Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Road Ahead

There are fewer of them these days. The long hot days of July have quietened things down. But the Quebec students are still marching through the streets of Montreal.  Tonight was their 83rd nightly demo in a row. And next month they will have to make a choice that could determine the future of their ...

Drive-by Planet: Quebec protests June 22: crisis far from over

There were large rallies in Montreal and Quebec City June 22. Students and supporters demonstrated against fee hikes, against Bill-78 and held the banners of social and political activism high. The term “student protest” needs to be revised to some extent because these protests now involve Quebeckers from all walks of life, as witnessed by ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Magic Moment

Like so many things in Quebec these days it was an amazing sight. Eighty thousand people in downtown Montreal watching an outdoor show by Loco Locass, a very popular and very political hip hop group. The group was dressed in red and waving a Quebec flag with a red square sewn on it to show ...

Montreal Simon: Montreal and the Grand Prix Circus

It's Saturday night in Montreal, and the Grand Prix party is just warming up. Thousands of people are milling around on Ste Catherine street.  Demonstrators, racing fans, tourists, party kids, riot police. And I'm watching the live feed on CUTV and can't believe what I'm seeing. So I can understand why some tourists think they're ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: An Attack On Progress

Here in Quebec, amidst the nightly demonstrations against the tuition increases and Bill 78, the bill that gave the movement oxygen, we hear a constant drumbeat from media sources that the kids are “spoiled,” or have a sense of “entitlement,” and are perhaps communists. Seriously. It’s tiresome. Students protest in the downtown streets of Montreal ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: An Attack On Progress

Here in Quebec, amidst the nightly demonstrations against the tuition increases and Bill 78, the bill that gave the movement oxygen, we hear a constant drumbeat from media sources that the kids are “spoiled,” or have a sense of “entitlement,” and are perhaps communists. Seriously. It’s tiresome. Students protest in the downtown streets of Montreal ...

Montreal Simon: Jean Charest and the Grand Prix Panic

Oh no. Somebody please stop him. It looks as if Jean Charest has finally, as we say in Québec, perdu ses pédales, or lost his pedals. He's so eager to discredit the students, so he can run against them in a snap election, he's accusing them of plotting to sabotage the Montreal Grand Prix. And ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec: When a Society Wakes Up

It was wet and miserable in Montreal today. But that didn't stop thousands of people from attending a  rally to support the Quebec students.  Thousands of people clad in raincoats and carrying umbrellas gathered in Montreal's Jeanne-Mance park Saturday afternoon for what was billed as a family-friendly protest in support of Quebec's students and in ...

Dead Wild Roses: Quebec Protesters – Doing Canada Proud

Democracy in Action – Look and Learn my sleeping obedient country. The protests in Quebec are an example to the rest of Canada to what an active citizenry is like and how people can affect change in the political spectrum.  At the time of this writing, 39 days of protest are on record.  Thirty nine ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec’s Mad Emperor Strikes Again

They don't call Jean Charest the Mad Emperor of Quebec for nothing eh? For this is madness. Four days of negotiations ended in an impasse on Thursday when Premier Jean Charest’s government refused to budge on its plan to increase tuition fees.  It was likely the last chance for an immediate resolution to the social ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

On my way home today I visited the park where Occupy Toronto once lived. And I could hardly recognize the place. The old gazebo where so many passionate speeches were made, and so many dreamed of a better world, was quiet now.  And where there were once tents huddled together in the cold…Read more »

From Orangutan: Photos of Montreal lawyers marching against Law 78,

On Monday evening in Montreal, hundreds of lawyers donned their professional black robes and took to the streets on a silent march to protest Law 78 (also known as the “loi spéciale”), the legislation that the Jean Charest government recently passed in an attempt to put a stop to the Quebec student movement towards accessible post-secondary ...

From Orangutan: Photos of Montreal lawyers marching against Law 78,

On Monday evening in Montreal, hundreds of lawyers donned their professional black robes and took to the streets on a silent march to protest Law 78 (also known as the “loi spéciale”), the legislation that the Jean Charest government recently passed in an attempt to put a stop to the Quebec student movement towards accessible post-secondary ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec, the Con Media, and the Greek Obsession

It's funny eh? When I see pictures like this one I see people standing up for their rights, telling a corrupt government to take their fascist bill and shove it, or just joining others to demand a better world. But most of the Con media only seem to see a mob, dangerous terrorists, and above ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Not So Quiet Revolution

There was another amazing freedom party in Montreal tonight. Thousands and thousands of people marched peacefully through the streets, beating pots and pans. Defying the police to arrest them for taking part in an illegal demonstration. And what struck me the most apart from the incredible energy, was the diversity of the protesters. Now it's not ...

Tattered Sleeve: Paint It, Red

But the sound wasn’t sad!Why, this sound sounded merry!It couldn’t be so!But it WAS merry! VERY! Reports are the casserole protests continued tonight. Thousands marching up St-Laurent Blvd earlier this fine evening. Good for them. “That’s the spirit,” as my eight-year-old son likes to say. You know, for months I was reluctant to get behind ...

Tattered Sleeve: Paint It, Red

But the sound wasn’t sad!Why, this sound sounded merry!It couldn’t be so!But it WAS merry! VERY! Reports are the casserole protests continued tonight. Thousands marching up St-Laurent Blvd earlier this fine evening. Good for them. “That’s the spirit,” as my eight-year-old son likes to say. You know, for months I was reluctant to get behind ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Spirit of Resistance

A massive thunderstorm hit Montreal this evening. The heavens really opened up. But that didn't stop thousands of people from parading through the streets, beating their pots and pans. Even though in a city full of riot cops armed with a fascist bill, anything could happen. More than 2,500 people have been arrested in a months-long ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec: The Mad Emperor and the Klown Media

They were out in the streets of Montreal again tonight, for another casserole protest or cazerolazo The 31st night protest comes as a growing number of Montrealers join a neighbourhood-wide cazerolazo – casserole protest.   Since the weekend, hundreds of people in the island's central neighbourhoods have taken to their balconies, porches and sidewalks with pots ...

Montreal Simon: The Casserole Symphony and the Royal Canadians

In many Montreal neighbourhoods this evening people were banging pots and pans in another casserole symphony of protest. The latest tactic in this awesome  struggle.  It's a nightly ritual known as les manifs aux casseroles, that sees hundreds of people step out of their homes, armed with pots and pans. At the stroke of 8 ...

Drive-by Planet: 100th day of protest in Quebec: Charest’s tactics backfire

On May 18, in an effort to quell protest the National Assembly in Quebec passed Bill 78 – emergency legislation that includes a number of repressive measures. It’s an unwise move that is showing every sign of backfiring. Léo Bureau-Blouin, president of the association of junior colleges said “We deplore that the government chose the ...

Bill 78: four constitutional questions

A caveat: I haven’t taken constitutional politics in over a decade, though I was fortunate enough to have Peter Russell as a professor and had issues with Ted Morton eons before his political career. Still, Québec’s Bill 78 raises some interesting constitutional questions for the layperson with a passing interest. Here’s my take, and another ...

Montreal Simon: The Day They Turned Montreal Red

And so it came to pass. On the 100th day of their amazing struggle, they refused to be intimidated by a totalitarian bill, and turned Montreal RED. A sea of students, their numbers swollen by trade unionists, teachers and other supporters, flooded through the streets of Montreal in a massive turnout marking the 100th day ...

From Orangutan: Photos of the Peaceful Protest, May 22, 2012, Montreal,

Just a few of my photos of Tuesday’s protest in Montreal, the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Estimates of crowd numbers run from the tens of thousands all the way up to 500,000. The protest marked the 100th day of the Quebec student strike. Jeanne Reynolds and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois ...

From Orangutan: Photos of the Peaceful Protest, May 22, 2012, Montreal,

Just a few of my photos of Tuesday’s protest in Montreal, the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Estimates of crowd numbers run from the tens of thousands all the way up to 500,000. The protest marked the 100th day of the Quebec student strike. Jeanne Reynolds and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois ...