To celebrate our anniversary, our editors picked their favourite stories from the last 20 yearsTo celebrate our anniversary, our editors picked their favourite stories from the last 20 years

  • A photo of Palestinian children sitting in a destroyed house while looking at ruins on November 28, 2023 during the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in the village of Khuza'a near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip. What Does “Defence” Really Mean? - The United Nations prohibits the use of force except in the case of self-defence—but that can too easily be moulded into a euphemism for retaliation, revenge, and punishment by Samia Madwar

  • A black and white photo of a man with a puzzle piece tattoo on the back of his neck Body and Soul - Dan was the most physical person I knew. Then he broke his neck by Drew Nelles

Escape into a Story - Celebrate and support Canadian authors with the novels of the 2023 Amazon Canada First Novel Award shortlist.Jasmine Sealy wins 2023 Amazon Canada First novel Award for The Island of Forgetting (HarperCollins Publishers Limited)

Amazon Canada and The Walrus are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award is Jasmine Sealy for The Island of Forgetting.

Learn more about the winning novel and the entire shortlist.

  • How to Empower Indigenous Learners - From humble beginnings in 1976, First Nations University of Canada is transforming higher learning for Indigenous students by Alison Tedford Seaweed


The cover for the December 2023 issue of The Walrus, featuring an illustration of an elderly woman walking on a floating, crumbling path towards a doorway to a beach. Cover lines: The End of Retirement: Why no one can afford to stop working; How Canada–India relations crumbled.

Inside the Dec issue of The Walrus

How a sexual assault case in St. John’s exposed a police force’s predatory culture
When it comes to kids, many adults need to grow up
Why would India assassinate a Sikh leader on Canadian soil?
➔ The end of retirement
➔ The science of late-blooming lesbians


In 2023, more than 15 million hectares of forest burned in fire in Canada. The world has become combustible in scary ways. Climate change accounts for many of the new and novel ways that humans are confronting fire. Author and journalist John Vaillant talks about his recent book “Fire Weather”, oil and the role it plays in the very different fires of today, changes in the atmosphere, Indigenous fire traditions that serve as really effective solutions and how we can each be “good husbands and wives of the earth.”

What is intelligence? Does it require ethical research, group think, or just a well-programmed code? Today, intelligence has an added layer of data and computing power, and AI, a still-emerging technology, poses both opportunities and risks. Toronto Star tech journalist, Navneet Alang, talks about AI’s narrative of progress, its limits, and the need for humans—not just technology—to change in this bonus episode, originally featured on AI For Social Good, a new podcast, presented by Google.

How can AI transform your organization? And where do you even begin? Craig Alleva is the director of customer engineering for Google Cloud in Canada. He has experienced first-hand the unprecedented shift that’s underway thanks to generative AI, and has unique insight into how it will change the way businesses operate and engage with their consumers. Here, he talks about the impact of AI on Canadian organizations and how they’re applying it today.

  • A photo of excavators at a phosphate mining site in Nauru. How Much Further Can Mining Go? - Unless business as usual can change, companies will venture into ever deeper, darker, and riskier places—with potentially catastrophic consequences by Christopher Pollon

  • A photo illustration of a black-and-white headshot of poet Chris Banks. Behind him are two outlines of his silhouette in two different shades of brown against a solid darker brown background. Sonnet - Things detached from names can be seen, witnessed, / but naming things sates the hunger God’s absence leaves by Chris Banks
  • Dog hiding in a desk, with yellow stuff on his mouth Care and Feeding of the Amish - They had snuck from their tents this fine morning, before the spring dew dried on the grass, and come back with their prize by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer