May 2006

  • Goodbye, Quebec?

    An essay
  • Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

    A review of Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives, by Robert Thacker
  • Peace in Our Time?

    A review of the Human Security Centre’s Human Security Report 2005: War and Peace in the 21st Century

  • Here’s A Good One

    A review of Me Funny: A Far-Reaching Exploration of the Humour, Wittiness and Repartee Dominant among the First Nations People of North America, as Witnessed, Experienced and Created Directly by Themselves, and with the Inclusion of Outside but Reputable Sources Necessarily Familiar with the Indigenous Sense of Humour as Seen from an Objective Perspective, compiled and edited by Drew Hayden Taylor
  • Half-Full or Half-Empty?

    A review of The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, by Tim Flannery, and Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy, by Mark Jaccard
  • Vaughn Meader Is Screwed, Again

    A review of Jason Anderson’s Showbiz
  • Hansel and Gretel on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side

    A review of Eden Robinson’s Blood Sports
  • Skulking to the Right

    An essay
  • What Is to Be Done?

    A review of Visiting Grandchildren: Economic Development in the Maritimes, by Donald J. Savoie
  • A Canadian Pilgrimage

    A review of Ride the Rising Wind: One Woman’s Journey Across Canada, by Barbara Bradbury Kingscote
  • Getting Smart about Cities

    A review of John Lorinc’s The New City: How the Crisis of Canada’s Urban Centres Is Reshaping the Nation
  • Defending the Homeland

    A review of Security and Defence in the Terrorist Era, by Elinor C. Sloan
  • Her Engagement Calendar

    A poem
  • Nearness

    A poem
  • The Night Brodsky Died

    A poem
  • Waaanh

    A poem
  • Whshhh

    A poem

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Tom Pokinko

Tom Pokinko is a graphic artist based in Montreal. His work has appeared in The Progressive, Clamor and Fine Books & Collections (formerly OP Magazine), as well as with the United Nations Association in Canada. His portfolio is available at