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Quebec Can Withstand Economic Turbulence Caused By Oil: Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Despite predictions that Canada is headed for recession, Quebec is in a good position to withstand the economic turbulence because of lower oil prices and a dropping dollar, Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Friday.

Quebec-Style Pharmacare Program Won't Work for the Rest of Canada

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 07.01.2015 | Canada Business
Marc-Andre Gagnon

Eight provincial health ministers organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts on June 8 to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada and several are now calling for a national pharmacare program. The question now is, what kind?

This Quebec Model Offers Better Pensions for Non-Profit Workers

Edward Jackson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Edward Jackson

The pre-election debate on improving the Canada Pension Plan is important and overdue. Despite the Harper government's reluctance, there is a broad consensus that, as a national newspaper said recently, "raising mandatory CPP contribution rates and boosting future payouts are the most prudent, most effective and least costly fix." But that's not enough.

Quebec Tables Bill To Ban Face Coverings For Public Services

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics

Under the bill, the niqab or burka would be banned for those using government institutions and those who work for the public service, for reasons of security and communication.

Shale Gas Opponents Are Committed to the Unrealizable Goal of Zero Risk

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Opposition to shale gas development has been fueled by fears that fracking could adversely affect our drinking water resources. A just-released study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help douse such fears. The exhaustive, 998-page report "did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."

Gatineau Renames Streets Over Nazi Links

CBC | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada

The two streets are in the neighbourhood around the Gatineau Hospital, where many of streets bare the names of Nobel Prize winners.

Quebec Liberals Win 2 Byelections

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Philippe Couillard's Liberals won two provincial byelections on Monday in what some viewed as an early showdown between the premier and Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau.

I've Grown Weary of Quebec's Obsession With Independence

Jason Najum | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

Like all non-separatist Quebecers, I have lived and suffered through a lifetime of sovereignty-fatigue. So at what point of obsession, at what level of almost complete disregard, are you obliged to say, unequivocally and without apology, that what was done was wasteful and therefore unacceptable?

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.

Quebec Is Being Deprived of the Benefits of Shale Gas Development

Youri Chassin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Youri Chassin

Largely overlooked in the shale gas debate that has taken place in Quebec in recent years between industry proponents and environmentalist groups were the farmers who might have benefited from having natural gas wells on their land.

Why Won't the NEB Order a Safety Test of Enbridge's Line 9?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Business
DeSmog Canada

Environmental and citizen groups in Quebec are demanding the National Energy Board explain why it refuses to order a hydrostatic safety test of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline, a west-to-east oil pipeline that could come online as early as next month. A hydrostatic test or hydrotest is a commonly used method to determine whether a pipeline can operate safely at its maximum operating pressure. The test involves pumping water through the pipeline at levels higher than average operating pressures.

Hydro Utility Equipment Sold Under Value As Scrap Metal: Auditor General

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics

The 2015-16 report of Quebec Auditor General Guylaine Leclerc stated Hydro-Quebec performed a "weak assessment" of the value of the equipment for the reactor's turbine and did not issue a formal call for tenders.

Quebec's Over-Regulated Maple Syrup Industry Is Losing Ground

Yanick Labrie | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

The plight of Quebec's maple syrup industry has caught the eye of Pierre Paradis, the province's agriculture minister. While the province's share of global maple syrup production was 78 per cent ten years ago, it has fallen to 69 per cent today. We remain the global leader, but that's still quite a drop in market share.

Quebec's Muslim Community 'Becoming More And More Ostracized'

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - In the wake of the arrest of 10 young Montrealers suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups overseas, experts say more needs to be done ...

Quebec Should Ditch Wind Power Subsidies and Go for Oil

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Hydro-Québec indirectly subsidizes the wind power sector to the tune of $695 million a year, which amounts to some $200 per Quebec household to produce a tiny fraction of the province's energy. With an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil, developing this resource would provide a minimum of $160 million a year in royalties for the Quebec treasury over 30 years.

Dying With Dignity is Part of a Life Well Lived

Russell Williams | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The importance of quality palliative care gets overshadowed by our national debate over euthanasia or medically assisted death. There is a lack of understanding about what palliative care means and how it can help to ensure that we and those we love are able to make that journey to the end of life with dignity.

Montreal Is Having a Japanese Food Moment

Yelp Canada | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

With jumping izakayas, creative sushi chefs and thoughtful takes on tradition, a creative Japanese food scene is blossoming in Montreal. So raise your plum wine, and let's salute a spring season of bright culinary adventures inspired by the meeting of new and old, east and west, elegance and pub and street.

Manifesto for a Global Movement

Karel Mayrand | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Karel Mayrand

A new era of darkness looms over Québec and is permeating our land. Québec's evolution as a modern society is based on core values that include clean energy and the redistribution of wealth. This is at the heart of who we are as Quebecers. This is what we aspire to be. We demand that this identity be respected.

Protest Climate Change in Quebec City on April 11

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

On April 11th I will be in the streets of Quebec City. I will be there with thousands of others, from different walks of life, that have come from co...

David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

Christopher Sands | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

In Canada, Stephen Harper led two minority governments before his 2011 win gave him a solid majority. Britain's David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 by virtue of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats and would clearly prefer a majority of his own. ‎By imitating Harper's Canadian Crunch, he may have improved his chances.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

Should Freedom of Religion Trump the Charter's Equality Rights?

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the Quebec government is infringing on the religious freedom of Loyola High School to require it to teach the Christianity portion of this course from a neutral, rather than a Christian, perspective. The Supreme Court of Canada has effectively held that the Charter's fundamental freedom of religion provision trumps the Charter's equality rights.

The U.S. Is No Model on Marketing Food to Kids

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Recently Healthy Eating Research (HER), in the U.S., released a report on food marketing to kids, an issues brief with recommendations. But its recommendations are disappointing. The report does little except tweak the U.S. food industry's voluntary guidelines regarding marketing to children.

Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienated All Muslims

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

It is mind bogglingly outrageous to learn that a Quebec judge would serve her own religiously discriminatory interests rather than promote the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms under which she governs. As a proud Canadian Muslim woman I firmly believe that we as a society are better than this and we need to speak out against discrimination under the guise of secularism.