Michael Fraiman

Michael Fraiman has lived in and reported from South Korea, Peru and across Canada. He often covers arts, travel and politics. Find him on Twitter at @mfraiman
Armine Yalnizyan (Courtesy of Christopher Katsarov Luna/Atkinson Foundation)

How Armine Yalnizyan became one of Canada’s most important economists

She’s the caring person’s economist: a big-picture thinker who looks out for the little guy. Yalnizyan is No. 22 on the Maclean’s Power List.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 04 February 2022. The Olympic Games in Beijing will continue until Feb. 20, when the medal games and closing ceremony will take place. (Handout image from Kremlin Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin, unmasked

Image of the Week: True to form, the Russian president tries something no one else thinks they can get away with
A local resident shovels snow after A local resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Toronto Mayor John Tory declared a "major snowstorm condition" and said it would take at least 72 hours clear the city of snow. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg/Getty Images)a snowstorm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Toronto Mayor John Tory declared a "major snowstorm condition" and said it would take at least 72 hours clear the city of snow. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Fine, let’s shovel. But where are we supposed to put the snow?

Image of the Week: Snowstorms that hit Central Canada renewed an age-old debate for people who have to shovel out their cars

A Ski-Doo train packed with courage, care and badly needed supplies

Image of the Week: First Nations in northwestern Ontario are rushing to help COVID-stricken Bearskin Lake. By snowmobile, if necessary.
Governor General Mary Simon ahead of the Throne Speech on Nov. 23, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick /AFP/CP)

Mary Simon’s land acknowledgement isn’t symbolic: ‘It is our true history’

Image of the Week: The governor general is a symbolic role and Simon’s appointment a symbolic victory. But her land acknowledgement—a bit of symbolic prose—is more than that.
A car lies submerged in a ditch on a flooded stretch of road after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods, shutting highways, in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada November 15, 2021. (Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters)

A harrowing image of the B.C. floods that caused mudslides and trapped motorists

Image of the Week: An unusually heavy ’atmospheric river’ drowned cars like this one and follows record-breaking wildfires earlier this year. The West Coast can’t catch a break.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the PM names a cabinet

Image of the week: Justin Trudeau strolled up to Rideau Hall, umbrella in hand and storms brewing. It was a world apart from the happier times of 2015.
Trudeau walking the beach with his wife Sophie at Tofino, B.C. (Global/Twitter)

Trudeau hits the beach in Tofino. At least he isn’t surfing.

Image of the Week: Symbolism is an important part of reconciliation with First Nations. The PM’s oceanside getaway could not have made that clearer.
Michael Kovrig embraces his wife Vina Nadjibulla, right, after arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/CP)

A moment of bliss for Michael Kovrig, and for all of Canada

Image of the Week: Free at long last, Michael Kovrig steps into the embrace of Vina Nadjibulla, his wife and most devoted advocate
23 September 2021, Marlow: Angela Merkel (CDU), German Chancellor, feeds Australian lorises at Marlow Bird Park and gets bitten. (Georg Wendt/Getty Images)

Auf Wiedersehen, Angela Merkel. Goodbye.

Image of the Week: Germany’s unflappable, long-serving chancellor departs the political stage with a rare show of vulnerability