Nancy Macdonald

Nancy Macdonald writes primarily for Maclean’s national section. The transplanted Winnipegger now calls Vancouver home and spends her off-hours chasing her spirited toddler.

Inside the meltdown of Canada’s MMIW inquiry

The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is crumbling amid defections, bureaucratic chaos and personal conflict. Can the meltdown be stopped?


Awe and humility in the face of the eclipse

The alignment of celestial bodies drew cries from a crowd in a Vancouver park. One woman projected it through her colander.


The curious emptiness of Christy Clark’s legacy

She was a formidable force on the stump, and sailed into office on favourable economic winds. So why couldn’t Clark convert her advantage into enduring achievements?


Terror, agony and a new beginning in fire-scarred B.C.

Carmen Jacobsen had walled herself off from the world after losing her best friend in a horrific crime. The fire—and the heroism of her neighbours—brought her back.


B.C. fires stir memories of Fort McMurray—and fear for the future

The evacuation of Williams Lake shows lessons of last year’s nightmare sank in. Good thing, because the wildfire threat across Western Canada is getting worse.

Rainy River First Nations Chief Jim Leonard

Thunder Bay’s divided community is haunted by its “river of tears”

Seven Indigenous children have died in Thunder Bay waterways since 2000, leaving a racially divided community searching for answers—and praying for change


Waiting for death in Thunder Bay

A trailer hitch thrown from a passing car left Barb Kentner facing death, and her daughter contemplating life without her


Perry Bellegarde on recognizing this land’s founding Indigenous peoples

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on changing minds, his mother’s sacred teachings, and building a fairer Canada


How the B.C. Liberals squandered their chance to keep power

Christy Clark has been her party’s best player, leading it to an improbable win four years ago. But when it came time to talk to the Greens, the Liberals left her on the bench.


Big changes in store for B.C. under NDP and Greens

From proportional representation to provincial day care, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver want to close the book on the Clark era. Is the province ready?


NDP-Green pact lowers curtain on B.C. Liberal reign

A whirlwind of wheeling, dealing and cruel politicking puts an end to the Liberals’ 16-year run. They have no one to blame but themselves.

Liberal leader Christy Clark makes calls on the day of the B.C. Election 2017
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The B.C. election delivered Christy Clark a hollow victory

Christy Clark’s Liberals should have skated to an easy victory in the B.C. election. Instead, she now faces an uncertain future.