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January-February 2019

Gene machine

I spit in a tube and uncovered secrets about my family long held under wraps by the government. My case for consumer DNA kits

Adam Elliott Segal

Illustration by CSA Images IN THE WINTER OF 2018, like millions of others across the world, I ordered a DNA test. For $99, promised me a look into my family roots, using just my saliva. The kit arrived in Toronto late last winter from Utah, Ancestry’s home base. I took the collection tube out […] More »

Editor’s note: On paying sources

It's long been seen as an unethical practice. Perhaps it's time to reconsider

Erica Lenti

Journalism ethics handbooks have, for decades, pedalled the same line of thought: Reporters and their sources should never exchange money. Paying sources is, as John Cook described in a piece on the matter for the Columbia Journalism Review, akin to paying for sex; it’s morally ambiguous, depending on who’s asking. It’s often easier to err […] More »

Best of This Magazine 2017

The stories our readers loved most this year

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2017 has been an exciting year for This. In both our six annual issues and online, we’ve covered municipal, provincial, and federal politics, health care, activism, Canada’s sesquicentennial, new must-see art and artists, and more. As the year wraps up, we’ve compiled our top-performing stories from 2017—the pieces that resonated with readers most, that generated the […] More »

Join us at our panel event: Trudeau Two Years In!

Come out on October 11 to talk Trudeau, politics, and more!

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Great news for our Toronto readers: We’re hosting a panel event to celebrate the launch of our September/October issue, and we want you to come! Justin Trudeau has reached the midway point of his term as prime minister. Join This Magazine and our panelists Ashley Csanady, Supriya Dwivedi and Kyle Edwards as we look at […] More »

This Magazine nominated for three National Magazine Awards

Erica Lenti

While we’re still hard at work putting together a magazine that holds powers to account, makes you think, and introduces you to some amazing Canadians, we thought we’d take a brief moment to toot our own horn and celebrate our amazing contributors. We are incredibly thrilled to let you know that This has been nominated for three […] More »

Meet our new literary editors!

Andrew Battershill and Stevie Howell join the This team as fiction and poetry editors

Erica Lenti

The This Magazine family is thrilled to welcome Andrew Battershill and Stevie Howell to our team as our new literary editors! Our new fiction editor, Andrew, is a writer and teacher currently based in Toronto. His novel, Pillow, was longlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize; another book is forthcoming in 2018. He was also the co-founder and editor of Dragnet magazine. And our new poetry editor, […] More »

We’re hiring fiction and poetry editors!

Applications due February 27

Erica Lenti

Do you love CanLit? Are you always on the lookout for emerging authors and poets? If so, we want you! This Magazine is looking for both a fiction editor and poetry 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 […] More »

We’re hiring an Arts and Ideas Editor!

Applications due November 4

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Love the arts? Have a passion for editing? Want to make your mark in Canada’s best small magazine? This Magazine is looking for a new Arts and Ideas Editor! The Arts and Ideas Editor handles the back-of-book arts section, covering Canadian independent artists and cultural issues. Ideal candidates have magazine editing experience, a passion for […] More »

Announcing our new editor

Erica Lenti's very first issue debuts in January/February 2017!

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This Magazine is thrilled to announce our incoming editor Erica Lenti. Erica is This Magazine‘s current columns editor, and has worked with This since 2012. She is a Toronto-based editor and writer and previously served as deputy editor of Torontoist. Her first issue as editor debuts in January/February 2017. She sat down with outgoing editor […] More »

Mustafa Ururyar found guilty of rape

Media and public reaction to verdict says much about how far we have to go when it comes to talking about sexual assault and believing women

Hillary Di Menna

In late July, Mustafa Ururyar was found guilty of sexual assault against Mandi Gray. I have goose bumps just writing that sentence. Justice Marvin Zuker read his decision out loud in court from a 180-page prepared document. He started with recounting both Gray’s and Ururyar’s respective reports as well as relevant cases from Canada’s legal […] More »
July-August 2016

The canoe and the ship

Today's universities want to "Indigenize" their curricula. But how do you re-imagine institutions that were never meant to welcome Indigenous people in the first place? This talks with Indigenous students, scholars, and professors in search of an answer

Justine Ponomareff

A CANOE AND A SHIP TRAVEL DOWN A STREAM. The vessels navigate parallel paths, moving side-by-side, synchronized, but separate. This image was at the heart of the Two Row Wampum treaty, the agreement made between representatives of the Dutch government and the Haudenosaunee people, on the shores of what is now called New York, in […] More »