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How to Start Your Thesis

11 December 2017

Jerry Bannister Starting a graduate thesis is hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, delusional, or one of those bizarre people who find it easy. December in Canada brings awful...

No, Confederation Wasn’t About ‘Freedom’

14 November 2017

Shirley Tillotson Editors’ note: This essay is jointly posted with our partners at, and appeared in an earlier version as a Letter to the Editor in the National...

Britishness and Whiteness in Early Canadian Culture

23 October 2017

Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy In the September 28, 2017 issue of the New York Review of Books, Fintan O’Toole explained Brexit as the consequence of a rebirth of English nationalism:...

New France and Indigenous Agency in the Hudson Bay Watershed

10 October 2017

Scott Berthelette Throughout the 1730s and 1740s, the French established a series of forts northwest of Lake Superior in present-day Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Minnesota,...