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The urban/rural divide and a more inclusive Canada

For all the talk of Canada as a northern country it is actually a country primarily of people in large cities, the rest of us are outliers. And we are declining. What does that mean?

Posted on 11 June 2017 and filed under Canada, cities, outbound, small

“I’m a citizen of a place that was laid right on top of another.”

I first read this piece by Denise Balkisoon on what it means to be Canadian when it came out over a month ago, and I’ve come back to it multiple times.

Posted on 26 March 2017 and filed under Canada, links, outbound

The Manitoba Sound

Melissa Martin investigates the Manitoban accent and its roots in Indigenous languages and waves of settlers: “Manitobans don’t think about this much. Our accents aren’t famous or a point of civic pride. Unlike English speakers in New Yawk or Bawwston, we don’t often see our ways of speaking presented in pop culture media. “So we […]

Posted on 26 March 2017 and filed under Canada, links, outbound, small

The New York Times looks into ‘Month 13’ of the 12-month private sponsorship of Syrian refugees in Canada

An excellent piece of reporting by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn in the New York Times following the experience of well-meaning Canadians and their Syrian sponsors as they move away from helping their charges through everything towards, hopefully, self-sufficiency. As expected, it’s complicated. “She and the other sponsors asked themselves: How could this be happening, […]

Posted on 26 March 2017 and filed under Canada, links, outbound, small

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Is valuing diversity controversial?

Posted on 30 January 2017 and filed under articles, Best Of, Canada, main

Make Canada Great Again (Trudeau, Trump, and Brexit)

They appeal to a nostalgia for a version of each country that was stronger, more respected, treated its people better. It’s a promise that things were better, once, and after this vote, they will be again- regardless of whether any of that is true.

Posted on 22 July 2016 and filed under articles, Canada, main

‘I’m digging into the roots of my adopted land’

For Canada Day, the story of Alex Cuba, a Cuban-Canadian musician living in Smithers who decided to learn some of the indigenous language of Wit’suwet’in so he could sing it when he was invited to perform on Parliament Hill.

Posted on 1 July 2016 and filed under Aboriginal, Canada, main, outbound

The Best of the Tragically Hip Mixtape

The Tragically Hip taught me the difference between being from Canada, and *being Canadian*.

Posted on 24 May 2016 and filed under articles, Canada, main, music

what happened to vancouver hip-hop?

As Toronto becomes a global player in the hip-hop world, Vancouver no longer holds its status as the second centre of the Canadian scene.

Posted on 14 May 2016 and filed under articles, Canada, main, music

Why I’m wary of “move” as a solution to problems in remote communities

I disagree with the premise that either you live in a city with an NHL team or you accept worse outcomes for you and your loved ones. I disagree with the premise that we should give up on any place that isn’t a major urban centre.

Posted on 16 April 2016 and filed under articles, big, Canada, main

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