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May-June 2022

2000s music video looks are back…

But we’re not dangerously in love with it all

Jody Anderson

In Scarborough, Ontario, in Cedarbrae Mall, down the escalator and across from the Dollarama, there’s Frugo, a store that feels very much like a flea market. There you’ll find an assortment of items that range from vintage to essential. A few years ago, I found a small orange faux leather handbag and modelled it in […] More »

This Magazine is hiring a News Editor! 

Applications are due Friday, June 17, 2022

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Are you always on top of the Canadian news cycle? Are you well-versed on a wide variety of news topics? Are you always looking for progressive topics and angles? Are you enthusiastic about independent publishing? If so, we want you! This Magazine is looking for a News Editor! Our News Editor is responsible for overseeing […] More »

This Magazine is hiring a Reviews Editor!

Applications are due Thursday April 14, 2022

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

  Do you love CanLit? Are you always on the lookout for diverse and emerging authors? Are you a huge supporter of small presses and independent publishing? If so, we want you! This Magazine is looking for a Reviews Editor! Our reviews editor is responsible for overseeing the reviews portion of the magazine’s Arts & […] More »
March-April 2022

All bodies are good bodies

The editor's note from our March/April 2022 issue—The Bodies Issue

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

I think about bodies all the time. As a person who lives with chronic illness. As a newly plus-size person. As a person who got pregnant in an unconventional way. As a person who grew up in a mixed-race family. As a parent with a kid entering adolescence. I think about bodies in a political […] More »
March-April 2022

One and all

The pressure to represent all Black women

Sarah Charles

No joy is more fulfilling for me than shattering the expectations someone has of me. To be unpredictable is to be individualistic. And in my skin, standing alone as an individual gives me the chance to take solace in myself. Because I am an unambiguous Black woman in a predominantly white community, escaping the stereotypes […] More »
March-April 2022

A good ending

End-of-life doulas are destigmatizing death to help the dying end their lives well

Jacqueline Salomé

Piercing through the chaos of chance and unexpected plot twists that we encounter throughout our lives, there is one stark and certain truth: we’re all going to die. Yet, our death-phobic society has taught us to fear the only thing we know for sure. Even talking about death evokes superstitious reactions, as if speaking the […] More »
March-April 2022

Skin deep

Why we need more BIPOC dermatologists in Canada

Dorcas Marfo

Butterflies and flowers. Butterflies and flowers. Butterflies and flowers. I would repeat this phrase until I had forgotten that my skin was tingling for a scratch. My sister taught me this. She would tell me to think of lush green grass, with flowers too pretty to ignore and butterflies dancing with the wind. I stuck […] More »
March-April 2022

The right fit

Finding myself through fashion as a fat person

Samantha Nock

I was a certifiable emo kid in the early aughts, where scene queens ruled Nexopia, a low budget early form of MySpace, and I was their eager subject. I yearned for skin tight jeans and layered stud belts. I saved my money to buy off-brand checkered Vans slip-ons and generously overlined my bottom lashline. Every […] More »
March-April 2022

Not your perfect victim

A new law seeks to educate judges on social context and sexual assault—but there are reasons to believe it’s not enough

Samantha Peters

I am a non-binary Black queer femme survivor of sexual violence who has never gone to the police or engaged in a court process in order to seek justice and accountability. Every time that I have disclosed that I am indeed a survivor, I am seldom believed. Why would anyone do that to someone who […] More »
March-April 2022

Cop out

Winnipeg group advocates against police

Stacha Penner

Picture this: you’re ready for a good night’s rest. You crawl into bed around midnight, and just as you are about to fall asleep, thunderous juddering and whirring erupt above your house. You sit awake, startled as the Winnipeg Police helicopter circles around your neighbourhood, its bright spotlight creeping and surveying. This disruption is a […] More »
March-April 2022

Keep on truckin’

Long-haul drivers fight for safety

Nicholas Sokic

For years, Ontario’s long-haul truck drivers have decried their unsafe labour conditions, among them the inadequate number of rest stops off of Southern Ontario highways. A petition for more truck parking in Ontario created by private policy group SPR Associates of Toronto aims to improve working environments and safety for the long-haul drivers on the […] More »