Squirrels and the Transfer Bus
Prison
On a transfer bus from Cowansville to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, in the lower Laurentians just north of Laval. It does not matter if it is day or night. I cannot tell. Colin McGregor | File Prison In the rear, in a cage, …
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. …
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 …
No Joy in Prostitution
Prostitution
The debate over how prostitution should be handled in our society has elicited lively opinions for a long, long time. Here is the opinion of one woman who worked as a hooker for a year and a half. She wrote …
Homelessness
Prisoner's Chronicle
It is break time at the prison upholstery shop. We work in a large, brightly lit room with a high ceiling and concrete floors. Along one cinderblock wall, chairs are lined up, mostly facing outward. This is where we sit …
True Crime, True Life
Criminality
My father, deceased for some years already, would have been very happy being in prison. Not because of the food, the filth or the confinement. But because in his salad days he was a crime reporter for the Montreal Star, …