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The Path of Poetic Resistance

To disarm Canada and its canon

Are Interests Really Value-Free?

A salvo from the “realist” school of Canadian foreign relations

Going It Alone

The marvellous, single-minded, doggedly strange passion of citizen scientists

Back Issues

May 2010

COVER ART AND ILLUSTRATION THROUGHOUT THE ISSUE BY SYLVIA NICKERSON. Sylvia Nickerson is an artist and illustrator and a PhD student at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Her illustrations have been published in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the National Post, The Globe and Mail and various magazines in the United States and Canada. Her work can be seen at

Fear-Driven Policy

Ottawa’s harsh new penal proposals won’t make us safer, just poorer—and less humane

Graham Stewart and Michael Jackson

Smart Bombs and Sex Robots

Is military technology driving the new hedonism?

Edward Shorter

The Climate Change Olympics

Perhaps some healthy provincial competition can get Canada moving

Mark Jaccard

A Billion Clips a Day

The clamorous mix on YouTube constitutes a genuine communications revolution.

Geoff Pevere

Hunt for Meaning

The ambivalent pleasures of killing for sport.

Ehor Boyanowsky

Lost Opportunity

A Canadian university almost gained the most important archaeological find of the 20th century.

David P. Silcox

No Place Like Home

Despite grinding poverty, addiction and prostitution, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a genuine community.

John Lorinc

Rescue or Kidnapping?

A provocative study makes us question the motives for international adoption.

Suanne Kelman

A Gem Worth Waiting For

An Icelandic-Canadian novel appears in English after 110 years.

David Arnason

A Towering Work of Fiction

Toronto’s most famous structure narrates a novel that aims high.

Devyani Saltzman

The Patriotic Executive

Alastair Gillespie recounts his struggle to reconcile nationalism with entrepreneurship.

Stephen Azzi

Arrested Development

Two new biographies highlight the slow evolution of Canadian artistic taste.

Judy Stoffman

The Elected and the Appointed: Round Two

A fresh challenge to the supremacy of Canada’s courts.

Philip Slayton