The Sunday Edition — June 24, 2018

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Suzie Leblanc: Setting Poetry to Music

It was love at first encounter. In 2008, Canadian soprano Suzie Leblanc was traveling with friends, and made a stop in the very tiny, "Great Village", on the north shore of the Bay of Fundy, just up the road from Truro, Nova Scotia. She happened upon a leaflet in the basement of a local church - a leaflet about Elizabeth Bishop....

Michael's essay: What would Mr. Rogers say?

In the wake of this week’s border horror show, take a moment to enjoy a new film biography of the beloved children’s entertainer. “His consistent message to children was that each of them is special, each is unique and each should be celebrated for who they were.”

How you react to the Trinity Western decision may depend on your religious beliefs

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that an evangelical Christian university cannot receive accreditation for its law school has LGBT students celebrating and some others mourning a loss of “diversity.”

Meet Herménégilde Chiasson - poet, painter, former NB Lieutenant Governor, and passionate Acadian

His work and his life are informed by his Acadian ancestry, and the tragedy of the expulsion. Herménégilde Chiasson is Michael’s guest.

He was a young refugee. She was a widowed mother. Their unlikely friendship has come full circle.

Placide Rubabaza fled war-torn Burundi in 1994 at the age of 19. He landed - terrified and alone - at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Teacher, mother and refugee activist Patricia Anzovino took him under her wing. Today, Placide is a doctor and Patricia has dementia. And the connection is as strong as ever.

Why Canada doesn't have a national pharmacare program, and why we need one

Dr. Eric Hoskins left his post as minister of health for the province of Ontario to become Chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. His task: to consult and to recommend a plan that would make prescription medication available free of charge to all Canadians.

This wearable medical device could help people with paralysis move again

Canadian biomedical engineers are working with a textile company to develop wearable technology that would allow people with paralysis to regain use of their limbs. Bonnie Brown's documentary is called, "The Mind Moves in Mysterious Ways".

The Sunday Edition — June 17, 2018

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Michael's essay: The rapid pace of news is leaving us exhausted and depressed

“The mind has trouble absorbing so much news thrown at us at such incredible speed. Breaking news should be renamed break-neck news.”

My son's Facebook history might help me understand why he died. But Facebook won't let me see it.

Tara McGuire’s son died of an opioid overdose in 2015. His Facebook account has been “memorialized” and Facebook refuses to allow her to access it.

Sleeping with a very cranky elephant: The history of Canada-U.S. tensions

U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are without precedent. Historian Margaret MacMillan looks back over the highs and lows of our at-times rocky relationship with our closest neighbour.

Novelist Hanif Kureishi says Britain's middle class is more racist than ever

It used to be that sex and passion were Kureishi’s dominant concerns. Now, he's preoccupied by race. The author of 'My Beautiful Laundrette', 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid', and a new novel, 'The Nothing', is Michael Enright’s guest.

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia's journey from Zimbabwe to Newfoundland to the Canadian Senate

Twillingate, Newfoundland is not where you'd think an East Indian Muslim from Zimbabwe would choose to build his life. Dr. Ravalia has just been appointed as an independent Senator. Heather Barrett’s documentary “My Own Private Twillingate” first aired in 2009.

New opera tells little-known story of Canadian nurses killed in WWI boat sinking

In June, 1918, 14 Canadian nursing sisters were killed when their hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle, was torpedoed. Now, a new Canadian opera commemorates these 14 women who comforted the wounded and the dying in the midst of unimaginable horror.

The Sunday Edition — June 10, 2018

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Michael's essay: Public vulgarity is nothing new, and vulgar words aren't all equal

“What Samantha Bee said about Ivanka Trump was crude, hurtful and unwarranted. It was name-calling in the traditional sense. Calling a black American an ape, runs much deeper.”

How Ford Nation and buck-a-beer populism carried Doug Ford to victory

The Globe's John Ibbitson, Robert Fisher, who has been covering Ontario elections since 1981, and the Toronto Star's Kristin Rushowy join Michael for an Ontario election postmortem.

A B.C. experiment in cohousing has become an adventure in co-caring

When documentary producer Karin Wells first visited Harbourside, it was a dream about to become a reality for the people who worked so hard to make it happen. After three years of living together, there have been some surprises - sad and happy. But the place is flourishing.

Your letters about the struggle deaf Canadians face in finding full-time work

Here's your response to our interview last week about the chronically high unemployment rate for deaf Canadians.

Changing the way we work to build a more livable society

Peter Fleming says our humanity has been eclipsed by our economic value or cost, and that we are seen by governments and business alike as simply assets or liabilities. In part two of this interview, he discusses the nature of work today, and how he thinks a better way of life might be possible.
Personal Essay

Being bipolar is not the sum total of who I am, nor is it a life sentence

Miriam Edelson has contended with family history, personal politics, and a whole lot of pain. She has finally figured out how to come out the other side.

Trump killed the Iran nuclear deal. So how's he going to get one with North Korea?

Jessica Mathews says when it comes to trying to contain the nuclear ambitions of rogue states like Iran and North Korea, diplomacy is the only option. Ms. Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Meet the first black woman to ski to the North Pole: Barbara Hillary

Barbara Hillary has some advice for retired people. Do something. And surround yourself with interesting people. She took her own advice, and at the age of 75, she became the first black woman to ski to the North Pole.

The Sunday Edition -- June 3, 2018

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