John W. Warnock

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Biography: John W. Warnock, Born and Raised in Ohio, Emigrates to Canada.


john2     John W. Warnock was born and raised in a small rural community close to Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as a spot welder for Viking Air Conditioning, a division of National Cash Register, where he was an in-plant organizer for the United Auto Workers. He also worked as a labourer and cinder snapper in the blast furnace division of Jones & Laughlin Steel Co., where he was an active member of the United Steelworkers of America.


     In 1956 he received an A.B. from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, where he majored in interdisciplinary social science. He moved to Washington, D.C. and spent a year at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he took international finance and trade. He then transferred to the School of International Service at The American University where he received an M.A. in 1958 and his doctorate in 1970. While living in Washington, he was active in the civil rights and peace movement.


     From 1957 to 1961 Warnock worked as a reference assistant and then an archivist in the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1961 and was assigned to the Department of State where he worked in the Latin America Economic Division.


     In 1963 Warnock, his wife Betty, and their daughter moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he taught in the Department of Economics and Political Science, University of Saskatchewan. They quickly became Canadian citizens. Warnock was active in the New Democratic Party, the anti-Vietnam War movement, and worked with the National Farmers Union’s winter education program.


    A major change occurred in 1973 when Warnock and his family moved to Naramata, British Columbia to become commercial orchardists. Warnock was active in the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, the Naramata Growers Co-operative, the National Farmers Union, the South Okanagan Civil Liberties Association, and was a founding member of the South Okanagan Environmental Coalition. During this time he continued to research and write, focusing on the food and agriculture industry. He was one of two B.C. commissioners on the national Peoples’ Food Commission.


     The family moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1981 where Warnock worked as an independent researcher and writer, while teaching one year in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He was a representative for the Society for the Promotion of Environmental Conservation (SPEC) on the steering committee of the Solidarity Coalition.


     In 1986 Warnock moved to Regina, Saskatchewan to take a position teaching at the University of Regina. His wife Betty moved to Alvena and then Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to pursue her art career full time. At the University of Regina, Warnock taught in the Political Science Department, the School of Human Justice, and the School of Social Work. His base was in the Department of Sociology and Social Science.


    In Regina he served on the steering committee of the Saskatchewan Coalition for Social Justice, on the board of the Council on Social Development Regina, was an active member of the Poverty Action Group, and was a special adviser to the Aboriginal Council of Regina. He was one of the founding members of the New Green Alliance (NGA), the precursor to the Green Party of Saskatchewan. He was a candidate for the NGA in the 1999 and 2003 provincial elections for Regina Elphinstone, an inner city riding. He also played an active role in the formation of a new Regina municipal party, Committee for a Citizen Friendly Regina (CCFR), which is now inactive.


     Warnock has been a long time supporter of the independent media in Canada. He was a regular contributor and board member of Canadian Dimension Magazine for many years. He served on the Editorial Board of This Magazine. In Saskatoon he was a regular contributor and board member of Next Year Country. In Regina he was a regular contributor to Briarpatch Magazine and then assistant editor between 1990 and 1995.


 John W. Warnock,  curriculum vitae

(1)  Background:
Born at Cleveland, Ohio, December 1, 1933.  Emigrated to Canada in 1963.  Divorced, three children.  Canadian citizen. Address: P. O. Box 95, Bulyea, Saskatchewan, S0G 0L0.  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(2)  Education:
School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D .C., M .A. 1958; PhD, 1970.  Interdisciplinary program in international relations.
Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Washington, D .C., 1956-1957.  Preparatory program for the U .S. Foreign Service, major in international trade and finance.
Duke University, Durham, N. C., A .B., 1956.  Interdisciplinary social science program:  majors in political science and history; minors in economics and sociology.
(3)  Professional history:


2003-2017. Independent researcher and writer.


1986 to 2003. Sessional Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Social Science and the Department of Political Science, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.


1990 to 1995. Assistant editor and feature writer, Briarpatch Magazine, Regina, Saskatchewan; Editorial Collective, Canadian Dimension Magazine, Winnipeg, Manitoba.


January-April 1993 and January-April 1992. Canada Council Non-Fiction Arts A Award. Doing research in Mexico on the impact of neoliberalism and NAFTA on Mexico.


January-February 1991.  University of Havana, Havana, Cuba. Beginning language course in Spanish.


January-August 1988. On grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Research project in New Zealand and Australia on the economic policies of the two Labour governments.

1981-1986. Self-employed as a consultant, researcher and lecturer, specializing in food and agricultural issues. Co-chair of the B. C. Independent Commission on Food and Agriculture. Victoria, British Columbia. Commissioner, Peoples Food Commission, Ottawa. 1984.


1983-4. Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, Victoria, B..C.


1973-1981.  Commercial orchardist in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.  Also engaged in research, writing and consulting on agricultural issues.


1963-1973.  Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Political Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


1970-71. Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Atkinson College, York University, Downsview, Ontario.

1961-1963.  U S. Foreign Service.  Assigned to the Economic Division, Latin American Section, Department of State, Washington, D. C.


1958-1961. Library of Congress, Washington, D .C. Reference Assistant, Jefferson Building, and Historian and Archivist, Presidential Papers, Manuscripts Division.

(4)  Internet publications:


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Independent Media. Act Up in Saskatchewan. 2000-2014.


(5)  Books and major reports:

Exploiting Saskatchewan’s Potash: Who Benefits? Regina: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. January 2011. 37 pp.


Creating a Failed State: The U. S. and Canada in Afghanistan. Halifax: Fernwood Publications, 2008. 209 pp.


Selling the Family Silver: Oil and Gas Royalties, Corporate Profits and the Disregarded Public. Edmonton: Parkland  Institute and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2006. 72 pp.

Natural Resources and Government Revenues; Recent Trends in Saskatchewan. Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, June 2005. 75 pp.


Saskatchewan: The Roots of Discontent and Protest. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2004. 427 pp.


The Disappearance of Affordable Housing in Regina. Regina: Council on Social Development Regina, January 2000. With Della MacNeil. 91 pp.


 Saskatchewan Politics from Left to Right. Regina: Hinterland Publications, 1999. With Joseph K. Roberts and Lorne A. Brown. 112 pp.


The Other Mexico; The North American Triangle Completed. Photographs by Elaine Briere. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1995. 330 pp.

Free Trade and the New Right Agenda.  Vancouver:  New Star  Books, 1988.  324 pp.

The Politics of Hunger:  The Global Food System.  Toronto, London and New York:  Methuen, 1987.  334 pp.

B . C.'s Reliance on Food Imports;  An Analysis of the Short and Long Term Prospects for Continued Food Imports into B.C.  Prepared for the B. C. Public Utilities Commission for the Inquiry into the Proposed Peace River Site C Dam Project, 1982.  240 pp.

The Other Face of 2,4-D; A Citizens` Report.  Penticton:  South  Okanagan Environmental Coalition, 1978.  With Jay Lewis. 167 pp.

Profit Hungry:  The Food Industry in Canada.  Vancouver:  New  Star Books, 1978. 278 pp.

Partner to Behemoth:  The Military Policy of a Satellite  Canada.  Toronto:  New Press, 1970.  340 pp.


Alliances and Illusions:  Canada and the NATO/NORAD Problem. Edmonton:  Hurtig Publishers, 1969.  With Lewis Hertzman and Tom Hockin.  154 pp. 


(6) Selected Articles and Papers:


"Natural Resources and Canadian Capitalism: the View from Canadian Dimension Magazine,” in Cy Gonick, ed. Canada since 1960: A People’s History. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, 2016, pp. 183 - 200.


“Saskatchewan: Social Democracy in a Resource Hinterland,” in David Leadbeater, ed. Resources, Empire and Labour; Crises, Lessons and Alternatives. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2014, PP. 277 - 289.


“Afghanistan and Empire.” in Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo, eds. Empires Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, pp. 43 - 73


"Promoting Democracy in Afghanistan," in Lyle Stewart, ed., Afghanistan and Canada: Is There an Alternative to War? Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2009.


"Peace and Democracy in Afghanistan," in Teresa Healy, ed. The Harper Record. Ottawa:Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, 2008.


.“The National Policy and 19th Century Imperialism and Colonialism.” in Murray Knuttila and Bob Stirling, eds. The Prairie Agrarian Movement Revisited. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2007, pp. 147 - 168.


"Capturing Revenues from Resource Extraction," in Cy Gonick, ed. Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canadian Primer. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2007, pp. 69 - 76; 166-7.


“Coalitions, Labour and the Political Left”. in Lorne Brown and Robert Stirling, eds. The Legacy of Labour in Saskatchewan and Beyond. Special Issue, Prairie Forum, Vol. 31, No. 2, Fall, 2006, pp. 427-440.


“The CCF-NDP in Saskatchewan: From Populist Social Democracy to Neoliberalism.” In William K. Carroll and Robert S. Ratner, eds. Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times. Halifax: Fernwood Books, 2005, pp. 82 - 104.


“The National Policy and 19th Century Imperialism and Colonialism.” In Bob Stirling and Murray Knuttila, eds. The Impact of the Territorial Grain Growers Association on Prairie Politics. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, Fall 2007, pp. 147 - 168.


“Industrial Agriculture Comes to Saskatchewan.” In Harry P. Diaz, ed. Farm Communities at the Crossroads; Challenges and Resistance. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2003, pp. 303 - 322.


The Structural Adjustment of Capitalism in Saskatchewan. Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, September 2003. 16 pp.


“Capitalism as the Enemy of Nature; Joel Kovel and Ecosocialism.” Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 4, July/August 2003, pp. 34-36.


“The New Saskatchewan NDP: Janice Mackinnon and the Romanow Government.  Briarpatch Magazine,  Vol. 32, No. 5, June 2003, pp. 25-27.


“Sustainable Forestry Is Possible.” Briarpatch Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 1, February 2003, pp. 27-29.


“Kyoto and the NDP Government.” Briarpatch Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 5, June 2002, pp. 7-9.


“Canada and the New World Order,” Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 6, November-December 2001, pp. 27-30.


“The Roots of Racism in Saskatchewan.” Presented to the Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Territorial Grain Growers Association, University of Regina, November 21, 2001.

“Rebuilding Inner City Regina.” Five part series printed in the Regina Leader Post, June - November 2001.


“The Truth Behind Forest Industry Subsidies,” Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 4, July-August 2001, pp. 39-41


.“Saskatchewan’s Corporate Forestry Policy,” Policy Options, Vol. 22, June 2001, pp. 32-38.


“The New Green Alliance in Saskatchewan.” Paper presented at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanitites, University of Alberta, May 28, 2000. 15 pp.


“The Saskatchewan NDP and the Poor.” Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 1, February 1999, pp. 35-37.


“Social Democratic Drought,” Canadian Forum, Vol. 77, June 1998, pp. 5-6.


“Poverty and the Saskatchewan NDP.” Paper presented to the meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ottawa, May 31, 1998. 15 pp.


“Agriculture: The Future of Food and Farming.”  Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 1, January-February 1998. Editor for this special issue and wrote one piece: “Industrial Agriculture in the Era of Free Trade.”


“Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberalism: The Example of Mexico.” Paper presented to the Colloquium at the School of Human Justice, University of Regina, April 4, 1997. 7 pp.


“The Model Maquiladora,” Canadian Forum, Vol. 75, June 1997, pp. 46-47.


"Social Democracy in New Zealand," Our Times, Vol. 15, No. 5, November/December 1996, pp. 18-20.


"The Mexican Disaster; Neoliberalism and the Collapse of the Peso," Canadian Forum, Vol. 73, April 1995, pp. 6-7


"Changing Canada's Social Security Programs - Adopting the American Model." Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources Development, Regina hearings, November 24, 1994.


"NAFTA and the Other Mexico." Special Public Lecture, Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies meetings, University of Calgary, June 12, 1994.


"Capitalist Violence in Mexico." Society for Socialist Studies. Presented at the Learned Societies Meetings, University of Calgary, June 12, 1994.


"Globalization and the Economic Crisis," Address, Farm Communities at the Crossroads Conference, University of Regina, February 25, 1994.


"Buying Democracy," Canadian Forum, Vol. 72, November 1993, pp. 6-10.


"Mexico - Michoacan Struggles for Democracy, Canadian Dimension, Vol. 30, July-August 1993, pp. 33-35.


"The Impact of Free Trade on Mexico," Canadian Forum, Vol. 71, June 1992, pp. 10-13.


"Se Oponen los Canadienses al TLC con Estados Unidos Y Mexico." La Jornada [Mexico City], March 14, 1992 and La Voz de Michoacan [Morelia], February 20, 1992.


"Promoting the New Right Agenda."  Concluding chapter in Mark Stobbe and Lesley Biggs, eds.  Devine Rule in Saskatchewan.  Saskatoon:  Fifth House Publishers, 1991, pp. 283 - 296.


"Labour Trashed in New Zealand," Canadian Dimension, Vol. 25, No. 1, January/February 1991, pp. 46-47.


"Taxation `Reform' in New Zealand and Australia under Labour Governments." Prepared for Conference on the Goods and Service Tax, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Regina, April 7-8, 1990.


"Neo-conservatism and the New Zealand Labour Government." Canadian Forum, Vol. 68, No. 783, November 1989, pp. 10-13.

"Regional Disparities and the Free Trade Deal."  Policy  Options, Vol. 10, No.3, April 1989, pp. 33-34.

"Chapter VII:  Agriculture."  In Duncan Cameron, ed.  The Free  Trade Deal.  Toronto:  James Lorimer & Co., 1988.


"Agricultural Concessions."  In Ed Finn and John Calvert, eds. The Facts on Free Trade.  Toronto:  James Lorimer & Co., 1988.

"Sustainable Agriculture under Capitalism."  Protecting the Environment Conference, Simon Fraser University, April 1987.

"Economic Growth, Poverty and the Distribution of Food."  In Philip Ehrensaft and Fred Knelman, eds.  The Right to Food: Technology, Policy and Third World Agriculture.  New York: Pharma-Libri, 1987' pp. 31 - 42.

"Prospects for a Bilateral Free Trade Agreement with the  United States."  Prepared for the Trade Negotiations Secretariat, Saskatchewan Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 1986.

"Agriculture and the Food Industry."  In Warren G. Magnusson, ed.  After Bennett:  Alternatives for British Columbia.  Vancouver:  New Star Books, 1986, pp. 150 - 168.

"The World Food Market and Food Production in Less Developed Countries."  Political Economy Sessions, Learned Societies Meetings, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, June 1986.

"Canadian Grain and the Industrial Food System."  Political Economy Sessions, Learned Societies Meetings, Guelph University, June 1985.

"Environmental Degradation in the USSR and China:  The Agricultural Systems."  Political Economy Sessions, Learned Societies Meetings, University of British Columbia, June 1984.


"Biotechnology and Agriculture:  Social and Environmental  Questions."  Prepared for the Science Council of Canada,  March 1983.


"The Political Economy of 2,4-D."  Alternatives, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer/Fall 1981.  With Jay Lewis.

"The Politics of the Environmental Movement."  Conference on Political Movements in the 1980s.  Sponsored by Studies in the Political Economy of Canada, University of British Columbia, January 1981.


"Marketing Boards and the Cheap Food Policy."  In The Land of Milk and Money:  Report of the Peoples` Food Commission.   Toronto:  Between the Lines, 1980.


“The Farm Crisis,” in Laurier LaPierre, ed., Essays on the Left. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971, pp. 121 - 133.


“All the News it Pays to Print,” in Ian Lumsden, ed. Close the 49th Parallel etc. The Americanization of Canada. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1970, 117 - 134.


    John W. WarnockCommunity and Political Activities


(1) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1963 - 1972


Committee to Oppose the War in Vietnam


Committee to Mobilize for the Demonstration Against Chemical and Biological Warfare,  Suffield, Alberta.


Committee for a Socialist Movement, Saskatoon branch


Original signer, “For an Independent Socialist Canada “– Waffle movement in the New Democratic Party


Provincial Steering Committee, Saskatchewan Waffle, NDP


1971 - Campaign Manager for Don Mitchell, Waffle candidate for the leadership of the provincial NDP


1971 - 1973 Saskatoon-Sutherland NDP  riding association, executive committee


(2) Naramata, B.C. 1973 - 1981


Naramata Growers Co-operative


B. C. Fruit Growers Association


National Farmers Union


Founding member, South Okanagan Environmental Coalition


Warnock & Lewis v. The Queen, Supreme Court of British Columbia, 1978. Won injunction against the B. C. Government, prohibiting the use of 2,4-D in the Okanagan lakes.


Board Member, Penticton Legal Aid Clinic


Canadian Federation of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Penticton branch


Peoples’ Food Commission, B. C. Commissioner


(3) Victoria, B. C. , 1982 - 1986


Society for the Promotion of Environmental Conservation (SPEC)


Victoria steering committee, Solidarity Coalition


Committee on Alternatives for British Columbia


B. C. Federation of Agriculture; Project for the Provincial Inquiry into the Proposed Site C. Dam


Solidarity Times, Victoria correspondent


(4) Regina, Saskatchewan, 1986 - 2014


Saskatchewan Coalition for Social Justice; provincial steering committee


Saskatchewan delegate to the Action Canada Network


Editorial committee, Canadian Coalition against Free Trade


Board of Directors, Contributor, Assistant Editor, Briarpatch Magazine


Board of Directors, Prairie Dog Magazine, Regina


Council on Social Development, Regina, board member


Poverty Action Group


Canadian Observer Team, Common Frontiers, Mexican federal elections, 1994 and 1997


Sierra Club of Canada, Regina branch


New Green Alliance, provincial steering committee


New Green Alliance, candidate for Regina Elphinstone, 1999 provincial election


New Green Alliance, candidate for Regina Elphinstone, 2004 provincial election


World Trade Organization - Conference in Seattle December 1999

Committee for a Citizen Friendly Regina


Special Adviser to the Aboriginal Council of Regina


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