Love Letters From the Battlefield

Separated by thousands of miles and the Second World War, author Harley Rustad’s grandparents maintained a correspondence spanning hundreds of letters over four years. As he traveled through Europe and North Africa commanding a tank troop in the 11th Canadian ­Armoured Regiment, Harry Mac­donald kept one of Jacquelyn Ruth Robinson’s letters — the one that kept him going, the one in which she said “yes.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 9, 2018

How I Learned to Love Bonsai

Unsatisfied with his own efforts at growing Ficus religiosa, bonsai enthusiast Harley Rustad totes his too-tall tree to Ontario to seek advice from Canadian bonsai expert Nigel Saunders. Saunders tends over 180 bonsais and has attracted a cult following for his instructive YouTube videos — his miniature lemon tree alone has earned 1.5 million views.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct 5, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,146 words)

Canadian History Isn’t Boring

Podcasts and strong storytelling with diverse voices can show the world how fascinating Canadian history is.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 3, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,597 words)

The New Old Age

When FDR signed the Social Security Act in the 1930s, the average male life expectancy was 61. Today, it’s nearly 80. Is society ready for more people living longer than ever?

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,200 words)

The Other Side of Fentanyl

Teva Harrison, who has terminal cancer, reflects on how fentanyl is helping her make the most of the time she has left.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 23, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,414 words)

Environmental Disaster Is Canada’s New Normal. Are We Ready?

Canada, the second largest nation in the world by area, is highly susceptible to the effects of climate change. According to nationwide assessments, the country is struggling to prepare itself.

Source: The Walrus
Published: May 23, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,218 words)

How to Make a Hit Song in 2018

The chorus is passé.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,758 words)

Send the Barbarian in First

Bullied as a child in school in the ’80s, Canadian poet George Murray once found solace in the make-believe world of Dungeons & Dragons, where he could become “a seven-foot-tall warrior who could punch the face off a troll.” At The Walrus, Murray writes of the role-playing game’s renaissance — about how it helped his blended family bond — and about how he’s “playing it forward” by acting as dungeon master for local families who want to learn to play.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,382 words)

What Being a Bike Courier Taught Me About Our Broken Economy

To earn money during a rough patch as a freelancer, Sam Riches worked as a bike courier, delivering food in Toronto during a six-month period. While the job lacked in pay, it offered one intriguing benefit: a crash course in human nature.

Author: Sam Riches
Source: The Walrus
Published: Dec 12, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,261 words)

The Case Against Eating Fish

That fish you’re eating at the restaurant? There’s a good chance it isn’t the fish the restaurant claims it is. Mislabeling is rampant. You’re also eating plastic.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 31, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,110 words)