Weinfeld: Fear and loathing in the Laurentians

Learn more about the town of Val-Morin, Que. in this column by David Weinfeld.
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Bill Blair, the federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, met with leaders of the Montreal Jewish community to discuss security and unease over the rise of anti-Semitism.

Canada’s Magnitsky law, which allows sanctions against egregious foreign human rights abusers, needs to be strengthened, recommends an independent international panel of legal experts that includes Irwin Cotler, who was a proponent of enacting such legislation when he was a member of Parliament.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a new campaign video in which he says he is “very proud to be Jewish” and that he looks forward to “becoming the first Jewish president in the history of this country.”
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Cindy Davis speaks with the founders of the Single Jewish Mothers Montreal division of JEMS (Jewish Experience Montreal Sisterhood), which welcomes Jewish single mothers of any religious level to connect and provide each other with social support.

“Though Canada is relatively free of populism, things may be changing here, too, and not for the better.”

What seemed like a friendly gesture from the Trump administration now appears to be another in a series of outside efforts to determine Israel’s future. But as a sovereign nation, Israel – not the United States, United Nations, or any other outside power – must decide, Gerald M. Steinberg writes.
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A look at the Toronto Jewish Storytelling Guild, which takes place on the third Sunday of every month at Congregation Habonim.