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Tuesday's Tidbits - January 16, 2007

Posted by Hannah / January 16, 2007

news1.jpg Not so long ago a little bit of tactical maneuvering by the Harper government led to the Quebecois being identified as a nation. What that means exactly, we’re not sure, but a recent Leger poll commissioned by the Journal de Montreal found that 59 percent of Quebeckers are racist. They hold negative opinions of Muslims, Jews and blacks. Maybe Jan Wong was onto something back in September. But Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based Centre for Canadian studies questioned the research methods, saying the way the question was phrased, you almost had no choice but to say you were racist. Today’s update finds that two-thirds of the Asian, black and Jewish communities have been the “victims of racism” in Quebec.

If you didn’t manage to get tickets to Arcade Fire’s five-night stint in Montreal, you can still catch them in the cafeteria of Canterbury High School on Friday. But only if you are a student, grad or member of the Canterbury Arts Centre Development Association. Wasn’t one of your new year’s resolutions to support the arts?

The fight for the environment has surfaced in the vaults of banks. A coalition of environmental groups has succeeded in getting the word from more than a dozen banks to refuse to support the building of coal-fired electrical plants. The Bank of Montreal has turned down a request to help finance an $11-billion pulverized-coal power plant in Texas that would release an estimated 78 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year (that’s equal to 14 million cars!)

Longing for the old days, the way things once were? Take a stroll over to Coolopolis, and read about the state of Montreal’s discos back in the 1970s.

Photo courtesy of Goran.

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