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‘We Never Looked Back’: Ruth Wisse on the Jewish Refugees Who Built New Lives in Montreal

‘We Never Looked Back’: Ruth Wisse on the Jewish Refugees Who Built New Lives in Montreal

After their flight from Egypt, the children of Israel are doomed to spend 40 years in the desert: it takes that long for the whining and backsliding rabble to begin its transformation into a liberated people. The Bible seems to mock their trek from one watering hole to another as

Ruth R. Wisse
Ruth R. Wisse
14 min read
Judaism
History Lessons from the Toronto Mob Targeting a 19th-Century Gay Icon

History Lessons from the Toronto Mob Targeting a 19th-Century Gay Icon

In 1793, Alexander Wood emigrated from Scotland to Upper Canada at the age of 21. Within seven years, he had become one of the most successful merchants in York (which eventually would grow into Toronto), a lieutenant in its militia, and a magistrate. He would eventually serve as an acting

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
15 min read
Art and Culture
Confession and Conspiracism in the Church of Social Justice

Confession and Conspiracism in the Church of Social Justice

“Indigenous peoples have been stewards of this planet since time immemorial,” tweeted Canadian Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault from the Glasgow Climate Change Conference earlier this month. “The fight against climate change is not possible without their knowledge and leadership.” It was an odd thing to post. In recent years, many

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
15 min read
Activism
Watching My Great Nation Lapse Into a Cult of Self-Abasement

Watching My Great Nation Lapse Into a Cult of Self-Abasement

I wasn’t a patriot until it had all gone; then I would have sold my soul to buy it back. ~Tanya, in Malcolm Bradbury’s Eating People Is Wrong For more than 20 years, from the mid-’70s to the late-’90s, Morningside, a three-hour daily broadcast that mixed

John E. MacKinnon
John E. MacKinnon
13 min read
Canada
Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache: Quebec’s Too-Perfect Police Officer

Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache: Quebec’s Too-Perfect Police Officer

My introduction to Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny came through a friend who’d urged me to hate-read Bury Your Dead—a 2010 novel that was so bad, he told me, it had ended up as kindling in his wood stove. Yet not only did my own copy escape the

John Allore
John Allore
8 min read
Crime
The Canadian Historical Association’s Fake 'Consensus' on Canadian Genocide

The Canadian Historical Association’s Fake 'Consensus' on Canadian Genocide

Last month, the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) issued a public “Canada Day Statement”—described as having been “unanimously approved” by the group’s governing council—declaring that “existing historical scholarship” makes it “abundantly clear” that Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples amounts to “genocide.” The authors also claimed that there

Christopher Dummitt
Christopher Dummitt
9 min read
Activism
Life as a Stand-Up Comic Can Be Brutal. ‘Safe Space’ Call-out Culture Is Making it Unbearable

Life as a Stand-Up Comic Can Be Brutal. ‘Safe Space’ Call-out Culture Is Making it Unbearable

Most of you have never heard of Chanty Marostica. But in 2019, they were considered a rising star in the Canadian comedy industry. Originally based out of Winnipeg, Marostica is transgender and non-binary, and was hailed as a leader of the growing diversity movement in Canadian comedy. They’d won

Jessica Pigeau
Jessica Pigeau
34 min read
Activism
The Prophet of Dystopia at Rest: Margaret Atwood in Cuba

The Prophet of Dystopia at Rest: Margaret Atwood in Cuba

Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. ~Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale As a Cuba scholar, a student of literature and politics, and an enthusiastic reader of Margaret Atwood’s work, I have collected articles and media clips over the years related to

Yvon Grenier
Yvon Grenier
12 min read
Books