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  • (Quebec) Separatists claim victory on Plains of Abraham

    02/15/2009 11:41:02 AM PST · by Loyalist · 7 replies · 515+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | February 15, 2009 | William Marsden
    The leader of a tiny network of Quebec separatists is taking credit for the apparent scrapping of a re-enactment of the battle of the Plains of Abraham. The re-enactment had been slated as part of 250th anniversary celebrations of the pivotal battle in the French-British struggle for North America. "Yes, it was because of us that they have cancelled it," Patrick Bourgeois, leader of Le Réseau de résistance du Québécois, told The Gazette. "I'm very proud of that." Bourgeois's single-handed Internet campaign and his threats to disrupt the celebrations appeared to have had the desired effect. André Juneau, director of...
  • Quebec kids to learn Orwellian spirituality (Quebec school kids forced to study moral relativism)

    01/14/2009 10:58:56 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 915+ views
    Mercatornet ^ | January 14, 2009 | Barbara Kay
    An often-quoted Jesuit maxim boasts, "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Only seven? Amateurs! Since September all Quebec students from primary school entry to high school graduation, whether enrolled in public or non-funded private schools, must attend Quebec's new Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC). And teachers, regardless of their beliefs, must teach it. Jonathan Gagne, a courageous teenager at the Joseph-Hermas-Leclerc secondary school in Granby, Que., has just been suspended, and will likely be expelled, for boycotting ERC. He is a hero to thousands of angry, mainly Catholic, Quebecers who...
  • 7 students suspended for refusing anti-Christian class

    12/20/2008 10:01:53 AM PST · by gscc · 27 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | December 20, 2008 | WorldNetDaily
    Seven Christian students in Quebec have been handed suspensions in the last few days – and could face expulsions – for refusing to participate in a new mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture course that, according to a critic, is a "superficial mishmash of trendy theoretical platitudes" with the goal of convincing children that "all religions – including pagan animism and cults – are equally 'true.'"
  • MNA pledges reluctant allegiance to the Queen[Canada]

    12/19/2008 9:16:38 AM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 951+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 18 Dec 2008 | RHÉAL SÉGUIN
    A new pro-sovereignty left-wing party made its official entrance to the legislature yesterday and what an entrance it was for Québec solidaire's first and only elected member, Amir Khadir. Mr. Khadir resented having to pledge allegiance to the Queen, calling the tradition a "remnant of the archaic British monarchy," during his swearing-in as a member of the National Assembly. His loyalty, Mr. Khadir professed, rested exclusively with the people of Quebec and their quest for social justice and political independence. "Until Quebec becomes a modern and democratic republic, I have to pledge allegiance to the duly constituted authority, the Queen....
  • France pursues 1980s terrorist now "respected" professor

    11/14/2008 12:34:27 AM PST · by idov · 10 replies · 859+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 14, 2008 | Josh Wingrove
    Until last year, Hassan Diab was leading the quiet life of a Canadian sociology professor. Prof. Diab was teaching at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, was said to be a popular colleague and teacher. After leaving the violence of his native Lebanon and earning his doctorate in the United States, Prof. Diab, 54, received his Canadian citizenship and appeared to settle into Ottawa. There, friends said he was a secular man with an interest in sociology and Middle East studies, and was not without a warm side. "He has a great rapport with students," said Carleton professor...
  • Quebec comedy duo prank call Palin

    11/01/2008 12:45:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 2,850+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 11/1/08 | staff
    MONTREAL — A Quebec comedy duo notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state has reached Sarah Palin, convincing the Republican vice-presidential nominee she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In the interview, which lasts about six minutes, Ms. Palin and the pranksters discuss politics, pundits, and the dangers of hunting with Vice-President Dick Cheney. The Masked Avengers, who have a regular show on Montreal radio station CKOI, intend to air the full interview on the eve of the U.S. elections. The well-known duo of Sebastien Trudel and Marc-Antoine Audette have also tricked Rolling Stones singer Mick...
  • Quebec Demands Immigrants Sign-off on 'Shared Values'

    10/30/2008 11:03:30 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Oct. 30Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    When it comes to immigration, most of us see that a melting pot for the most part works. While the idea of multi-cultural-ism does not work, as it is just a fact that some cultures clash as they stand for opposite ways of life. Many Islamic laws and cultures are against the laws of West. Examples of this are "honor killings", forced genital mutilations, and being stoned to death for adultery.
  • Quebec man's Web messages urge Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada

    10/17/2008 2:58:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Canwest News Service ^ | October 17, 2008 | STEWART BELL
    A Quebec man has posted messages on the Internet encouraging Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada, the latest in a series of similar sentiments that are worrying counterterrorism officials. The author of the messages, who uses the pseudonym Altar, praised terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and asked why Al-Qa'ida was focusing its efforts only on Europe instead of Canada. "Allah is great and may Allah bless Sheikh bin Laden. May the sword held by the hand of Al-Qa'ida hit not only Europe, but hit all our enemies. Wherever they are," he wrote in a Sept. 25 posting. "Me, I live in Canada...
  • Quebec Rejects Alberta-Style Conservatism

    10/15/2008 2:46:40 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 4 replies · 488+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 15, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    They deny the nation the chance at a solid and stable government heading into the choppy financial waters. At least we know what they consider important in la belle province. Screw the economy – Quebec needs to pay the buskers!
  • Endorsements, opinions flourish in Quebec (Canadian Federal Elections!)

    10/13/2008 12:21:04 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) ^ | 10/13/08 | Corinne Smith - Staff Reporter
    To the surprise of nobody, many endorsements and opinions in Quebec have been voiced during this federal election campaign, with Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's campaign being one of the central targets. In our effort to give readers a taste of what is being said in the province, we did stumble on one surprise: an influential newspaper that picked none of the parties nor leaders running for office, perhaps a telling sign of a campaign that's done little to impress. Quebec's esteemed newspaper of record La Presse did just that this week, in what editor-in-chief André Pratte called a "sad realization."...
  • Harper Pursues His Majority In Quebec's New Heartland (Tories Look To Rural Quebec For Future Alert)

    08/01/2008 11:58:14 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 278+ views
    National Post ^ | 8/1/2008 | L. Ian MacDonald
    The travelling summer fair was already here when the political circus rolled into this town that time forgot, just west of Quebec City. But there were 1,500 people waiting at the local arena for Stephen Harper, a show of strength arranged Wednesday evening by Jacques Gourde, the sitting Conservative MP for the riding of Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, 30 km west of South Shore Levis, where the party’s national caucus met over the last two days. The former Bloc Québécois member, Odina Desrochers, whom Gourd defeated in 2006, was among the friendly faces in the rural crowd. The road to a Conservative majority...
  • Quebec feminists erupt over Molson's 'Goddess' calendars

    07/11/2008 12:46:15 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 109 replies · 4,408+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Friday, July 11, 2008 | Graeme Hamilton
    MONTREAL — Using pretty women to sell beer is not exactly a novel idea, but Molson finds itself under attack this week for a series of calendars featuring scantily clad Quebec "goddesses." The idea was to highlight the most beautiful women from five Quebec regions, and auditions were held to make the selections. In some cases the winners received a trip to Cuba for the photo shoot. The images (which you can see here, and are only marginally safe for work) are for the most part no racier than what one would find in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition (Mind you,...
  • Quebec Awakes (Minor Seminary Will Follow Eucharistic Congress)

    06/24/2008 2:01:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 976+ views
    NCR ^ | June 24, 2008 | John Burger
    Cardinal Marc Ouellet faced a daunting task when he became archbishop of Quebec, Canada, in 2003.The province of Quebec, once thoroughly Catholic, with roots in the rich history of French missionaries, had become thoroughly secularized. The 49th International Eucharistic Congress was held in his city June 15-22, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Quebec’s founding, with hopes that it would provide a way to rekindle the spark of faith there. The cardinal, who is also primate of Canada and was once a missionary in Colombia, took advantage of the opportunity. He set out on a program of pastoral renewal centered...
  • Tens of thousands accompany Eucharist through streets of Quebec

    06/20/2008 1:44:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 402+ views
    CNS ^ | June 20, 2008 | Joseph Sinasac
    QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- Nearly 25,000 Catholics from around the world poured through the narrow streets of Quebec City, accompanying the Eucharist in an outpouring of religious fervor absent from this city for at least half a century. The June 19 procession was one of the highlights of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress June 15-22. The Eucharist, held in an oversized modern monstrance, was driven through the streets on a platform pulled by a truck. Riding with the monstrance were Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Pope Benedict XVI's representative to the congress; Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet; and Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr of...
  • Canadian Court overturns father's grounding of 12-year-old

    06/19/2008 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Scythian · 34 replies · 675+ views
    OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday. The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer.
  • Dad grounds daughter, but court ungrounds her

    06/18/2008 8:53:43 PM PDT · by andyk · 26 replies · 253+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 18th, 2008 | WorldNetDaily
    A court has overturned a father's penalty for his daughter for disobeying his orders to avoid the Internet – the cancellation of a school trip, according to a new report. According to Agence France-Presse, Justice Suzanne Tessier in Quebec Superior Court ordered the grounding for the 12-year-old girl lifted, prompting the father's lawyer, Kim Beaudoin, to warn, "Parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on." The father had ordered the daughter, who was not identified by the report, to remain off the Internet. She didn't, chatting on websites her father had tried to block and then...
  • Black bear attacks and kills grandmother, 70, on fishing trip

    06/04/2008 2:26:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 86 replies · 1,002+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | June 2, 2008 | KATE HAMMER
    The husband of a 70-year-old grandmother who was killed by a bear in northern Quebec ... Conservation experts set traps after Friday evening's attack, but ... the bear was still at large in the wilds of northern Quebec. As she scouted a fishing hole for walleye, Ms. Lavoie became separated from her husband. Barely 10 minutes later, Mr. Lavoie felt something was amiss and went searching for his wife of 51 years. Metres away he came upon the nightmarish scene of her body being dragged into the forest by a bear. Mr. Lavoie chased the predator for nearly 200 metres...
  • You don't want a highway right in your backyard?

    04/05/2008 6:31:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 264+ views
    The Montreal Gazette ^ | April 5, 2008 | Henry Aubin
    In 2006, former premier Lucien Bouchard and several business leaders blamed the not-in-my-backyard syndrome - NIMBY - for much of the Montreal metropolitan area's "immobilisme." The criticism followed the cancellation of two projects that had stirred public protests - a casino near Pointe St. Charles and the Suroît power plant. Despite the scolding, citizens remain unrepentant and as pesky as ever. Protests against noisy aircraft over the West Island, for example, are giving headaches to airport officials trying to accommodate increasing numbers of flights. Protests on the North Shore are also causing problems for the expansion of a smelly regional...
  • Polls: Liberals, Bloc Slip (Good News For Conservatives In Quebec Alert)

    03/30/2008 10:57:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 326+ views ^ | 3/30/2008 | UPI
    MONTREAL, March 30 (UPI) -- A poll in Quebec is bad news for both the nationalist Bloc Quebecois and the Liberal Party. The Conservative Party, now the governing group in Canada, has gained at the expense of the other two, CTV reported. Support for the Bloc has dropped to 30 percent, the CROP poll found, while the Conservatives are now at 29 percent. Liberals are down to 20 percent, and the New Democratic Party is at 15 percent. Among Francophones, about 85 percent of the population of Quebec, support for the Bloc is at 35 percent, for the Conservatives at...
  • Stephane Dion's Quebec Problem

    03/27/2008 3:21:43 PM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 375+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-03-27 | L. Ian Macdonald
    MONTREAL -In a way, Stephane Dion's leadership problems began on Day One, in December, 2006, when 82% of the delegates to the Liberal convention voted for someone else on the first ballot. When Dion stormed from third place to overtake Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae, there were at least two other guys who thought they should have won. Actually three, counting Gerard Kennedy, who would have been third rather than fourth if a handful of his delegates hadn't parked with Martha Hall Findlay on the first ballot to reward her for an outstanding speech. In that sense, Dion wasn't even...
  • Quebec radical groups claim blame for spate of violence, fires

    03/19/2008 5:35:48 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 8 replies · 317+ views
    MONTREAL - Fringe political activists have claimed responsibility for torching police cars, smashing windows and other violence in recent days in Montreal. But police and at least one expert say they don't know if the wreckage is the result of a concerted campaign by a real political movement, or merely isolated acts committed by vandals and claimed by attention- seeking anarchists. "At this moment it's so hard to link the events," said Sgt. Ian Lafreniere of the Montreal police. "It's the first time we heard of these supposed groups. When you look at the motivation they put down in the...
  • Recognizing Kosovo could backfire for Ottawa, expert says[Canada][Quebec Sovereignty?]

    02/22/2008 10:30:54 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 153+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Rheal Seguin
    QUEBEC CITY — Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence is a clear example of how powerless the federal government would be to stop Quebec from doing the same, according to influential Quebec City lawyer André Joli-Coeur. Mr. Joli-Coeur, who 10 years ago made the same argument before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Quebec secession reference, said that should Ottawa recognize the declaration of independence of Kosovo, it will have difficulty refusing Quebec the same status should the province eventually declare its independence. "The case of Kosovo clearly demonstrates that the essential factors in the creation of a state are...
  • (Un)Fair Trade

    02/10/2008 10:20:37 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 88+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 10, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...The benefits of such a trade to the United States seem endless. Americans would find it fascinating to see men kissing each other in public (albeit on the cheek). Don’t worry about the rampant anti-Americanism in Quebec, as they already have an ‘in’ with their long-lost relatives in the New Orleans area. And the poutine! Don’t forget about the poutine!...
  • Fallen Soldier Returning Home

    12/31/2007 2:21:59 PM PST · by Clive · 6 replies · 258+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | 2007-12-31 | (media advisory)
    Media Advisory Fallen Soldier Returning Home MA 07-048 - December 31, 2007 OTTAWA, Ont. - Our fallen soldier, Gunner Jonathan Dion, a member of 5e régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada, based in Valcartier, Quebec, is scheduled to return home to Canada. Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario. When: Wednesday, January 2, 2:00 p.m. What: Media are invited to view the arrival; however no interviews will be given. Present to pay their respects will be the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and other dignitaries. Gunner Dion was killed December 30, 2007 when the armoured vehicle...
  • Counter ‘revolution’ brewing in Quebec

    11/11/2007 12:41:23 PM PST · by Reform Canada · 24 replies · 143+ views
    Proud to be Canadian ^ | Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Ted Byfield
    Counter ‘revolution’ brewing in Quebec English-speaking Canada was given further evidence last week that an extraordinary change is taking place in Quebec. A whole generation of young people seems to be discovering the “Quiet Revolution,” conducted in the late 20th century by their elders, was in fact a fraud. Its pretended aim was to preserve the language and culture of Quebec against the assimilating influence of the Anglo-American colossus that threatens it. What it was actually doing was instituting a secular socialist culture that had far more in common with, say, Sweden than anything in the history of Quebec, and...
  • Counter 'revolution' brewing in Quebec

    11/11/2007 4:03:13 AM PST · by Clive · 15 replies · 187+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2007-11-11 | Ted Byfield
    English-speaking Canada was given further evidence last week that an extraordinary change is taking place in Quebec. A whole generation of young people seems to be discovering the "Quiet Revolution," conducted in the late 20th century by their elders, was in fact a fraud. Its pretended aim was to preserve the language and culture of Quebec against the assimilating influence of the Anglo-American colossus that threatens it. What it was actually doing was instituting a secular socialist culture that had far more in common with, say, Sweden than anything in the history of Quebec, and would have been utterly abhorrent...
  • Future Bargain Bin Special

    11/10/2007 5:37:37 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 126+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | November 10, 2007 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Continuing in the fine tradition of Trudeau, Chrétien, and other Eastern Canadians afflicted with delusional self-importance comes the latest example of ‘them’ telling ‘us’ in Alberta how to live. Montreal journalist Bill Marsden’s new book, “Stupid to the Last Drop” targets the most evil of all evils, the Alberta tar sands, and our nonchalance to the impact he claims it is having on our environment. Painting a picture that seems right out of some apocalyptic science-fiction story, Marsden attempts to describe our province as some backwater community whose citizens can’t get the oil out the ground fast enough, trees and...
  • The Secularists' Fraudulent Revolution (Or The Revival Of French Canada Alert)

    11/09/2007 10:55:29 PM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 476+ views ^ | 11/10/2007 | Ted Byfield
    The latest disclosure came when Radio Canada announced the "Felix" awards for Quebec-generated popular music. A folk-song group calling itself "Mes Aieux" (My Ancestors) had produced what was voted the most popular song in Quebec. It's called "Dégénérations" which (when spoken) could mean either "degeneration," an apt description of what has been happening in Quebec, or perhaps just "generations," a wistful observance of changing times. The words of the song leave no doubt, however, about its message. They recall and extol the old Quebecois, who courageously broke the land and founded French Canada. The song likewise deplores their descendants who...
  • Quebec's toxic identity debate

    11/05/2007 10:23:44 AM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 84+ views
    The Star ^ | Nov 03, 2007
    Across Canada, people of goodwill are cringing as Quebec's identity debate turns toxic. Premier Jean Charest served blunt notice this week that politicians are "fanning the flames of intolerance" toward cultural and religious minorities, and promoting a "siege mentality." That may sound alarmist to those who have not followed the debate. But Charest had reason to speak out. And not a minute too soon. Consider Quebec's two opposition leaders. Mario Dumont of the Action Démocratique party argues that Quebec is "pretty much at capacity, in terms of intake," and wants to block increases in immigration. Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois,...
  • In Defence Of Herouxville ("accommodating" immigrants in Quebec)

    10/30/2007 10:57:01 AM PDT · by fanfan · 5 replies · 138+ views
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | Jonathan Kay
    In Defence Of HerouxvilleQuebec isn't swinging right. Muscular mono-culturalism is swinging leftMONTREAL -Nativism is supposed to be a right-wing creed. So why is Quebec, the most socially liberal province in the country, the only place where Canadians are candidly discussing how far we should go to "accommodate" immigrants? Why are Canadian cartoonists putting KKK costumes on the hotheads of Herouxville instead of, say, Calgary or Red Deer? And why is it the PQ-- not some cowboy-hat party out on the Prairies -- that's proposing a two-tier citizenship system? It's not because Quebec is swinging right. It's because mono-culturalism is swinging...
  • As Quebec Goes, So Goes Canada (Resurgent Conservatism In Quebec Alert)

    10/23/2007 9:19:30 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 188+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/23/2007 | Christopher Sands
    Canadians often grumble about the outsized influence of Quebec in national politics. The province doesn’t even make up a quarter of the country’s population anymore, and yet it seems able to determine the limits of what governments in Ottawa can do on everything, from taxes and spending, to Canadian involvement in Afghanistan, and even Canada’s position on global warming. Americans frequently are told that Canada cannot be more helpful on a particular issue, “…because of Quebec." The Conservative minority government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper made several direct appeals to Quebec voters in its Throne Speech that officially opened a...
  • Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province

    10/07/2007 7:03:53 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 1,262+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province Program includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires children to question their own religious upbringing By John-Henry Westen QUEBEC CITY, October 4, 2007 ( - As of the beginning of the 2008 school year, all students in the province of Quebec whether in public school, private school or even homeschooled will be mandated to take a program on "Ethics and Religious Culture" which runs from grade one till the end of high school.  The program is completely relativistic and includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires...
  • Liberal nightmare comes to fruition in byelections (Canadian elections in Quebec)

    09/17/2007 10:58:05 PM PDT · by saganite · 29 replies · 223+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | 18 Sep 07 | staff
    OTTAWA (CP) — One look at Stephane Dion's grim visage late Monday was all that was needed to discern the dismal state of his Liberal party in Quebec after his first test as leader. In a Liberal nightmare scenario-turned-reality, the party lost a traditional Montreal fortress and was reduced to single-digit support in two other Quebec ridings. A party that owned the province through much of Canada's history has now fallen below what was supposed to be the nadir of the post-sponsorship election last year. Francophones deserted the party in all three ridings on Monday. Their last remaining stranglehold on...
  • Coming to America: B16's April ('08) Road Show

    09/17/2007 9:43:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 179+ views
    WITL ^ | September 15, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    To paraphrase Paul Revere, and with especially good reason: Yanks, the Pope is coming.... The Pope is COMING! Two weeks ago, preliminary plans for Benedict XVI's first US visit were disseminated among a handful of senior hierarchs at a DC meeting. In the days since, a rough sketch of the much-anticipated apostolic journey -- the first since 1999 -- has begun to emerge. Currently slated to take place from 15-20 April 2008, the Tuesday-to-Sunday visit's official centerpiece will be a papal speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York -- the prime cause for the US tour,...
  • No couples on the planet shack up more than those in Quebec: census

    09/12/2007 11:32:31 AM PDT · by Limbaugh is God · 16 replies · 664+ views
    Wed Sep 12, 8:52 AM By Les Perreaux ADVERTISEMENT MONTREAL (CP) - Quebecers have long led Canada in the modern move away from wedding vows toward common-law coupling, but now the province has roared past Sweden and Finland to lead the world. New data from the 2006 census released Wednesday shows no couples on the planet are known to shack up more than those in la belle province. The dramatic move away from marriage is accelerating wildly in Quebec, with 35 per cent of couples choosing common-law arrangements compared to 30 per cent in 2001, the last time the data...
  • Charest defends Afghan mission (Quebec Premier Jean Charest)

    08/21/2007 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Clive · 12 replies · 466+ views
    CanWest News Service via National Post ^ | 2007-08-21 | (news service with files from Philip Authier, Rene Bruemmer and Dominique Blain
    SHAWINIGAN, Que. -- The day after news was released that a member of the Quebec-based Van Doo regiment had been killed in action in Afghanistan, the mission and Quebecers' view of the war came into sharp focus yesterday. Premier Jean Charest offered a spirited defence of the mission, even though support in the province has consistently rated as the weakest in Canada. "We, as citizens of Quebec, have a duty to support the men and women who are there and who are doing this work in our name and are making the biggest sacrifice that can be asked of a...
  • Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting behind closed doors

    08/21/2007 6:45:25 AM PDT · by USA Girl · 16 replies · 784+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | Jerome R. Corsi
    MONTEBELLO, Quebec – Leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico have begun their discussions of the Security and Prosperity Partnership behind closed doors here at the five-star Fairmont Le Chateau resort in Montebello, Quebec. President Bush arrived at mid-afternoon yesterday, with the presidential helicopter landing on the club's golf course, as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was waiting to greet him. As the two met, Harper commented that Bush appeared to travel with his own security army of Secret Service. Mexico's President Felipe Calderon arrived later, and could be the first to depart as forecasters estimated Hurricane Dean is...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 08-20-07

    08/20/2007 5:07:58 PM PDT · by snugs · 64 replies · 2,476+ views
    As the President boarded AF1 at Waco today I would assume he and the First Lady spent the weekend in Crawford Texas at their ranch. Today the President departed for Ottawa, Canada, to attend a two-day summit with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Forced Education in Homosexuality and Evolution Leads to Exodus of Mennonites from Quebec

    08/17/2007 2:49:38 PM PDT · by em2vn · 30 replies · 826+ views
    Lifesite ^ | 08-16-07 | John-Henry Westen and Elizabeth O'Brien
    A community of a dozen Mennonite families in Quebec is ready to leave the province rather than succumb to provincial government demands that would require their children to be taught evolution and homosexuality. While the government sees its actions as nothing more than enforcing technical regulations, many view the case as intolerance of Christian faith. The community runs a small Mennonite school out of a church in Roxton Falls where eleven children in elementary grades were expected to commence studies this Fall. Subjects include reading, writing, math, science, geography, social sciences, music and French. However, they are not schooled in...
  • Forced Education in Homosexuality and Evolution Leads to Exodus of Mennonites from Quebec

    08/17/2007 12:15:16 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 119 replies · 2,252+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 8/17/07 | John-Henry Westen and Elizabeth O'Brien
    A community of a dozen Mennonite families in Quebec is ready to leave the province rather than succumb to provincial government demands that would require their children to be taught evolution and homosexuality. While the government sees its actions as nothing more than enforcing technical regulations, many view the case as intolerance of Christian faith. The community runs a small Mennonite school out of a church in Roxton Falls where eleven children in elementary grades were expected to commence studies this Fall. Subjects include reading, writing, math, science, geography, social sciences, music and French. However, they are not schooled in...
  • Quebec-based troops in Afghanistan can't fathom antiwar sentiment back home

    08/04/2007 8:01:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 1,092+ views
    CanadaEast ^ | August 3rd, 2007
    Quebec-based troops in Afghanistan can't fathom antiwar sentiment back home MARTIN OUELLET August 3rd, 2007 SHAWALI KOT, Afghanistan (CP) - Pte. Francis Archambault says he couldn't believe what he was hearing during a conversation he had before he left Quebec for Afghanistan. "Somebody who's educated, who has diplomas galore, told me there would be no war in the world if people like me didn't exist," Archambault, 23, said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "It really shocked me to hear that from someone who should know better." Archambault and other Quebec-based soldiers in Afghanistan expressed frustration and exasperation with...
  • Small number of Que. soldiers active in Afghanistan

    06/16/2007 6:23:19 AM PDT · by Clive · 4 replies · 597+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-06-16 | Stephanie Levitz
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - They sing and tell jokes over their vehicle intercoms, but since they landed eight months ago there's been a lot of hard work and little play for the small company of Canadian soldiers from Quebec who are already in Afghanistan. Though much is being made of the 2,000 soldiers from Valcartier, Que. arriving in August, a hardy band of 156 have been in Kandahar since December. And watching the attention bestowed on those about to arrive hasn't been easy for them. "It's a bit of frustration from the French guys, to be honest," said Maj. Richard...
  • Anti-war letter angers soldiers

    06/13/2007 6:36:05 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 6 replies · 480+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | Graeme Hamilton
    Anti-war letter angers soldiers GROUPS URGE DESERTION; Direct mail calls Afghan activities 'war crimes' Graeme Hamilton, National Post Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 MONTREAL - As families on Canadian Forces Base Valcartier prepare for the departure beginning next month of 2,300 soldiers to Afghanistan, antiwar groups have sent letters to soldiers' homes comparing Canada's military activities to war crimes and urging them to refuse deployment. The letters from a coalition of Quebec groups prompted angry reactions when they began arriving in mailboxes yesterday on the base outside Quebec City, home to the Royal 22nd Regiment, or Vandoos. "I read...
  • For Crooks: Guns Aplenty. For You And Me: Paperwork (Handgun Ban Disarms Law-abiding. D'OH Alert)

    06/04/2007 11:45:52 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 624+ views
    National Post ^ | 06/02/2007 | George Jonas
    My friend, noted Quebec academic and author Pierre Lemieux, submitted his firearms licence-renewal application directly to the Prime Minister's office this week. "Mr. Prime Minister," he wrote in a covering letter enclosing his Form 979, "I would like to suggest that you should enforce your own "laws" yourself. You will note that, as a proud descendant of the disobedient French Canadian coureurs de bois, I have not answered one of the form's indiscreet and obscene questions. I answered that my love affairs are none of your business." (Form 979 asks, among other things, about recently ended romantic relationships.) Atta boy,...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 28 - June 2, 2007: Mont Saint Hilaire from Space and Ground

    05/29/2007 12:24:42 PM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 463+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | 05/28/2007 | NASA
    Go to the link in the header for the article and explanation of what these are. The picture below is of the Monteregian Hills; Mont St. Hilaire is on the left. The picture is half-size; click for full-size. Mont St. Hilaire from the ground: As seen from Montreal: In winter: In autumn (even nicer if the light poles are cropped out):
  • Where Religion Is Illegal [Canada & Islamophobia]

    05/21/2007 1:52:54 PM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 950+ views
    islamonline ^ | 5-16-2007 | Sheema Khan
    Not every harassment against Muslims comes out of Islamophobia. Secular, nationalistic, but not religious are the Quebecers. The founder of CAIR-CAN reflects on how the nature, culture, and history of Quebec make it hard for Muslims to live normally in the province.The latest high-profile incident involved the expulsion of five Muslim girls, aged 10 to 14, from a Tae kwon do tournament, by Quebec sports officials who ruled their hijab to be against regulations of the sport, in spite of the fact that hijab-clad Muslim women have competed worldwide in this martial art without any incident. In the neighboring province...
  • Let The Feeding Frenzy Begin (Canada-Quebec Politics)

    05/12/2007 7:09:00 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 8 replies · 684+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Saturday, May 12, 2007 | John Ivison
    OTTAWA - The Bloc Quebecois has a similar relationship to the Canadian body politic as the eponymous Alien had with the crew of the starship Nostromo -- that is, it would like nothing better than to burst through the chest cavity of its parliamentary host. Since the party's raison d'etre is to break up the country, its leaders are required to keep their distance from other parliamentarians and be dispassionate about all issues that don't touch on Quebec. Gilles Duceppe has been the model for all future separatist leaders. Never one to fraternize with anglos -- the Bloc prints all...
  • Quebecer among 32 Virginia Tech victims

    04/17/2007 11:24:47 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 5 replies · 655+ views ^ | Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Staff
    Quebecer among 32 Virginia Tech victims CBC News Last Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | 1:21 PM ET A language teacher originally from Montreal is among the 32 victims at Virginia Tech, according to state police dealing with the aftermath of Monday's tragedy. Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, who taught French in Virginia Tech's department of foreign languages, was one of 32 people killed in two separate shooting incidents. Jocelyne Couture-Nowak taught intermediate Frenchat Virginia Tech. (Radio-Canada archives) Couture-Nowak was originally from Montreal and had been teaching at Virginia Tech along with her husband, Jerzy Nowak, a horticulture professor who is head...
  • Two Quebec men arrested in firebombings that targetted Jewish centres

    04/13/2007 10:47:04 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 21 replies · 1,447+ views
    CP ^ | April 13, 2007
    Two Montreal men have been arrested and charged with arson in connection to a series of firebombings, including attacks on a Jewish school and community centre. Omar Bulphred, 24, and Azim Ibragimov, 22, were arrested and charged Friday in Montreal. The pair are also charged with uttering threats and possession of arson materials. They're scheduled to return to court next week for a bail hearing. A homemade bomb was thrown at the Ben Weider Jewish Community Centre in Cote-des-Neiges earlier this month during Passover. Last September a similar device was thrown through the front window of a Jewish boys school...
  • Parental leave enhanced, Quebec birth rate soars

    04/12/2007 10:09:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 697+ views
    The Gazette ^ | Tuesday, April 03, 2007 | JAN RAVENSBERGEN
    Quebec’s birth rate went into overdrive last year – right after the province launched a substantially more generous and flexible parental-leave program. The province has registered its biggest year-over-year percentage increase in births in almost a century, immediately after improving provisions for new mothers and fathers. Those took effect Jan. 1, 2006, under a new, jointly funded Canada-Quebec program. The number of newborns surged 7.9 per cent to 82,100 in 2006 from 76,100 in 2005, figures released Tuesday by the Institut de la statistique du Quebec show. Births climbed at almost the same pace in the Montreal region, rising 7.7...