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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Bob Rodgers

Bob Rodgers was an educator, writer, and filmmaker. Among numerous other projects, he produced and directed The Fiddlers of James Bay for the National Film Board of Canada and wrote the novel The Devil’s Party.

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Rogue Naturalist

The forgotten legacy of a driven, self-taught environmentalist October 2011
In after-dinner conversation at the table of a friend in Toronto, novelist and naturalist Graeme Gibson remarked that he thought Canada’s four most important thinkers of the 20th century were Marshall McLuhan, George Grant, Northrop Frye and John Livingston. Someone said, “Who the hell is John Livingston?” I was taken aback because I had long placed…

Return to Grassy Narrows

A poisoned community tells its 40-year-old story January–February 2009
Editor’s Note: This article was written with Ivy Keewatin, a resident of Grassy Narrows. “First they took us kids away to the residential school. Next they built hydro dams so the rice got flooded and old graves went underwater. Then they made the families leave their log houses and go into prefabs all crowded together on a back…

In the Garden with the Guru

Adventures with Marshall McLuhan January–February 2008
A six-foot-high hedge separated me from the garden next door but not from its voices. It was my first Sunday morning in the house I sublet on Wells Hill Avenue by Casa Loma in Toronto. I couldn’t make out what was being said but one of the voices sounded familiar. I moved closer and parted the hedge just enough for a covert glimpse of my new…

The Inner Frye

The notebooks reveal a passionate and endearing side to Canada’s great literary critic. April 2007