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From the archives

The Other Side of “Irish Eyes”

Brian Mulroney abroad and at home

The Ramble

Memories from the PMO

Vintage Years

Two political memoirs

Back Issues

October 2014

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Oleg Portnoy. Oleg Portnoy is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer from Toronto. His illustrations have received recognition from American Illustration, Society of Illustrators West, 3X3 Illustration, CMYK Magazine and Creative Quarterly.

Weathering the Storm

The Canada Council’s director for the past eight years looks back at troubled times for the arts

Robert Sirman

Reinventing the Bard

Shakespeare in Canada and Quebec

Susan Knutson

Pretty Mean City

A new “biography” charts the dark side of Toronto’s prosperity

Michael Valpy

Of Music and Espionage

The man who played the theremin for Lenin is the unlikely hero of Sean Michaels’s first novel

Mark Frutkin

The (Other) October Crisis

A new book revisits one of Canada’s most traumatic and telling moments

Andrea Lawlor

The Limits of the TRC

Indispensably valuable for the tellers, but largely isolated from broader Canadian society

Michael Morden

What Turns Us On

Shining a cool, clear light on the things that fascinate

Julie Sedivy

Self-Discovery in a Canoe

A 54-day Arctic journey teaches deep lessons

Jill Frayne

Climbing Down from Vimy Ridge

One of Canada’s leading historians makes a different case for military success

Adam Chapnick

When Multiculturalism Fell into the Sea

A fictional psychologist attempts to heal the trauma of the Indo-Canadian community

Ava Homa

The Perennial Temptation

How fracking is supposed to dig us out of the energy crisis

Jessa Gamble

A Larger Role for Unions

Organized labour may be shrinking but the rhetoric is still upbeat

Frances Woolley

The Boss-Employee Two-Step

When workers help run the company, things often turn out well

Peter MacLeod

The Clever Science of Commerce

How a fur monopoly explained North America to the world

Stephen R. Bown