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Anti-austerity marches take over Quebec streets

Photo : Raynald Leblanc

All photos used with permission from Confédération des syndicats nationaux.

Thousands of people stormed the streets in Montreal and Quebec City this past weekend to protest against austerity measures proposed by the Quebec national government.

The march was organized by Collectif refusons l'austérité, a group that includes several union and student movements such as L'ASSÉ and Centrale des syndicats du Quebec.

Around 100,000 Montreal protesters descended on the downtown streets, making their way to Place des Festivals from René-Levesque Boulevard.

The anti-austerity movement inspired its own hashtag on Twitter: #manif29nov.

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Quirky? No way! Montreal is bordering on bizarre

Sweet Affliction

by Anna Leventhal
(Invisible Publishing,
2014;
$19.95)

Anna Leventhal, one of Montreal's quietly beloved literary personalities, has released a new book of short stories that pull the rug from under modern life, leaving it exposed and uncomfortable, yet strangely familiar. Montreal readers especially will recognize themselves in at least one of the local cast of characters, represented by Leventhal in a shockingly wide range of narrative voices, from teenage lesbian, to veteran squatter, to brain tumour patient and beyond.

The stories that make up Sweet Affliction are technically fiction -- some even border on bizarre -- but they tend to possess that authentic quality that confirms their previous existence in the archives of lived experience.

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| June 8, 2014
| June 7, 2014

Struggling for citizen control of community TV in Montreal

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A a not-for-profit organization is proposing to the CRTC that it, instead of Videotron, should manage community TV in Montreal. Videotron is one of Canada's four big cable and telecommunications companies. The Steering Committee for an Independent Community TV Channel (ICTV) for Montreal says that Videotron’s existing MAtv-branded 'community channel' fails to meet the conditions of its CRTC licence to "reflect the official languages, ethnic and Aboriginal composition of the community."  The group’s complaint also argues that MAtv airs no programs made by the general public, and offers virtually no training in media production skills to the public.

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Photo credit Art by Angela Sterritt, design by Maya Rolbin -Ghanie
| February 12, 2014
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