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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

Donald Wright

Donald Wright chairs the political science department at the University of New Brunswick and is the co-editor of Acadiensis.

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Double Threat

A global health check April 2023
According to a Chinese proverb, the best time to plant an oak tree is twenty years ago. In the case of climate change, it was 127 years ago that a Swedish chemist determined that an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide would lead to an increase in the global mean temperature. Of course, we didn’t plant an oak tree…

The Four Pallbearers

On some not so fine print July | August 2022
Prime ministers are not exactly in fashion. In 2016, for example, Wilfrid Laurier University reversed its decision to house twenty-two life-sized statues of them after critics called the Canada 150 project “culturally insensitive.” Two years later, Victoria mothballed its statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, citing his central role in the creation of residential schools. Regina, Charlottetown, and Kingston followed in rapid…

Greater Storms and Tempests

On cleaning up our act October 2021
We are running out of phrases. “Global warming” worked for a while, but it didn’t fully capture what was happening, especially to global precipitation patterns. “Climate change” is certainly better, although it implies change that can be neatly plotted on a graph over time, which suggests both order and predictability when there is neither. “Climate breakdown” may be more…