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Stories tagged: 1980s

The Day Bill Coull Disappeared from the Airwaves

Terry Jorden

For David Ward, the memory of Bill Coull and his sudden departure from CKUA has left a strange taste in…

Dr. Lila Fahlman: The First Muslim Woman Awarded the Order of Canada

Bruce Cinnamon

Lila Fahlman’s career as an activist began with a riot. It was Canada Day 1935, and the 11-year-old Lila was…

After the Pisces Bathhouse Raid: John Kerr – Dance for Gramma

Darrin Hagen

In the years before John Reid launched his career as owner of Flashback, Edmonton’s first gay disco, he worked cleaning…

After the Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Michael Phair – LGBTQ2S+ Activist and Community Leader

Darrin Hagen

As of this writing, Michael is one of the few men charged as a “found-in” to speak publicly on the…

After the Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Dr. Henri Toupin – Dignity in the Eye of the Storm

Darrin Hagen

Henri Toupin was born in Legal, Alberta, on March 15, 1923. He acquired his B.Sc. in 1947 from the University…

After the Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Millie – I’m Number One

Darrin Hagen

Paul Chisholm’s first contact with another gay man occurred as he hitchhiked out of Saskatchewan in the late 1960s. Legend…

The Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Igniting Four Decades of Activism

Darrin Hagen

After the Pisces Health Spa opened in Edmonton in 1978, word spread quickly that it was the best-kept gay bathhouse…

Against the Law: the 1988 Nurses’ Strike

Josephine Boxwell

“The government can make all the laws they want, but they can’t stop people from going on strike… You could…

The Tamale & Pupusa – A Culinary Journey To Canada

Amrita Gill

I remember the first time I met Elba, mother of my close friend Yazmin (or Yaz as friends and family…

Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium: The Crown Jewel in Coronation Park

Tracey L. Anderson

Royal Beginnings Coronation Park is a 35-hectare park in west central Edmonton. It was named to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953…

Jake Superstein: A Man for All Faiths

Debby Shoctor

During one of the most tumultuous times in European history, Jake Superstein was born in Pinsk, Poland, into an Orthodox Jewish…

A Brief History of the Edmonton Jewish Community

Debby Shoctor

Edmonton, Alberta was first incorporated as a town in 1892. At that time, there were about 700 permanent residents. Founded…