Leah McLaren

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

Canadians, like the English, are known for our tendency to apologise. The difference is, we actually mean it. Our modesty…