Real Talk

“I remember thinking that therapy felt like a nascent form of gaslighting, where the client is blamed if the therapy doesn’t seem to work. I’d come to learn later just how common that feeling is.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Apr 20, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,022 words)

Genetic Mapping

“Here’s what I know for sure: I have three fathers who love me. One is my true dad—the man who raised me and has always told me ‘the more people who love you the better.’ One has the softest heart and shares my experience of being adopted. And one feels like a soulmate even though we’ve never met.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Apr 12, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

In Good Faith

Taken to its logical conclusion, it means believing that anybody who has enough faith can be healed. This approach relegates disability and illness almost entirely to the realm of the magical, the supernatural.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Feb 2, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,957 words)

Bought the Farm

“Small family farms are disappearing, but not for the reasons people tend to think. As investors rush in, farmers can’t hold on to their land.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Nov 26, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,824 words)

Labour of Love

“Again and again, the health-care system exploits the sense of obligation we have to one another.”

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Aug 25, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,743 words)

Habitat Loss

The Roaring Cat Retreat was more than one couple’s personal zoo. It was a symbol of the divisions between a small Canadian town’s rich and poor, its past and present, and the park’s closure threatened to take some of Grand Bend, Ontario’s unusual character with it.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Feb 18, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,717 words)

A River Runs Through It

One of Canada’s biggest cities has a flood control problem. Global warming worsens its prospects.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Feb 17, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,928 words)

Chain Reaction

Cycling culture has the reputation for being a boys club filled with patronizing shop clerks and a highly stratified, male-centric attitude, but Canadian female mechanics are dismantling that gender normative bro-show and increasing access and respect for female cyclists.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,299 words)

Every Wartime Snapshot is Also a Family Photo

At Maisonneuve, Seila Rizvic reflects on contacting Staton Winter 20 years after he photographed her at age two, along with her parents as Bosnian refugees.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Dec 16, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,145 words)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bod

Influenced by media, Canadians, like Americans, suffer from unrealistic standards of beauty and conflicted feelings about their naked, natural bodies. One woman in Toronto runs the Body Pride workshops to help reverse that.

Source: Maisonneuve
Published: Jul 26, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,415 words)