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)

My Quest to Make My Dog Internet Famous

“When I spoke with several people behind some of Canada’s most influential dogs, agents and managers for pet influencers, and even researchers on canine-influencer culture, I began to understand. Whether they’re couch potatoes partnering with your favourite snack-food company or high-falutin divas posing beside expensive cars and decked out in the latest couture, pet celebrities have one thing in common: they are symbols of inspiration. Even if Belle was a dog, she needed to portray a life that could be. To be famous, she’d have to convince others she was already living the carefree millennial dream.”


Source: The Walrus
Published: May 17, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,138 words)

The Rise and Fall of a Double Agent

“Cameron Ortis was an RCMP officer privy to the inner workings of Canada’s national security—and in a prime position to exploit them.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 20, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,388 words)

How Do We Exit the Post-Truth Era?

“Why fact-checking alone won’t save us from fake news.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 7, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,397 words)