All in Issue Five 2018/2019

Écrire pour exister : bas les préjugés

Nous sommes tous habitués à regarder des films scolaires insipides. Or, le film américain Écrire pour exister (Freedom Writers en anglais), sorti en 2007 et réalisé par Richard LaGravenese, examine des propos très importants, tels que les gangs, les systèmes d’éducation désavantageux pour certains élèves et la réalité crue de certaines écoles défavorisées. Dans le film, l’enseignante jouée par l’actrice Hillary Swank incarne les préjugés et la naïveté de plusieurs personnes.

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Climate Change and Social Justice

Would you like to be in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of December or be in a snowsuit in July? Climate Change is the change in global climate patterns attributed by the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels. It’s ruining our world, it is becoming a serious problem in our environment in fact, in my opinion it is the biggest problem.

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L’Union européenne au grand écran

Si vous êtes un ou une cinéphile comme moi, vous devenez sans doute surexcité lorsque les lumières s’éteignent au cinéma signalant le commencement du film. Si vous êtes en Études internationales ou en Science politique, vous devriez jeter un coup d’œil au Festival du film de l’Union européenne !

Fake Smiles and Happy Place

I’ll admit it. I shamelessly paid $35 for a ticket to Happy Place, a pop-up interactive exhibition set up at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto from November until January. We’ve all heard about Happy Place through one of those oh-so tantalizing videos from BlogTO on Facebook and through all of our most Instagram-inclined friends who had undoubtedly bought tickets at the presale. My stormy Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as my constant academic anxieties as a student, were both fatally attracted to Happy Place’s pomp and glitter and colours. Can visiting Happy Place really cure anxiety, depression, and senioritis? Good thing I checked it out, so you don’t have to.

Sorry to Burst your Bubble: Toronto’s Housing Crisis

There was a lot of talk about affordable housing during Toronto’s recent elections. People were intrigued to hear about John Tory’s plan to build 40,000 units in 12 years, or the even more ambitious claim of 100,000 in 10 years by his chief opponent, former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat. If you don’t pay for mortgage or rent however, it might be more difficult to imagine what the housing situation looks like in Toronto—and boy, is it a mess.

Ignoring Intersectionality at the Expense of a Woman: A Review of Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

Premiering with Nightwood Theatre twenty-one years ago, Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet has made its grand return to the Tarragon Theatre, this time in the Main Space. The remounting of the play gives Sears the opportunity to recreate her timeless piece for a contemporary audience. Addressed in the programme as a “non-chronological prequel to Shakespeare’s Othello,Harlem Duet sets about to expose the backstory of Othello, the origin of his cursed handkerchief, and bring to the forefront the woman he deserted.  

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Des occasions de parler français à Glendon pour un étudiant en FSL, il y en a plein!

C’était avec beaucoup de tristesse que j’ai lu l’article du dernier numéro de Pro Tem critiquant le manque d’occasions de parler français dans les programmes FSL (français langue seconde) à Glendon. En tant que directrice par intérim du Centre de formation linguistique pour les études en français, je voudrais expliquer ce qui se passe dans nos cours FSL (1000, 1100, 1200, 2000 et 2100) et au Salon francophone pour souligner toutes les belles choses qui se passent en français à Glendon (toutes les belles occasions de vivre en français) !

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Mass Shootings: The Consequences of Playing with Fire

The United States is no stranger to the politics of hate. Even the most basic study of U.S. history reveals that the country has a long history of issues related to race, immigration, and integration. The U.S. is a country of immigrants, but each wave of new citizens has rocked American society in its own way—all have faced bigotry. Freed slaves, in particular, felt this hatred as states passed laws that purposefully stripped them of every aspect of citizenship they had gained, and White supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan mercilessly hounded them. Importantly, much of that hatred was stoked for political gain.

Public Intellectualism, A Home for Hatred: Thoughts on the Bannon-Frum Debate

In our political purgatory of Doug Fords, Maxime Berniers, and Faith Goldys, public intellectualism should be a sanctuary in the sky. For marginalized peoples especially, intellectualizing the dream of a more democratic society by fact-checking, idea-sharing, and place-making is a form of liberation and resistance. In Toronto, however, spaces for academic conversation seem to be as hellish as our politics. The latest installment of the acclaimed Munk Debates series is veritable proof.

Manger des aliments de saison, une sage habitude à cultiver

Depuis mon enfance, ma mère m’encourage à manger des produits alimentaires et à inclure à mon alimentation des aliments qui poussent au même moment de l’année où on les mange. Par exemple, on peut manger des courges en été et en automne et des betteraves en hiver. Manger des aliments de saison est une habitude importante à adopter car elle présente des avantages pour la santé et pour la planète, en plus d’être économique

When Love Isn’t Enough: Coping with a Friend’s Suicide

I’m going to skip the obligatory introduction about how tragic and gut-wrenching it is to lose a friend to suicide, because if this article is ever useful to you, you’ll already know that part. I’m writing this article for the living; not for the deceased. I’m writing this article so that you will hopefully have the answers you will be looking for under these circumstances—answers I did not have. So, here are seven pieces of advice I hope you’ll never need.

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John Kemp’s Kitchen: Cooking with Cannabis

About a month ago, the federal government passed bill C-45, the bill legalising recreational cannabis. Since then, despite a number of logistical hurdles, Canadians across the country have been able to legally purchase marijuana in a number of forms including the dried flower, oils, and capsules. The one product category, however, that hasn’t been legalised for sale by the government is that of edible cannabis. For this reason, I’ve got a bit of a curveball for you all this issue—cannabutter.


Procrastination has been a problem for me ever since I’ve had things to do. Feeling instant gratification by leaving things for later is just easier compared to getting them done right away.

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