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From the archives

The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Our Feudal Immigration Policy

Why should an accident of birth determine who benefits from citizenship?

Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Allergic: White Spot


The waitress hands me bulky binder

Pages upon pages of product

Big black dots for

·   dairy

·   soy

·   egg

·   corn

·   wheat

Salmon burger

·   no

Veggie patty

·   no

Even pie the stalwart standby

·   no

Resign myself

to onion rings without the secret sauce

and clam chowder

For me each laminated page slashed by a big


X marks the spot


I’m so sick of Allergy


What if I ask for the Braille menu?

Eyes closed, under my fingers palping greedily

raised dots for the things I cannot have —

chicken pot pie, milkshake in the galvanized tumbler, broccoli cheese soup —

Fingertips eating them up

I will open my eyes wide, so wide

look around me at what I can


Crystal Hurdle’s most recent book, Teacher’s Pets, a novel in verse for young adults, was published by Tightrope Books in 2014. She teaches English and creative writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and is a former fiction editor of The Capilano Review.