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Hearing and Being Heard: Citizens Attend Public Consultation on Canadian Climate Policy

Around 200 concerned citizens and environmental activists packed into the Loyola Chapel on Thursday evening to listen — and be heard — on the topic of Canada’s climate change plan.

The event was hosted by Marc Garneau, the federal minister of transport, as part of a series of public consultations on climate change, which the federal government says will help shape government policy.

“I want feedback from you — the government of Canada wants feedback from you,” Garneau told the audience at the start of the event. “Your comments will all be fed in as input to the government’s work in … addressing the environmental challenges that we’re talking about.” Continue reading Hearing and Being Heard: Citizens Attend Public Consultation on Canadian Climate Policy

Concordia University Establishes Response Team for Victims of Sexual Violence

A new sexual violence policy is in effect at Concordia University this school year, which aims to improve and streamline support resources for victims of sexual assault and various forms of sexual harassment on campus.

The policy was created by a working group led by Lisa Ostiguy, Concordia’s deputy provost, and also included Jennifer Drummond, coordinator of the Sexual Assault Resource Centre. The group was set up to act on recommendations from Concordia’s sexual assault report, released in August 2015. Continue reading Concordia University Establishes Response Team for Victims of Sexual Violence

Montreal Activists #FightFor15

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Around 250 people gathered outside the Jean-Talon metro station Friday evening for a demonstration supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Quebec.

The event was part of a two-day string of protests in North America under the #FightFor15 movement, which was started by American fast-food workers seeking a living wage in 2012. Continue reading Montreal Activists #FightFor15

2015: A Year in Review – Top 10 Montreal Stories by Matt D’Amours

My, oh my, what a year it’s been! Take a trip down memory lane as I list my top 10 Montreal news items of 2015, and talk about how they were significant to this city, and to me personally.

Concordia Professor “Attacked” by Montreal Cops: David Waddington Plans to Launch Complaint Against the SPVM

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David Waddington, an associate professor in Concordia University, is filing a complaint against the SPVM for an incident on Wednesday night. Photo Matt D’Amours

(Originally published on December 11, 2015) On Wednesday evening, David Waddington, an associate professor in Concordia University’s department of education, went on Facebook and posted about his experience running into an anti-austerity protest on his way home from work that night.

“I got attacked by the Montreal cops tonight,” Waddington wrote, and went on to describe the alleged assault by a member of the SPVM’s riot squad. Continue reading Concordia Professor “Attacked” by Montreal Cops: David Waddington Plans to Launch Complaint Against the SPVM

Violence Erupts During Protest Against Austerity: Police Release Tear Gas at Nighttime Demo

(Originally published on December 1, 2015) A militant crowd of approximately 500 protesters marched in opposition to austerity Monday night, provoking a swift and aggressive response from the dozens of riot police officers.

The evening ended with at least one confirmed arrest, a small fire, and the smell of tear gas filling the cold nighttime air in downtown Montreal.

The demonstration comes after reports last week suggested the Liberal-majority government and provincial labour unions were close to a new collective agreement. Continue reading Violence Erupts During Protest Against Austerity: Police Release Tear Gas at Nighttime Demo

Montreal Marches for Palestine: Hundreds Join to Support International Day of Solidarity with Occupied State

(Originally published on November 30, 2015) About 200 people gathered at Norman Bethune Square on Sunday afternoon to show their support for the Palestinian people.

The event, which marked an international day of solidarity with Palestine, was organized by the group Palestinian and Jewish Unity, as well as Solidarité pour les droits humains des Palestiniennes et Palestiniens UQÀM. Continue reading Montreal Marches for Palestine: Hundreds Join to Support International Day of Solidarity with Occupied State

REVIEW: King Crimson, Handle With Care

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(Originally published on November 20, 2015) It’s exceedingly difficult to explain just how important and influential a band King Crimson is.

Their first studio album, 1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King, hit the music world like a bolt of lightning and served as a blueprint for the progressive rock movement for years to come. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic established the sonic and tonal framework for metal over a decade before the popularization of the genre. And lest we forget Red, a record that hinted at the clockwork rhythmic stylings of late-80s math rock.

And they did all this within a 5 year timeframe. Continue reading REVIEW: King Crimson, Handle With Care

Opinion: My Way and the Highway (Code)

(Originally published on November 16, 2015) Every so often, I need to clear the seemingly interminable clutter that piles up in the form of books and documents on my desk.

On one such recent occasion, I came across a torn-open envelope containing a notice from the City of Montreal, reminding me that I will have to appear in court on an undetermined date. Continue reading Opinion: My Way and the Highway (Code)