Our Mass Plant Extinction
Environment
A chilling fact: over the past century, the Earth has lost 3/4 of its agricultural genetic diversity. Delphine Caubet | File Environment From wildflowers to varieties of trees and grasses, the development of once pristine land engenders the loss of …
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. …
For the Love of a Dog
Homelessness
Many years separate me from the street. But I can still feel the street inside of me. My street odyssey began when I was 14. The streets of Sherbrooke, Granby, Montréal, and Toronto… Hungry for freedom, or just haunted by …
Angelique Duruisseau
Artists
Edith Piaf, France’s most iconic chanteuse, has been the subject of a host of tribute singers for decades. But now, her powerful, expressive style, best known in songs such as Non, Je ne Regrette Rien and La Vie en Rose, …
B.U.
Artists
It’s hard for a Montreal artist to be downhearted when his dreams lead him to discover magical corners of the globe – such as the North African nation of Morocco. Indeed, his years spent working there went a long way …
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 …
Addicted at Age 12
Drug Addiction
Max, the pre-teen, was bitter about life. Introverted and sensitive, he buried his emotions in a mountain of drugs. He tells The Social Eyes about the plight of pre-teens trapped in an imaginary world of their own construction. At age …
Confessions of an Ex-Con
Criminality
Sometimes my jailbird past seems too heavy for me to bear. Many of the folks around me see me as a successful example of a rehabilitated criminal, which can be overpowering, suffocating. Jean-Pierre Bellemare | Files Criminality, Prison This floodlight …
A Half-Marathon for Life
Sports
The Oxford Dictionary defines perseverance as: “the steadfast pursuit of an aim, constant persistence.” To which I would add: “In the face of adversity and even pain when the mind and spirit are advocating quitting whatever activity is the cause.” …