On the Meaning of Margaret Atwood’s Annex NIMBYismRead more "Margaret Atwood and the Lessons of Materialism"
By Mark McConaghy
How one downtown wine bar can become a space of comfort in a world gone mad with violence and inequality.Read more "The Scene: Archive Wine Bar, 909 Dundas Street West"
By Mark McConaghy
A chance encounter in Toronto’s elegant St. Alban’s Square leads to contemplations about childhood.Read more "The Scene: Vital Grace in St. Alban’s Square"
By Mark McConaghy Here in Toronto, as the city moves on with its daily business amidst the aftermath of the Rob Ford scandal, many of us are still trying to take our bearings and figure out just what it all meant. Many people have asked me- why haven’t I written about it yet? Given the […]Read more "Reading Scandal: On Rob Ford"
By Mark McConaghy I will start by stating an obvious but important fact: the irony of doing political or creative work is that, above all else, one must have the time to engage in it. If you want to go out and raise awareness about an issue, either online or through old fashioned door knocking, […]Read more "Everything is Fine: Rob Ford and Existential Exhaustion"
By Mark McConaghy The Scene Monday Night. 7:30 pm. The pub in the tony part of Toronto, the neighborhood known as Rosedale, was packed with people young and old. They were there to cheer on the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deciding game 7 in their playoff series against the Boston Bruins. After having been […]Read more "On Watching Game 7 in Toronto"
Mark McConaghy breaks down the political stakes involved in the University of Toronto’s decision to turf a vital piece of green space in downtown Toronto. Although seemingly a simple issue of field quality, the proposed turfing cuts the very core of questions of democracy, public space, and community life in Canada’s largest urban center. In […]Read more "The Battle Over Back Campus"