Montreal Simon: The Emergency Debate and the Children of Attawapiskat

I watched the emergency debate in the Commons on the crisis in Attawapiskat, and I heard some fine speeches. Especially the one from Charlie Angus.  No one can understand "how a country as rich as Canada can leave so many young children and young people behind," said Charlie Angus, whose sprawling northern Ontario riding includes ...

Montreal Simon: Obama, Trayvon Martin, and the Legacies of Pain

  It may not go down in history as one of his greatest speeches.There were no soaring flights of rhetoric, he hardly raised his head as he delivered it.But I thought Barack Obama's reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict was one of the finest moments of his Presidency.For this needed to be said:Read more »

Montreal Simon: My Thank You Letter to Chief Spence

Dear Chief SpenceI was so happy to hear that you will be ending your long hunger strike.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has decided to end her six-week-long hunger strike after members of the Assembly of First Nations and the Liberal and New Democrat caucuses agreed to back a list of commitments supporting aboriginal issues.For you have endured ...

Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Great Confusion

Well I think it's safe to say that it was quite a day in my home and native's land eh?As if the great Ojibwa Mishipeshu of Lake Superior was thrashing its tail around and causing a great confusion. Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't be at a meeting Friday between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister ...

Montreal Simon: Idle No More and the Bigot Voices

As Chief Theresa Spence enters the 16th day of her hunger strike, with Stephen Harper still refusing to meet her, I see his inaction is causing some old Canadian demons to take flight.Flying out of their internet caves like bats, and emitting bigot sounds.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Idle No More: The Sounds of Resistance

It was a wonderful sound. A glorious sound that made my spirit soar like a bird. The sounds of native drums beating all over North America. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Pat Martin and the Rat Faced Cons

Golly. I have no idea why Pat Martin called the Cons rat faced whores.Martin launched into a Twitter tirade for the ages Wednesday night, calling the Conservative Party “rat faced whores” and attacking Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ personal life to express his displeasure over not being invited to an announcement for a local infrastructure ...