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Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Barbara Sibbald

Barbara Sibbald is a journalist and fiction writer. She gardens in Ottawa.

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Barbara Sibbald

Green Guides

Two books to help your garden grow January | February 2024
I have often thought of “foodie” as a recent coinage, linked to millennials and ever-changing fads like sous vide and lacto-fermentation. In fact, the descriptor appeared in 1980 and continues to evolve all these years later. During the COVID‑19 lockdowns, facing shuttered restaurants, many foodies left their kitchens and headed outdoors. According to a national…

Blond Bombshells

A selective, violent epidemic exposes our obsession with beauty’s dark roots September 2012
Blondes may have more fun, but in The Blondes, the satirical novel from Emily Schultz, they pay a hefty price: their sanity and their lives. Blondes—both bottle- and gene-based—are susceptible to a mysterious virus that turns the women into blond bombshells, with rabies-like symptoms that induce them to murder and mayhem. It is not a pretty…