Skip to content

From the archives

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

A Larger Role for Unions

Organized labour may be shrinking but the rhetoric is still upbeat

This United League

Will not die, will not perish

Back Issues

December 2011

Illustrations throughout the issue are by seven Canadian illustrators: John Fraser works as an animator and illustrator at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.Cinders McLeod is an illustrator, political cartoonist, writer, animator, doublebassist and art director for The Globe and Mail. To see her work, visit and “My Life as a Sketchbook: A Visual Autobiography” at You can follow her on Twitter @cindersmcleod.Dushan Milic is a tangent-jumping, pun-making, bike-happy, endlessly curious curmudgeon who has been illustrating and designing for over a decade. He specializes in people, concepts and portraits where movement and gesture dominate. He resides in Hamilton and teaches illustration at OCAD University in Toronto. See more of his award-winning work at Nickerson’s illustrations have been published in various magazines and newspapers in North America, including the Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Globe and Mail. She recently completed her first illustration for a book cover, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2011. To see more of her work go to Pagliarello, born and raised in the capital of Canada and now living in Toronto, graduated with a BFA in 2006 from the University of Ottawa. In 2010 she graduated from Sheridan College’s illustration program with a BAA. She has shown her work at the Pentimento Gallery and the Gladstone Hotel, and it has been featured in Creative Quarterly 18, Toronto’s Eye Weekly and Bust Magazine.Wes Tyrell is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist from Toronto. Prior to his life as a freelancer, he ran a hotel in Cuba and is writing about this in a graphic novel Fidel & I. Wes has drawn for Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, the Hamilton Spectator and the BBC. More about him is available atée van Drimmelen is a Canadian illustrator, etc. Her first animated short for the National Film Board of Canada, Black Gold, was released this November. See more at

The Capitalist Revolution

Together with rapid growth, dazzling technologies and widening circles of development, global capitalism is delivering a turbulent, unequal, out-of-control world. Just as we demanded

John Hancock

Black Market Culture

After drugs, money laundering and weapons come … paintings

Joyce Kline

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Why is it that even when we know the right thing to do, we don’t do it?

Joseph Heath

A Brilliant Polemic

One of Canada’s NGO leaders lays out what’s wrong with the world of aid

Ian Smillie

Running on the Knife’s Edge

A novel explores the fractured psyche of a Cambodian survivor

Dionne Brand

An Unsentimental Portrait

From its realism, intensity and wrinkles emerges a Macdonald for our times

John English

All Over the Map

In riding politics, the only common factor seems to be idiosyncrasy

Martha Hall Findlay

Joy in Battle

An activist’s voice soars, from the blockade to the boardroom

Alanna Mitchell

Homegrown Fascism

A Quebec newspaperman’s transformation into one of Canadian history’s disturbing footnotes

Ramsay Cook

Memoir as Utopia

From personal recollections to the dream of a secular Israeli commonwealth

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Wilful Blindness

A dramatic demonstration of environmental ignorance as federal policy

Laurence Packer

Doing as the Romans Do

How classical inspiration fired modern upheaval

Jack Mitchell

Blissful History

How a biographer writes himself

Terry Cook

Searching for the Ideal City

Making a living between the bird’s eye and the street

Frances Bula

Funny, Sad and True

A middle-aged man circles the painful secret of his adolescent years

Christopher Dornan

The World Turns

Facing the threat of terrorism, countries of all kinds take a walk on the dark side

Michelle Shephard

When Britannia Ruled the Slopes

Long before Hillary, waves of Englishmen dared the famous ascent

John Geiger

Golden Boys

Two emeriti tell tales from the old school of political journalism

Hugh Winsor

A Wonderful Pipedream

Trying to recapture the days of “authentic” capitalism is praiseworthy but impractical

Anthony Westell

Who Gets In?

A surprise European Court decision hints at citizenship’s post-national future

Martin Provencher

Svengali on Ice

A sordid drama of family dysfunction, sexual abuse and the national game

Bruce Dowbiggin

Invading the Motherland

Canadians in wartime Britain seemed like wild, boozing brawlers … until the Yanks arrived

Tim Cook

Stickin’ with the Union

A slice of labour history told by a canny organizer

Paul Weinberg

A Heavily Qualified Greatness

Was it luck or astuteness that stamped Mackenzie King’s extraordinary career?

T. Stephen Henderson