Montreal Simon: The Boy On the Beach and the Death of the Con Regime

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since since the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. For it seems so much longer.But although the passage of time has dulled the impact of that horrible tragedy.What we must never forget is how that poor little toddler awakened the conscience ...

Montreal Simon: Learning How to Live in the New and Harperless Canada

It's a strange feeling. I want to celebrate the end of Stephen Harper's ghastly Con regime. I want to think that the monster has disappeared into his own darkness.But I still can't quite believe it. And what with the state of the world, and the sound of the Cons grinding their teeth like cicadas, and violence and ...

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Degradation of the Con Monster Chris Alexander

He has been keeping a low profile after voters in his riding gave him the boot, for having among other things poisoned our body politic, with his callous approach to the Syrian refugee crisis, his divisive, bigoted rhetoric.And his ghastly Barbaric Cultural Practices campaign complete with a snitch line, which shamed us in the eyes of ...

wRanter.com: Cultural and religious issues dominate as election day nears

Thank God for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I say that not because trade is an inherently Jewish issue, nor because I know for certain the recently negotiated deal will be good for Canada, especially since its details have yet to be released. Irrespective of its long-term effects, the TPP might be our only hope to ...

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Has Blood On His Hands

He insisted that he had done all he could to help those desperate Syrian refugees.He tearfully claimed that he was torn up by the death of poor little Alan Kurdi.But now it turns out that months before that tragedy he personally intervened to deny help to the most vulnerable refugees. Read more »

wRanter.com: Refugees: a Jewish issue comes to the fore

A quintessentially Jewish issue has dominated the news and become a prominent election issue ever since the picture of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying dead in the Mediterranean surf generated headlines worldwide earlier this month. For many, the painful image has crystallized the ongoing question of what the world ought to be doing about the human ...

Montreal Simon: Why Chris Alexander Should Resign Immediately

After keeping a low profile for a few days, and no doubt trying to forget the ghastly image of that poor little boy on the beach, he's out there again.Cheerfully tweeting away… And giving us a big thumbs up.But in his private moments Chris Alexander must be haunted by the ghost of Alan Kurdi.Because it turns out ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Poll Assesses Harper’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Nelilfu Demir’s photograph of the body of three year old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach has taken its place among other iconic photographs that, in the words of Ryerson prof Paul Roth, have the power to concentrate the mind. Canadians are concentrating their minds on one question: is Harper’s government doing enough ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 34: One little boy changes everything.

The Syrian refugee crisis has convulsed Europe for weeks now, while making only the tiniest dent in the North American conscience. But that all changed this weeks thanks to one little boy, and one gut-wrenching photograph. All this year, thousands of desperate Syrian refugees have been pouring into Europe in numbers far too numerous for ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 34: One little boy changes everything.

The Syrian refugee crisis has convulsed Europe for weeks now, while making only the tiniest dent in the North American conscience. But that all changed this weeks thanks to one little boy, and one gut-wrenching photograph. All this year, thousands of desperate Syrian refugees have been pouring into Europe in numbers far too numerous for ...