The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for May 30, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay hosts a political panel with Susan Delacourt and Emilie Nicolas, discusses love and joy as acts of rebellion with Billy-Ray Belcourt, hears from listeners about the cabin/camp/cottage debate, talks heartbreak and poetry with Edward Hirsch, and chats about Indigenous fishing and research with Andrea Reid.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Politics and the pandemic, Quebec and the constitution, and more

It seems like forever since something other than the pandemic topped the political agenda, but that appears to be changing. Panellists Susan Delacourt, a national columnist for the Toronto Star, and Emilie Nicolas, a columnist for Montreal's Le Devoir, join Piya to discuss Quebec's move to amend the constitution, this week's vote in parliament to prevent a pandemic election, and how provinces are approaching re-opening.

Writer Billy-Ray Belcourt on why love and joy can be acts of rebellion for Indigenous people

In a career spanning less than a decade, Indigenous writer and academic Billy-Ray Belcourt has blazed a trail of firsts in Canada and beyond. He's the first Indigenous Rhodes scholar from Canada, and he became the youngest winner of the Griffin Prize for Poetry in 2018. More recently, his memoir, A History of My Brief Body, has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Belcourt talks to Piya about his experiences with colonialism as a queer Indigenous man in Canada, and how love and joy can be liberating, rebellious practices for Indigenous people.

Cabin, camp or cottage? Here's what you have to say

Last week, we dug into the origins of what Canadians call summer getaways with linguist Sali Tagliamonte. This week, listeners from across Canada chime in with their own take on the camp/cabin/cottage debate.

How poetry can break your heart  so it will never close to the world again

Heartbreak is hardly something we'd go out of our way to seek, but renowned American poet Edward Hirsch argues that it's one of the most important properties of poetry. He says it makes you feel the intensity of grief, and it helps us deal with the times we're inevitably going to have our hearts broken. Hirsch joins Piya to discuss his new book, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, which draws from 200 years of heartbreaking poetry.

How 'Two-Eyed Seeing' could help transform fisheries research and management

Nisga'a biologist and National Geographic explorer Andrea Reid has worked with fishing communities across the globe. But it was an opportunity to learn from her own nation's practices in northern British Columbia that led to her stepping into a new local role: to help run UBC's new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries. She joins Piya to discuss how her work will put Indigenous knowledge at the heart of the centre's research — and how marrying that knowledge with scientific practices could save threatened fisheries in Canada.