This is part of an on-going series putting the spotlight on local candidates, electoral districts and municipal politics in Montreal. Though it’s our intention to interview candidates from all parties, so far our efforts have been hampered by the lack of established political parties in the city. We’ll do what we can to present a […]

Welcome to a series of profiles on candidates running in the 2013 Montreal municipal election. We begin with Sujata Dey, Projet Montreal‘s candidate in Darlington. I found myself in front of a community centre/library in a converted office block on a muggy summer Sunday afternoon. High up on Cote-des-Neiges Road, the mountain still forms the […]

The MUHC (McGill University Health Centre) intends to sell several major properties, including the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Thoracic Institute and Royal Victoria Hospital, as a means to offset the cost of constructing the new super-hospital. This strikes me as an unfortunately negligent action on the part of a once well- respected public healthcare organization. It’s a terrible irony […]

So here’s something. This is a film called 21-87, by noted Montréal avant-garde film-maker Arthur Lipsett. While he was working as an editor and illustrator at the NFB (back when the NFB was quite literally laying the foundation of Canadian cinematic arts), he created an apparently mesmerizing collage of diverse audio recordings he had collected […]

What can I say, I’m addicted to Instagram. I’ll admit, when I discovered there was an Instagram-branded digital camera I bemoaned the death of Polaroid, but hey, who am I to tell the free-market what to do? Personally, I like the filters and the way by which the filters are able to ameliorate otherwise low-quality […]

I was asked to write a piece on the significance of Pauline Marois’ decision to remove the Canadian flag from her cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony. What significance? It’s posturing. It’s theatre. It’s about as much as the péquistes can do at the moment to distance themselves from Canada. That could be significant in itself, but I can’t help but feel it’s little more than noise.

Most of the people seeking to lead Quebec this year not only plan on keeping existing segregation, but making it more comprehensive. The Parti Québecois, in keeping with their operating principle that Quebec society is constantly under siege by ‘les autres’, has proposed, amongst other draconian measures, that Francophone and Allophone Québecois must attend Francophone CÉGEPs, barring them from attending the five Anglophone counterparts.