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The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Dear Prudence

A life of exuberance and eccentricity

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

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

Back Issues

January–February 2012

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Ryan Dodgson. Born in Hong Kong in 1984, Ryan Dodgson has in recent years been living and working across from various chocolate factories in Toronto. His work has won a number of awards and appeared in Eye Weekly, McSweeney’s, The Believer and The New York Times among other publications. He is currently at work on a book-and-record set with musician/friend Moshe Rozenberg.

Does the Past Have a Future?

It turns out h-i-s-t-o-r-y can be spelled many different ways

Kenneth C. Dewar

Waves of Contempt

What could have been a brilliant legal critique descends into score settling

Philip Slayton

The Afghan Decade

Two very different views on the success of foreign intervention

Michael Capstick

The Pierre We Hardly Knew

A major new biography sets the record straight on Trudeau's "idle" years

Daniel Poliquin

Love and Marriage Canadian-Style

A trove of letters provides a glimpse into early 20th-century love and courtship

Elizabeth Abbott

The Ties that Bind

Rational policy alone can't hold communities together, or make them good

Leah Bradshaw

A Very Modern Pandemic

Railways, colonial policy, the blood trade and their unintended consequences

David Waltner-Toews

The New Bogeymen

A shoot-’em-up chronicle of Mexico’s booming underworld

Ian Mulgrew

Artistic Autocrat

The creator of Canada’s National Ballet was charming and ruthless

Sarah Jennings

Endearing Assassins

Bloody, funny wrangling over life’s biggest questions

Alexander Hollenberg

Dubai Glitz to Hardware Retail

A satirical take on getting old.

Steven Hayward

Up in the Air

Diplomatic thinkers seem oddly hesitant about Canada’s role in a wired world

John Bell

Heroism and Villainy

Revisiting the Great Expulsion — even as Acadians question its relevance

Jacques Poitras

Full Steam Ahead?

In moving toward a clean energy future, unbridled optimism has its pitfalls

Mark Jaccard

Back from War

What do we know about the mental health of returning soldiers?

Yves Tremblay

The Collapse of the Laurentian Consensus

On the westward shift of Canadian power and values

John Ibbitson

Writers in Exile: What Shuts Them Up?

Authors fleeing persecution today are haunted not just by memories, but the ongoing threat of reprisal

Aaron Berhane