Banana Road

“As I grew up, my country was struggling under government corruption and crime, and I said goodbye to it in 2013, when I left to study journalism in New Brunswick. But reading about Honduras this year from a distance, I had questions — questions that news stories didn’t seem to address: Why is there so much misery in a country so beautiful? Is there any reason to hope? I went back to Honduras to try to find out, to talk to ordinary people touched by the migration and to experts who’ve tried to understand it. ‘They don’t do a damn thing for us,’ Trump told supporters recently about Honduras and other Central American countries. Does he know, I wonder, what Americans have done in Honduras?”

María José Burgos – CBC News – December 2018

‘I just want to go back’

Stewart Bell – Global News – October 2018

The truth of Canada’s failure in Afghanistan

Chris Alexander – Literary Review of Canada – October 2018

‘It’s now or never’

Terry Glavin – Maclean’s – September 2018

They Call It Syria Town

“For Rozam and Qasem, the problem isn’t Saint John but exile itself. Their thoughts turn frequently to Dara’a, the hometown they were forced to leave behind, and where they want to return, even as the Syrian civil war grinds on. Much of Qasem’s family are still there, and he and Rozam worry for them constantly. But the family isn’t alone in Saint John. More than 100 Syrians live within a few blocks in this small neighbourhood in the city’s north end, and that night over dinner, the family’s conversation was punctuated by the popcorn sound of fireworks in the streets outside—others marking the first day of Ramadan.”

Kate Wallace – The Deep – September 2017

The Man Who Saved 200 Syrian Refugees

Mark Mann – Toronto Life – December 2016

The Untold Story of the Canadian Kardashians

“Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo have never cared what people think of them. Their parents, who emigrated from India and settled in North York, always instilled a strong sense of self in their daughters. By the time the sisters were attending Emery Collegiate Institute in the late 1990s, they were wearing halter tops, coloured contacts and high heels. Their classmates rolled their eyes, but the sisters didn’t care: they liked to dress up. Jyoti was always the romantic one, drawn to literature and history. Kiran, two years younger, was rational and level-headed, a chess aficionado who excelled in math and science. These were minor differences: to everyone around them, the Matharoo sisters were a package deal.”

Alexandra Kimball – Toronto Life – September 2017