“For some politicians and pundits, it’s impossible to discuss Islamophobia in Quebec or Bill 21 and the impending legal challenge without them insisting it’s Quebec bashing. There is no room for nuance in their statements because they don’t want there to be any. It’s performative outrage that’s purely meant to distract.”
“People say I’m controversial,” Madonna said in 2016, “but I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.” Bingo.
“This year’s lineup at the Wildside Festival is a celebration of the city’s diversity and its distinct French heritage and soul, with English-speaking organizers and translators openly professing their love of francophone Québécois culture.”
44-year-old Fritznel Richard, an asylum seeker from Haiti who was trying to reunite with his family for Christmas, froze to death in the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle woods near a crossing point between Canada and the U.S.
More than merely superstition and naive symbolism about luck and abundance, new-year rituals from different cultures are about finding meaning in life, re-establishing control and re-emerging triumphant.