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  • Kate 23:12 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Quebec federation of school boards says it’s going to start applying Bill 21 immediately, dissociating itself from the CSDM, which has asked for another year to sort things out. How will François Legault’s team bring pressure to bear on the province’s largest school board? Will the CSDM and EMSB find themselves united against the rest of Quebec? Stay tuned…

    • dwgs 08:51 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      It would be quite a statement if the two boards allied over this. Unfortunately at least one of those boards has a hard time tying their shoes in the morning so I’m not holding my breath.

    • Roman 08:57 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Funny thing about hijabs, if that’s what they were targeting, is that, arguably, they aren’t religious. There’s no mention in Koran about wearing a hijab. It’s a cultural thing, just happen to be wide spread in Muslim countries.

    • Kate 09:39 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Roman, that’s a reductive argument. There are statements in the Koran about modesty – “a Muslim woman should cover her head and bosom with a khimar (a head covering), and her body with a jilbab (a loose over-garment).” This has been elaborated over time by tradition and further orders from spiritual leaders, naturally. But it’s in there.

      Lots more on this in the Wikipedia article on hijab. There are a lot of variations in garments responding to the requirements.

    • Chris 13:24 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Roman, even if the Quran said nothing about hijab (and it does), it’s not the only holy text in Islam. There’s also the various Hadith. Lots of things in Islam aren’t from the Quran. Like the ritual of the five daily prayers.

      This isn’t unique to Islam. The Bible says nothing about the trinity, so I guess the trinity has nothing to do with Christianity either, right?

      Perhaps you are trying to say that the hijab predates Islam? Yes, it probably does. But that doesn’t mean the concept wasn’t subsumed by the religion.

    • hamza 16:54 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      it would be nice if non-muslims didn’t try to tell muslims what is and isn’t a part of their religion.

    • Chris 17:31 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      hamza, could you clarify? Religion can be studied academically, like any subject. Universities indeed have such departments. One doesn’t need to be a member of any particular group to study any particular subject. Surely you’re not saying one must believe in a thing to learn/study it?

  • Kate 19:44 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA is getting excited about the (half) opening of the new bridge.

    • Faiz Imam 23:49 on 2019-06-23 Permalink

      RTL buses are free tomorrow, so my mom is going out of her way to take the 90 and travel over the new span for the first time.

      The view looks to be a great reason to cross. I personally can’t wait for the bike path to get finished.

    • steph 13:27 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      FYI its NOT free today. 🙁

  • Kate 18:17 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has some notes on St-Jean festivities around town. Likewise from CTV.

    • Kate 09:47 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

      The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the old Lachine Canal, a branch of the existing canal that’s still a bucolic spot on the water. Map.

      This week, the Journal also looked back at the construction of the Champlain bridge about to be put out of service after fifty years.

      The Gazette’s “through our eyes” looks at a 1965 nationalist sit-in in a downtown restaurant and election day goons with baseball bats in 1962, among other topics.

      Radio-Canada’s archive items this week include the royal opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The retirement of longtime arts journalist Francine Grimaldi is marked with a look back at her fifty-year career in its productions.

      (Has anyone made an editorial cartoon of Grimaldi retiring because she always wears a head covering and that’s no longer acceptable?)

      • Kate 08:34 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

        Swallows have been using the old Champlain Bridge as shelter for their nests for a long time. Experts are trying to re-create the same conditions under the ice bridge, which isn’t going to be dismantled, to persuade them to move their nests before the old bridge is taken down.

        The federal infrastructure minister thinks people may be prepared to buy pieces of the old bridge as a souvenir. (But did people want souvenirs of the old Forum because of the Richard riot? Or because it was the renowned temple of a revered sports dynasty?)

        La Presse’s Bruno Bisson shows how the new bridge was assembled from segments constructed offsite.

        • Kate 08:30 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

          A man was stabbed on Bishop Street after bar-closing time Sunday morning. He’s in serious condition; his assailants have not been caught.

          Shots were fired overnight in Ahuntsic, but nobody was injured.

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