Hitchhiker, hero, celebrity, killer: The strange journey of the man called Kai

“In 2013, Caleb McGillivary became an unlikely hero and an even unlikelier star. There were TV appearances and concerts, women and new friends, the promise of money and a reality show. Instead, three months later, the Alberta man was facing life in prison for a murder he says was self-defence.”

Published: Jun 25, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,848 words)

My Black Ancestors Fled America For Freedom. I Left Canada to Find a Home. Now Both Countries Must Fight For a Better World

“You know, Debra, your daughter was the first Thompson born in America since Cornelius Thompson escaped slavery. It’s been over 150 years, and some days I think we came back too soon.”

Published: Jun 5, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

Put down the self-help books. Resilience is not a DIY endeavour

Michael Ungar argues that people who can find the resources they require for success in their environments are far more likely to succeed than individuals with positive thoughts and the latest power poses.

Published: May 25, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,725 words)

Canada’s Saddest Grow-op: My Humiliating Adventures in Growing Marijuana

“When Ian Brown was tasked with cultivating some home-grown pot, he did what any eager, if inept, gardener would do: he borrowed a state-of-the-art weed machine and hoped for the best. But as he discovered, growing good cannabis is way harder than it looks.”

Author: Ian Brown
Published: May 19, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,396 words)

Canada’s New Far Right: A Trove of Private Chat Room Messages Reveals an Extremist Subculture

Emboldened by the rise of white nationalism in the US and abroad, Canada’s virulent collection of racists, homophobes, and anti-Semites strategize on and off-screen online about how to influence politics and disrupt this multicultural country.

Published: Apr 27, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,743 words)

A Dog’s Life

“People who have not loved a dog will never experience the most honest, pure and unconditional relationship a human can have. But to love a dog is to sign up for heartbreak.” What would you sacrifice for your pet? When Shawna Richer’s dog, Scout, became paralyzed, she had to make a choice: would she put her down, or do whatever it took to save her?

Published: Dec 15, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,100 words)

Extra Life: How I was Saved by Video Games

Scott C. Jones on being repeatedly molested as a child and how video games have helped him to navigate years of living with self-doubt.

Published: Dec 30, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,983 words)

The Road

Brazil’s massive Amazon rainforest basin is the world’s last terrestrial frontier. Like all frontiers, it’s getting developed for profit and nation-building at the expense of first nations and the native ecosystem. Unlike other frontiers, it’s happening as the world struggles to address climate change. In this epic, in-depth story, Stephanie Nolen travels 1,200 miles on a single road, BR-163, to examine whether Brazil can utilize the Amazon to build itself into a first-world economy while protecting enough forest to honor its global ecological responsibility.

Published: Jan 26, 2018
Length: 41 minutes (10,491 words)

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

There’s a new underground railroad to Canada. Through a safe house network, the Canadian government has been spiriting away gay Chechen men who face honor killings at their hands of their family. In this conservative Russian republic, the government not only looks away from these heinous crimes, it encourages them.

Published: Sep 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,701 words)

Read and Destroy

Karen Durrie was ten years old when her mother’s boyfriend began to molest her. At the Globe and Mail, Durrie examines the years of abuse and the fear, shame, and feelings of complicity that not only kept her silent, but encouraged her to correspond with her attacker.

Published: Apr 23, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,213 words)