Editorial: ASFA Mishandled Harassment Claims Against Former President Jonathan Roy

ASFA Is at the Centre of a Quebec’s Human Rights Commission Complaint, Again

We hope to see ASFA’s actions reflect a desire to learn from the allegations against Jonathan Roy, and we expect a concise plan of action following the accusations against ASFA.

  • Turning it in

    Concordia pilots anti-plagiarism software this summer

    Quietly over the summer session, Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Services has piloted an American-based anti-plagarism software called Turnitin in the university’s classrooms over the last three weeks.

  • 50 cent raise on minimum wage

    Still pays less than poverty line

    Quebec’s minimum wage increased by 50 cents on May 1, as the province’s 320,000 lowest paid workers will now make $9.50 an hour. Despite rising at nearly three times the rate of inflation since the wage was set at $7.30 an hour in 2003, a 40-hour work week at the new minimum wage would still pay less than Canada’s poverty line.

  • To draw or not to draw

    The Link looks at the draw Muhammad debate

    Everybody Draw Muhammad Day, held on May 20, spawned a clash of ideals. The day was initiated by the censorship of an episode of American television show, South Park titled “201” for depicting the prophet Muhammad—an act that is blasphemous to Islam.

  • Montrealers unite against Israeli flotilla attack

    Protesters across Canada call for end to Gaza blockade

    Hundreds of Montrealers marched through the city’s rainy streets on June 5 to protest the Israeli Navy’s lethal attack on a Gaza-bound aid ship a week earlier.

  • Pushing the right buttons

    Is technology replacing human intimacy?

    My over-sexed partner in crime, Scott Nagao and I stumbled upon realdoll.com, a website that sells sex dolls that at first glance you’d swear were human beings. They have special features like an actual spine that mimics the flexibility of a real person. I was shocked. “Holy fucking shit, I am not sure if that is a real person or not,” I told Scott. “I know, right?” he exclaimed in agreement.

  • PQ study finds use of French waning in Montreal

    According to a study the Parti Québécois published in April, the use of the English language could surpass French in Montreal as early as 2016. The PQ concludes that by 2016, the percentage of Montrealers speaking French as a first language will drop from 79 per cent in 2006 to 43 per cent.

  • Editorial: Disconnected understanding

    Last week, 9,000 academics and delegates flocked to Concordia for the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking our downtown campus by scholarly storm. They attended over 1,500 events with an aim of “sharing groundbreaking research and examining the important social and cultural issues of the day,” according to Concordia’s humanities and social sciences website.

  • Anglo writers on Montreal survival tactics

    Every year, hundreds of young anglophone writers are lured to Montreal by English and creative writing programs and by the promise of living in a city with a vibrant and diverse cultural life. And every year, hundreds of students graduate from those English programs and move back to cities like Toronto, where they seek out work as writers, playwrights and graphic novelists. For many, the challenges of trying to make a living as an Anglo writer in Quebec seem too great. Blue Metropolis’s Reading The World From Montreal panel will feature four English-speaking writers discussing the difficulties of being an Anglo writer in Quebec.

  • Living on the edge of appropriateness

    Local zine publishes photographs that shock, amuse and offend

    Who wants to wait to be discovered when self-discovery is right at your fingertips? Daniel Pelissier sure doesn’t. “I’m not going to wait for someone to ask me to publish my photos, I’ll just do it myself and have fun with it,” said Pelissier, co-founder of Young Healers, a local photography zine that opts for a DIY esthetic. The zine publishes photographs of emerging artists Pelissier deems worthy of attention.

  • It’s all true

    Jeff Miller makes the jump from zine to paperback

    “When I was making the zine, I never let the impermanence of the medium change the way I wrote,” said Jeff Miller of the 15 years he spent writing his Ghost Pine zine. “I would always make sure that it was not just good enough, but as good as it possibly could be, which I think is one of the only ways to grow as a writer.”