April 2013

Of all Canada’s ties to the BRICS countries, the one that will unquestionably have the most impact on our future – economic, environmental and cultural – is the one we maintain with the People’s Republic of China. Renowned Canadian sinologist Paul Evans of the Liu Centre at the University of British Columbia captures the paradoxes of this relationship perfectly in his April feature essay, “Dancing with the Dragon”, when he asks: “What should be our strategic response to global China? Should China be approached as a friend, strategic partner, ally, competitor, adversary or enemy?” Read Evans to find out.

Canada’s muséums, like such institutions all over the world, are undergoing significant changes. Rather than being viewed as repositories for the country’s treasures and historical artifacts, stored in the proverbial glass cases, our museums are now being charged with, first and foremost, telling our stories. But telling stories in a crazy- quilt country such as Canada can be fraught with tension and debate, as cultural critic Kate Taylor discovers by focussing on two institutions that are feeling the tremors: the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec (soon to be renamed the Canadian Museum of History) and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, slated to open in 2014.

Finally, who is Jeffrey Delisle? We know him only as a shadowy figure covered with a hoodie, being hustled from car to courthouse as the strange tale of his espionage for the Russians has unfolded in Halifax. Wesley Wark, one of Canada’s most prominent scholars in the field of intelligence and national security, was called as expert witness for the defense during Delisle’s sentencing hearing in early 2013. His observations about this disconcerting case are contained in his essay, “Spy, Russians, Secrets, Sold”.

Three provocative essays, plus a basketful of book reviews – that’s the April 2013 issue of the LRC. Happy reading.

Bronwyn Drainie Editor