By Louis Girard - WSWS
...Quebec’s unions forced the cancellation of a press conference that was to be held on the sidelines of a demonstration protesting against the federal Conservative government’s cuts to Employment Insurance (EI), because it was intended to draw attention to the parallel cuts to social assistance (welfare) being made by the provincial Parti Québécois (PQ) government.
May 10, 2013 - CBC News
Four police officers caught on video kicking and punching a robbery suspect who appeared to be surrendering are now facing criminal charges...The officers, from Trois-Rivières, Que. were suspended with pay after the video of the arrest was made public.
April 6, 2013 - Coop Média de Montréal
Removing Anarchopanda’s head may make him less cute and cuddly, but it will not dissuade the people that love him from fighting for free education and social justice...Even more than recent mass arrests of harmless protestors and bystanders, the hasty amputation was a clumsy move on the part of the SPVM [Montreal police].
March 25, 2013 - Coop Média de Montréal
According to Dr. Alexander Nataros, the McGill Faculty of Medicine has launched personal attacks against him that have “sent chills to the depths of the McGill system”...A hierarchical professional culture at McGill affiliated hospitals in which senior doctors are viewed as intimidating and unassailable is putting patients lives at risk, said Dr. Nataros, a junior doctor at Saint Mary’s hospital.
By Ethan Cox - March 23, 2013
For the first time in my life I am afraid of what can happen to me, and to my friends and neighbors and strangers, if we exercise inalienable rights that we cannot, must not, forfeit. This is not hyperbole, it is fact, and the fact is that the world looks a great deal darker today...How else to process the preventative arrest of 294 law abiding citizens for the sole crime of attempting to express their political views in a constitutionally guaranteed fashion?
This video -- with commentary in French -- captures several minutes of footage of Montreal police charging protest lines.
Dec 21, 2012 - CBC News
Thousands of residents in Montreal's west end have signed an on-line petition, protesting against Canada Post's firing of a mail carrier — for being "too nice" to his customers...Many of [Sylvain] Carbonneau's former customers speak highly of their longtime carrier for his generosity and personal touch, describing him as one of the most caring people they've ever met.
By Richard Fidler - November 5, 2012
Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was convicted November 1 of contempt of court for publicly criticizing a court injunction issued during last spring's student strike. The injunction ordered the strikers to allow dissident students who opposed the strike to attend classes...Nadeau-Dubois will be sentenced on November 9. He faces a fine of up to $50,000 and possible imprisonment for up to a year.
Montreal health workers and migrant justice activists disrupt Conservative Minister Maxime Bernier in Montreal.
October 30, 2012 - Coop Média de Montréal
Montreal police are coming under increasing criticism for their use of lethal force. Over the past two years, three people have been shot to death during what could have been routine police interventions.
By Keith Jones - 1 September 2012
The Parti Québécois...has placed the so-called identity issue at the center of its campaign for next Tuesday’s Quebec election...In the name of defending Quebec values and the French language, the PQ has pledged to enact a series of anti-democratic measures. These include a Quebec citizenship law that would strip newcomers to the province deemed not proficient in French of certain basic political rights and a “secular charter” that has been expressly designed to target symbols of minority faiths, while exempting Roman Catholic ones.
By Keith Jones - WSWS
Quebec’s entire political establishment, including the trade union bureaucracy, is united in seeking to suppress the six month-long Quebec student strike...In recent days, the corporate media has expressed alarm over the fact that there appears to be a sizable section of students who...want to continue the strike when the government-“suspended” winter term resumes later this month.
By Nadim Fetaih - August 06, 2012
With the growing income gap, slowing economy, and our central bank finally admitting to the increasingly likely possibility...of a double-dip recession, the students are here to show Canadians something they have forgotten: that freedom is fought for. It seems a small lesson to learn, but as conditions worsen and apathy grows, Canadians need a reminder. There is no better reminder than one coming from the very spine of society, the young protesters and activists who see a darkening world ahead.
"We Refuse to Cooperate" Campaign -- Call to Action: Upload Photo to Denounce Cuts to Refugee Health Care
Under the theme "We refuse to cooperate", the Health Justice Collective set up a "collective expression booth" in the Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood, in Montreal, on July 5. Dozens of people from the neighborhood, as well as physicians, nurses, psychologists, students and community activists took part in the action by being photographed holding a sign expressing their commitment to not comply with the IFHP cuts and their opposition to the refugee Exclusion Act.
June 21, 2012 - Linchpin
[CLC President] Ken Georgetti says the “radical elements” are not to be supported in order to facilitate an agreement. To him an agreement in itself is more important than a victory for the students and workers of Quebec. Again his message is clear, class peace at all costs. He says the students are tired and have been fighting a long time as a reason why they should not be supported. This is pathetic.