Here in Montréal, we’re only a few weeks out from our municipal elections. This time around, Anne-France has decided to throw her support behind local councillor Valérie Plante of the Projet Montréal party to next lead the city.

She said she might be more conservative than Plante, but coming together behind the best candidate was what’s best for the people of Montréal.

“They would like to know that people of different political stripes can get together and set aside these political allegiances for the sake of making this city the best city in North America,” Anne-France said at a press conference announcing her support for Projet Montréal.

Here are five more reasons why Anne-France thinks Plante is the best choice to be the next mayor of Montréal:

Fiscal Responsibility: Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on the city’s 375th celebrations. “Is there anyone here who is rich enough to say we have $1 billion to spend?” she asked the gathered reporters. “[Current Mayor Denis] Coderre never saw a dollar of taxpayers that he was not ready to throw in the trash.”

Animal Rights: Anne-France has opposed the city’s anti-pit bull bylaw from the very start. Goldwater, Dubé is representing pit bull owners “pro bone-o.” Plante would scrap such a law if she becomes mayor. She would also phase out the city’s calèche (horse-drawn carriage) industry and would oppose events like August’s rodeo coming to town.

Infrastructure: In a city with crumbling streets and construction chaos, Anne-France thinks Plante has a plan to make things better. “Safer bike lanes and intersections, more green lanes and better coordination of construction projects,” she said.

Competence: Unimpressed with the current leadership, she said she sees something different in the Projet Montréal candidate. “A political career is for someone who wants to improve society. I’ve found that in Valérie Plante.”

It’s Time for a Woman to be Mayor: For its entire 375-year history, the city of Montréal has been led by men. “It is time for us to elect our first woman mayor.”

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It’s back to school time once again. So, as your summer winds down and your kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom, why not give another listen to The Goldwaters special episode on parenting?

In it, Anne-France Goldwater and her daughter, Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler, sat down to talk about some of the challenges they’ve faced as parents, and share some of the secrets they’ve found to raising happy, healthy kids. Continue reading

Last week an engineer at Google sent a memo around the company decrying the tech giant’s diversity initiatives. This week, James Damore was fired over the document.

The memo was titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” and posted to an internal company message board. In it, Damore argues that women make up a lower percentage of employees at Google mainly because of their biology, not discrimination.

As Vox.com reports:

Damore’s memo specifically criticizes the company for its ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives, which include encouraging its employees to take classes in unconscious bias. He uses primarily stereotyped misconceptions about men and women to argue that “gender gaps do not always imply sexism,” and declares that “discriminating just to increase the representation of women in tech” is “misguided and biased” as well as “unfair, divisive, and bad for business.”

It’s raising questions inside outside the company whether or not Google is violating Damore’s free-speech rights by letting him go over his views.

It’s a thorny question, and part of a broader discussion in society on what, where, and how people can express themselves. In an earlier episode of The Goldwaters, the family discussed free speech and its place in today’s society.

In the episode, Anne-France Goldwater, Daniel Goldwater, and Samantha Goldwater-Adler really dig into free speech and whether we’re too quick to clamp down on ideas some label offensive.

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The nature of spirituality is a curious thing, especially in the natural world. It’s thought that we humans might have developed our religious sensibilities through an evolutionary process.

It’s a tricky thing to prove, however. One of the ways to find that proof might be to see it in a lesser evolved species, like chimpanzees. Which is why when a research paper landed last year stating different groups of chimps throughout West Africa were regularly throwing rocks at a tree for reasons unknown, and leaving the stones piled at the tree’s base, there might be a deeper meaning to it. Continue reading

You may have noticed a shift recently away from the use of “marijuana” in the news and on our podcast. More and more, you’ll find yourself hearing “cannabis” instead. And there’s good reason for that.

The term “marijuana” is a word loaded with all kinds of negative connotations, the Goldwaters’ recent guest Adam Greenblatt said on The Goldwaters podcast. Greenblatt, the Head of Quebec Engagement at Tweed Inc., explained to the family the negative connotations that come along with the word. Continue reading

Happiness is something we all strive for. But sometimes it can be hard to find. Whether you’re caught up in the hustle of daily life, or finding it tough to forget the latest headline, happiness can sometimes seem out of reach.

One of the ways psychologist Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler uses to find happiness in her own life is to practice something called mindfulness. Continue reading