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Where to Enjoy Fine Dining On Montreal's Main Street

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

When I introduce myself to Marc-Alexandre Mercier, he is sprawled on a weathered picnic table at the back of his restaurant, catching a few precious m...

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

The Fur Industry Has a Very Dark Side

Gabriel Wildgen | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Wildgen

In the wake of a shocking investigation into a fox and mink fur factory farm last August by the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks, the fur industry's PR machine has subjected the public to a slew of spin, hoping to obfuscate and isolate the troubling findings.

Scotland's Referendum Smashed the Status Quo in the U.K.

Diane Francis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London. The Scottish referendum has smashed the status quo in the U.K. and is the most recent, high profile, non-violent example of the rise of the consumer-citizen.

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Bogart

This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.

Quebec On Path To 'Chaos': Police Union President

CBC | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Politics

The head of Montreal’s police union says the Quebec government is setting the province on a path to ‘chaos’ with its proposed pension reform leg...

Scotland Weighs Lessons From Quebec

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics

At first glance, it might seem Quebec and Scotland have little in common. But look a little closer and some similarities emerge. Both are famous for...

Quebec Wants To Get Strict On E-Cigs

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living

The Quebec government may soon crack down on the sale of electronic cigarettes, if Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois has her way. Charlebois w...

Harper in Quebec: It's Now or Never

Joseph Soares | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

If the past is any indication of the future, what could seem politically impossible for Stephen Harper today is in fact possible. Many seem to think that the next election could exclude any input from Québec. Those who think so are making a huge mistake.

Canada's Car Culture Isn't as Bad as the Danish Tourists Think

Mark D. McGuire | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark D. McGuire

This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.

'Ole' and Other Montreal Jazz Fest Highlights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Music
Adrian Brijbassi

If you missed this show, he's also performing at Festival d'Ete in Quebec City (July 7) and the Ottawa Bluesfest (July 9). Last year, Woodkid's show at Metropolis on the early days of the festival was the talk of the festival. It earned him a spot on the main stage as the headlining act on opening night. Shorty deserves another invite and hopefully for one of the free outdoor shows too.

The Area Where We Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs

Jeff Begley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

I would like to turn to the organization of support services in the health and social services system. Huge savings could be made in this area. Costs for support services have exploded while total payroll went down. How can these costs be brought under better control?

Quebec's Budget Is the Next Step in a Recovery Plan

Sean Speer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Business
Sean Speer

As the saying goes, the first step is overcoming denial and the premier's recent comments suggest he understands the magnitude of Quebec's fiscal problems. The next step requires a bold plan to rein in government debt and improve tax competitiveness. The upcoming budget is a chance to move the province forward.

Assisted Death Isn't Murder, It's Compassion

Toula Drimonis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

As polarizing as the debate seems to be, I've never had any qualms publicly declaring that I strongly support assisted suicide. To be frank, I have trouble understanding those who don't. Numerous drunk drivers who killed behind the wheel have received such lenient sentences they amounted to no more than a slap on the wrist. But if I assisted a loved one who was dying a slow and painful death, out of compassion and a desire to end their suffering, I would be subject to the same or even worse penalties as someone who indiscriminately and unconsciously mowed down an innocent pedestrian while driving drunk. Why?

Quebec Liberals Reject Student Unrest Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Liberal government has dismissed a report into the 2012 Quebec student unrest, suggesting it was little more than a political tool by the...

Rebel Without a Kitchen: Montreal

Matthew Basile | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Matthew Basile

What separated Montreal from the other cities on our tour was that we did not have an actual food event to tap into -- instead we decided that Montreal was going to be the city that I did an old school popup at -- just build it and pray to the food gods that someone will hopefully come.

Think of Quebec Politics As a Window Into Foreign Culture

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

Couillard will only ban three types of Muslim headgear from all government employees -- including the chador, which doesn't even cover the face. The difference between a chador-style headscarf and its slightly shorter counterpart the hijab, can sometimes be hard to distinguish, so I guess in Couillard's Quebec Muslim civil servants can soon look forward to their bosses breaking out the measuring tape.

Quebec, Stop Treating Every Election As A Referendum on a Referendum

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

This isn't good for our personal or our collective health, Québec, and it needs to stop. Sometimes, we need to have these hard conversations. Sometimes, we need to be ready to put our minds together to envision how we want our communities to evolve. Sometimes, we need to conquer bad memories and try talking once more.

Celebrating Summer from Coast to Coast

Rania Walker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

While planning for a summer vacation can be daunting enough, the idea of a long drive often eliminates the option altogether, especially if your family only does one annual getaway. But it can be done if you take the time to plan!

Canada's Future Lies in Small Politics

Cole Hogan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Canadians' politics are local, not national. The lack of confidence in governments to take on the country's big issues means Canadians trust their governments with smaller, achievable goals. Affordable, doable policy solutions trump vague, grand promises, programs, or visions.

How Quebec Can Get its Mojo Back

Mark Milke | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Premier-elect Couillard has pledged to "put Quebec back on the path to prosperity." As well he should. Quebec was once an opportunity-based culture, prosperous and a net contributor to Confederation. Quebec's future could once again resemble its laudable past.

The Greeks of Quebec: Against a Referendum

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

I watched the Quebec provincial election very closely even though I was in Europe during a major part of the course of the campaign. The race evolved ...

How Pauline Marois Fell Into Her Own Trap

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

But Pauline Marois lost the game to Philippe Couillard. By choosing to openly flaunt the card of an unwanted referendum and sovereign Quebec, she is caught in her own trap. And by inadvertently bringing to light the aspect of her privileged profile, she has fallen out among the province's populace.

The NDP Dodged a Separatist Bullet

Grant Gordon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

As a proud Canadian, it bothers me that NDP leader Tom Mulcair -- who had no qualms about interfering in previous Ontario by-elections on the side of NDP candidates -- refused to take a side in the Québec election. The NDP dodged a bullet this time -- fortunately! -- but such an irresponsible position should not be rewarded in 2015.

On April 7, Don't Let Pauline Marois Impose Her Anti-Freedom on Quebec

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jon Paul Fiorentino

Please let Quebec choose a government that will represent values of inclusion, acceptance, and freedom. Let Quebec be a province where we can raise our children not only to respect, but to honour diversity. Let Quebec be more like my daughter's school -- a place where we can thrive and become better people.