The Rover

Christopher Curtis
News from the ground up!
Created 22 Aug 2020
  • Whose Land is it Anyway?
    18 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 15 0
    When Marion Delaronde was down to her last dollar, she told a white lie. Delaronde needed a job and the Kahnawake Cultural Centre needed a puppeteer for its children’s TV show. So she applied, exagger...
  • Homeless Woman Found Dead in Montreal Construction Site
    15 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 19 0
    It would be nice to remember the good times with Elisapie. The way she’d shout “Oh my stars!” when something surprised her or how Elisapie’s face broke into the widest grin when she spoke to her grand...
  • "The Triumph of Stupidity"
    12 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 6 0
    Photo: Joe Bongiorno By Joe Bongiorno It’s the last period in Joseph Lamantia’s Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) class at John. F. Kennedy High School in St-Michel. The lesson of the day: comparing ...
  • To be Young, Gifted and Indigenous
    08 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 8 0
    CONTENT WARNING: this essay makes mention of Indian Residential Schools. Please know that it is okay to not be okay. The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone e...
  • Destroying Partisan Politics with a Smile
    03 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 10 2
    Once the youngest woman to ever be elected to the National Assembly, Catherine Fournier is trying to re-invent the way we do politics. They came at her relentlessly. Catherine Fournier was called a tr...
  • Canada's Gun Lobby Takes on "Enemy" Federal Government
    28 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 3 0
    Illustration: Amanda Di Genova... Editor’s note: This is a story about what it means to live with gun violence. Its author, Joe Bongiorno, was at Dawson College in 2006 when it became the site of a ma...
  • Can one mistake undo Will Prosper's political career?
    22 Oct 2021 • 19 min read • 9 2
    Will Prosper is running to become the first Black borough mayor in the history of Montreal. “Can you play?” Huguette pointed toward a piano by the entrance. “Well, I…” “Because if you can play, that’d...
  • Introducing: The Rover, a Podcast...
    15 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Rovers! Last winter, I went to Val-d’Or with a song in my heart, a jump in my step and $600 worth of audio recording equipment. In fact, I nearly cut off my finger opening the box while driving. I ble...
  • Calling bullshit on François Legault's "compassion" for First Nations
    07 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 16 1
    As Premier François Legault struck a conciliatory tone in speaking about First Nations Monday, his government quietly ramped a legal battle against Indigenous child advocates across the province. Lega...
  • On Dead Birds and Live Babies
    01 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 28 9
    Death came to us in a dull thud, usually around noon. It sounded like a knock at the front window the first few times. Loud but not jarring enough that you’d look up from your bologna sandwich for mor...
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