Sue Calhoun has had a lifelong interest in issues of social justice, both nationally and internationally. She was a co-founding member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Women's Centre in the 1970s, and has been active in the women's movement in Canada all her life. She spent 10 years on the Atlantic Board of Directors of OXFAM-Canada, and is currently involved with the Canadian and International Federations of Business & Professional Women.

She has also been a prolific writer. Here are some of her publications:

  • Growing up female in New Brunswick: 1970-2000
  • "Ole boy": Memoirs of Canadian labour leader JK Bell
  • A Word to Say: The story of the Maritime Fishermen's Union
  • The Lockeport Lockout: An untold story in Nova Scotia's labour history
  • Shifting Sands: State of the coast in northern and eastern New Brunswick
Growing up Female in New Brunswick:  1970-2000


  • English or French
  • ISBN 1-55236-611-1
  • 5-1/4” x 8-1/2”
  • 200 pages
  • 2001


Growing up female in New Brunswick: 1970-2000

Growing up Female in New Brunswick is an overview of women's popular history in New Brunswick during the last 30 years of the 20th century. Although the statistics and research will give readers an opportunity to measure women's progress during that period of time, more importantly, this document is an official chronicle of the work carried out by various women's organizations including the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women since its inception in 1977.

What is remarkable about this book is that the women who were the activists in the 1970s, and who were the pioneers in their respective private or public lives, are still actively involved and able to share their experiences first-hand. The book reveals that women entering the 21st century are more aware, more self-sufficient, better educated and better prepared to play an exciting role in the continuing development of women in this province. Co-written with Wendy Johnston.

Available free by contacting the author.


Ole Boy:  Memoirs of Canadian Labour Leader J.K. Bell


  • ISBN 1-55109-017-1
  • 6" x 9"
    Illustrated with photographs
  • 116 pages
  • © The Marine Workers' Federation, 1992

"Ole boy"  Memoirs of Canadian labour leader JK Bell

JK Bell was one of the finest labour leaders of his time. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the turn of the century, Jimmy Bell headed down the proverbial road to Toronto to find work as the depression years began. When war broke out, he returned to Saint John, New Brunswick and went to work at the dry dock where he founded a local of what would become the Maritime Marine Workers' Federation.

For many years, Bell was ostracized by the labour movement because of his leftwing views. As the Cold War whipped the country into hysteria, Bell was "purged" from the provincial labour federation in 1949, and didn't succeed in being re-elected until 1965. Nonetheless, he managed to play a key role, and in this book, he remembers the events and recalls the characters with fondness and humour.

As Jimmy's longtime friend, Harry Flemming, says in the Foreword: "That Sue Calhoun has captured so succinctly so much of the life and times of JK Bell is a tribute to her. The rest belongs to him." 

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A Word to Say:  the Story of the Maritime Fishermen's Union


  • ISBN 0-921054-64-5
  • 6" x 9" Illustrated with photographs
  • 272 pages with index
  • © Sue Calhoun, 1991
  • Forward by Roméo LeBlanc

A Word to Say:   The story of the Maritime Fishermen's Union

A Word to Say is a penetrating account of how inshore fishermen, most of them Acadian, came together to take control of their industry and their livelihood. Threatened with the loss of their way of life, they fought long and hard to be heard by governments and companies alike. In the process, they saw their union spread from the east coast of New Brunswick to the shores of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

As the only union in the country made up strictly of inshore fishermen, the MFU is unique. Although it has not altered the social fabric of the region, it has played a major role in the momentous changes in the fishery since the mid-1970s.

In telling the story, Sue Calhoun gives fishermen more than a word to say. She offers clear insights into the lives of inshore fishermen, so often ignored and taken for granted. Her characters aren't rich. They aren't powerful. Many aren't educated. They are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

To order, make cheque or money order for $20 payable to Sue Calhoun and send to:   85 Brydges Street, Moncton, NB  E1C 2E9. 

Prices for bulk orders available upon request.


The Lockport Lockout


  • ISBN 0-9691324-0-98-
  • 1/4" x 10-3/4" 
  • Illustrated with photographs
  • 26 pages
  • © Sue Calhoun, 1983

The Lockeport Lockout:  An untold story in Nova Scotia's labour history

In the fall of 1939, more than 600 fishermen and fish handlers in the tiny town of Lockeport, Nova Scotia walked the picket line in front of the town's only employers, Swim Brothers and the Lockeport Company.

Both fishplants had locked their doors rather than recognize the Canadian Fishermen's Union as official bargaining agent. For eight weeks, as autumn turned to winter, the men, with their wives and families, held firm. It was a bread-and-butter struggle that made national headlines - one of the first major attempts by Nova Scotia fishermen and fish handlers to win union recognition, and one of the first major tests of the Nova Scotia Trade Union Act, passed in 1937.

This is the story of the Lockeport Lockout of 1939 and its legacy, told in the words of its participants, by contemporary journalists and photographers, in song and polemic.

To order, make cheque or money order for $5 payable to Sue Calhoun and send to 85 Brydges Street, Moncton, NB  E1C 2E9. 

Prices for bulk orders available upon request.


Shifting Sands


  • ISBN 0-9687419-2-4
  • 8-1/2" x 11" Illustrated with photographs
  • English or French
  • © Conservation Council of NB, 2001
  • 145 pages
  • $15 from CCNB

Shifting Sands:  
State of the coast in northern and eastern New Brunswick

By Inka Milewski and Janice Harvey, with Sue Calhoun

This is a comprehensive report examining the underlying factors leading to environmental degradation in the Northern and Eastern coastlines of New Brunswick. 

A thorough discussion of social, political and ecological issues gives a clear picture of the key problems threatening the region. 

Combining interviews with local citizens along with an overview of government policies and relevant scientific research, the report presents a uniquely in-depth community-by-community analysis.

Available from the Conservation Council of NB.

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