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January-February 2018

Will a Canadian city house Amazon’s second headquarters?

A definitive ranking of the most likely cities north of the border

Katherine DeClerq

It’s a great time to be Amazon. The digital commerce company has 238 cities vying for its attention, offering all sorts of goodies in hopes of being chosen for its second home. The new headquarters is expected to contribute at least $5 billion in construction and 50,000 high-paying, competitive jobs, which makes it a highly […] More »
January-February 2018

Bill Morneau’s trouble in the House

The finance minister is in hot water over an ethics scandal the Opposition isn’t backing away from

Kevin Philipupillai

When Bill Morneau stepped away from his enormous family firm, Morneau Sheppell, to run for the federal Liberals, he was seen as a star candidate whose presence on Justin Trudeau’s team would reassure skeptical business executives. Just two years later, Morneau’s boss is jumping in front of microphones to shield him from questions. The finance […] More »
November-December 2017

Generation Too Much Information

Children raised in the internet age are bound to share their lives—the good, bad, and ugly—on social media. What happens when they run for public office? Inside the world of online privacy laws, bitter political mistakes, and changing attitudes

Alisha Sawhney

In August 2015, Ala Buzreba, then the Liberal candidate for Calgary Nose Hill, was giving up her candidacy. Just 21 years old, Buzreba was trying to unseat Conservative Michelle Rempel. But that dream crumbled when a few less-than-savoury comments posted to her Twitter account during her high-school year surfaced—four years before she entered the political […] More »

I was an opioid addict with cancer. Then, cannabis changed my life

Excerpt of Sam Mallace's new book, The Great Cannabis Conspiracy

Sam Mellace

The year 2017 will be remembered as the year Canadian media finally got serious about reporting the deadly epidemic of opioid addiction in this country. The Globe and Mail, the CBC, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, the Huffington Post, and many other outlets have devoted not just isolated stories but aggressive ongoing coverage of what is […] More »
November-December 2017

ACTION SHOT: Montreal’s asylum seekers

Photo by Ryan Remiorz

This Magazine

On a sunny Friday afternoon this past August, families—many of Haitian descent—began crossing through the Canadian border from Champlain, New York. Suitcases in hand, they started their trek to Canada in search of asylum—and a new home. Early this year, President Donald Trump threatened to end a program that granted Haitians temporary protection after their […] More »

Do newspaper endorsements matter in elections anymore?

The answer isn't simple

Scott Stager Piatkowski

In an era in which circulation figures for most newspapers are falling faster than water over Niagara Falls, do newspaper endorsements in election campaigns still matter? At the risk of appropriating the language of click-bait, the answer may surprise you. While the Canadian experience is less immediate and, even among the most politically engaged Canadians, […] More »
September-October 2017

Who the f&%$ is Andrew Scheer?

He’s been called Harper 2.0. He’s served as the Speaker of the House for years. But if he wants to be the next PM, the new leader of the Conservative Party has a long way to go

Hadiya Roderique

As the results of the 13th ballot of the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race were read on May 27, 2017, Maxime Bernier faced the podium stoically, waiting to hear his name called. The Quebec MP was a longtime frontrunner in the race, and as ballots rolled in that afternoon, his chances of becoming the […] More »

Reflections on Quebec’s Bill 62: This is not our song

Canadians must now struggle to find optimism and strength after the ban of religious face coverings—targeting mainly Muslim women—in Quebec

Amira Elghawaby@AmiraElghawaby

Jacques Cartier, right this way I’ll put your coat up on the bed Hey, man, you’ve got the real bum’s eye for clothes And come on in, sit right down No, you’re not the first to show We’ve all been here since, God, who knows? Gord Downie’s passing this week hurt many of us because […] More »
September-October 2017

Breaking down Bill C-59, Canada’s latest attempt to fine-tune national security

It's considered the answer to Harper's 2015 anti-terrorism legislation

Kevin Philipupillai@DearOtherPeople

Just before Parliament adjourned for the summer, Justin Trudeau’s government introduced its answer to the Harper government’s hugely controversial 2015 anti-terrorism legislation. The old law, Bill C-51, sparked protests across the country from people who said it trampled on civil liberties and privacy rights. It gave Canada’s intelligence agencies enormous surveillance powers, to be held […] More »
September-October 2017

Why the Green Party matters now more than ever in Canadian politics

They hold just one seat in Parliament, and critics say they’re powerless. But after landmark wins in B.C. and the ever-growing need for voices on environmental issues, the Green Party has never been more important

Andrew Reeves@reevesreport

Every election threatened to destroy them. “We had to find 50 people willing to pay a thousand bucks they’d never get back,” says Chris Lea, leader of the Green Party of Canada (GPC) from 1990-96. “Every election there was a worry whether we’d survive it.” Money was scarce. Meetings were limited because of sky-high travel costs; […] More »
September-October 2017

The steep cost of renovating 24 Sussex

Just call it a money pit

Amy van den Berg@vandenba

The residence at 24 Sussex has been vacant since the Harpers moved out in October 2015, with the Trudeaus in no apparent hurry to move into the house deemed in “urgent” need of repairs. In fact, the auditor general pegged renovation costs at $10 million back in 2008, and nearly a decade on, there’s reason […] More »