Kristyn Wong-Tam rises at 4:30 a.m. each morning to walk her elderly cockapoo, Francis (“My longest relationship,” she quips). The two-term city councillor has to get an early start; the day is quickly swallowed up by emails, committee obligations, meeting with constituents and BIAs, and attending community events in the evenings. She does it all for one simple reason: Toronto is her first love.
Eden Robinson is loving these book tour days; she can sleep in for once.
If it seems like everyone around you has their shit together, and you’re stuck feeling anxious, insecure and unhappy, you need to learn to manage your mind. As host of the wildly popular podcast UnF*ck Your Brain, Kara Loewentheil untangles the reasons why we make ourselves so miserable and shares useful concepts that can help us turn it around.
Criminal’s Phoebe Judge is the co-host of This Is Love, a new podcast that uses “true crime investigative techniques to dissect matters of the heart.” We asked Judge about the series, how love and crime are similar, and what it feels like to be a podcasting superstar.
The male gaze is well represented in Hollywood, but what about the woman’s POV? The Female Gaze, a new book by Alicia Malone, examines what we’ve missed in film by disregarding over half of the world’s population.
Despite recent advances, transgender and gender non-conforming people continue to face violence at alarming rates, and discrimination against them persists.
After coming off a three-night cocaine binge to host her son’s first birthday party, Janelle Hanchett sobbed. Riddled with self-disgust, she vowed that this would be the last time. Little could she anticipate that the bottom was a long way down. For some addicts, having a child quells the use. But for others, new motherhood is kerosene for a fire already begun.
After becoming pregnant at twenty-one by a man she’d known three months, Hanchett had embraced new motherhood with fervour. But as th...
(trigger warning: sexual abuse)
We tend to view the Amish with smiling condescension: what a quaint, wholesome way of life, free from modern-day problems. But the reality isn’t so neat and tidy. Within the Amish church, Misty Griffin repeatedly witnessed appalling mistreatment towards the most vulnerable members of the community, crimes that were dutifully covered up until she could no longer ignore it.
Her memoir, Tears of the Silenced, details a childhood rife with physical, sexual and emot...
Michelle Parise loved being married. Despite the rocky bits, she’d assumed the union was solid. Then her husband dropped the bomb: he was having an affair with a woman at work.
As their marriage imploded, the CBC producer went into auto-pilot. She came up with a sticker system for their stuff–red for her, blue for him–so the movers could easily cart it off to separate apartments. They split custody of their young daughter, and Parise filled her nights with cigarettes, booze and casual hookups...
The 1 percent don't want you to know how they live.
Jeff Cully has a unique window into an exclusive world of obscene wealth, marauding development, and breathtaking beauty. He’s been hanging out of helicopters as an aerial photographer for nearly three decades. Now, shooting primarily over the Hamptons, Cully enjoys the view while he gets paid to capture the sprawling summer playgrounds of billionaires and celebrities.
Cully got his start working as an assistant for acclaimed photographer Th...
When Kyle Benham first learned of an opportunity to become the new Director of Economic Development in Oshawa, he was curious -- but skeptical. With nearly twenty-five years of experience in economic development, he was always game for a new challenge -- but he had his doubts. Wasn’t Oshawa just another blue-collar, one-industry town?
Sorry, "ice resurfacer" driver.
Oct 11 2016, 6:18pm
Clearly not a serious Zamboni driver. Photos of Deaner courtesy of Daily VICE
Watching a Zamboni whirl around a rink leaving behind a pristine sheet of ice is a meditative, almost Zen-like experience. Since 1949, the ice resurfacer has been an indispensible part of rinks across the country; offering a slice of calm amidst the frenzy of a hockey game. Anyone who has laced up a pair of skates knows that when the i...
Talking dirty on the phone for money can still be lucrative, but it might also involve lengthy discussions about Game of Thrones.
Sep 8 2016, 2:51pm
Sarah, with a very fancy landline. Photo via Twitter.
Anyone who ever stayed up past 1 AM watching late-night TV during the 1990s is likely well-acquainted with the ubiquity of skeezy lo-fi ads for phone sex operators. The commercials were typically just endless b-roll footage of women in bikinis or lounging in linge...
Drunk dads want to fight you, kids are both enamoured and terrified, and, occasionally, women want to give you their number.
Sep 13 2016, 4:47pm
Photo via Flickr user David Beyer
In Yes, It's Hot In Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots, former NY Mets mascot AJ Mass documents the strange trajectory of this perennial lucky charm. Mass' stories involve everything from dealing with ballpark security (and potential sniper fire) to mascots get...
It's more than just a big gut and a white beard.
Dec 9 2016, 3:41pm
The annual expedition to the local mall for a visit with Santa is a magical highlight for many kids—and a source of terror for others. What does it take to remain cool under the pressures of frazzled parents, screaming babies, and pint-sized beard-grabbers?
We asked former mall Santa Jerry Herships—who also happens to be a former comedian and bartender turned preacher who now runs an alternative ...