HARRY LESLIE SMITH, VETERAN TURNED SOCIAL ACTIVIST, DIES AT 95

Prominent activist, author was in critical condition in eastern Ontario hospital

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Harry Leslie Smith, a British air force veteran turned writer and social activist, has died at the age of 95. (Submitted by the Smith family)

Harry Leslie Smith, a prominent British air force veteran turned writer and social activist, has died at the age of 95 in an eastern Ontario hospital.

His son John, who has been tweeting regular medial updates on his father’s behalf, posted the news on social media Wednesday morning. The elder Smith was in critical condition at a Belleville, Ont., hospital.

Smith was an anti-poverty activist who authored several books on the Great Depression, the Second Word War and postwar austerity. Online tributes have been pouring in for him as he received treatment in an intensive care unit after his family said he suffered a fall.

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