Leah McLaren

The once-in-a-generation genius of Alice Munro

19 May 2024 7:35 pm

In the early 2000s, a young Canadian writer who shall remain nameless found herself in the backseat of a car…

The simplicity and joy of recorded conversations

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The simplicity and joy of audio recordings

The truth about single motherhood

18 March 2023 9:00 am

The truth about single motherhood

Where does a mother’s history end and a daughter’s begin?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Where does a mother’s history end and a daughter’s begin?

Trudeau vs truckers: a head-on collision

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Canada’s Covid protestors have a point

Justin Trudeau’s election gamble is backfiring

3 September 2021 8:34 am

In 1966, a year before Pierre Elliott Trudeau first blazed to power, the bard-poet Leonard Cohen published his second and final…

The Canadian election is turning into a comedy of cringe

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Next week my compatriots will cast their votes in what has arguably been the worst Canadian election ever. By ‘worst’…

Parent trap: WhatsApp groups are feeding our fears

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The mother of a little girl in my son’s year at school recently committed suicide. On the surface she was…

Justin Trudeau has fallen from grace – and he has no one to blame but himself

9 March 2019 9:00 am

An Italian friend who lives in Rome texted me to ask about the current political crisis in Canada that is…

Why are the middle classes so obsessed with schools?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

One thing I love about my adopted country is the widespread cultural contempt for dullness. Unlike North Americans, intelligent British…

What I learned from arguing about gun control with my Texan uncle

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Whenever there’s another mass shooting in America, like the massacre in San Bernardino last month, I think immediately of my…

Alice Munro won't let her Nobel go to her head — that's why she's a true Canadian writer

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Alice Munro may be the most Canadian writer in the world. That’s why Canadians can’t quite believe her achievement