Ahhh, 2016. Has there ever been a year in our lifetime that has been filled with such clusterfuckery?

It’s normal, I guess, to be contemplative and reflective on New Year’s Eve about the year that was. I think back on the optimism I felt this time last year. Justin Trudeau had just been elected in Canada, ushering in a promised era of “sunny days” ahead. We were riding a wave of goodwill and compassion. The weather was perfect. And I ushered in the year by watching the Habs win the Winter Classic. It felt like it would be a fantastic year.

But then… well, we all know what happened next.

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WHAT. THE. FUCK. AMERICA???

Pardon my swearing. But if there’s ever a day that requires the bluest of language, it’s today.

I went to sleep last night a little worried on your behalf, Americans, but not overly so. Clinton had consistently led in the polls. The electoral math seemed to be in her favour. I was concerned that Trump was closing the gap, but, like many of you, I never really thought he’d win. I figured, okay, Hillary Clinton would edge him out, she’d make a fine and decent president, and life would go on.

I woke up this morning to three things: A lovely home-cooked breakfast by Sophie, the owner of the B&B, approximately fifty unread messages in my inbox, and the sinking news that I’d been wrong. Very, very wrong.

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“It’s not my job”: Montreal’s construction woes in four words

10.24.2016

My street in the Plateau Mont-Royal is being dug up again. It’s the fifth time that this particular intersection has been dug up in the past three years. Or maybe it’s the sixth. In all honesty, I’ve lost count. The area has been under construction so constantly since I moved there in 2011 that I’ve [...]

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Lisée voted PQ leader

10.07.2016

Meanwhile in Quebec, the new PQ leader is none other than Jean-François Lisée: I admit I’m actually a bit surprised that he won. He’s too intellectual, too mild-mannered, too unpopular with the PQ elite, too cautious for the hard-liners, too last-generation for the progressive youth. But I admit that, as someone opposed to most of [...]

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Trump, women, mysogyny and cynicism

10.07.2016

So, Donald Trump was caught on tape making disgusting comments about being able to grope women. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Hand up? You clearly haven’t been paying attention anytime this past, oh, say, decade. Everyone from both parties is rushing to condemn Trump’s comments and distance themselves from him, and the media and [...]

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Uzbekistan leader Karimov reported dead

09.02.2016

If this is true, it could signal a major change for Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator, Islam Karimov, has died, leaving central Asia’s most populous country in a state of turmoil and political uncertainty. [ . . . ] There were few official clues as to how Uzbekistan’s new leader may be picked. All week the [...]

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I admit it: I’m a census nerd

07.21.2016

I’m one of those Canadians who really, really likes the census. I completed it (alas, the short version) within minutes of receiving my card in the mail. Apparently, I’m not the only one: This census reportedly had a 98% response rate, higher than the last two censuses. In fact, so many people were excited that [...]

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Coup in Turkey

07.15.2016

It appears that there has been a military coup in Turkey. Developments are ongoing. There are reports of troops being deployed to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul. The prime minister says a group within the military is trying to stage a coup. Update: Vox tries to explain the situation in Turkey: I hope that [...]

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NHL in Vegas?

06.22.2016

Well, Gary Bettman has done it again: He just announced that Quebec City’s NHL expansion bid has been denied, but Las Vegas’s has been approved: Bettman said the NHL board of governors unanimously accepted an expansion bid from Sin City on Wednesday, with the new team set to begin play in the 2017-18 season. I [...]

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So much for Olympic values

06.19.2016

So much for the Olympic values of peace, understanding and bringing people together: A Syrian boxer has quit the World Boxing Championship rather than be forced to compete against his Israeli opponent: The first round match between Syrian Ala Ghasoun and the Israeli fighter was scheduled to place at the tournament which is a precondition to qualifying for the [...]

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