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'Ole' and Other Montreal Jazz Fest Highlights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

The World Is Too Grey For the PQ's Black and White Agenda

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

The last days of the provincial electoral campaign have made me feel people's disillusionment and frustration at the lack of inspiring options even more profoundly. During the debates Marois, Couillard, and Legault behaved like they were in a cage fight, barking insults at one another. It took all the self-restraint that I had not to switch channels. But, contrary to everything around me, I'm hopeful. I'm convinced that I'm witnessing a new breed of Quebecer emerge. One that isn't so easily defined... and therefore not as easy to manipulate and pigeonhole. Nothing will ever be as black or white as it once was, because the world we now live in is a million shades of grey.

Are You Happy With the Way Quebec's Resources Are Being Used?

Amber Rehman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

1,000,000 people in Quebec don't file their taxes every year. If each of those people owe taxes of... I don't know... let's say $624 each (an extremely low estimate given that the average amount of taxes paid by a Quebecer is around $10,000), then I'd say an investment of $600k in "FILE YOUR TAXES" billboards, print and TV ads might have helped us to avoid this huge debt hole.

Winners And Losers Of Quebec's First Election Debate Showdown

CBC | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics

The morning after Quebec’s leaders squared off for their first major debate, it’s time to pick winners and losers. The National’s At Issue pan...

Dear Quebeckers

David Martin | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Quebeckers: I'm not a political commentator. I don't even play one on TV. Instead, I'm an average Canadian citizen and that's why you may want ...

Why Is No One Talking About Quebec's Massive Debt?

Sean Speer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

One issue that has been largely absent from the campaign is the province's high levels of government debt. This omission is curious given that the Quebec government's debt is the largest in the country when presented as a share of the economy and is now consuming a significant share of tax dollars in the form of interest payments. If Quebec voters are concerned about their government's level of indebtedness, they should insist that the political parties set out clear plans to get it under control. The problem can no longer be ignored.

Equity Crowdfunding Upfront Costs : No Laughing Matter

Diana Yazidjian | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada
Diana Yazidjian

Adoption of Equity Crowdfunding for ordinary investors may come sooner than we think; first in the U.S. and not far behind, Quebec and Ontario. We thought the time was well-chosen to outline the costs a Canadian company may incur given the possible regulatory framework that will come into force.

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.