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Webinar COVID-19 and Work Time: Finding a Balance

This third webinar will take place on Thursday, November 26, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (EST).

Moderated by: Geneviève Richard, lawyer and doctoral candidate in labour law (UQAM)

Stéphanie Bernstein (SAGE member), Professor, Department of Legal Sciences, UQAM
Sarah Côté Pilon, Union Representative, Union of Service Employees, local section 800
Jennifer Genest, Vice-President Member Services, SQEES-FTQ
Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau (SAGE member), Professor, Department of Legal Sciences, UQAM

***Participation in the webinar is free, but registration is required. To register, please fill out this response form:
The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the webinar.***

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to

Domestic violence: Quebec will (finally) involve employers (METRO newspaper article)

Our dear SAGE member Rachel Cox speaks out in this article from the METRO newspaper.

Enjoy reading it!

Karen Messing, our dear SAGE member, announces the publication of her book in English "Bent out of shape"

Congratulations Karen! This amazing achievement will be available on May 3, 2021 and you can find the details and description of this book here.


Congratulations to Katherine Lippel and her colleagues for this book that takes a look at the inequities caused by the pandemic

The book, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy & Ethics of COVID-19, examines the impact of the pandemic on federalism, social responsibility, civil liberties, equity, work and health. It includes 43 chapters with 69 contributing authors and covers topics such as ageism, mental health, pandemic management, contact tracing applications and international relations, among others.

The online version of the book can be accessed HERE.

Opinion Paper - Health Care Female Workers

Our dear SAGE member Karen Messing, supported by four other team members, Marie Laberge, Mélanie Lefrançois, Jessica Riel and Nicole Vézina, shares an opinion paper about health care female workers. It is possible to read her text on the La Presse or Le Devoir websites.

Congratulations to all!

A large team grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) for Professor Jessica Riel and SAGE members

The Interdisciplinary Work Research Team “Health, Gender, Equality” (SAGE) headed by Jessica Riel, professor in the Department of Industrial Relations (UQO), has been awarded a team support grant (renewal) from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture of $389,105 over 4 years. The scientific programming of the SAGE team focuses on occupational health through a gender analysis. This important grant will support the development of the team's projects and consolidate the links that several members already have with social partners (unions, public organizations, businesses, organizations and social groups defending workers’ rights in vulnerable situations).

The innovative nature of the SAGE team is based on an ecosystemic approach to occupational health that integrates gender and its interconnection with other social relationships and takes into account the economic, social, political and legal context of society, the organizational dimensions of the workplace, as well as the practices and relational dynamics of individuals in relation to their psychological and discursive processes. In addition, its research program is part of a knowledge co-construction approach that consists of conducting action-oriented research projects in close collaboration with the practice environment.
L’équipe SAGE se distingue par sa composition qui, en plus d’être interdisciplinaire (ergonomie, droit, psychologie, économie, communication, épidémiologie et relations industrielles) et interuniversitaire (UQO, UQAM, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université d’Ottawa et TELUQ), comprend des expertises complémentaires de chercheuses en début de carrière et de chercheuses séniors de renommée internationale.

The SAGE team stands out for its interdisciplinary (ergonomics, law, psychology, economics, communication, epidemiology and industrial relations) and inter-university (UQO, UQAM, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Ottawa and TELUQ) membership, which includes the complementary expertise of early-career and internationally-recognized senior researchers.

The 16 members of the SAGE team are: Jessica Riel (UQO), Rachel Cox (UQAM), Geneviève Baril-Gingras (Université Laval), Stéphanie Bernstein (UQAM), Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau (UQAM), Anne-Renée Gravel (TELUQ), Marie Laberge (Université de Montréal), Valérie Lederer (UQO), Mélanie Lefrançois (UQAM), Marie-Ève Major (Université de Sherbrooke), Karen Messing (UQAM), Johanne Saint-Charles (UQAM), Hélène Sultan-Taïeb (ESG-UQAM) and Nicole Vézina (UQAM), as well as collaborators Katherine Lippel (University of Ottawa) and Nathalie Houlfort (UQAM).

Congratulations to all members for this achievement!

Karen Messing, interviewed about COVID-19 and occupational health

Our dear member Karen Messing was interviewed by Anne Crignon, a journalist from the Obs (via email exchange), on the implications of COVID-19 for occupational health.

All these texts can be read for a fee here (1 euro only).

Karen shares the final text here, of which she wrote the 3/4.

Enjoy reading and congratulations to Karen!

Congratulations to Anne-Renée Gravel for such an perspicacious text!

In the current uncertain context, one of our SAGE members, Anne-Renée Gravel, shares an opinion piece entitled: "Surcharge et précarisation des mères qui choisissent la profession universitaire", about overwork and precariousness of mothers who pursue a career in academia. This text appears on the website of the Syndicat des professeures et des professeurs de la Télé-université.

It is possible to read this extremely relevant text by clicking here.

Congratulations Anne-Renée for this excellent publication!

SAGE Scholarship Recipients - Winter 2020

In this competition, 5 recipients are each awarded a complementary research scholarship by the Interdisciplinary Work Research Team "Health, Gender, Equality" (SAGE):

1 scholarship of $500 at the master’s level:

Sophie Hélène Matte - Master's student in Industrial Relations and Human Resources at UQO
Her project, which will be presented at the Colloque étudiant interdisciplinaire des journées SAVIE-LGBTQ, will focus on microaggressions in the workplace: Definition and causal relationships between organizational characteristics, microaggressions and the mental health of people from the LGBTQ community. SAGE researchers Jessica Riel and Johanne Saint-Charles will supervise this project jointly with Isabel Côté.

2 scholarships of 2,000$ at the Master's level:

Marie-Ève Desmarais - Master's student in international law at UQAM.
Her project, supervised by SAGE researchers Rachel Cox and Stéphanie Bernstein, is on the prevention of domestic violence in the workplace in Quebec: lessons from international law for the health of Côte-Nord populations. She was scheduled to present her research at the 88th ACFAS 2020 Conference, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

Rosalie Rivet-Nantais - Master's student in management science - organizational development profile at UQAM.
Her project, supervised by Johanne Saint-Charles and Mélanie Lefrançois, focuses on organizational change management practices: relational issues and gender perspectives for occupational health and safety. She will present her research in an oral communication subject to a peer review committee review, in June 2021.

2 scholarships of 3,000$ fat the PhD level:

Ammon Lilyane Djoulde Alou - Doctoral student in Industrial Relations at Université Laval..
Her project, supervised by SAGE researchers Geneviève Baril-Gingras and Mélanie Lefrançois, focuses on the nature of time issues in labour disputes in Quebec from 2005 to 2018, from a gender perspective. She plans to submit a publication to the scientific journal Relations Industrielles by March 2021.

Tessa Boies - Doctoral student in education at UQO.
Her project, supervised by researchers Jessica Riel and Mélanie Lefrançois, focuses on collective work in vocational education teaching and gender differences. She plans to submit a publication to the scientific journal International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) by October 2020.

Good luck to all the students in their projects!



Professor Rachel Cox, a member of the SAGE team, co-authored this research report about the recognition of the employer's explicit obligation regarding intimate partner violence in Quebec, as part of the Service aux collectivités de l'UQAM. The report presents the results of research conducted at the request of a coalition of groups from Côte-Nord in Quebec, namely the Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels (CAVAC)-Côte-Nord, the Centre Femmes aux 4 Vents, the Maison des Femmes de Baie-Comeau and the Maison l'Amie D'Elle.

To view the abstract, click here.

To read the full report, click here.