Roxanne Dubois

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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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