Tories, Israel, and Chutzpah


Two weeks ago, like Jewish people around the world, I went to my local synagogue on Yom Kippur for Kol Nidre prayers. I saw a giant “Shana Tova” campaign poster just outside my shul in Westmount proclaiming the Conservatives as the only party that will stand by Israel “through fire and water”. It wasn’t just [...]

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Barbaric Cultural Practices and the ugly side of wedge politics


This goes beyond the pale: The Tories have announced that they want to create an RCMP Hotline to report “barbaric cultural practices”: The new pledge follows a string of opinion polls showing that the incumbent party’s hard line against Muslim headwear – refusing to permit a new immigrant the right to wear a veil during [...]

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Environment? We don’t need no stinkin’ environment.


In case you needed another reason to vote out Stephen Harper, Canada under the stewardship of the Tories has fallen to dead last in environmental protection, in a ranking of 27 wealthy countries by the Washington-based Center for Global Development: Canada dropped from 12th place last year and did far worse in the environmental protection [...]

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Montreal proposes new laws for cycling


I’ve long held that the highway code is outdated in that it prioritizes the safety of drivers over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Now, some lawmakers are finally catching on. This week, the City of Montreal released a series of recommendations to the provincial transport ministry on how we can make our laws better [...]

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Stephen Harper’s war on data


So let me get this straight: Hillary Clinton deletes a few personal emails and it causes a national uproar. Stephen Harper deletes DECADES of statistical, scientific and historical records and nobody bats an eyelash? As this piece in Maclean’s explains, the Tories under Harper have gone to war on information. And we’re all losers: Stories [...]

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Has Bixi oversold its memberships?


Bixi’s back with a vengeance this season. Last fall, the city of Montreal took over management of the financially-burdened company and announced that it had adopted a plan to fund and keep the beloved bikeshare service going for at least 5 years. This season’s launch was accompanied by celebrity bike designs, launch parties, and even [...]

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NDP Victory in Alberta: Does this spell trouble for Harper?


Yesterday’s shocking “Orange Crush” sweep for the NDP in Alberta wasn’t supposed to happen. After 44 years of Conservative rule, the province much-maligned for being “Canada’s Redneck Zone” or “Texas North” surprised pundits — but not pollsters — when it turfed Jim Prentice to elect Rachel Notley as premier. The Tories only managed a third [...]

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Excuse Watch: Luc Ferrandez on Plateau Snow Removal


Luc Ferrandez, the borough mayor of Plateau Mont-Royal, is short on action and long on excuses when it comes to snow removal this winter. Here’s a summary of some of the best ones he’s come up with so far: January 12: We’re not trying to save money; it’s just that too many blue-collar workers called [...]

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Quebec budget update: More balanced than I expected


Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao announced Quebec’s budget update today, setting off what is sure to be a continuing series of protests against the cuts, austerity measures and fee increases. The Liberal government claims that this sort of painful pruning is necessary in order to rein in Quebec’s out-of-control finances and balance the budget. The [...]

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Shootings in downtown Ottawa


Shots were fired on Parliament Hill this morning. A soldier guarding the National War Memorial was shot. The gunman then seized a car and drove to Parliament, after which there were shots reportedly fired inside the Parliament Buildings. The Globe and Mail has some dramatic video footage: There were also shots reportedly fired by another [...]

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