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]

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Portfolio

Macleans.ca

Courts don't have a monopoly on justice - Macleans.ca

Looking down his microphone at a room full of journalists-turned-prosecutors, Patrick Brown's only hope last Wednesday night was a jurisdictional gambit: "I have instructed my...

Macleans.ca

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...

iPolitics

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...

Institutional Transformation Series

Macleans.ca

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...

Macleans.ca

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...

Macleans.ca

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

Freshair.org.uk

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...

Mixcloud

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...

Mixcloud

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...

Freshair.org.uk

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...

Freshair.org.uk

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...

Freshair.org.uk

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

National Post

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...

Canadian Running Magazine

Run Wild

Running with a pack of dogs in norther Ontario can have unexpected results.

Macleans.ca

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

Canadian Geographic

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...