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Have you got your copy of our 2012 Year in Review issue yet?

Lisa Whittington-Hill

Our special 2012 year in review issue is now in stores. This newsstand-only special issue is available for a limited time only so get yours today. TODAY! You can also order a copy online (leaving the house is hugely overrated). Just visit and we’ll send you your copy today. This is our first ever year […] More »

This Magazine needs your help!

Sara Harowitz

Readers, friends, and supporters: It’s with a lot of excitement and pride that we announce This Magazine‘s first-ever Year in Review. This magazine, a special seventh issue, will be unlike anything you’ve read before. There won’t be articles on celebrities, trends, or the top newsmakers. Instead, what you’ll find is the top 25 stories you […] More »
May-June 2011

This45: Jessica Leigh Johnston on feminist teen magazine Shameless

Jessica Leigh JohnstonWebsite

Flip through the pages of Shameless, a feminist magazine for teen girls, and you’ll find a debate about the value of corporate social responsibility titled “When Oppressive Corporations Do Progressive Things” alongside a first-person call for self-acceptance, “Shame, Beauty and Women of Colour.” It’s not exactly Seventeen, and that’s the whole point — or at […] More »
May-June 2011

This45: Alex Roslin on the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting

Alex RoslinWebsite

Three years ago, when Hamilton reporter Bilbo Poynter first mentioned his idea of starting a centre to support investigative journalism, I thought, Yes! Just what we need at a time when newsrooms are pole-axing in-depth reporting budgets and trying to outdo each other with reality-show guano. Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed watching Josh […] More »
September-October 2010

How the web blurs the line between truth and falsehood

Navneet AlangWebsite

Though you might reasonably condemn the modern internet for a variety of reasons—ruining attention spans, turning all public discourse into a shouting match, or insulting your sexual prowess with badly punctuated mass emails—one thing the medium could always reasonably claim was its potential for spreading truth. Decentralized and egalitarian, the web seemed to herald the […] More »

5 independent news sources to follow the G20 with

Graham F. Scott

The G20 is less than two weeks away, and there’s a lot going on. You could just turn to the usual media suspects to get your news about the G20, but when it comes to the street-level collision of neoconservative colonialist plutocrats and anti-globalization activists (among many other blocs of interests), it pays to look […] More »

Press freedom in Canada now: we've got good news and we've got bad news

Graham F. Scott

Today, which is, appropriately, World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression released their first in what will be an annual series of reports on the state of free expression in Canada. As the authors note in the introduction, 2009 was a notable year in Canadian press freedom: The Supreme Court of Canada established […] More »

Announcing 2010's bigger and better Great Canadian Literary Hunt!

Graham F. Scott

We’re exceptionally excited to announce the launch of this year’s annual This Magazine tradition, the Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Now in its 14th year, we’re on the trail again of Canada’s best undiscovered poetry, short fiction and — drumroll! — graphic narrative. That’s right, we’ve added a third category to the contest, a visual category […] More »

Friday FTW: Indie progressive media survives and thrives as journalism biz teeters

meagan thibeault

Progressive media, it seems, is one of the very few bright spots in today’s bleak world of journalism. Despite the cash-strapped economy, rather than succumbing to the heavy hand of advertisers or clinging to sensationalized coverage—as their corporate counterparts have been obliged to do—independent progressive media has managed to survive and flourish by simply sticking […] More »
September-October 2009

Canadian independent video-game designers score big internationally

Andrew WebsterWebsite

On May 5, 2006, 35 Toronto area video-game developers converged in one spot with a particular goal in mind: to create an entire game, start to finish, in just three days. It was a daunting task, but in the end 10 completed games were assembled, while seven others came just short of the deadline. The […] More »
September-October 2004

Read This: The best of the Canadian small press

This Staff

Like many of the contributors to Girls Who Bite Back, I grew up on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, Smurfs and Strawberry Shortcake. When it came to biting back, the only superheroes and ass-kicking role models I had were Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels (the small-screen version). Thankfully, things have […] More »