I was thinking “fourrer, voler, choquer, planter, crosser, deplacer, fermer, ronger…” Facebook friend Christian Vachon of the McCord Museum then offered “arnaquer, déposséder, escroquer, dépouiller, délester, extorquer, flouer, plumer, rouler...”

As soon as I finished this cartoon I read in the Toronto Sun that the bespoke one was actually coming back with a new podcast called Don Cherry’s Grapevine. So the knuckle dragging monosyllabic types who think he was railroaded by the politically correct police can now rest easy.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, immigrants to Quebec will have to prove they have learned "democratic values and Quebec values" in order to obtain a selection certificate, the first step toward permanent residency. The test only pertains to the economic class of immigrants, which is overseen by the p…

Only in linguistically paranoid Quebec could the use of “terrifying” Italian words to describe Italian food in an Italian restaurant cause an international incident (See Pastagate, 2013). And only in linguistically paranoid Quebec would an elected government actually consider legislating aga…

At the end of a brutal, gloves off, kicking-and-hair-pulling-allowed, schoolyard battle of a campaign, a bruised and somewhat weakened Justin Trudeau managed to hold on to his office. While his Liberals retained enough seats to govern with a strong minority in the House of Commons, the party…

The insults and name calling and character assassination and finger pointing and empty promises and bug-eyed glad handing and simple sloganeering... And that’s just on the first day.

You don’t want to get me ranting about our undemocratic first-past-the-post political system and the month-long dog-and-pony show the parties put on every four years to get the attention of the usually inattentive by waving shiny objects and promising this and vowing to do that and… oh…er…sorry.

An estimated 500,000 people came out on Friday Sept. 27 to take part in Montreal’s climate march during a global day of action, inspired by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who addressed the crowd. Many sincerely attended because of the cause, many more attended because… well… …

From the Montreal Gazette’s Jack Todd after the Alouettes stunning come from behind 38-37 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers: “Of the thousands of football games I’ve seen, this was one of the few I’ll remember. Because these Alouettes are the sweetest sports story we’ve had in this city for…

This update of a 2004 cartoon is one of my personal fantasies. I mean, we know it’s inevitable and will someday happen on live TV — if it hasn’t already. By the way, no weather reporters were harmed during the drawing of this cartoon.

I subscribe to and pay for a half dozen newspapers and magazines because I know the news they provide is gathered by actual journalists that are not paid by Facebook and Google.

Next to a car, this would actually be my preferred mode of transport on Montreal streets. Way more padding than a bike or a scooter and, except for the joystick, no need to move a muscle.

After two days of meetings, the Liberal youth wing has come up with a new series of nationalist policies designed to reconnect the party to francophones and move away from a multicultural platform towards a more nationalist or intercultural position by which minorities are integrated into Qu…

When the workers are supposed to be working, all I ever see is an empty street surrounded by traffic cones. Now that these nonexistent workers are on an official two-week holiday, all I see is an empty street surrounded by traffic cones.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, after meeting Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai — who at age 15 was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for defending girls’ rights to education — said in a tweet that if she wanted to teach in Quebec, it would be an honour, but like in other…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping were seated together during the G20 Conference Leaders Working Lunch in Japan thanks to alphabetical seating. The two did not shake hands or look at each other and did not engage throughout the meeting… for a long, long list of reasons.

An antidote to all the repellent nativism, tribalism, outright racism, nationalism and every other ignorant “ism” in the news these days, at home as well as abroad.

Quebec's new law on religious symbols was rammed through the legislature on a late Sunday night by the Coalition Avenir Québec government. It will bar civil servants in positions of authority — like public school teachers, police officers and government lawyers — from wearing religious symbo…

Quebec’s National Assembly re-opened the “Bonjour-Hi” debate, urging shopkeepers to greet customer with a simple “Bonjour” and leave out the “Hi.” This, so people won’t get the ghastly impression that Montreal is a bilingual city. As was the case in 2017, the resolution was sponsored by the …

The blitz of infrastructure work that was finally undertaken years ago after decades of neglect will again hit its stride over the next few months and more than half of the bridges on and off the island of Montreal will be littered with traffic cones — so prepare to be patient.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge is poised to order the English Montreal School Board to transfer three buildings — General Vanier elementary and John Paul I junior high in Saint-Léonard, and Gerald McShane elementary in Montréal-Nord — to the Commission scolaire de Pointe-de-…

I have yet to see one episode of Game of Thrones, I don’t give a hoot about the Royal Family, and I still have no bloody idea why the Kardashians are a thing. Now get off my lawn.

Hundreds of volunteers have been working tirelessly for weeks filling and delivering sandbags in a bid to save homes by keeping floodwaters at bay. The true definition of community, keeping in mind all the assaults going on these days against community mosques, black churches, temples and sy…

Cities across Quebec — including parts of the island of Montreal — Ontario and the Maritimes, grapple with the effects of heavy rainfall and severe flooding.

Tiger Woods’ first major win in 11 years — after a well publicized professional meltdown that included a series of personal problems, multiple back surgeries and a spinal fusion — is being billed as one of the finest comeback stories in sporting history. Many of us did not see it coming.

While most of us can see how silly and hypocritical Quebec’s proposed secularism law will turn out to be — banning teachers, police officers, judges and others from wearing religious items like hijabs, turbans, kippahs, and crucifixes while at work. — it seems the party that insists on passi…

With a half dozen games left, the Montreal Canadiens are on the slim edge of a playoff spot. Every win sends die hard fans into Stanley Cup hysterics, every loss sends the same lot into depression.

So you’re a white supremacist, eh? A self-described “racist” and “ethno-nationalist eco-fascist” you say? You see President Whatshisname as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” do you? Inspired by scum like Oswald Mosley, Anders Breivik, Dylann Roof and Alexandre Bissonnet…

With the Trudeau government well into the second month of the SNC-Lavalin scandal stemming from a dangled DPA, or Deferred Prosecution Agreement, I really couldn’t help myself when Marc Garneau began dancing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s perpetual sunny disposition took two major hits recently because of the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy. The first came when former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet position as veteran affairs minister on Feb. 12. The second cam…

Political junkies on both sides of the Canada-US border will be glued to their sets on Wednesday for different reasons. Real political junkies on this side of the border will tune in to both.

SNC-Lavalin — along with Bombardier, one of Canada’s most mollycoddled companies and Quebec’s sainted “fleurons” — successfully lobbied for deferred prosecution agreements to be written into the Criminal Code. The agreements allow companies to make an out-of-court settlement over criminal ch…

Massive potholes have again been appearing all over the city due to wildly fluctuating temperatures and those who do not learn to skillfully navigate around them will eventually be left with hefty repair bills.

Once again, parents of some English Montreal School Board eligible children began lining up and camping out for three freezing days and nights in the dead of winter to nab one of a handful of exclusive kindergarten spots.

Téo Taxi, the Montreal-based electric taxi company, is shutting down for good. Golden boy Quebec entrepreneur and local “vedette” Alexandre Taillefer co-founded the app-based service in 2015, bought out two of the main traditional taxi companies that operate in Montreal, and bled through $9.…

The 10-Year Challenge, or the 2009 vs. 2019 Challenge, is a meme that took off in the new year mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You post a photo of yourself in 2009 next to one taken in 2019 and add a caption. It’s basically a socially acceptable way to brag about how hot you used…

When the regional health authority, the CISSS-des-Laurentides, announced last month that it was removing the already half-sized English words from hospital signs to be in line with the French language charter, Quebec Premier François Legault dismissed all concerns by saying "Bill 101 has to …

As of December 18, Canadians will find it harder to get away with impaired driving since new rules that increase penalties and expand police powers to demand breath samples take effect across the country. The legislation gives police officers the right to ask for a breath sample from any dri…

Quebec will receive $13.1-billion in equalization payments next year – a $1.4-billion increase – while Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador continue to be left out even though Canada’s oil-producing provinces are facing deficits and hard times.

Now, before anyone starts reciting the tired old lecture about anglo Quebecers being the “best treated minority” in the entire world, remember that the schools, hospitals and other institutions were not gifts from a kind and benevolent Quebec government, but were built, maintained and are st…