The Dutch Weed Burger: Vegan Fast Superfood

A Discriminatory Ban on Religious Symbols for State Employees Threatens Human Rights in Quebec

Laïcité à deux vitesses?

Lettre – Laïcité à deux vitesses? 30 juillet 2013 | Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu – Sainte-Foy, le 27 juillet 2013 | Éthique et religion La commémoration des défunts de la tragédie de Lac-Mégantic requiert-elle vraiment une messe ?… Continue reading

Acharnement du SPVM envers les cyclistes : répression contre-productive

Lettre - Acharnement du SPVM envers les cyclistes : répression contre-productive 30 juin 2013 | Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu – Sainte-Foy, le 27 juin 2013 | Le Devoir.  Depuis peu, le Service de police de la Ville de Montréal… Continue reading

Trop peu, mais pas trop tard

Publié le 17 juin 2013 à 05h30 dans Le Soleil  En réaction au texte «La priorité aux piétons sur les rues Sainte-Claire et Sault-au-Matelot» de la journaliste Annie Mathieu Plus qu’un «petit panonceau… Continue reading

Burkina Faso: L’or, un cadeau empoisonné?

Publié dans le Journal des Alternatives, le 9 juin 2013. Le 22 mars dernier, Talatou Boukari, représentant de la communauté d’Essakane, en collaboration avec l’organisation FIAN Pays-Bas était de passage à Wageningen pour… Continue reading

Letter: On cycling, the Netherlands is the model to follow

Re: “Cyclists must be made to obey rules” (Letter of the Day, May 6) Montreal is supposedly one of North America’s most cyclist-friendly cities, but it is still trailing behind Europe for one… Continue reading

Rectifying the Facts About Quinoa

Full article available on Truth-Out. Originally published on April 10th, 2013.

Burkina Faso: Gold, a Double-Edged Sword?

Talatout Boukari, community leader of Essakane in Burkina Faso, in partnership with the international organization FIAN, was in the Netherlands to raise awareness on the negative impact of Canadian gold mining company, IAMGOLD,… Continue reading

Canada’s First Nations: A History of Inequality

This article appeared in a modified version on Voices of the World on April 8, 2013. Canada, once a symbol of environmental innovation, a country of vast plains and untouched forests, a pacifying power and… Continue reading

Violence against Women: a Deeply Rooted Problem in the Intransigency of Men?

This article was first published on Alternatives International on Saturday 1 December 2012, and later on April 8, 2013 on Voices of the World. Even with the rise of feminism and women worldwide… Continue reading

From Farm to Fork: a Dangerous Global Maze.

Last May Germany saw the world’s deadliest outbreak of E. Coli unfold in front of puzzled health officials. The disease outbreak, which resulted in the death of 49 and infected thousands more, exposed the… Continue reading

Explaining Bullfighting in Spain: AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL CABALLERO, ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Published on Voices of the World October 15, 2012 - By Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu, Canada Two years after the historic decision made by the Catalan government to ban bullfighting in the province, animal rights activists, environmentalists and… Continue reading

Gastronomic Boom in Peru: Redefining Culture and Identity

Monday 1 October 2012, by Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu From September 9 to 16, the most important International Food Fair in Latin America was held in Lima, la Mistura. Over half a million people, nationals and tourists… Continue reading

En réaction à l’article ‘Les jeunes Québécois pensent trop à la «belle vie», croit Legault’ publié ce mardi le 14 août.

En réaction à l’article “Les jeunes Québécois pensent trop à la «belle vie», croit Legault” publié ce mardi le 14 août. Être plus ambitieux, certes les québécois devraient y aspirer. Mais tout ramener… Continue reading

Oppositions aux Projets Miniers au Pérou: Une Crise de Gouvernance

1er août 2012 Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Il y a 500 ans, les conquistadors espagnols envahirent l’Empire Inca et pillèrent l’or et l’argent qui se trouvaient dans l’actuel Pérou. 500 ans plus tard, l’or et… Continue reading

Protests on Mining Projects in Peru: A Crisis of Governance

Wednesday 1 August 2012, by Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors, who conquered the Inca Empire, pillaged gold and silver from what is today known as Peru. Five hundred years later,… Continue reading

Promoting Organic Agriculture in Africa : The Need to Lead by Example

Published Sunday July 1st, 2012 “Organic agriculture can offer an impressive array of food security, economic, environmental, and health benefits for developing countries, including in Africa,” declared Petko Draganov, UN Conference on Trade… Continue reading

Opinion Piece on China and the Ongoing Strikes in Quebec (Le Soleil)

En réaction au texte «La Chine et nous» du professeur Sylvain Charlebois Votre texte m’a tout simplement choquée. «La Chine est une nation qui s’adapte, qui s’organise», dites vous, en sous-entendant peut-être que… Continue reading

Explaining Bullfighting in Spain: An interview with Daniel Caballero, an Animal Rights Activist.

Why does bullfighting remain in Spain, and why it’s important for the ‘traditional art’ to stop, as a first step against factory farming. Two years after the historic decision made by the Catalan… Continue reading

CIDA’s Lack of Transparency and Democracy

Published on Monday 30 April 2012 by Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Canadian International Assistance Envelope (IAE) funds will decrease by 7.4% over the next three years despite promises, just two years ago, of freezing the… Continue reading

Towards the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming

José Osaba of the World Rural Forum on the upcoming International Year of Family Farming (2014). ‘This is the beginning of a process’ The AgriCultures Network interviewed José Osaba of the World Rural Forum about the upcomingUN International Year of Family Farming (2014). April 2012 After months of campaigning led by the World Rural Forum (WRF), 2014 was… Continue reading

Crise économique en Espagne: une histoire d’escroquerie politique

1er mars 2012 Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Les récentes manifestations qui ont frappé l’Espagne ne sont que la démonstration de la frustration montante d’une partie de la population envers une société qui dénie l’équité pour… Continue reading

Economic Crisis in Spain: A History of Mismanagement and Inequalities

Published on Wednesday 29 February 2012 Despite having one of the largest economies in Europe Spain’s economy has stalled and national unemployment is on the rise. Over 5 million people in the country… Continue reading

Ecosystem Economics – Can we put a price on nature?

Ecosystem economics – Can we put a price on nature? Feb 14, 2012: Nature provides us, directly or indirectly, with a full array of ‘services’ on which, as humans, we all depend and… Continue reading

Bees, Butterflies & Blooms

Originally published for Agricultures Network. Pollinators are in crisis: “our bees, butterflies and pollinating insects are dying out. This giant insect workforce pollinate our crops and if they disappear most of our favourite… Continue reading

Refugees of their Own Country – Water and Land Grab in Ethiopia

Originally published for Agricultures Network. Ethiopia, a land-locked and densely populated country, has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world. In 2006, the government launched the Gibe III project,… Continue reading

Oil exploitation in Nigeria: Five Decades of Environmental and Social Injustice Remain Unaddressed.

Published on Monday 30 January 2012 Following President Goodluck Jonathan’s abrupt decision to abolish a consumer fuel subsidy, Nigeria entered a new period of civil unrest. The unrest began as a citizens’ protest… Continue reading

Challenges & Opportunities of Farmer-to-Farmer Video

Originally published for Agricultures Network. Farmer-to-farmer training videos have the potential to trigger learning across culture and borders. While there is a growing demand for agricultural extension the focus has shifted to an… Continue reading

Farmer-to-Farmer Videos

Originally published on Agricultures Network. The recent food, energy and financial crises, have sent the levels of poverty and hunger rocketing. It has become clear that reliance on food imports in the developing… Continue reading

Du pain sur la planche.

Publié le 12 janvier 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. Le 12 novembre dernier, 79% des étudiants mcgillois se sont prononcés en faveur de la création d’un fond pour les projets de développement… Continue reading

From Farm to Fork : The Increasing Difficulty to Trace the Origins of the Food We Consume

Last May Germany saw the world’s deadliest outbreak of E. Coli unfold in front of puzzled health officials. The disease outbreak, which resulted in the death of 49 and infected thousands more, exposed… Continue reading

Food Crisis in the Sahel: A Livelihood Crisis?

Wednesday 30 November 2011 par Genevieve Lavoie-Mathieu The Sahel, a region that has been described as being ’in a state of permanent crisis’, has been brought into the spotlight by the Sahel Working… Continue reading

More Tar Sands Action: Visiting Obama’s Office in Oakland, CA

Haat Bazaar: A strategy for promoting local food systems in Nepal

Originally published on Agricultures Network. In Nepal, the Haat Bazaar has developed as an alternative for small scale farmers to fullfil their economic potential by allowing them to sell their products while promoting… Continue reading

Tar Sands Action Day in Berlin, Germany

On the International Tar Sands Action Day, over 100 people gathered in Berlin, in front of the Canadian Embassy to signify to Prime Minister Harper their disagreement with the highly destructive extraction of… Continue reading

From Fossil Fuels to Ecosystem Services: Feeding a growing population

Sunday 30 October 2011 par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu With the current global economic crisis, the associated hike in food prices, and the imminent reality of one billion people facing food insecurity, how can we… Continue reading

EITI: A Democratic Tool for Populations to Benefit from the Extractive Industry?

Sunday 2 October 2011 Mining dependent economies and countries endowed with natural resources have led to highly variable economic performances. A total of 50 countries are defined as being largely dependant on mining,… Continue reading

From airport to community garden in the heart of Berlin

Originally published on Agricultures Network. In Berlin, located in what used to be an iconic pre-World War II airport, now flourishes a 5,000 square meter community garden where more than 500 people share… Continue reading

REDD: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Thursday 1 September 2011 par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Forest governance, land ownership and management are critical issues for millions of indigenous peoples and forest dweller all around the world whose subsistence and cultural identity… Continue reading

Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa : Beyond food aid and cash transfers

Thursday 2 August 2011 par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Recent headlines are dominated by what has been described as ’the worse drought the Horn of Africa has suffered sixty in years’. This comes as no… Continue reading

The Controversy of Land Acquisition in the Developing World

Wednesday 1 June 2011 par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Global food prices soared dramatically between 2006 and 2008 and again in 2010, which signals a new era of uncertainty and rivalry in the field of… Continue reading

Projet de loi C-300: Destination Calgary

Publié le 10 novembre 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. La loi sur la responsabilisation des sociétés à l’égard de leurs activités minières, pétrolières ou gazières veut renforcer la conscientisation de leur impact… Continue reading

RDC

Publié le 05 octobre 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. Des Montréalais d’origine africaine appuient l’ONU dans sa condamnation des gouvernements rwandais, burundais et ougandais. Une manifestation s’est tenue mardi dernier à Montréal,… Continue reading

Plus que le droit à un toit

Publié le 21 septembre 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. Peter Marcuse milite par les mots pour la justice sociale, l’aménagement urbain et le droit à la ville. Dans un auditorium bondé de… Continue reading

Assassinat assisté

Publié le 14 septembre 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. À la suite d’une décision du ministère fédéral de l’Immigration, une Colombienne doit retourner dans son pays natal dans lequel sa vie serait… Continue reading

Bilan de l’actualité internationale pendant la canicule

Publié le 07 septembre 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. Bilan de l’actualité internationale qui fait raisonner les dossiers ouverts à Ottawa. CANADA Le 1er mai dernier, selon Le Devoir, une coalition de… Continue reading

La Révolution Verte n’a rien de rose

Publié le 16 mars 2010. En juin 2009, l’élection de Mahmoud Ahmadinejad à la présidence iranienne a donné lieu à des torrents de protestations. Presqu’un an après, qu’en est-il du mouvement de la… Continue reading

À la vie, à la mort.

Publié le 09 mars 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. Pour Margaret Somerville, professeur en droit et bioéthique à McGill, la légalisation de l’euthanasie réduit la vie à un produit. Nous sommes tous… Continue reading

Quand l’humain joue à dame nature: une bonne idée?

Publié le 09 février 2010 dans Actualités par Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu. L’ingénierie de l’environnement, une nouvelle technologie permettant de contrôler la température terrestre, est-elle une alliée en laquelle on peut avoir confiance dans le… Continue reading