Controversial Issues

Examining some of the controversial issues for which Outremont’s Hassidim have been taken to task.

As per Lacerte, the neighbours who wish to engage with the Hasidim are paid lobbyists; the Hasidim themselves are a demonic encroaching community; the city officials who deal with the Hasidim are in their pocket; kosher is an insidious Jewish tax that we all must pay for; and the journalists who do not denounce the Hasidim have either been brainwashed or work for Jews.

Outremont’s Own Hate Problem: Incitement Masquerading as Journalism

As per Lacerte, the neighbours who wish to engage with the Hasidim are paid lobbyists; the Hasidim themselves are a demonic encroaching community; the city officials who deal with the Hasidim  ...

February 6, 2017 · 9 comments
"The proposed regulation was mismanaged from the beginning,” says Mme Pollak. "It is important to understand that this ban is not just targeting avenue Bernard. It will be a ban on the creation of new places of worship throughout the borough, as it was already banned on residential streets and Van Horne Avenue for years, and recently on avenue Laurier. So avenue Bernard is the last street where it was possible to open one. The borough claims to justify this regulation to revitalize businesses, but no study has been done that shows that places of worship are detrimental to business.

“This Ban is Not Just About Avenue Bernard” – Interview with Mindy Pollak

"The proposed regulation was mismanaged from the beginning,” says Mme Pollak. "It is important to understand that this ban is not just targeting avenue Bernard. It  ...

November 11, 2016 · 13 comments

Public Consultation Participants Leave Hall Denouncing the “Bogus Consultation”

Tonight, May 24, 2016, Outremont held a another public consultation on the revised proposal to ban new places of worship in Outremont. After about half an hour of interventions, a  ...

May 24, 2016 ·
We need to be clear about the real debate: Has the Hasidic Jewish community become undesirable in Outremont? If so, why? What danger does it pose to the population? Is it terrorist inclinations? Is it behavior that's a serious source of social unrest that needs urgent correction? How exactly? And how is the borough dealing with the long-term problem of complex coexistence? By stepping up its efforts to marginalize or by improving communication that may lead to better integration?

Non-Hassidic resident to Outremont’s Council: Let’s Talk Reality

We need to be clear about the real debate: Has the Hasidic Jewish community become undesirable in Outremont? If so, why? What danger does it pose to the population? Is it  ...

December 4, 2015 · 3 comments
Many Outremont residents, Jews and Non-Jews alike, feel that the ban against places of worship (lieu de cultes) currently being introduced by the borough, smacks with outright discrimination and intolerance. The "zone" left open is laughably & insulting.

Outremont’s Proposed Ban on “Places of Worship” Reeks with Discrimination

Many Outremont residents, Jews and Non-Jews alike, feel that the ban against places of worship (lieu de cultes) currently being introduced by the borough, smacks with outright discrimination and  ...

November 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Outremont, Where Stating The Obvious Gets You In Trouble

By Leila Marshy Apparently you’re not allowed to call a spade a spade in Outremont. When Christian Aubry was forcibly ejected by the Mayor from a recent consultation publique he  ...

November 13, 2014 · 9 comments

The Fallacious Pretexts for Restricting Sukkahs in Outremont

The Outremont Borough council is proposing a modification to an existing bylaw that might affect hundreds of Jewish families in Outremont. The bylaw proposes to restrict the time allocated for the installation  ...

October 27, 2014 · 4 comments

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