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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…

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The amount of money that may be saved by the elimination of elected school board commissioners and other supposedly fiscal administrative changes as alluded to through Bill 40 is minimal (if at all!) in comparison to the millions of dollars that is channelled into Quebec’s extensive network …

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Canadians are increasingly frustrated that small groups of First Nations and environmental radicals have succeeded in shutting down critical rail links across Canada, stranding goods and people while ignoring the injunctions passed by the court system to have the barricades removed. Unlike m…

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Former CSL Mayor Robert Libman, an architectural consultant, told the Namur-Hippodrome public consultation that it must think way beyond the planned Hippodrome housing development toward a "feasible urban core" in the west end.

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It was painful to read the recent letter from Edit Kuper and Pinchus Gutter. Not painful in the perhaps commonly understood way, but so sad on many levels. The authors share their deep sorrow at how the issue of the Holocaust was recently dismissed by Montreal's Mayor and ponder what else th…

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Thanks for publishing my piece which I read online just now. I love the digital format, giving the reader a choice of either page or text. Loads very fast and is easy on the eyes.

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The coverage of the Coronavirus has included comparisons to the SARS epidemic of 2003, which originated in Guangdong province in China. As of Feb. 10, there were some 40,200 cases of the Coronavirus as compared to 8,100 cases of SARS over the 10 months of that outbreak. So officially we are …

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Under Stephen Harper, Canada stood out as a resolute friend of Israel and the Jewish people in Canada and around the world. Sadly, under Justin Trudeau, this strong support has weakened.

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In November, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the same procedure used to restrict access to publicly-funded English language education will be employed to restrict access to other, non-education related English language services. While it may be constitutional to limit access t…

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“It was a clear and decisive decision that sets out a clear message to..all governments that they need to stay in their own lane.” – Sonya Savage, Alberta Minister of Energy

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Montreal sued former interim Mayor Michael Applebaum for reimbursement of his severance allowance. To do so, it relied on a law that wasn’t in force either at the time he committed the criminal acts, or at the time he received the severance payment. What’s more, his crime was committed befor…

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Quebec is currently moving forward with a four-page mini-bill entitled An Act amending certain Acts establishing public sector pension plans (Bill 38). Page 4 of the bill is the most interesting, because it allows employees who have retired from the government to return to work for the gover…

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The last few weeks have demonstrated that the situation in the Middle East can change within hours. Moving from Iranian-incited attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, to the assassination of the Iranian al-Quds general Soleimani, Iranian retribution against U.S. bases in Iraq, and finally t…

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Here is a thought for 2020. Perhaps we need to be inspired enough to incite a new Roaring 20s. One hundred years ago another 20s decade dawned. America had just prohibited liquor. Women, though having recently gained the right to vote in most western countries, were still faced with a multit…

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau would have turned 100 this past October 18. Apart from some filial pieties on the campaign trail and inevitable comparisons drawn between father and son in the media, generally to the detriment of the latter, there was no real or official recognition of the centenary o…

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New Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s mandate letter, asked her to “study and analyze the possibility of national dental care” and to implement “national universal pharmacare.” As Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister asserts, there are more urgent priorities:

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Former Equality Party MNA, History Professor and Suburban columnist Neil Cameron died Wednesday December 18th at age 81 from complications resulting from kidney failure. He will be long remembered and sorely missed not only for his brief but eventful political career but as an exceptional te…

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The current debate over the future of Publisac, and in particular the way it is distributed, entails choices that force us to reflect collectively on the true meaning and the ethical nature of the green transition. We all feel a sense of urgency—and rightly so—but it should not make us lose …

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The CAQ plan to bring in proportional electoral representation is going down a complex path that has been visited many times before. For example, BC has had three separate attempts at electoral reform and all attempts were rejected by the voters; PEIs 2019 effort was similarly rebuffed by th…

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Once again, the English-speaking people of Quebec are divided on how to defend their vital interests against aggressive restrictive nationalism. Eight organizations, former members of the Quebec Community Groups Network, recently signed an open letter explaining “Why we left QCGN.”

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I am in no way anti-Christmas and never say Bah Humbug during the season, however its increased length over the years has got me thinking about this holiday being less about getting together with loved ones and more about buying the perfect winter holiday.

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We are 100 years from the Paris 1919 conference at which the Great Powers (Britain, the US, France and nominally, Italy) led six months of diplomatic negotiations that shaped peace agreements that closed the door on WWI and set the stage for the wars and geopolitics of the 20th century. One …

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During the evening election coverage on October 21st there was the occasional discussion around parallels between the 1972 and 2019 federal election campaigns and results. Both campaigns featured a Trudeau PM who came to power four years previously on a wave of pan-Canadian goodwill and a hi…

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You are a contented Liberal voter who is sleepwalking to cast your ballot for the Trudeau government once again. Maybe you are a middle-class voter with a good job, a small business owner, a retiree with investments and a pension or a young person just starting out. You should be safe in ass…

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My initial reaction was visceral. Seeing the Prime Minister of Canada in blackface – at nearly 30 years of age while working in education no less — was profoundly disturbing. In the days since, my feelings are more reflective and personal and have allowed me to put the pattern of Mr. Trudeau…