La Révolution tranquille expliquée aux jeunes (suite et fin)

Par Pierre K. Malouf le 22 juillet 2010

Avant que nous ne soyons interrompus, vous me demandiez des exemples de l’«hyperactivité» du gouvernement de l’époque. En voici quelques-uns : il y eut une loi qui rendait la fréquentation scolaire obligatoire jusqu'à seize ans, la création du ministère des Affaires fédérales-provinciales, la création du ministère des Affaires culturelles, l’Assurance- hospitalisation, la création de la Société générale de financement, la nationalisation de l’électricité... 

Conrad Black et le jeu politique de la justice

Par Beryl Wajsman le 22 juillet 2010

CONRAD-BLACK-BW.jpgEnfin un peu de justice qui, espérons-le, devra apporter une fin à la persécution pernicieuse et à l'emprisonnement injuste de Conrad Black. La Cour suprême des États-Unis a restreint la portée d'une loi fédérale sur la fraude, qui est souvent utilisée dans les dossiers de crimes économiques, et, de ce fait, les trois condamnations pour fraude prononcées contre Conrad Black. La cour, dans une décision unanime, a constaté que la loi était confinée aux arrangements frauduleux impliquant des pots-de-vin. Il n'y en avait pas dans l'affaire Black. En effet, Black fut innocenté de neuf chefs d'accusations de fraude. C'était l'une des seules fois dans l'histoire américaine où quelqu'un a été trouvé coupable de fraude postale (essentiellement envoyer du matériel concernant une fraude alléguée par la poste) alors qu'innocenté des chefs d'accusations principale de fraude. 

Don't shoot the messenger

Par Dermod Travis le 22 juillet 2010

richard-fadden-300x208.jpgBefore some of Canada's political class line up eagerly to shoot themessenger, they may be better off asking instead: what if CSIS chief Mr. Richard Fadden is right in his warnings regarding foreign interference in Canada's political affairs.
Because his remarks raise two fundamental questions: do Chinese spies and possibly their non-Chinese operatives in fact lurk within our political structures and, if so, how much of a concern should it be to Canadians?

Creative regulation without reflection, a Montreal trademark

Par Dan Delmar le 22 juillet 2010

Montreal is a city known for overregulation. We have grown accustomed to being punished for a myriad of offences considered banal by any rational person; not holding the Métro escalator handrail, having weeds grow over a decimetre on sidewalks in front of our business, tying a dog’s leash to a tree, spilling cold coffee onto the street…
The latest assault on reason again punishes small and medium-sized businesses. The Métropolitain was prepared for a summer vacation period free of new paternalistic regulation to sift through, but evidently it is asking too much of our municipal leaders to give us this reprieve. 

Alors, félicitons maintenant les hommes célèbres!

Par P.A. Sévigny le 22 juillet 2010

PGL-BW.jpgCinquante ans après que le Premier ministre libérale du Québec Jean première Lesage et son conseil des ministres aient entrepris le changement des réalités sociales, politiques et culturelles du Québec, Paul Gérin-Lajoie, son ministre de l'éducation, est le seul homme encore parmi nous qui peut dire au Québec comment c’était d'être un des dirigeants de l’illustre Révolution tranquille du Québec. Pendant un événement qui a rassemblé un grand nombre d’invités un soir au Centre Sheraton du centre-ville de Montréal, plus qu’une simple poignée des élites politiques du Québec étaient heureux d'aider Gérin-Lajoie et sa famille à célébrer le quatre-vingt-dixième anniversaire de cet homme. 

Une réflexion sur le départ du Cardinal Ouellet

Par Mike Medeiros le 22 juillet 2010

cardouellet_300.jpgLe prêtre catholique le plus haut gradé du Canada a récemment reçu une promotion. Le Cardinal Marc Ouellet a été nommé à la tête le de la Congrégation pour les évêques du Vatican; essentiellement, le département des ressources humaines pour le cercle intime du pape. Alors, il quittera sous peu le Québec et ira au Vatican.
Cette nomination au Vatican du Cardinal Ouellet a suscitée une gamme d’émotions chez de nombreux Québécois et Canadiens.

Resurrecting Chabanel

Par Jessica Murphy le 22 juillet 2010

Five years ago, textile and apparel quotas were completely eliminated for all WTO member countries, including Canada.
Montreal - alongside New York and Los Angeles - is one of the top three fashion production hubs in North America and the city has been scrambling to ensure the industry’s continued existence despite the pressure of loosening trade regulations. 
It launched a glitzy campaign to showcase Montreal as a ‘fashion city’ filled with a creativity and passion for the craft. 

The Iranian threat: A clear and present danger

Par l'Hon. Irwin Cotler le 22 juillet 2010

Ahmadinejad’s Iran – a term used to distinguish the regime from the people and publics of Iran who are themselves the targets of massive domestic repression – has emerged as a clear and present danger to international peace and security, to regional and Mid-East stability, and increasingly – and alarmingly so – to its own people.
Simply put, we are witnessing in Ahmadinejad’s Iran the toxic convergence of four distinct – yet interrelated – dangers – the nuclear threat; the genocidal incitement threat; state-sponsored terrorism; and the systematic and widespread violations of the rights of the Iranian people.

Auschwitz- Birkenau and Confronting Contemporary Antisemitism

Par The Hon. David Kilgour le 22 juillet 2010

demonstration-downtown.jpgRecently, my wife Laura and I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau before attending a conference on democratic governance in nearby Krakow. The two large camps, about four kilometres apart and preserved by the Polish Parliament in 1947 as monuments to the Holocaust/Shoah, are undoubtedly the most inhuman scenes we visitors from around the world had ever seen.     
Our guide told us many things, including the fact that last year alone the two sites received about 1.2 million visitors. If only many more people of all ages from everywhere, including Canada, would come, some of the world's Holocaust deniers might mute at least this feature of their antisemitism.

Chinese money

Par Prof. Thomas Velk le 22 juillet 2010

On June 19th China’s central bank, called The People’s Bank of China, announced that it will “increase the renminbi’s “exchange-rate flexibility”, meaning that the U.S. dollar cost of buying Chinese money (also termed “Yuan”) might go up.  And so everything that the West buys from China, ranging from computer parts, TVs, heavy machinery and plastic toys to edamame (the Chinese supplied “Japanese” soy beans you eat in Asian restaurants) and London Cabs (the firm is owned by China’s Geeley company) may cost a bit more.

Ben and Barry: Just a few New Flavors

Par David Solway le 22 juillet 2010

Benjamin Netanyahu can count himself lucky. The press has made much of the humiliation he suffered at the hands of Barry (aka Barack) Obama who, during their recent encounter, left him to stew for an hour in the White House reception room while the president enjoyed a leisurely dinner “with Michelle and the girls.” This was plainly no way to treat a visiting head of government, but let’s face it, it could have been much worse.

Stimulate or Decimate? A post-summit briefing note for the G20 leadership

Par Robert Presser le 22 juillet 2010

Dear G20 leaders,

First of all, congratulations are in order for emerging with anything resembling a commitment to fiscal restraint at all, given the differing economic environments you are all facing.  The message was simple and direct: cut deficits in half by 2013 and stabilize debt to GDP ratios by 2016.  Boy, are you lucky that the majority of populist journalists ran to file the story before they read the fine print, because otherwise the solidarity you displayed in the group photo would look more like Swiss cheese.  Japan gets an exemption from the debt level targets because they are still fighting deflation leftover from the last recession, and the US federal government is busy spending more, not less, to compensate for state budgets that are being slashed to the bone. 

300,000 abused?

Par Barbara Kay le 22 juillet 2010

domestic-violence-25394980.jpg“A bad statistic,” says sociologist Joel Best, “is harder to kill than a vampire.” Bad statistics come from bad intellectual faith. And in no field does bad intellectual faith run more rampant than that of domestic violence.
In an up-to-date example of the phenomenon, we find the “World Soccer Abuse Nightmare” out of England, in which the British Home Office carelessly endorsed a bogus study put forward by England’s Association of Chief Police Officers, purporting to find that a full 30 per cent increase in domestic violence (DV) during the World Cup. A subsequent investigation by reliable scholars found the so-called study to be riddled with errors and corrupt methodology. 


What Hampstead can learn from Syria and Tunisia

Par Dan Delmar le 22 juillet 2010

In their fight to prevent the Quebec government from passing Bill 94, niqab and burqa-wearing Muslim women have found support in the most unusual of places: The most heavily Jewish town, statistically, in the entire province. 
The face veil – the dehumanization of women – is where most reasonable people would draw the line. And evidently leaders in jurisdictions like France, Belgium, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt agree, having adopted various sorts of niqab restrictions. Why does Hampstead purport to know what is better for Muslim women than a growing number of Muslim nations?

Armageddon or no Armageddon, Secularists need to remain vigilant

Par Anthony Philbin le 22 juillet 2010

The recent publishing of Marci McDonald’s The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada, was timed to coincide with Canada’s annual National Prayer Breakfast (NPB). Though the first occurrence of the prayer breakfast took place when The Beatles arrived on North American soil, back in 1964, I have to say I’d probably still be in the dark about it if not for the clever marketing ploy by McDonald’s publisher.

Message to environmentalists: ‘Humankind needs energy!’

Par Mischa Popoff le 22 juillet 2010

global_warming.jpgHumankind needs energy; always has, always will. 

The emails from East Anglia University revealed that global-warming data were all fudged – plain and simple. This led to the collapse of a global-warming industry that had sprung up after the signing of the Kyoto Protocol. But die-hard environmentalists were never bothered by not having a leg to stand on. Not only do they still want us to quit driving our cars, they want us to quit taking flights.

Le Monde de Piperberg

Par Roy Piperberg le 22 juillet 2010


Surviving Broadway

Par Sharman Yarnell le 22 juillet 2010

NEW YORK, NY - Although the past few months have seen some closures of those “sure-fire hits,” Broadway is alive, well and high-kicking through the summer and into the fall. However, the Bard’s claim, "the play’s the thing,” should probably read “the revival’s the thing.”

Most of the draws at the box office, except for a couple, are all tried and true productions from the past. Where are the writers, the lyricists, the great librettists of yore? 


Public spaces I - Circling the Square

Par Alan Hustak le 22 juillet 2010

IMG_3209.JPGThe $14-million redesign of Place d’Armes in Old Montreal gives new meaning to the expression tearing up the city.  Ongoing construction for more than a year has turned the historic ground in front of Notre Dame basilica into a no man’s land.  Tourists expecting to see the statue of Montreal’s founder, Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, are greeted instead by bulldozers. Making your way up Beaver Hall  hill into Notre Dame or into any of the office buildings around the square means running an obstacle course around the massive excavation. 

Public spaces II - Bulldozing the Bonaventure

Par Alan Hustak le 22 juillet 2010

Autoroute_Bonaventure.jpgThe plans to bulldoze the Bonaventure expressway and replace it  with a ground level  boulevard, for example, have gone back to the drawing board.  The Office de consultation publique de montréal  was right  to doubt the wisdom of the entire $260-million redevelopment scheme initially  proposed by the  Societe du Havre de Montreal,  and to recommend a second  look at the whole idea. 

The people at City Hall responsible for the ambitious project might learn a thing or two from Boston’s experience. 

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