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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

Joyce Wayne

Joyce Wayne was included in Best Canadian Essays 2021 for “All the Kremlin’s Men.”

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Their Everyday Lives

Two novellas by Nora Gold June 2024
While I was first reading these two novellas by Nora Gold, a man was charged for threatening a Jewish city councillor in Toronto and a cartoon depicting Benjamin Netanyahu as a bloodsucking vampire appeared in La Presse, the second-largest newspaper in Quebec (it was later removed). The Toronto police had just reported a significant rise in antisemitic…

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still June 2023
The devices outgrew us. We couldn’t control them. I know; I helped build them.— On the Beach (1959) How, they ask, could I, being who I now am and understanding what I now understand, ever have said and done the things I am describing?  — Tony Judt They became more common after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: stories about…

To Lüneburg

An author’s long path October 2022
This past July, the Jewish historian and activist Irving Abella died. His obituary reminded me of None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933–1948, the ground-breaking book he co-wrote with Harold Troper, and especially of Ottawa’s abysmal history of exclusionary immigration policies. Before, during, and directly after the Holocaust — even when Hitler’s intention to annihilate European Jewry was known — the country accepted fewer than 13,000 Jewish…

And Change We Did

My experiment with life on the left December 2021
I always say this but it’s true, there areso many thingsI don’t understand,I don’t mean steak tartare, I mean irony, corpses, how to not see yourself everywhere in comparison. How to see instead what’s there. — Anne Carson My sweeping experiment with life on the left began when I was nineteen and living in a student commune in…

All the Kremlin’s Men

On seventy-five years of Russian interference September 2020
Seventy-five years ago, three days after Japan formally surrendered, bringing the Second World War to a close, Igor Gouzenko vanished from the Soviet embassy on Charlotte Street in Ottawa’s tranquil Sandy Hill neighbourhood. Over the next forty-eight hours, something of a legend was born. The details and chronology differ depending on the teller, but most agree that…