The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for December 6, 2020

Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with feminist lawyer Pamela Cross, travel writer Horatio Clare, fashion and textiles curator Alexandra Palmer and culinary historian Samantha George.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with host Piya Chattopadhyay:

The unique challenges for women experiencing violence in rural communities

December 6 marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 31 years after 14 women were murdered at Montreal's École Polytechnique. On this anniversary, Chattopadhyay speaks with Pamela Cross, a feminist lawyer and the legal director of Oshawa, Ontario family law support centre Luke's Place, about the unique challenges facing women in rural and remote communities in Canada in fleeing abusive relationships and how the pandemic has increased barriers for those women seeking assistance.

Travel writer reflects on how winter affects our psyches

Many Canadians are facing down winter during the pandemic with dread. And that's something that Horatio Clare can relate to. The British travel writer has seasonal affective disorder and delved into how the season affects our psyches for his memoir The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal. He speaks with Chattopadhyay about how we should be rethinking the season, what other cultures can teach us, and his hopes for how we can all get through this particular winter together. Plus, we hear a poignant rumination on the season from Edmonton's poet laureate Nisha Patel.

The anti-establishment history of cardigans

As the chill of fall turns to the freeze of winter, you may find yourself reaching for your cardigan. But this garment is far more than an extra layer to keep you warm. Alexandra Palmer, senior curator of global fashions and textiles at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, walks us through the garment's rather radical history — from its 19th century namesake, to its anti-establishment manifestations in sports, academia, counterculture music and beyond.

How cooking World War II recipes can help us understand the pandemic

Volunteers at Oshawa, Ontario's Parkwood Estate Museum have been cooking their way through the Second World War, making recipes published in the Toronto Star from 1939 to 1945. The museum's curator and culinary historian Samantha George joins Chattopadhyay to discuss the group's latest creations (shortbread and date squares inspired by the recipes Canadians would have shipped to soldiers overseas around this time of year in 1940), how wartime Canada diverges and aligns with this pandemic, and how food can help us gain a deeper understanding of the way the war intersected with daily life in Canada. Click here to find more information about the recipes discussed