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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Dimitry Anastakis

Dimitry Anastakis recently wrote Dream Car: Malcolm Bricklin’s Fantastic SV1 and the End of Industrial Modernity.

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Dimitry Anastakis

Car Talk

The blindness of the Big Three January | February 2020
The North American auto industry of today is a jarring amalgam of contradictions. Cars and their makers are dismissed as anachronistic, smokestack relics of a blue-collar carbon age, yet they simultaneously represent a futuristic, AI-powered, green transportation ­utopia that humanity has pinned its very survival on. This disconnect reveals itself most forcefully in the current state of General…

Drip by Drip

The iconic Canadian company that changed the world June 2019
We are at a fascinating and fearful juncture. The Second Industrial Revolution of the late nineteenth century remains a global force of social and political change, one that profoundly impacts the economic lives of billions of people. Henry Ford’s legacy persists, despite the onset and geographic unevenness of deindustrialization, especially here in North America. Meanwhile, the post-1970s Third Industrial Revolution of…

Continental Divide

Analyzing the many strains of Canadian economic nationalism May 2016
There was a time not so long ago when being a Canadian victim of U.S. domination was all the rage. In the glorious 1960s and the not-so–glorious early ’70s, Canada was young, hip and irreverent; Canadian nationalism was at its height; and American imperialism was at yet another post-war peak (nadir?). In these heady days, a generation of Canadians was taught that Canada was a colony…

Hew That Wood, Draw That Water

Is Canada really capable of innovating? January–February 2015
Why does Canada stink so much at innovation? Outside of a few noteworthy exceptions, Canadians seem to lack the killer instinct to play in the big leagues, especially when it comes to technological innovation. As the adage goes, because of our lack of innovation and our dependence on resource exploitation, Canada is the world’s most advanced underdeveloped…

An Exaggerated Demise

Boosted by still-thriving industry, Ontario is headed for an economic renaissance October 2010
Let us, for a moment, pity poor Ontario. The litany of affronts, indignities and embarrassments over the last two decades is long and inglorious: free trade agreements foisted upon it, careening business cycles and a roller-coaster dollar, wrenching and radical changes in government, ever-increasing taxes and an end to cheap power, never-ending sporting failure and Olympic disappointment…