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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

Decisions, decisions

Keep in Touch

Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

Anthony Westell

Anthony Westell is a retired journalist and a former editor of the LRC.

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Anthony Westell

An Unholy Marriage

Perhaps Brian Mulroney and Peter Newman should never have met. November 2005

Election or Revolution?

It will be some time before we know what really happened in 2011 July–August 2012
In the end, did the earth move in last year’s federal election? This is the question with which Christopher Dornan begins his introduction to this study. Was it just another election or was it a political revolution? The question is intriguing, of course, but not one for this book, which is about the past and not the…

A Wonderful Pipedream

Trying to recapture the days of “authentic” capitalism is praiseworthy but impractical December 2011
ixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL is a deeply serious and important book wrapped in an ambiguous cover, intended, one presumes, to attract a wide audience. But anyone who picks it up expecting an easy read about business and American football will be gravely disappointed. It began life as a learned article in the Harvard Business Review and might easily be a series of lectures delivered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of…

Avoiding Extremes

Will the historic Tory bent toward the centre prevail with the new Conservative majority? June 2011
History is about the past, and The Right Balance: Canada’s Conservative Tradition is not only about Canadian politics in the past, but it was written and published in the past—that is, before the upheaval of the recent election. It has to be read and reviewed in that light, even if the old battles with which it is much concerned have since been won and…

How the Media Promote White Supremacy

Or do they? September 2002
Discourses of Domination: Racial Bias in the Canadian English-Language Press comes to an alarming conclusion in the final paragraph: This study reveals a profound tension in Canadian society: a conflict between the belief that the media are the cornerstone of a democratic liberal society and the key instrument by which its ideals are produced and…