Montreal Simon: The Almost Fatal Year of 2017 and the Hope of 2018

It's hard to believe. The year 2017 is finally over, and we're still here. But although just about everyone I know seems to heaving a giant sight of relief, and declaring that 2017 was a REALLY bad year.I think some really good things happened during its brief reign.Even though it was the year when I was almost ...

Montreal Simon: The New Year and the Great Canadian Revolt

The little ferry had to struggle against a howling bitterly cold wind, as it headed for the lonely part of the island, for the last time this year.And the scene seemed to symbolize what the ghastly year of 2014 felt like to me.Because it was a struggle. Sometimes it was hard to tell whether we ...

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Horror of 2012

Golly. It's hard to believe that the horrible year of 2012 in Harperland is finally almost over.And that I'm still standing.  For if on this day in 2010 I wrote this:It was the worst of years. The year when the crazed tyrant Stephen Harper ripped a giant hole in the fabric of Canada, chewed on ...