We Are Not a Nation of Amnesiacs

"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 »


Who Cares Who Ate John Franklin?

Daniel Francis on John Franklin, John Rae and the Globe and Mail's enthusiasm for cannibalism. more »


Phantom Ride with Schopenhauer

Stephen Osborne's broken cellphone leads him to Schopenhauer, the Titanic publishing industry and historical Phantom Rides. more »


Homage to Nicaragua

Despite hardships and dangerous slums, Nicaragua maintains a sense of hope that draws back to the democratic days of the Sandinistas. more »


Postcolonial Bodies

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


Language and Nation Now

Do shared languages form the natural boundaries of any nation in the world? more »

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Pioneer Justice

In The Lynching of Louie Sam, two teenage boys watched as another—an Aboriginal named Louie Sam—was hanged by a group of men who rode on horseback. Reviewed by Patty Osborne. more »



"A rookery of dead ends and curved lanes. Everywhere heaps of debris. Pigs rooting in eyes." Explore Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, in poem. more »


Huan Tran

It's a Free Country, Isn't It?

During the 1950s the RCMP used a machine to identify federal employees who were homosexuals. The name of this bogus device? The "fruit machine," of course. more »


Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. Coup D'etat, 1973.

The Other 9/11

Chileans remember when their government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. more »



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 »


Being Here

In the world between here and there, what place does one call home? more »

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Among the Curious

Francois-Marc Gagnon explores curiosity as the opposite of indifference. more »


Vancouver Re-Remembered

Michael Turner reviews At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver, 1937-1998, by Claudia Cornwall. more »


No Stopping, 1944.

Artray photo, Vancouver Public Library: VPL 84847. Used with permission.


Daniel Francis explores the photographer as Vancouver's most interesting historian. more »


Photo by William Notman

Deviance on Display

Daniel Francis investigates the practice of visiting asylums and penitentiaries as entertainment in nineteenth-century Canada. more »

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PuSh Festival: Guided Tour

An unusual art gallery tour and a probing of history and memory. more »

Kris Rothstein's Blog

Remaking the Riot

Mandelbrot describes the photographic reimagining of the Gastown Riot, entitled Abbott & Cordova, 1971, by Vancouver photographer and visual artist Stan Douglas. more »


Cri de Coeur

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 »


The Great Wall of Montreal

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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