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Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

It's been almost a year since the Occupy Wall Street movement was born, and in this very gloomy article Gerald Caplan wonders where it went.

It flashed through our lives like a comet in the sky, illuminating the most insidious development of our time. Then just as suddenly it flamed out and died. Or . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec: When a Society Wakes Up

Montreal Simon: The One Percent and the Party Animals

In 1985 the late Quebec filmmaker Pierre Falardeau made a short movie called Le Temps des Bouffons (The Time of the Buffoons).It showed members of the Montreal elite partying at the exclusive Beaver Club, dressed in colonial costumes.

And Falardeau used those scenes to make a biting, and deliciously vulgar comment, about the state . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The One Percent and the Party Animals

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Big Freedom Party

It's just after 8pm in Montreal, and the reporter from CUTV is talking to a young mother who is taking her two kids to the 28th nightly demonstration in a row.

Even though she knows she could be arrested, for defying the Charest government's totalitarian Bill 78, like so many were the night before. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Big Freedom Party

Montreal Simon: Why I support the Quebec Student Strike

It's reached a point where I almost can't bear to read or watch any MSM coverage of the Quebec student strike.

Because all I usually see is a bunch of kooky old right-wing pundits flapping their gums, or hissing like kettles. Like the grotesque Con dwarf Rex Murphy.

Who should have been locked in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why I support the Quebec Student Strike

Montreal Simon: A Hollow Lament for Occupy Canada

I see that Kalle Lasn, one of the Canadian instigators of the Occupy Wall Street movement, laments the way things turned out in Canada.

While protesters from Halifax to Vancouver emulated their global counterparts by pitching tents in public spaces and brainstorming ways to challenge the status quo, Lasn said the efforts he witnessed . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: A Hollow Lament for Occupy Canada

Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto:The End of the Beginning

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By the time I got to the Occupy Toronto campsite this afternoon it was mostly gone. 

The library, where some guy in a Clockwork Orange bowler hat had barricaded himself, was being dismantled.

Some of the neighbours were taking back “their” park.

So be careful where you step from now . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto:The End of the Beginning

Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada and the Silence of the Lambs

I’m going to miss the Occupy Toronto campsite, this colourful little progressive utopia in the heart of a cold grey city. For by tomorrow night it will almost surely be destroyed.

I’m going to miss the endless discussions about how to change the world and make it a better place. I’m going to miss . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada and the Silence of the Lambs

Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada: Why You Can’t Evict a Movement

As I was saying last night, they can arrest us. 

They can tear down our humble campsites.

They can insult us.

They can beat us.

They can pepper spray peaceful protesters…

The pig bastards. But theywill NEVER stop our movement from continuing to spread all over the world, developing in new and amazing directions, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada: Why You Can’t Evict a Movement

Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Will Survive

It’s going to be a cold night at the Occupy Toronto campsite, as the clock on the church that has refused the occupiers sanctuary, counts down the hours before they are evicted. 

Because you don’t have to ask yourself what would Jesus do eh? Or be a weatherman, to know that a cold wind is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Will Survive

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement:When Repression Backfires

All over North America the assault on the Occupy campsites continues. From New York City, to Regina, to Vancouver.

And in Toronto the Con tool Tasha Kheiriddin, can barely contain herself.

The Occupy movement has had two months to develop a coherent message, engage broad public sympathy, or begin its transition to a political . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement:When Repression Backfires

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and Progressive Bloggers

I see that London, Ontario, has become the first Canadian city to evict its Occupy protesters.And that others are gearing up to do the same thing.As news spread of what happened in London, Toronto’s mayor said it was time Occupy protesters in his city … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and Progressive Bloggers

Montreal Simon: The Shit Kebab and the Democratic Deficit

Uh oh. I see that Eurozone leaders don’t like George Papandreou’s idea for a shit kebab  referendum.The leaders of Germany and France told Greece on Wednesday it would not receive another cent in European aid until it decides whether it wants to s… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Shit Kebab and the Democratic Deficit