Montreal Simon: Pat Martin and the Rat Faced Cons

Golly. I have no idea why Pat Martin called the Cons rat faced whores.Martin launched into a Twitter tirade for the ages Wednesday night, calling the Conservative Party “rat faced whores” and attacking Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ personal life to express his displeasure over not being invited to an announcement for a local infrastructure ...

Montreal Simon: The Religious Bullies Go After Gay Kids

Don’t you just love crazy religion? They are always attacking each other, claiming that only their god is the real one. Spewing gibberish and hate out of every orifice, or blowing up their rivals. But nothing can bring them together as quickly as a chance to attack gay kids. Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives say ...

Montreal Simon: Jamie Hubley, the Cons, and the Cycle of Hate

It’s been about a week since Jamie Hubley killed himself. And although for a while I was so sad I could hardly write about this tragedy, now I’m feeling better. Because now I’ve seen how many young Canadians have been moved to action. I have been encouraged by the amount of attention his death has received ...

Montreal Simon: The Tragic Death of Jamie Hubley

I know a lot about suicide. Ever since I saw a young straight couple jump in front of a train at the McGill Metro station I have tried to do what I can to prevent it. I have worked as a volunteer in the mental health system in Montreal and Toronto. In the last few days ...

Montreal Simon: Jamey Rodemeyer, the Bullies, and Lady Gaga

The other night I wrote about the tragic story of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old boy from Buffalo, New York, who was bullied to death for being gay. So I’m glad to see that the bullies may be held accountable. Police are looking to bring criminal charges against three or more teens following the suicide of a 14-year-old ...

Montreal Simon: The Sad Death of Jamey Rodemeyer

Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old boy who lived in Buffalo, New York. He was relentlessly bullied because he was gay. He cried out for help online for months. And when nobody helped him he committed suicide. On Sept. 8, he wrote: “No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay ...

Montreal Simon: Hate Crimes and the Rainbow Cupcakes

Statistics Canada has released the latest figures on hate crimes in this country and the results are depressing. Statistics Canada said hate crimes reported to police increased by 42 per cent, rising to more than four incidents a day from less than three a day in 2008. Not just because they continue to rise, but also because although ...