Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn't be better, or more lovely Canada.But I can't forget what's ...

Montreal Simon: The Boy On the Beach and the Death of the Con Regime

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since since the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. For it seems so much longer.But although the passage of time has dulled the impact of that horrible tragedy.What we must never forget is how that poor little toddler awakened the conscience ...

Montreal Simon: Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip, and the Canada I Love

It took me a few years to  fall in love with the Tragically Hip. I always loved their name, I thought it was so cool or…um…so hip.And when I heard that their lead singer was a poet I was even more impressed.But it wasn't until my big brother took me to one of their shows, that ...

Montreal Simon: Why Canada Day Was For Me The Best Canada Day Ever

A year ago I wrote a post about Canada Day and called it Canada Day in Harperland: Between Hope and Despair.Because although I never lost hope that we would defeat him, the monster was still in power… And I couldn't help wondering how long it would be before we got our Canada back.So I knew yesterday's Canada Day ...

Montreal Simon: The Brexit Fiasco: Now Some Say They’re Sorry

It's been barely two days since the Brexit referendum, and no doubt some LEAVE supporters are still celebrating their big victory.But not all of them. Some of them it seems are now having sober second thoughts.And what with the pound having fallen to a thirty-year low, the stock markets shuddering, and the country split down ...

Montreal Simon: Why It’s Suddenly Cool To Be A Canadian Again

It's hard to believe, but it looks as if we can safely sew those little Canadian flags on the back of our backpacks again.After having to remove them during the Harper years.And travel around the world dressed like this… Because thanks to Justin Trudeau, and the way he welcomed the Syrian refugees in our name.We're ...

Montreal Simon: Testing the Tolerance of Canadians

It was an interesting idea. Test the tolerance of Canadians at a bus stop in Hamilton, Ontario.By having the guy on the left pose as an anti-Muslim bigot, and insult the guy on the guy on the right while the cameras rolled.And although it was a little crude, and it did end bloodily, the results were encouraging…Read ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Scottish Referendum Is NOT the Quebec Referendum

I've been seeing a lot of stories in the Canadian and British media, comparing the Scottish independence referendum campaign to the one in Quebec in 1995.And I've resigned myself to seeing a lot more of them after this latest development. Because it is so familiar.But here's the thing eh? I've seen the Scottish referendum campaign up ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Human Catastrophe in Gaza

Well I hope he's satisfied. I hope his wild cheerleading for the savage assault on Gaza earns him a tin medal from the Netanyahu regime.Or a wet kiss from his good buddy Benny.For Godzilla knows he deserves it. No other leader of any other government in the civilized world cheered as loud as he did.And ...

Montreal Simon: The Winter from Hell and the National Unity Hysteria

In his well known song Mon Pays, the Quebec poet and singer Gilles Vigneault famously sings: "My country is not a country, it's the winter."And in this seemingly never ending one, this Winter from Hell, I think we can all relate to that. But since just a few weeks ago during the Olympics we were all happily ...

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper is the Real Separatist-in-Chief

I see Pierre-Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Quebecois in the Quebec election has sent shockwaves rolling across the country.With some in the media predicting trouble for Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime.Pierre Karl Péladeau’s emergence as a superstar Parti Québécois candidate represents a seismic shock for not only Quebec politics. The ...

Montreal Simon: My Kind of Way to Fight the Quebec Charter of Values

I really like this photo. And I'm glad some Quebecers took to the streets today to protest against the PQ's exclusionary so-called Charter of Quebec Values. And although I am an atheist if I had been in Montreal today I might have marched with them. Because I will not let anyone discriminate blatantly against others ...

Montreal Simon: The Confessions of a Quebec Anglophone

The other night I wrote about how shocked I was by the senseless act of cowardly violence that stole the life of poor Denis Blanchette. And how stunned I was to see his deranged killer scream "The English are rising!!!"  As if he was acting in our name, as if we the Anglos of Quebec ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Shooting and the Hatred that Kills

For a Montrealer like me, who lives and plays happily in both solitudes, and is always trying to bring Quebecers and Canadians together, it was the ultimate nightmare. An old Anglo, in a balaclava …. and a bathrobe … screaming "The English are rising up!!! There's going to be fucking payback !!!" After killing a ...

Montreal Simon: The Casserole Protest and the Two Solitudes

As a guy who has one foot in each solitude, I know that the Québécois tend to be a little more exuberant than Canadians in the rest of the country. Especially when it comes to sex, or standing up for their rights. Or beating casseroles in the street in the middle of a raging thunderstorm ...