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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

Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay is the author of Late Nights on Air, winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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Elizabeth Hay

Curtain Call

Along our treasured canal May 2022
I first opened Alastair Sweeny’s richly detailed biography while at home in Ottawa, on day 12 of the occupation of the city, February 8, 2022. Snow was falling gently and the distant past was a welcome place. Thomas Mackay (pronounced Mac-EYE) arrived in what would eventually become Canada’s capital in the summer of 1826, when it was “a wilderness construction camp run by the British Army.” He was thirty-four years…

Dark Sunshine

A daring and original exploration of the truth beneath a town's colourful surface. March 2005