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Brian McKenna

Journalist, historian, prize-winning filmmaker

Brian McKenna is a journalist, historian and prize-winning filmmaker.
If Quebec's Election Was a Carnival, Charest Would Be in the Dunk

If Quebec's Election Was a Carnival, Charest Would Be in the Dunk Tank

Over the course of the Quebec election, every time Jean Charest thought he was changing the conversation to Medicare or Le Plan Nord, the CAQ's Jacques Duchesneau would make another accusation and grab the headlines. But last week many thought the ex-police chief went too far. Duchesneau said he had a list of Charest's cabinet ministers who had accepted favours from a construction baron named Tony Accurso. Charest demanded the ex -cop supply names. The ex-cop played coy and refused. How could Charest possibly defend himself and his party against that kind of slander?
09/04/2012 07:45 EDT
The Day The Sun Burst -- Nagasaki

The Day The Sun Burst -- Nagasaki Remembered

On August 9, 1945, just before 11 a.m., a solitary American bomber is making its final approach on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. In the form of a plutonium 235 bomb called Fat Man, resembling a giant winged tumor, the B-29 is carrying death for some 100,000 Japanese. At that same moment, my aunt Reggie is almost directly below the bomber.
08/09/2012 08:05 EDT
Why JFK Died, and Why it Matters 48 Years

Why JFK Died, and Why it Matters 48 Years Later

<a href="" target="_hplink"><img src="" align=right hspace=3></a>The bullet that blew apart the magnificent head of John Kennedy passed within<br> inches of his wife,<br> Jacqueline. She remembered the horror in slow motion, a quizzical look on his face as a fragment of his skull flew backward.
11/22/2011 01:08 EST
War of 1812 Was U.S.'s

War of 1812 Was U.S.'s "First Vietnam"

<img src="" align=right hspace=3> Officially Ottawa does not count the War of 1812 as part of our creation story. But surely this short and brutal conflict should bear as much weight as any battle fought in the fields of Flanders.
11/11/2011 07:58 EST
Farewell Ron

Farewell Ron Haggart

When prisoners rioted at the Kingston Pen over Dickensian conditions, taking hostages along the way, they demanded that Ron Haggart be present to guarantee the negotiations. He saved lives that day.
10/21/2011 09:19 EDT