A Modern Wake

01/30/2023 Raymond Viger 0

By Raymond Viger Originally, the funeral wake was a strongly religious tradition. Watching over the remains allowed the deceased to depart their physical envelope with the positive thoughts of their loved ones in tow. But over time, this relationship with the church has lost its […] See more

Café Graffiti : 25 Years of Involvement

01/19/2023 Raymond Viger 0

A year of celebration and change. The Café Graffiti celebrates its quarter century while the Journal de la Rue celebrates its 30th birthday. The adventure began with the Journal de la Rue, the first French-speaking street newspaper in the world. It was followed in 1993 […] See more

Should We Legalize Prostitution?

01/17/2023 Raymond Viger 0

By Raymond Viger For many decades I believed that legalizing prostitution would help women who work the street and solve all their problems. But I can’t ignore the experiences of those nations that have legalized it. After having deeply researched the topic, I am now […] See more

Keys to a Healthy Relationship

08/19/2022 Raymond Viger 0

By Raymond Viger I’ve already told you, in these columns, of the macho education that men got in the 1950s and 60s when it came to romantic relationships. Think of James Bond during the Sean Connery era, or Humphrey Bogart. A star would kiss a […] See more

Why Go Hungry When You Want To Eat?

08/01/2022 Raymond Viger 0

A Diet Isn’t Starvation By Raymond Viger  I’ve told you about my 10 months without smoking a cigarette, and a couple of the side effects I’ve experienced while I stopped smoking. One thing that was important for me was to not get any fatter despite […] See more

Sylvain Turner: Portrait of a Writer

07/21/2022 Raymond Viger 0

By Raymond Viger Sylvain Turner was 14 months old when his father died in a car accident. His mother, who survived, fell into a depression. Because of this, he was raised by his grandparents in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, in the Mauricie, the land of Jacques Ferron, author […] See more

Learning the Hard Way

07/15/2022 Raymond Viger 0

By Raymond Viger I can remember an unorthodox intervention carried out while I was working with marginalized street kids. I helped a teenager become an adult. Let’s give him the fictional name Eric. He turned his life around. His criminal record dealt with, Eric no […] See more

A Tender Moment – Poetry

06/28/2022 Raymond Viger 0

A poem from the book Liberté – Un sourire intérieur (Freedom – an Inner Smile) An anthology of poems to meditate upon. Each poem reveals a message, an emotion. The same poem can take on a different color, depending on your state of mind. By […] See more