Editorials

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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…

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Well stated editorial “No solution without pain,” but should there not be either a national inquiry to determine what went wrong and who should take responsibility particularly for the slaughter of seniors in long term care facilities. None of us want to go through this again. Keep on shovel…

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Kudos to the Suburban and Editor Beryl Wajsman for juxtaposing both sides of the Herron Residence (April 15, 2020) story so that readers can have a full understanding of what happened and what each side is alleging.

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Re your editorial “No solution without pain” It is crucial that our citizens begin to reclaim an element of normalcy, if only to regain sanity. While Trump may be criticized as one may care, he is absolutely correct in asserting that "...the cure may be worse than the disease"...On a plane o…

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They shouldn’t open until a vaccine for everyone is available . If we don’t get a vaccine by summer you can very likely expect a second wave in the fall. By the way this is from the MIT Sloan School of Management. It is from an interview with the CEO of the Bio pharmaceutical Moderna. The CE…

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I’m a restaurant owner who is terrified of opening at 50 percent capacity. Temporarily closed is easier and safer for us financially. But I know we’re going to have to start somewhere and fight through this.

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The other day, I made a donation in order to help keep this newspaper publishing. Advertising revenue is way way down for obvious reasons, so readers were asked for their support.

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Benjamin Franklin believed trading freedom for security wasn’t worthy of the American character. “Live free or die”, as it says on New Hampshire’s licence plate. And yet, this freedom-loving people finds itself in the clutches of an authoritarian leader during peacetime, the likes of which a…

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Agree vey much with your editorial “No solution wihout pain.” The worst position for any politician is this case. Really a damned if you do; and a damned if you don’t. If Legault doesn’t get business etc. back soon, there will be critical comments; and there can be dire circumstances. But if…

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Thanks for the perspective in your editorial “No solution without pain.“ People need to stop the extreme panicking and understand that life must and can go on, with practical precautions. I will be glad to see my teen return to school. This does not mean I do not worry, but I also worry ever…

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In the recent letter to the editor on Pandemocracy there is a reference to three branches of government. In the United States there are clearly three branches. In Canada I only see two. The Prime Minister, who controls his or her cabinet, is part of the legislative branch, or Parliament. The…

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We have travelled so far, so fast from normal life that Bills 21 and 40 are scarcely visible in our rear-view mirror. With schools shuttered and teachers confined to their homes, who’s thinking about hijabs and school boards?

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Premier François Legault's call for a criminal investigation into the horrific conditions at a senior citizens residence, and his heartfelt mea culpa concerning the return of students to school : “Maybe the way I said it scared some people and I’m sorry about that," brings to mind the idea o…

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Your editorial “No solution without pain” was great writing. I suggest that we look to history for solutions that actually work. FDR, for instance, announced a major structural shift in society so that there was not American Revolution 2.0. Tommy Douglas gave us the medicare system we now us…

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Letter writer Chris Eustace raises an interesting notion (Consider extending the school day when this is over, April 1) when he suggests that elementary and secondary schools should run through all of May and June. The suggestion that the existing school day (assuming that our schools are in…

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Those old enough to have taken Latin in school will remember “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres” (“All Gaul is divided into three parts”). They will also remember learning that democratic government is divided into three parts, or branches: the legislative, executive and judicial branch.

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In response to David Brown’s “Unnecessary panic” Letter to the Editor of March 18th I beg to differ. This is indeed a pandemic throughout Europe, North America and USA and China, Taiwan, etc... I also am impressed with Mr. Legault’s handling of this crisis (despite not voting for him). Mr. L…

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Trudeau has chronically been making poor judgment calls since he first got in office, one after the other. His attempt to grab tax and spend powers was just another. Appalling lack of political acumen, if you ask me. What on earth persuaded people to vote for him, apart from lack of credible…

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Excellent oped on Trudeau’s attempt to grab tax powers.Keep up the good work. Our fellow citizens have very short memories and need a constant reminder that our current prime minister is not all he pretends to be.

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Because of the worry of many parents that their children are losing too much school time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the "LBPSB offers online resources for parents and students" (Suburban, March 27)

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At the risk of being called that one, the one in “there’s one in every crowd”, I’ll remind the rest of the crowd that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. No sane person will resist lending the rights and freedoms we enjoy to government at a time such as this. But it’s a loan, for the …