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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

July–August 2011

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Wes Tyrell. Wes Tyrell is a Toronto-based illustrator and cartoonist. He can be reached at

Our Hidden History

Why do we downplay the seminal moment in Canadian democracy?

Christopher Moore

Free-Fall Employment

The definition of a full-time job is changing radically in Canada.

Rachel Pulfer

Imaginary Getaways

Some of Canada’s best writers introduce you to their favourite fictional haunts.

Why Fiction is Good for You

Forget moral edification: psychological research shows literature’s mind-altering effects.

Keith Oatley

The Rights of Refugees

What Europe’s problems can teach Canada about a growing international concern

Doug Saunders

Courting Controversy

An Alberta judge recalls his battles with First Nations, his legal colleagues and the media.

Pamela D. Palmater

The Nine

A lively account of the powers, good and ill, of our top judges.

Donald R. Songer

Brainchild Bio

The story of a son who falters in his father’s footsteps.

Mark J. Fenske

Middle Men

Two fathers repair the past by fixing the future.

Joseph Kertes

The Big One

Credible new studies show that British Columbia may be in for the continent’s worst megadisaster

Florin Diacu

Three Provinces, Three Cultures

How did Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta turn out so differently?

Jim Coutts

An Ongoing Battle

Is domestic violence really (mostly) men’s fault?

Don Dutton