SOULES, Gordon




Author Tags: Local History, Publishing

Like many B.C. publishers, Gordon Soules entered the field as an author by writing Vancouver at Your Feet (Gordon Soules, 1971). While operating Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd. from West Vancouver, which has published books and distributed independently prepared titles, Soules and his wife Christine also prepared an extensive sociological and economic study with Raymond Hull in 1974, Vancouver's Past. Soules has published the proceedings of a public inquiry into Canadian defence policy and nuclear arms, The True North Strong & Free (Soules 1988) with contributions by David Suzuki, Gwynne Dwyer and 20 other peace activists.

In 1976 Gordon Soules self-published his 450-page book The Housing Crisis: Causes, Effects and Solutions", (Gordon Soules Economic and Marketing Research $75) to consider the high cost of housing in Vancouver, especially on behalf of the the lower, younger, aspiring middle class. It included essays by 61 people such as architects, planners, developers, real estate salesman, land economists, politicians, renters and homeowners of all political persuasions. Soules' recorded and published his transcripts of interviews with notables such as Mayor Art Phillips, Ald. Michael Harcourt and Surrey Alderman William Vander Zalm as well as David Baxter, Michael Goldberg, Norman Hotson, Arthur Erickson and Walter Hardwick.

Dr. Fulton J. F. Fisher, a professor of biological sciences... sounds this warning of the potential social implications of land prices remaining uncontrolled:

"The next big social revolution in the Western World is emerging, almost unnoticed, from a growing sense of frustration and insecurity on the part of more and more people who are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain suitable housing. . .

"The structure of the new revolution will take the form of housing unions, with acts of collective civil disobedience similar to those that have marked labor rebellions. . . Just as once-small labor groups grew into large-scale organizations, so also will these emerging housing and land guilds expand into powerful world forces of collective action. I predict that this coming revolution will be responsible, in the long term, for the transference of all land back to state-community ownership. I believe that this is the only way it will be possible to overcome the intolerable feudalistic stranglehold on an important human right, reflected so desperately in today’s housing crisis. . .”

[BCBW 2012] "Local History" "Publishing"