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    An Evening with Notre Montreal: Dan Delmar, Jessica Salomon, Anne-France Goldwater

An Evening with Notre Montreal: Dan Delmar, Jessica Salomon, Anne-France Goldwater

Meet up with Dan Delmar, Anne-France Goldwater, and Jess Salomon and Share Ideas on How to Make Montreal Better
We’ve got some fantastic news to warm up your February. Notre Montréal is hosting its very first pub night and is inviting Montrealers of all political persuasions to come out and join us.

The Notre Montréal pub night will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at Ye Olde Orchard pub on 1189 De la Montagne. We will be having an informal discussion featuring broadcaster and political commentator Dan Delmar, attorney Anne-France Goldwater, and local comedian Jess Salomon for a brighter, lighter take on what ails Montreal. Moderating the discussion will be Yaffa Tegegne, Executive Director of Canadian Rights in Quebec (CRITIQ). Find out how the Notre Montreal initiative offers a positive solution.

We’ve all been witness to the demise of Montreal’s economy, infrastructure and cultural development over the past 50 years. Let’s change the conversation from conflicts over language and proposed legislation like the Charter of Values. With political pundits sensing a snap election in the weeks ahead, this is the perfect time to discuss what a special status could mean for our city, and we invite you to participate in this discussion.

The pub night will bring together members of the community to discuss the following themes:

Special status for the city of Montreal
How a special status could enhance Montreal and its lagging economy
How a special status for Montreal can help stem our brain drain problem

We encourage you to RSVP for this pub night event today! There are a couple of ways. Here’s how.

1. Go over to our Meetup page and become a member of the Notre Montréal Meetup group. There you can RSVP [...]

February 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

A Year Some Montrealers Would Like To Forget

The year 2013 has finally passed! We could not be happier considering the preposterous events that brought Quebec to the forefront of international attention for all the wrong reasons. Montreal (its community, culture and economy), has definitely seen better times. Not only have we yet to recover from a sluggish economy and a deep-seated culture of corruption in the construction industry, but our city’s reputation was tarnished due to lack of common sense from civil servants and proposed government legislation that go against the grain of the city’s identity.

There were more than enough unfortunate and embarrassing events that left Montrealers with a serious distaste for politics in 2013. While it would require more time and bandwidth to highlight all of them here, we decided to pick several that stood out as reasons why Montrealers never want to see or experience some of the year that was.

The Not-So-Mysterious Case of Pastagate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2013, upscale Italian restaurant Buonanotte made international headlines due to one angry, insecure patron and an overzealous inspector of the Office québécois de la langue française. The restaurant received a letter from the OQLF warning that use of words like “pasta” and “calamari” on its menu violated the language laws of Quebec. The nitpicking over the lack of French-equivalent words on the menu gave Montreal and the province much more attention than it needed. It drew international media attention from 14 countries.

The story certainly didn’t gain as much worldwide attention as the notorious Mayor Rob Ford; however, it was a stain on the reputation of the city of Montreal and a lesson in poor public relations for Quebec. Among the media channels showing us as a laughing stock to the world were the [...]

January 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Invitation from CRITIQ: Friday Town Hall Meeting

Dear CRITIQ member,

On Friday, October 25, from 7-9 pm., The Gazette and News Talk Radio CJAD 800 will host a Town Hall meeting with Montreal’s four mayoral candidates at Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (on the Loyola Campus – 7141 Sherbrooke Street West).

Doors open at 6:30. This event is free and open to the public. CRITIQ will be there and we invite all our members to join us as the candidates weigh-in on a variety of topics.

Keep an eye out for us. We’ll be handing out pins.

October 23rd, 2013|Blog, Newsletter|0 Comments|
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    Opinion: Special status for Montreal would benefit all of Quebec

Opinion: Special status for Montreal would benefit all of Quebec

MONTREAL – The IPSOS Marketing survey commissioned by our political lobby group, Canadian Rights in Quebec (CRITIQ), has finally given Montrealers an opportunity to focus on a positive, proactive solution to the ongoing political, economic and social deterioration that has affected our city for more than 35 years.

The poll confirms what we have already known, which is that Montreal is different and distinct from the rest of Quebec.

What is most compelling is that these views are shared by people in all regions of Quebec.

The IPSOS survey (goo.gl/9MN1Vd) was conducted over a two-week period this summer. There were three groups of respondents for a total of 1,250, divided by region: 50 per cent on the island of Montreal, 25 per cent elsewhere in the Greater Montreal area and 25 per cent in the rest of Quebec.

The findings can be summarized as follows:

1. Montreal deserves a special status within Quebec because it is a world-class, cosmopolitan city (74 per cent agree).

2. Montreal is different from the rest of Quebec (90 per cent).

3. To stop its decline, Montreal needs to take drastic steps to improve the way it does things (91 per cent).

Also of note is that there is demonstrable support for official bilingual status for Montreal, as well as a favourable view of multiculturalism as it pertains to Montreal.

Rather than complain about our current state of complacent acquiescence, we now have a positive plan that can be a win-win one, if explained properly. Quite simply, Montreal is the engine that drives Quebec and it is imperative that we put a stop to the hoarding of fuel that feeds that engine, and get Montreal firing on all cylinders.

Montreal needs more power. More power to attract [...]

September 25th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|