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

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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