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Andrew Potter affair: Maclean’s make a statement and Montreal Gazette decries Quebec bashing

Andrew Potter affair: Maclean’s make a statement and Montreal Gazette decries Quebec bashing

For those who have been following the fallout in the aftermath of the Andrew Potter piece in Maclean’s magazine about social malaise in Quebec, take note of a couple of interesting columns published today. Maclean’s itself has an editorial with the headline What the Andrew Potter affair was really about. Its subhead pretty much sums […]

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Marijuana in Canada: Legal everywhere but Quebec by July 1, 2018?

Marijuana in Canada: Legal everywhere but Quebec by July 1, 2018?

Is it possible that government malaise in Quebec might result in cannabis users here being left out of the celebration in the rest of Canada on July 1, 2018. (Hello, Andrew Potter?) That’s the day the federal Liberals are saying the herb will be legalized for recreational purposes in Canada, or, at least, in the rest […]

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Editors let columnist Andrew Potter down

Editors let columnist Andrew Potter down

Political commentator Chantal Hébert got it partly right this week in her “contrarian take” on the Andrew Potter column in Macleans that created a storm of controversy in Quebec and led to his departure from a plum directorial job at McGill University. My (contrarian) take on the Andrew Potter thing: Hébert https://t.co/haT3tyih0T via @torontostar — […]

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March is an outlaw, spring a myth

March is an outlaw, spring a myth

There ought to be a law against March. It’s the Judas of the 12 months: sneaky, deceptive and downright treacherous. One day it’s warm and sweet, the next it’s spitting freezing rain and heavy snow at us. And while they’re at it, lawmakers should be eliminating spring from the seasons in some places. Spring is […]

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Andrew Potter affair: Canada and Quebec’s unnatural relationship highlighted yet again

Andrew Potter affair: Canada and Quebec’s unnatural relationship highlighted yet again

So, what would people think if an anglo bloke heading a federalist institute dumped on les Québécois in a commentary in a Toronto publication? Think of the optics. Well, we found out this week, eh? Off with his head. Some say that Andrew Potter was off base with his critique of Quebec’s social malaise in […]

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Andrew Potter affair: Much ado among elitists

Andrew Potter affair: Much ado among elitists

There’s much ado among the tweeting heads in Canadian journalism and academia circles today about the (forced) resignation of Andrew Potter from his post as director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada after he wrote a column this week for Macleans — How a snowstorm exposed Quebec’s real problem: social malaise — […]

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Of clinking cutlery and dishes

Of clinking cutlery and dishes

Does it distract and annoy you when someone near you in the office is crunching on potato chips while you’re trying to concentrate on your work? Does it make you angry? There is a condition — and a term — for when people have an adverse reaction to particular sounds. It’s called misophonia. Who knew, […]

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Sunday Reads: R.I.P Chuck Berry, father of rock ‘n’ roll

Sunday Reads: R.I.P Chuck Berry, father of rock ‘n’ roll

“Mr. Berry was rock’s master theorist and conceptual genius, a songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves.” That’s how the New York Times is describing Chuck Berry in a report on its home page today — the article is positioned in the spot designated for the biggest news story of the […]

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U.S. vs. North Korea: Trump will be applauded for taking out Kim Jong-un

U.S. vs. North Korea: Trump will be applauded for taking out Kim Jong-un

What are the odds the United States will be launching military strikes on North Korea’s known missile sites in the weeks to come? I’m thinking the odds are high, and that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not be antagonizing the U.S. with his threats of an intercontinental ballistic missile for much longer. Previous U.S. […]

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Quebec disgraced by bad drivers, slow road crews during latest storm

Quebec disgraced by bad drivers, slow road crews during latest storm

Combine high winds and falling snow — and much of civilization as we know it is paralyzed. You would think, though, that Quebecers would be used to big dumps of snow and blizzard conditions. That’s their reputation, right? Not anymore. As the winds whipped yesterday’s falling snow around on Highway 10 in the Eastern Townships, […]

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Sunday Reads: Of DST and the benefits of naturism for children

Sunday Reads: Of DST and the benefits of naturism for children

Did you remember to move your clocks forward one hour before you went to bed last night? Apparently, a lot of people will be grumbling about the switch to Daylight Savings Time for a few days, and many people will be dragging their butts through the Monday workday because of the “lost hour of sleep.” […]

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Biggest story of the day not in google news queue

Biggest story of the day not in google news queue

The top stories in my google news queue — the Canada English edition — this afternoon are about high winds in Newfoundland (No. 1), an Alberta mother sentenced to life for killing her daughter (No. 2), PM Trudeau on energy regulations (No. 3), the stupidity of daylight savings time (No. 4), South Koreans rallying in […]

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International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day?

While many people in the West celebrate and speak out about women’s rights on this International Women’s Day, I find myself thinking about the woman in a song called Pearls by Sade. As writer Joseph Lamour says on Upworthy.com about the song: The main character in Sade’s story is picking “pearls” off the side of […]

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Resurrecting Mars: All aboard?

Resurrecting Mars: All aboard?

Why would scientists want to colonize Mars? Because they can . . . maybe. There are reports today saying scientists are talking about deploying a giant magnetic shield that could make Mars habitable. I don’t want to get into the scientific details; you can read about them in a report on the Science Alert site […]

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