Speaking at the United Nations last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a new direction in Indigenous relations. But writer Robert Jago says the government's recent actions show that it may be hard to shake off old colonial habits. Norma Wick reads his article. Robert Jago is a Montreal-based writer and entrepreneur, and a member of the Kwantlen First Nation. He writes at rjjago.com.
Joan Lawrence went missing in the fall of 1998, at age 77. Known as "the cat lady" she had been a fixture of the Muskoka area for decades. Police officers soon discovered that three other local seniors were also unaccounted for. The four seniors had one thing in common: their landlords.
In a joint investigation, The Walrus and the CBC program The Fifth Estate delved into recently unsealed police files and interviewed witnesses to try and answer a question that has obsessed detectives for nearly two decades: what happened to the missing seniors? Tasha Henry reads this article by Zander Sherman, titled "Cottage Country Murder." Zander Sherman is a bestselling author from the Muskoka area. His longform magazine writing has also appeared in Esquire and in The Believer.
As asylum seekers make the arduous journey on foot from Trump's America into Trudeau's Canada, border towns such as Emerson, Manitoba are scrambling to accommodate them. Jeannie Daniels reads a feature article by Michael Lista, titled "No Asylum."
After the reading, Lista joins AMI producer Kevin Philipupillai for an interview about his article.
Michael Lista's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, and Toronto Life. His most recent book, Strike Anywhere: Essays, Reviews & Other Arsons, was published this past June.
Atlantic Canada has a rich musical tradition, but that doesn't make life any easier for local musicians trying to make a name for themselves. Norma Wick reads an article by Ryan McNutt, titled "Least Coast." McNutt is a Halifax-based writer and editor who has covered music for outlets such as Maisonneuve, Exclaim!, and The Coast.
Then... Spurred by a near-tragedy in her own family, journalist Patricia Pearson set out to investigate the effects of anti-depressants on young people. Lori Wilson reads Pearson's feature article, titled "Jagged Little Pills." Patricia Pearson is the author of six books, including "A Brief History of Anxiety... Yours & Mine," which was later adapted as a CBC documentary.
And finally... The trumpeter swan was hunted almost to extinction in the 1930s. Conservationists have spent decades bringing the species back from the dead. Norma Wick reads an article by Anita Lahey about the farmers who are being asked to share their land, and their crops, with the largest waterfowl in the world. Titled "Feed the Birds." Anita Lahey's latest book, "The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture," was published in 2013.