former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson in an exclusive excerpt from her 2014 Massey Lectures, which will be delivered across the country, broadcast on CBC and collected in a book entitled Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship.
"This is without question the best time to be a girl in history."
Maclean’s cover this week: Teenage girls taking on social stereotypes and a sex-saturated culture. (Ignore them at your peril.) Read more here.
Michael Barclay writes on the 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq.
"Almost every person, when we show them how they’re influenced, say, “[That] wouldn’t influence me.” They think they’re smarter than a bowl, smarter than a serving spoon. It’s amusing. Even with experts, nutrition experts, they say, “I know better.” But look at data. Show bartenders [that] they serve 30 per cent more liquor in short, wide tumblers than tall highball glasses, they deny it. We all think we’re uniquely unaffected by these things."
- Read more surprising facts on food behaviour in our interview with Cornell University food and brand lab director Brian Wansink.
Who’s making a killing—or getting ripped off. Take a sneak peek at our new Who Earns What issue.
Scott Feschuk on the golden life of an empty nester. (From new aches to technophobia to new (minimum-wage) jobs, there’s much to look forward to.)
“I was naive. To me, it was little trinkets sold in market stalls, the occasional tusk. But then I realized—it was all connected. That’s when I said, ‘I need to document this as far as I can push it.’ ”
All photographs by Patrick Brown/Panos Pictures
Solving the mystery of the lost Franklin expedition: Our latest edition, now available for FREE on iPad and iPhone. Download it here: http://ow.ly/Bm7zK
Who doesn’t love almonds? Salted and roasted with just enough olive oil to make them glisten, they’re a perfect snack. Plus, they’re low in saturated fats, high in fibre and packed with protein. No wonder demand is on the rise—from emerging markets in China to Canada, where we rate as one of the highest per-capita consumers. Once a treat for special occasions, they’re sold at Whole Foods and 7-Eleven, raw or roasted or processed into milks and butters.
But now, a growing movement is asking: Is it nuts to eat almonds? Native to the Middle East and Asia, almonds are today the product of intense monoculture in California’s Central Valley, where more than 80 per cent of the world’s supply is harvested. In the past 10 years alone, the crop has doubled to almost two billion pounds; the landmass devoted to almonds now accounts for nearly 323,700 hectares. Both are being blamed by some environmentalists for contributing to no fewer than three current crises: the killing of huge colonies of honeybees, the deaths in droves of wild salmon, and record-breaking droughts.
Excerpted from our full story, Is it nuts to eat almonds?