The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for July 24, 2022

Residential school survivor Ted Quewezance outlines his expectations for Pope Francis's visit to Canada, Leah McLaren contemplates her complex family history, and Dr. Zain Chagla breaks down the WHO's declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern.
Helen Mann is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (Helen Mann)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Helen Mann:

Residential school survivor appeals for actionable apology from the Pope – and a revolutionary path forward

Pope Francis arrives in Canada on Sunday for a tour of Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut. During it, he's expected to expand on an apology he made at the Vatican this past April for abuses at residential schools – many of which were run by the Catholic Church. Ted Quewezance is among the residential school survivors who will have an audience with the Pope this week. He's the former chief of Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan and co-chair of a survivors circle that submitted a draft apology for the Pope to consider. Quewezance joins Mann to discuss what he needs to hear from the Pope, why renouncing the Doctrine of Discovery is so central to the issue, and how his family has helped him find forgiveness on a personal level.

What the WHO's declaration of monkeypox as a global emergency could mean for fighting the outbreak

On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared the growing monkeypox outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern" – a distinction it has previously applied to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016, among other health crises. WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the declaration despite a lack of consensus among the organization's emergency committee – a first for the health agency. To break down what this step means, and chart the state of the outbreak in Canada, Mann speaks with Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ont.

Leah McLaren contemplates her complex family history and the legacy of trauma

Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated. But in the case of Canadian author and journalist Leah McLaren and her mother – who is also a writer – the word complicated barely scratches the surface. McLaren was eight when her mother left the family and moved from rural Ontario to Toronto, where she bounced around jobs, apartments and relationships. When she moved in with her mother as a teenager, it was an unconventional pairing, with few rules or boundaries. And that sometimes meant sharing secrets… and one story, in particular, that was so devastating it would haunt both women for decades – altering their relationship. McLaren speaks with Mann about her new memoir Where You End and I Begin, which explores the ramifications of that story – and her fraught relationship with her mother.

Note: The Sunday Magazine reached out to McLaren's mother Cecily Ross for comment about her daughter's decision to share this story. She told us, "As tempting as it is to defend myself publicly, I am not going to," and said she stands by two articles she has written about her experiences.

The Flamethrowers: The Echo Chamber

Hosted by Justin Ling, the CBC original podcast The Flamethrowers tracks the rise of American right wing radio from fringe preachers and conspiracy peddlers of the 1930s… to the political firestorm that rages today. In Episode Four, the terror attacks of September 11th have Americans turning the dial to talk radio, where a whole new generation of broadcasters is eager to capitalize on anxiety and fear.

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