What did us good this week

Our columnists return to news that has delighted them in recent days.




Men in solidarity with the #metoo movement

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Journalists wait in front of the police station where French actor Gérard Depardieu was questioned on Monday in Paris.

Finally, men are speaking publicly in support of women in the #metoo movement! It’s happening in France, where the cultural sector is shaken by a series of denunciations, many of which target Gérard Depardieu, who should be tried in the fall. “Contrary to what we sometimes read, we do not think that “we are attacking men”, they write. Becoming aware of the experience of others, their perception of power struggles dating back thousands of years, is interesting and a source of openness. » These words feel good. I dream of seeing a similar initiative in Quebec.

Nathalie Collard, The Press

Read “100 men show their support for the #metoo movement” on the magazine’s website She

A memorable concert

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The group Belle and Sebastian performed at MTelus on Sunday evening. A hell of an evening, says Philippe Mercure.

There are concerts that mean you’ll never listen to a band the same way again. The one that Belle and Sebastian gave on Sunday at MTelus falls into this category. However, I had seen the Scottish bards before without such magic working. But this time, we felt that the energy of the musicians fed the crowd and vice versa. Result: a hell of an evening spent in the company of these exceptional melodists. The trumpet line of Judy and the Dream of Horses has been playing on loop in my head ever since, and it will now be impossible to listen The Boy with the Arab Strap without seeing again the images of the spectators who invade the stage to dance with the group.

Philippe Mercury, The Press

To tame the chaos

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Stéphane Garneau, author of the book The choice to remain silent

There is too much noise in our lives and not enough silence. This is what Stéphane Garneau deplores in his most recent essay, The choice to remain silent, which I read this week. The book is not just about noise pollution. It also targets “the persistent chaos of our social networks”. And he doesn’t just denounce the situation. It is also constructive. We must review our approach to public space, affirms the columnist and host, who invites us, for example, to “choose what we broadcast as much as what we consume”. It’s easier said than done, of course. But you have to start by saying it to be able to do it!

Alexandre Sirois, The Press

Jon Cooper’s real apology

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Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper behind the bench

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, one of the most interesting people in the NHL, did something very unusual this week: he said something stupid. Angry with the refereeing after his team’s elimination (Tampa was denied two goals for obstructing the goalie), he made a comment that denigrated women’s hockey (“you might as well make (the goalies) play with skirts.” » if we protect them in this way). Not strong. The next day, Jon Cooper apologized. For real. Not excuses like “yes, but…” or “maybe people misunderstood…”. No. A real, sincere apology. He called his comments “stupid” and admitted that his gaffe hurt him even more than his team’s elimination. He felt really sorry. Nobody is perfect in life. It’s good to see someone who, when they make a mistake, actually apologizes. Not just to keep up appearances.

Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot, The Press


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