Jonathon Power’s Pakistani Prodigy

Canada’s world squash champ takes a young Pakistani player under his wing.

AS A GIRL GROWING UP IN THE LAWLESS TRIBAL REGION of northwestern Pakistan, it’s a marvel Maria Toor Pakay was able to play squash, let alone become the country’s top female player. Continue reading


My Arctic Dream House: A Totally Tubular Design

UNLESS IT’S MINUS-40 OR SQUALLING, Richard Carbonnier spends most every spare moment on a tundra hill hammering, digging, drilling and trying not to get frostbite. For the past two years, the 52-year-old architect has been single-handedly slogging away on his tubular eco-home in Pond Inlet, a hamlet of about 1,300 people on Nunavut’s Baffin Island. “It’s painful at times,” he says of winter work. “When you touch a tool, it freezes to your fingertips.” Continue reading

Montreal Symphony’s Northern Exposure

The world-renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montreal opens its Canada-wide tour at a Yellowknife high school

IF YOU IGNORED THE BASKETBALL NETS folded into the rafters and the championship flags peeking out from the velvet drapes, a Yellowknife gymnasium effectively became a concert hall Monday night. The world-renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montreal opened its Canada-wide tour at St. Patrick High School to a crowd of 850 symphony-starved locals. Yellowknife, population about 19,000, had never hosted musicians so prestigious, and the orchestra had never travelled so far north in its own country. Continue reading