Proving that irony is dead here, a hijab-wearing immigrant woman of colour was bullied into apologizing for stating facts by Quebec’s whites-only cadre of free-speech warriors.
“Politicians — a group of people well known for the near constant presence of their heads up their own asses — are exactly the kinds of people who would tell you to take the bus and turn down the thermostat to lower your carbon footprint, all while their motorcades and jumbo jets spew pollution and emissions far in excess of what most people will produce in their entire lifetimes.”
“The massacre left an indelible imprint on Quebecers, and Montrealers in particular. It also had very real legal consequences: nearly all of Canada’s modern gun control legislation came about as a consequence of the lobbying by the gun control advocates born in the hallways and classrooms of Polytechnique on the night of Dec. 6, 1989.”
“With this current provincial government, it feels like if you don’t check enough boxes — if you’re not this, if you’re not that, if you don’t support Bill 21, if you’re not francophone, if you don’t speak French at home — then you’re not the ‘right’ type of Quebecer.”
A committee convened to decide the fate of the decapitated statue of Canada’s first prime minister actually recommended against restoring it. Are the times truly changing?
“The idea that the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga fit neatly onto a small patch of bucolic, undeveloped land on the lower campus of an urban university is pervasive despite being incorrect.”
A party by party look at a pretty (objectively) discouraging spread of contenders you can vote for on Monday, Oct. 3.
“On Sept. 4, 1972, three men rappelled through the skylight of the Museum of Fine Arts and stole millions of dollars of precious jewellery and priceless paintings. They escaped into the night, running down Sherbrooke Street, never to be seen again. In getting away with it, they created a mystery that may live on long after they’re gone, but the authenticity of some of the paintings they took won’t ever be confirmed unless they’re returned.”
“There’s nothing progressive about spending $50-million in public money to make sure a fancy hotel, a fancy department store, a soon-to-be fancy condo tower and a bunch of jewellers have a pretty front yard. We could do better.”
Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan drew comparisons between the Canadian Indigenous experience and Ireland’s history of colonialism and institutionalized abuse, but his routine was not well received at Just for Laughs.