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Progressive politics, ideas & culture



November-December 2022

Child detectives have feelings too

The Bob’s Burgers Movie takes the baton from Nancy Drew—and it gets emotional

Jennifer Whiteford

Illustration by Paterson Hodgson At nine years old I was an under-the-covers reader. Even on nights when my parents were distracted by their cassette tapes and homemade wine, I wouldn’t risk turning on my bedside lamp after 8:30 p.m. Maybe my parents knew I was deep into the world of Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown […] 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 »
January-February 2022

What city planners can learn from Pokémon

A letter from a long-time fan of the game

Marco Ovies

Dear city planners, I was 10 years old when I picked up Pokémon for the first time. I remember unwrapping it Christmas morning and rushing to immediately grab my Nintendo DS to play it, immersing myself in this world where creatures and humans not only coexist but work together to build a brighter future. A […] More »

We’re hiring a fiction editor!

Applications are due August 13, 2021

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Do you love CanLit? Are you always on the lookout for emerging authors? If so, we want you! This Magazine is looking for a fiction editor! Our fiction editor is responsible for overseeing the magazine’s fiction section. This Magazine publishes six print issues a year, with each issue featuring a short story by a established or up-and-coming Canadian writer, with […] More »
March-April 2021

In pursuit of Muslim representation

My dream of becoming Hollywood’s first hijabi talk-show host

Aishah Ashraf

Growing up in a traditional first-generation Muslim-Canadian family, I constantly struggled to determine what career I wanted to pursue. For years, I faced the dilemma of whether to satisfy the vision my parents had created for me or to go out on a limb and pursue my own interests of joining the entertainment industry, ultimately […] More »
March-April 2021

The cost of caring

Therapists providing virtual therapy during the pandemic are at risk of burnout and stress

Mariyam Khaja

Ashwin Mehra’s mother had COVID-19 in Mumbai. In Toronto, he wasn’t sleeping well. Before the diagnosis, even the thought of Mehra’s parents falling sick in India with him stranded in Toronto would keep him up at night. If they died, he knew he wouldn’t be able to attend their funerals. And so, when his sister […] More »
March-April 2021

Resilience is complicated

Our March/April editor's letter

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

In her book, How To Lose Everything, writer and musician Christa Couture tells a story of loss and resilience. She loses her leg to cancer at a young age; she loses two sons early in their lives, and a marriage; another health scare threatens her career. Yet, she overcomes. She writes, “I think of something […] More »
January-February 2021

Good riddance, Canada Fitness Test

You are not missed

Julia Zarankin

Dear (thankfully defunct) Canada Fitness Test, It’s been exactly 30 years since since you last subjected me to evaluation, but your quartet of badges still populates my worst nightmares. In the name of promoting healthier attitudes toward personal fitness, you terrorized an entire generation from 1970 to 1992. Your arrival every May coincided with nothing […] More »
January-February 2021

Portraits of Black excellence

Simone Elizabeth Saunders uses a traditional technique to make contemporary masterpieces

Christelle Saint-Julien

Simone Elizabeth Saunders’ work is remarkable. She uses tufting—a traditional rug-making technique—to bring fabric to life by mixing fibres, colour, and portraiture. The Calgary-based artist creates scaled-up artwork averaging 70 inches squared, equipped with what is called a tufting gun, which is an automatic hand-held device. “It is such a beautiful process to have this […] More »
January-February 2021

Writing through pain

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch’s epistolary poems confront chronic pain

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

In the opening letter of their debut poetry collection, knot body, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch writes: “The days get brighter but somehow I don’t. A dilemma, right? I thought I was swayed by the light, moods lifting as the clouds lift, yet this pain is fingers deep.” El Bechelany-Lynch’s writing is at once an intimate […] More »