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Québec, explained…or not

Checking in from a train somewhere in Nova Scotia, to relate a funny conversation I had in a youth hostel in Ste-Anne-des-Monts in Gaspésie (rural northeastern Quebec) with a young, bilingual Montreal Anglo photographer who had been in my rideshare, … Continue reading

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In Chicoutimi (Catchup blog 4 of 4)

A few weeks ago, I was in Saguenay working on a couple of stories. Sitting in the ruins of the old Pulperie on a sunny day, I wrote this little reflection on my upcoming immigration limbo:   In Chicoutimi on … Continue reading

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Townshipslaining the PM

Originally posted on Drinking Tips for Teens:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a town hall in Sherbrooke, Que. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Oh, hi there, Prime Minister Trudeau, or as we say here in the Townships,…

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Obligatory New Year post 2/2: Year in Review

*EDITED, Jan. 1, 11:00 p.m.* 2016 was a tough year. Ever since the deaths of Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Prince practically coincided with the Brussels airport bombings, the Zika crisis and the Fort McMurray wildfires, everything is 2016’s fault. … Continue reading

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Loss, Part 2 of 3

2003: I find my mom’s favourite station on her car radio and hear a strange voice, almost a spoken-word voice, singing a poem in a minor key: “Suzanne takes you down to a place near the river, You can hear the … Continue reading

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Loss, part 1 of 3

It’s barely November and I know what this year’s theme is going to be…loss. The losses of David Bowie and Gene Wilder and Prince, sure, I mourned with my friends, in much the same way I mourned Brexit with my British … Continue reading

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World Peace and Hockey

In my line of work, sometimes you accept a proposed assignment because it’s part of an important public discussion (like my latest Canadaland story on police surveillance of journalists). Sometimes you accept it because it pays well. Sometimes you accept it because … Continue reading

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Just to get this straight once and for all (a migration glossary)

I have been working on this for quite a while, but I decided to post it today because if I hear one more radio commentator, well-intentioned or not, conflating migrants in the Mediterranean (who are not vetted before their arrival … Continue reading

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Burundi au bord du gouffre: cri de coeur de Marguerite Barankitse

Si vous suivez la situation au Burundi, s’il vous plait écouter cette vidéo, ou Marguerite Barankitse, fondatrice de l’orphélinat-école Maison Shalom, dénonce les tactiques du régime burundais. C’est d’un franc-parler et d’une intensité à glacer le sang. Moins de deux … Continue reading

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Nicholas Winton 1909-2015

It’s a celebratory time of the year here in Quebec City, especially in my world. June 24 was Quebec’s Fête Nationale, today (July 1) is Canada Day and also Rwandan and Burundian independence day (I’ll get to that), Friday is City … Continue reading

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