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March 25, 2016


This post was written in response to a Bill Maher editorial in which he examines how instilling an overinflated sense of self importance in children has led to the existence of Donald Trump. Original air date: March 18, 2016.



I earn a living as a substitute teacher. I've been doing it for over 30 years now. Needless to say, things have changed over the la...

March 14, 2016





Something I posted on my personal Facebook page after Justin Trudeau became the 23rd Prime Minister of our country has resurfaced, partly in response to his recent, much celebrated visit to Washington to meet with President Obama. Hilde Weisert, an American, became a Facebook friend after she saw my original post, which not only went viral but als...

March 2, 2016

© Carolyn Marie Souaid



Like you, I became a teacher. I felt that teachers played a vital role in the well-being and future of a society. Like you, I believed in the power of education and in the nobility of the profession. I believed I could make a difference in the lives of young people. These beliefs led me to a remote community on the Ungava coast of Northern Que...

February 24, 2016


 (Still from Dominic Gagnon's Of the North)



Last Friday night I attended a clandestine screening of Dominic Gagnon's collage-film, Of the North. Clandestine because of all the controversy it stirred up last November at the Montreal International Documentary Festival. The film was condemned for allegedly perpetuating cultural stereotypes of the Inuit. Even people wh...

February 21, 2016



It is clear to us that the largest subsidy to the cultural life of Canada comes, not from governments, corporations or other patrons, but from the artists themselves through their unpaid or underpaid labor.

— from the Applebaum / Hébert Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee (1982)



Over three decades have passed since Louis Applebaum and Jacques Hébert reported o...

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