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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 […]

Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why
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Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why

Among the range of skewed priorities of the Stephen Harper regime is the government’s ideology-driven war on crime and its rapidly rising cost. It is one of several reasons the Conservatives are bad for Canada, out of touch with the voters of this city and province and deserve to be […]

Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want
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Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want

Most Canadians would be hard pressed to name any of Canada’s 105 senators. That’s the nature of the beast. Our senators are appointed by the governor-general on the recommendation of the prime minister. They require no public support or accountability to serve until age 75, and barring a scandal they […]

Louise Harel says she plans to return to university for a week of English immersion.
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Louise Harel, the woman who would be mayor

Now that Montreal has its first anglo mayor in a century, Louise Harel has a new record in mind: becoming the city’s first female mayor. With city hall shrouded in a black cloud of collusion, corruption and kickbacks, Harel sees herself as having a credible chance of taking over next […]