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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Back Issues

June 2011

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Bill Russell. Bill Russell's 30-plus year career as an illustrator has taken him from Oakville, Ontario, to Marin County, California. More of his scratchboard work can be found at

Shooting the Messenger

Why Canadians don’t often blow the whistle on wrongdoing.

Suanne Kelman

Dogma's Bulldog

Why has a smart journalist written such a simple defence of the Catholic church?

Michael Valpy

Culture-Crossed Lovers

Canadian boy meets Chinese girl. Puzzlement ensues.

Judy Fong Bates

Self-destructiveness and the State

Is public shaming the best policy response?

Gregory P. Marchildon

Science Fights Back

But is it really television that nurses our ignorance, or society more broadly?

John Doyle

Recapturing Past Glory

The recent revival of Anglo-Quebec fiction.

Jason Camlot

Iceland As Icarus

How international media covered the island nation’s fiscal nosedive.

Bruce Little

Avoiding Extremes

Will the historic Tory bent toward the centre prevail with the new Conservative majority?

Anthony Westell

Messy, Experimental and Stimulating

The common law we live by is more than a slow tweaking of precedents.

Philip Girard

Grief Observed

A wisecracking teen grapples with devastating loss.

Andrew Clark

“Responsibilizing” the Poor

An analysis, this time from the left, of why foreign aid programs don’t work

Ian Smillie

The Great Compromiser

A splendid Quebec writer asks: Who will fight for Laurier’s Canada?

Christopher Pennington

Man in Locomotion

One pioneering photographer constructed—not replicated—reality

Judy Stoffman

A Compelling Voice

The academy finally catches up to David Adams Richards.

Thomas Hodd

Modern Love

Three new works of gay fiction with universal appeal

Shawn Syms