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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

October 2012

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Dmitry Bondarenko. Dmitry Bondarenko is an artist and freelance illustrator who studied at Sheridan College and OCAD University. He lives, works and makes borscht in Toronto’s East End. Visit

A Quiet Ruin

How did our relationship with Russia become so dysfunctional?

Christopher Westdal

The Market for Wisdom

Aggregating opinions can help predict everything from corporate sales to elections

Dan Gardner

A Dark Dystopia

This petro-history paints modern humans as helpless captives to our own high-tech servants

Alanna Mitchell

Tight Boots and War Crimes

A year’s reflection on the War of 1812, in public and in private

Dennis Duffy

A Foucauldian Hangover

Does the French theorist really help explain the Liquor Control Board of Ontario?

Jessica Warner

Political Piracy

Raiding from the Barbary Coast, for profit and empire

Douglas Hunter

A Life Worth Remembering

Doctor, archeologist, band chief and much, much more

John Baglow

Echoes in the Cypress Hills

A review of A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape

Simon M. Evans

Remaining Human

Three generations of Chilean women affirm life after Pinochet’s regime

Cathy Stonehouse

Works of Art on the Art of Work

Two story collections map today’s nine-to-five realities

Joel Deshaye

Churches and States

The paradoxical alliance between libertarian activists and Christian charities

Jonathan Malloy

Teaching Hatred

In some hard-pressed countries, education may not be the answer

Kamal Al-Solaylee

A Slow-Burning Fire

Canadian feminism’s personal turn, after generations of collective struggle

Rosemary Speirs

The Failure Specialist

Lessons from a career in corporate turnarounds

Peter Hadekel

Subconscious Seduction

The colourful history—and current understanding—of subliminal messaging

Julie Sedivy