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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…

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Your editorial on the election was, as always, well stated and an accurate and realistic summary of its impact and the consequences for each of the parties -- especially the lack of mandate for the Bloc. The concern I hold about these results is what reaction will my fellow Canadians who res…

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Mayor Steinberg, why not do something kind, something considerate, something meaningful, something humanitarian. Leave the affordable apartments on CSL Road alone. You want to spruce up the street? Fine - tidy them up, paint, polish, feel free. But leave these low-income folks alone. Count y…

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Regionalism is alive and well. Quebec is sending 32 bloquistes to Ottawa. Sad that some provinces have to utter “Wexit” rather than resurrect their own regionalism that was the Reform Party back in the day.

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Your editorial on the election was a great analysis. The Conservatives must enlarge their umbrella. They basically have no seats in urban areas besides Western Canada. They don’t attract young people, immigrants and not enough women. They have a 30% base and are unable to attract another 8% …

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Letter writer Isabelle Bertolotti (October 23) raises an important question that we, as a so-called modern society, have not yet engaged. What is the role of our public school teachers and, just as important, what is the role of our public schools?

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Mayor Steinberg, you defend yourself with semantics when you say that a high rise is defined as 13 storeys or more when these buildings are "only" 10. Given the existing structures on CSL Road right now, the proposed building IS in effect and in impact, if not in number of stories, a "high rise".

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The government is proposing to eliminate the school board under Bill 40. Even before the tabling of the bill, the EMSB had announced a court challenge to the government’s plan to abolish school boards.

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Sharon Hyman’s latest letter (third in four weeks) continues to make false statements with an authoritative tone. She states “no rents are going downward when we are in the middle of an affordable housing crisis.” That may be true for Montreal but there is no affordable housing crisis along …

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I would be remiss if I did not point out the logical fallacies behind the mayor’s assertion that razing affordable housing and erecting a luxury high-rise will cause “downward pressure on rents”. I think a basic Economics lesson in “supply and demand” may in order. No rents are going downwar…

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On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Quebec's Centraides will come together to remind everyone that poverty too often goes ignored.

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"... yes, I'm an idiot. Of course, as PM, I'm acquainted with many lawyers. Paid for with tax dollars. Well, my money is - my money."

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The Quebec government can no more abolish school boards than the boards could abolish the government. Unlike municipalities, which are creatures of the provincial government, the boards have an independent existence under the constitution.

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Justin Trudeau was found guilty of ethics violations in the SNC Lavalin affair. This would be bad if it were an isolated incident. It was not. It’s part of a wider pattern of abuse of power, entitlement, and use of the treasury as a Liberal Party slush fund. Trudeau’s attempt to interfere in…

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We are thrilled with the results of Hampstead’s register. Not only did the mayor and developers fail to block the register, which they had tried to do, but people turned out in droves and exceeded the minimum required to trigger a referendum by 20 percent!

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What the proposed Bill 40 gives English school boards in retaining their democratic election process, it takes away in spades by not paying elected directors sufficiently to attract the best leadership to administer their schools. Some who receive merely $100 per meeting may abstain often fo…

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Sharon Hyman’s letter, “If I am not for others, what am I?” is a shameful attack on me filled with falsehoods. For years, she praised me: “With all that you do for the town and to still make time for others, you are an inspiration.” This is from one of dozens of e-mails and Facebook posts th…

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Letter writer Suzanne Reisler Litwin (Teachers! Don't be Red-Pen People, September 25) suggests that teachers who use red ink in correcting assignments are somehow damaging all students and contributing to student angst. Further, she admonishes those classroom practitioners who do not play w…

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The Internet, famous for its being a source of valuable information, has fallen far short of being accurate in its exposition with regards to the origins of the environmental movement. Worldwide there were movers and shakers going back centuries sounding the alarm. In Quebec, it did not begi…

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It has been reported that the English Montreal School Board had the highest academic success rate of all Quebec’s public school boards, although the Pearson board claim that honour. Notwithstanding, that these results are hardly connected to input at the board level, they do mask a serious u…

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Your recently published article on "Red-Pen" teachers would have been better titled “Teachers! Don’t teach." Teachers should not believe that their role is about being liked by students, encouraging learners to answer correctly by following their feelings, and that the pillars of education r…

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It never fails that at some point in every election campaign one of the party leaders proclaims that “this is the most important election in the history of our country.” Elizabeth May was the guilty party this time, barely two days into the cycle. She was referring to the impending disaster …

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I am really troubled by what is transpiring in Hampstead and how the issue of affordable housing does not seem to be a concern for some politicians who are supposed to be representing all their constituents, not just the wealthy.

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François Legault harassed the English-speaking community with threats to abolish school boards prior to transferring English schools to the French side; but now he flip flops with a rumour that he will not do so. Unfortunately, he may still make good on eliminating democratically elected sch…