- June 26, 2017 Given the rise of the Coalition Avénir Québec in recent polls, this column suggests that if a provincial election was held today, the Liberals would more than likely only secure a minority government with the CAQ serving as the official opposition. It believes the Parti Québécois would be relegated to second opposition status. [Translated from French]
- June 26, 2017 In response to Dan Delmar's "Even friendly nationalism excludes" column, Clara-Swan Kennedy, a member of the executive committee of the Québec Solidaire Volunteer Network, suggests all Quebecers face deepening inequality, diminished health and social services, underfunded education, inadequate representation and the ignominy of financial decisions trumping environmental concerns. She maintains these are the real issues that are put onto the backburner whenever identity is discussed, and that QS has a progressive program that addresses all of these issues in a way that is consistent with the party's feminist, inclusive and civic vision of Quebec.
- June 27, 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement to highlight Canadian Multiculturalism Day: "Today, Canadians from coast to coast to coast join together to celebrate the multiculturalism and openness that make us who we are as a country. Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practice many faiths, and represent many cultures. Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity – and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong... This year, we mark both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These milestones remind us of the values that unite us – openness, inclusion, and deep respect for our differences. Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country."
- June 27, 2017 This opinion column says Alberta's decision to adopt a French policy is a step in the right direction. It suggests the real intent of Premier Rachel Notley was to introduce a French-language services act, but she chose to go with small steps with a policy that could serve as a framework for a possible law. [Translated from French]
Une politique sur les services en français officialisée en Alberta - TFO
- June 27, 2017 Prime Minister Trudeau's government is being accused of caving to big business lobbying after it decided to indefinitely freeze application of part of Canada's anti-spam law that would have allowed ordinary Canadians to sue for spam. Michael Geist said the provisions would not only allow Canadians to sue spammers, but it could allow Canadians who have been victims of ransomware to try to recover the money they may have had to pay to recover their computer files. The VP of government and consumer affairs for the Canadian Marketing Association, said that three government agencies are already enforcing the anti-spam law. His members were concerned that the provisions allowing Canadians to sue spammers could lead to a multiplication of lawsuits.
- June 27, 2017 According to the chair of the MUHC, leadership and management are just fine at the MUHC, but there's room for improvement if the Quebec government is ready to jointly tackle key problems this summer. "It's not a secret that there has been tension between the ministry and ourselves, but we're making a proposal to move forward - we're hoping to break the impasse and to be constructive," Claudio Bussandri said in a meeting with the Montreal Gazette editorial board. He is calling on Premier Philippe Couillard to green-light the creation of a joint committee of the MUHC board and the Health Department that would address four key issues, including finally appointing a permanent executive director.
Opinion: Board chair offers a plan for moving forward at the MUHC - Montreal Gazette
- June 26, 2017 The Cavendish Seniors Day Centre, a centre in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, is hoping break social isolation by offering the area's seniors a place to mingle and access services. The centre is open seven days a week, 12 hours a day — a schedule administrators say makes it the first of its kind. Beyond offering meals and activities for seniors, the centre has nurses and a physiotherapist to help with medical needs.
- June 26, 2017 Women on the Rise, a non-profit group in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce dedicated to helping young mothers, has lost nearly 60% of its funding, as well as its longtime home. "There has been a tremendous amount of community support because people realize we definitely can't close our doors," said executive director Grace Campbell. Centraide, which had helped to back the organization for nearly two decades, recently cut its $80,000 in annual funding to the charity. Serving some 60 women in any given year, an average of 12 to 15 mothers regularly show up to the afternoon-long gatherings, which also serve as a pre-employability program.
- June 26, 2017 This opinion piece examines Canada's often complicated history, including relations between the country's English and French languages, as well as the struggle of First Nations to keep their culture and community alive.
The Globe on Confederation Day: Read the fine print of George Brown's letter to a new nation - The Globe & Mail (sub. req.)
- June 27, 2017 Over a dozen sites along Highway 20 between Montreal and Quebec City are being taken over by contemporary artists for a public art project called Truck Stop. The project encapsulates several different types of art, ranging from visual art, including photography, sculpture, film, to performance art. Co-curated by Centre Clark in Montreal and l'Oeil de Poisson in Quebec City, the project seeks to challenge perceptions of what public art can be.