Selected publications

I write about literature; medicine and especially evidence in medicine; travel and being a flaneuse; and states of mind, often touching on drugs (and drug policy), depression and pain. I’ve written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Globe and Mail and many others (see links to many of them below).

Other topics I cover and have covered over the years include inequality/inequity, policing, migration issues, social and labour movements and activism, environmental change, and women’s rights. As well as writing for Canadian mainstream and alternative media, I’ve contributed to publications in Spain, Germany, the UK and the United States. I have recent essays in Madness, Violence and Power (an anthology from University of Toronto Press) and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press). My first book was published in 2016 and the second is due out from Goose Lane, Canada’s oldest independent publisher, in 2021.

Selected publications:

University of Toronto Press
The Opposite of Violence (essay about kindness in the mental health care system for people in crisis, in Madness, Violence and Power, edited by Andrea Daley, Lucy Costa and Peter Beresford; University of Toronto Press 2019)
The Washington Post
Canada shows how overdose prevention sites can help tackle the opioid crisis
The Walrus Magazine
Saying No to Drugs Isn’t an Answer to Addiction
Spacing Magazine

This is your city on drugs
Reasons to be Cheerful
Portugal’s Wildly Successful Decriminalization Experiment
Harm Reduction Goes Global–an interactive map
Choosing Wisely Perspectives
Let’s have a cautious but compassionate approach to opioid prescribing
Filter
Harm Production: Ontario’s Brutal Cuts Add Fuel to the Overdose Fire
Five of the Ways Unsanctioned Harm Reduction Continues to Blaze Trails
How a Canadian Decriminalization Model Can Improve on Portugal
A three-part series on homelessness:
The Mischaracterized Relationship b/n Drug Use and Homelessness 
The Pandemic Accelerates the Rise–and Criminalization–of Tent Cities
Housing First and the Homelessness Crisis–What Went Wrong?
National Observer
What Canada should do for refugees, starting now
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press)
The View from Up North (essay in Volume 8, No 3, Winter 2018)
The Globe and Mail

Legacy of a Zapatista rebel
Love in another time of cholera
Staying in readers’ good books
The fact that my opioid use is lawful doesn’t make me better than other drug users 
Overdose-prevention sites are a matter of life and death… 
Data show the first supervised injection site in the US, although illegal, prevented…
NOW magazine
See most of my articles for NOW, where I wrote on social movements and municipal politics.
Canadian Geographic
Biodiversity: Environmental scientist of the year (actually a feature about citizen science)
The Guardian
Women of the world unite
Eye weekly, for whom I wrote dozens of features, news stories, and unsigned editorials
School board spying on student politics
Biowarfare
Women and children (editorial)
Behind the barricades
Taking aim
Smoke gets in your eyes
Canadian Dimension (“Under the radar” column on social movements around the world)
Public libraries and free trade
Latin American Canadians
Letter from Chiapas
Fuse Magazine
Theatre as a political tool
Rabble.ca
book reviews and articles
This Magazine

Insecurity measures
The Toronto Star
No backyards or picket fences
Quill & Quire
I wrote many reviews of books for children and youth, as well as a few other articles and reviews for this magazine about publishing in Canada.