Issues

November 2011

Now that our troops are returning from a fierce and difficult war in Afghanistan, it is time for Canada to give serious thought to the reintegration of these warriors into civilian life. This month’s essayist, Alison Howell, has done extensive work with American colleagues on the psychological impact of war on returning vets, both in the U.S. and Canada. Her findings indicate that we are placing undue burdens on soldiers’ families, on the civilian healthcare system and on the notion of ‘resilience’, rather than insisting that the military itself take full responsibility for the care and rehabilitation of victims of PTSD and other psychological ills.

Have you signed on this past year with Netflix or Apple TV for a ready supply of cheap movies? If so, you’re causing the CRTC some headaches. Telecom and media analyst Simon Doyle takes us through a slowly brewing battle between Canada’s telecommunications watchdog and these new over-the-top services that leapfrog our regulatory system and thus avoid having to support made-in-Canada entertainment product.

On the fiction front, veteran novelist and critic Antanas Sileika reviews one of the most talked-about books of the season, Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, finalist for the Giller, the Booker, the Rogers and the Governor General’s awards for fiction. Set in wartime Berlin and Paris, the novel explores the lives of a group of jazz musicians, some black, some white, caught up in the turmoil of Nazi Europe.

Compelling reading as the days grow shorter.

Bronwyn Drainie

Editor