The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for August 1, 2021

Art historian Charmain Nelson on the power of marking the country’s first official Emancipation Day, and how the legacy of slavery is still felt in Canada today. Fans share their thoughts as Blue Jays return to town for the first time since September 2019. And writer Larry Olmstead talks about the power of sports beyond the stadium.
Rachel Giese is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (Angela Lewis)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Rachel Giese:

Confronting Canada's little known history of slavery 

For art historian Charmaine Nelson, the history of slavery in Canada is much more complex than anything you may have learned in the classroom... and much less known. While many Canadians know Nova Scotia was the last stop on the Underground Railroad, they might not know it was also home to households that kept enslaved people, and a steady trade of slave-produced crops. Charmaine Nelson tells guest host Rachel Giese about the legacy of Canada's 200 years of slave trade, how she hopes to address that legacy through her new Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and why the fact that Canada is marking its very first Emancipation Day this Sunday matters. 

Jays return to the nest 

The Olympics aren't the only game in town when it comes to sports this week. And for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays — the game really IS in town -- for the first time since September,  2019. COVID-19 restrictions closed the Canadian border to the Jays, so until this week, they've been playing in the United States. Producer Peter Mitton brings us the sounds of the stadium — and the sentiments of the fans fortunate enough to be in the stands.

Why sports fandom is good for you, and society 

Baseball is back in Canada this weekend. And for sports fans, it's hard to underestimate what a source of hope and excitement that is. Of course, with so much going on in the world -- from the pandemic to crushing social inequities -- it may seem silly to pay so much attention to a ball game. But there are depths to sports fandom, and real benefits both for us as individuals, and as society, according to journalist Larry Olmsted.  He joins host Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about his book, Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding. This interview originally aired on April 4, 2021.