The Case for All-Black Schools: ANDREW WALLACE dives into the debate over Africentric education and finds it could be the solution for a generation at risk. All Disquiet on the Western Front: ASHLEY WALTERS enrols in the Canadian Military Journalsim Course for an up-close look at the uneasy relationship between journalists and the Canadian forces. Undone: JENNIFER O'CONNOR investigates the hundreds of rape cases that are smothered by Canadian police forces each year. Plus: The boom in bloggers behind bars; socially acceptable terrorism; Terrance Houle's Hollywood indians; The men's rights movement; and Russia's Ukrainian ambitions.
The New Face of Porn: ALISON LEE shows how a new generation of feminists are reclaiming pornography, both as consumers and producers. All that glitters: ALEX FELIPE visits remote Phillipine communities to witness the toxic legacies of Canadian gold-mining Buzz bows out: CRAIG SAUNDERS profiles Buzz Hargrove at the end of 16 years leading the Canadian Auto Workers. Plus: Whatever happend to the anti-fur movement? It's time to elect senators; Quebec City's foremost hip hop historian; and the guilty pleasure of outrageous blog Jezebel.com
'O' Canada: JUDY REBICK, DOUG SAUNDERS, and six more Canadians ask what the Canadian left should really expect from a Barack Obama presidency Where the buffalo roam: MARGARET WEBB visits a Saskatchewan farm that can't stay afloat, even as food supplies tighten and prices soar. Why are government policies killing small farms? After "The Apology": CATHERINE ROLFSEN examines Canada's Truth and Reconciliation commission on residential schools, and wonders whether it can truly help. Plus: Genocide on the curriculum; the politics of overpopulation; Cory Doctorow's anti-authority kid-lit; and Barack Obama fixes your flat tire.
Busted!: JAMES LAXER offers a rehabilitation guide to get the NDP working for us. Judging Amy Winehouse: MEGAN GRIFFITH-GREENE says there’s something subversive about women who won’t behave. The addict’s last refuge: PETER TUPPER visits the Sunshine Coast’s unique heroin addiction rehab facility. Plus: Canada’s Three Gorges Dam connection, exposing this country’s Wild West, and much more.
Get your goat: CLAIRE WARD finds out what it really means to buy goats for villages in Africa. Why won’t you let me play: Is the Special Olympics discriminating against the kids it’s supposed to help? LAUREN MCKEON explores the issue. Pay the writer!: STEPHANIE O’HANLEY argues it’s time for freelance writers to unionize. Plus: Backyard farmers, five causes that need you, and much more.
Plastic unfantastic: ZOE CORMIER finds out what the great Pacific garbage patch tells us about cheap plastic. Server error: What happens if Google fails? RICHARD POPLAK provides the answer. Shake ’n’ quake: NADJA SAYEJ checks out a disastrous take on snow globes. Plus: Courting catastrophe, why cities need to take cycling seriously, and much more.
Last resorts: MARIA AMUCHASTEGUI explores how foreign dollars are creating a new class of Cubans. See the country, save the planet: Five trips that will leave you well travelled and deserving of a pat on the back. Speaking out: MISHA WARBANSKI talks with a Muslim poet who got political when the towers came down. Plus: The rise of investigative cartooning, bell-bottoms through the ages, and much more.
Crime scenes: SHAWN THOMPSON reports from William Head penitentiary and asks why its successful theatre program is so unique. Scenes from my last play: Why JASON SHERMAN, winner of a Governor General’s Award for playwrighting, is in TV now. Olympic objections: ANDREA CHIU meets a Canadian who was arrested for speaking out on Tibet. Plus: The winners of the 11th annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and much more.
“Tear down that wall!”: SUE FERGUSON chronicles the growing anti-Israel boycott. Friends ’til the end: JESSE ROSENFELD on how the Christian right is harming Jews when it supports Israel. Be careful what you wish for: YIFAT SISSKIND explains why we should support Palestinians, but reject Hamas. Plus: Hiking for Ugandans, why Little Mosque is a success, and much more.
Top secret: JESSICA JOHNSTON examines why so few of us know what Bush, Calderón and Harper are up to with the SPP. Rising up: CRAIG SAUNDERS presents a retrospective on four underappreciated Canadian rebellions. Act fast: WENDY GLAUSER, LAUREN McKEON and RON NURWISAH details five rebellions that urgently need you. Plus: Paul Watson is still rocking the boat, Montreal’s video game revolution and much more.
Bad practice: KRISTIN NELSON explains how developing nations are suffering from Canada’s doctor shortage. Back to the land: Moving to the country may save us all, writes GEOFF HEINRICKS. Live from Rankin Inlet: KATHLEEN LIPPA profiles Darrell Greer, the man who is the news in this Nunavut community. Plus: Martha Hall Findlay embraces the “women in politics” cause, Blake Hunter the twentysomething farmer, and much more.
No place for home: SEAN CONDON explores how Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is suffering from a new development boom. Staying the course: Pulling our troops out of Afghanistan may not be in that country’s best interests. JARED FERRIE explains why. Mining misery: Canadian mining companies are investing heavily in developing countries. MARIA AMUCHASTEGUI looks at the cost. Plus: Carol Mark helps education in Afghanistan, Greg Greene escapes from Suburbia and much more.
Minority report: MITCH MOXLEY gives eight reasons to take power away from the Conservatives next election. Better Red than dead: DAVID OLIVE on why compassionate conservatism will never die. Native theatre’s curtain call? Twenty years later, the medium is set for a new stage. Plus: Montreal housing goes green, digital couch crashing and much more.
40 Ideas We Need Now: This contributors past and present churn out 40 calls to action. Because Not Everything Is Political: Contributing editor RICK SALUTIN breaks down This Mag’s conventional wisdom. How Long Must We Sing This Song? MASON WRIGHT compiles the 40 essential songs of resistance since 1966. Plus: Plenty of our finest commentators look back at 40 years of This Magazine.
Blowing smoke!: ZOE CORMIER on how big PR sold the “Made in Canada” solution to global warming. Guided By Feminist Voices: Why are more women’s voices are being heard on campus and community radio? NICOLE COHEN finds out. The Internet: A Survival Guide: RICHARD POPLAK brings you everything you need to know to waste your time on the World Wide Web. Plus: Special Great Canadian Literary Hunt winners supplement and an engaging selection of stories in our media issue.
Hard Time: JIM TRAUTMAN explores whether tough-on-crime Tories are paving the way for private prisons. Green Inside the Box: What are condo developers learning from environmentalists? CRAIG SAUNDERS reports. Legal Challenges: MERIBETH DEEN on the real reasons few law students are ruling in favour of activism. Canadiana Gigantica, Genus Roadside: HOLLAND GIDNEY makes big discoveries on our highways. You Just Made That Up!: SCOTT PIATKOWSKI’s incredibly short career on The Michael Coren Show.
Farming It Out: MARIA AMUCHASTEGUI on how we promise guest workers many of the benefits Canadian citizens enjoy—until something goes wrong. We’re Going to Stalin World!: What’s a former Soviet republic to do with all of those leftover statues? Build a theme park, ANDREW POTTER learns. Haiti’s High Hopes: In the aftermath of a devastating tropical storm, a coup d’état and a troubled election, Haiti struggles on. Text and photographs by COLIN O’CONNOR. The Copyright Wars of 2017: JOHN SOBOL muses on how cut-and-paste culture turns kids into the enemy.
Collateral Damage: CHRIS ARSENAULT discovers how Agent Orange was sprayed in New Brunswick and the devastating impacts on a generation. Silenced Majority: DORIS ANDERSON looks for answers to make elected politics include women. A Gap in the Movement: AUDRA WILLIAMS asks whether young women should revive Canada’s near-dead national feminist body. The Rap Battles: DAVE MORRIS probes the double standards our panicked media apply to the rap game.
High Finance: BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS takes a hit off Bud Inc., a work that has the whole country buzzing. Invisible Threat: ANURITA BAINS asks how a real-life pandemic can compete with the avian flu of our imaginations. The Man, The Tree, The Tribe & The Loggers: Join BILL REYNOLDS as he meets the man behind the story of a one-in-a-billion tree.
Text, Lies and Celluloid: JASON ANDERSON gets Liev Schreiber, Atom Egoyan, Clement Virgo, Tamara Faith Berger and Michael Turner to share novel secrets. The Real Deal: KATERINA CIZEK on the nasty side to the rise of the documentary. Two cultures, one cheque: The real Hollywood North, RICHARD POPLAK finds, includes a familiar Engligh/French divide.
Alberta the Good: IAIN ILICH celebrates 100 years of progressive thinking from Canada’s most conservative province. It’s My Province and I’ll Cry If I Want To: Why Alberta ex-pat KAREN CONNELLY boycotted the centennial. Sweeping It Under: ALEX ROSLIN uncovers the dirty secrets of Canadian shipping.
Organized Religion: SABITRI GHOSH tells the tale of a most unlikely union drive. Betting the Farm: HELEN FORSEY finds private-property advocates who are harvesting a down-home image. Alive and Kicking: MATT SEMANSKY’S brother is living proof that AIDS sufferers aren’t taking cocktails.
Feminism For Sale: JOSEPH HEATH and ANDREW POTTER present the lost chapter from The Rebel Sell. PK and Fly: JACLYN LAW meets a group of free-runners every marketer wants to brand. Hear No Evil: A Nunavut man in trouble with the law helps uncover a new Inuit language, and SARA MINOGUE investigates.
Free At Last?: IZIDA ZORDE sees the Orange Revolution from the inside as a Ukrainian election observer. The Church of Please and Thank You: English teachers abroad are changing students’ identities, JULIE TRAVES discovers. Trial By Fire: BENJAMIN JOFFE-WALT shows how refusing to bomb civilians in Sudan can get you thrown in jail.
Magical mystery cure: DANIELLE EGAN on the curious comeback of psychiatry’s scariest procedure. The great byte hope: ANDRE MAYER wonders if tranhumanists cure death. Blood oranges: MUNJU RAVINDRA’s winning submission for the Prize for Creative Non-Fiction.
Killer cop: Jocelyn Hotte used his elite RCMP training to stalk and kill his ex-girlfriend. ALEX ROSLIN investigates why police ignored her call for help. Different drummer: BRUCE GILLESPIE tracks MapleMusic’s path to sweet success. Collective souls: LIISA LADOUCEUR discovers that bigger is better for breakout Canadian indie bands.
Layton's last hurrah: ANNETTE BOURDEAU tracks the NDP leader on the road to power. Man Trouble: ANDRE MAYER uncovers the world of the disaffected modern man. Crossing the line: Three years after September 11, BILL REYNOLDS reflects on how patriotism stifled freedom of speech.
This Boat is My Boat: DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR wants weekend warriors to show the canoe and kayak some respect. Yankee Go Home!: A personal account by Salt Spring Islander GRANT SHILLING, on the Americanization of the place that he calls home. There Ain't No Cure For the Summer Camp Blues: DAVID LEACH digs up painful memories of self-improvement summer camp.
The godfather of punk and the underground’s fairy goth-mother teach LIISA LADOUCEUR about the relationship between style and attitude. KATHARINE WRIGHT provides a guide to the troublemakers who are pushing the boundaries of religion. CLIVE THOMPSON wonders why so many radicals are rejecting science as a conspiracy, embracing irrationality – and refusing to vaccinate their kids!
Although progressives have historically been identified with the peace movement, JEET HEER points out that pacifism isn’t the left’s only legacy. A memoir from the frontlines: GORDANA KNEZEVIC discusses how the rules of peacekeeping have changed forever. The Art of War: ALLAN MACKAY’S unvarnished portraits of military life.
As the AIDS crisis worsens across Africa, millions of children are growing up without parents: WILSON LEE reports from a small orphanage in Johannesburg. KATHRYN SCHARF on how the evolving child-centered approach to parenting might just be banishing women barefoot back to the kitchen. Made for Children, by Children: SARAH COX examines the global concern of child labour.
ARCTIC MELTDOWN: JAMES HRYNYSHYN reports that Canada has turned a blind eye to the growing environmental nightmare up north. GORDON LAIRD traveled to the farthest reaches of the Arctic and found Canada’s influence waning — despite profound commercial, environmental and geopolitical change. Qallunology 101: ZEBEDEE NANGUK introduces the Inuit study of white people.
DR. LESLIE JERMYN on Canadian oil giant EnCana, and its investment in the controversial pipeline that rips across Ecuador’s upper Amazon. ANDREW POTTER says Canadian copyright legislation violates the Charter, and the time has come for a challenge. Downloading=GOOD! HAL NIEDZVIECKI believes online file-sharing creates a whole new audience for indie-musicians. Also, winners of the Great Canadian Literary Hunt.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with JAMES COWAN, DAVID AHENAKEW claims he never kept his intolerant views a secret. SASHA explores the changes in the sex trade with the introduction of the “empowered” porn website Suicidegirls. LISA WHITTINGTON-HILL reports on our obsession with reality-dating TV and how relationships are treated as disposable commodities. BRAD BADELT’S The Weight of a Child — Winner of the 2003 Best New Writer Prize.