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Stay home. These words, often a welcome respite from the grind of daily life, have come to represent an unwelcome confinement to avoid the potential for infection and even death. COVID-19 has moved governments to extraordinary measures to impose a severe economic contraction to stave off a m…

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This column was written and factually accurate on Monday evening. Tuesday morning, thankfully, something caused an about face and the Trudeau government withdrew this proposed legislation. I am not sure how or why, but am grateful that this catastrophe was averted. Many Liberals were themsel…

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It has been a study in contrasts lately as we deal with a new world order of social distancing and our regular schedules have been thrown out the window.

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A headline captured my attention in the past few days. It read, “Coronavirus Outbreak Causes Reduction in China Greenhouse Gases” (The Independent). It reminded me of a trend I’ve noticed for some time. That is, “whatever reduces climate change is good, even if it is at the expense of human …

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I woke up early this morning even though I had nothing to do until later this evening. In the past, and I am only talking about a few weeks ago, I would have picked up my phone, scrolled through Facebook or Instagram, maybe read an article or, most likely, watched a video on how to ice cakes…

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The amount of money that may be saved by the elimination of elected school board commissioners and other supposedly fiscal administrative changes as alluded to through Bill 40 is minimal (if at all!) in comparison to the millions of dollars that is channelled into Quebec’s extensive network …

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Canadians are increasingly frustrated that small groups of First Nations and environmental radicals have succeeded in shutting down critical rail links across Canada, stranding goods and people while ignoring the injunctions passed by the court system to have the barricades removed. Unlike m…

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Former CSL Mayor Robert Libman, an architectural consultant, told the Namur-Hippodrome public consultation that it must think way beyond the planned Hippodrome housing development toward a "feasible urban core" in the west end.

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It was painful to read the recent letter from Edit Kuper and Pinchus Gutter. Not painful in the perhaps commonly understood way, but so sad on many levels. The authors share their deep sorrow at how the issue of the Holocaust was recently dismissed by Montreal's Mayor and ponder what else th…

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Thanks for publishing my piece which I read online just now. I love the digital format, giving the reader a choice of either page or text. Loads very fast and is easy on the eyes.

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The coverage of the Coronavirus has included comparisons to the SARS epidemic of 2003, which originated in Guangdong province in China. As of Feb. 10, there were some 40,200 cases of the Coronavirus as compared to 8,100 cases of SARS over the 10 months of that outbreak. So officially we are …

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Under Stephen Harper, Canada stood out as a resolute friend of Israel and the Jewish people in Canada and around the world. Sadly, under Justin Trudeau, this strong support has weakened.

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In November, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the same procedure used to restrict access to publicly-funded English language education will be employed to restrict access to other, non-education related English language services. While it may be constitutional to limit access t…

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Montreal sued former interim Mayor Michael Applebaum for reimbursement of his severance allowance. To do so, it relied on a law that wasn’t in force either at the time he committed the criminal acts, or at the time he received the severance payment. What’s more, his crime was committed befor…

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“It was a clear and decisive decision that sets out a clear message to..all governments that they need to stay in their own lane.” – Sonya Savage, Alberta Minister of Energy

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Quebec is currently moving forward with a four-page mini-bill entitled An Act amending certain Acts establishing public sector pension plans (Bill 38). Page 4 of the bill is the most interesting, because it allows employees who have retired from the government to return to work for the gover…

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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…