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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...