In Crass Struggle, McGill economics professor Tom Naylor shatters any illusion that really, really rich people are smarter than the rest of us, or have lifestyles to be envied
After dropping out of McGill, frustrated poet John “Buffy” Glassco (1909-1981) left the well-feathered family nest to flit around Europe, where he rubbed shoulders (and possibly more) with a who’s-who of the ex-pat arts scene. He shot the breeze with Man Ray. He got an earful of scorn from Gertrude Stein (for championing Jane Austen). He drank with Joyce, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. He watched porn with Peggy Guggenheim. Most of those things, however, never happened.
Patrick Watson, Socalled and Plants and Animals are among the prominent Montreal musical acts that have recruited Katie Moore for their own albums, confident that her rich, earthy vocals will add just the right je ne sais quoi to their releases.
Thirty years ago, amidst “rudeness and rancor,” Canada took a last, long-delayed step towards national adulthood. Although it had shed British rule, Canada was still unable to change its laws without approval from Westminster—a humiliating situation then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau vowed to change.
For many authors, it would be the stuff of a particularly pleasant daydream. Let’s say you published a well-received book that dealt with the issues that concerned you, and then somebody in a position of power tapped you on the shoulder and said, “Don’t you want to do more than just write about it?”
BMW makes some of the most beautiful cars in the world. It is up to Karim Habib, BEng’93, to make sure it stays that way.
Scouts Canada—the “boy” part has long since disappeared from the name—has ambitious goals. After taking a clear-eyed look at its operations, the organization reached some tough conclusions. The July 2009 Action Plan for Canadian Scouting notes, “We have allowed ourselves to become boring.” Membership was declining by an average of 11,500 young people a year. At that rate, the movement would have no members at all by 2017.
What if your ability to pay the rent, to buy groceries or the nature of your relationships set up your children for cardiovascular problems, diabetes or even mental health issues? Although it’s not a far-fetched idea, researchers struggled for years to find biological explanations that linked socioeconomic status or trauma to health. And then, beginning in 2004, scientists at McGill began to untangle some of those connections.