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November-December 2010

After decades of research, why is there still no contraceptive pill for men?

Kelli KorduckiWebsite

The birth control pill has been a major game changer in the arena of women’s reproductive rights, opening up new doors in society and the workplace. But, in the wake of the birth control pill’s 50th anniversary on the market in the United States and its 40th in Canada, a major question remains: will there […]

Why First Nations struggle with some of the country’s dirtiest water

Ashly Dyck

If you were to turn on a tap in the First Nation of Little Salmon Carmacks, Yukon, your cup might run over with gasoline, fecal matter, and worse (yes, there’s worse). It’s been this way for years, at least going as far back as 1991—the first year of comprehensive water testing. The problems in Little […]

5 myths and facts about Canadian food banks

Jackie WongWebsite

Seasonal philanthropy is as much a part of the winter landscape as bearded men in red and white suits. And one charity you’re sure to hear from at this time of year is the food bank. Holiday campaigns are a key part of any food bank’s donation strategy, and with good reason. Canadian food bank […]

In the fight for readers, the most beautiful books survive

Christina PalassioWebsite

In the last year, U.S. publisher New Directions released two irresistible books: Nox: An Epitaph for my Brother, by Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson, and Microscripts, by Swiss modernist writer Robert Walser. They’re irresistible by virtue of their content, of course, but also their presentation: Nox is a striking accordion of a book, made […]

On a borderless internet, how will we nurture Canadian content?

Navneet AlangWebsite

In 1999, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission took a hard look at the then-burgeoning internet. They then did what many Canadians would consider a very un-CRTC-like thing: they decided not to regulate it. That may come as something of a surprise, as we tend to think that if the CRTC has a thing, it’s […]

Book Review: Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Emily LandauWebsite

Like so many heroes of fiction, Wayne Blake is born different. Although he is intersex, he is raised as a boy, groomed for a rugged life of trapping and hunting by his gruff father, Treadway. Set on the icy Labrador coast, Kathleen Winter’s Annabel follows Wayne from birth to young adulthood as he struggles with […]

Inside the bloody world of illegal plastic surgery

Jordan GinsbergWebsite

This is not an operating room. It’s a solarium. The glass windows connect to a metal frame that connects to the concrete floor, the floor of this enclosed balcony three storeys up. The concrete is coated with sealant to keep it non-porous. The less porous a surface, the less chance bacteria will take root and […]

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2010: Candlepower by Phyllis Rudin

Phyllis Rudin

We’re posting the winners of the 2010 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Come back daily for amazing new poetry, fiction, and graphic narrative. And stay tuned for the 2011 contest announcement, coming in January… Who knew that a hobby so bizarre even had a name for itself? But Mandy spelled it all out […]

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2010: Evel Knievel Negotiates the Fountain at Caesar’s Palace by Jim Johnstone

Jim JohnstoneWebsite

We’re posting the winners of the 2010 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Come back daily for amazing new poetry, fiction, and graphic narrative. And stay tuned for the 2011 contest announcement, coming in January… Heard myself speak fluently in my own language, have heard myself too described as hard work (as hard to […]

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2010: Strangest Thing by Jason Mathis

Jason MathisWebsite

We’re posting the winners of the 2010 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Come back daily for amazing new poetry, fiction, and graphic narrative. And stay tuned for the 2011 contest announcement, coming in January… Click to see the PDF full-screen, or view on Issuu. Jason Mathis grew up in Calgary and attended the […]

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2010: Sky Burial by David Kootnikoff

David KootnikoffWebsite

We’re posting the winners of the 2010 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Come back daily for amazing new poetry, fiction, and graphic narrative. And stay tuned for the 2011 contest announcement, coming in January… The path behind Ganden cuts through a clutch of wild flowers, continues beneath a flutter of prayer flags and […]