Happy birthday This Magazine!

For two years in the late 1990s, I was the editor of a magazine called This (and stayed on as a board member for several years). Yes, we’ve already heard all the What magazine? This magazine. Which one? This magazine jokes.

It’s Canada’s premier progressive magazine about culture and politics, and this year it celebrates 45 years of raking the muck, disturbing the peace and rousing the rabble.

Some of Canada’s best writers, editors and thinkers—Naomi Klein, Clive Thompson, Doug Saunders, Rachel Giese, Jason Sherman, R.M. Vaughan, John Saul, Rick Salutin, and many, many more—have worked in its offices or written in its pages, and this month the (very small) staff has pulled together what looks like a fabulous anniversary issue featuring many of those voices. The twist is those voices are celebrating the next generation of thinkers and doers who are making the world a better place.

I contributed a short piece marvelling at the amazing work of The New Farm‘s Gillian Flies and Brent Preston—young(ish) organic farmers in a small village near Georgian Bay who figured it wasn’t good enough to put their heart and soul into growing, tending and then selling their heirloom veggies only to the wealthy. They wanted to make sure their top-of-the-line produce was also available to low-income people, so they created a unique collaboration with The Stop Community Food Centre—an antipoverty organization that works with the poor and hungry here in Toronto.

But you can read all about it in the 45th anniversary issue of This—on newsstands now.

Happy Birthday This Magazine! You don’t look a day over 35.

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