“Dust is a ledger of past existence: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers. Dust is also an ephemeral gathering place for dust mites and fungi. It is at once a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, and a figure of dispersion: a loose assemblage that […]Read more "A philosophy of dust"
“The ordinary practitioners of the city live ‘down below,’ below the thresholds at which visibility begins. They walk –– an elementary form of this experience of the city; they are walkers, Wandersmänner, whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban ‘text’ they write without being able to read it.” — Michel de Certeau, […]Read more "Visualizing the Decolonizing University"
When faced with parents who refuse a potentially life-saving treatment for their child on the basis of their cultural beliefs, the ethical dilemma that this presents can be complex and hard to resolve. Considering the child’s limited capacity to consent and for self-determination, how does one determine whether the rights of the parents to their […]Read more "Breath of Life and Ethics of Care: asking difficult questions about agency in the context of lives at risk"
“Starting in the fall of 2013, there was intense public discussion of, and media attention to, a proposed Charter of Values in Quebec. The initial public proposal had 5 major components. Much of the public discourse focused on component 3, which would have prohibited “the wearing of overt and conspicuous religious symbols by state personnel […]Read more "The 2013 Quebec Charter of Values: a study in Social Pathology"
During my first year studying social work at McGill in Montreal, I interned at the Tyndale St. Georges Community Center which serves the Little Burgundy community. I worked in the Children, Youth and Families department, was involved in after-school programming and coordinated a ‘boys group’. Many of the frontline staff consider themselves advocates for clients […]Read more "Reflections of a social work intern"
I believe that violence leaves people in a state where they are struggling to not only rationalize their experience but to also convey the unspeakable or what is beyond words or comprehension. Prior to attending Martin Moran’s performance – The Tricky Part: One Boy’s Fall from Trespass into Grace – I was curious about how and […]Read more "Performing healing and resilience: on violence, story and the freedom to be"
A year ago I had the opportunity to visit the Kahnawake community. A resident of the community hosted myself and a fellow law student, with the invitation to act as a guide and historian. This had come about following several conversations about what McGill was and wasn’t doing to Indigenize the campus, which was, in […]Read more "Visiting Kahnawake, western aesthetics and complex conversations"