Newspaper Columns

Josh Freed writes a humorous Saturday column for the Montreal Gazette about everything from potholes to politics to the pigeons who’ve taken over his back balcony in Montreal.

In both 2002 and 1997 he won the National Newspaper Award for best Canadian columnist, while a collection of his columns also won the Leacock Prize for humor.

Thanks, Amazon, for helping the robo-revolution
24 June 2017

Montrealers desperate for warm weather quick to crowd outside
17 June 2017

Eight inventions we need to make our lives easier
10 June 2017

Trump gives world leaders an unfair shake
3 June 2017

Bill 101 badly hurt us, but it also accidentally saved Canada
27 May 2017

Bonne fête, Montreal
20 May 2017

The dearth of births and the effect of rapidly aging Canada
13 May 2017

Concept of privacy seems doomed to be a quaint relic
6 May 2017

The Main 2.0 is ‘a street of dreams’
29 April 2017

Coining ‘neverendum’ has conquered the globe
22 April 2017

United Airlines fiasco brings world together in scorn
15 April 2017

Smartphone-wielding pedestrians making stupid decisions
8 April 2017

Reality has fooled us out of April Fools’ Day
1 April 2017

Mumbling on TV has me reaching for the subtitle button
25 March 2017

Montrealers put on special display of niceness in a crisis
18 March 2017

Through technology, what’s lost is quickly found again
4 March 2017

When it comes to misteaks, fourgive and forget
25 February 2017

This is the winter of my parking discontent
18 February 2017

Justin Trudeau, here’s how you deal with Donald Trump
11 February 2017

The response to Quebec’s mosque shooting has been heartwarming, so let’s make it last
4 February 2017

Look on the bright side of Trump
28 January 2017

Six rules for politicians navigating language in Quebec
21 January 2017

Money is filthy and expensive – it’s time we cashed it in
14 January 2017

On a beautiful New Year’s Day, Montreal let its citizens down
7 January 2017

Josh Freed predicts how the coming years will make us yearn for 2016
31 December 2016

Falalalala, it’s Chrismukkah
24 December 2016

Montreal is full of bright ideas for its 375th anniversary
17 December 2016

Icy pileup and ugly tree have brought Montreal worldwide scorn
10 December 2016

Forget hacking fears, your cellphone is a molecular tattletale
3 December 2016

High school reunion helped me appreciate life
26 November 2016

I, the expert on experts, know all experts are wrong
19 November 2016

In the Plateau, Cohen was ‘just another guy’
12 November 2016

Here are useful tips on how to survive the U.S. election
5 November 2016

Don’t forget your bag in Italy
29 October 2016

The Trump addiction and what to do when he is (hopefully) gone
22 October 2016

Faces, names and food – and the mysteries of memory
15 October 2016

Disseminating the seven traits of Quebec anglos
8 October 2016

Bacteria, health theories and the demise of the five-second rule
1 October 2016

It’s time to embrace Montreal’s crazy, daring, inflated dreams
24 September 2016

Your guide to this fall’s elections you wish weren’t happening
17 September 2016

Beware of Murray, Samantha and other robots
10 September 2016

A brush with death just makes barbecuing more exciting
3 September 2016

A prescription for surviving Montreal’s road construction chaos
27 August 2016

Online convenience and the swath of destruction it has left behind
20 August 2016

Olympics obsession a welcome tonic to Trump-mania
13 August 2016

I’ve flossed my mind over what’s healthy and not
6 August 2016

City’s split personality goes from the ridiculous to the sublime
30 July 2016

They Brexit, they bought it
9 July 2016

The power of nothing can improve your life
2 July 2016

Montreal should cater to citizens’ not-so-secret desires
25 June 2016

Donald Trump’s rise is a reality TV show gone very wrong
18 June 2016

Fitbit bytes the hand that feeds me
11 June 2016

Montreal should take pride in being cone capital of the world
4 June 2016

Montreal has all the comforts of home
28 May 2016

Montreal is becoming a crazy-ocracy
21 May 2016

Our census obsession and the great cod comeback
14 May 2016

How improving technology will help auto-correct your life
7 May 2016

The winds of change are blowing and they just might transform Montreal
30 April 2016

My dreams of sleep vanish into the night
23 April 2016

Take a closer look – Montreal offers a wealth of street art possibilities
16 April 2016

A Syrian trip, grave-robbing and how I could have saved a tiny piece of history
9 April 2016

Don’t play chicken with my St-Hubert!
2 April 2016

It’s time to capitalize on America’s growing fascination with Canada
25 March 2016

Travel advisory – try to practise caution, not paranoia
19 March 2016

With driverless cars a reality, should humans be allowed to drive?
27 February 2016

Imagine all the people parking cars in peace
20 February 2016

Montreal could learn from other cities’ Uber battles
13 February 2016

For most Montrealers, this is the winter of our content
6 February 2016

Billionaires with political aspirations have much in common
30 January 2016

U.S. campaign could become nightmarish presidential shout-down
23 January 2016

We can all tighten our belt on the 69-cent loonie diet
16 January 2016

New fears for a new year
9 January 2016

2016 is going to be a wild ride
2 January 2016

Embrace the warmth; spring is only several blizzards away
26 December 2015

Tips on life in Montreal for Syrian refugees
19 December 2015

Soon, identity theft will be only a thumbprint away
12 December 2015

When it comes to guns, our U.S. neighbours are mystifying
5 December 2015

Mattress mania and the search for the perfect sleep
28 November 2015

Has tracking technology taken the mystery out of life?
21 November 2015

Good Samaritan’s fight with city hall was long and one-sided
14 November 2015

Friendly advice for our new PM as he basks in optimism
7 November 2015

We’re only at the dawn of this new age of drones
31 October 2015

Our first selfie Prime Minister turning heads around the world
26 October 2015

Neverending campaign boils down to Gentle Justin vs Hardball Harper
17 October 2015

Too many cops? No problem – they could be doing so much more
10 October 2015

The enemy of the left is the slightly-less-left
3 October 2015

Government should offer more reprieves to city of scofflaws
26 September 2015

Time to build the Great Wall of Canada before Trumpmania explodes
19 September 2015

Basic human needs are getting more and more complicated
12 September 2015

Let’s make plans to meet – later
5 September 2015

A $250 fine for letting a woman in a wheelchair enjoy her ice cream outside?
29 August 2015

In an era of information overload, we suffer from information underload
22 August 2015

Josh Freed explains the Canadian election campaign
15 August 2015

Why we should make Pluto a planet again
25 July 2015

You know what bugs me? Bugs!
18 July 2015

How Montrealers go to the country
11 July 2015

Forecast calls for more forecasts
4 July 2015

Everybody’s an expert as ratings mania spreads
27 June 2015

With more freedom comes . . . shopping madness!
20 June 2015

Optimism and dreams reign supreme on the Main
13 June 2015

An Uber society leads to over-sharing
6 June 2015

Referendum stress was worst on those who weren’t yet born to see it
30 May 2015

French émigrés swarm the Plateau
23 May 2015

We have created a password nightmare
16 May 2015

Taxi industry driven to distraction
9 May 2015

Talking to myself is good for me – wouldn’t I agree?
2 May 2015

It’s easy to fall behind in a non-stop 24/7 world
25 April 2015

There’s a growing epidemic of digital hoarding
18 April 2015

This spring, all roads lead to ruin
11 April 2015

Fear of flying as airscare spreads
4 April 2015

The Main is losing one of its oldest landmarks
28 March 2015

Death by 1,000 service cuts – unless you pay
21 March 2015

There’s a remote chance your order will arrive via drone
14 March 2015

Some things are just better left to experts
14 February 2015

Bring on new winter festivals – we need to get out more
7 February 2015

Dreaming of snow-free sidewalks and a bustling downtown
31 January 2015

Technology will help Anglos from being lost in translation
24 January 2015

The slippery slope toward anti-toboggan bylaws
17 January 2015

Good luck navigating the bipolar vortex
10 January 2015

X marks the wrong spot for lamppost
3 January 2015

Expect cyber-spoilers and acronym madness in 2015
27 December 2014

Our Cuban holiday may be coming to an end
20 December 2014

Technology feeds your subconscious whether you like it or not
13 December 2014

Crimes are way down and I know why
6 December 2014

A chocolate bar (or seven) a day keeps the doctor away, studies show
29 November 2014

Heated sidewalks an idea whose time has come
22 November 2014

Montreal’s cycling culture sure beats the car-nage in T.O.
15 November 2014

Bridge name game spurs an accidental history lesson
8 November 2014

Information overload of a healthy variety
1 November 2014

Driven around the bend by GPS
25 October 2014

Habits nothing to get too nervous about
18 October 2014

All want a bridge; no one wants to pay
11 October 2014

Witnessing Scotland’s shaky marriage like déjà vu of déjà vu
20 September 2014

Fast fitness – let’s step on it
6 September 2014

Mayor Coderre’s passion for Montreal is contagious
10 May 2014

Smartphones are making us all dumber
3 May 2014

Josh Freed’s guide to surviving winter
5 January 2013