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Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec
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Editorial: Let Dr. Couillard operate on Quebec

Quebec’s April 7 provincial election focused sharply early in the campaign on the arrival of media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau onto the active political scene as a Parti Québécois candidate in St. Jérôme. It was less his raised fist and pledge to work to turn Quebec into an independent country […]

Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go
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Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go

It’s been a long winter, brightened by the brilliant performance of our Canadian athletes at the Olympic Games in Sochi. But now that it’s over, we have to face the grim reality of our political winter. The prospect of a spring provincial election, with the Parti Québécois comfortably ahead in […]

Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues
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Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel and Jordan last month in which he reinforced Canada’s already strong support for the Jewish state got a mixed reaction in major Israeli and Canadian media. Bernie Farber, former CEO of the now-defunct Canadian Jewish Congress, wrote that Harper’s “giant hug of the […]

Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences
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Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences

The tragic seniors residence fire in idyllic L’Isle Verte that claimed the lives of 32 seniors was an avoidable tragedy. All of Quebec’s elderly—not just those with reduced mobility and autonomy—deserve protection and care in their declining years. The men and women who perished deserved better, and what is shocking […]

Sun Youth’s Sid Stevens and The Senior Times go hand in hand. (Photo: Nicholas Carpentier)
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Editorial: Grass-roots organizations toil in the trenches of urban poverty

Poverty can be a cruel and painful condition, especially when the have-nots are bombarded by the buy! buy! buy! messages of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday consumer society. Try to imagine raising a family as a minimum-wage worker and paying for rent, food, clothing, medication and school supplies on $406 a […]

Editorial: The buck stops at the prime minister’s door
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Editorial: The buck stops at the prime minister’s door

The problem is Prime Minister Stephen Harper: his vision, his control, his actions. As the drama of how to punish three avaricious senators is being finalized, it is increasingly obvious that the issue of what to do with the Senate and its rules, or lack thereof, is secondary. Since it […]

Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues
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Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues

As these lines were being written, formal proceedings began against Gilles Vaillancourt, the ex-mayor and so-called King of Laval, who faces 12 charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. As the highest-profile municipal official to be indicted so far, the case against Vaillancourt and 36 others […]

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Editorial: Proposed charter of Quebec values devalues individual rights

Montrealers are shaking their heads about the priorities of this Parti Québécois government, as expressed in its obsession about defining and imposing a so-called Charter of Quebec Values. As these lines are being written, details of the charter are not yet known, but the essentials are clear: the Pauline Marois […]

Editorial: Bill 101 has been an effective instrument
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Editorial: Bill 101 has been an effective instrument

When the Office Québécoise de la langue française was proposed 35 years ago, it was the object of both delight and scorn. For the PQ government of René Lévesque, it was necessary to stop the erosion of French in Quebec. For many anglos, it was a direct assault on the […]

Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel
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Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel

The decision by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to pull out of a major Israeli conference gives a boost to that murky, one-sided campaign known as BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. For those who support guarantees for a safe and secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state as part of […]