Wokism cannot ignore critical pluralism

Each year, in the section Le Devoir de philo, we publish an abridged version of the winning text of the Philosopher contest, which is held in the (Quebec) college network. For the 2022 edition, the question was: Is the future woke? Reda Hessi Student at Jean-de-Brébeuf College Le Devoir, January 14th, 2023 “Stay woke”, warned […]

Security and dignity, new pretexts for censorship

Patrick Moreau is a professor of literature in Montreal, editor-in-chief of the journal Argument and essayist. His publications include “Ces mots qui pensent à notre place” (These words that think for us – Liber, 2017) and “La prose d’Alain Grandbois, ou lire et relire Les voyages de Marco Polo” (Nota bene, 2019). Le Devoir, January […]

Unrest at the university

By Normand Baillargeon * Le Devoir, Montréal, January 15th, 2023 I am currently editing lectures given by my dear Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in 1950. In them he addresses the question of the philosophical and political conception of the individual. He inspires me to reflect on what I consider to be some troubling aspects of current […]

A plea for respectful robustness

By Jean-François Lisée Le Devoir, January 4th, 2023 I have read many political programmes in my life and helped to write some of them. However, I had never come across a sentence like this: “We agree to disagree: our opponents are not our enemies.“ Nor had I come across any variation of the following statement: […]

Complaints about the exclusion of white men from calls for candidates

Marco Fortier & Anne-Marie Provost Le Devoir, November 26, 2022 A call for applications at Laval University (UL) for the position of Canada Research Chair in Canada-Quebec History, which excludes white men, has prompted a professor who feels his rights have been violated to file a complaint with the Quebec and Canadian Human Rights Commission. “We are […]

CBC’s farewell to objectivity

Jean-François Lisée, Le Devoir October 12, 2022 You are an employee, executive, of a large company. You are professional, respect the laws and codes of ethics. If you cherish opinions that do not conform to the prevailing winds, you keep them to yourself. But now you are faced with a difficult decision. Your boss has […]

Requiem for a humanist discussion group

In 1993 the Humanist Association of Canada established an on-line discussion forum that was open to all humanists. That forum endured until late 2021. Read about the circumstances surrounding its cancellation: Requiem for a Discussion Page | Humanist Freedoms

Woke Puritanism at the CRTC

Full speed backward: Woke Puritanism has now penetrated even the CRTC to the point the CRTC thinks it can tell Radio-Canada (and CBC) what to say and what not to say down to a single word. This is a CRTC attitude that the law ruled out thirty years ago. Pierre Trudel, Le Devoir July 5th, […]