Violence is climate inaction. Young kids yelling at people in power who have failed to deliver on one of the biggest challenges our world currently faces isn’t even a lack of decorum. It’s literally democracy at work.
“There are millions of francophones around the world who would love to move here. If politicians truly had Quebec’s best interests at heart regarding the French language and culture, they would encourage that. Instead, they’re trying to limit immigration and portray it as dangerous — to the detriment of our economy and social cohesion.”
“Anti-immigrant rhetoric is always based on the same fears, the same xenophobia, the same protectionism, the same efforts to limit the ‘other’ from diluting or altering the ‘us.’ Everywhere around the world, this discourse — and its destructive consequences — remains the same. The politicians win, the people lose.”
“While some like to paint a bleak picture of the French language’s vitality, Montreal continues to march to the beat of its own — often bilingual — drum, adding more layers to Quebec’s predominantly francophone culture.”
“The study confirms what many of us feared: Bill 21 has worsened perceptions of religious minorities while making those minorities feel marginalized in their own home.”
“There’s a humanity and resilience there that I can’t describe without sounding naïve, and that spirit often defies logic. This is a place where people celebrate life with zeal and verve, as if they know it could all be wiped out tomorrow. Because it can.”
Recent coverup revelations and assault allegations have revealed the sheer number of abuse-apologists and victim-shamers on social and tabloid media.
So-called freedom of expression advocates are in a tizzy after a CRTC ruling criticized the use of the N-word by Radio-Canada in relation to a well-known Quebec book from the 1960s, despite its author’s eventual denunciation of what he once stood for.
Montreal’s audacious new installation is stirring up the same criticisms that have always been lobbed at public art, from the Eiffel Tower to the Bean to Nuns’ Island’s infamous roundabout sculptures, closer to home.
Quebec musicians who sing in other languages don’t often get the support that francophone artists do, raising the question of who’s allowed to belong in this province.