Patrick  McGuire

Patrick McGuire

  • Crack Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Arm-Wrestled Hulk Hogan and Won

    This morning, in a bizarre effort to divert attention from his crack-fueled political saga, Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, arm wrestled Hulk Hogan in a hotel conference room.

  • Toronto Policeman James Forcillo Will Face Second-Degree Murder Charges

    For shooting 18-year-old Sammy Yatim nine times on a Toronto streetcar last month. Six of the bullets were fired when Sammy was already on the ground.

  • The Government Wants the Media to Stop Covering Barrett Brown

    Barrett Brown has been sitting in prison, without trial, for almost a year. In case you haven’t followed his case, the 31-year-old journalist is facing a century of prison time for sharing a link that contained, within an archive of 5 million emails...

  • The Demise of Lavabit and Silent Circle Means Your Emails Will Never Be Safe from the Government

    This week, two encrypted email providers shut down their services, and that’s very bad news if you’d rather the government didn’t read your emails. Clearly, the right to buy and sell on the free market and the right to privacy only apply to people who...

  • The Chemical Valley - Trailer

    Forty percent of Canada's petrochemical industry is packed into a 15-square-mile area in Sarnia, Ontario, called the Chemical Valley. More than 60 chemical plants and oil refineries operate there 24/7. As a result of the Chemical Valley's emissions, in...

  • I Left My Lungs in Aamjiwnaang

    The first thing you notice about Sarnia, Ontario, is the smell: a potent mix of gasoline, melting asphalt, and the occasional trace of rotten egg. Shortly after my arrival I already felt unpleasantly high and dizzy, like I wasn’t getting enough air...

  • Why Did the Toronto Police Kill Sammy Yatim?

    The people of Toronto have a lot of questions for its police force after Sammy Yatim, an 18-year-old armed only with a knife, was shot nine times by a police officer in a busy part of the city. We spoke to an eye-witness, who shot one of two iPhone...

  • Dodge the NSA with This Fancy Encrypted Messaging Service

    With all the talk pinging back and forth around the interwebs in the ongoing NSA clusterfuck, there's a real surge in the demand for encryption-based messaging services. Heml.is is one such service founded by Peter Sunde, one of the creators of the...

  • Kristie Muller's Peculiar Still Lifes and Body Part Portraits

    Kristie Muller, a.k.a. Baller, has been a standout photographer for as long as she's owned a camera.

  • This Is a Defining Year for WikiLeaks

    WikiLeaks is now established as the go-to organization for those who have something secret they want the world to know or who hear the footsteps of intelligence agencies behind them. What does its future look like?

  • The Anonymous Member Who Broke the Steubenville Rape Case, Then Got Raided by the FBI

    The FBI recently raided the home of Deric Lostutter, the member of the hacktivist collective Anonymous who leaked a video that showed the young men who raped an unconscious teenaged girl in Steubenville, Ohio, bragging about it. They say he's...

  • The Rob Ford Scandal Is Just Like 'The Wire'

    What with City Hall, the police, Toronto's drug dealers, and the media playing a major role in the Rob Ford crack scandal, there's no real-life parallel to this evolving story—it's more like a work of fiction, specifically David Simon's much-lauded TV...