The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for April 18, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses the upcoming Liberal government budget with Susan Delacourt and Jason Markusoff, talks about facing grief head-on with Jenny Kierstead, examines 'Hummingbird Salamander' with Jeff VanderMeer, and uncovers the lost work of female Renaissance artists with Elizabeth Wicks.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Not politics as usual: What to expect from the Liberal government's first budget in more than two years

On Monday, April 19, the Liberal government will table its first budget in more than two years. It will drop in the middle of a pandemic that's showing no signs of letting up. What can Canadians expect from the budget? Toronto Star national columnist Susan Delacourt and Maclean's magazine's Jason Markusoff join Piya to weigh in on the budget. They also discuss whether the time has come for the federal government to step in and take a greater role in the pandemic response.

Nova Scotia Strong: How Jenny Kierstead built herself up following the Portapique shooting

Sunday, April 18 marks one year since the worst mass shooting event in Canadian history. A gunman dressed as an RCMP officer terrorized the province during a 13-hour rampage, killing 22 people. One of them was Lisa McCully, a 49-year-old schoolteacher and mother. Her sister Jenny Kierstead has spent the last year facing her grief head-on and looking for ways to re-build herself and her community. She talks to Piya about the people and strategies she's turned to for support, and why she sees her commitment to becoming a healed person as part of upholding her sister's legacy.

Jeff VanderMeer on Hummingbird Salamander and environmental activism in art

Author Jeff VanderMeer's new novel, Hummingbird Salamander, is another dark tale of environmental chaos — and it's set in an eerily familiar world, pandemic included. But despite the grim backdrop, VanderMeer holds out hope for our world — and he has a front-row seat to the majesty and potential of nature in his Florida backyard. VanderMeer joins Piya to discuss his book, his mission to render climate change activism in art, and how he's making it all real by "re-wilding" his own environment.

What are Brood X cicadas, the buzzing insects that emerge once every 17 years?

As sure as spring follows winter, the constant buzz of cicadas will soon be in the air. But for residents of the eastern United States, that choir will swell by the billions when Brood X arrives in a few weeks. Brood X is a periodical genus of the insect, and they emerge from the underground once every 17 years. Gene Kritsky, dean of Behavioral and Natural Science and professor of biology at Mount St. Joseph University, breaks down the history, meaning and peril of Brood X; Rory Egan, a professor of classics at the University of Manitoba, traces what cicadas have represented in literature and philosophy over time. 

An organization's hunt for the lost art of Renaissance women

American philanthropist Jane Fortune had a deep love of Renaissance art. But in 2009, she realized that all of the work she knew — all of the paintings hanging on gallery walls — was made by men. To combat this, she made it her mission to find the lost works of female painters in Italy and bring them to life. This week, art restorer Elizabeth Wicks speaks with Piya about what Advancing Women Artists — an organization founded by Fortune — uncovered through its decade of sleuthing.