Profile of Michael Johansen

MIchael Johansen is a resident of North West River, Labrador. His column "North of Here" appears every Monday.

All articles of Michael Johansen

  • Sure signs of a certain spring

    On a sunny afternoon a few days ago, my snowshoes kept me on top of deep old snow, but they were gradually slowing me down. They were no longer ...

  • Economic drawbacks and political benefits

    History shows that the audience governments give to Labrador’s concerns tends at best to be perfunctory and at worst selective. In the first ...

  • A protective husband becomes a bully

    Later, a friend asked me to describe the man who screamed this threat. What colour’s his hair? Did he have glasses? What were on his feet? Was he ...

  • Bursting bubble means uncertain future

    The Conference Board is responding to various claims to the contrary. Both the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the International Monetary Fund, for ...

  • Shovelling out from under it

    However, the 40 centimetres of snow falling over a night and a day let me know (like everyone else already knew) that winter was far from over. ...

  • Senseless death highlights national tragedy

    As noon approached (on Wednesday last week), a couple dozen people had gathered around the Peace Flame at the main entrance to the Hill. They ...

  • An idiot returns from abroad

    I call them cheap not only because they’ve got the thinnest rubber soles possible and are otherwise made of cloth that borders on being paper, ...

  • A cautionary tale for art lovers

    “From Canada! Toronto! Brian Mulroney! CN Tower!”Once he offered these proofs of knowledge his English faltered a little, but he was still able ...

  • Enjoying a traditional full-bodied Javanese torture massage

    A menu gave me my choices: from a 15-minute foot rub to two hours of therapeutic massage with various cleansing treatments. Since 120 minutes of ...

  • Avoiding white flags, where possible

    The motorcyclists have three choices. They can remain where they are, bunched together behind the bus as it slowly makes its way through the ...