TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S 148th birthday, Maclean’s has produced 148 videos that explore what it really feels like to be Canadian. Filmed almost exclusively with GoPro cameras to capture intimate points of view, these short films take you from the top of the Peace Tower to the Top of the World highway and beyond.By Steve Brearton
A few days after the Truth and Reconciliation closing ceremonies in Ottawa, I boarded the Little Bear, that iconic train running between Cochrane and Moosonee. The plan was to decompress with my friend, the Cree legend William Tozer, at his remote camp about 210 km north of Cochrane.By JOSEPH BOYDEN
Tanya at the Avis counter at the Cedar Rapids airport has never heard of him. Misty at the front desk of the Quality Inn in Coralville has never heard of him. Kelly at the food truck in Iowa City has never heard of him. Neither have Nikki and Maria at the University of Iowa Bookstore.By ALLEN ABEL
The Ku Klux Klansman’s stepson was at the end of the bar, pouring another Budweiser over ice. It was 37° C outside on the highway that ran from the old plantations down toward Charleston by the sea, and the humidity was Congolese. America’s most beautiful, most haunted city was in mourning, yet again—nine Christian believers, all of them African-American, shot down at Bible study before by, allegedly, an addled, paleface son of the beaten South.By ALLEN ABEL
“The belief continues, cult-like, that digital media will soon and decisively prevail,” writes Wolff, an award-winning media columnist. As you might have guessed, he doesn’t think this belief is true. This book is a short, punchy, contrarian answer to all the digital triumphalism that Wolff’s fellow journalists have engaged in over the last decade.By JAIME J. WEINMAN
“The new real estate wars” (Economy, June 22) caused me to wonder if municipal residential tax rates were keeping pace with the dramatic rise in housing prices. They’re not. Check out the city of Toronto’s 2015 property tax rates for a home assessed at $524,833 and the taxes payable are a paltry $3,703.24, which includes education, transit levy and general taxes.
James Rajotte accomplished more in politics than most: five-time Canadian Alliance and Conservative MP for Edmonton ridings, and chairman of two powerful Commons committees (Industry, then Finance). But he never had a chair at the cabinet table, and, last week, the 44-yearold MP announced he won’t run again this fall.By PAUL WELLS
Tom McLean won’t call himself a “knife fan.” He’s not a hunter and, therefore, doesn’t have much use for a deadly bowie knife. Nor does he have any decorative pieces filled with flashy gems. In the backyard shed of his home in London, Ont., however, is enough steel and wood for him to customize what would be the prized possession of any high-end chef.By AARON HUTCHINS
The day Andre De Grasse drifted onto the Canadian track scene—running the 100-m in a stunning 10.59 seconds— he got confused on his way to the podium. He’d blown away a field of high school allstars, posting a time that would have beaten a lot of nationally carded sprinters.By CHARLIE GILLIS
Only a few years ago, the movement to scrap Canada’s old winnertake-all system for electing members of Parliament and provincial legislatures seemed to have run out of steam. Between 2005 and 2009, in three separate referendums—first in Prince Edward Island, then in Ontario and, finally, in British Columbia—electoral reform proposals all went down to defeat.By JOHN GEDDES
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