The Walrus Year in Review: 2015

Articles, art, and Walrus Talks lovingly curated by our staff


Walrus Year In Review 2015


Bill C-51: the Good, the Bad  . . .  and the Truly Ugly

Two eminent legal scholars detail exactly what we should welcome—and what should fear—in the government’s new anti-terror legislation

My Prescribed Life

After two decades on antidepressants, who am I?

Rise of the Gender Novel

Too often, trans characters are written as tortured heroes. We’re more complex than that

Too Bad

Why we hate Nickelback—and why that’s okay

Minding the Monster

A pedophile gets out of prison. What happens next?

State of Delusion

Why are we bombing ISIS? Our government has no idea

Montana Border

He got hit so hard that his molars sang

Title Fight

The Tsilhqot’in Nation got its land back. Canada will never be the same

Stephen Harper’s Hair Problem

The election issue on top of your head

Tongue Twister

A Québécoise singer takes an Anglo turn—without abandoning her roots

If These Walls Could Talk

The physical traces of residential schools

Uber v. Taxi

One must die for the other to live

Dr. Shock

How an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Alberta

The Justin Trudeau I Can’t Forget

For better or worse, the Liberal leader will always be shaped by the emotional agony caused by his mother’s abandonment

Minority Rule by Any Other Name

The case against first past the post

Laying Waste

Why we throw away more than 6 million tonnes of perfectly good groceries every year

How to Become a Mascot

Do this like you were born for it

Hockey’s Puppy Mill

A former junior player takes the CHL to court

Playing God

I sold my wife’s clothes to build a Christmas village in my parents’ basement

The Roughneck Diaries

Remembering when the oil sands were young


Owen Moore Series by Seth

Artwork by Seth

Spot Illustrations by Pascal Colpron

Illustration by Pascal Colpron

Illustrations by Kagan Mcleod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Photography by Grant Harder

Photograph by Grant Harder

Illustrations by Adrian Forrow

Illustration by Adrian Forrow

Spot Illustrations by Walter Scott

Illustration by Walter Scott

Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

Photography by Nik Mirus

Photograph by Nik Mirus

Illustration by Melinda Josie

Illustration by Melinda Josie

Spot Illustrations by Ashley Mackenzie

Illustration by Ashley MacKenzie

July/August Cover by Pascal Blanchet

Illustration by Pascal Blanchet

Photography by Birthe Piontek

Photograph by Birthe Piontek

Illustration by Thomas Ehretsmann

Illustration by Thomas Ehretsmann

Photography by Alexi Hobb

Photograph by Alexi Hobbs

Illustrations by Jeannie Phan

Illustration by Jeannie Phan

Illustrations by Sophie Blackall

Illustration by Sophie Blackall

Photography by Joseph Hartman

Photograph by Joseph Hartman

Illustrations by Jillian Tamaki

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki

Illustrations by Min Gyo Chung

Illustration by Min Gyo Chung

Walrus Talks

Ann Dowsett Johnston, “Drink”

Elaine Lui, “In Defence of Low Culture”

Cameron Bailey, “The Death and Birth of Canadian Culture”

Emma Donoghue, “Juices Flowing”

Tanya Tagaq, “Frozen Bridges”

Nantali Indongo, “From the Ground Out”

Roberta Jamieson, “Indigenizing Cities: Seven Essential Features”

Mercédes Benegbi, “The Art of Surviving”

Lawrence Hill, “Blood”

Marnie McBean, “Expectation is Play’s Enemy”

Mary Spencer, “Breaking Barriers”

Ken Dryden, “The Organization of Play”

Pico Iyer, “The Handshake and the Calligraphy Brush”

Brent Toderian, “Cities for People, Not Just Cars”

David Miller, “Demonstrating the Possible”

Jonathan Kay, “Uber v. Taxi”

Sarah Prevette, “Creativity as a Skill Set”

Desmond Cole, “You Belong, but . . .”

Lewis Lapham, “Prometheus”

Hannah Godefa, “Youth in Philanthropy”

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