It's Time We Get Over Jacques Parizeau's "Money and Ethnic Vote" Comment

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Jacques Parizeau was a passionate and principled man who believed in Quebec's independence, but he was at times a divisive politician. Judging by the many hateful comments I saw last night, his "money and the ethnic vote" speech after the razor-thin Quebec independence referendum loss in 1995 will continue to haunt his legacy. The over-the-top indignation I'm seeing from some is getting on my nerves. Is that one sentence from 20 years ago the only thing some of you can remember from his entire political legacy? Parizeau was so much more than just a rant, more than just one ugly moment in time.

Jacques Parizeau Was One of the Foremost Builders of Modern Quebec

Patrick White | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Patrick White

Jacques Parizeau was Quebec Premier for merely 16 months, but he was a great servant of the state and, above all, one of the foremost builders of modern Quebec. He was one of the founding members of Parti québécois in 1968-1969, alongside Mr. Lévesque who had just stormed out of the Quebec Liberal Party. "Monsieur," as everyone called him, was a statesman; he truly had the interest of the public at heart in the noblest sense of the expression. The interest of the state came before his own. That is something that is becoming extremely rare in politics nowadays.

BB King -- A Blues Legend is Gone

Josh Bowman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada
Josh Bowman

"Everybody wants to know, why I sing the blues." I was 12 years old, my small fingers were fumbling across the frets of a Tokai -- a knock-off Fender...

Oscar-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate' Dies

AP | Shelley Acoca | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada

NEW YORK -- Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, T...

Oscar-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate' Dies

CBC | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada TV

Mike Nichols, famed as a Hollywood writer, producer and director, has died at 83, ABC News has announced. Nichols's work includes The Graduate, Car...

RIP Farley Mowat

CP | Allison Jones and Victoria Ahearn | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada

Canadian author Farley Mowat, a master storyteller and tireless defender of nature and wildlife, has died at age 92, his assistant confirmed Wednesday...

Let's Not Forget Flaherty's Controversial Political Career

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Here I must trespass on the impolite, and I'll begin by restoring to the record the excised bits in which Jim Flaherty was a soldier of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." The idea that he was a non-ideological moderate would have been laughed out of the room, even by the man himself. Moderate was an insult he applied to his leadership rival, that pink and pale McGuinty imitation Ernie Eves. As Ontario's Attorney General and Finance Minister, Flaherty was one of Harris's most consistent and reliable true believers, mocked (like Harris himself) for applying his tough-on-crime universal restorative elixir to homelessness and poverty.

Musicians Mourn Pete Seeger

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Music

News of folk legend Pete Seeger's passing earlier today sparked a wave of sadness around the world, and musicians, much like the rest of us, took to T...

Ariel Sharon's Life of Vigorous Inertia

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

It is difficult to overstate Sharon's shaping of the state of Israel. He fought in every war of the quarter-century from 1948 onwards, and played leading roles in both the military and political spheres for over a half-century. Whether as a criminal or hero (and each assessment is amply represented), his every move reorganized the chessboard. Sharon's political ambitions and calculations contributed to the rise of Likud, and when his tactics had changed, another grand reorganization occurred culminating in Kadima and the eventual return of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister.

Slayer Guitarist Killed By Spider Bite

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Music

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founder of the U.S. heavy-metal band Slayer, has died at age 49 of liver failure after battling complications reportedly li...

A Sad Goodbye to Toronto's King of Smoked Meat

Bernie Farber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Wolfie Zimmerman, the little known king of the Toronto smoked meat sandwich passed away a couple of weeks ago. I will miss him. Very few deli owners...

Why We Follow the Dead on Twitter

Jesse Miller | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada
Jesse Miller

When a person passes away, their social media presence lives on. We see this every day with each passing, especially when the nature of death is interesting enough for media to seek the Facebook profile or Twitter account to source photos or posts for the corresponding story.

Peter Lewin: The Canadian Indiana Jones

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

On June 7, 2005, Peter Lewin, a little known doctor and scientist, died all-too-young.Though a pediatrician by trade, he was a pioneer in the field of paleopathology, a field that employs modern medical investigative techniques to unlock secrets within human remains. A pediatrician trusted by his patients, few knew that this kind and genteel man with an old world charm hid an Indiana Jones persona...