Welcome

Dennis Gruending.

I am a Canadian writer and blogger, and a former MP. This site reflects my interest in politics, social justice, rhetoric and books.  You will see on the sidebar that I write two Blogs which I invite you to follow.  I have written or edited eight Books, which I would be delighted to have you read. Some of my  Journalism is posted on the site as well. Please check out the selections below to see what I am following and writing in recent days. I refresh this page regularly. You can follow it, but if you prefer to receive an email when I post, please Contact Me and I will add you to the list.

Famine in Somalia

Women and children line up for food distribution in famine-plagued Somalia
Photo: WFP/Geneva Costopulos

An estimated 7.8 million people, roughly half of the population, are now affected by drought, of whom 213,000 are at high risk of famine, according to the UN.

Nicholson Baker and the CIA

American writer Nicholson Baker spent ten frustrating years trying to get information from the US military about its biological weapons program. He describes his journey in a book called Baseless.

Salvaging old grain elevators

A Saskatchewan company dismantles old grain elevators, then reuses the valuable wood for environmentally friendly projects.

From the Archive

Louis Riel was hanged in Regina in November 1885. Here is the speech he made to the jury in his defence.  

Quotable Quote

What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all. To this end, may we take our share in the world’s work and the world’s struggles” -J.S. Woodsworth