William Robert “Bob” Davis, co-founder of This Magazine, passed away last week at the age of 77 while on vacation in Cuba. In addition to his time in the journalism industry, he was an educator, philanthropist, author, and activist.
Davis published the first issue of This Magazine, then known asThis Magazine Is About Schools, in 1966 with a group of fellow school activists. Interested in developing a magazine that allowed for interaction between the readers and the magazine, Davis wrote in the first issue: “This Magazine will die and should die if it merely reflects the views of a small group in Toronto.” Today, the alternative magazine is known for its focus on Canadian politics, culture, and the arts. It has featured a number of well-known Canadian contributors, including Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, and Michael Ondaatje.