Quebec bill shows a deep desire to push people around

Banning the wearing of religious clothing robs public servants of the right to make their own choices

Quebec bill shows a deep desire to push people aroundLegislative hearings on outlawing the wearing of religious clothing or symbols by specific Quebec public servants could easily be dismissed as proverbial lipstick on a pig.  In fact, they’re worse, much worse, than a skin-deep brush with porcine cosmetology. They are part of a calculated exploitation of the deep human spiritual need to push other…

Building a clientele with style

Colten Engedahl of Colt's Men's Wear talks about establishing a boutique clothing store from scratch in Calgary

Building a clientele with styleColten Engedahl is owner and founder of Colt's Men's Wear. What's the history of Colt's Men’s Wear? Where are you located and what do you do? Engedahl: I opened Colt's Men's Wear on July 1 2018, so we have been open for little less than a year so far. As for where the shop is…

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic genius

And a full dose of air-conditioned museum comfort certainly doesn't hurt the appreciation of Picasso

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic geniusLast week, thousands of Montrealers began to experience what I expect will gradually become a new phenomenon in global art gallery visitation – viewing art to get out of the heat. The heat wave (CBC news referred to it as “a heat event”) really descended on the city on the previous weekend, with Saturday’s temperatures…

Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s field

The fault isn’t with Quebec society. It’s with a political world that utterly rejects that it must bear responsibility when hundreds are stranded in a storm

Getting snowed under in a political Potter’s fieldOTTAWA, Ont. Mar. 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There are times when timing alone tells you everything you need to know about what’s truly wrong. An example arose last week when the head of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada abruptly resigned because of a highly critical article he’d published about Quebec and Quebecers. Social…

Andrew Potter, Maclean’s and the loss of academic freedom

His departure from McGill was a disgrace to one of Canada’s oldest institutions of higher learning

Andrew Potter, Maclean’s and the loss of academic freedomTORONTO, Ont. Mar. 28, 2017 /Troy Media/ – There was a time when Canadian universities defended academic freedom with passion, authority and gravitas. Those days are over: hurt feelings and crocodile tears now trump free speech on our university campuses. Here’s a pertinent example. Andrew Potter resigned last week as director of the Institute for the…

Canada will regret laying out the welcome mat

No country can remain an intact social entity if it abandons control over who comes, how many come and what's expected of them once they come

Canada will regret laying out the welcome matNEW YORK, N.Y. Feb. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Whoa, Canada, you can’t be serious! In trying once more to prove yourself to be the kinder, gentler nation that the United States once wished itself to be, you're embarking on a path so poorly thought out that it's legitimate to wonder if you've been dipping…

Savouring the multicultural flavours of Montreal

So few days, so many great restaurants. A taste test of Montreal's incredible restaurant scene

Savouring the multicultural flavours of Montreal[slideshow_deploy id='110709']Hover over image for caption MONTREAL, Que. Jan. 12, 2017/ Troy Media/ - The Montreal food scene is as delightfully diverse as its multicultural inhabitants. Eighty languages are spoken in this city. And its celebrated gastronomic delights far exceed Montreal's prized smoked meat at Schwartz’s Deli and its high-quality bagels at either St. Viateur…

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors Club

Vancouver's Robertson and Montreal's Coderre are front and centre when it comes to policy pronouncements that are dangerously delusional

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors ClubVICTORIA, B.C. Oct. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Mayor Gregor Robertson wants Vancouver to be “the world’s greenest city by 2020.” That's a laudable goal, provided the path is rooted in sound science and economics, rather than a religious belief in a carbon-free heaven. The first step, narrowing already-busy streets in favour of bike lanes, is infuriating…

Montreal’s Vimy Park decision an insult beyond ignorance

If allowed to stand, the city council's decision will permanently soil the character of the city

Montreal’s Vimy Park decision an insult beyond ignoranceNEW YORK, June 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The decision by the City of Montreal to rename Vimy Park after the late Jacques Parizeau is one which is so ridiculous on its face that I am forced to ask if Mayor Denis Coderre needs to check the council chamber for asbestos or lead contaminants tout…

Are some of Canada’s mayors too parochial for their cities’ good?

There is no place in a progressive society for parochial globalism of the likes of Robertson and Coderre

Are some of Canada’s mayors too parochial for their cities’ good?CALGARY, Alta. June 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The roots of politics run through the ancient Greek city, or polis, where individuals assembled to direct their collective destiny. The ancient cities exemplified the art of self-government and arguably gave birth to notion of politics (our word politics comes from polis). But the ancient cities met their end…