Editorials

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I live on Terrebonne so I know what a mess this entire bike path issue has been and who has been affected. Cry for CDN/NDG. Yes, cry for the residents, as we are stuck with a borough mayor (Sue Montgomery), who refuses to listen to the citizens she represents.

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As a follow-up to teacher Jeff Itcush's insightful exposé on the teaching of racism and the Quebec Education Program (QEP) [September 9], it is also important to note that the new secondary IV history program offers little room for any discussion not specifically targeted within the official…

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A couple of days ago, I was listening to a radio programme (“The Current” with host Matt Galloway, on CBC Radio One). The Sept. 7, 2020 episode was a national call-in show, “How concerned are you about schools reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic?” As a senior, the topic interested me as I h…

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Quietly, with no fanfare or effort to consult those affected, Montreal’s Projet Montreal city administration is about to carry out another attack on the quality of municipal services in NDG by closing the area’s only police station. Neither of the two Projet Montreal city councillors for NDG…

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Some people can sleep anywhere in just about any position. Is learning for children like that? Or is it a state-dependent and, possibly, site-specific exercise? From an institutional point of view, schooling was an assymetrical venture before the pandemic, but with the exception of home-scho…

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We don’t know if the pandemic has peaked, but we do know that under Mayor Plante, Montreal has Plateaued. And a provincial government whose attitude towards us ranges from indifference to hostility maximizes our plight.

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Any suggestion that Premier Legault is acting in some sort of honourable manner in condemning the recent vandalism of the Macdonald statue is misplaced. He is enough of a realist to know that attacks on the legacies, for example, of Queen Victoria, James McGill, and Sir John A will only be t…

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Last December, over 5,000 residents of Dorval and Pointe Claire learned that their large long time, snow removal contractor (Bo Pelouse) had shut down. Most of them scrambled around to find another contractor and had to pay for the entire season again!

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My husband and I applaud the strong, courageous and immediate action taken by Quebec Premier François Legault in denouncing the vandalism perpetrated on the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in MontreaL and calling for it to be reinstalled.As Quebeckers and Canadians of several generations, we…

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On August 30, the unwanted bike paths were extended west from Madison to Cavendish. Does anyone listen to citizens’ concerns, other than Marvin Rotrand?

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Following their win of sorts, at the Quebec Court of Appeal, on Aug. 21, concerning Bill 40, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is now pushing for a delay in the upcoming school board /service centre elections scheduled for Nov 1.

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Richard McConomy and Pierrette Sevigny have always been two of my favorite people on the planet. I was fortunate to meet them through our work with the Sacred Heart School of Montreal. And served with Rick on the school's Foundation Board. Our friendship grew from there over the years. Your …

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Over the past months Mayor Plante and her Projet Montreal party have used COVID 19 as an excuse to proliferate bike paths and "sanitary corridors" across the city. In most neighbourhoods these are rarely used. Yet these new "active spaces" as the city administration, calls them has led to the elimination of tens of thousands of parking spots.

The real purpose of these active spaces seems not to meet a real public need but to continue the war against cars that this party favours. This nonsense has reached my Borough of Cote des Neiges - Notre Dame de Grace.

I am a long time local resident and enjoy shopping locally. This summer Borough Mayor Montgomery has taken away thousands of parking spots on our commercial streets to put in what are called "sanitary corridors". Almost no one uses them but they have made finding a place to park extremely difficult for shoppers.

Guess what ? I have joined so many others in shopping in the suburbs. Friends who used to patronize businesses on Cote des Neiges and on Queen Mary are now heading to the West Island or Laval, where there's parking.

By now, it should be evident that the sanitary corridors serve little purpose and should be removed. The question many of us have is what is the reason for the delay in restoring parking ? Does the Borough want more merchants to close their businesses ?

On another matter, driving in NDG the other day, I saw all the parking on both sides of Terrebonne had been removed to install bicycles paths. Yet there were no cyclists. Yes, literally there were no cyclists using these paths. There is no justification for a bicycle path on one side of the street, let alone two. Why have you done this and when will you remove this nonsense ?

Ellie Israel

Montreal

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Your edtorial (August 19) challenging Mayor Plante to "retire" the name of Lionel Groulx and honour Oscar Peterson was illustrative of the double standard landscape on which Quebec officials operate. In a nutshell, Groulx was actively 'anti' a very large number of issues; including for examp…

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It saddens (no..sickens) me that, in spite of the fact that we are fortunate to have the privilege of borrowing whatever books that we choose from a gem of a library, there are some slobs (yes... slobs) who have no respect for this privilege. I don’t want to think of where they are reading, …

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Thank you for the articles by Joel Goldenberg and Joel Ceausu in the Aug 19 issue. There is tremendous pressure by local citizens to eliminate this unused bike path and restore parking on Terrebonne. My wife and I both put on over 1000 km each season on our bikes so we definitely are cyclist…

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The school board is the hearth and home of local democracy in education, and voting in (and out) school commissioners is its cornerstone. We don’t vote for education ministers; we vote for school commissioners. First APPELE-QUÉBEC and now QESBA have called for elections, already delayed for …

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Bill 40, now suspended for the anglophone community by a court ruling, gave us the right to elect the boards of the proposed new service centres. APPELE-QUÉBEC, a self-styled “broad-based alliance to promote the continued existence of English school boards governed by school board commission…

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I read Mr. Gibb’s letter in the August 12th edition with interest (C’mon Ma Bell! Give us a break!). After being a Bell Canada customer for over 30 years, I subscribed to “paperless billing”. They sent me my phone bill by email every month until they suddenly stopped. According to Bell Canad…

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The doctrine of reasonable accommodation originates with the idea that, collectively, we should make compromises in the secular realm so that individuals may follow their religion without having to remove themselves from the activities of daily life. The pandemic has reversed this by imposin…

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Bravo to David McMillan. His assessment of Valerie Plante’s administration as “authoritarian” is quite accurate. No doubt his valid criticism of the Plante administration’s ill thought out “project” for removal of parking did not fall on deaf ears (for a change). His reference to next year’s…

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Black lives matter is a declaration, and it's a cry of rage. They mattered long before the obvious beatings and even killings. Cops decide someone is a criminal by the way they look, and then they demand our ID, they illegally search us, they swear at us, they threaten to beat us up (and som…

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Very recently, Mme Plante was bemoaning the loss of businesses in Montreal and was urging the importance of encouraging shopping in our beautiful stores in the downtown core. Nice words, Ms Plante. Today I see clearly how shoppers go to malls where they park cars easily. Buying online is eve…

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No more phone bill – just an email or text? How rude! How arrogant is that? Bell doesn't ask for your thoughts or opinions. Bell doesn't ask for your permission. Bell doesn't give you an option out. Bell just does it to you. No thanks! I want the option. I send Bell between $250 - $300 each …

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This is a challenge to all elected representatives in the region in which many of my friends and I reside. I know most of you, in one way or another, personally. I am asking in all humility but out of a sense of duty, that you, in your respective forum of governance make a concrete move towa…

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Now that the mask is mandatory, its many discomforts will be dealt with by industry. New improved masks that are both more protective and more comfortable will likely hit the market before a vaccine is discovered. The economy will gain from this activity.

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Mayor Plante wants us to cycle in a bus lane? Are you bloody kidding me? I dare her and anyone else to try that! Madame Mayor you do cycle don't you? You don't get around in a chauffeured limousine, do you?

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Great editorial on anti-Semitism! It is a shame when some supporting Black Lives Matter veer off course and meander into ugly and dishonest territory, where Jews and Israel become targets, even though we have historically been all about defending the underdog and supporting others outside th…

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In regards to Joel Goldenberg’s story on the senior‘s fraud case, a Ukrainian woman survives the experience of having been forced into a Nazi concentration camp in her youth. A lifetime later, as an old woman in Montreal, widowed for many years, she is forcibly removed from her home, confine…

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I am one of the small percentage of people at this time not wearing a mask and with no intention of ever wearing one if I can help it. Here is why.

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Sadly most of society has learned nothing on the dangers of anti-Semitism.There is still no respect for others. Just what certain people want and push what they believe whether it’s right or wrong! Quite discouraging. Thank you for your editorial on the subject.

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Further to your excellent editorial on anti-Semitism and DeSean Jackson, how dare Nick Cannon apologize for something he truly believes? Not in a million years would he have gone on a prejudiced rant, calling white people, Jews and Europeans "a little less" and "savages", saying "the only wa…

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The convoy of black motorists rolling through Montreal , many demonstrations before, that our city administration and police department have done little to negate police racial profiling of visible minorities in their cars or walking on the street; and the promise of changes to be announced …

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Surely, the prime minister’s defence to the charge of conflict of interest in the WE matter rests on the meaning of the word “of” just as President Clinton’s defence to impeachment rested on the meaning of “is”. Many believe that finding Mr. Trudeau in conflict of interest is a piece of cake…

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Excellent editorial on the ticketing pandemic. Unfortunately the marching orders are given from the top. As far as the homeless, it's been a lucrative carousel. The city officials call for a press conference, issue a cheque to Montreal shelters then they return to collect outstanding fines a…

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A disease, like Covid-19 that attacks the respiratory disease is frightening. Imagine a bacterial infection that suddenly leads to intense vomiting and incessant diarrhea. Both of these prompt unquechable thirst and dehydration which can lead to death within hours. The infection can be contr…

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Jon Bradley’s letter in last Wednesday’s issue has stirred me to comment. Mr. Bradley and other writers are absolutely correct about the history program in Quebec schools, which is but a symptom of a larger problem..

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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, 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 story is a solemn r…

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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 …