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Almost exactly ten years ago we first championed the case of Bela Kosoian. A law student then and mother of two, she was manhandled by a transit cop at the Laval Montmorency metro stop because she did not have her hand on the handrail of an escalator as suggested by pictograms. She refused t…

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Last week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved Canada voting for a U.N. resolution condemning Israel. It was the first time since former Prime Minister Stephen Harper was elected that Canada has committed such an odious act. And this act came one week after some 600 rockets launched from …

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This past Monday Montreal city council voted unanimously to accept the motion of council dean Marvin Rotrand calling on the SPVM to stop “unfounded and random” police checks of Montrealers. The motion arose out of a finding of an independent report that found many “arbitrary checks that disp…

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Through all the pettiness and venalities of Quebec language battles through the years, Minister for the French Language Simon Jolin-Barrette’s suggestion last week to take away English services from immigrants while maintaining them for the “historic anglophone community” is a new low in nat…

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As we enter Veterans’ Week we remember them all. From Vimy Ridge to Normandy. From the Korean hilltops to the sands of the Sinai. From the fetid marshes of the Balkans to the bomb-laden roads of Afghanistan. We remember the legacy of the best of us. The legacy of the bold and the brave. But …

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Hearings have started at the City of Montreal on whether or not to ban Publi-Sacs or change the manner of distribution. There has been so much wrong information from those opposed to Publi-Sacs that even Projet Montréal’s councillor in charge of the process, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, came ou…

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At the age of 29 Conservative leader Andrew Scheer became the youngest deputy speaker of the House of Commons in the history of Canada. Justin Trudeau at 29 was putting on blackface. We open this editorial with this image not to be pejorative or sarcastic. We open with it because this electi…

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“La liberté ne s’accomode pas d’une discipline qui a pour devise: chez les autres on vous apprend comment penser; chez nous, on fait mieux, on vous apprend quoi penser.” ~ Jean-Charles Harvey, rédacteur-en-chef, Le Jour

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We have criticized Mayor Valerie Plante often in this space for certain of her green policies from the closing of Camielien-Houde Road, to the reduction of traffic lanes on St. Catherine to the massive park she plans for Pierrefonds that would end the projected building of 6000 much needed h…

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The Education Ministry’s report on the EMSB has called it “dysfunctional” and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has said “everything is on the table including trusteeship.” We would urge the Minister to tread carefully in this matter.

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 Last Friday the new property valuation rolls were announced for the agglo by the city of Montreal. The rolls affect all boroughs and demerged cities on the island of Montreal. The new valuations increased property values by an average of 13.7% across the island. Demerged suburbs were hardes…

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The Bahamas are one of the favorite vacation destinations for Canadians. The Bahamians are our friends. And friends aren’t just friends for the good times. They stick with each other through the hard times too. That’s real friendship.

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CJAD’s Aaron Rand was talking to his listeners Friday asking them whether they thought the Quebec provincial government should bail out newspapers in trouble like The Gazette. Many callers recognizing the importance of local news in their lives thought a bail-out was not a bad use of tax dollars.

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Last Wednesday, Canada ceased being a constitutional democracy. The federal Liberal government used its majority on the House Ethics Committee to silence the Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner. He wanted to testify on his report in which he concluded that the Prime Minister had a “Conflict of…

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The iconic line from scripture should come to everyone’s mind this week. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and feed him for a life.”

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As we went to press, the news broke of the untimely passing of West Island Palliative Care Residence founder Teresa Dellar at the far too young age of 58. She died of cancer. And ironically not in the gentle surroundings of the residence she founded — the largest palliative care institution …

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Mayor Plante’s decision to take 7,000 acres of land in the West Island to create Canada’s largest park may be the most transparently dogmatic and totally unnecessary decision she has made. It is geared to nothing but pandering to her green voting base that is a small percentage of the popula…

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“All civilized systems of law confer upon the people, as against their governments, the right to be let alone. That is the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized men.”

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Summer seems to be the time for experiments in this city under our present administration. Last year we saw the incredibly unpopular closure of Camilien Houde Road on Mount Royal. Opposed by thousands at public consultations that began AFTER the decision was taken and in a 25,000 signature p…

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It seems to happen every year. As soon as the first heat wave occurs and vulnerable seniors begin to get ill, or die, there are calls for more care and consideration to be shown to seniors. Calls for more funding for government services for people who have paid into the system their whole li…

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As we enter the best of summer we wanted to remind our governors that festivals and frolic does not make this city work for us. It can be made great again, but it will take intelligence and political will. We cannot simply repeat the same mistakes thinking we’ll have a different result.

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We thought that this week — between Quebec’s “Fête Nationale” and Canada Day — coming in a year of almost historic peace on the sovereignty front, may be an important one to reflect on regarding our history. Because history matters. And many of the words, names and symbols that have caused s…

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It’s always nice to win a championship. It’s great that people are turned on to basketball. It’s fun to have another rallying point because no Canadian teams were anywhere at the end of the hockey season. But it is also important to reflect on how to act in victory, especially if we truly be…

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“Let justice be done though the heavens fall,” said William Murray, the 1st Earl of Masefield nearly three centuries ago. Justice demands that the National Assembly be condemned in the strongest terms for its unanimous adoption of the PQ resolution that “urges” Quebecers to avoid the “Bonjou…

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The entire country — half of which had never heard of Kawhi Leonard a month ago and wouldn’t recognize Kyle Lowry if he dribbled a ball right next to them — is now one proud chest-beating Raptors Nation.

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“Tho’ much is taken, much abides, One equal temper of heroic hearts yet strong in will, To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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When dogma dictates decisions the people lose. That is all there is to say about Mayor Plante’s announcement that there will be some 200 km of new bike lanes across the city including the heart of downtown. It will mean the loss of hundreds more parking spaces and dozens of driving lanes. It…

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With Victoria Day weekend just over, our traditional vacation and travel season begins. This year, with the implementation of the federal government’s ill-advised carbon tax going into effect across the country, we are seeing record prices — not just rising gas prices us usually happens at t…

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The first line of the Otis Redding hit song that is the title of this editorial is, “Oh she may be weary...” And how weary our communities are of the tension between the education minister and the English Montreal School Board over the past week. It is the weariness of watching yet another Q…

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“The more I know, the more I understand how much I don’t know.

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It is perfectly reasonable for citizens of honest intent and good faith to disagree over law and legislation. And so it is with Bill 21. What is not reasonable is for the debate to descend to the use of language that is not only inflammatory and inappropriate but wrong both as to definition …

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It doesn’t seem to stop does it? Government after government at every level just can’t get it through their collective heads that their job is called “public service.” Service. They are elected to deliver and ensure the essential services we the people that elected them need every day. Care …

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Several weeks ago we wrote in this space that enough was enough with Hydro increases. The past week we have seen street protests against the Quebec utility. We have a similar message to deliver to Montreal’s city administration in the wake of yet another senseless round of parking fine and p…

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Well, it’s that time of year. It seems to arrive just before spring with the last, fowl cold and wet of winter. The BDS week on university campuses. The push to have the institutions of higher learning boycott and divest investments in Israel.

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Every year at this time it’s always about the Quebec Energy Board. And every year it’s the same dance. Hydro-Quebec makes a request for a rate increase, the Board cuts it back and grants a lesser increase. But it never says no to something. And those somethings add up. Since 2012, the Energy…

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1.The most critical question has been asked during the hearings but not answered by the government. Why was the DPA not included in the Criminal Code Reform Bill and instead slipped into a 385 page omnibus Budget Bill? That’s where the cover-up started.

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Following our story last week on the many new developments in the Decarie area and the fears of increased traffic congestion, several readers called and asked if we have come out against growth and development. Let us make this clear. We are all for growth and development.

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A major company, SNC Lavalin — some of whose executives have already been found guilty of bribery on projects from Libya to Montreal’s super hospital — is itself the target of a federal prosecution on charges of the same nature since last fall. If found guilty, it will be barred from governm…

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Winston Churchill once perfectly defined the competing state doctrines of our time. He wrote, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Whatever we may call the philosophical bent of our municipal a…

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Mayor Plante’s decision to eliminate 61 parking spaces around Phillips Square and turn it into an expanded green space is yet another part of her agenda that puts dogma over reason. These eliminated spaces are in addition to the 500 planned parking space eliminations that she has already ann…

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Almost one year ago, community leaders, elected officials and citizens from all walks of life came together in freezing weather to protest rising municipal taxes. “Stronger together” was the motto on signs that day. And that display of solidarity gave everyone a feeling that they could take …

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“Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow human beings and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and sisters once again.”

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The Plante administration has stirred considerable controversy with many of its traffic initiatives. From closing Remembrance Road on Mount Royal to cutting St. Catherine to one lane of traffic and eliminating some 500 parking places. But new developments may place the most serious challenge…

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We are entering a traditional season of giving. It is a time to reflect and to draw lessons to take forward through the year. We often take this space each year to suggest what each of us can do to change, to be more compassionate and more engaged. This week we would like to focus on a broad…