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.
(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
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
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
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)
The march lasted nearly three hours and eventually ended with a hundred or so remaining protesters dispersing at the entrance of Berri metro station on Ste. Catherine St.
Montreal police confirmed that one person was arrested during the march for breaking a municipal bylaw, but could not confirm the nature of the offense by press time. Continue reading Concordia Students Join ASSÉ Demo During Province-wide Strike
The event was organized by a self-described “common front” of union organizations, including the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).
The unions say they brought their members from around Quebec into the city with the use of approximately 250 buses. The protesters—including public and private workers—converged on the corner of Parc Ave. and des Pins Ave. at around 12 p.m. and began marching shortly afterwards, along with supporters from student unions.
The large group marched slowly toward the offices of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, then proceeded to McGill College Ave. There, a stage was set up for various union representatives to deliver speeches, including Jacques Létourneau, president of the CSN.
Létourneau denounced the Liberal government over its austerity measures, and said that Saturday’s gathering was one of the largest in Quebec union history.
He went on to challenge the Liberal government to acknowledge the contribution that his union members make in Quebec society when negotiations resume.
“The Liberal government will have to clearly understand the determination of workers in this fight for social justice, for equality and for recognition of the work we do,” Létourneau said.
In a release published on its website, the CSN specifically criticized the government’s plans for a two year salary freeze for public-sector employees, and what it describes as a “meagre” salary increase of 3 per cent over five years.
After the speeches, the crowd was treated to a musical performance by francophone musician Yann Perreau, who said that the demonstration was the start of “l’automne chaud”, a term being used by unions to describe ongoing strike and protest actions in Quebec.
A media relations officer with the Montreal police told The Link that the demonstration was peaceful, and that no arrests were made.