The 100th Issue
Miscallaneous
The winter 2017 issue (Vol. 25, no. 1) of our sister magazine Reflet de Société is its 100th issue! By Raymond Viger In 1992, we were the first Francophone street newspaper in the world. In 1993, Macadam was launched in …
How We’ve Gone Backwards
Homelessness
Jules Hetzel, publisher, brought the world the works of the father of science fiction, French writer Jules Verne (1828-1905). Colin McGregor  File: Homelesness. Hetzel encouraged Verne to blend fast-paced adventure tales with futuristic scientific gadgetry. Together they launched beloved best­sellers like …
Invest in the Community
Community
A community bond is an original way to support a community organization and conserve your capital. You help a social group while receiving interest on your capital, which won’t be touched. By Raymond Viger Québec’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (ATM, …
Can we be Different and Agree?
Community
Many things make me a different sort of person. By Raymond Viger And I am proud that I am different from others. I love my own uniqueness. Our differences lead us to believe that consensus is impossible. That we can’t …
Education and Differences
Community
Many things make me a different sort of person. I’m dyslexic. Yet because my mother taught me to read, write and count, I made it to the top of my class. Many students are “different” like me. By Raymond Viger …
The Scapegoat Syndrome
Society
René Girard, a writer and philosopher from France, feels that human societies are necessarily full of negative emotions. People copy others – that’s human nature – and one person’s violence and rage can multiply, can get horribly out of control. …
Too Sexy, Too Young
Hypersexualization
At a shopping centre we meet Haley, 10, who is out with her mom. This little Ontarian is rarely caught without her bright red lip gloss and fake nose piercing. When asked why, Haley explains: “It’s pretty, and it matches …
Broken Windows
Justice
In 2012, a shy, quiet teacher and political philosopher named James Wilson died. An expert in Chicago’s black neighborhoods, he was best known as the man who came up with the “Broken Windows” Theory. It says that if one window …