Excellent reading: Sailing the Atlantic; the horror movie boom; decline of the liberal empire
Happy Halloween and welcome to the weekend.
Grab your cup of coffee or tea and sit down with a selection of this week’s best reads from The Globe. In this inaugural issue, we hear from journalist Ian Brown, who was able to indulge his fascination with the Atlantic Ocean by taking his first overnight voyage on a sailboat in Cape Breton and across the Gulf of Maine to Mount Desert Island. All it took was a surprise call from a friend he hadn’t seen in almost two decades. There he met with oceanographers from the famed Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography to understand how climate change is altering the Atlantic Ocean.
We also take a road trip to southwestern Alberta, where a transformation is underway as it taps into the resources it has in spades: sun and wind; ask yourself if horror movies are the unlikely heroes Hollywood needs after the pandemic has hit the entire industry; and more.
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Sailing the Atlantic to learn more about climate change left me cold, in more ways than one
Ian Brown battles seasickness aboard a boat that moves ‘like a rearing Bronco’ to chronicle his trip to his favorite body of water, observing the ‘mysterious world below’ alongside oceanographers from fame. “For every flash of clarity, there is an accompanying shadow of alarm,” he writes. When he set out to sail, Brown says he “imagined a luxurious, joyful, sunny journey” that would alert him to the perils of climate change while reassuring him of the ocean’s vast capacity to “absorb the insatiable ambitions of man”. He says he was “all wrong”.
Greetings from the Alberta Energy Transition Corridor, Canada’s unlikely green energy hotspot
Hello from the windy southwest corner of Alberta, a dominant site for wind power since the 1990s. Jeffrey Jones explores the province’s ever-expanding energy transition corridor, with 17 projects generating 1,032 megawatts, while following the new Burdett Solar Farm facility developed by BluEarth Renewables Inc. These investments have made the province that has long been known as the nation’s fossil fuel center a green energy hotspot as well.
The doctor on a mission to turn the tide of Canada’s worsening healthcare crisis
The stakes for Alika Lafontaine — and the rest of the country — couldn’t be higher. Record ER wait times continue to soar, healthcare workers say they are reaching breaking point and leaving the profession, and millions of Canadians cannot find a family doctor and have no no access to basic medical care unless they go to an emergency room or walk-in clinic. For the new president of the Canadian Medical Association, the mission could not be clearer: now is the time for political leaders to make real and substantial changes to systems that have been floundering for decades.
Opinion: The Decline of the Liberal Empire
The Liberal Party has already been dubbed “the natural governing party of Canada” – and not without merit. For much of the 20th century, it was the most successful democratic party in the world, winning more elections and staying in power longer than any other. But for a party that has won three consecutive elections, it has been in decline for a few decades, argues Jeffrey Simpson. Under Justin Trudeau, he writes, the party has decoupled from its historic moorings — and it is paying the political consequences as some of its historic support fades.
Meet the Canadians who are finding an audience by reaching out to America’s far-right
Conservative Canadians have a long history of influence in the United States – which has recently shifted far to the right. Some have quietly become among the most prolific contributors to online forums on right-wing extremism. Canada has also itself become a haven for such views. The researchers counted about 300 far-right groups active in the country, compared to about 1,000 in the United States, where the population is almost 10 times larger.
Want to live a fuller life? Then we gotta start talking about dying
The prospect of dying is scary. But for those who are part of a growing ‘death positivity’ movement, it’s not so scary that they can’t talk about it, laugh or even joke about it over drinks or dinner. . Followers say death cafes are just a way for society to continue to normalize the process and tackle the kinds of important things we should all consider – before it’s too late.
He the North: Masai Ujiri is the true Toronto Raptors MVP
Masai Ujiri is the face of the Toronto Raptors franchise. After all, he was the architect behind the team’s first NBA championship. He was the executive who saw a “gold mine” in a franchise that many had dismissed as a small market. Ujiri has set the bar high for himself and his team, saying ‘failure is not an option’. To succeed as a team, he says, there can be no barrier between a business relationship and a friendship.
The terrifying truth about the damn business of scaring you stupid
While the rest of Hollywood has spent the last 10 months worrying anxiously about the state of many things of real concern – the blockbuster, the mid-budget adult drama, the kids’ movie, the big-screen comedy , all the activity of making and releasing movies, really – the horror industry is out there in a scary, smiling corner. Horror is on the rise. But did he come to save the movie industry in its most desperate hour of need?
Thanks for reading our first issue of Great Reads! Let us know what you think by emailing [email protected], and see you next weekend. – Beatrice Paez and Emeraude Bensadoun