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Progressive politics, ideas & culture

March-April 2023

The Operation

He did not hate the winter now, for he knew it was merely the Spring asleep, and that the flowers were resting. – Oscar Wilde, “The Selfish Giant”

Nathaniel G. Moore

Each time I visit, he tells me the same thing: “She is small; don’t sit on her.” My brother Jesse has mental problems. He’s twenty. “Time is a sign for some. A policy. For some it means nothing at all. Time is cyclical and behaviors evolve to maintain their biological destiny.” This is a sentence […] More »
March-April 2023

Talking with the dead

Across time and cultures, humans have sought to communicate with loved ones who have died. As the lone survivor of a family, I need those conversations

Lesley Buxton

“The trust is, of course, that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same  time.” —David Bowie   The Parisian night sky is charcoal grey. Fog rises from the Seine like a lonely apparition and is swept away by the glare of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s lights. At Point Zero, the famous […] More »
March-April 2023

Sea of Love

We need to rekindle our relationship with blue spaces

Kiley Best

Blue spaces like arctic and antarctic ice, saltwater ocean, rivers, and lakes make up the global ocean. They cover 71 percent of the planet and are critical to the survival of all living things. River pollution, ocean acidification and melting ice caps are on the radar of most Canadians. But dire warnings from scientists rarely […] More »
March-April 2023

All the lonely people

The discourse has moved on since the lockdowns lifted, but Canada’s loneliness epidemic remains

Yasmin Afshar

“I’ve been worried about you.” I heard this phrase often in the spring of 2020, when my move into a place of my own coincided with Ontario’s first round of social distancing and lockdowns. My world shrunk to 500 square feet, bound by the drafty walls of a second-floor studio in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood. I […] More »
March-April 2023

Seaweed solutions

The Kwiakah First Nation’s slow, intentional approach to kelp cultivation

Fatima Aamir

Seaweed, a traditional food for many coastal First Nations in B.C., is experiencing a renaissance, thanks to its untapped carbon sequestration potential. In recent years, multiple First Nations have partnered with private companies like Cascadia Seaweed to lead this growing industry. But unlike other coastal First Nations in B.C., the Kwiakah First Nation—a small band […] More »