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I know you had word constraints in your editorial on “Lies, vaccines and Trudeau’s China fetish” but the EU not only negotiated as a block (a strategy Canada did not even consider with the US or anybody else) but also worked with pharma companies to develop the production and "fill and finis…

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Eight years before he assumed Canada’s highest office, Pierre Trudeau visited China with Jacques Hébert, and they wrote of their travels in Two Innocents in Red China. Of course, in French, “innocent” also conveys a sense of being naively foolish, as a lot of postwar idealists in the West we…

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Thank you for publishing Stephanie Stein’s excellent article on Ivermectin. The more people hear about this inexpensive “wonder drug“ the better. I find it extremely troubling and disturbing that the mainstream media is unwilling to put out any information about it. Health Canada should be l…

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Thank you for the open letter explaining all the failures foreseeing the lack of preparation towards the vaccine.Snowbirds are unnecessarily scapegoats for the lack of proper regulations and being punished and forced to go to hotel quarantine. Keep up the good work.

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Is it a case of Two Solitudes, or just lack of solicitude? The firestorm in the Francophone media over the State Department’s declassified memo revealing that Pierre Trudeau considered sabotaging Quebec’s economy to defeat separatism, hasn’t crossed “enemy” lines. Naught but radio silence in…

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While letter writer Marcus Tabachnick (Legault and Bill 101, February 24) may be correct in noting some possible consequences of newly imposed language controls, he is missing the fundamentalism of what is transpiring. The central issue is one of ever-increasing state interference into the i…

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Your editorial on “Lies, vaccines and Trudeau’s China fetish” was written like real journalists. You have covered the bases. Always feels good to hear truth.

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The first thing a witness testifies to in court is his or her birthdate. But few of us remember being born, still less what date of what year. We rely on others to have given us a truthful answer. Our date of birth is hearsay, you might say, but a necessary exception to the rule barring such…

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Thank you for publishing Joel Ceausu's opinion piece “Check your disapproval.” His journalism work is impeccable, forward thinking and responsible. It was a breath of fresh air to read critical thinking that is not washed down with banalities.

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Premier Legault is hinting that the CAQ is considering limiting enrolment at English CEPEPs. This is another attack on the English-speaking community disguised as “the need to protect the French language”.

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The recent announcement of Julie Payette’s resignation as Canada’s Governor General might have come as a surprise. There has been a reaction from some who may question the value of maintaining such a position. That is understandable. Her function was largely ceremonial, somewhat costly, and …

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There’s an old marketing ploy to get people to buy a cheaper product by mixing it in with more expensive similar product. A department store might lay out its housebrand ties along with the high-end labels to draw your attention to its own wares. Premier Legault has taken to Facebook to mark…

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In regard to your editorial last week on another attack on English rights, these tactics are Weapons of Mass Distraction. With a COVID death rate three times that of Ontario and five times that of B.C., it’s time for Mr. Legault and the CAQ to change the topic and what better than the old re…

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Thanks Beryl Wajsman for Another Montreal Tragedy and the exposure of critical care reduction. I appreciate your independent thoughts and articles.You are perhaps one of the last bastions of reason within the regular media. Needless to say, I certainly don’t have to agree with all of your op…

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It’s Déjà vu. When Bell Media finds ways to increase revenue, they leap into action. The “suits” at the head office do not consider the damage they are doing to the lives of their loyal employees, many of whom have been out covering breaking news and risking their lives for years. I have bee…

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5.8 million senior citizens in Canada. They couldn't find 11.6 million vaccines to at least try to protect them when the "science" and the "data" clearly showed that they are by far the most vulnerable to the worst effects of the virus. AND penalize them with $2,000 hotel stays whether they …

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The slow, inevitable, and painful decline of once vibrant Anglophone communities continues with the gutting of CJAD by Bell Media (The Suburban, February 3). Over the last several decades, contrary to pundits who stated that the sky was not falling, we are now witnessing the remaining vestig…

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It's difficult in this Covid/politically correct universe we live in to read any contrarian points of view in any media.  However, your editorials on the Covid response have been mighty refreshing/truthful and happen to converge with my own views.

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There should never have been a controversy between Montreal and Quebec concerning a free pass for the homeless during a curfew which took a court judgement to rule in their favour. Nor should they find themselves without heat in the cold of winter same as many decades past.

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We are English-speaking Canadians proud strong and free. We are not second class citizens and we will not be treated as such because the leadership of our province regards us as political pawns in their bid to secure the popular vote. Our heritage is Canadian, we are rightful citizens of the…

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Maybe I’m not getting out enough, lately (who is?). It leaves more time to read the papers, and the Journal de Montréal, too. Here’s how the aptly-named columnist Denise Bombardier wrote about Hassidim, in general, after the recent incident involving members of the Skver community and Montre…

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In response to US President Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, economist Jim Stanford made an interesting statement. Stanford said: “it is now undeniable: fossil fuels will disappear from most uses in the foreseeable future. And fossil-fuel industries will never again be an…

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As graphically illustrated by reporter Kevin Woodhouse and further detailed by writer Jim Wilson (January 27), the Lester B. Pearson School Board has much to explain. Regardless of the outcome of any on-going court cases, taxpaying citizens have a right to demand that the LBPSB clearly expla…

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A recent court case, brought by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, UPAC, following its investigation of the Pearson School Board, has reopened earlier unresolved issues at the board.  In 2016, Carol Mastantuono, the head of the board's international department, was abruptly fired. She challenged…

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I believe our media should start holding governments accountable for exactly how many people are getting “properly” vaccinated against COVID-19. To me, since any available vaccine to date require two shots (ideally 21 or 28 days apart), and since no one to date has received their second shot…

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The disproportionate number of deaths amongst the poor and visible minorities during the pandemic has laid bare America’s underclass as surely as January 6 has laid bare its underbelly.

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This decree discussion is insane. How about ensuring care for all who need it? Many spent a lifetime supporting the care system through taxes. Whatever happened to humanity’s conscience towards those in need? This is about as slippery a slope as government has ever embarked upon. Not to ment…

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I resent this decree being put forward due to the ineptitude of the government that has brought us to this position. Medicare cards should be returned by all Members of legislatures, government officials, public figures or the general population that partake in non-essential travel.

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This decree should be challenged legally. This is appalling, unjust, and targets our vulnerable elderly. Hospitals need to help everyone equally. The elderly paid with their blood, sweat and tears to build this nation and they paid their fair share of taxes. We need to get a class action aga…

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Immediately after reading your front page story, “Decree Could Kill You’" and the editorial “There will be blood on your hands”, I telephoned my MNA, Mme Jennifer Maccarone’s office. I voiced my opposition – adamantly – to a possible imminent Quebec Ministerial Decree limiting, and it seems,…

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Are we so insensitive, so fearful, so surrendered that we are willing to accept this kind of Decree? Are we willing to travel back in time to revisit history, the barbarianism of ruthless authoritarians and feed the lions? Where do we stop, when do we stop?

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Sounds like the Twilight Zone where we witnessed the deaths of more than 4,000 seniors in our Quebec CHSLDs. No actions taken to have a public enquiry to find out exactly what did or did not happen to seniors not only dying of COVID-19 but dehydrated, unfed and soiled. Why ask doctors to do …

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I find discussion of this Decree disgusting. All of us through our lifetime contributed to health care and when you reach a certain moment, they want to eliminate you. Everyone should have medical care. Prioritizing people is a disgrace.

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Is settling for a single dose of a two dose vaccine more like putting two winter tires on your car instead of four (not the best solution but workable) or taking antiobiotics for four days when your Doctor has proscribed them for seven (bad idea)?

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I think it’s rich that we are shocked by the violence in Washington given that this seems to be the new level of discourse in the USA. Trump wins a questionable election in 2016 and the other extremists try to burn down Berkeley. You have a legitimate grievance against the police or courts, …

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In his opinion piece “Where have all the teachers gone?”, Jeff Itcush touches on some of the problems facing the teaching profession in Quebec. He is perfectly accurate in quoting statistics and addressing teacher burnout and the disinterest of young people in getting into teaching. Yes, Itc…

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Anticipating a new spate of repressive linguistic measures, leading anglophone opinion leaders are pleading for a balanced approach from government towards our community. Balance, the linguists will tell you, is a deceptive cognate (“faux ami”). In English, it means measured or proportional.…

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After listening to Premier Legault I am very disturbed by him saying in Quebec we will only be getting one Vaccine dose instead of the 2 both Pfizer and Moderna highly recommend and which the other provinces will be getting.

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Jeff Itcush is to be congratulated for bringing an oft hidden reality to light; that is, fewer prospective educators entering training programs (Where have all the teachers gone?, December 30). However, there is an equally troubling trend and that concerns new teachers deserting the classroom.

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Ok, enough is enough. What does a curfew accomplish? Contact tracing shows where virtually every outbreak comes from, this is publicly available and easily accessible data that is compiled by the government and somehow never used by the government. It is massively skewed towards work place f…

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Yesterday, we posted a question on our website as to whether you, our readers amd viewers, thought that a curfew was pushing things too far and if so why. We are very pleased that thousands of you engaged with the post and we wanted to share some of your comments here.

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Quebec should report daily statistics for 7 specific age groups from young to very old. It should list online early each morning a spread sheet detailing the following for each: amount of Covid cases and the total tests done; the ratio between the 2 and whether the average ratio was up or do…

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The recent racist attack at the West Island Black Community Association's online Zoom meeting is disturbing on many levels.