Keystone Opponents Have Nothing to Apologize For: Stopping the Pipeline Will Slow Climate Change
February 19, 2014
There's a reason the energy industry wants that pipeline—the alternatives aren't as cheap or practical as they sound.
Obama's Pacific Trade Pact Will Be Awful for the Environment
January 15, 2014
Here are a few of the worst environmental equivocations in a draft from WikiLeaks of a major trade agreement.
Canada Responds to Ted Cruz's Renunciation of Citizenship
August 20, 2013
Dear Mr. Cruz/Cher M. Cruz—We’re very sorry to bother you, but it has been brought to our attention that you recently sought to renounce your Canadian citizenship.
The State Department isn't as easy to influence as Congress.
Say Yes to the Pipeline—and New Green Regulations
March 14, 2013
How to fix the messy politics of the embattled pipeline project.
Life of Pi's Clumsy 3D Storytelling
November 28, 2012
“I think it's one of the most noble risks we have ever taken.” This comes from an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that gave us Sunrise, Shirley Temple, and The Robe. When a corporation has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, talk of nobility is often a warning sign of stupidity. So sane producers may have read Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, seen that it was selling 9 million copies across the world, and concluded that there was no need for a movie of Life of Pi—the same escape clause I raised a week ago in connection with the latest Anna Karenina.
Worthwhile Canadian Coolness
November 09, 2012
Canada, long considered the U.S.'s boring, denim-wearing neighbor, has become America's leading purveyor of cool.
Six More Years of Disappointment for Venezuelan Expats
October 08, 2012
VANCOUVER—The line was 30 deep before 6 a.m. at the Venezuelan consulate in downtown Vancouver, the only location in western Canada for ex-pats to vote in their presidential election Sunday. By noon more than 600 Venezuelans had stood in the short hallway, marked the labyrinthine bingo-card-like ballot and dipped a pinky tip in a well of blue ink on a wooden stool.
Mac’n’Cheese, Jargonese, and Disillusioned Homecomings: Today’s TNR Reader
September 10, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Kraft in Canada: Mac and cheese and the Canadian psyche.Walrus Magazine |23 min (5,723 words) The Kashmiris who left to fight for their liberation are coming home. What happens next?Caravan Magazine |32 min (8,182 words) The weirdest kids’ show ever: “Adventure Time” is totally avant-garde but still totally relatable. The Guardian |4 min (931 words) Should academic-speak be subject to the red pen?