Civil rights marches, student protests, underworld hits – and masks

Last night an underworld settling of accounts was carried out in St. Leonard according to The Gazette.  Two masked men opened fire on the intended victims. It seems that in the netherworld of organized crime masks are de rigueur when carrying out “hits”. Two men shot by a pair of masked assailants who walked intoContinue reading “Civil rights marches, student protests, underworld hits – and masks”

First enforcement of Bill 78 as students try to return to class; Liberals in third

The last week of the Quebec election campaign coincides with the return to school of the protesting students and features the first use of Bill 78 by Montreal police according to this article in McLeans. Authorities opened investigations into 19 people at Universite de Montreal for allegedly violating provisions of Bill 78, a police spokesmanContinue reading “First enforcement of Bill 78 as students try to return to class; Liberals in third”

Young voters…or non-voters

There is an interesting piece in The New York Times about young eligible voters who become involved in politocal party organizing and take up causes – but don’t actually vote!! Could we see this phenomenon here this September 4th after a long session of student protests? Only time will tell!! The missing link between issueContinue reading “Young voters…or non-voters”

The Gazette print edition changes to “daily newsmagazine”

As autumn approaches – but remember it is still summer – it looks like Montreal will be in for a busy time. Already the student protests are resuming but will they have the same force as they once did or will students vote to return to classes and wait out the provincial election? Speaking ofContinue reading “The Gazette print edition changes to “daily newsmagazine””

Changes in student leadership…crumbling or new blood?

Now Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has announced he is leaving his position as spokesperson for the student group CLASSE. Just a few days ago Léo Bureau-Blouin announced he was leaving FECQ to become a candidate for the Parti-Quebecois. Will Nadeau-Dubois follw suit? Do these resignations indicate a crumbling of the student organizations, or are they legitimate attemptsContinue reading “Changes in student leadership…crumbling or new blood?”

Quebec students to vote on resuming class

So when the protesting students want to effect change in a democratic society they take to the streets rather than the polls. But when they want to alter something internally they fall back on that old reliable democratic process called voting! Now that there is an actual election campaign underway, leading to a real electionContinue reading “Quebec students to vote on resuming class”

Former student leader and current Parti Québécois candidate calls for voting instead of protesting

Parti Québécois candidate Léo Bureau-Blouin on Thursday suggested  protesting students declare a “truce”for the duration of the election campaign. Amazing! He’s only been a candidate for one day and he’s telling people the way to change things is through voting. According to an aide to Bureau-Blouin, the former president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale duContinue reading “Former student leader and current Parti Québécois candidate calls for voting instead of protesting”

Back to school so soon? What happened to summer?

When I was a wee lad I used to hate those “Back to School” sales signs in stores (and yes, at that time they were in both languages…). They were a harbinger of the approaching end of summer. But at least they used to hold off displaying them until about mid-August. I realize that schoolContinue reading “Back to school so soon? What happened to summer?”

Tax return trickery

The Quebec student protest/strike/tuition increase is back in the news today. In Karen Seidman’s article in The Gazette (The forgotten detail of tuition dispute) she points out that the amount of the annual increase proposed over the next seven years by the Liberals comes to $171.39 when you factor in the tax breaks given toContinue reading “Tax return trickery”

Hot weather + Student protests = First long weekend of the summer

The protesting students are calling for a huge demonstration today in Montreal while the weather forecast is calling for a hot and humid afternoon with a chance of pop-up showers (I just disable them on my computer and stay dry). I feel we may see some variations on the nearly-nude protests that were held earlierContinue reading “Hot weather + Student protests = First long weekend of the summer”