Noah Richler is an author and broadcaster who lives in Toronto and Nova Scotia. He made radio documentaries for the BBC for many years before returning to Canada in 1998 to join the founding staff of the National Post. He is the author of This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, which won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for the 2006 Nereus Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was chosen as a ‘Best Book’ by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and Amazon.ca, and chosen as one of Canada’s Top Ten Books of the Decade by Macleans.ca. He is a regular contributor to the op-ed and cultural pages of the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the National Post, The Walrus and Maclean’s and is the winner of two gold National Magazine Awards. His new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War is published by Goose Lane Editions.
If I were able, I would change the map. There are a few options here, but for any of these we'd no longer be sitting on top of the United States and, as we are constantly told is the case, we'd not see ourselves as huddled along the border -- crouching almost.
My book is neither a judgment of the Canadian Forces nor even a judgment about the validity of the war. It is a judgment concerning the language, stories and many self-deceptions that Canadians have either supported or not objected to, ones that have been used to enable our new, apparently jingoistic self.
02/08/2013 05:36 EST
If ever it really did look like Québec was coming close to separation, I'd move back in a flash. There'd be no way I'd let the province secede and me be without my home and the Péquistes without the thorn of me in their side. I'd also be there because I like what Québeckers are demanding. But separation isn't going to happen. Québeckers want a better society, a better representation of their views. We could do worse than look for an example to a territory that, using whatever tools circumstances have placed in its reach, demands the change that elections can bring.
09/07/2012 09:51 EDT
Referring to the Afghanistan fight as a "mission," as politicians and the press had been doing almost categorically since 2009, presented a clever way around the shortcoming of having fought a match without result.
04/20/2012 08:40 EDT
If leaving was so easy now, could we have done so earlier, and saved lives? If leaving, or staying on, makes so little difference -- if, in fact, we are ready to lose the war, then is it the truth that Canadians did "die in vain?"
04/19/2012 08:38 EDT
Canadian recruitment ads are markedly different from those of other nations. War does not feature. The ads show Canadian soldiers herding citizens toward a Red Cross truck that could but as easily not be in Afghanistan, rescuing the survivors of a winter plane crash, forest fires and flooding.
04/18/2012 07:38 EDT
So here we go again, out of Kandahar and into the Straits of Hormuz, nukes now raising their lethal heads in a way that they have not done since the early 1960s. As the widespread dissemination of nuclear weapons technology is postponed for shorter and shorter increments, we are in desperate need of some other vision than one dependent upon mere technological superiority and the typically bellicose story that goes with it.
04/17/2012 07:23 EDT
Huffpost Canada presents the first of five excerpts from Noah Richler's new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About War. In this opening part, he wonders if Canada's role in Afghanistan wasn't driven as much by journalistic vanity as military necessity.
04/15/2012 11:58 EDT
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