20 July 2017

How a snowstorm exposed Quebec's real problem: social malaise - Macleans.ca

How a snowstorm exposed Quebec's real problem: social malaise - Macleans.ca



The issues that led to the shutdown of a Montreal highway that left drivers stranded go beyond mere political dysfunction






11 July 2017

Challenge to Quebec sign laws headed to Court of Appeal — www.cbc.ca

Challenge to Quebec sign laws headed to Court of Appeal — www.cbc.ca



In seeking leave to appeal at Quebec's highest court Friday, O'Brien said that Quebec's sign laws are not just unconstitutional but outdated, as well. 


"In this case, we brought factual evidence about the current demographic situation of French in Quebec," he told reporters in Montreal. 
"Our view is that you cannot interpret [it] as being currently vulnerable. There's no threat of extinction of the French language right now."


10 July 2017

Julius Grey is anti-hate speech law

Supremes decided only the most extreme speech is hateful e.g., incitement

(a la Keegstra)

unpleasant, hurtful speech is not illegal (Beaubien Quebec)

mock, disapprove if you like

'the only proper answer to poor speech is more and better speech'

comedy exists to find a line, and jump over it

The Holocaust is not an excuse for censorship



Cult MTL | Montreal bleeds money on the Grand Prix

Cult MTL | Montreal bleeds money on the Grand Prix





For years we’ve been told that Montreal Grand Prix brings enormous
economic benefits to the city despite the hefty price tag —
$18.7-million in subsidies from three levels of government in 2015.


Turns out that’s about $10-million more than the tax benefits,
according to a study by the KPMG accounting firm conducted on behalf of
the Montreal International Jazz Festival, La Presse reports.


In comparison, the government tax take of Jazz Fest activities — many
of which are free to the public — were estimated to be more than double
the subsidies, $8.3-million on grants of about $4-million a year.