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Carbon Copy

In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Back Issues

November 2008

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Sylvia Nickerson Since graduating from art school in 2001, Sylvia Nickerson has designed books, illustrated for magazines, tutored mathematics, worked as an arts administrator in the Canadian book publishing industry and completed an M.A. in the history of science. Her illustrations have been published in The Coast, The New Quarterly, Carousel Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, The Dominion and The Globe and Mail. To see more of her art go to

Angry Mister Nice Guy

The last prime minister’s memoir displays contradiction, not candour

John Gray

Our Canadian Republic

Do we display too much deference to authority—or not enough?

Christopher Moore

What Do We Owe?

An exploration of pacts with the Devil and other transactions

Conrad Black

The Karaoke Classics

A view from inside China’s Confucian revival

Timothy Cheek

Love-Making through Word-Making

Elizabeth Bowen’s letters and Charles Ritchie’s diaries create a passionate mix.

Suanne Kelman

Beyond the Counting House

How Canada developed a system of national accounts to explain our economy.

Andrew Sharpe

History Etched in Stone

A new book takes readers on a tour of last resting places in Canada.

Eliminating the Caboose

Technological advances need to override nostalgia and ideology in our healthcare system.

Michael Decter

Tabloid Science

Does a personal approach to scientists’ lives help explain quantum physics?

Mélanie Frappier

The Cree in Crisis

A novel laments the loss of traditions from one generation to the next.

Jason Ranon Uri Rotstein

Cross-Racial Tragedy

A white writer uses an incendiary Native event purely as backdrop.

Richard Wagamese

Imperial America

Two Canadian authors examine our over-reaching neighbour.

Peter Seixas

Swiftian Wit and Zen Insight

The monk Thomas Merton receives a love letter from a Canadian adorer.

Michael W. Higgins

Women on the High Seas

Another study adds to the little-known history of Canadian female occupations.

Janet Guildford

Spiritual Dissent

Falun Gong, the Chinese Communist Party and their apocalyptic struggle for China

Jeremy Paltiel

An Informed Citizenry?

Expanding media in China does not necessarily mean a challenge to power

Bernie Michael Frolic