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Chris Eustace states that the proposed Bill 40 ("In 2020 watch for Bill 40 and Report on Anglophone community", January 8) will grant "greater decision-making power to schools and those closest to our children." A fine statement indeed, but nowhere in the proposed legislation are these suppo…

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Iran finally admitted it “unintentionally” shot down Ukrainian flight 752, killing all 176 innocent individuals on board soon after leaving Tehran Airport. It previously had resisted requests by Boeing, Ukrainian and other international investigators, including Canadian ones, to analyze the …

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The Ministry of Health is suggesting “visiting family doctors, "winter clinics" instead of ERs." Who hired these incompetent, stupid people in this department? Telling the many thousands of Quebecers, who don’t have a family doctor to see one are lacking brains, and those who do have family …

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, I lived in Bermuda with my wife and two young sons. Being somewhat observant, we were delighted to find a tiny but vibrant Jewish community on the island. Numbering less than 100 people, they still managed to welcome the Sabbath with a festive communal dinner, a…

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I noticed the shoddy paving from the City of Montreal in several areas recently. Look at the job on Côte St. Luc Road. Not only are there plenty of bumps but through the middle of the street there is this seam. If you drive in the areas on Van Horne where they have paved in the last few year…

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At the town council meeting of Dec. 16, 2019, The Town of Montreal West presented a proposal by a resident who lives on Easton Ave to demolish his home. His wish is to build a new home with conservative styling plus a couple of townhouses. Many residents that live on or near Easton Ave prese…

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Having failed twice to get Quebec out of Canada, nationalists are intent on getting Canada out of Quebec with laws like Bills 21 and 40. Bill 21 has as much to do with secularism as Bill 40 has to do with improving school governance. These laws are designed solely to address the relentlessly…

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Re: "Armed off-duty police or security good deterrent against attacks: Hampstead Mayor, Armed guards send wrong message: Rabbi Poupko", The Suburban, January 8, 2020

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The Roaring 20s was a really eloquent statement and wake-up call! I wish we could all dare to be a little less politically correct and stop being so fearful of offending, or of being offended, when we address each other and engage in important discussions about what is actually happening aro…

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The recent decision of the Lester B.Pearson School Board to eliminate the name of Judge Lindsay H. Place from the local educational landscape demonstrates the Board's disrespect for a leader and innovator who did much to ground elementary and secondary education in the then growing "west isl…

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Montrealers and Montreal businesses are being faced with financial ruin due to uncontrolled spending by Mayor Valerie Plante--and no one seems able to stop her. Valerie Plante campaigned to keep tax increases only at the inflation rate, but on being elected the first thing she did was to rai…

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I’m no fan of the Legault government, or Bill 21, but give them credit for not playing Heads-I-win-tails-you-lose like the Liberals did with Bill 178. Robert Bourassa, recall, allowed a court challenge on the restrictive sign law provisions of Bill 101 to go all the way to the Supreme Court,…

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Letter writer Chris Eustace (A refreshing experience at the EMSB) states that he had a "refreshing" experience attending a recent "special" English Montreal School Board meeting. He took pleasure that no elected commissioners were in attendance and that he addressed his personal concerns to …

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Shame on those wealthy people who are too lazy to simply put their unwanted Publisac in their recycle bin. Maybe they don't have a recycle bin because they don't recycle. As for asking their neighbours to remove them while they're on their luxury vacations, perhaps that's because they have p…

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Reports that Quebec’s teachers are the lowest paid in Canada are scarcely new. They go back more than 40 years. In the 1976 strike, teachers publicized that they were Canada’s lowest paid with the slogan “We want equity with Newfoundland” then Canada’s poorest province. The eventual settleme…

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Westbury and Cote St Catherine is a busy intersection, especially for the Jewish community. Federation CJA and the Cummings Center are on the northwest corner, the Segal Center and Y on the southwest, and an old age residence northeast. Clearly a lot of seniors cross the intersection everyday.

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Inspired by a letter to the Editor I read in November by Gurit Singh “Flora” of Brampton, Ontario, I confess I had no idea our country had required people to change their names – presumably to make them distinct, the one from the other (or easier to pronounce). Like Smith here, Singh is an o…

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On December 3, 2019, I attended the 'Special' English Montreal School Board meeting and participated at Public Question Period time, presided by Trustee Marlene Jennings.

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The quick passage of Bill 34 by the majority CAQ government colluding with Hydro Quebec for mutual profit cheats all Quebecers; receiving only a $500 million rate freeze when Quebecers have long been entitled to a credit for $1.5 billion plus interest to cover inappropriate Hydro over-billin…

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If the Court of Appeal judgment in the Mike Ward case is allowed to stand, discrimination will mean everything and nothing, and law as a guide to human conduct will have failed us. The courts must be more discriminating in their judgment when they deal with cases of alleged discrimination.

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I wish to thank Albert Sevigny and The Suburban for the excellent article regarding the impending closing of the Muscle Gym at the N. D. G. Sport Complex. Because of the article and the support of fellow members the gym will remain open for a least another year!

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The Meech Lake Accord was conceived by provincial premiers on a cocktail napkin in the Langevin Block of the House of Commons in 1987, only to be spirited away on an eagle feather in Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly three short years later. Elijah Harper, an aboriginal member of the legislatu…

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I read in disgust that Mayor Valerie Plante wishes to put restrictions on freedom of the press by forcing Publisac (and perhaps eventually even community papers) to stop delivering to homes. Community newspapers have long been distributed via Publisac.

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Pointe Claire Branch 57 of the Royal Canadian Legion wishes to once again thank the population of Pointe-Claire for their very generous donations to its Poppy Fund amounting to $85,208 during this year’s 2019 Poppy Campaign which took place from October 26th to November 11th.

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The scholarly purview of proportional electoral representation versus one vote, one value overlooks notable exceptions to the latter principle in U.S. and U.K. politics (CAQ electoral plan, Nov. 27).

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If religious symbols can't be warn by civil servants and the cross was removed in the National Assembly, then why are provincial and municipal officials allowed to put up Christmas decorations on public property?

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What makes us Quebecers so accepting of a lesser standard? We perpetually elect officials of mediocre quality to run our cities, municipalities and province, who repetitively demonstrate a lack of knowledge concerning finance, infrastructure, health care, education, human rights and I could …

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Quebec's language watchdog, the Office Québécois de la Langue Française, wants the retailers to change their signs to either give themselves a generic French name or add a slogan or explanation that reflects what it is they're selling.

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The first public consultation on the long delayed multi-billion dollar Hippodrome residential project was delivered in French only to a west end crowd, many of whom were not fluently bilingual. Questions, however, were permitted in English, but those replying had trouble answering in English…

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Last Tuesday Nov.19, Canada voted in favour of a UN resolution demanding a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and referring to the West Bank area as "occupied territory". The resolution was sponsored by North Korea and Zimbabwe and is similar to UN resolutions on this subject whi…

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With its desire to implement a new, though, unproven, organizational structure, the public has been inundated with a myriad of constitutional issues surrounding the C.A.Q ’s Bill 40 proposals. However, the government seems to have forgotten that the focus of any educational system is not bur…

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Definitely someone should go to court to contest Jolin-Barrette's nonsense if it comes to pass. My husband and I spent five years in Quebec courts in order to get a certificate of eligibility for English education for our sons. Thanks to Julius Grey and the court not wishing any further publ…

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I agree with your editorial that Jolin-Barrette must go. If he stays, we can assume that the CAQ will continue on this insane path and come up with even worse down the line. Very disappointing and worrisome, since I suspect the CAQ will be in power for at least two terms.

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Jolin-Barrette's ideas are  a racist aberration, as you call it, but it has roots in measures already enshrined in the laws of Quebec. The fact that the likes of Jolin-Barrette can be the Minister of Immigration indicates far more support for that type of measure, than can be written off as …

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I was given a ticket on January 30th 2019 for "immobilizing a road vehicle in a roundabout" near 1000 Ave. Old Orchard at 11:11AM." For anyone who doesn't know the area, Old Orchard is a straight, one-way road between Upper Lachine and St-Jacques streets. I was invited to submit evidence wit…

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I heard Premier Legault's comments to Alberta on CBC recently in reference to Alberta’s energy production.

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I am a Hampstead resident and I am new to the local Hampstead political scene. On November 24, Hampstead will hold a referendum on whether to accept the 10-storey building proposed to replace the existing four-storey structures on Côte St Luc Rd. near Ellerdale. But we all know that this is …

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Your editorial on Jolin-Barrette was very well stated. I hope Julius Grey takes on this case if they pass such a law.One cannot make two classes of citizens with different rules and there is no way am I identifying myself as an "historic" anything. They did this in the twenties and thirties …

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The discordant and discrepant views amongst the EMSB commissioners may or may not warrant trusteeship, but they constitute a clear admission from the principal actors themselves that preserving the status quo with the current board members in place is not an option. And the appointment of th…

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The news that Ellie White required a more complicated medical procedure in Columbus, Ohio in order to save her life spread through our community like wildfire. Anyone who is even moderately plugged into the goings-on in Montreal knew that this poor child had gone through a bone marrow proced…

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Beginning January 1, 2020, immigrants wishing to reside in Quebec will have to pass a test to ensure that they agree with the "values" of Quebec. The test will be online, with a minimum 75% pass requirement, and you can retake it in case you fail. If a person has difficulty passing these tes…

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I read your Bernie Mendelmen's column in The Suburban this week and I can relate to how hard it is to find a doctor in Quebec. My husband lost his doctor this year, because he is retiring at the end of this year. No one is replacing him, so my husband was on his own to find another one. Afte…

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An illuminating exchange occurred last week, at the National Assembly committee hearings examining school board reform and Bill 40 which transforms elected boards into educational service providers.

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Your editorial on the Publi-Sac debate has again hit the nail on the head. You make a clear and convincing case for why the Publi-Sac industry should be left alone to continue it’s important role in our community.

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First with Bill 21, and now the law which outlaws cannabis usage until you’re 21, I’m asking myself if the government has invested in the restructuring of Forever 21, a fashion retailer closing down this month after filing for bankruptcy protection. One thing’s pretty sure. The notwithstandi…