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D.M. Fraser on the myth of cultural identity. more

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Somewhere in the sweat and ache and muscle I carved a new shape for myself that made more sense. more

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"I want to buy a house. And build a secret room in it. And not tell the kids about it." more

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Connie Kuhns' major profile of punk, politics and feminism in 1970s Canada: the Moral Lepers, the Dishrags and other revolutionary bands. more

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Stephen Smith investigates the hockey lives of Barthes, Faulkner, Hemingway, which were marked by dismissal, befuddlement and scorn. more

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It's human nature to jump to the wrong conclusion–and stick with it. more

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A man who could dominate his own body was naturally superior to residents of lands “remote and uncivilized.” more

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Femme girls get free Slurpees, but boyish ladies get free cavity searches at the border. more

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A seance to contact a dead miner at Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1923—conducted by Conan Doyle himself. more

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A flower child looks back, to the time between Motown and acid rock. more

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L.B. Foote fled Newfoundland to avoid life as a cod fisherman and became Winnipeg's best-known photographer, chronicling Boomtown's growth, energy and struggles. more

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Photo courtesy of Connie Kuhns.

Remembering her father's last days in a hospital in Wyoming, Connie Kuhns struggles with questions of mortality, memory and how to fulfill her father's dying wish. more

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Photo by Brian Howell

Randy Fred thought that life after residential school would be drinking, watching TV and dying. Instead, he became the "greatest blind Indian publisher in the world." more

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Caroline Adderson's house in 1931, courtesy of Madeleine Scott.

A basement shrine in her 1920s home inspires Caroline Adderson to discover the past lives of her house and its inhabitants. more

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Stephen Henighan compares the chaotic sprawl of "Third World" societies to the degradation of Canada's political, social and physical landscape. more

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Compared to today's vile heros, Ned Kelly-the Australian outlaw who wrote the angry, articulate Jerilderie letter in 1879-seems as innocent as an ogre-slaughtering hero of fairy tales. more

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The poet John Glassco lived in disguise, masquerading as a member of the gentry while writing pornography and reinventing his past. more

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The chain-link fence along boulevard de l’Acadie— two metres high, with “appropriate hedge”—separates one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Montreal from one of the poorest. more

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For four decades, Jay Powell and Vickie Jensen helped to revive forgotten languages for many Aboriginal groups along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Read their story here. more

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Did that really happen? J. Jill Robinson initiates a midnight stand-off between the police and two drunk brothers in an RV Park in White Rock, B.C. more

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