How circus arts helped me deal with body shame

Dana Baitz – This Magazine – December 2019

Inside the battle for taxpayer-funded multicultural television

“Some consumers aren’t happy about the programming either, claiming that dependence on outside sources has left them with stale content. One viewer from Surrey, B.C., whom we’ll call Harpreet, says OMNI’s recent programming has turned his family off of the network. ‘There are no shows that interest me,’ he says, particularly of OMNI’s Punjabi programming. ‘Most of them have been taken from somewhere else—old shows from another network. Shows we have seen 10 years ago.’ That sentiment is echoed online, where little is posted about programming aside from interviewees promoting their appearances on the channel.”

Aadil Brar – This Magazine – November 2018

I tried to kill myself. I survived.

Sarah Mann – This Magazine – July 2018

What it’s really like living in rural Canada

“Fact is, you can send mail to ‘The Feller from Away, A0H 2J0,’ and it will reach me. There are seventy-nine people at this postal code. None live more than a kilometre from everyone else. I’m sure our postmistress, Sharon Feaver, can figure it out. Despite government efforts to kill us off, Canada is a big country that still contains a considerable rural population. It’s easy to forget this when you live in a large urban centre, where services are readily available and geared to meet the needs of the majority.”

David Ward – This Magazine – June 2018

Why can’t Canadians afford long-term sick leave?

Erica Mojzes – This Magazine – April 2018

Medical cannabis users cannot afford the weed that’s keeping them healthy—and legalization won’t help

“On a mild February afternoon in 2014, a pastor named Chris from the Maritimes sat outside his Jeep in a park near his home by the water, and smoked a joint. There was a sense of experimentation, curiosity even. Having never smoked weed as a teenager, Chris barely knew what he was doing. He got his hands on his first quarter ounce of weed less than two weeks earlier, and was still looking for the answer to a question: What did cannabis have to offer?”

Kieran Delamont – This Magazine – April 2018

Need not apply

“About five years ago, a rumour began circulating in South Korea that Indian and Filipino nationals might become eligible for E-2 English teaching visas. At this time, I had already been teaching in Korea for eight years on and off. It had been a wonderful resource for paying for backpacking trips through Asia and boozy Saturday nights out—never mind food, shelter, and clothing. Yet, while I knew there were likely millions of Asian teachers equally or better qualified than me, I feared an influx of new teachers would probably result in significant pay cuts and fewer job vacancies. I needn’t have worried. In the end, as a long-time Korean friend casually told me, “Korean mothers want white teachers.” As a white Canadian it meant my job was safe—an uncomfortable relief, if there ever was one.”

Dave Hazzan – This Magazine – November 2015

How a Yukon prison failed its highest-profile inmate

“The name Michael Nehass rings a bell to few across Canada. But in the Yukon, he is a household name. News articles over the years have detailed his numerous charges for violent offences, bizarre outbursts in court ranting about conspiracy theories, and his mistreatment in the justice system. His mugshot often appears in local media: a striking and intimidating figure with a smirk and dark eyes, a distinguishing scar over his left eyebrow and two teardrop tattoos inked near the outer corner of his left eye. Today, the 33-year-old has visibly aged: He’s lanky with shaggy hair, his years in criminal institutions clearly having taken their toll.”

Emily Blake – This Magazine – February 2018