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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Grace Westcott

Grace Westcott is a practising copyright lawyer and past executive director of PEN Canada.

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Grace Westcott

One Bumptious Blonde

An American-born writer's adventures, from Oxford to Toronto January–February 2015
Those readers who enjoyed Catherine Gildiner’s best-selling memoirs of her childhood and adolescence will be delighted to see Coming Ashore, the third in her series, a vivid retelling of her years as a young woman in the late 1960s and early ’70s. They will also be disappointed to learn that this volume is her last in that…

A Glimpse of the Past Imagined

Toronto’s largely ignored lakeside comes evocatively to life January–February 2014
Toronto is full of landlubbers, people who rarely if ever give Lake Ontario a thought, let alone think of this place as a waterside town. I am one of them, I admit. When I do go down to the lake, I am always a little surprised to see that elemental expanse of water in front of…

Friction over Fan Fiction

Is this burgeoning art form legal? July–August 2008
Last October, J.K. Rowling startled the world with the revelation that Albus Dumbledore was gay. This was widely reported. Less reported was the remark she made following that revelation: “Oh my God, the fan fiction now, eh?” Fan fiction? It’s no secret that J.K. Rowling has a tremendous following. Unknown to most people, however, is the burgeoning online community of Harry Potter fans who amuse themselves by writing their own stories set in Rowling’s fictional…