back when this book was researched, Mongolia was just coming out of decades of isolation within the Soviet orbit under Communism, and the country experienced in the 1990s “one of the biggest peacetime economic collapses ever” (Mongolia's Economic Reforms: Background, Content and Prospects, Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide, 1994). 

"The years 1998 and 1999 have been volatile ones for Mongolia, with revolving door governments, the assassination of a minister, emerging corruption, a banking scandal, in-fighting within the ruling Democratic Coalition, frequent paralysis within the Parliament, and disputes over the Constitution. Economically, the period was unstable and rife with controversies." Mongolia in 1998 and 1999: Past, Present, and Future at the New Millennium by Sheldon R. Severinghaus, Asian Survey, Vol. 40, No. 1, A Survey of Asia in 1999 (Jan. - Feb., 2000), pp. 130-139 (Publisher: University of California)

That collapse made for some crazy times, as Wild East shows. 

Wild East was called one of the top 10 Canadian travel books of 2000 by The Globe and Mail. 

Reviews for Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless:

The Globe and Mail

"Engaging...a revealing and often amusing account of her journeys through a beautiful country awakening from a tumultuous era."

The Georgia Straight, Vancouver

"This readable and reportorial book is the perfect antidote to ... those tiresomely difficult, pointlessly dangerous, and essentially fake expedtions undertaken against the advice of local people who know better."

Toronto Star

"Lawless introduces us to Mongolia's tabloid press, to teenage mineworkers, sharp-eyed young hustlers, nomads whose only possessions are their livestock, Mongolian wrestlers and Mongolian horse races."

Mongolian Buryat Civilisation Bookstore

"Wryly funny and wide-spectrum account of Mongolia's tumultuous rebirthing into the 21st century. Half the population lives in Soviet apartment blocks and watches satellite TV but the other half still eek a living from the exquisite, barren hills while living in nomadic felt tents. Of course, I'd much rather be in the tents... but whatever your preference, you will definitely enjoy Ms. Lawless' writing. She was editor of an Ulaan Baator newspaper for two years, and she tells it like it is. Very highly recommended."


Copies of Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless are still available in various editions and languages.

A promotional poster for Wild East from 2003.

Explore further Jill Lawless' work here: https://muckrack.com/jilllawless

© David South Consulting 2017

Wednesday
May042016

Legacy of Jane Jacobs in Toronto | 4 May 2016

 

Today is the 100th birthday of urbanist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), and, as is tradition these days, she has a Google Doodle. One of the many signs of her legacy in Toronto, Canada is the beautiful magazine, Spacing: "Toronto urbanism uncovered". Spacing also has a store at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto (my former workplace, where Watch Magazine became one of the first occupants of this hub of creativity in the late 1990s). I highly recommend it for all things urbanist. You can purchase a t-shirt boldly asking "What would Jane Jacobs do?" and feel smug.

While putting together the fourth issue of Southern Innovator on cities and urbanization in 2013 (also inspired by Jane Jacobs), I made contact with Anne Vellone at vellonedesign, who let me know about her latest project, Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex, from UTS to Stop Spadina, edited by Nancy Williams and Marie Scott-Baron. It is an excellent account of Jacobs' adopted home in Toronto's Annex near the University of Toronto.

Citation: sandwiched between Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Jane Jacobs.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct142015

Southern Innovator on PressReader Platform | 14 October 2015

 

Southern Innovator's fifth issue is now available for browsing on the PressReader platform. PressReader helps Southern Innovator reach even more readers. It does this through a PressReader app, allowing readers to create a personal news feed, and download complete issues of magazines and newspapers as they appear in print. A digital magazine rack and personal news wire service in one.

Issues 1 to 4 will also be available in the coming weeks. PressReader is based in Richmond, BC, Canada and "delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss and share. Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print."

Southern Innovator on PressReader