Editorials

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From la Fête nationale to Canada Day, celebrations this year are more matters of the heart than anything else. But if, as they say, it’s the thought that counts, I’m thinking it would be nice if the word federalist were struck from the patriot’s vocabulary. Outside of Quebec, the word federa…

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Fitch, one of the big 3 global credit rating agencies, downgraded Canada's credit rating yesterday. The United States, the European Union, Germany, Australia and many other countries are all facing the same economic and fiscal challenges as Canada, but we were the only country to get a downgrade.

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In a recent article in The Gazette, a Bombardier engineer, who also happens to be of Bangladeshi origin, described how he was profiled, pulled over, arrested and later ticketed by an allegedly abusive Laval police officer because he had forgotten his wallet with his license at home. His stor…

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Mr. Bonaparte’s oped was outstanding. I hope that it can help everyone be aware that racism is very much alive and well in 2020 and that changes must happen now. It's unfortunate that you are so well versed in the subject.

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Anthony Bonaparte's piece, “As I remember, forgive me for thinking that not much will really change" (June 17) about the killing of George Floyd is unsettling but gives us much needed food for thought.While Bonaparte lists names of black people who were cruelly treated because of the colour …

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In order to do justice for people, must we be unjust to words? Surely, the word racialized is as ugly as the phenomenon it purports to describe. But its ugliness is not in the harshness of its sound, but rather in the vacuity of its current usage. The justice warrior has appropriated a socio…

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Great oped by Anthony Bonaparte. If it makes just one more person aware then you have done a great service to the community. I am sure this will influence more than one person to reflect and think of how to address this issue and move it in the right direction. Stay positive.ONE LOVE !

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Mr. Trudeau, this is an appeal from a cottage owner about your U.S. border restrictions. I seem to recall that, early in this lockdown, stay-at-home and border restriction period that you yourself completely ignored the Ontario/Quebec border restrictions that were in place between Ottawa and…

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Albert Camus, whose novel The Plague is talked about, read and reread, especially these days, famously said that calling things by their wrong name just adds to our misery*. Many are using the killing of George Floyd as an occasion to revisit the race question in Quebec and as another opport…

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Plante’s traffic policies will mean we will have even more boarded-up storefronts that will become such an eyesore! We will kill any future tourist trade but local Montrealers will avoid the downtown core like the plague. So sad as I remember when I arrived in Montreal in 1960 it was so full…

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Businesses are struggling due to the pandemic of covid19 and Mayor Plante’s priority should be fixing sidewalks for pedestrians and the potholes in the streets. Mayor Plante,s Montreal has snow for months. We can’t be riding bicycles in January. Our small businesses need support as many will…

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As head of a seniors' organization, I want to thank The Suburban for its' recent editorial regarding the removal of traffic lanes and the implementation of bicycle paths on dozens of streets all over the city with no consultation whatsoever. Your editorial so well summarizes what so many peo…

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It is true what you say about the Plante administration working towards the elimination of parking spaces. Such spaces mean that fewer visitors in their cars care to venture downtown. Oh yes, the response is to take public transport. Well, as a West Islander, this is not practicable, especia…

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Plante is using COVID / social distancing to disguise her true narrative and mission of making everything green and getting rid of cars. This elitist will have blood on her hands when the average person will lose their job because there are not enough customers going into stores. Her methods…

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As a longtime high school history teacher, many friends share their opinions with me regarding what is to be done with “offensive” historic statues and monuments. In the past few years, there has been great clamour over the removal or preservation of statues of John A Macdonald, Edward Cornw…

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The actions to combat the covid 19 outbreak have been likened to those taken in a war. The comparison is appropriate. Although this is not a conventional war, society is disrupted and many innocent lives are lost. Nonetheless, governments must continue to operate a myriad of public services,…

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The effects of a minority perspective imposing its will on society at large is dramatically more malevolent than its reverse-counterpart. While the latter is unconscionably destructive to individual expression, the former constitutes tyranny itself against the collective. When do we finally …

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Yugoslavia’s strongman, President Marshal Tito, who had succeeded in forging a unified country out of the postwar Balkans, died during the 1980 referendum. Pierre Trudeau, otherwise engaged, didn’t get to pay his respects. Our strongman was going on to deliver a decisive win for his country …

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Plante is pandering to her group that brings few dollars downtown or onto the side streets. Many businesses already will not open and Plante just puts the finishing nails in the coffins. She just doesn't understand that most people go by van or cars to eat and shop as they do in every city i…

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Has anyone been keeping track of all the businesses which have closed shop downtown? Good luck Montreal if you honestly think Montreal will be bringing in more revenue to Montreal. It's bad enough tourists won't be coming to Montreal this summer. Where does Mayor Plante think new revenue wil…

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Letter writer Chris Eustace (The circus, ballet and school board democracy, May 20) compares what he sees as differing governing styles between Quebec's two largest English language school boards. Mind you, with one currently under trusteeship and the other a few years ago seeing its Chair l…

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Government at all levels during the crisis is looking at the restaurant business as a first world problem. Restaurants, they should know, don’t only put food on their tables. They put food on their family’s tables. To say that government response to this dire situation has been anemic would …

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Your editorial on on “Let’s go on living“ was an absolute masterpiece. This was one of your finest. Thankfully we have The Suburban’s inspired leadership to help us through very difficult periods, and this is one of the worst.

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Concerning the Awful state of Quebec old age homes prior to Covid-19, the feigned surprise on the part of our politicians makes me sick. They knew exactly what was going on in the senior residences. Anyone who had stepped foot in one of those in the past 15 years knew immediately there were …

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The new normal in professional sport doesn’t mean athletes have to play to empty arenas or stadiums. In the case of hockey, fewer people in attendance would create more room for a larger European-style rink surface. Social distancing in the stands, physical distancing on the ice, that’s the …

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When I was a single father of two boys, I often turned to "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" by paediatrician Benjamin Spock for advice. The book sold 50 million copies and was translated into 39 languages. At any rate, one piece of advice that stuck with me was to never compare …

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This past weekend, Prince Edward Island reported that its handful of reported cases of COVID infections had all recovered, yet the province with the country’s lowest rates still decided to delay opening its schools until September. Contrast that with Quebec, which despite having the country’…

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The Suburban — this feisty little weekly newspaper in our town — has become a part of me, part of you, part of us together in an on-going fight against the injustices, the corruptions, and the tyrants of fear and greed that pollute our city, our province, our country. I've been around the Me…

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Education Minister Jean-François Roberge's assertion that "the authority to decide on reopening [schools] rests exclusively with the Quebec government" (The Suburban, May 6) highlights an ongoing conundrum clouding the educational landscape. Many Anglophone leaders counter with the statement…

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With restaurants and health clubs closed, maybe we don’t gain weight, so maybe we don’t need to lose weight. Is that the logic behind Premier Legault’s silence on reopening two of urban society’s basic institutions? We understand that the curve hasn’t flattened in Montreal and that physical …

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Whose dumb idea was it to reopen schools mid-May? I don’t get it – it’s almost the end of the school year anyway. For the purpose of one month or so, why bother, especially when new information is coming out daily about this virus and also about the effects it has on children. I don’t blame …

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The virus has made the virtual a necessity. Technology has allowed us to retain our humanity in the crisis by keeping us connected. But human beings possess five, not two senses. Coronavirus temporarily deprives us of smell. If the new rules of engagement deprive us of taste and touch, as we…

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The idea of opening the schools in May can have the most disastrous ripple effect on all of us and there is no guarantee that the children will not become very ill if they pick up the virus. Even the smallest risk is not worth going back before September. This will give time for the number o…

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Isn’t it wonderful how some want to encourage us to put 15% of our citizens into the hospital to boldly endure the effects — and the possible after effects — of this new virus and allow a "small" number to die, rather than hold some hope of new treatments and a possible vaccine in the not to…

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When we lose local news, we all pay the price. It is local reporters who hold public officials to account, track local budgets and spending, and cover local policies and elections. Without solid, local reporting, corruption rises. Local news helps support an informed and politically active l…

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The issue rages as to whether or not to "relax" the "lock-down"; the dichotomous debate centering on the juxtaposition of public health vs. economic recovery. In that vein, one counters the argument of the one against an allegedly equally valid concern of the other, in endless stalemate of o…

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Actually the only reason we shut down was to not overload the health care system. It has always been expected that once things level out things would start to reopen, and yes there will continue to be cases, sadly.

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Many are looking forward to their children returning to school. Well, okay. But, if their children were infected (hopefully not) by an asymp (asymptomatic person) who caught it from an asymp friend, and returns home, passing it on to their parents and other family members, who then each pass…

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As the father of a CEGEP student at Marianopolis, I wish to convey my dismay at the recent decision by the government to drop the R score for CEGEPs this semester.

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That hecatomb, the seniors residence, which has heedlessly and needlessly put so many in their tomb, will undoubtedly be the subject of thorough investigation in the near future. Without prejudging the scope of the mandate or predicting the findings, it is clear thus far, from all of the pro…