How a royal gift exposed sexual abuse at an elite Canadian school

“In May 2008, Prince Andrew paid a visit to his Canadian alma mater: the prestigious Lakefield College School, just north of Peterborough, Ont. It was not the first homecoming for His Royal Highness. A teenage exchange student back in 1977, the Queen’s second son retains strong ties to his old campus and has reminisced often about how deeply he treasures those ‘life-changing’ six months. But that particular trip was especially sentimental. The Duke of York had a gift to present: a hand-carved baptismal font for the school chapel.”

Michael Friscolanti – Maclean’s – October 2017


The Russian spies who raised us

“Ed was standing in that same bedroom on June 29, 2010, getting dressed for a treadmill run at the gym downstairs. Pauline was in the kitchen, eating breakfast with her morning newspaper. The top story on the front page that Tuesday was the stuff of Hollywood scripts: the FBI had busted a group of deep-cover Russian spies operating on U.S. soil—including some who had stolen the identities of dead Canadian children. Pauline froze as she read one of the names: Tracey Lee Ann Foley.”

Michael Friscolanti – Maclean’s – August 2017

Eight Seconds: The life and death of a cowboy

Marty Klinkenberg – The Globe and Mail – November 2017

Ontario’s social experiment: Can basic income buy happiness?

Rachelle Younglai – The Globe and Mail – April 2017

The Rising Tide of Educated Aliteracy

Alex Good – The Walrus – March 2017

I’m a hockey mom and I kind of hate it

Angie Abdou – Today’s Parent – June 2017

Uncommon Ancestry

“Kat Palmer learned in grade nine biology that two blue-eyed parents can’t have a brown-eyed child. She thought that was curious, because she had brown eyes and both her parents had blue. But when she joked about it at home, she got a shock: her mother told her she’d been conceived at a fertility clinic, using sperm from an anonymous donor. The man she knew and loved as her dad was not her biological father.”

Alison Motluk – Hazlitt – March 2017

To Revive and not Revise

“There were about 150 people living in Fort Edmonton in 1859—HBC traders and staff, and their wives and children. Since there were no European women here, those wives and children were either First Nations or Métis. English was the official language of the HBC but, in 1859, you’d probably have been at least as likely to hear people speaking in French or Cree or Michif, the Métis language that blended French and Cree with some borrowings from other tongues. You might have heard smatterings of everything from Gaelic to German, too—this was a polyglot, multicultural place, even 158 years ago.”

Paula Simons – Eighteen Bridges – Fall 2017

Guardians of the Coast

“Skipper Bob Martin strides through the cabin and, before stepping up to the controls to ease the Northern Lights away from the dock, turns back to the group: ‘Don’t forget,’ he says with mock solemnity, ‘you guys signed peace treaties, so no one’s going to kill each other on the boat down there, right?’ Four Haida men chuckle as they duck into the cabin from the stern. ‘Not yet—the day hasn’t started,’ one of them retorts.”

Shanna Baker – Hakai Magazine – September 2017

Game On!

“Kay was recruited from the comment pages of the National Post because The Walrus needed someone different, someone digitally savvy, to shepherd its operations onto tiny screens and infinite scrolls, and because it wanted to appeal to ordinary and opinionated readers like Kay. He was a far-from-obvious candidate, but also one determined to transform The Walrus into a clearing house for the most pressing and provocative ideas. It’s been over two years since he took over. There have been some successes, but hardly the revolutionary change he keeps talking about.”

Justin Dallaire – Ryerson Review of Journalism – April 2017