Highlights / Valerie Plante


Coalition group outlines plan to cut Montreal police budget

A coalition of over 20 community groups in Montreal have released an outline of 10 demands to slice the budget of Montreal’s police force in half and reinvest that money into community programs, during a news conference yesterday. The Defund »


Montreal moving towards mandating wears in enclosed public spaces

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is looking to implement a bylaw that will make masks and face coverings mandatory in public enclosed spaces starting on July 27, according to a post she made on social media. “Over the past few days, »

Indigenous, Society

Quebec’s premier announces plan to target racism

Quebec Premier Premier François Legault says he is setting up a group to look at ways to target racism in Quebec–despite his much-repeated view that there is no systemic racism in the province. His announcement came Monday, just hours after »

Politics, Society

Montreal mayor commits to action after damning report on racism

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she is ready to act on a report released Monday that says the city has turned a “blind eye” to systemic racism and discrimination in police and city administration. “I want you to know that »


Canadian, Quebec governments inject $50 million to support Montreal businesses

The Canadian and Quebec governments pledged $50 million to support Montreal businesses that have been struggling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from the city’s Mayor Valerie Plante Monday morning. The Canadian government will provide up to $30 »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Ontario and Quebec continue to seek a way out of their COVID-19 crises

Ontario and Quebec — where the vast majority of the over 7,000 people in Canada who have died from COVID-19 have come to rest — continue to try to find ways to do battle with the virus. On Tuesday, Ontario »


Famed Montreal calèches making their final tours

Last call is coming up. A long-running tradition–touring Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage–ends at midnight tonight when a ban on the carriages–also known as calèches–takes effect. The ban on the carriages, which have been around since the 18th »


And now for something completely different with Sunday brunch

The good news for all concerned was the whole thing took place early on a Sunday afternoon–not late on a Saturday night. Think about it. You’re enjoying your coffee in a semi-trendy section of Montreal, you stare out into the »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Statue of historic B.C. justice is removed

Another statue of a now-controversial historical figure has been removed from a public square in British Columbia. As members from local First Nations cheered, a monument to B.C.’s first chief justice, Matthew Begbie, was removed from the New Westminster provincial »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Councillor who delivered racist remarks cast from her caucus

A local councillor in Montreal’s Anjou borough has been expelled from her party’s caucus following remarks she made about being treated by a doctor wearing a Hijab. “A veiled woman…grrrrr…if it hadn’t been an emergency I would have refused to »