Post Tagged with: "politics"

Irwin Cotler hard at work. (Photo by Kristine Berey)
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A thank-you letter to Irwin Cotler

Dear Mr. Cotler, When our publisher, Barbara Moser, asked me if I wanted to write you a thank-you letter, my first thought was that, having met you in the capacity of writing for The Senior Times, I can no longer laugh at politician and lawyer jokes. You have shattered those stereotypes for […]

Anthony Housefather and his team broke a record for freestyle mixed relay swimming in January. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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C.S.L Mayor Anthony Housefather takes the plunge into federal politics

If you live in Montreal’s West End, don’t be surprised if one day soon a young-looking man with a spring in his step knocks on your door to talk politics. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, now seeking the nomination as Liberal candidate in the federal riding of Mount Royal, […]

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 […]

Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
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Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]

Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian
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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian

Gregory Baum, a leading and often controversial Catholic theologian, has added his voice to those who oppose the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values. But in so doing, the former priest cautions that it would be wrong to label as xenophobic all who support banning the wearing of conspicuous […]

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 […]

Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values
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Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values

Last fall, an event took place in Verdun that could be a metaphor for the changing face of Quebec. Nov. 4, 2012, was the last time members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 marched from the local cenotaph—a statue of a First World War soldier—to the Great War Memorial […]

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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 […]

Avid cyclist Russell Copeman wants to fix crumbling urban infrastructure. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Russell Copeman gains leverage in race for borough mayor

If you see a tall, curly-haired man on a Bixi bike in the west end, it may well be Russell Copeman, the former Liberal member of the National Assembly for N.D.G. He has a different route these days and won’t be heading downtown to his office at Concordia University where […]