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Canada

Romantic notions that equate Indigenous peoples with nature are not going to cut it. more

Columns

"America. 2037. The country is a giant theme park. Cigarettes, alcohol, firearms and professional sports are outlawed." more

FICTION

"Canada has no history books, they are being written as we speak by navvies and temporary foreign workers, by strippers and hitchhikers." more

POETRY

Listen to C.R. Gilpin read "The Pump Jack," "The Tall Poppy" and "The NFB Documentary." more

POETRY

So how can we be Québécois if we don’t live in Québec? Well, for the love of all that’s holy, where the hell do we live, then? more

FICTION

People are getting either sick or mad, or both. more

Dispatches

Leonard Cohen, a troupe of French-Canadian clowns, a person with an antiquated profession, an unusually tall municipal bureaucrat, Gordie Howe and others coalesce in these randomly generated CanLit premises. more

FICTION

Alison McCreesh encounters snow in May, a bemused gas station attendant and a dumpster to cook behind on a trip across Canada. more

FACT

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

Columns

Sara Cassidy examines the entire history of self-portraiture in Canada (from Geist 98, on newsstands now). more

PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Prime Minister, receiving ectoplasm from Texas

Bill Jeffries conjures a counter-spell to reverse the effects of Bill C-38 by altering "spirit photographs" of Stephen Harper. 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

Columns

"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

Columns 1 Comments

"The North does not try to explain itself, but people are always trying to explain The North." more

POETRY

A Canadian soldier captured at Dieppe in 1942 tells what happened next. more

Dispatches

"Canadians have long been convinced that we do not know much, or care much, about our own history, but a new study suggests that this truism is not true." more

Columns

Zachariah Wells defines Canada as a land of "vegans and seal-clubbers, loggers and tree-huggers" in this sardonic poem. more

POETRY 1 Comments

From "Come Cold River," a collection of poetry revealing critical insights about her family and Canada. more

Poetry

The canoe as a fetish object, a misreading of Canadian history and a symbol of colonial oppression. more

Columns

A compendium of 90-ish facts & stats to salute Geist 90. more

Comix

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