For the unhoused Indigenous residents of downtown Montreal and those who help them, the pandemic was another wave in a rising tide of challenges. This was made only harder by the province's five-month curfew, from which the government refused to exempt homeless people until a judicial order forced the province to alter that course following a tragic death. In this story, people on the street in Montreal and those who work with them reflect on the third anniversary of the pandemic in a city that endured it differently than most other Canadian urban areas.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore studied reactions to more than 55,000 word pairs to determine why some pairs of words ("randy bowels," "polka hooker") are funny but others ("conserve health," "life friend") remain humourless.
The news that Canadian licensed cannabis producers destroyed more product than they sold on the recreational market was a shock to some, but not industry analysts and growers who began warning of this outcome as early as five years ago. I spoke to two cannabis insiders whose worst predictions have come to pass about how the industry might respond to the news of 500 tons of destroyed product.
Twenty five years ago this month, a 17-year-old Cree man named Neil Stonechild was picked up by Saskatoon police, driven out to the edge of the city, and left there. Temperatures were below minus 25ºC, and Stonechild’s frozen body, wearing a light jacket and one shoe, was later found in a field.
His was one of five deaths between 1990 and 2000 allegedly connected with the Saskatoon Police Service practice of “starlight tours” – picking up Aboriginal people who were drunk and/or disorderly, dr...
On May 25, 2014, Russian state broadcaster Channel One reported the winner of the day’s presidential election in Ukraine: with a surprising 37 percent plurality, Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the extreme-right paramilitary group Right Sector, would be the new Ukrainian president. According to Channel One, previous favorite Petro Poroshenko received only 29 percent of the vote.
These numbers were particularly unexpected because only 0.7 percent of voters had voted for Yarosh.
Profile of Detroit writer, storyteller, and podcaster Shannon Cason, who draws on an array of literary influences ranging from Chekhov and Whitman to Raymond Carver and Walter Mosely to J. Dilla and hip-hop. His defiantly unique podcast Homemade Stories takes a measured, literary approach to telling the smallest of stories in a manner designed to immediately grab and carry the listener with it.
Quebec does things differently, for better or for worse. As everyone knows who has moved to Quebec from another province only to discover they now have to file two sets of taxes, this is a province that prefers to maintain control of its affairs. As Quebec approaches cannabis legalization, that habit is once more evident.
In spite of its late-night joie-de-vivre image, Quebec has significantly less enthusiasm toward legal cannabis than anywhere else in Canada.
Profile of singer/guitarist/painter Andrew Savage, best known for his work with the Parquet Courts, as he debuts an album of solo work.
Pick an episode of Erica Heilman’s independent podcast Rumble Strip. Odds are, one of the first things you’ll notice is the intimacy of the conversations. Rumble Strip is usually composed of one-on-one interviews, but even in group interviews or solo monologues, Heilman leads her discussions about questions of serious human import with an existential bluntness. She reaches early for serious, searching questions, often revealing much of herself in the process.
“Everybody can teach me something...