Articles/rsshttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/Canadian oil needs to decouple from the American markethttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1484http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1484U.S. President Barack Obama's appearance on The Colbert Report this week confirmed that he has no qualms about leaving Canada in the lurch in current global energy glut.In the interview, Colbert observed that the Republican-controlled Congress would approve the Keystone pipeline, that polls show the American people favouring it, that the State Department review concluded any pollution would not be significant, and that it would create jobs for the U.S.workforce. In response to this "grilling", Obama repeated his long-stated misgivings about the project.Robert M. CutlerSun, 14 Dec 2014 17:54:00 -0500Boycott this!http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1483http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1483So, Concordia’s students have voted in favor of supporting an academic and investment boycott against Israel. The so-called BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement.  ”So what?” you might say. Isn’t this the annual hypocritical regurgitation of the so-called “progressives?” Yes it is. And as always, it requires a response.A response not because those involved don’t realize their own complicity in lies, but for those who are not so politically involved and may actually think there is legitimacy to this act. A response not to rewrite history, but to remind those involved that the demonization of the Jews is not new and is aligned with the darkest forces of human history. Beryl WajsmanSun, 14 Dec 2014 17:46:00 -0500The Concordia BDS experience When does anti-Zionism become anti-Semitism?http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1482http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1482At the beginning of the semester a controversial anti-Israel referendum question was brought forward by the Concordia Student Union. As a result of the election, myself and numerous other anti-BDS Concordia undergraduate students, have been subjected to harassment, defamation, and public humiliation. In the short time period of the campaign, it was made evident that the initial purpose of the Israel boycott was an excuse for anti-Semitism.Prior to the BDS campaign, the hostility between students was at an all time high. Opposition increased when CEO Andre-Marcel Baril formulated a question regarding the newly formed campaign. “Do you approve of the CSU supporting the Boycott, Jonathan MamaneSun, 14 Dec 2014 17:42:00 -0500Jean Béliveau: The greatness of grace and grithttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1479http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1479How many words are always written when greatness passes. Yet they are all necessary, as much for the living to continue, as to honor the departed. Because it becomes personal. And as much as any man, Jean Béliveau was personal to all of us.The memories flood back of watching his fluidity and grace as young children sitting next to our parents. Following his career of greatness that was nearly unparalleled, his achievements were almost markers of our lives. For almost two decades, Hockey Night in Canada was Hockey Night with Béliveau as much as anything else.Beryl WajsmanWed, 10 Dec 2014 10:41:00 -0500Right in our own backyardshttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1481http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1481At the time of the terrorist murders of WO Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, we used this space to remind readers of the need for vigilance on the enemy within. That it was not sufficient just to commemorate the service and sacrifice of others. That all of us in our daily lives must be on guard against extremists hiding behind seemingly normal facades.Among the reasons I wrote that editorial then was because I had actually been asked by someone, "is there really a threat from these groups in our own backyard?" And I was asked this exactly one day before the Vincent murder. Well there was a threat then, and there is now. Right in our own backyards.Beryl WajsmanMon, 08 Dec 2014 10:14:00 -0500Coercive rule and regulation killing Montreal businesshttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1480http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1480Montreal’s problems reflected in Massimo Lecas’ view from Buonanotte’s head table As a founding partner in Buonanotte on St. Laurent, one of Montreal’s best-known restaurants, Massimo Lecas is passionate about his business and his city.  In conversation this week covering the challenges he faces as a restaurateur and his frustrations with Montreal’s dysfunctional layers of governance, his plight is emblematic of what ails Montreal’s retail, food and entertainment industries.Robert PresserMon, 08 Dec 2014 10:11:00 -0500God Brings the House Down.http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1478http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1478At first glance, The  Book  of  Mormon  which arrived at Place des Arts last week thanks to Evenko promotions  is a send-up of a home grown, American made religion.  But it is more than that.  It is a refreshingly  irreverent Broadway musical inspired by the gospel of South Park and at the same time it is also  a subliminal meditation on faith and the  awareness of the life of any lived  religion.  Behind the laughter it provokes is the nagging question:, what is faith and why do the faithful of any religion  believe what they believe? The show addresses the hypocrisy of religious fundamentalism and lampoons the ability of people to cherry pick their beliefs. It is offensive as you might suspect.Alan HustakSat, 06 Dec 2014 14:10:00 -0500Arrogant authorityhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1477http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1477Two stories in the past week brought to light once again the problem of the arrogance of security authority. They are not strictly the types of stories that I have commented upon in the past. Those concerned mistreatment of visible minorities  and the compromise of the basic tenets of due process and the rule of law. No, these stories - in certain aspects - could be termed almost routine, yet they still manifest the maladies that threaten our liberties and our lives. Worse yet, they hinder our progress to be truly just.Beryl WajsmanThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:20:00 -0500Abbas playing with fire on Temple Mounthttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1476http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1476After relative calm for the last 10 years, terror has returned to the streets of Jerusalem.  Palestinians have driven cars into women, children and newborns waiting for the train, and this week terrorists stormed into a Synagogue in a part of Jerusalem which is uncontestably part of Israel by every international standard, and murdered in cold blood four unarmed civilians in the midst of their early morning prayers.  Israeli`s, who have been lulled into a false sense of security from years of calm now return to extreme vigilance and caution in their daily lives.  As Israel wipes the blood off the ground they are left to ponder how the tension in Jerusalem has suddenly reached a fever pitch.  It has nothing to do with Palestinian`s quality of life, employment, access to education or freedom of movement, it has everything to do with the access to the Temple Mount.Jordan TurnerThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:18:00 -0500The Robillard Report: Courageous common sensehttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1475http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1475Lucienne Robillard's report on cutting government spending and waste is the kind of courageous common sense that comes too rarely yet is so needed. Aside from the specifics, the importance of her work is that it highlights where the Quebec statist model can be cut without affecting the social security programs that we have all paid for during our working lives and which monies were supposed to be treated in trust. Indeed, it demonstrates that dramatic cuts are necessary if we are to keep our social contract viable and our credit worthiness stable.Beryl WajsmanThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:15:00 -0500Remembrance and Warhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1474http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1474Washington,DC - There is a special mythos to ending a war on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” that has clung to societal memories.Some years it has been a grind-through-it event, when we were deeply engaged in other wars.  One doubts that in the midst of World War II there was much attention paid to “Armistice Day” when the Great War had proved only a precursor to another greater one.And during my boyhood, U.S. citizens were still celebrating “V-E” and “V-J” day proclaiming the victories in Europe and against Japan. “Armistice” Day had not yet morphed into “Veterans” Day.David T. JonesThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:13:00 -0500JFK: Why he matters still…http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1473http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1473Today is the fifty-first anniversary of the funeral of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Just over a half-century after his assassination, his hold on our imagination does not wane. It is important to reflect on the reasons why.We live in a petty era colored by false pieties, moral relativism and obsequious pandering to the lowest common denominator. JFK matters to us still because he made courage tenable. Courage to be just. Courage to be compassionate. Courage to be dreamers. And he challenged all our resolves to make it so.Beryl WajsmanThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:09:00 -0500L’Iran se moque des Occidentauxhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1472http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1472La prolongation des discussions avec l’Iran est sans doute préférable à un échec cuisant des pourparlers ou à la signature d’un mauvais accord. Cependant, tant qu’il n’y aura pas de traité crédible et définitif les occidentaux ne peuvent se réjouir et devraient au contraire être plus vigilants et intransigeants. Il faut reconnaître que dans la récente bataille diplomatique sur la suspension des sanctions et l’avenir du projet nucléaire, les Ayatollahs ont brouillé les cartes et dicté l’ordre du jour. Ils sourient ironiquement, enchantés de marquer des points. Ils peuvent enfin se frotter les mains avec satisfaction. Ils prouvent aux Occidentaux que dans le bazar oriental ils demeurent orfèvres en la matière.Amb. Freddy EytanThu, 27 Nov 2014 04:07:00 -0500La terreur islamiste à Jérusalemhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1471http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1471Le dernier massacre contre les fidèles de la synagogue Kéhilat Yaacov à Jérusalem s’inscrit dans une série d’attentats sanglants qui ont débuté depuis plusieurs années. Quatre rabbins ont été tués avec leurs châles et livres de prières, assassinés au couteau et à la hache comme du bétail. Des images horribles qui rappellent des souvenirs lointains ceux des pogroms en Europe. Les condamnations unanimes à travers le monde sont réconfortantes mais ne peuvent en aucun cas entendues seulement après chaque attentat meurtrier. La communauté internationale devrait prendre des mesures préventives, être plus énergique face au fléau du terrorisme et elle doit le combattre sans pitié et sans distinction. Nous devons tous dénoncer le terrorisme islamique qui déferle à travers tous les continents.   Amb. Freddy EytanWed, 19 Nov 2014 09:43:00 -0500Zombie shoptalk: Margaret Atwood on the undead and why she loves Twitterhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1470http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1470Margaret Atwood knows how to work a room- so long as the room is in darkness and the spotlight is on her. That's just what she did at a recent reading in Hudson, leaving the audience enthralled with her performance of the first few paragraphs from one of her short stories. Atwood recently appeared at Greenwood's StoryFest, a literary festival celebrating Canadian authours. The grand dame of Canadian literature was a major score for the Greenwood folk, who have also welcomed Michael Ondaatje, Romeo Dallaire and Atwood's husband Graeme Gibson. Stephanie AzranTue, 18 Nov 2014 08:58:00 -0500Memo to Premier Couillard: We elected you to stop this!http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1469http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1469We yearn for investors from outside Quebec to invest here. We know that foreign investment is critical to job creation and to increased bank credits for small business. So forgive our astonishment at last week's news that the websites of international retailers Williams-Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, and Club Monaco had been blocked in Quebec because...you guessed..they didn't comply with the language laws! After the Marois legacy of Pastagate and all the other little "gates" we expected this government to stop the madness and reign in the OQLF. Apparently it needs another memo.Beryl WajsmanTue, 18 Nov 2014 08:55:00 -0500'Ich bin immer noch ein Berliner'http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1468http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1468For the generation that has grown to adulthood in the 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell, it must be hard to fathom how profoundly the world changed on Nov. 9, 1989.We stared in wonderment at the television images of young Berliners from both East and West standing and singing arm-in-arm atop the divide that had defined the world we had grown up in.“Wir sind das Volk,” read their banners. We are the people.It was completely unexpected.Until that day, many Western political pundits told us that the authoritarian Soviet Union would be around for another century. They asserted that we ought to find a way to accommodate the now defunct superpower. Unilateral disarmament by the West was mooted as a panacea.Robert FrankThu, 13 Nov 2014 12:37:00 -0500The Unforgotten Warhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1467http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1467As we approached the 100th anniversary of the First World War, there was a conscientious effort among governments and academics to revisit the causes of that war and reflect on the lessons of its aftermath.  Unlike the Second World War, there are no more witnesses alive to recount their recollections, no longer do veterans of the Great War march in Remembrance Day processions.  One hundred years on, history is making a U-turn to explore the echo of WWI, the unforgotten war.I call it the unforgotten war because for at least a half-century its memory was suppressed by the shadow of WWII.  How did that come to pass? Robert PresserThu, 13 Nov 2014 12:33:00 -0500Trudeau's suspension of MPs shows lack of judgementhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1466http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1466Last week, Canadian Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced the suspension of two Liberal Members of Parliament (MP), Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti, of his party caucus over allegations of harassment made by two other MP’s from the opposing New Democratic Party (NDP).  The accusations of harassment were made in a private conversation with Justin Trudeau and were not meant to go public.  NDP party whip Turmel was aware of the accusations of misconduct and the alleged victims clearly stated that they did not wish to file formal complaints as they did not want to destroy the political careers of the liberal MP’s being accused of harassment.   However, Trudeau in yet another example of his complete lack of judgement publicized the harassment allegations and suspended his MP’s prior to any investigations.Jordan TurnerTue, 11 Nov 2014 12:55:00 -0500A Lost Boy In Winnipeghttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1465http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1465Social Studies,  Tricia Cooper’s intriguing  play at the Centaur until  Nov. 30.  is an  ultimately sad and fragmented socio-political comedy about a young Sudanese boy who has been transplanted from war torn Africa to a comfortable suburban Winnipeg neighbourhood.  Most of the laughs in the play, however,  derive  from  cultural misunderstandings rather than genuine comic dialogue.  The evening opens with a self-centered  character, Jackie, (Eleanor Noble) running back home  to  her  mother  after a failed marriage, only to be told by her younger sister, Sarah  (Emily Tognet)  that her old room is taken.Alan HustakSun, 09 Nov 2014 15:14:00 -0500Bingo! Les Belles Soeurs wins as a musical.http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1464http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1464It was St. Therese of Avila who said  that  more tears are shed over answered prayers than there are over unanswered ones.  That’s pretty much the point behind  Michel Tremblay’s classic play Les Belles Soeurs, The play focuses on  Quebec  housewife, Germaine Lauzon  who wins a million trading stamps then invites  her  friends and neighbours  over  to share her good fortune with devastating consequences.Tremblay has seen his play done so many times and so many ways he appears to have distanced himself from the work. But he was around for the opening at the Segal Centre of the English language premiere of the musical based on the original.Alan HustakThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:11:00 -0400"One language, one culture?" M. Fournier, an explanation is owed.http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1463http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1463"The Quebec of the future is already visible. A nation within a federation. With one language, one culture, civil law, and distinct social values."With those words, the Couillard government's Minister for Intergovernmental affairs and the MNA for St.Laurent - one of Quebec's most multilingual and multicultural ridings. - Jean-Marc Fournier reopened a debate we all thought was closed with the election of a Liberal government. "One language, one culture." Really? M. Fournier, you owe voters an explanation.Beryl WajsmanThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:27:00 -0400Liberty demands responsibility Time to stop excusing the enemies within.http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1462http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1462"Liberty demands responsibility. That's why so many dread it." George Bernard Shaw wrote those words at a time when the rising tide of fascism was a clear menace, yet so many in western nations felt compelled to excuse and appease. It was they - free citizens - who were afraid of the responsibility that comes with freedom.I share these words today, because if there is one living testament that can be made to the ultimate sacrifices of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent  and Corporal Nathan Cirillo it is that we - their fellow Canadians whom they served and protected - must understand that it is our responsibility to fight back in civil society against the purveyors and perpetrators of this era's theocratic fascism. Beryl WajsmanThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400What Are You Doing Sunday?http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1461http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1461You’ve read the headlines. Here, in other papers, saw TV reports and heard it on the radio.You get it; the game is stacked against English participation in school board elections. Unless you have a kid in English school, you should never have assumed you have the right to vote for English boards, because for years the English boards have been double-teamed: Names summarily yanked off English rolls by an electoral system designed to minimize the Anglo franchise, while language laws choke off enrolment.Nice talk of collaboration, lobbying and consultations has not amounted to a hill of beans over the years. That’s not my opinion:Joel CeausuThu, 30 Oct 2014 11:21:00 -0400Twisted Two Hander: Venus In Fur Is Terrifichttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1460http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1460Venus in Fur, the emotionally sordid, sadomasochistic romp at the Centaur until Nov 9 is not only harrowingly funny, but it  keeps us on our toes.  The subject is sexual tension - sexual confusion and erotic role playing -  it delves into the darkest recesses of sexual fulfillment. It helps to know that the play by David Ives  is based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1869  novel of the same name. (He lent his name to the term masochism).It’s a wholly theatrical play, a two hander which explores fetishes and fantasies and depends on raunchy actorly artifice.Alan HustakSun, 19 Oct 2014 15:16:00 -0400Corinne Kernan Sevigny 1924-2014http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1459http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1459Corinne Sevigny, who died Friday, at the age of 90, was an indomitable character who was connected to pedigreed political families in both Canada and the United States. Her paternal grandfather, Francis Kernan was the first Roman Catholic to be elected to the United States Senate.  Her maternal grandfather, Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, was a former Quebec lieutenant governor and one of Louis Riel`s defence lawyers.  Raised in an atmosphere of privilege, she was a no-nonsense, powerhouse of a woman, who in the words of one friend, “is now in heaven, undoubtedly telling the angels what to do and how to do it.”Alan HustakSat, 04 Oct 2014 13:48:00 -0400Want to stop ISIL? Kill the money trail!http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1458http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1458A remarkable event occurred during the week of September 22nd 2014 – the US and Arab-nation coalition against ISIL attacked the Islamic fundamentalist group’s oil assets in northern Iraq and southern Syria.  Long considered off-limits under the hopes that legitimate governments would reassert control over these locations, this is the first overt attempt at cutting off the flow of profits from low-priced ($30 per barrel) oil sales used to finance the nascent caliphate’s terrorist activities.  This overt undertaking is a tacit admission that neither a legitimate Iraqi nor a non-Assad Syrian coalition are likely to re-take these assets in the short or medium-term, so preserving their integrity is to be sacrificed for the greater goal of crippling ISIL’s finances.  While this is just a first step, it represents a critical tactical change in the War on Terror, now in its second decade.Robert PresserMon, 29 Sep 2014 00:10:00 -0400Taxes And Dual Citizenshiphttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1457http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1457Washington, DC - Everybody despises taxes.  The standard lament is “Nothing is inevitable but death and taxes.”  At best taxpayers put a good face on the process, accepting that taxes are a necessary element of civilization.  At a minimum, virtually all agree that we require taxes for security from foreign invasion and to protect against home invasion.  On a national and local level, security is an accepted use of taxes.Other than security, however, there is endless argument regarding whether a service or benefit (education, health, postal delivery, water purification, disease eradication, transportation, infrastructure) should be paid by government taxes or private funding.David T. JonesSun, 14 Sep 2014 13:12:00 -0400The Absurdity of the United Nations Human Rights Councilhttp://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1456http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1456As the dust settles in the current round of fighting between Israel and Hamas following the latest cease-fire, Israel prepares for a new battle on the legal and diplomatic front.  It has now become a unique custom that all of Israel’s wars and operations be subject to international investigation and review by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). It was no surprise that on July 23rd, 2014 the HRC passed a resolution sponsored by some of the worst human rights violators, to form an inquiry into Israel’s conduct in its latest war with Hamas.Jordan TurnerSun, 14 Sep 2014 13:08:00 -0400Graduate with a Hard Edge.http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1455http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/1455As Mrs. Robinson,   the predatory cougar in the Segal Centre’s coarse,  hard-edged and erratic  stage adaptation of The Graduate running  until Sept. 21, Brigitte Robinson  glows like tip of her smoldering,   ever- present cigarette. The  overall  production of  the 1967 cinema classic,  however,  has lost something in the transformation from the screen to the stage.  The play has all of the substance and none of the charm of the original.   It  gets  off to a promising start as Mrs. Robinson  seduces Benjamin Braddock, the 20-year old  misfit hero  (Luke Humphrey.) within the first ten minutes.  Alan HustakWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:46:00 -0400