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Dr. Larry Savage (LABR) recently received a grant from the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS). Dr. Savage will use the funds to assist him with publishing a political biography of lontime NDP MPP Peter Cormose entitled Socialist Cowboy. Dr. Savage states that "Socialist Cowboy is a short political biography detailing the life and activism of longtime Welland NDP MPP Peter Kormos, one of the most colourful and controversial political personalities in the history of Ontario politics. Throughout his illustrious 23-year career as a member of the Ontario legislature, Kormos's unapologetic commitment to democratic socialism and his shoot-from-the hip brand of small-town populism won him strong accolades back in his blue-collar hometown of Welland, while raising eyebrows at Queen's Park and within his own party. From his days as a student strike leader, to his short-lived time in Bob Rae's cabinet, to his run for the Ontario NDP leadership, and his epic battles with the province's political establishment, the book chronicles Kormos's political trajectory, through interviews and archival research, with a view to unpacking the ideas and traits that have made him a political icon." Details about the forthcoming publication can be requested from Dr. Larry Savage.