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John R Matchim

John R Matchim has 8 articles published.

Uncovering the early years of organized soccer in Newfoundland

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MUN professor appeals for help from the public.

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Fighting Islamic State in the age of airpower

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On Sunday Canada launched its first air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. However, it is worth considering the recent history of air power to better understand what we can expect from the present mission, and where it can go wrong.

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Expect No Favours: William Coaker and the Newfoundland Disaster (Pt. 3)

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“They’ll work you twice what you can take and pay you half you need” – ‘I will bring you home’


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Expect No Favours: William Coaker and the Newfoundland Disaster (Pt. 2)

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April 1: Gale blowing “with very little abatement… Ice very tight. Ship made but little progress. Freezing hard. A real February Day.”

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Expect No Favours: William Coaker and the Newfoundland Disaster (Pt. 1)

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2014 marks the centenary of the Great War. In Newfoundland and Labrador it also marks the centenary of the founding of the International Grenfell Association in St. Anthony, and the ‘Newfoundland’ sealing disaster. This essay is on the latter event, and in particular the diary that President of the Fisherman’s Protective Union William Coaker kept while observing that year’s hunt from the steamship ‘Nascopie’.

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Whose water is it, anyway? (Part 1)

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We have exploited our freshwater supply in the name of industrial and resource development for more than a century, but are we moving toward relinquishing control over *how* and *why* we use our most valuable resource? Part 1 of ‘Whose water is it, anyway?’

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“I’ll be glad to catch honest cod once more” – Part II

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“…the Great War simultaneously created a country and destroyed it…”

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“I’ll be glad to catch honest cod once more” – Part I

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How Newfoundland’s participation and role in the Great War changed us forever

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