Canada

The Canadian election is turning into a comedy of cringe

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Is this the worst Canadian election ever?

Justin Trudeau is not a racist – but he is a fool

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Justin Trudeau is not a racist – but he is a fool

Will tourists take the high road to Canada?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Will newly legal marijuana light a fire under Canada’s tourist figures? Robert Jackman has the inside dope

The Arctic shipwreck in Edwin Landseer’s ‘Man Proposes, God Disposes’, 1864

Michael Palin follows the Erebus – an historic ‘adventure’ with a tragic outcome

29 September 2018 9:00 am

In May 1845, HMS Erebus and her sister ship HMS Terror set sail for the Arctic, never to be seen…

Midnight sun on the Yukon

I hate fishing — but was hooked by the story of the Yukon’s salmon

2 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Help!’ I thought, when I read the Author’s Note. ‘It’s about salmon, and I hate fishing.’ But by the first…

Kevin Hanchard as Rev. Gregoire and Tim Roth as Sheriff Jim Worth in Tin Star, which is like the rejected first draft of a really bad movie by Quentin Tarantino

I really wouldn't bother watching Sky Atlantic's Tin Star

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Tin Star, the latest Sky Atlantic drama, has a comfortingly familiar premise: Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-detective from London…

Netflix is great because (unlike the BBC) it doesn’t ram its politics down your throat

5 August 2017 9:00 am

All this week I have been trying, with considerable success, to avoid being bludgeoned by TV programmes telling me in…

Make drugs dull: legalising cannabis the Canadian way

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A former police chief on fighting cannabis by legalising it

Carry on screaming: Nathalie Baye as Martine in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’

Xavier Dolan’s latest is (probably) a failure but you haven’t heard the last from him

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World is one of those angst-ridden dramas focusing on what is commonly…

It’s a rap: Drake at the O2 Arena

A good moment for Drake to fall down a hole: his O2 gig reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Those poor Canadian rappers. Hailing from a country with a functioning benefits system, sensible firearms restrictions and relatively harmonious race…

Britain’s black history has been shamefully whitewashed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I have been researching and writing about black British history for over 30 years but never before have I been…

2016 has been my annus mirabilis

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a great year this has been, what a good mood I’m in, why, it’s almost like being in love.…

Canadian liberal or alien robot? It was difficult to say

24 September 2016 9:00 am

One side of the hostel overlooked Waterloo station’s 22 platforms. Trains departed and arrived at the rate of two or…

Banned from China, invited to Westminster: Canada’s crusading beauty queen

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, is using her fame to highlight the troubling organ trade in China

Sketch of Dr James Barry

Doctor in disguise: the secret life of James Barry

27 August 2016 9:00 am

On 25 July 1865, during a heatwave, Dr James Barry died of dysentery in his London lodgings. A charwoman came…

Almodóvar’s loving gaze: Emma Suárez as Julieta

Red hot: Almodóvar's Julieta reviewed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Everything about Julieta feels totally Almodóvarian. It’s a family saga that smoothly blends tragedy and levity, with exquisite performances from…

What could resist the Red Guards? Music and storytelling

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Madeleine Thien’s third novel, recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, begins in Vancouver with Marie, who, like the author,…

Striking camp in Canada, March 1820

Annie Proulx is lost in the woods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

You can’t see the wood for the trees in Annie Proulx’s epic novel of logging and deforestation in North America, says Philip Hensher

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s good looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

Boris and Dave’s schoolboy rivalry is journalistic wishful thinking

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is pretty angry with Boris. But the idea that they’ve competed with each other since school is…

Any deal with the junior doctors should cut both ways

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago, paramedics were on the brink of industrial action. They had legitimate grievances. Ambulance services were being…

Glenda Jackson is brilliant in Radio 4’s Zola adaptation - and terrifying

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It was a stroke of genius to invite Glenda Jackson to make her return to acting as the star of…

Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Family business Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada.…

Letters: A feminist answers Emily Hill

29 October 2015 9:00 am

We should all be feminists Sir: Articles proclaiming the death of feminism are appearing like clockwork in the press at…

Capitalism’s most dangerous enemies are on the right

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The far left can’t win – unless it has the aid of a callous and complacent right