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Almost every week, politics and public administration in our city and our province provide examples that make Jim Carrey’s movie pale by comparison. The past week was no exception.

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This has been a week of mourning and remembrance in Montreal and throughout Quebec. We had been informed for months by medical and government spokespeople that the lockdown and isolation measures necessitated by the Covid crisis have driven up rates of divorce, conjugal violence, mental inst…

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Last week,for the second consecutive year, Mayor Valerie Plante has blocked Montreal City Council from adopting a motion from Ensemble Montreal interim Leader and leader of the Official Opposition at City Hall Lionel Perez calling on Montreal to adopt the definition of anti-Semitism authored…

One year of the Covid “mentality” has now passed as we are on the cusp of a third wave. Fortunately, there are few historic points of comparison to hark back to. One that has been alluded to, especially in the early weeks of the pandemic, was the Spanish Influenza of 1918-1919. How bad was t… Read more

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Today is Yom Hashoah.Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember the 6 Million.Not all of the victims of the Nazis were Jews. But all Jews were victims.A society's courage and intellectual honesty is measured by its resolve to remember that reality. And that this reality is not subject to moral r… Read more

If you have surveyed government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have concluded that money is free. This is only partially true since most Canadian governments are financing their debt at 2% annual interest rates or less these days. This will not last forever, because long rates a… Read more

Montreal’s flamboyant, attention-seeking, chest-beating, and literally larger-than-life one-term mayor, Denis Coderre, learned a few things after the relatively unknown Valerie Plante kicked his jet-setting derriere out of office four years ago. A humbled and now quite svelte Coderre 2.0 jus… Read more

Mayor Plante’s refusal to accept the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism clearly demonstrates the old definition of anti-Semitism - hating Jews more than is absolutely necessary - is still alive.  I'm tempted to say, in the immortal words of Bob Dylan, "Goin' back to New York City--I do believe… Read more