Marko Sijan
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Marko’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries, Maisonneuve, Branch and Encore magazines and on the Parliamentary Poet Laureate website. His novel, Mongrel, is available from Mansfield Press, under the “Stuart Ross Imprint.” Marko lives in Montreal.

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Ukraine Violence Hasn't Cast a Shadow Over Sochi - We Have

(7) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 12:11 PM

The Sochi Games have been a lot of fun, both the athletic games and the political ones. Yet over the last two weeks critics have asked if the original meaning and value of the Olympics have been lost, namely the stuff about promoting peace among nations. They've made all sorts...

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Sexual Violence Is Not Inherent in Men

(10) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 1:47 PM

The news of late has been dominated by stories of rape. Seth MacFarlane has gotten some bad press (which is good press) in part because he roasted Jodie Foster for baring her breasts in the gang-rape scene of The Accused; meanwhile two gang-rapes and an attempted rape have...

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Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

(91) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 7:47 AM

A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. Yet aboriginals have health and education levels lower than the national average, higher rates of poverty, drug abuse and criminality; and youths...

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Why We Treat Animals Better Than the Poor

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Seal lovers around the world are barking over a recent decision by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to slaughter two seals enslaved at an aquarium on the Magdalen Islands of Quebec.

Normally, at summer's end, once they've done their unpaid labour amusing tourists, seals are...

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How E-Books Are Ruining the Next Generation of Writers

(17) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Literary writing is a worthless profession. Few who write novels, stories and poems make a living from them. This has been true for millennia.

Lately the Internet has regressed into a society of feudal manors lorded over by tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Yahoo, who sell e-books for...

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How Barack Obama May Lose the Presidency

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 2:51 PM

Fearing he'll be out-fundraised for the second month in a row by Republican nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama reached out to several donors of his 2008 election win in a conference call on Air Force One. He warned that while his campaign has "a better grassroots...

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Kids Eat Up TV Ads, Then Junk Food

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:22 PM

A recent New York Times article describes the results of an American national survey of 12,000 students in Grades 5-10 that link poor eating habits in children to the amount of television they watch.

Similar findings have been made by Canadian researchers. It seems the...

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Rafael Nadal's Platonic Courage

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 1:39 PM

Notwithstanding the sight of millionaire tennis players dancing like monkeys in a corporate circus, last week's U.S. Open men's final offered a rare glimpse into the fact that victory and defeat as separate entities is little more than a persuasive fiction. Life and death don't oppose one another,...

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Stephen Harper's Royal History Lesson

(11) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 10:46 AM

The Harper government's decision to (re)rename Canada's air force and navy with the "royal" appellation could kick-start an essential history lesson that Canadians should learn to understand the nature of their national identity. Pierre Poilievre, an Ottawa MP who wrote a part of Harper's Tory platform expressing a...

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