Entries by Rachel Décoste from 01/2013

The Story of the Real Life Django Unchained

| Posted 01.01.2013 | Canada

In Django Unchained, the protagonist makes the fictional journey from slavery to freedom in the Antebellum Southern U.S. circa 1858. As President Obama reminded us, Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which announced the end of slavery in the USA in 1863. Toussaint L'Ouverture played the leading role in the real-life drama alongside and his revolutionary army of self-emancipated barefoot slaves, defeating the three great empires of the eighteenth century -- Spain, England, and France -- and finally winning independence after a decade of toil.

Comment jouer au hockey avec un nègre sans se fatiguer

| Posted 01.01.2013 | Canada Quebec

Quelques uns s'interrogent sur sa place qu'occupe Malcolm Subban sur l'équipe et sur la glace. Malheureusement, certains accueillent sa présence comme un cheveu sur la soupe, ou, tel le titre autobiographique d'un défunt géniteur, comme « une mouche dans un bol de lait ».

Immigration to Canada: It's as Easy as Online Dating!

| Posted 01.04.2013 | Canada Politics

According to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the upcoming "Web-based 'Expression of Interest' system" for immigrants advertising their skills is "like a dating site." Like a dating site!? Is that the model Canadians favour to pick our future citizens? For every Cinderella who finds her Prince Charming on an online forum, there is a string of Chris Brown's meeting their Rihanna. Once newcomers take the bait, are there any measures to ensure the Government of Canada won't be rendered to playing matchmaker-middleman to abusive relationships, thefts, misrepresentations of employment conditions, or scams?

Should Idle No More Include African Canadians?

| Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Politics

There is a small but vocal fringe in the Idle No More movement which advocates for the deportation of said "settlers". This unfortunate sentiment has turned potential friends into foes -- especially in the black community where it's a chilling reminder of the first time Africans were forced to traverse the Middle Passage. The similarities between aboriginals and black Canadians abound: both were oppressed people, both were driven/captured from their homelands by mostly Europeans. Both were dehumanized and denigrated as wild, suspicious and uncivilized.

Harper's Seven Top Screw-Ups in Seven Years

| Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Politics

January 23 marks seven years since Stephen Harper was first elected Prime Minister of Canada. As the PM took the opportunity to pat himself on the back in tweeting his self-assessed greatest accomplishments, perhaps the seven-year itch is the right time to recognize PM Harper's biggest blunders.

Harper's Top Seven Successes in Seven Years

| Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada Politics

This week marks seven years since Stephen Harper was first elected Prime Minister of Canada. The Harper Administration has been described as a dark cloud, but it does boast a silver lining. A thin one. Perhaps the Prime Minister should reassess his criteria and/or consider these seven success stories as feathers in his conservative cap.

Kathleen Wynne's Diversity Problem

| Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics

It was revealed by confused Liberal party members that Ontario's premier-designate Kathleen Wynne's campaign sent letters in foreign languages to would-be supporters. In a gauche effort to connect with the ethnic vote, the Wynne campaign combed through membership lists and divvied them up based on perceived cultural origin. The Ontario Liberal Party's federal cousins have progressively lost their grip on traditional liberal-leaning communities by ignoring them or taking them for granted. History could repeat itself if the Wynne team fails to take corrective measures.

Is "Made in Canada" Enough to Sell BlackBerry 10?

| Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Business

All eyes are on Toronto today for Research In Motion's (now BlackBerry's) big reveal of the long-awaited, oft-delayed BlackBerry 10. Canadians are forced to put patriotism before their pocketbooks when considering the replacement of their current BlackBerry with the new one. The biggest barrier could be the staggering cost of breaking an existing cell-phone contract. So while many Canadians are rooting for BlackBerry, it will be no surprise to see them rooting from the sidelines.

Les Canadiens et le BlackBerry 10: patriotisme ou portefeuille? (VIDÉO, PHOTOS)

| Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Quebec

La légion d'utilisateurs Crackberry au Canada, patriotiques et loyaux, continuent de s'accrocher à l'outil dont ils sont devenus accros. Ils favorisent le retour de RIM, la reconnaissance de la supériorité technologique du Canada et la résurrection de la marque de commerce qu'ils aiment tant. Mais ils seront contraints de mettre leur patriotisme avant leur portefeuille lorsqu'ils considéreront le remplacement de leur vieux BlackBerry par le nouveau modèle.