We Gave Them Our Leftover Frozen Embryos. Now, We’re a Family.

“I had gone into this process hoping to find our embryos a loving family. But now we were finding a loving family for ourselves, too.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Oct 1, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,372 words)

Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation, Anger, Unmarked Graves—and a Headline for this Story

“I’ve been accused many times over the course of my career of giving into the system and becoming part of the tools of oppression. And what I said to people was, talk to the others within the system and ask them: ‘Is he really going along to get along?’ And they’ll tell you: ‘He’s not. He’s causing a disturbance every day he walks in the office.’”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,185 words)

Forgiving Jaskirat Sidhu

“Who deserves absolution, and when, is one of humanity’s most vexing questions—one families devastated by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy can’t seem to avoid.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Aug 4, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,045 words)

‘I Am Mine’: This is What Alzheimer’s is Like At 41

“A swift and merciful end to Jo’s life is also the only deliverance Robin can see from this choice she doesn’t want to make, and the eventuality Jo never wanted for himself. “

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Sep 18, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,403 words)

Does Thomas Chan Belong in Prison?

“There is no moral certitude in this story, no clear bad guys or good guys. There are only the devastated real people it happened to, the Sullivans and the Chans, and swirling around them a bunch of lawyers, the judges, the activists, politicians, and journalists like me.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Nov 24, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,231 words)

Where People Fall from the Sky

There’s a small section of South West London in which bodies — usually black or brown bodies — fall from the sky. For Maclean’s, Shannon Gormley reports on the dangers migrants face as they attempt find safety and greater economic opportunity in a new country. While some attempt travel secreted away in transport trucks, others choose the wheel well of a jetliner traveling to London Heathrow Airport in a treacherous, and almost always fatal bid to improve their fortunes.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jan 2, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,290 words)

Into the Dark

There were four options for getting the trapped Thai soccer players out of the flooded cave: the unrealistic one, the deadly one, the torturous one, and the mad one. Sometimes, madness works.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jan 25, 2019
Length: 48 minutes (12,246 words)

Why Our Kids Need to Learn About Residential Schools

On how Canadians and parents in particular, need to first educate themselves, and then their children on Residential Schools: Canada’s cultural genocide. As a nation, we need to learn the individual stories of people like Phyllis Webstad, Gladys Chapman, and Chanie Wenjack, and about how the government partnered with the Catholic church to remove Indigenous children from their families in a bid to “take the Indian out of the child.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,167 words)

Saving Family No. 417

In Maclean’s, Michael Friscolanti reports on the 14 everyday Canadians who — galvanized by the sickening image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi face-down on the beach — banded together to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees whose names they did not know, in a bid to “do what’s right. To do something.” In a story reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, Maclean’s travelled to war-torn Beirut to find and interview Amal Alkhalaf, the single-mother and her three children, dubbed “family no. 417.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jan 13, 2016
Length: 44 minutes (11,207 words)

The New Underground Railroad

Facing tighter U.S. immigration restrictions, some refugees are risking their lives in the dead of winter by walking for miles across the U.S. border into Canada.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Feb 3, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,340 words)