Congratulations to the Liberal Party of Canada on its spectacular victory, and egalitarian new Cabinet. Now that the campaigning is over and the real work starts, I thought I would share a few stories about some of the people in Justin Trudeau's riding of Papineau. Observers rank Papineau one of the poorest ridings in Canada. Going door to door in Park Ex, and in St Michel, I saw too many basement apartments choking with mold and mildew. Too many families crowded into small apartments. Too many qualified people with no jobs, or working in jobs well below their qualifications. The sharp poverty hit home dramatically one evening.
The Aerospace sector in this country is 76 000 direct jobs in 700 companies, including 200 in Quebec. This is a major sector with which the government must work with so that we may resist the rise of China, India, Brazil and Russia. All these countries support their domestic industry, why not us?
Cities matter, now more than ever. They're the engines that drive our economy. They're hubs of innovation and creativity. In other words, it's our cities that move Canada forward. Yet just as our cities work hard to attract the best and the brightest, care for their citizens and protect the environment, they must also address the challenges that come with a growing population.
To the Greeks of Montreal, Justin Trudeau, 43 years young, is not simply another Prime Minister of Canada. To them, he is a man of the Greek Community of Montreal. One of their own, whom, since 2008, they have repeatedly chosen to be their Member of Parliament in the riding of Papineau.
I decided to take our littles on an odyssey of our own, one they will recall with fondness one day (I hope). Our plan was simple: to ride the rails east from Toronto's Union Station to Montreal and spend several days exploring the historical streets.
Toronto and Montreal's skylines are a contrast between new and old. They outline the differences between the two cities.
If you wonder what happens if you imagine alternate realities and unobvious outcomes, then you understand that this Cirque du Soleil production has managed to convey, yet again, the available-for-the-taking unadulterated wonder and magic just beneath the surface of la vie quotidienne.
Al Selvin knew a great city, train line, bike path, restaurant and musician when he saw it. I hope we will continue to make L.A. a city worthy of his blessed memory.
You're in a city, but it could be any city. You're riding alongside a port, but it could be any port. But it's not just any city and it's not just any port, it's Montreal. How can you tell?
It's decorative gourd season! Let's pumpkin spice literally everything! And hey, while we're at it, let's get out of the city to find our own great pumpkins and crisp apples, sip local ciders and ice wines, sample all the pies, and enjoy autumn's glorious show before the snow falls.
Canada has been receiving global attention, not just as a country, but also for its personality, style and popular cities and neighbourhoods for living. Forward-thinking and forward-moving urbanites and millennials looking to score the right balance between architectural beauty, 21st Century artistic and cultural relevance, consumer amenities and urban chic have fantastic options to choose from to call home.
By now everyone has seen the tiny corpse of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on Turkey's shores. Canada and its allies must work harder to focus squarely on the root of the problem -- the lack of human rights, withheld not only by ISIS/Daesh, but by others, as well.
After meeting their teachers, greeting their friends and choosing their desks, at the end of the school day almost 150 students were told they were no longer welcome at their school. Many of the children had attended, with their siblings, the school for years.
All Canadians, including middle income and lower income households, should enjoy the benefits of rising incomes, not having them eaten away by higher house prices that rise substantially faster. This requires serious policy reforms where urban containment is in place and avoiding implementation elsewhere.
When you need a quick getaway -- a real escape -- that's no further than 20 minutes away from a major airport, it's time for a weekend in Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. It doesn't get much easier to experience such an appealingly different destination in a very short time.
I shudder to think how my parents would have survived in today's anything-goes, nothing-is-sacred, sexually charged society. Their values were black and white, wrong and right, good and bad, with little wiggle room for compromise.