Mark Dance

Freelance writer on politics, culture, sport, law, cognitive science and technology.

Bylines with Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Toronto Star and elsewhere. Editorial experience with Lapham's Quarterly in New York City. Podcasting, photography and multimedia storytelling. MSc in the cognitive sciences from University of Edinburgh, non-partisan experience working for Members of Parliament on both sides of Canadian House of Commons. Completed innovation fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, communications and community work at Samara Canada. Studying law at McGill.

Contact: [email protected]

Portfolio

Why the electoral reform sham will breed cynicism - Macleans.ca
By killing electoral reform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has damaged more than just Canada's prospects for releasing itself from the clutches of moribund first-past-the-post...
Democracy's crisis of imagination
A day after Donald Trump's election to the world's highest elected office, American far-right polemicist Ann Coulter adjusted her long blond hair, stared into a CBC camera and...
Dance & Middleton: Groping in the dark
These past weeks have seen headlines that read like a bitter lament for journalism departed, with tales of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking sternly to Leonardo DiCaprio in...

Institutional Transformation Series

Why Canadian federalism is bigger than Ottawa and the provinces - Macleans.ca
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on institutional transformation at Canada's sesquicentennial. This piece is on local and Indigenous governments and the...
Indigenous tenacity and new Charter rights could transform our courts - Macleans.ca
This is part two in a three-part series on institutional transformation at Canada's sesquicentennial. Part one looked at revitalized Canadian federalism, and this instalment...
Three modest reforms can restore Canada's democratic architecture - Macleans.ca
This is the final part in a series on institutional transformation at Canada's sesquicentennial. Parts one and two looked at revitalizing Canadian federalism and legal...

The Headspace podcast

Headspace Radio: Cultural Evolution
This week, we tackle the dynamics of how culture evolves. In the process, Kenny Smith answers the questions you never thought to ask: why do Mormons have a reproductive...
Animal Learning
This week, Rachael Bailes introduces us to the strange but also familiar world of animal learning. With the help of Charles Darwin, Thomas Hardy and The Lion King, we take a...
Mirror Neurons
Can a special kind of brain cell explain why we have empathy for each other and what makes us human? Mirror neurons are changing the way that we think about action and...
Headspace Radio: Free Will and Neuroscience
William Wallace meets Martin Luther in this week's episode about free will and neuroscience. Till Vierkant explains what it might mean to be free and what the science of the...
Headspace Radio: Aristotle On The Soul
We go way back today to try to sort out what Aristotle knew about mind and life that we might have forgotten. In the process we figure out whether robots have souls and what...
Headspace Radio: Kant And Hegel
Looking back at the philosophical landscape of the 18th and 19th centuries, two monolithic figures stand out against the sun. Dr. Dave Ward introduces us to the way that these...

History and culture

Mark Dance: Among the migrant workers in Canada
I was doing my best to cajole my Mexican migrant worker colleagues into joining me at the local Canada Day parade when my friend Guadalupe shot back with a demoralizing...
Run Wild
Running with a pack of dogs in norther Ontario can have unexpected results.
What would Sir John A. say?
It is not easy to find John A. Macdonald's childhood home in Glasgow. No statue stands to celebrate Canada's first prime minister in his native Scottish city, and it was only...

Outdoor Rink Project

Climate change: the puck stops here
Given what my friend Ryan Lum and I had discovered over the first two weeks of our journey, we knew that we had to enjoy the game while it lasted. We had already watched...
Open Ice
Original print versions of eight outdoor hockey project columns; our outdoor hockey trip took us from Sault Ste. Marie to Halifax, visiting more than 20 communities and over 50...
Lucky Torontonians get to skate in the rain
Our outdoor hockey road trip seemed to be taking a turn for the worse as we drove through the pouring rain into Toronto. The temperature was well above freezing and conditions...

Rights Watch monitoring at CCLA

Hairstylist Gets his Cut in Human Rights Decision
With the help of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, a Montreal man has prevailed over his former employer at the Human Rights Tribunal of...
Quebec Government Legislates Construction Industry Back to Work
The National Assembly passed loi 142 in the early morning Tuesday, legislating 175,000 Quebecers back to work and ending the province's week-old construction strike. The bill...
The New C-51: Charter-proofing, Witchcraft and Sexual Assault Updates
Last week federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced Bill C-51 in the House of Commons. The Act is the government's next step to modernize Canada's Criminal Code,...
Government Bill Would Include Gender Identity in Canada's Human Rights Act
A government bill sponsored by federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is on the cusp of amending the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) to include gender identity and...
Aboriginal Customary Adoptions Injected into Quebec Civil Code
Quebec's National Assembly has legislated to recognize customary adoptions, acknowledging Aboriginal authority over certain aspect of family law and injecting a hint of legal...
Government Inaction Reboots Charter Challenge on Solitary Confinement
A constitutional challenge to the use of solitary confinement in Canadian federal prisons is moving forward after a five-month adjournment. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association...

Collaborative Work at Samara Canada


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