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Toronto police estimated that as many as 10,000 people were at a downtown park on Saturday afternoon, where many gathered in large groups as police and bylaw officers looked on. A number of U.S. beaches and boardwalks saw the same — or worse. Pandemic? What pandemic?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to squeeze the health system, we watch proudly as doctors, nurses and all frontline workers have risen to the occasion.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force drastic social distancing measures, the economic ramifications continue to unfold. Ontario and Quebec, for example, ordered all non-essential workplaces to close.

The deluge of postponements, cancellations, closures and serious talk about social distancing and self-isolation began the moment the National Basketball Association gave the rest of North America the permission to finally take this thing seriously. Think about that.

Running update, travel advice, tips on being prepared, symptoms and treatment, prevention and risk, how nations are responding… It’s all COVID-19 all the time.

As of Monday, March 2, Public health officials say 27 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been diagnosed in Canada so far, with 18 cases reported in Ontario and eight in British Columbia. One presumptive positive case has been reported in Quebec.

Bombardier Inc. sold its rail-building unit to French train giant Alstom SA, marking its exit from the rail business. The Montreal-based company has sold several divisions since 2015, including its turboprop and aerostructure segments, as well as its commercial airline unit. Bombardier annou…

Coronavirus alarm grows as markets tumble and death tolls rise. As of Jan. 27, health officials in the U.S. said more than 100 people were being evaluated for possible infection. And according to CTV News, one case has been confirmed in Canada while a second is labelled as “presumptive posit…

During a stormaggedon-like 48-hour period, the province of Newfoundland, Canada was totally engulfed by a massive winter blizzard when more than 70 cm of snow and winds of up to 140 km/h battered the region. Some effects were felt further west.

I nearly came to blows with one of my two brothers — not Kris, the other one — over the holidays because he was so obnoxiously wrong about practically everything on this list. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

The rising number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians has compelled Montreal police to launch a road safety campaign. The number of fatal incidents involving cars and pedestrians has been on the rise since 2015.

I was thinking “fourrer, voler, choquer, planter, crosser, deplacer, fermer, ronger…” Facebook friend Christian Vachon of the McCord Museum then offered “arnaquer, déposséder, escroquer, dépouiller, délester, extorquer, flouer, plumer, rouler...”

As soon as I finished this cartoon I read in the Toronto Sun that the bespoke one was actually coming back with a new podcast called Don Cherry’s Grapevine. So the knuckle dragging monosyllabic types who think he was railroaded by the politically correct police can now rest easy.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, immigrants to Quebec will have to prove they have learned "democratic values and Quebec values" in order to obtain a selection certificate, the first step toward permanent residency. The test only pertains to the economic class of immigrants, which is overseen by the p…

Only in linguistically paranoid Quebec could the use of “terrifying” Italian words to describe Italian food in an Italian restaurant cause an international incident (See Pastagate, 2013). And only in linguistically paranoid Quebec would an elected government actually consider legislating aga…

At the end of a brutal, gloves off, kicking-and-hair-pulling-allowed, schoolyard battle of a campaign, a bruised and somewhat weakened Justin Trudeau managed to hold on to his office. While his Liberals retained enough seats to govern with a strong minority in the House of Commons, the party…

The insults and name calling and character assassination and finger pointing and empty promises and bug-eyed glad handing and simple sloganeering... And that’s just on the first day.

You don’t want to get me ranting about our undemocratic first-past-the-post political system and the month-long dog-and-pony show the parties put on every four years to get the attention of the usually inattentive by waving shiny objects and promising this and vowing to do that and… oh…er…sorry.

An estimated 500,000 people came out on Friday Sept. 27 to take part in Montreal’s climate march during a global day of action, inspired by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who addressed the crowd. Many sincerely attended because of the cause, many more attended because… well… …

From the Montreal Gazette’s Jack Todd after the Alouettes stunning come from behind 38-37 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers: “Of the thousands of football games I’ve seen, this was one of the few I’ll remember. Because these Alouettes are the sweetest sports story we’ve had in this city for…

This update of a 2004 cartoon is one of my personal fantasies. I mean, we know it’s inevitable and will someday happen on live TV — if it hasn’t already. By the way, no weather reporters were harmed during the drawing of this cartoon.

I subscribe to and pay for a half dozen newspapers and magazines because I know the news they provide is gathered by actual journalists that are not paid by Facebook and Google.

Next to a car, this would actually be my preferred mode of transport on Montreal streets. Way more padding than a bike or a scooter and, except for the joystick, no need to move a muscle.

After two days of meetings, the Liberal youth wing has come up with a new series of nationalist policies designed to reconnect the party to francophones and move away from a multicultural platform towards a more nationalist or intercultural position by which minorities are integrated into Qu…

When the workers are supposed to be working, all I ever see is an empty street surrounded by traffic cones. Now that these nonexistent workers are on an official two-week holiday, all I see is an empty street surrounded by traffic cones.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, after meeting Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai — who at age 15 was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for defending girls’ rights to education — said in a tweet that if she wanted to teach in Quebec, it would be an honour, but like in other…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping were seated together during the G20 Conference Leaders Working Lunch in Japan thanks to alphabetical seating. The two did not shake hands or look at each other and did not engage throughout the meeting… for a long, long list of reasons.

An antidote to all the repellent nativism, tribalism, outright racism, nationalism and every other ignorant “ism” in the news these days, at home as well as abroad.

Quebec's new law on religious symbols was rammed through the legislature on a late Sunday night by the Coalition Avenir Québec government. It will bar civil servants in positions of authority — like public school teachers, police officers and government lawyers — from wearing religious symbo…

Quebec’s National Assembly re-opened the “Bonjour-Hi” debate, urging shopkeepers to greet customer with a simple “Bonjour” and leave out the “Hi.” This, so people won’t get the ghastly impression that Montreal is a bilingual city. As was the case in 2017, the resolution was sponsored by the …

The blitz of infrastructure work that was finally undertaken years ago after decades of neglect will again hit its stride over the next few months and more than half of the bridges on and off the island of Montreal will be littered with traffic cones — so prepare to be patient.