Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Nanaimo Bulletin.  While our neighbors south of the border argue about who to let in, Canada remains an open society, one that welcomes newcomers and encourages immigration. Together, we've worked to build the country we now have today, one hundred and fifty years later. Since the very start, Canada has … Continue reading Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders

O’Leary is far from the only Canadian who can’t speak French – and that’s a problem

By Chelsea Craig & Richard Forbes. Featured image via John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette.  "Mes amis Quebecois, le français c'est important pour moi," Kevin O'Leary read clumsily from a memo to the Montreal audience; the presumed front-runner in a race of fourteen candidates vying for the federal Conservative party leadership, O'Leary was responding to those who had … Continue reading O’Leary is far from the only Canadian who can’t speak French – and that’s a problem

What does it mean to be a feminist, anyways?

By Chelsea Craig. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked some controversy by attending a gender segregated mosque – Ottawa's oldest – this past week. To his credit, Trudeau acknowledged the divide, raising his hand to address the crowd of women on the balcony, saying “Diversity is a source of strength, not just a source of weakness, … Continue reading What does it mean to be a feminist, anyways?

We mustn’t let the stories of missing and murdered aboriginal women go forgotten

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Adrian Wyld, CP. This time last week the federal government was announcing the official launch for the long anticipated inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The launch took place at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, with three ministers at hand, who shared their thoughts and their hopes … Continue reading We mustn’t let the stories of missing and murdered aboriginal women go forgotten

St Jerome is more than just another by-election

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Canadian Press. A high stakes provincial by-election in St-Jerome, Quebec will be called in the fall and a CAQ win could hint at potential electoral ruin for the PQ in 2018. With the CAQ hoping to gain back the seat they lost to former PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau … Continue reading St Jerome is more than just another by-election

Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec

By Chelsea Craig. Recent calls for a second Scottish independence referendum have been stirring a conversation among Quebec’s chattering classes who’ve been hard at work this past week drawing comparisons between Scotland’s and la belle province’s own quest to become a sovereign state. Setting aside the obvious legal distinction between Scotland, which is a country … Continue reading Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec