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by Editors — last modified 2018-02-24T13:28:39-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Lectures d'hiver

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Apr 15, 2018 10:35 AM
Le printemps tarde à réchauffer ma ville, et j’en profite pour partager mes lectures francophones des derniers mois. Je vous souhaite de trouver ici quelques suggestions pour vos lectures printanières -- le beau temps se pointera bien un jour ou l’autre.

Ontario Liberals do not understand what universities are for | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 08, 2018 03:04 PM
The Ontario Liberal’s 2018 budget had a few large progressive sounding programs to announce. However, none of these were focused on the university system. Almost all of the budget outside the announcement of large subsidies to private childcare providers and pharma continued to be a standard Liberal fare - progressive sounding, regressive in implementation. The true impact of government spending on the university system will be the implementation of funding reforms not written explicitly into government spending. This is the case for much of the government's policies that seem to be ignored during budget time -- even though these policies give the budget its true political framework.

Book review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Apr 02, 2018 10:57 AM
For the first time in what feels like a long while, I finished a recent and popular book. Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere came out in September 2017 and an announcement earlier this month confirmed its TV adaptation in the near future. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, this novel tells the story of one suburban family confronted with the arrival of a mother and daughter to their rental unit. Nostalgic children of the ’90s, be warned: this book hits all the right notes.

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Mar 25, 2018 11:22 AM
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver was published almost 10 years ago, but that’s no reason to leave it unread. In this epic novel, a young writer grows up in Mexico City, takes a job as a cook and dreams of becoming a writer. The historical context and characters give this book an intrigue worth pursuing.

Freethinker: The Life and Works of Éva Circé-Côté

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Mar 04, 2018 08:23 AM
"Éva Circé-Côté was a diehard Montrealer,” writes Andrée Lévesque in her account of a woman whose impact has been, for too long, underestimated. As it turns out, this Montrealer was also a skilled journalist, a prolific writer, a provocative columnist, a lifelong librarian and an independent thinker who occupied a prominent place in the city. Yet her name is barely remembered. And without Freethinker, references to Circé-Côté would be limited to a handful of historical documents from the early 1900s.

Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Mar 06, 2018 09:10 AM
Arundhati Roy’s second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was much anticipated in 2017. I kept hearing about the author, peeking into her non-fiction work, and I decided to read her first, well-known novel before diving into the current one. I began 2018 by reading The God of Small Things, a book published in 1996 and winner of the Booker prize in 1997. It’s an epic story about twins growing up in India, and the bits of life that change their course.
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