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A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.

Can Slick Mr. Péladeau Sell Nationalism?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The Quebec election campaign became a bit more interesting this week with Pierre Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Québécois. Péladeau brings a unique and coveted background to the PQ, having for decades dined on the earnings of tabloid agitprop and rabble-rousing emotionalism. Just as Marois shrugs off recent and bad economic news, Péladeau thrusts his fist into the air and chants inspirational slogans. And somehow, in combination, these are intended to add up to the sum of economic credibility. His business acumen and his knack for rube exploitation are simply the latest assets to be nationalized by a now desperate campaign.

Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

Tom Kott | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

They want to control what you wear. Yes, I'm talking about the Quebec Charter of Values. It will allow the state to tell you what you can and cannot wear as well as what you can and cannot say. As one Prince Arthur Herald editorial also described, it won't only affect people who are religious.

The Quebec Provincial Election That Threatens Canada's Federalism

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Early this morning, Premier Pauline Marois visited and asked Lt. Governor Pierre Duchesne to dissolve the legislature and issue an election for April 7. This would be a 33-day campaign that the separatist Premier, with a minority government earned a mere 18 months ago, is the front-runner. I am rooting for her defeat.

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Quebec Orders Store's Facebook Page Translated To French

CBC | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business

The Quebec government has ordered the owner of a store in Chelsea, Que., to change the language of her store’s Facebook page to French. Eva Cooper...

Why Flaherty's Sin Tax on Cigarettes Won't Work

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This is precisely what happened in Canada in the early 1990s. Indeed, following a steep increase in duties and taxes applicable to tobacco products by the federal government and the provinces, a vast illegal trade in cigarettes sprang up. Contraband's share in the Canadian tobacco market jumped from 1 per cent in 1987 to approximately 31 per cent by the end of 1993.

Hidden Influence - The Natural Gas Fight in Quebec

Michael Binnion | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

Of course industry is biased, its little more than saying we are human. That we legally have to disclose our bias doesn't make us wrong. With millions and ideology at stake, to think political activists are not also biased is naïve.

Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Let's call Bill 60 what it truly is: a bill that encourages intolerance, divides the population and makes visible and religious minorities into second class citizens in their own home. It is time for the opposition to step up and stop this nonsense. Until then I remain Canadian, Quebecker, a visibly practicing Muslim and proud.

How to Survive a Night in an Ice Hotel

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Sucheta Rawal

What on Earth drove me to sleep at a hotel made entirely of ice? I first heard about Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) while visiting Montreal, Canada for work. Sleeping at an ice hotel is not for the faint hearted. It is not a scary adventure either. It is cold, but marvellous experience that I will cherish forever.

Since the Montreal Massacre, Not Enough Has Changed for Women

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

When Marc Lépine went to the École Polytechnique 23 years ago today, he entered the school with the intention of killing feminists. Feminists, he said in his suicide note, had ruined his life. I was seven years old when École Polytechnique Massacre happened. I want to think that the world has changed since then, but really, has it? Women are still the butt of the joke. Women are still lacking in positions of power. Women are still being told that they need to compete against each other. There is still a persistent bias against women in the worlds of math and science. If there's anything that can be learned from the latest American election, it's that there are still men who hate women. A lot of men. Powerful men.

The Top 20 Streets In Canada: Vive Quebec!

Vacay.ca | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

While some choices were difficult, top spot turned out to be an easy decision. Rue du Petit-Champlain, lined with shops that belong to an artists' cooperative, was a clear choice for No.1 among the Top 20 Streets to Visit in Canada.

The Charter's Veiled Threat Against Montreal's Muslims

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Quebec's Muslim women have been threatened -- violence against veiled women has increased dramatically since the Charter debate was introduced. In Quebec, the issue of choice and self-determination around the veil is critical. It would seem, then, that in matters of fashion, religion, and secularism, Montreal's Muslim women are being held to a higher standard by their provincial government. Montreal's young Hijabistas -- and those who support them -- told us what the veil means to them.

State's Law Worries Quebecers

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

An email circulating in Quebec has snowbirds worried about a Georgia law requiring drivers to carry an English-language permit or face stiff fines. ...

Marois: Values Charter Will Help Bring Harmony To Quebec

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Premier Pauline Marois denies the proposed values charter is part of an attempt to drum up support for Quebec independence — and instead ...

The Marois Government Needs To Stop Hiding Behind Doublespeak

Stephane Dion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

The Marois government's double-speak must be denounced, and its objective understood: getting the Superior Court to validate Bill 99 on the grounds that the Bill does not stipulate a right to secede unilaterally, and then triumphantly trumpeting everywhere that the Court's validation of Bill 99 confirms such a right.

Our Nation's Businesses Suffer From Canadian Disease

Diane Francis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

In competitiveness, Canada did not even make this year's World Economic Form list of the 10 most competitive nations in the world. The problem is that Canada is badly managed politically. In fact politicians run the show and have balkanised the economy to suit their political agendas.

Quebec Energy Policy: The Need for a Balanced Energy Diet

Michael Binnion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The Quebec Government announced that it will update its energy policy. Public consultations are already underway. The Government also announced a commission to study ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Breakup Rules Divide Harper Cabinet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A split has emerged in the Harper government over a fundamental principle: the rules governing the potential breakup of Canada.The Conserva...

Education Can Solve Quebec's Language Debate

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Nishaan Sharma

The PQ should focus on using education to preserve its culture and language. Almost 80 per cent of Quebecers identify themselves as Francophone. Thus, it's a failure of education when someone who was born, raised and educated in Montreal tells you that he moved to Toronto because it's impossible to find a job in Montreal. The issue should not be that French was required of them but that, over the course of their educational career, they were not properly taught the language and its value -- economic and cultural. The new Ontarians will not phrase it this way, of course.

'Would You Live By A Gas Well?' - The Ultimate 'Gotcha!' Question

Michael Binnion | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The question 'would you live by a gas well' is designed to be a 'gotcha' question. The presumption that oil and gas people who obviously understand their own industry best, would therefore never live by an oil and gas well. It is another example of the gross misunderstanding our industry has allowed to perpetuate in Quebec and elsewhere.

French in 30 days

Michael Binnion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

I learned French in 30 days. Well not really. It's probably fairer to say I'm still trying to perfect my English. Over two years ago I embarked on a tour of Quebec to give translated presentations on our industry to what was then quite a hostile population. Unexpectedly these presentations, while emotionally draining, were surprisingly effective.

Quebec Calls Out Russia Over Greenpeace Arrests

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Quebec is wading into international waters, calling out the Russian government in the case of Greenpeace activists arrested during a protes...

Quebec Asks Russia For Clemency In Greenpeace Arrests

CBC | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada

The Quebec government is calling on Russian authorities to release the Greenpeace activists. Jean-François Lisée last night attended a of the gro...

Political Signs and Religious Symbols: A Dangerous Analogy

Stephane Dion | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Our public servants are already subject to a code of ethics that requires them to not make decisions based on religious prejudice (as well as gender, race, or sexual orientation). The Marois government says it is not enough and wants government employees to hide their affiliation with a particular religion. This idea is not only flawed, but it lacks core empirical proof to justify its existence.