Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile in Canada (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing),will hit the bookstores in 2015.
Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile is the fruit of Jane Harris’s journey through the wilderness of social exile after a violent crime left her injured and tumbling down the social ladder toward homelessness –for the second time in her life—in 2013. Her Scottish great-great grandmother Barbara`s portrait opens the door into pre-Confederation Canada. Her own story lights our journey through 21st Century Canada.
She asks why Canadians fell into accepting diminished dreams, and ignoring the obvious—that trauma and poverty are inextricably linked, and it is social exiles who fall through the cracks. She asks why Canada, a nation of exiles driven to create their own Promised Land came to accept first poor houses; then soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and silent suffering class of working poor? Why did charity, another word for love, become cold bureaucracy? She uncovers that sad truth, that the taxes and charitable gifts the prosperous among us pay as tolls to avoid looking at the poor, fix nothing. Instead, they fund a poverty industry that keeps the dispossessed in an exile thornier than any back bush squatter’s camp. But she also uncovers a path out of the bureaucratic wilderness that could eliminate social exile in Canada.
Jane Harris turns complex research into engaging scenes and easily understood messages.Finding Home in the Promised Land is her second book to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010.
Jane has also contributed to two Canadian anthologies. Her articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications including the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Capital, The National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Planet.
She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
Eugenics and the Firewall, Canada’s Nasty Little Secret, published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing in 2010, investigates the role of populism and religion in Alberta’s political culture and history.
In 1928, the United Farmers of Alberta Government passed the first Sexual Sterilization Act. The UFA’s successor, the Social Credit Party, led by radio evangelist William Aberhart, and later by his protegé Ernest Manning, removed the need to obtain consent to sterilize ‘mental defectives’ or Huntington’s Chorea patients with dementia. But the questions remain, how did a province that claims ‘strong and free’ as its motto deny basic freedoms to so many of its own citizens?
Stars Appearing, the Galts’ Vision of Canada, 2006, explores Southern Alberta’s unique link to Confederation through the family vision of Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and colonist, John; his son and and Father of Confederation, Alexander; and thoroughly Canadian grandson, Elliot T. Galt. Stars Appearing, the Galts’ Vision of Canada is being updated in advance of the 200th Anniversary of Sir Alexander Galt’s birth, and Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017. For further information please contact the author.