Back Issues

  • March/April 2014

    From ADHD to major depression, physician and writer Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay investigates the power and politics of psychiatry’s modern boom. Megan Kinch interviews Indigenous activists about environmentalism and settler allies. Kelly Fritsch asks us to re-evaluate our understandings of disability and accessibility. And Naomi Moyer imagines a black Vancouver. All this, plus our 2014 creative writing contest winners in this issue of Briarpatch.

  • January/February 2014

    How is science actually done today and what is its role in social change? Can a student divestment campaign curb the tarsands? How are tenants organizing for better housing? What is the G8’s plan for African farmers? How does unemployment shape self-worth? What’s ahead for northern Saskatchewan’s wild rice harvesters? This issue tackles these questions and more!

  • November/December 2013

    This issue of Briarpatch looks at the politics of precarity, labours of love, and the outsourcing of family obligations. Katie Mazer argues that the crisis of East Coast economies has been thoroughly planned, and it’s funnelling workers westward to Alberta’s tarsands industry. Comic artists Althea Balmes and Jo Simalaya Alcampo explore stories of Filipina migrant workers, and investigative journalist D’Arcy Handy reveals how the uranium industry bought the Village of Pinehouse — and what residents are doing to take it back.

  • September/October 2013

    From the unsettling threat of hunger strikes to the problem with anti-bullying rhetoric, this issue is brimming with testy content. The battle for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Rosa Luxemburg in the 21st century, letters from survivors of sexual violence, farmers vs. Monsanto, a firsthand account of the Sixties Scoop — and more!

  • July/August 2013

    In this issue we hear from committed artists in their own words. Sundus Abdul Hadi discusses art and identity in the context of the Iraq War and Arab diaspora. Justseeds artists reflect on the role of collectivity, empathy, and method in political art. Christi Belcourt offers a personal essay on the colonial dynamics of naming in Canada. Laura Stewart opens us to the wonders of a devalorized ecosystem. And Randy Lundy publishes a new poem, “Son,” certain to be anthologized for years to come. In the Parting Shot, art historian Daniel Spaulding asks what is to be done about the state of art within 21st-century capitalism.

  • May/June 2013

    This issue of Briarpatch marks our 40th anniversary of publishing. Former staff members and volunteers reflect on 40 years of scraping by and thriving as a grassroots magazine of radical politics, from a four-page newsletter titled Notes from the Briar Patch in 1973 to a magazine with national reach. Joe Catron reports from the Gaza Strip on fishers and farmers on the front lines of occupation, Aaron Lakoff writes on resistance to repackaged neoliberalism in Quebec’s North, and Leanne Betasamosake makes the case for a diplomacy of love.