The Fourth Wall

09/11/2015 Colin McGregor 0

It’s a short walk on a warm sunny day. Perhaps 30 meters along a pleasant walkway, all uphill. On either side, green grass; some tall, leafy trees; and some summers, a flower bed. The smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Colors that aren’t all shades of […] See more

Why this magazine?

06/20/2015 Colin McGregor 0

Two decades ago, the district of Hochelaga-Maissoneuve, a once mighty industrial hub in East End Montreal, was in the midst of the same decline that Detroit, Manchester, Pittsburgh and other Western World centres were suffering. Abandoned buildings became havens for young squatters from across Quebec […] See more

Homelessness: The Circuit

06/14/2015 Colin McGregor 0

It is break time at the prison upholstery shop. We work in a large, brightly lit room with a high ceiling and concrete floors. Along one cinderblock wall, chairs are lined up, mostly facing outward. This is where we sit for the 15 minutes we […] See more

True Crime, True Life

06/14/2015 Colin McGregor 3

My father, deceased for some years already, would have been very happy being in prison. Not because of the food, the filth or the confinement. But because in his salad days he was a crime reporter for the Montreal Star, a daily newspaper that closed […] See more

Dreams and Suicide in Prison

06/13/2015 Colin McGregor 0

I awake in a sweat, dazed and disoriented. I turn my pillow over to the dry, cold side underneath, and think: a few seconds ago, I was walking along Sherbrooke Street on a sunny summer’s day, rummaging through second-hand bookstores. Not now. My eyes adjust […] See more

Dreams and Suicide in Prison

06/11/2015 Colin McGregor 0

I awake in a sweat, dazed and disoriented. I turn my pillow over to the dry, cold side underneath, and think: a few seconds ago, I was walking along Sherbrooke Street on a sunny summer’s day, rummaging through second-hand bookstores. Not now. My eyes adjust […] See more