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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson has sailed the British Columbia coast for 19 years. His last book was the novel Consumption, published by Random House in 2010.

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Cancer Chronicle

A reflective look at cancer and its personal impact. April 2016
It is the golden era of cancer writing. Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was a bestseller in 2010, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s magisterial Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer in 2011 and this year we have When Breath Becomes Air by the late Paul…

Focusing on the Small Picture

A new book looks at the communities that will be affected by the Northern Gateway pipeline November 2013
The coastal temperate rain forest that stretches for a thousand kilometres north of Vancouver is a kind of geographical basilisk. It simply stalls anyone who pauses to study it. Eventually, one has to look away. Orcas plunging through schools of salmon; cedars the size and age of European cathedrals; saw-toothed mountains like the borderlands of Mordor—even a measured attempt to describe the preposterous beauty of the place lapses into…

Revolutionary Aid

Cuba’s impressively outsized humanitarian healthcare efforts June 2013
In the March issue of the Atlantic, Ken Stern writes about a central puzzle of philanthropy: members of the top quintile in earnings, in the United States, gave, on average, 1.3 percent of their income to charity; those on the bottom gave 3.2 percent. Stern quotes Paul Piff, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley: “While having money doesn’t necessarily make anybody…

Chasing Hurricanes

A book tracks the destructive and beneficent power of the winds. September 2006