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Begging the question of what can be defined as “form.” more »

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The crowds learned that they could not act effectively in the present without confronting the past, specifically the historical treatment of indigenous people. more »

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On the screen, only the image—not the word—can become the world. more »

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Donald Creighton was a bigot and a curmudgeon, a cranky Tory with a chip on his shoulder. He was also the country’s leading historian, who changed the way that Canadians told their own story. more »

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The novelist can often better define reality than the historian. more »

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Lacking in drama and embarrassingly undemocratic, Canada’s origins owe a lot to old-fashioned politics and not much to European battles or transcontinental railways. more »

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The idea of Europe is incarnated nowhere as much as in St. Petersburg—Stephen Henighan on Europe's greatest city. more »

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"Authenticity is the essential quality of all travel literature, imaginary or real." more »

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"Resistance to wars is as much a Canadian tradition as fighting them." Daniel Francis discusses alternative histories, anti-draft demonstrations and the divisive nature of war. more »

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"Sometimes, in politics or history, certain words, certain names are sufficient unto themselves: it is as if there were names that once pronounced require no further telling." more »

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Stephen Henighan asks: what if you don't have a tidy answer to "Where are you from?" more »

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Alberto Manguel examines the rich symbology of the fist, a primal symbol of rebellion and grief, across cultures and history. more »

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"Cross-country skiing offered me the reassurance sought by the immigrant who is excluded from his locality’s history: a viable alternate route to belonging." more »

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Aboriginal people are creating a new version of Canada, and non-Aboriginals can lend a hand or get out of the way—Daniel Francis on the new Canadian narrative. more »

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We believe in monsters, but do we want to take responsibility for them? more »

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"In the public eye, universities have never recovered from the antics of Donald Sutherland as Professor Jennings in the 1978 film Animal House." more »

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Daniel Francis asks why a high-speed commuter route runs through Stanley Park, Vancouver's precious urban oasis. more »

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"A library is never finished, only abandoned." Alberto Manguel on incompletion, voluntary interruption and the pleasure of the day before. more »

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Daniel Francis discusses Canada's failing mental health care system and its long history of mistreatment. more »

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The assumption of mutual comprehensibility between speakers of Spanish and Portuguese creates a culture of mutual ignorance. more »

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