A Portrait of Halifax in Jaime Burnet’s Crocuses Hatch from Snow

Jamie Burnett’s debut novel Crocuses Hatch from Snow reads like a love story to the North End and those who call it home. “The easiest place to start is by writing a fictional version of yourself. Write what you know.”

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Perspectives collide in shalan joudry’s ‘Elaputiek (We Are Looking Towards): A Play’

In Elaputiek (We Are Looking Towards), shalan joudry tells the story of Natawintoq (Nat) – a twenty-something Mi’kmaq woman from the local community – and Bill – a Euro-Canadian research biologist in his fifties. The play centers around the relationship between the two characters as they undertake a headcount of the local population of chimney […]

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The Riddle of Mental Health Care at the Heart of ‘Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me’

“As far as national chauvinisms go, Canada loves being The One With Universal Health Care. But if your illness is in your brain, that universality is a lie,” writes Anna Mehler Paperny in her memoir-cum-exposé Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me. I want to shout her line from the rooftops. Yes, yes, and […]

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