Adieu Jean Béliveau

Legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey great Jean Béliveau passed away late last week. Since then tributes have poured in from far and wide. Few public figures, even those much loved, are totally free of a bit of negativity murmured at their passing. Yet Béliveau seems to have accomplished precisely that. I was downtown yesterday and madeContinue reading “Adieu Jean Béliveau”

Hockey Legend Jean Béliveau Has Passed Away … Merci Le Gros Bill

Merci Le Gros Bill ….   DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit ofContinue reading “Hockey Legend Jean Béliveau Has Passed Away … Merci Le Gros Bill”

“Eve of Destruction”: Half a Century Later and Not Much Progress

The more I read and watch the news lately, the more a certain song from the sixties pops into my head. In 1965 folk-singer and New Christy Minstrels member Barry McGuire had a huge hit with a song called Eve of Destruction. Written by P.F. Sloan, the protest song highlighted many of the problems facingContinue reading ““Eve of Destruction”: Half a Century Later and Not Much Progress”

The New Face of Canadian War Veterans: DCMontreal in The Globe and Mail

Below is a link to my article about the changing face of Canada’s war veterans as it appears today on the Globe and Mail site. Just click on either image.   DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of thisContinue reading “The New Face of Canadian War Veterans: DCMontreal in The Globe and Mail”

Rogers, HNIC and Guy Lapointe

When it comes to Canada and hockey there is no end to the possible cliches. But cliches usually become cliche because they are true. It cannot be denied; we Canadians love our hockey. Therefore successfully televising NHL hockey should be about as difficult as selling bottled water in the desert. Yet the new rights-holder toContinue reading “Rogers, HNIC and Guy Lapointe”

Montreal Teacher Awarded $1M in Teacher Defamation Case

In a recent case of the legal system getting it right, a Montreal teacher won a $1.2 million settlement in a dispute with the parents of a former student. In 2005 the parents claimed that the teacher, Mary Kanavaros of Roslyn School, had humiliated their nine-year old son. The parents launched a suit against theContinue reading “Montreal Teacher Awarded $1M in Teacher Defamation Case”

Thirty Years Ago Today The Pope Visited Montreal

Up until 13 years ago, for me September 11th was the anniversary of the visit to Montreal of Pope John Paul II. A project on which I was lucky enough to work as coordinator of youth. Since 2001 the concept of 9/11 has, understandably, taken on a whole different meaning for most of the world.Continue reading “Thirty Years Ago Today The Pope Visited Montreal”

Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display

Each year in Montreal, The McCord Museum puts together an exhibit for display outside on McGill College Avenue in the city’s downtown.  This year it is called Harry Sutcliffe – Strolling Through Montreal and features photographs from the 1920s and 30s. The photo below from the exhibition shows Sutcliffe’s foresight. To some this will appearContinue reading “Blogger’s Apartment Featured in Museum Display”

Bralessness: Political Statements and my Gripe with Madonna

In the Spanish town of Valladolid, residents are calling on the mayor to resign. The mayor  made some stupid comments on radio regarding not trusting women. “”Imagine you get into a lift and there’s a girl trying to get it on with you. She gets in the lift with you, takes off her bra andContinue reading “Bralessness: Political Statements and my Gripe with Madonna”

Tell Me The World Isn’t Going To Hell In A Handcart … Please

One hundred years ago the world was slipping into a vortex that has been called The Great War and the War to end all wars. Some thirty years later it would come to be called by its more common name, the First World War, or WWI. Seemingly relatively small events in eastern Europe – primarilyContinue reading “Tell Me The World Isn’t Going To Hell In A Handcart … Please”