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The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

A long-awaited biography gives the facts, but not the mystery, behind this writer’s genius

Whatever the Cost May Be

Preparing for the fight of our life

Back Issues

December 2008

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Aimée van Drimmelen. Aimée van Drimmelen is an artist and illustrator who grew up in Saskatchewan and lives in Montreal. She is currently illustrating a children’s story called Rumfortable Rumfort, selling her first series of prints online and sitting on an old radiator to keep warm. Samples of her work are available at

Canada’s Homeless Portrait Gallery

A historic collection falls victim to economic and intellectual uncertainty

Charlotte Gray

Canada’s Black Chamber

An account of early Canadian code breaking is mostly accurate but very dry.

James Eayrs

Delicious Canadian Ham

Two show-off actors strut their stuff in new books.

Ray Conlogue

Does Technology Make Us Do It?

Two very different views of ethics in the modern age.

Arthur Schafer

Witty and Wise

A great Canadian journalist leaves a lasting legacy

Trina McQueen

A Different North

The Russian Arctic sees extraordinary changes over half a century.

Robert McGhee

Compromised Eden

Documenting one of the most isolated and dangerous places on earth.

Charles Wilkins

Rocks and Hard Places

Newfoundland, Alberta and the dark night of the soul.

Anne Marie Todkill

Singing the European Blues

A Czech-Canadian author brings a major career to a close.

Sam Solecki

A Storyteller's Story

An academic examines the life and times of Canada’s most successful popular historian.

Roger Hall

Creating a Canadian Pantheon

John Ralston Saul attempts to delineate the national character by spotlighting individuals.

Judy Stoffman

A True Canadian Hero

Not all the great settlers of the West were men.

Sharon Butala

After the Apology

A passionate journalist asks where do we go from here?

Peter Dinsdale