A new mural depicts Indigenous paddlers taking food to passengers on the legendary ship Komagata Maru that was denied entry to Vancouver in 1914. Federal official Harry Stevens, with white hat, led the campaign to keep the ship from docking. (Library and Archives Canada)

Did Indigenous paddlers smuggle food to the Komagata Maru?

The ribbons on this grafitti portrait by London-based Chilean artist Otto Schade play with idea of presence and absence. The eyes evoke the intensity of the original. Courtesy of the artist, Otto Schade

Che Guevara: The face that launched a thousand…

Che Guevara's image has been used for everything from fashion shows to revolutionary posters. But his image still means something and represents change and resistance by everyday people. Why?
A sign of how historical #MeToo felt in 2017 is this appearance by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke with TV personality Allison Hagendorf on stage at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

#MeToo: Must sexual assault be denounced in public every time?

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, says power and privilege can have a lot to do with who feels comfortable declaring #MeToo. Let's be aware of this power division.
Zara says it will only use sustainable textiles in the future to do its part in the climate crisis. This image is from a Zara shop in Singapore, 2019. Shutterstock

Fast fashion lies: Will they really change their ways in a climate crisis?

Zara, a fast-fashion clothing company, recently pledged to produce its line using only sustainable textiles. But it is not enough to curb the company's significant impact on climate change.
Many of the classic books of Canadian literature thrived because of women editors, publishers and agents. Some are profiled here: Anna Porter in the 1970s, Bella Pomer in 2015 and Claire Pratt in 1950. Diane Pullan; Facebook; special collections

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The impact of women trailblazers in Canadian publishing

Irene Clarke, Claire Pratt, Anna Porter and Bella Pomer were among the women who changed the face of Canadian publishing. Their achievements deserve our attention.
With the luxury of time and good light, summer is perfect for a good solid beach read. Dan Dumitriu /Unsplash

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Beach books that grip and enlighten

A literary scholar from British Columbia offers some of her favourite "left coast" summer reads.
If you can’t get to Venice, Italy, allow a book translated from Italian to transport you there. Tom Podmore/Unsplash

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When you can’t travel, let a book transport you

Reading fiction can increase your empathy and reading fiction translated from another language can improve your cross-cultural understanding. Why not let a book transport you?
Whether indoors or outdoors, building a makeshift creative space to share the joy of books lays a foundation for early literacy. (Shutterstock)

7 favourite books for connecting with your preschooler

A book nest - or nook - is a cost-friendly way to model and enjoy literacy with your preschooler that invites their creative involvement and offers space for positive connections to grow.
‘Living Mady Easy: Revolving hat’, a satirical print with a hat supporting a spy glass, an ear trumpet, a ciggar, a pair of glasses, and a scent box, 1830, London. Wellcome Images CCBY

The past stinks: a brief history of smells and social spaces

The history of smell in 18th-century England reveals the complex story of scent and personal space.
“Medicine For a Nightmare,” (From the Series “When My Drums Come Knocking, They Watch), 2019. Courtesy of Mercer Union

Art stirs controversy about Sikh separatism

The Canadian art world has largely embraced the highly political work of Nep Sidhu; but historical context and political meanings must be discussed openly and without fear.
Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow. ('Garden' by Derrick Chow)

Pow! Comics are a way to improve queer men’s body image

Queer men's comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.

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