The New York Times Magazine has also listed its most popular stories. Its ranking is topped by a must-read on the growthin anxiety among teenagers. While the article focused on the United States, a well respected Canadian survey shows that teenagers here are facing similar psychological stress.
Although Cooking, The New York Times’s food app, has nudged aside cookbooks in my family’s kitchen (and not simply out of corporate solidarity), I was surprised to find that we haven’t cooked any of its most popular recipes from the past year. Dealing with that deficiency will be a holiday project.
Suzanne Spector, the editor on the International Desk who handles Canada, also looks after a kind of feature we call “journals.” They are, in her description, “a longstanding weekday feature by Times correspondents around the world that aims to bring readers to places they haven’t been, in the hope of offering insight into a place and culture.”
Speaking for myself, writing journals is one of the most interesting and satisfying parts of my job. Ms. Spector has picked 17 favorites from the past year, a list that includes my essay comparing Expo 67 with this year’s Canada 150 celebrations as well as Dan Levin’s account of life in Keno City, Yukon, a place with about a dozen full-time residents and two bars.
Another standing feature by Times correspondents is the Saturday Profile. Kyle Crichton, who edits the profiles, has chosen 11 exceptional women who appeared in it during 2017. His favorite: Kiki Zhao’s article on Yu Xiuhua, China’s most-read poet, who has cerebral palsy and who never finished high school.
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Climate and Science
From extreme-weather events to the Trump administration’s abandonment of the United States’s commitments on greenhouse gas reduction, it’s been an extraordinary year in climate change. The Times’s climate desk has pulled together highlights of our coverage from the past year in a package that includes several striking multimedia presentations.
Science has pulled together the most memorable discoveries of the year. They include James Gorman’s reporting on research, much of it taking place in Nicolet Quebec, which found that you can’t turn wolf puppies into dogs.
Read: What We Learned in 2017
All of us who report for The Times speak to a lot of people over the course of the year, more than I can easily calculate in my case. Some of those conversations can be exceptionally memorable. Ten of my colleagues have recounted such moments from 2017.
Catherine Porter, the Toronto bureau chief, has also written a separate article about the particular challenges she faced earlier this year while reporting a story about a planned death. It was, by the way, one of the most-read stories from Canada this year.
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—Élise Béliveau, widow of famed captain Jean Béliveau, is the reigning monarch of the Montreal Canadiens.
—Dan Bilefsky has looked at the latest development in the debate over cultural appropriation: French-speaking Quebecers who are displeased when poutine is described as being a “Canadian” dish. Fun fact from the story: Its name may have come from “pudding.”
—A week later, the deaths of Barry Sherman, the Toronto billionaire, founder of Canada’s largest drug maker and philanthropist, and his wife, Honey, remain shrouded in mystery.
—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying in Canada this Christmas after being rebuked by the ethics commissioner for a trip last year to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Caribbean.
—The Times’s Dance In the Real World video series has released an episode featuring Laura Grizzlypaws of St’at’imc First Nation in British Columbia using dance to honor the grizzly bear. Don’t miss it.
—The combined effects of President Trump’s pullback on immigration and Canada’s open approach to skilled workers are being felt in New York.