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The last few weeks have demonstrated that the situation in the Middle East can change within hours. Moving from Iranian-incited attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, to the assassination of the Iranian al-Quds general Soleimani, Iranian retribution against U.S. bases in Iraq, and finally t…

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Here is a thought for 2020. Perhaps we need to be inspired enough to incite a new Roaring 20s. One hundred years ago another 20s decade dawned. America had just prohibited liquor. Women, though having recently gained the right to vote in most western countries, were still faced with a multit…

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau would have turned 100 this past October 18. Apart from some filial pieties on the campaign trail and inevitable comparisons drawn between father and son in the media, generally to the detriment of the latter, there was no real or official recognition of the centenary o…

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New Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s mandate letter, asked her to “study and analyze the possibility of national dental care” and to implement “national universal pharmacare.” As Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister asserts, there are more urgent priorities:

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Former Equality Party MNA, History Professor and Suburban columnist Neil Cameron died Wednesday December 18th at age 81 from complications resulting from kidney failure. He will be long remembered and sorely missed not only for his brief but eventful political career but as an exceptional te…

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The current debate over the future of Publisac, and in particular the way it is distributed, entails choices that force us to reflect collectively on the true meaning and the ethical nature of the green transition. We all feel a sense of urgency—and rightly so—but it should not make us lose …

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The CAQ plan to bring in proportional electoral representation is going down a complex path that has been visited many times before. For example, BC has had three separate attempts at electoral reform and all attempts were rejected by the voters; PEIs 2019 effort was similarly rebuffed by th…

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Once again, the English-speaking people of Quebec are divided on how to defend their vital interests against aggressive restrictive nationalism. Eight organizations, former members of the Quebec Community Groups Network, recently signed an open letter explaining “Why we left QCGN.”

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I am in no way anti-Christmas and never say Bah Humbug during the season, however its increased length over the years has got me thinking about this holiday being less about getting together with loved ones and more about buying the perfect winter holiday.

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We are 100 years from the Paris 1919 conference at which the Great Powers (Britain, the US, France and nominally, Italy) led six months of diplomatic negotiations that shaped peace agreements that closed the door on WWI and set the stage for the wars and geopolitics of the 20th century. One …

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During the evening election coverage on October 21st there was the occasional discussion around parallels between the 1972 and 2019 federal election campaigns and results. Both campaigns featured a Trudeau PM who came to power four years previously on a wave of pan-Canadian goodwill and a hi…

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You are a contented Liberal voter who is sleepwalking to cast your ballot for the Trudeau government once again. Maybe you are a middle-class voter with a good job, a small business owner, a retiree with investments and a pension or a young person just starting out. You should be safe in ass…

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My initial reaction was visceral. Seeing the Prime Minister of Canada in blackface – at nearly 30 years of age while working in education no less — was profoundly disturbing. In the days since, my feelings are more reflective and personal and have allowed me to put the pattern of Mr. Trudeau…

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We believe it is high time to make public transit affordable for all Montrealers. The Anti-poverty committee of Project Genesis has been fighting for a social fare at the STM for seven years, a reduced price for people who are living under the poverty line.

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In late October, there will be a federal election. Quebecers and other Canadians will likely care less about the ethical issues in the SNC Lavalin affair, and more about jobs, personal finances, and even how to cope with the return of winter. Many people will be making plans for their winter…

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After the billions of dollars spent by government and communities to fight poverty, you might ask: has there been any measurable impact? Are people better off now than they would be otherwise – or are we just fooling ourselves thinking we can change the economic course of history? The answer…

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There is an election buzz in the air. The dates are approaching and the buzz is getting louder. Much is sound and fury signifying very little! The significance of the American elections is that they are geopolitical. More than many want to recognize, they will affect the whole world. They ha…

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TEL AVIV – I just got back from the 9th edition of Cyber Week in Tel Aviv, a global cybersecurity conference that drew 8,000 participants, and it is clear that Israel is at the forefront when it comes to cyber attacks of all kinds.

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Brexit, impeachment and obstruction of justice dominate the political agendas in the UK, the US and Canada. At a time when there are serious threats to international peace and stability in Asia and the Middle East, the pillars of the pan-Atlantic alliance that won two world wars and rebuilt …

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I understand that Jewish ‘progressives’ have mastered the art of mental contortion in order to reconcile their political choices with the anti-Semitic mutterings of Democratic stars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, but the usual rationalizations, distortions and cognitive dissonance of the apol…

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Should Quebec follow the lead of Ontario? Premier Doug Ford recently threatened to end government health coverage for emergency services outside of Canada. He faces a $10.3 billion deficit, and doing so would supposedly save nearly $12 million. Should other provinces do the same? Or should t…

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My friend Sam, an irascible, stubborn widower, eighty years of age, was filling out his income tax return forms on Sunday afternoon, when he suddenly became very ill. The room started to spin around him, he felt an irresistible desire to vomit (which he tried to do several times without succ…

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Tomorrow, May 9th, at 11 in the morning, thousands of Montrealers of all faiths and backgrounds will march from Cabot Square to Place du Canada to celebrate Israel’s 71st independence Day. It is important to all of us – as members of the family of free people – that we be there. Now more than ever.

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We are living in an age of oversimplification.

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April 24 marks the 104th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. A century may seem too long ago and distant to some, but it remains close to the descendants of survivors, because the Turkish state vehemently denies the genocide, leaving little space for justice, closure, and healing.

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Sometimes I really hate this province. Born in London, England to parents from the West Indies, I’ve lived in Montreal since the age of four. I learned the language, played hockey, made friends and spent many a night stomping my feet to Charlebois and Vigneault wannabes at Les 2 Pierrots on …

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It was certainly not our most pressing issue. But since Premier François Legault has made good on his election promise of introducing legislation on laity in Bill 21 it is important to bring some perspective on this issue.

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We are experiencing a Canadian fiscal time warp. It is 2002 and John Manley has replaced Paul Martin as the Liberal’s finance minister, and any semblance of restraint has gone out the window. Substituting today’s actors, Liberal finance minister Bill Morneau has replaced the Tories’ Jim Flah…

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Frank Robinson, one of baseball’s most accomplished players, passed away on February 7th at the age of 83. Although Jackie Robinson (no family relation) is baseball’s civil rights pioneer that everyone rightly remembers, celebrates and honours for having broken a colour barrier that had been…

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I read with great interest the brief presented last week by the City of Cote Saint-Luc to the Economic and Urban Development Commission of Montreal’s public hearings on the new Royalmount development project at the Decarie interchange. Entitled “Reinventing transport on the Decarie corridor”…

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In November I spent ten days in India and the United Arab Emirates, an independent state that would most likely not have existed if not for the aftermath of both world wars. Since that time, the BBC news has been 90% Brexit coverage and commentary, the frothy reporting detailing each cabinet…

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Avrum (Avi) Morrow passed away on Saturday January 5. Born in 1923,Morrow attended Fairmont Elementary School and then Baron Byng High School. After studying engineering and physics at McGill University, Morrow co-founded Avmor in 1948 , a manufacturer of professional cleaning chemicals. Tod…

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When the recreational use of cannabis became legal last October 17, a number of jurisdictional battlefields between Canada’s various levels of government was inevitably created. While Ottawa dealt with criminality and established a nationwide framework for production and health standards, ce…

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs was “shocked” that at the recent First Ministers’ meeting in Montreal, there was no urgency or strategy to deal with the Alberta oil crisis. He was disappointed and appalled at Quebec actively blocking the Energy East pipeline through that province, and fel…