July 2010

The Ugly Truth

Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine June 24, 2010

Facing down a world wracked with financial turmoil, Mark Carney brings many strengths to the table on behalf of Canadians: Harvard and Oxford training, years of experience in the private sector at Goldman Sachs. But Carney may also have another, less obvious competitive advantage: The current Governor of the Bank of Canada happens to photograph very well.


Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010 6:53am

Jacqui Cohen: Army and Navy's Sole Survivor

Jacqui Cohen, Army & Navy’s Sole Survivor
There was a story the newspapers used to tell about Army & Navy. It showed up a number of times during the late ’70s and early ’80s. It involved pointing out what was then considered to be a central irony about the company. That is, the fact that the iconic Vancouver discount department store – opened on Hastings Street in 1919 by Samuel Cohen and still owned at that time by his fashionable, sports car driving, glamorously good-looking descendants – was in fact run and controlled by a teetotalling Baptist counting pennies in a dingy converted stockroom in Regina.
That old story is easy enough to parse today. The implication was that selling seconded clothing and fishing tackle might make you very rich but that the very rich themselves (certainly two generations later) didn’t have the right mental culture to sustain their wealth by the same method. To actually take care of business, to think strategically about the future, to be engaged with the here and now, they needed to bring in a man with a discount frame of mind. They needed that penny-counting Baptist in his poorly lit Regina stockroom.
Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010 2:36pm

Marathon Reading of George Bowering's Burning Water


12 Hour Marathon Reading of Burning Water

The W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation is pleased to announce a marathon reading of George Bowering's award winning novel Burning Water (1980), a novel of George Vancouver's exploration of the coast of British Columbia.

The venue is a pilot program of the City of Vancouver. Everyone is welcome including students and the general public who will have a chance to take turns reading the novel.

Date of the event: (Friday) 30 July 2010.

Location: 700 block of Granville (between West Georgia & Robson Street).

Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

About the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation: 

The W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation is a federally incorporated non-profit organization with charity status founded in April 2008. Our mandate is to educate and increase the general public's understanding and appreciation of the literary arts in Canada through rare book exhibits and public readings from Canadian award winning authors. We also administer and sponsor a National Book Collecting Contest for young Canadians under 30 years of age. 

For more information please visit our website:

Posted: Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010 2:51pm