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On April 20, the Quebec Superior Court upheld the provisions of Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, or, “The Secularism Bill.” The judgment articulated that the bill was discriminatory. The Legault government’s pre-emptive application of the constitution’s “Notwithstanding C…

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As a reader interested in economic issues you are already aware of the big figures presented in the fiscal 2021-22 federal budget. The previous year’s deficit comes in at $354.2 billion, less than a projected $381 billion but still a shocking figure that is about 10 times larger than any pre…

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One year of the Covid “mentality” has now passed as we are on the cusp of a third wave. Fortunately, there are few historic points of comparison to hark back to. One that has been alluded to, especially in the early weeks of the pandemic, was the Spanish Influenza of 1918-1919. How bad was t…

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Today is Yom Hashoah.Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember the 6 Million.Not all of the victims of the Nazis were Jews. But all Jews were victims.A society's courage and intellectual honesty is measured by its resolve to remember that reality. And that this reality is not subject to moral r…

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If you have surveyed government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have concluded that money is free. This is only partially true since most Canadian governments are financing their debt at 2% annual interest rates or less these days. This will not last forever, because long rates a…

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Quebec’s education system has been both berated and lauded. Almost everyone has an opinion on the province’s primary and secondary schools. Sometimes the most vocal commentators’ only credentials are that they, themselves, were once students or they have children who currently are in the sys…

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A study of the views of federal and provincial politicians on language rights illustrates a sharp contrast with those of English Montreal School Board [EMSB] whose resolution demands the repeal of Sect 59 of the Canadian Charter. That resolution focuses on equal rights for Canadian citizens;…

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The callous killing of George Floyd last May brought police brutality and abuse to the fore, not only in the United States but also here in Canada, leading to a growing chorus of voices calling for change. Those calls have persisted, and the troubling story of Mamadi Fara Camara only undersc…

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Since the advent of the pandemic, many have alluded to an out-migration of residents from Montreal. This has been the focus of several media stories and casual conversation. Is it real? Is it just a Montreal thing? Why could it be happening?

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The cancellation by U.S. President Joe Biden of the Keystone XL pipeline project on his first day in office should prompt Canada to end its dependence on one country for its petroleum product exports, says a new report by the Montreal Economic Institute, an independent public policy think tank.

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Friday, February 19, the federal government released a quasi-White Paper entitled English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada. While the title and other portions of the document pay lip-service to official bilingualism in Canada, including Quebec, criti…

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They are all around us every day. The people we depend on to be there. The people who without fanfare, noise or self-promotion do the hundred and one things that we too often take for granted. They evidence the senses of duty,honour and compassion that we all strive for. Too often they do no…

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Fifty years have passed since Quebec’s Quiet Revolution (Révolution tranquille) ended. Conventional wisdom asserts that this era was a watershed in the development of a modern and better Quebec. Certainly, every young person following the Quebec Education Programme for the past several decad…

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February is Black History Month and it seems an appropriate time to look at the civil rights struggles and Montreal particularly after a year when Black Lives Matter came to the fore and a greater focus on inequities relating to black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) have come into m…

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On Friday, February the 5th, the world lost the last aristocrat of the screen. The incomparable Christopher Plummer passed away at 91. His talent was exceptional and only grew with the years. What I loved about his acting was that in each role, the Plummer panache and elegance came through. …

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On the afternoon of January 20, 2021, Joe Biden entered the Oval Office after his inauguration. As his first act, he signed 17 executive orders, one of which cancelled the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline expansion bringing western Canadian crude from the oilsands to US refineries in the …

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At the outset of the pandemic, it seemed like a great thing. “I can work at home and enjoy the comfort of sweatpants while being remunerated!”, some thought. Or, “I can reduce my exposure to pathogens while avoiding a painful commute in traffic!” Has the work at home option been worth it? Wh…

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The recent directives by Quebec’s Minister of Health entitled “Prioritization for access to adult intensive care in the extreme context of a pandemic” and the plans of some hospitals to implement them demonstrates the abandonment of the “Good Samaritan” model of caring for all people regardl…

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The recent Quebec Government’s extension of lockdowns and implementation of curfews to limit the spread of COVID-19 will have more harmful effects on the health and welfare of the population than benefits.

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The issue of the triage of patients for access to intensive care and medically necessary surgery has now become very real. Between two patients suffering from equally urgent conditions, which will be operated on or will receive intensive care? Protocols provide for the criteria that will now…

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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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Canada is back! It was one of Justin Trudeau’s rallying calls when his government was first elected in late 2015. While we now know it was an indication of a government long on empty platitudes to come, it’s also something much worse – it’s the very core of a years long vanity project by the…

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Good riddance, 2020, we will not miss you. Those expecting January 1, 2021 to usher in a great liberation will be sorely disappointed, given that social distancing rules, masks and various other sanitary measures will be with us for at least six months. We all want things to go back to norma…

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With the arrival of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in Canada, the US, UK, and the European Union there is a sense that an end to the virus is in sight. Before we vanquish COVID there will be several difficult months of rising infections and hospitalizations coupled with extended lockdowns i…

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During the past few autumns, schools in Quebec have been left scrambling to find teachers. Hundreds of unqualified teachers have been placed in classrooms in the midst of a dearth of legally-certified ones. Thousands of daily calls for substitutes throughout the course of the year were not f…

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According to a recent study, twenty-two per cent of adults living in Quebec experienced symptoms of a major depression or generalized anxiety in September. It was reported today that 18,000 people are on waiting lists for mental health services and there is a 6 to 24 month wait to see a psyc…

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The recent directives by Quebec’s Minister of Health entitled “Prioritization for access to adult intensive care in the extreme context of a pandemic” demonstrate how far away our government has strayed from the “Good Samaritan” model of aggressively caring for all people regardless of their…

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The past week has been difficult for all of us who work at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. On a human level, it is hard for us to acknowledge that, despite our best efforts, so many of our residents, caregivers and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in recent weeks.

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I do not want to debate the recent past and question the effectiveness of the pandemic-era spending that brought the current year’s expected deficit to $381 billion. In Chrystia Freeland’s recent economic updates she front-loaded the financial details to get the shocking figures out of the w…

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The recent disclosure that Urgences Santé in Montreal and Laval was under government orders not to resuscitate certain people deemed “less likely to survive,” demonstrates how far away our government has strayed from the “Good Samaritan” model of caring for people in need regardless of their…

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Nothing is settled. I am going to front-load my conclusion because although Trump will leave office, the country remains almost equally divided at a level far deeper than party affiliations, but rather by the lens though which Americans interpret events and express their vision for their col…

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It’s the call we all dread. I had stopped at a friend’s house recently and standing in his front yard, wearing masks, we exchanged a few books and talked for about 10 minutes.

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The “de- scientification” and full “politicization” of Covid-19 is now complete. Like climate change (nee “global warning”) when the science doesn’t fit the narrative, obfuscate the science and the measurements and benchmarks. Temperatures weren’t rising (as predicted), the hundred-year time…

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Some 10 days ago, nearly 5,000 Quebecers gathered at Place du Canada, most wearing masks, calling for peace in Armenia, the country of their ancestors. While The Suburban, and its editor were present in solidarity and providing coverage, other media were sorely absent.

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Trump emerges from Marine One, climbs the steps to the Truman balcony, turns to face the helicopter to salute, maskless, as it takes off. This was the scene that concluded the most striking October Surprise in presidential electoral politics since Henry Kissinger announced that peace was at …

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There is much to fault China about today. But nothing, not even Covid, can match the horror being inflicted by the People’s Republic on what was 20 million of it’s people. The Uyghurs (pronounced Wegurs.) This Muslim community is located in the East Turkestan area and China calls it the Xinj…

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For the third time since 1992 Azerbaijan has attacked Armenia and the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh) that lies between the two former Soviet states. Armenia is a robust Parliamentary democracy allied with the West and one of the few post-Soviet era success stories in Eastern Europe and …

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The strikingly stark and emotionally jarring virtual photography exhibit at the world-renowned Montreal Holocaust Museum (as reported by Joel Goldenberg on September 23) offers all citizens a poignant moment to pause and reflect. The Holocaust – along with other genocides including the Armen…

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“I ask no favor for my sex. I only ask of my brethren that they take their heels off our necks.” ~ RBG

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New Brunswick held an election on September 14th that the governing Progressive Conservatives won. Yes, many of you did not notice that our neighboring eastern province had a minority government that failed to secure an agreement with the opposition parties to allow them to govern to the end…

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On September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I addressed the Canadian Club of Montreal to recruit Quebeckers to fight antisemitism and all forms of hatred.

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The Hagia Sofia Cathedral has long been a symbol of religious and cultural tolerance. The site draws over three million visitors annually, proudly symbolizing solidarity among faiths and cultures. However, the arbitrary transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque sends an ominous signal to …

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Rick McConomy is gone. We shall not see his like again. You’ve read that last line before in remembrances of public people. It’s usually followed by a long list of accomplishments. And Rick had those aplenty. But I use it here in a very personal sense. I’ve lost an irreplaceable member of my…

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Canada and Lebanon are historically close, with Lebanese being our largest Middle East cultural community and many Canadian citizens living in Lebanon. Since 2016, Canadian taxpayers have contributed about $250 million in aid to support national stability and its 1.5 million Syrian refugees.…

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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…