The Mission

Haunted by someone from their childhood, two friends set out to find him, telling their story along the way with remarkable stoicism.

Brother Felix got the older boys to beat up Raymond and me right after we got to our dormitory. We didn’t see it coming. A door closed and the room became punches, kicks, and laughter.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 30, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,600 words)

Arsenic and Gold: My Family’s Role in the Poisonous Legacy of Giant Mine

Eva Holland gives an angst-ridden narrative of the dangers of Giant Mine. Her family was involved in the mine, and her fear is very real.

Whether he helped or hurt or both, I’m left with the stubborn fact that five members of my family lived at Giant during some of its most toxic years, and only two survived past the age of sixty. On a much larger scale, the Yellowknives Dene are left to wonder exactly how much harm was done to them. How many lives shortened, how many cancerous cells metastasized, how many heart walls weakened?

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 20, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,311 words)

Endless Exile: The Tangled Politics Keeping a Uyghur Man in Limbo

Sixteen years after being released from Guantánamo Bay, Ayoob Mohammed is still trying to prove he’s not a terrorist. This powerful, tragic story by Annie Hylton traces an Uyghur man’s journey from northwest China to Guantánamo to Albania — and examines the complex politics that have kept him from joining his family in Canada.

As we sat together around a table, the men spoke of the indelible stigma they carry from Guantánamo and of the history of Uyghur oppression. China has consistently sought the men’s extradition, claiming they are terrorists.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Feb 28, 2022
Length: 32 minutes (8,160 words)

The Dirty Work of Cleaning Online Reputations

“In the same way that paying hostage takers can inadvertently create a market for hostage taking, the booming market for reputation fixing appears to be encouraging more online defamation and an ecosystem to manage it. Do reputation fixers put everybody’s reputation at risk?”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jan 4, 2022
Length: 9 minutes (2,293 words)

To Catch a Turtle Thief: Blowing the Lid Off an International Smuggling Operation

“When a padded envelope at the Calgary airport started to move, officials jumped into action.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 12, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,490 words)

The Shadowy Business of International Education

“Foreign students are lied to and exploited on every front. They’re also propping up higher education as we know it.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,330 words)

More Is More: The End of Minimalism

“In a consumer culture, minimalism was always a somewhat fancyland ruse. It was domestic anorexia sold as health; materialism repackaged as its opposite; perfectionism hawked as peace. It was the perversion of labelling a home curated down to zero the ultimate luxury or, worse, virtue.”

 

 

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 4, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,030 words)

Smell You Later: The Weird Science of How Sweat Attracts

“It’s strong reactions like mine to jar fifteen that rouse belief in human sex pheromones, odorous chemicals that catalyze copulation. Insects have them, amphibians have them, mammals have them, so why wouldn’t we?”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jul 14, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,999 words)

Life in the Stacks: A Love Letter to Browsing

“Algorithms are integral to how we find and consume art. But old-fashioned browsing still has its benefits.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jul 24, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,032 words)

Looking for Justice, Finding Betrayal

“When Brayden Bushby was charged with the death of Barbara Kentner, Indigenous faith in Canada’s legal system was put to the test.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jun 1, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,420 words)