As I'm sure you know, I'm really enjoying living in Justin Trudeau's Canada, and of course the land of the noble moose. And I'm constantly battling with Cons and other grumpy old Trudeau haters who would try to tear it down, or make it something ugly, or all about pipelines and trade deals.Or poison . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The New Canada and the Return of the Cool Moose
Judging by this sign, and what I've seen and heard in Montreal and Toronto, if Donald Trump ran for office in Canada, he'd get even less votes than the Cons, and just a few more than the Bloc Québécois.Most Canadians I've met are disgusted by that loathsome demagogue, and hate him almost as much . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How Canadians Are Helping To Defeat Donald Trump
These ORNGE air ambulances are a familiar sight in my neighbourhood, taking off or coming into land at the Toronto Island Airport.And I like having them around, because my heroes are those who risk their lives to try to save the lives of others.But t… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: My Tribute To Those Who Fly At Night To Save Lives
It may be small consolation to the thousands of people who have lost their homes, or their businesses, or have been forced to flee the Fort McMurray inferno.But I have been incredibly moved by the way Canadians all over this fractious country have com… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How the Fort McMurray Disaster is Bringing Canadians Together
I suppose I could have asked for one more thing to make yesterday an even more perfect day.I could have asked the Great Polar Bear God of the Great White North to make it stop raining, and make spring feel like spring not winter.But that would have bee… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Celebrating a Great Day in the Life of the New Canada
At first glance it might seem like a strange way to celebrate the arrival of Spring in the Great White North, and the end of the Great Darkness.By turning out the lights.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Canadian organizers of Earth Hour in askin… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Celebrating Spring and the Light After the Darkness of the Cons
It's been the longest and ugliest election campaign I have ever seen. A monstrous bigot game that has made us look cheap and ugly, and shamed us in the eyes of the world.And as if that wasn't bad enough, then there is this deeply disturbing question: How can such a big young country have . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer and the Small-Time Election Campaign
As you may know a Toronto businessman wants to build a massive statue called Mother Canada in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.And although it is a private initiative, the foundation he created is now looking for public money.Even though polls show most Canadians hate the idea.And most of the reviews have been brutal.Read more . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Sad Saga of Mother Canada and Jesus Harper
Well I have to admit that there were times during this brutal winter when I thought the blessed day would never arrive. But Spring is here at last.The island ferry is running again after being grounded for days due to the thick ice.And although my beautiful swans are still having trouble feeding themselves…
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It's brutally cold out there, again. With the wind chill it could feel like minus 40 tonight. The Great Lakes are almost completely frozen.I'm worried about the homeless and these young trumpeter swans in the harbour…
Who like all the other lake birds now have almost no open water in which to find . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Big Chill
Oh boy. It's lucky that where I live it's impossible to not know that I live in the Great White North.Because if it wasn't, I might wonder whether I'm still living in Canada, or whether Stephen Harper has already changed it beyond recognition.
For it really is hard to believe that if you type . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Canada: Where Cons and Idiots Roam
Well I have to admit it was a pretty grim week in Harperland. It was really cold and dark in the place where I live, and even the lights on the ferry dock couldn't brighten the gloom. Not when Lord Harper is back from his bloated junket to remind me how much I despise . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harperland Winter and Pete Seeger’s Message to Progressives
When I heard the freezing rain tap tapping against my bedroom window the other night I feared the worst. It brought back memories of The Great Ice Storm of 1998, and I wouldn't want to live through something like that again. But when morning came I saw I was lucky. The storm had only . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ice Storm, the Cons, And My Awesome People
I have no idea why Stephen Harper and his Con minions have such a love affair with royalty.I have no idea why they want to turn us into a colony again. Or make us more British than the British.But I do know that Peter MacKay is an absolute idiot, whether he wears a crown . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Maple Leaf
Sometimes, especially on a cold spring day like today, I can't help feeling depressed about living in a country like Harperland.
I can't help thinking about how great we might have been, and what the Cons have made of us.
How once we were admired by the rest of the world, as a cool . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ugliness of Harperland and the Great Chris Hadfield
A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »
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Good Lordy…I mean good lardy. You can't trust those Cons as far as you can spit, and they can squeal.For they will strip most of our lakes, rivers, and creeks of any environmental protection.Just not the ones in their ridings.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tony Clement and The Great Lake Scam
It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada. The day when you realize that summer isn't coming back.And a day when I feel particularly close to our U.S. neighbours. For although they don't celebrate Thanksgiving until November, we both share the Pilgrim turkey, on this most North American of holidays.As well as the happy legacy of having . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Thanksgiving and the Madness of King Harper
It was good to see that some of the soldiers who took part in the Dieppe Raid were able to make it back to that bloody beach today.
And that so many people in the town turned out to greet them like heroes.
I'm also glad that we may finally know the main reason . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Dieppe and the Lost Myth
Gawd. I’m in the doghouse again. Some of my friends have been beating up on me for my post about the Thrilla on the Hilla.
For they were shocked and appalled that I should “glorify” such a brutal spectacle, and then crudely bait the Cons. And by so doing lower myself to their level.
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: My New Version of the Brawl on the Hill
What with the fog hanging over the island, and the usual run of depressing stories, it hasn’t been too easy to write about politics in Harperland this week. Or even celebrate the arrival of Spring.
But isn’t it great to see the Con fluffer John Ibbitson begin his day with this story?
There is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The NDP and the Arrival of Spring
A few weeks ago I brought you the short movie Wild Life, the sad story of an Englishman who wanted to be a cowboy in Alberta, courtesy of the National Film Board.
Since then I’ve learned that the movie, by Calgary filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, has been nominated for an Oscar for . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: In Praise of the National Film Board: Part Two
It’s like a recurring nightmare. The ugly images, the leering voice. Stephane Dion is NOT a leader. Michael Ignatieff didn’t come back for you. Jack Layton did it once he’ll do it again.
And now comes the latest attack ad from the diseased brain of Stephen Harper: Thomas Mulcair is NOT a Canadian.
Thomas Mulcair, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Latest Attack Ad
When I was a young boy living in a Scottish village that didn’t have a movie theatre, one of my teachers used to thrill me and the other kids, by hauling out an ancient projector and playing an educational movie.
And many of those movies were made by the National Film Board of Canada. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: In Praise of the National Film Board