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The offensive was born in 1977. He had several names: The McGill Daily, The French McGill Daily, The French offensive… Today, 45 years later, the existence of the offenseMcGill University’s only French-language newspaper, is as timely as ever.

“A French-language edition can only have a positive impact because it makes it possible to express the feelings of a cultural minority in America, which is the majority in Quebec.” In his editorial of September 20, 1977, The McGill Daily noted the critical importance of providing a platform for expression for the Francophone community at McGill University, whose proportion of the student body – 20% – has not changed between 1977 and 2022. Although this percentage has remained stable over the past half-century, voices within this Francophone community in McGill have diversified. About 20% of the international students accepted by McGill come from the Francophonie world: from Morocco to France, via Cameroon and Belgium. The offensive also offers English-speaking and allophonic Francophiles the opportunity to express themselves in French, improving their command of this language and reducing the social divide that the language barrier can cause; The McGill Daily as early as September 20, 1977, hoped to enable everyone to “better understand the aspirations of their neighbors” to develop “a better Quebec”. The Francophones and Francophiles at McGill University are therefore far from forming a monolithic bloc. The offensive therefore wants to be the “public broadcaster” of this pluralistic and open community, a platform where McGill’s Francophonie is expressed in all its diversity.

The offensiveis not only a forum for francophones and francophiles, but also an important source of information – in French – on campus. He oversees matters that directly affect his community, particularly with regard to the rights of French-speaking students. Investigation reports of offense however, are not limited to language problems. In fact, his reputation in investigative journalism is well established, while the subjects of his articles have often been picked up by Quebec’s major media outlets. This was the case, among other things, with his files on teaching works McGill considered objectionable and on the mental health of medical school students.

The journalistic quality of the articles offense is certainly due to the rigor and commitment of the members of the editorial board. These aspiring journalists, even full-time students, are bound by the professional standards of the Quebec Press Council’s Journalistic Ethics Guide. Open to all students who want to get involved The offensive is thus a journalism school within a university that does not offer any comparable training. Over the years, veterans of the offense have careers in journalism at major media companies and public broadcasters such as Radio Canada, The press, The Journal of Montreal, The right and TF1.

In 45 years of existence The offensive had its share of obstacles. Even before it was founded, voices were being raised against the publication of McGill University’s first French-language newspaper. In the September 19, 1977 issue of McGill Dailyie the day before the publication of the first French edition of the publication, a letter entitled French, with tears signed by ” an angry mother claimed that printing a French-language weekly edition was a ” folly “,a” scandalous action “what went” destroy » the university and « undermine Canadian unity “. To those prejudiced frustrations voiced nearly half a century ago, concrete and targeted actions have been added in recent weeks, expressing a desire to remove McGill University’s only French-language newspaper from campus displays. Again and again with resistance and animosity faced in an anglophone tide, The offensive persistent, redoubled efforts in the face of all obstacles to assert its relevance to the student community.

If you are reading these lines, the future of offense is in your hands. On November 14-18, 2022, the Daily Publications Society (SPD) is seeking an extension of the fees funding our activities in the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) Fall Referendum. Without this source of income The offensive will not be able to continue to provide a platform for expression, serious journalistic reporting and training for the francophone community at McGill University as advertising revenue is insufficient to keep us afloat. In short, it is a referendum of existence: if the fees are not extended, The offensive will be forced to cease operations. A majority “No” would mean the end of McGill University’s only French-language newspaper. After almost 50 years of doggedly dealing with numerous challenges, it would be tragic if The offensive dies, in general indifference, for want of votes or favorable votes. We ask that you do not allow this.


The editors of offense

To vote on the future of the Délit, the Daily and the SPD and make your voice heard, go to the ssmu​.simplyvoting​.com platform from 14 to 18 November 2022.

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