Montreal Simon: Thank Goodness I’m Not a Harper Conservative

Gawd. What a week. I'm working like a dog, all I want to do is sleep, Spring STILL hasn't arrived !!#@!!And of course, because it's still Harperland, the stench of rancid pork hangs heavily in the air.As Great Hoggy Leader sets out to try to buy the votes of some Canadians with OUR money, and turn ...

Montreal Simon: Saving Our Democracy: When the People Awaken

As Stephen Harper drags our parliament into the pit of democratic depravity, by accusing the NDP of supporting an imaginary carbon tax only he can see. Repeating a Big Lie over and over again like a shameless con man, or a desperate maniac. Going after Tom Mulcair, as one pundit put it, with a zeal ...

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 at ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Election and the Angry Canadians

On a sunny afternoon, in my favourite Montreal neighbourhood, both the Quebec election and the hysterical reaction in English Canada, seemed very far away.Which was a good thing eh?Because following the election campaign from Toronto and a beach in Maine, has been very exhausting. And the reaction in English Canada has been entirely predictable and ...

Montreal Simon: Big Daddy and the Quebec Election

Well there he was the old smoothie, on day one of the campaign, sitting in his comfy chair in his big blue bus. The one with the slogan For Quebec.  Trying to explain in his Big Daddy knows best way, why he called a summer election.  Because you know, he's a good money manager, the ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

It was such an awesome sight. Tens of thousands of people marching through the street on a muggy Montreal afternoon.  To show their support for the student movement, denounce a fascist bill.  And show Jean Charest and his corrupt government that they are still THERE. Read more »

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 ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Movement That Will Not Die

In the last few days right-wingers in the media and the twittersphere have been going around claiming that the Quebec student movement is running out of steam. And if you read this story you might think that was true. Large daytime protests are being held in Quebec today, just as they have for each of ...

Montreal Simon: Quebec and the Betrayal of the Young

I like the words on this mural at the East side gallery in Berlin. "If they don't let us dream, then we don't let them sleep." Because the day we stop dreaming about a better world, is the day that we start dying eh? And those who would betray the future don't deserve to sleep ...

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: The Quebec Students and the Little Red Square

The Grand Prix of Montreal is finally over, and sadly my favourite driver Anarcho Panda, the gentle mascot of the student movement, didn't win. And although there were a lot of red squares and red Ferrari shirts at the race. If you wore a red square anywhere near the Grand Prix activities you risked being searched, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 »

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 ...

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 ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

As I’m sure most of you know, Montreal now has a bylaw banning masks at protests. Mayor Gérald Tremblay asks, “When a cause is just, why is it necessary to hide behind a mask?” When asked about protestors who use masks to protect themselves from teargas, a lawyer representing the police said that teargas is ...

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

As I’m sure most of you know, Montreal now has a bylaw banning masks at protests. Mayor Gérald Tremblay asks, “When a cause is just, why is it necessary to hide behind a mask?” When asked about protestors who use masks to protect themselves from teargas, a lawyer representing the police said that teargas is ...

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 ...