Montreal Simon: The Horror of Syria and the Human Slaughterhouse

I must admit I didn't think that anything that happened in Syria could shock me more than it already has.The more than 400,000 dead, the countless wounded and traumatized, the sea of desperate refugees, the indifference of the world.But if Amnesty International is right about what has been happening at the Saydnaya military prison in Damascus, it ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Kudos to Trudeau for welcoming refugees.. now let’s do (a lot) more.

Lots of attention was paid to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting out how refugees were welcome in Canada – many interpreted this to be a subtle jab at the odious Muslim / Refugees ban President Donald Trump imposed by Executive Order (except the Muslim countries he has business dealings with – but that’s another story). ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and Justin Trudeau’s Long Honeymoon

Ever since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister, the Con media has been declaring that his political honeymoon is over.And in recent weeks with the confusion over electoral reform, and the controversial pipeline decision, that clamour has become almost deafening.With one story after the other declaring that his golden ride was finally over.But sadly for ...

Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn't be better, or more lovely Canada.But I can't forget what's ...

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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Good News For A Change

Perhaps I follow the ways of the world too closely, but lately I have been feeling a deep disenchantment with everything. Time to change the channel and feature a story that highlights not only the human capacity for resilience, but also a community’s capacity to embrace newcomers: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Some Good News For A Change

Perhaps I follow the ways of the world too closely, but lately I have been feeling a deep disenchantment with everything. Time to change the channel and feature a story that highlights not only the human capacity for resilience, but also a community’s capacity to embrace newcomers: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Is Michelle Rempel Slowly Losing Her Marbles?

For weeks Michelle Rempel has been keeping a fairly low profile, and staying out of trouble.But knowing Rempel, I knew that wouldn't last.And sure enough there she was yesterday, having a hissy fit in the Commons.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: Syrian Human Traffiking

    Wouldn’t it be nice if people, for once, didn’t decide to make money of the misery of others?  (I know, I know.  Capitalism would collapse the End Times would start, et cetera).  One news story that caught my eye was the tomfoolery going on with some Immigration Consultants and their business of getting Syrian ...

Scott's DiaTribes: March 18th Brantford Community Forum with MP Omar Alghabra

If you’re in or close to Brantford Ontario and want something to do tomorrow (Friday) evening, there’s an event going on there March 18th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Muslim Association of Brantford Community Centre (200 Greenwich St.). This event is a Syrian refugee community forum hosted by local sponsorship group the Community ...

Montreal Simon: The Syrian Refugees and the Miserable Michelle Rempel

Well the 25,000th Syrian refugee has arrived in Canada. I couldn't be happier or prouder.And I thought John McCallum was right to say that despite some delays in getting them all here, and problems finding them permanent housing, it is something to celebrate.  “Many countries … are making it more difficult for refugees to come in,” he ...

Montreal Simon: The Day the Harper Legacy Got Hit By a Double Whammy

Well what a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was worried that Justin Trudeau was being too nice to the Cons.And warned him it would get him nowhere.But today Justin and his government more than made up for that momentary lapse.By delivering two more crushing blows to Stephen Harper's foul legacy.Read more »

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Unique Canadian Story of Care, Innovation and Refugees

Melissa Campbell, founder of The Refugee Response Group, is a young Edmonton mother with a compassionate heart.  When she heard about the plight of Syrian refugees, she wanted to help ensure that any family seeking refuge in her community could enjoy the same comfort and safety that we sometimes take for granted here at home.  ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Well Of Humanity

Sometimes the world seems to be a cold and uncaring pace. But at other times, it proves itself to be anything but: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Demolishing of Harper’s Legacy

As you know I have been urging Justin Trudeau to demolish Stephen Harper's legacy as soon as possible.Bulldoze it into a smoking heap of rubble.And because patience is not one of my many virtues, he could never do that fast enough to satisfy me.But I have to say, that in that regard, yesterday was a very ...

Montreal Simon: Why Michelle Rempel Should Be Fired Immediately

The other day I wrote about how shocked I was to see that Michelle Rempel hadn't said a word, or tweeted a single solitary line, about that horrifying pepper spray attack on a group of Syrian refugees in Vancouver.And that even though she is the Con's new shadow minister of immigration and REFUGEES, she hadn't condemned ...

Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2016 8:11 AM PT   I can remember the same thing happening re the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Meeting Evil

In my days as a teacher, despite the fact that most of the students I taught were good kids, almost each semester would present me with one or two who, as a former colleague of mine once said, were ‘difficult to serve clients.’ These were the ones who could be disruptive and confrontational. And these ...

Montreal Simon: The Cowardly Attack on Refugees and the Silence of the Cons

I'm glad that police in Vancouver are calling it a truly disturbing hate crime. Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer is calling a pepper spray attack outside a welcome event for Syrian refugees a very troubling hate crime and asked the perpetrator to turn himself in.I'm glad that Justin Trudeau is saying it's not who we are. ...

Montreal Simon: The Bigot Cons and the Cowardly Assault On Our Refugees

There couldn't be a more brutish act, or one more disgusting or more cowardly.Than attacking a group of refugees seeking shelter in Canada. Men, women, and children.On their welcome night.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Mandy Patinkin’s Impassioned Defence of Refugees

Even though he co-stars in a show, Homeland, that presents a quite bifurcated view of the world, (and even though it does, I love its suspense and its flawed characters), a recent television appearance by Mandy Patinkin saw him offering an impassioned plea for constructive rather than destructive actions in the Middle East. It is ...

Politics and its Discontents: The True Voice Of Canada

As we well know after enduring almost 10 years of darkness, sometimes the loudest and ugliest voices are the ones that command the most attention, thereby skewering our perceptions of reality. If the Harper government had been the true voice of Canada, we would have had to resign ourselves to being an intolerant, suspicious, mean-spirited ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Time To Bask

After so many years spent in darkness, Canadians can, perhaps, be forgiven for feeling exuberantly good about themselves once again and letting the world know it. And, according to Martin Regg Cohn, there is more to what is happening than narcissistic indulgence. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged to jet-lagged refugees early Friday morning, “We ...

Politics and its Discontents: "It Is Good To Help Everyone In Need"

So says a Calgary homeless person in answer to those expressing outrage over the assistance being given to the Syrian refugees. Looks like the extreme right-wing will have to find another target for its hateful abuse. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Why It’s Suddenly Cool To Be A Canadian Again

It's hard to believe, but it looks as if we can safely sew those little Canadian flags on the back of our backpacks again.After having to remove them during the Harper years.And travel around the world dressed like this… Because thanks to Justin Trudeau, and the way he welcomed the Syrian refugees in our name.We're ...