There were protests around the world, including in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, but the harsh sentence and refusal of President Eisenhower to provide clemency came in the context of Cold War hysteria.
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I first read On the Road by Jack Kerouac when I was 15, on vacation with my parents at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.
“There’s a discomfort around the October Crisis. People were killed, people got hurt, people got abducted.”
Imagine a gnarled willow tree “bursting into a million butterflies” and reappearing as origami. Think of “a shadow, so still—surrounded by teddy bears.” Have you ever felt “like an unread book,” or “like a cold day in Alaska”? Perhaps “like a star in space … lonely among many … small […]
Until recently, many Canadians did not know that for over a hundred years it was government policy to remove aboriginal children from their homes during their most formative years and raise them in often-abusive residential schools. In the wake of a class-action suit sparking the Idle no More movement, an […]
How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50 Suzanne Braun Levine Plume, 260 pp The conversation is lively whenever old friends get together. Topic No. 1: Whatever’s going on in your lives, followed by family, work and travel. You swap feedback, share advice, gossip with impunity, sympathize and […]
Montreal’s Blue Metropolis literary festival is back for a 15th year, and it remains a great place to meet and hear local and international writers discuss their work. It’s also a great opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars. The nerve centre where most events are held is Hôtel […]
Persephone Productions’ Lost: A Memoir is a portrayal of love. Cathy Osterle’s book Lost: A Memoir has been called a lyrical mediation on loss, love and hope. In its adaptation to the stage, by the author and director Dennis Garnhum, it has been lauded by the Calgary Sun, which predicted […]
At February’s end, with daylight increasing excruciatingly slowly by a mere second or two each day, in many of us a familiar longing sets in—for colour, for warmth, for the simple joy of being outside, feeling the sun. We all love the earth, seeing the sky, looking at flowers, watching […]