Roxanne Dubois

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What is a union and what is it not?

The Alberta majority government has moved a series of bills that, when looked at together, drastically undermine unions in the province. Bill 1, passed in May, makes it illegal to protest ‘essential infrastructure’. Bill 32 makes multiple changes to labour law, restricts picketing activities, creates an onerous system where members must opt-in for dues used for ‘political activity’, and more. Finally, Bill 26 changes the Constitutional Referendum Amendment Act allowing big money to pour into Alberta politics.

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Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese | Book review

In this 2012 novel, Saul Indian Horse is a young Indigenous boy who grows up in a residential school in Northern Ontario. Author Richard Wagamese (1955–2017) signed this masterful tale of resistance through sports. The story was made into a beautiful movie, but it’s well worth reading the book even if you have seen it. The opening scenes of Indian Horse take place in a remote, Northern Ontario, riverbank site where Saul’s family has set up camp.

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Critique de livre: Qui sommes nous pour être découragées? par Lorraine Guay

Lorraine Guay est une personalité bien connue dans les milieux communautaires au Québec. Dans le livre Qui sommes nous pour être découragées?, la journaliste Pascale Dufour réalise un entretien complet avec cette militante de longue date.

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Un livre un jour, un livre toujours

Il y a quelques années, j’ai eu envie d’approcher la lecture de façon structurée. J’aime lire un peu de tout, mais j’aime aussi me fixer des objectifs pour lire des œuvres que je ne lirais pas autrement. En 2017, je suis tombée sur la collection d’Olivier Barrot Un livre un jour, un livre toujours, et j’ai su tout de suite que mon programme était fixé. En ordre chronologique, cette liste de 200 livres fait le tour des grands classiques de la littérature.

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The right-wing are being forced to eat their own cuts

Prior to the pandemic, many unions and labour activists were in the thick of pushing back against right-wing governments. In Ontario, the PC government under Doug Ford spent its first two years in office slashing health care and education, imposing public-sector wage constraints, and implementing a radical transformation of public services in Ontario. In Alberta, Jason Kenney was still in early days of pursuing a similar program. Then comes a pandemic, and Canada's right-wing has changed their tune.

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Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline | Book review

I knew I wanted to read Cherie Dimaline's new book as soon as it came out. I didn't get to it in 2019, but a number of people have – it has topped Canadian bestseller charts for months now. Empire of Wild is a compelling, fast-paced thriller that pulls from Métis mythology and symbolism. In this book, prepare to come face-to-face with the legendary figure of the Rogarou.

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American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson | Book Review

World events are off to a seriously concerning start for 2020. I learned of the US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian military officer while in the midst of reading American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. Her debut novel takes place during the Cold War, when a young FBI agent gets recruited by the CIA for an assignment in communist Burkina Faso. Current global geo-political context aside, I have found in American Spy a fulfilling story written by a promising novelist.

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Reading Balzac in end-times: 2019 readings

My reading in 2019 was marked with the discovery of new Indigenous authors, the completion of some ambitious classics, and reading through a wide range of new authors, in French and English. As is becoming a tradition, I am sharing the bright spots that got me through the year.

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À la découverte de Naomi Fontaine

Cette année, j'ai fait la grande découverte de Naomi Fontaine, auteure innue de la communauté de Uashat, sur la côte Nord du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Ses romans sont courts, mais percutants; remplis de tendresse et de sensibilité. Naomi Fontaine est un auteure qu'il faut lire en entier, en plus de s'engager à suivre tout ce qu'elle publie.

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Story of an Occupation

On October 16, there were 11 of us to walk up to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s constituency office in Etobicoke. Since his arrival to power 17 months ago, two workers have lost their lives in the same commercial bakery located a mere six minute drive from Ford’s office.

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#SaveOurLibraries : resisting Ford's ignorant cuts

It was just a question of time before the Ford government went after libraries. Of all the things that are going on in Ontario, it is so sad that we have to take up the fight to defend local library services.

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Lancement de Vendredi Français

Notre collaboratrice Roxanne Dubois publie un nouveau bulletin hebdomadaire intitulé vendredi français qui s’adresse aux francophones et aux francophiles. Le vendredi, le bulletin présente une sélection de bouchées de culture en français à lire et à apprécier. Roxanne partage des écrits originaux: des nouvelles, poèmes et de l’écriture créative sous plusieurs formes. De temps à autre, elle partage aussi du contenu externe en français comme de la musique, de l’art, des vidéos et des liens médiatiques.

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Le Rouge et le Noir de Stendhal

Que dire de ce roman maintes fois revu et analysé? Depuis le temps que j’entends parler du grand classique de Stendhal, je ne m’attendais pas à lire un passionnant thriller psychologique rédigé en language du 19e siècle. Le Rouge et le Noir est sans aucun doute une œuvre impressionnante à bien des égards. Il impressionne grâce à sa longueur, d’abord, car il compte plus de 600 pages. Il impressionne ensuite grâce à ses revirements. Voici le genre de livre qu’il faut lire au moins une fois dans sa vie.

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Critique de livre: Petit pays de Gaël Faye

Petit pays met en scène le Burundi, cet état Africain dans la région des Grands Lacs, souvent à l’ombre du Rwanda et de son histoire tumultueuse. Il est indéniable que ce roman parle de la guerre; début 1990 dans cette région du monde, à la veille d’une guerre civile, on ne peut faire autrement. Petit pays est beaucoup plus que ça: c’est un récit d’enfance qui raconte la ville de Bujumbura aux yeux de Gabriel, 10 ans. C’est un roman d’une lumière et d’une légèreté bouleversante.

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Book review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Everyone knows of Victor Frankenstein and the story of his created monster. His iconic green face and metallic neck plugs from the movie production are legendary, especially around Halloween season. Mary Shelley’s novel from 1823 is such an exciting classic to revisit.

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Education is a right | Roxanne Dubois

From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford’s attack on students’ unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

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Public education requires public funding | Roxanne Dubois

From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford’s attack on students’ unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

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Unsustainable student debt threatens future generations and the Canadian economy | Roxanne Dubois

From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford’s attack on students’ unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

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Reducing tuition fees means giving youth a fair chance | Roxanne Dubois

From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford’s attack on students’ unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Du Québec au Brésil, en passant par la France: une épopée féminine | Roxanne Dubois

‘Le tout dernier roman d’Éric Dupont, La route du lilas, publié l’automne dernier, a la qualité d’être prometteur. Deux femmes, une Québécoise et une Brésilienne, se rencontrent à Paris juste avant les évènements de mai 1968. Elles se lient d’amour, découvrent ensemble la ville, la littérature, et certaines douleurs de la vie. Ce roman épique, qui tangue de la France au Brésil, et de Nashville à la Gaspésie, est un hommage aux personnages féminins grandioses, ainsi qu’à la fleur peu commune qu’est le lilas.’

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