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Montreal: Emerging Jazz Capital of the World

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | 2 commentaires
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Montreal: Emerging Jazz Capital of the World

The histories of jazz in New York City and Montreal flow together along a current of authenticity. As Montreal prepares to receive $120m, how can its jazz tradition further strengthen its identity as an international cultural destination? It is no accident that the cities which have historically been centres of intense jazz activity have been […]

Hope Lies in Ruins: Deconstructing Neo-liberal Myths

Publié le 1 décembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Hope Lies in Ruins: Deconstructing Neo-liberal Myths

The ongoing financial crisis is receiving enormous amounts of attention and a plethora of analyses every day. However, reports and opinions rarely reflect the historical underpinnings that reach farther than 2001, and remain mainly oriented on very recent years, wars, and presidents, especially G.W. Bush; the effect of neoliberal policies is often neglected as well. […]

Antidepressant Use in Children: Should We Worry?

Publié le 1 décembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Antidepressant Use in Children: Should We Worry?

In 2003 and 2004, a controversy regarding the use of antidepressant medications in children and adolescents made the headlines. It was reported that these medications increased the risk of suicide. During the last four years, many studies have been conducted to assess whether antidepressants are beneficial or detrimental in the treatment of pediatric depression. Since […]

(Re)Considering gender equality

Publié le 1 décembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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(Re)Considering gender equality

High levels of sexual and gender-based violence characterize current civil conflicts. Canada prides itself on upholding human rights and gender equality in such conflicts and during peacebuilding. It has adopted a narrow approach to gender equality, however, that does not address the rights of LGBT populations. A broader approach is necessary to uphold human rights […]

At Play with the Border

Publié le 1 décembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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At Play with the Border

While at play with the border in the virtual and futuristic world of the video game Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter2, we are confronted by the extent to which it imitates actual U.S.-Mexico border politics. The extreme sense of urgency and panic evident in the game about the potential penetration of American soil by borderhackers, mirrors […]

The Future for the Treatment of HIV

Publié le 1 novembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Future for the Treatment of HIV

2009 marks 25 years since the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was linked to the transmission of the retrovirus Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In these years, HIV/AIDS has become one of the largest human health pandemics in recorded history. An estimated 33 million people are infected and AIDS causes approximately two million deaths each year (1). […]

The « Refus Global » In Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: A Historical Consideration

Publié le 1 novembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The « Refus Global » In Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: A Historical Consideration

To mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Refus global manifesto, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts has organized a survey of fifty-eight paintings and drawings made by some of the manifesto’s signatories and members of Quebec’s artistic collective “Mouvement Automatiste” (1). An historical evaluation of this movement and the circumstances that surrounded […]

The Human Cicada

Publié le 1 novembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Human Cicada

The current global financial crisis has raised questions about the future of capitalism. What is overlooked is how capitalism is related to civilization. In order to delineate this relation and unmask its essence, we must begin with the inverted image of capitalist civilization, which we will elucidate by way of metaphor – a possible civilization […]

A Survivor’s Challenge in Colombia

Publié le 1 novembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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A Survivor’s Challenge in Colombia

Ingrid Betancourt survived six years of captivity in the middle of the Colombian jungle. When all hope was lost, she was rescued in an extraordinary military operation. With her popularity intact, will she be able to recover her political career? Is she destined to solve the chronic instability created and supported by her former captors? […]

Green Fury : Science Fiction / Public Trust

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Green Fury : Science Fiction / Public Trust

In September 2005 Senator Inhofe invited science fiction author Michael Crichton to Washington to counsel the U.S. Congress on the issue of climate change. Due to his celebrity influence, Crichton’s melding of science fiction with policy recommendations risks hindering the capacity for informed public discussion on scientific matters of concrete social importance. Crichton’s speech collapsed […]

Autologue

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Autologue

The expressive freedoms promised by the vanity plate are predicated on an inherently false understanding of their bureaucratic function. The vanity plate eradicates « plagiarism » within its system and promulgates seriality rather than individuality akin to those who affix numbers to their email addresses in order to use their own name. Jerry « Woody », ALBERTA 1915 auto […]

Love Song to the Familiar

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Love Song to the Familiar

Amidst dizzying imagery and language teeming with metaphor, Katia Grubisic’s debut poetry collection, What if Red Ran Out ($16.95), manages to create a space within which to explore the in-between and often overlooked moments of everyday experience. “What goes on at the edge of the bank / could last years, centuries… Yet— / the pizzicato […]

Seeing Red : Passion and Identity

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Seeing Red : Passion and Identity

An important change is taking place in psychology. A recent direction within psychology called “positive psychology” focused on understanding what makes life of people more fulfilling and worth living. It is believed that the concept of passion is one key factor in achieving that. Passion can fuel motivation, enhance well-being, and provide meaning in everyday […]

Cuba : The Change Enigma

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Cuba : The Change Enigma

This think piece ponders the rhythm of recent Cuban history and seeks to open a space of reflection about how to envision the passage of history. In Cuba, a post-revolution political imaginary often seems to have bound the past to one place. Within obscure time dynamics, the future, in turn, appears uncertain and blurry, or […]

Universal Access… Now?

Publié le 1 octobre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Universal Access… Now?

At this year’s International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, there appears to be a disjuncture between research and reality. Resources are being aimed at ‘our’ AIDS problem, a problem which is rooted in small pockets of the developed world’s population; whereas, ‘their’ AIDS problem is of a different nature altogether – and it forms the […]

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