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

About the reform of the occupational health and safety (OHS) system.

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

COVID-19: Les liens qui unissent

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!

Surcharge et précarisation des mères qui choisissent la profession universitaire

Photo credits: A balcony with a banner on de Lorimier Street, Montreal. The banner reads in French: "Pas de retour à la normale, la normale était le problème!" (No going back to normal, normal was the problem!) Author unknown. Source: Facebook.

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!


By Rachel COX, Professor at the Department of Legal Science, with the collaboration of Marie-Eve DESMARAIS, LLM (candidate) and Shanie ROY, LLM (candidate).

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.

An expert panel will provide advice on the complex issues affecting Canadians in the workplace

February 20, 2019
Significant changes have recently been made to the Canada Labour Code, but the government's work to modernize it is not over. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the government has established an independent panel of experts to study the most complex issues facing Canadian employers and workers in the workplace. The process for selecting the members of the Expert Panel was lengthy, thorough and exhaustive. The Labour Program reviewed more than 100 nominations over a period of approximately five months.

SAGE researcher and member Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau will be joining six other colleagues on this Expert Panel. Congratulations Dalia!

To read the complete news item, navigate here.

Report: Intimidation et harcèlement dans le secteur de la construction : Comprendre une réalité complexe afin de mieux intervenir.

February 15, 2019

In the construction sector, a number of reports, particularly from female workers, in various forums over the past few years have drawn attention to situations of intimidation and harassment. It has become increasingly imperative to better understand this phenomenon in the construction sector in an attempt to identify its prevalence, and, more importantly, the individual and social factors and structural conditions that can contribute to or prevent the manifestations of bullying and harassment affecting social relations in and around the workplace, and the mental health of workers and other stakeholders in the sector, which in turn undermines businesses competitiveness.

SAGE professors Marie Laberge and Jessica Riel are among the authors of this research report titled Intimidation et harcèlement dans le secteur de la construction : Comprendre une réalité complexe afin de mieux intervenir.

We invite you to read it right here. Enjoy it!