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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…

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James McGill’s statue is one of the latest targets of those who seek to eliminate anyone whom they view as being the least bit tainted by modern day standards. In reality, McGill’s fortune came from the fur trade, land speculation, as well as a financially advantageous marriage. However, of …

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau testified before a Commons committee last week about his role in the WE Charity scandal. In his opening statement, he disclosed that on the morning of his testimony he repaid $41,000 of in-country travel expenses incurred during two WE-sponsored trips to review …

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I will reserve my comments on Mr. Steven Droz’s full report until the moment I am provided with it. Steven Droz from Steven Droz & Associates was hired by Ms. Marlene Jennings (EMSB Trustee) to investigate a harassment complaint that I made against some high ranking members of the admini…

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I know that many readers are stressed over micro-events like people not wearing masks and breathing heavily as they reach for the broccoli in the grocery store. While this may impact your short-term well-being, I would like to remind you that the geopolitical tensions that caused us concern …

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In the past weeks, the justifiable interest and demands to address racism towards black, indigenous and people of colour have been profuse. Part of the discussion relates to the importance of learning about the history of these groups and racism in Quebec’s schools. Although there are opport…

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The durability of our institutions allows us to withstand the vagaries of the moment, the vicissitudes of politics, and the whims of government. When the anglophone community liquidated its constitutional position under the regime of denominational (“confessional”) school boards in exchange …

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I decided to walk around and see how the centre of downtown was doing. It’s a disaster and getting worse every week. These are some of the closed storefronts just in the two block area between Drummond and Peel along St. Catherine. As I reported last week, Mayor Plante put white bollards dow…

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It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. The Spring of 2020.

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With everything virtual this year, here’s a virtual tour of my Canada Day over the past couple of years... "A Canadian nationality, not French-Canadian nor English-Canadian nor Irish-Canadian, is what we should labour for and be prepared to defend to the death. Patriotism rejects the prefix.…

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The Plante administration has insulted two communities this past week. Neither Francophone. The Black community wants the name of Lionel Groulx metro station, at the edge if Little Burgundy, changed to Oscar Peterson, the world renowned jazz pianist. The Irish community does not want the nam…

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I would like to start with the optimistic case. There are positive signs of economic recovery as the deconfinement process is underway. Manufacturing reopened first followed by offices and general retail and services. Unemployment rates were difficult to calculate in this crisis but rates ha…

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We’ve heard many new expressions since measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic became pervasive in March. They ring familiar: “the new normal”; “flattening the curve”; and “waiting for a vaccine”. Some people speak about “things never being the same again”. In a statement made to reporters…

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Never one to believe that I am alone (pun intended) in thinking or experiencing anything uniquely, while I read all the articles, and listen to all the news, about how most people are trying to cope with the self-isolation policies, and how influencers are coming up with ideas and activities…

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We live in a glorious land. We share its beauty and bounty with diverse and cosmopolitan peoples of profoundly rich heritage. We have built a Nation distinct in character from its neighbour. We enjoy relative calm, internal accommodation, respectful coexistence with global actors, and instit…

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As many things have evolved, so too have we at The Suburban. You were used to getting the paper delivered to your door every Wednesday. As of several years ago, you were not only able to get the printed newspaper to your door but were also able to read the full edition online on your home co…

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The pandemic has people thinking, some of them apocalyptically. “Times have never been as frightening or as bad”, they say. But are times truly worse? It’s an interesting and valid question. I’ve heard many people paraphrase this question, mostly in my age group – late baby-boomers. To addre…

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Schools on the island have been delayed until the September opening, which was a wise choice. Parents did not seem overly confident sending their children to school and educators had worried that there was not enough time to prep for the new normal of having only 15 students per class, sched…

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On November 6, 2019, under very questionable circumstances, the Government of Quebec placed the English Montreal School Board under partial trusteeship for a period of six months. At the time, the EMSB was a vocal opponent of the government’s Bill 21 and Bill 40, both of which are being lega…

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At a time when clarity, consistency, and collaboration are necessary for maintaining the public trust necessary to successfully contain the COVID19 virus, Premier Francois Legault’s plan for reopening Quebec’s public schools as early as May 11th gets a failing grade.

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Nobody wants to be responsible for the spread of a potentially fatal virus. “Don’t wear masks!” “Wear masks!” Whatever it takes, most of us will gladly comply. We want to be part of the solution. Will we be compliant, no matter the cost? The present crisis is not the only case whereby citize…

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If you are like me, you have had at least one trip cancelled or postponed indefinitely since the Coronavirus pandemic began. As we all contemplate a return to what the pundits are calling the “new normal”, I would like to present a fictional look forward to what travel will be like in the ne…

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Several weeks ago, Hong Kong police arrested 15 prominent democracy leaders on what prosecutors in most rule of law nations would term “stale charges” of organizing and participating in three illegal assemblies last August and October. In Canada, for example, minor charges, such as these, mu…

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My name is Stu Lowndes, and I am a resident of Manoir Charles Dutaud, a public senior citizens residence at 2165 Tupper in downtown Montreal. I am a former journalist (newspaper reporter, editor, columnist) with The Montreal Star, Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph,…

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In less than a month, Canada has lost a million jobs, while another 2.1 million employees have seen their work hours drastically reduced. On April 11, Parliament approved Bill C-14. This wage subsidy legislation is Canada’s largest economic intervention since the Second World War. Most busin…

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I am not an observant Jew, more of a traditionalist, educated in the parochial system but far from modern orthodoxy. A three-day a year Jew who learned Tanach in Hebrew and can carry on a conversation in Yiddish, thanks to Jewish day school in the era when Yiddish was considered more than a …

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If you are an equity investor you are likely down about 20-25% in your portfolio from the market highs of February 2020. Looking back a couple of weeks you were probably down more like 30-35%. There have been some monster up and down days on the indexes, but as of this writing the major inde…

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Like the Titanic striking a massive iceberg in 1924, a deadly novel coronavirus, later named COVID-19, struck Wuhan in China in late 2019. First revealed by local doctors in early December, the virus spread like a global tidal wave and has now infected residents in 152 of the 193 UN member-c…

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Stay home. These words, often a welcome respite from the grind of daily life, have come to represent an unwelcome confinement to avoid the potential for infection and even death. COVID-19 has moved governments to extraordinary measures to impose a severe economic contraction to stave off a m…

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This column was written and factually accurate on Monday evening. Tuesday morning, thankfully, something caused an about face and the Trudeau government withdrew this proposed legislation. I am not sure how or why, but am grateful that this catastrophe was averted. Many Liberals were themsel…

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It has been a study in contrasts lately as we deal with a new world order of social distancing and our regular schedules have been thrown out the window.

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A headline captured my attention in the past few days. It read, “Coronavirus Outbreak Causes Reduction in China Greenhouse Gases” (The Independent). It reminded me of a trend I’ve noticed for some time. That is, “whatever reduces climate change is good, even if it is at the expense of human …

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I woke up early this morning even though I had nothing to do until later this evening. In the past, and I am only talking about a few weeks ago, I would have picked up my phone, scrolled through Facebook or Instagram, maybe read an article or, most likely, watched a video on how to ice cakes…