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  1. Immigrants to Quebec find job search hard Last Updated: Friday, September 4, 2009 | 4:16 PM ET CBC News Recent immigrants to Quebec have a harder time finding work than the average person, according to a CBC report. Aurelie Tseng has been looking for a job in Montreal for two years.Aurelie Tseng has been looking for a job in Montreal for two years. (CBC)The unemployment rate for new immigrants living in the province is nearly double the national joblessness average of eight per cent. Language barriers are a major obstacle for many people looking for work, especially in Quebec, where the dominant language is French. But even for French-speaking immigrants, searching for employment can be frustrating. Aurelie Tseng is a Taiwanese immigrant who moved to Quebec two years ago to be with her husband. Tseng has a business degree, speaks French, and is looking for work in her field. But after two years of looking for a job, she remains unemployed, and her discouragement grows. "I have no clue how to do it," Tseng told CBC News. "It takes more courage [now] because I have been depressed for a long time." Tseng has sought advice from YES Montreal, a non-profit organization that offers job-search services. They told her networking is key to finding any job. But networking in a new country is daunting, Tseng said. "In my country nobody does that, nobody would tell you to do that," she admitted. Tseng believes her Taiwanese background has made her job search tougher. "We are more, you know, moderate and modest. You just want to say 'OK, yes, I probably can do this,' but for example people here, they don't like to hear that, they want you to say it out loud: 'Yes I can do it' not just, 'Oh yes I think I can do it,' for example." Tseng said she's hoping to eventually get a break at a bank in Montreal's Chinatown.
  2. CBC, VIA Rail considered for auction block: Documents BY ANDREW MAYEDA, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE JUNE 1, 2009 6:49 PM OTTAWA — The federal Department of Finance has flagged several prominent Crown corporations as "not self-sustaining," including the CBC, VIA Rail and the National Arts Centre, and has identified them as entities that could be sold as part of the government's asset review, newly released documents show. In its fiscal update last November, the government announced that it would launch a review of its Crown assets, including so-called enterprise Crown corporations, real estate and "other holdings." Finance Department documents, obtained by Canwest News Service under the Access to Information Act, reveal that the review will focus on enterprise Crown corporations, which are not financially dependent on parliamentary subsidies. Such corporations include the Royal Canadian Mint and Ridley Terminals, which is a coal-shipping terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. But the documents also reveal that the government will consider privatizing Crown corporations that require public subsidies to stay afloat. "The reviews will also examine other holdings in which the government competes directly with private enterprises, earn income from property or performs a commercial activity," states a Finance briefing note dated Dec. 2, 2008. "It includes Crown corporations that are not self-sustaining even though they are of a commercial nature." In the briefing note, the Finance Department identifies nine Crown corporations that fall in that category, including Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the CBC and VIA Rail. The government announced last week that it will split AECL in two and seek private-sector investors for the Crown corporation's CANDU nuclear-reactor business. The Crown asset review comes as the government struggles to contain the country's deficit, now expected to top $50 billion this year. The Jan. 27 budget assumes that the government will be able to raise as much as $4 billion through asset sales by the end of March 2010. The budget identified four federal departments whose Crown assets are being reviewed first: Finance, Indian and Northern Affairs, Natural Resources, and Transport and Infrastructure. VIA Rail is overseen by the Transport Department, while the CBC and the National Arts Centre fall under the portfolio of the Canadian Heritage department. The Finance Department documents confirm that all government assets will eventually be reviewed. Privatizations tend to work well when Crown corporations enter a reasonably competitive market with a good chance of turning a profit, said Aidan Vining, a professor of business and government relations at Simon Fraser University. Unlike successfully privatized firms such as Canadian National Railway, it's not clear that CBC and VIA Rail could operate as profitable ventures while maintaining the public mandates they provided as Crown corporations, he noted. "They're not the classic privatization candidates, where you sell and walk away," said Vining, an expert in Crown corporation privatizations. "Unless, of course, you're prepared to fully withdraw from the public purpose (of the Crown corporation)." Certainly, the sale of a flagship Crown asset such as the CBC would be politically controversial. After the CBC announced this spring that it would lay off hundreds of employees, opposition critics accused the government of turning a cold shoulder to the public broadcaster's struggles. Under the Financial Administration Act, Parliament would have to approve the privatization of any Crown corporation. "It's hard to believe that some of these sales would go forward in a minority Parliament," said Vining. The Finance Department has also begun to examine the government's vast real-estate portfolio, which includes 31 million hectares of land, and more than 46,000 buildings totalling 103 million square metres — more than double the office space available in the Greater Toronto Area, according to the Finance documents. The government's holdings are worth at least $17 billion, Finance officials estimate. A briefing note labelled "secret" said that the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs acquired $7 million in surplus properties between 1998 and 2006 for potential use in land-claims deals. Over the same period, the properties cost $2 million to maintain. Divesting such properties could not only generate revenue for the government, but also cut "ongoing operations and maintenance costs," states the briefing note. A Finance Department spokeswoman said the asset review won't necessarily lead to sales in all cases. "Reviews will assess whether value could be created through changes to the assets' structure and ownership, and report on a wide set of options including the status quo, amendments to current mandates or governance," department spokeswoman Stephanie Rubec said in an e-mail. "In some cases, it may be concluded that selling an asset to a private sector entity may generate more economic activity and deliver greater value to taxpayers." Crown corporations identified by the government as "not self-sustaining": (Company name, commercial revenues, parliamentary subsidy, expenses) Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., $614.2 million, $285.3 million, $1.3 billion CBC, $565.5 million, $1.1 billion, $1.7 billion Cape Breton Development Corp., $5.1 million, $60 million, $94.1 million Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd., $14.6 million, $31.0 million, $42.9 million National Arts Centre Corp., $26.0 million, $40.6 million, $65.7 million Old Port of Montreal Corp., $16.7 million, $15.1 million, $32.0 million Parc Downsview Park Inc., not available, not available, not available VIA Rail Canada Inc., $293.9 million, $266.2 million, $505.5 million Source: Department of Finance, Public Accounts of Canada Note: Financial results are for 2007-08 http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Rail+considered+auction+block+Documents/1652330/story.html
  3. Canada to switch to plastic bills next year Last Updated: Saturday, March 6, 2010 | 2:19 PM ET CBC News They say money doesn't grow on trees. Well, the federal government has taken that adage to heart — it announced earlier this week that Canada's paper-cotton banknotes would be replaced by newly designed plastic ones next year. It's part of a plan to modernize and protect Canadian currency against counterfeiting. The new plastic bills, made from a polymer material, are harder to fake, recyclable, and two to three times more resistant to tearing, the Bank of Canada said. Australia has used polymer banknotes since the 1990s, and an Australian company will provide the material for Canada. Several other countries have adopted polymer banknotes including New Zealand, Vietnam and Romania. The new notes won't be in circulation until sometime in 2011. In the meantime, the central bank is keeping mum on what the new bills will look like. "I can't divulge that information because they will be issued in about 18 months — that's a long ways away," said Bank of Canada spokesperson Julie Girard. "We want to keep a little bit of information from potential counterfeiters so they don't get a leg up and start producing any counterfeits." CBC News wanted to get some local Canadians' impressions of the polymer bills. Reporter Sandra Abma took an Australian banknote and a classic cotton-paper Canadian bill and asked people on the streets of Ottawa to compare. The opinions were mixed. "It would be easier to lose, I think," said one woman, after rubbing her fingers on the polymer bill. "It's soft and smooth and it could slide out easier." "This feels like Monopoly money actually," said a young man. "It's like I took this out of a board game and then went to buy Timmy's with it." Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2010/03/06/ott-plastic-money.html#ixzz0hXA51DI4
  4. Quebecor veut une chaîne d'information en anglais 09-06-2010 | 21h08 MONTRÉAL - Quebecor a récemment déposé une demande auprès du Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) pour la création d'une chaîne d'information continue de langue anglaise. Selon ce qu’ARGENT a appris, si la licence est accordée, la chaîne pourrait voir le jour en 2011. De plus, cette nouvelle chaîne proposera une alternance d'information et d'opinion sur un ton qui pourrait rappeler celui du réseau américain Fox News. Tout indique que le projet sera piloté par Kory Teneycke, un ancien directeur des communications du premier ministre Stephen Harper, qui a fait savoir hier sur le site de réseautage Twitter qu'il devenait vice-président au développement de Quebecor Media. M. Teneycke a quitté le Bureau du premier ministre, en juillet 2009, pour effectuer de courts séjours à CTV, puis à la CBC. Pour l'instant, Quebecor refuse de commenter. La chaîne projetée viendrait partager le marché occupé actuellement par CBC Newsworld et CTV News Channel. http://www.canoe.com/divertissement/tele-medias/nouvelles/2010/06/09/14328221-qmi.html
  5. Quebec sees growth in English-speaking population Last Updated: Monday, December 21, 2009 | 9:20 PM ET CBC News The number of English-speaking Quebecers is on the increase for the first time in 30 years due to immigration, along with a slowdown in the outflow of Quebec anglophones. The number has grown by about 5.5 per cent between the censuses of 2001 and 2006, reversing a trend that began in the early 1970s when provincial language policies and a push for Quebec sovereignty prompted many English-speaking residents to move elsewhere. The influx includes people moving from other provinces, as well as an increase in immigration by English-speaking people from south Asian countries. CBC News interviewed several families who have made the move. Steve Clarke and his family moved to Quebec City from Oklahoma and are impressed by the city's safety, its old-world architecture and by what he calls a "benign" government. "When people move to New York City, other people in New York City don't ask them 'why did you move here?' They just understand — you'd move here because it's a great place to live," he said. "But people in Quebec, because it's unusual for people who aren't French as a mother language, I guess it's a curiosity," Clarke said. Carrie-Anne Golding and Ryan Hughes, who moved to Montreal from Vancouver, enjoy the low cost of housing and the city's vibrant, 24-hour lifestyle, but admit cultural change requires some adjustments. "I think the first few months was sort of the honeymoon phase of everything is wonderful," Golding said. "And the reality of, you know, as an anglophone, you are in a minority in comparison." "I thought that we would merge in with the cultures a lot quicker," she said. "But it is a little bit harder. There is definitely some inroads to do in merging in with the French culture." The increase in Quebec's English-speaking population comes as a surprise to Jack Jedwab, a demographer and executive-director of the Association for Canadian Studies. Jedwab is also surprised by how little attention has been paid to the trend by Quebec's English media, compared with 30-year spotlight they focused on the so-called Anglo Exodus. "The community psychology is such that it's very accustomed to this erosion," he said. "It has become part of the [anglophone] community's identity. The shock of that demographic decline, it's impact on our institutional life." Jedwab noted that Quebec's civil service is almost entirely francophone, which can exacerbate the feeling of alienation in the English-speaking community. He suggested it may be time for anglophones to try to build on their increase in numbers, instead of clinging to the old complaint that they're a disappearing breed.
  6. Par John LeBlanc pour MSN Autos Top 10 des contraventions pour excès de vitesse au Canada Comment se voir attribuer 42 points de démérite Le conducteur d'un VUS BMW croyait sans doute pouvoir faire un excès de vitesse à 3 heures du matin sur l'Autoroute Ville-Marie, à Montréal, en février 2011. Le véhicule a été surpris à rouler à 240 km/h dans une zone de 70. Bien que la vitesse ne constitue pas le record canadien en la matière, les pénalités imposées l'ont été. En plus d'une amende de 2598 $, le conducteur a vu son permis suspendu pour six mois et a reçu le record de 42 points de démérite. Source : CBC News http://auto.ca.msn.com/photos/galerie.aspx?cp-documentid=27970303&page=9
  7. Even if i'm very intolerant of the PQ - and it's devastating consequences on the Quebec economy - this is why English Canada is half the battle. There's so much bullshit in this article I don't even know where to begin. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/10/06/conrad-black-as-quebec-decays-toronto-seizes-greatness/ The announcement this week of an effort spearheaded by art collector and impresario David Mirvish, international architect Frank Gehry and innovative developer Peter Kofman to provide Toronto with a novel vertical, arts-based downtown residential complex is potentially a big step in Toronto’s quest to vault itself into the front ranks of the world’s cities — where it has sometimes prematurely claimed to belong. Whether Canadians from other centres like it or not, Toronto is now and will remain the comparative metropolis of the country, having surged past Montreal after that city entered into a sustained suicide attempt based on separatist agitation and accompanying racial and cultural discrimination. Behind the pretenses to egalitarianism that dress up confiscatory Quebec tax laws and repressive language laws, the real driving ambition has been to push the non-French out of Quebec, buy up the real assets they cannot physically take with them, especially their mansions and office buildings in Montreal, and eliminate up to half the emphatically federalist votes in the province. Montreal’s loss has proven to be Toronto’s gain. Historically, almost all Quebec’s non-French (comprising about 20% of the provincial population) are anti-separatist; and about an equal number of Quebec federalists are authentic French-Canadians who have thrown in their lot with the pan-Canadian option, and are routinely reviled by their peppier Quebec nationalist compatriots as vendus, sell-outs. (In my recent debut as a co-host with Amanda Lang on her CBC news program, the only line of mine that was excised was to this effect — so squeamish does the CBC remain about calling Quebec nationalism what it is: outright racism, at least in the worst cases. Radio Canada, the French CBC, is a notorious infestation of separatists.) The principal bulwark of federalism in Quebec, and therefore in Canada, has been the English-Canadians, who have habitually voted Liberal, and have been shamefully neglected by the Liberal Parties of Canada and Quebec (the first now eviscerated and reduced to the unimaginably dubious expedient of elevating a leader whose sole qualification for high public office was surviving childbirth, and the second defeated and discredited, and now about half English, despite all its ingratitude). But 50 years of nationalist pressure in Quebec, uncompetitively high tax-rates on upper income groups and the endless redefinition of the use of English as a “privilege” that can be whittled down and compromised, have driven over 500,000 people out of Quebec, most of them to the Toronto area. These former Quebecers, and the comparative welcome that Toronto has given external immigration (unlike the Québécois, who are generally hostile to any non-French immigration and none too accommodating even to ostensibly francophone immigrants who don’t speak like Québécois and aren’t too preoccupied with Quebec nationalism), has made Toronto an unusually, almost uniquely multi-cultural city. In fact, Toronto is one of the few jurisdictions where multi-culturalism has not been a disaster. The Netherlands has just rolled back its former official deference to the non-Dutch, and required assimilation in the education system, a belated response to an Islamist influx that is threatening domestic tranquility and social coherence. For less defensible motives, Quebec is placing further strictures on the teaching of English in the state school system, a terrible disservice to the province, which despite its ululations of sufficiency, is a demographically dwindling repository of a not overly dynamic French fact outnumbered 50:1 by its English-speaking North American neighbours, and which by its addiction to transfer payments from English Canada has become a white-collar secular clerisy that contributes little economic added value to anything. Electricity, over-unionized base metals and forest products industries, and a scattering of high tech and financial services are all that generate any earned income for Quebec now. The migrations from Quebec and elsewhere have gradually, over 50 years, transformed Toronto from a tank town of low church Protestant bigotry and ugliness, and radical segmentation between the Catholic and Protestant sections of an almost monochromatic white city — where only hotels had liquor licences, and cinemas were not open on Sunday, and even on Saturday night, everything (which wasn’t much) shut down before 11 o’clock — to a serious metropolis by international standards. The forces of racial and cultural snobbery and intolerance have retreated into a few fetid clubs, where the denizens fester like despotic toads in their unregenerate hypocrisy. Greater Toronto has over 6 million people, the fifth metropolitan area in North America, and 160% of Greater Montreal, and about one fifth of the people who live there are non-whites, and over 30% speak a language other than English or French at home, the exactly opposite policy to the desperate and restrictive cultivation of French in Quebec. These trends will continue, and the rise of Toronto as an increasingly important metropolis of a steadily more important Canada is almost inevitable. This is why it is hazardous, as well as dishonest, for the NDP to paint itself into the Quebec corner, complaining of Albertan oil, and calling, in effect, for repeal of the Clarity Act, to facilitate the separation of Quebec by a bare yes majority on a trick question, and committing the federal government virtually to ban English among its employees in Quebec. It is a disgraceful policy of pandering, minority cultural oppression, and regional abrasion, completely unsuitable for the official, pan-Canadian opposition. It is as if Gilles Duceppe and his unlamented Bloc Québécois had held its majority of Quebec MPs but also elected 40 people in other provinces, mainly Ontario and British Columbia. Returning to this revolutionary plan for Toronto’s entertainment district, all three project leaders, David Mirvish, Frank Gehry and Peter Kofman, are, in their different fields, innovators and creators, and precisely what Toronto needs to translate economic boom and ethnic diversity and population growth into a distinctively great city. Toronto is recognized to be liveable by world standards, and relatively safe and prosperous. But as a great city, it lacks history, drama and flair. History, dramatic historic events, epochal personalities, and great cultural achievements and trends can’t just be confected. And drama is mainly violence: the French Revolution and Napoleonic and other wars in Paris; the Civil War and Blitz in London, the drastic changes of regime in Berlin, and the incomparable drama of Rome, as the imperial and ecclesiastical, and then reunited Italian capital. Even New York and Chicago have the tragic mystique that surrounds gang and gangster wars, revolutionary and Indian skirmishes, countless riots, earth-shaking financial upheavals, 9/11. Toronto obviously does not seek tumult and bloodshed to tart up its ambiance; so to be great, it must ensure that more of its growth comes in the form of brilliant architecture — the construction of iconic projects of the future. The Mirvish project consists of a trio of unusually interesting, 80-storey buildings. It will contrast well with the city’s existing skyscrapers. (Three of Toronto’s impressive bank office complexes, for instance, TD, CIBC and BMO, while fine plazas, are just knock-offs from Mies Van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, and Edward Durrell Stone.) Frank Gehry, who appeared to be descending into self-indulgent eccentricity with his proposed memorial in Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower that featured a statue of the victorious theatre commander and two-term president as a 14-year-old farm boy, has produced a beautiful design (though it would be better if the Princess of Wales Theatre could be preserved). Toronto must avoid the Canadian tradition of nit-picking the ambitious and original and, as it did when it built the new city hall, it must seize and promote this great and self-generated opportunity.
  8. Bienvenue à Montréal! Ils ont été arreté 3 fois dans la meme journée et ils ont recu 2 contraventions http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ontario-licence-plates-targeted-by-police-couple-claims-1.2564815 Ontario licence plates targeted by police, couple claims A Quebec couple got pulled over three times in one day while driving in a car with an Ontario licence plate CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they will contest the two traffic tickets they got in the same day. (CBC) A Quebec couple is crying foul after being ticketed twice, and pulled over a third time — all in the same day. Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they feel they were targeted for having an Ontario licence plate. The two were driving east on Hochelaga Street Thursday when they suddenly saw the flashing lights of an unmarked police car. “He gives me this ticket for $162. So I say ‘Why is that?’ and he says in Quebec we're not allowed tinted windows,” said Menscik, adding that he told the officer he was from Ontario. The couple has homes in both Ontario and Quebec. The couple got two fines of $162 each in the same day. (CBC) Guy was pulled over a few years ago for the same reason — with a Quebec plate on her car — and said the officer was more understanding. “I was given a warning to have the tint removed, that I'd have to go back to the station to prove that I'd had it removed, which I did and I had no issues with that,” Guy said. They wonder why they weren’t given a warning this time. Montreal police officials say an officer may use discretionary power, but the highway code is clear. “Seventy per cent of the light must pass through the windows that are both to the left and to the right of the driver. That is applicable to all vehicles that pass through the province,” said Sgt. Laurent Gingras of the Montreal police department. Gingras says when drivers take their vehicle into another jurisdiction, they should be aware of the rules and regulations and are expected to conform to them. Stopped twice in 10 minutes After Menscik’s $162-fine for the tinted windows, the couple was stopped again a few blocks away, near the Olympic Stadium, by another officer in another cruiser. “He says to me, 'You coasted through a stop sign,'” Menscik said. They were slapped with a second $162-ticket. Then, as they were about to enter the stadium's parking garage, the same officer intercepted them again for allegedly going through another stop sign. Menscik and Guy insist they respected the traffic signs and they don't think the tickets are coincidences. “I think it went [further] than that, at that point, because of the Ontario plates,” said Menscik, adding that they will contest the fines.
  9. Les compressions budgétaires à Radio-Canada/CBC forcent la suppression d’ici trois ans de quelque 800 emplois, dont 150 de cadres. Plus de la moitié des postes (475) disparaîtront dès cette année. La réduction des crédits parlementaires décrétés la semaine dernière aura aussi des effets concrets sur la programmation. La première chaîne annulera ses émissions de nuit et Espace Musique réduira les budgets de ses productions musicales. À la Télévision, certaines émissions ou séries produiront moins d’épisodes et les devis de production seront corrigés à la baisse. En plus, pour accroître les revenus autonomes, les chaînes Radio 2 et Espace musique diffuseront bientôt de la publicité. Cette commercialisation épargne la Première chaîne et Radio One, afin de «préserver leur distinction». Radio-Canada International cessera la transmission par ondes courtes et par satellite pour se concentrer sur le web. La chaîne multilingue va aussi arrêter la diffusion de bulletins d’information en portugais et en russe pour favoriser le français, l’anglais, l’espagnol, l’arabe et le mandarin. Ces répercussions des compressions ont été dévoilées aux employés du service public réunis à Toronto, à Montréal et partout au pays. Hubert T. Lacroix, président-directeur général de la société d’État, menait la présentation en Ontario. Louis Lalande, vice-président principal des services français était aux commandes dans al tour montréalaise. La direction a dévoilé plusieurs autres mesures restrictives, par exemple la fermeture de certains bureaux régionaux et des musicothèques régionales, mais aussi l’accélération de la mise hors service des émetteurs analogiques qui desservent moins 2% de la population. Il faudra par contre attendre pour comprendre les effets précis sur les grilles des réseaux français et anglais en général et sur les services d’information en particulier. De même, il faudra encore du temps pour identifier les emplois condamnés. Des réunions avec des représentants syndicaux ont eu lieu juste avant la grande assemblée générale tenue entre 13h30 et 15h. Le pénible exercice découle des compressions budgétaires imposées par Ottawa lors du budget déposé la semaine dernière. Le gouvernement fédéral réduira de 115 millions $ d’ici 2014-2015 l’enveloppe annuelle du diffuseur public, ce qui correspond à une ponction d’un peu plus de 10% de son budget total. Dans les faits, la compression s’avère bien supérieure. Ainsi, l’élimination de poste nécessite d‘importantes sommes pour payer les primes de départ. Le président Lacroix évalue qu’au total, RC/CBC doit s’arracher 300 millions $ sur trois ans. De ce total, 64 millions seront retranchés au budget de RC, 150 millions à la CBC, le reste provenant de RCI et d’autres services. La direction affirme que 81% des compressions proviendront des services centraux et 19% des régions. . L’élimination des postes se fera à parts égales entre les services français et anglais. Environ 243 postes francophones disparaîtront dès cette année. Il s’agit de postes réguliers, à temps plein. Les deux entités, RC et CBC, emploient environ 9000 personnes, dont une forte proportion de contractuels. Un employé a demandé si cet équilibre dans le malheur n’était pas injuste pour RC, moins financé que la CBC, qui dessert une plus grande population. La direction a répondu que les deux parties devaient subir les mêmes éliminations de postes parce qu’elles emploient à peu près le même nombre d’effectifs. «Notre position c’est que la peine est également partagée», a dit M. Lacroix. Les départs et le manque de fonds auront aussi des impacts immobiliers «Nous avons des plans pour réduire de 400 000 pieds carrés la taille de la Maison de Radio-Canada à Montréal lorsque nous lancerons un appel d’offres cet été», explique un document diffusé aux employés. http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/medias/346690/compressions-a-radio-canada Combien de jobs à Montréal,pas encore très clair?Par contre arrivée soudaine de 400.000 p2 de bureaux sur le marché...
  10. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/montreal/toys-r-us-in-quebec-refuses-to-sell-english-only-daniel-tiger-doll-1.3031253 Toys "R" Us in Quebec refuses to sell English-only Daniel Tiger doll Montreal father says it should be up to parents, not province to determine what toys kids play with Apr 13, 2015 8:13 PM ET Kate McKenna, CBC News A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after trying to buy a toy from a local Toys "R" Us — and being told by a clerk he wasn't allowed to purchase it. Chez Geeks board-game store gets OQLF complaint Quebec government stance dismays francophone school supporters Looking back at 40 years of French as Quebec's official language Blue Dog Motel bar no longer in hot water with OQLF Nick Messina tried to purchase a "Daniel Tiger" plush toy for his infant daughter Carina after noticing her eyes "lit up" while watching the popular children's TV show Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood. Hoping to buy it as an Easter gift, he drove to his nearest Toys "R" Us, which didn't have the toy in stock. Then he called another Toys "R" Us in Montreal where clerk informed Messina there were two of the toys in stock. However, the clerk told Messina that he couldn't buy a Daniel Tiger because the toy is unilingual. "It's kind of saddening."- Nick Messina, father Daniel Tiger talks and sings 14 different phrases — but they're all in English. Messina said the clerk thanked him for letting them know the toy only spoke English, and said it would be shipped back to Ontario. "I kind of felt a little bit turned off. I felt it was discriminatory against the English-speaking community in Montreal. After all, Montreal is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural," he said. Not giving up, the father tried to purchase the doll online — only to discover the Toys "R" Us website wouldn't ship the product to Quebec. English-speaking toys illegal Messina didn't know until a few weeks ago, but because of Quebec's language laws, it's illegal to sell a unilingual toy unless the toy has a French-speaking counterpart. He says it should be up to parents to decide what toys they can buy for their kids, not the province. "I don't understand why, when it comes to the choice of purchasing a toy for our children, that we have to be subjected to these kinds of rules and regulations," he said. "It's kind of saddening." Toys "R" Us admits mistake In a statement to CBC News, a spokeswoman from Toys "R" Us apologized for the inconvenience, but said the toy shouldn't have been on the shelves. "Toys 'R' Us shipped in error the English-speaking product to one of our Quebec stores and a customer tried to purchase it. Our store did not sell the product to the customer and we apologized for the inconvenience that this caused our customer. We immediately communicated to our store that this product cannot be sold," said the statement. Happy ending for family Messina's perseverance paid off. He did manage to buy the doll eventually; he bought it on Amazon for about $50 more than what Toys "R" Us was asking. Though it was more than he planned to pay for the doll, Carina adores her new toy. For Carina Messina, it was love at first sight for this Daniel Tiger doll. (CBC) sent via Tapatalk
  11. (Courtesy of CBC) Read more by clicking the link. It would be something to see, but would it actually happen?
  12. MINISERIES TheStar.com | Television | Witty look at Richler's vanished Montreal Witty look at Richler's vanished Montreal var imageL= '275796_3.JPG' if(imageL) { document.write(''); } else{ document.write(''); } David Julian Hirsh plays the adult Jake Hersh in St. Urbain’s Horseman. Adaptation of beloved St. Urbain's Horseman a sophisticated TV drama Sep 19, 2007 04:30 AM JIM BAWDEN Television COLUMNIST "This was the one I wasn't sure would ever get finished," chuckles screenwriter Joe Wiesenfeld. "There were at least two previous attempts to bring (St. Urbain's Horseman) to TV. Then there was a separate treatment Mordecai Richler made for a movie, but even he wondered if it was cinematic," says Wiesenfeld, who adapted Richler's Governor General's Award-winning novel for television with Gerald Wexler and Howard Wiseman. The two-part, four-hour miniseries airs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. on CBC. Considered one of Richler's best novels, if not his finest, St. Urbain's Horseman is a leisurely study of Montreal's St. Urbain St. right after World War II. At the centre of it all is teenager Jake Hersh (Max Morrow), who has an obsession with his older street-wise cousin Joey (Jacob Tierney) that he carries into his adult life. Life is dominated by his pushy, neurotic mother Sarah, played to the hilt by Andrea Martin, and his influential Uncle Abe, a warm, memorable cameo turn from Elliott Gould. Later Jake will move to England, engaging in a friendly rivalry with best friend Luke Scott (Gabriel Hogan) to determine who'll become the next great film director. Guiding his every move is his pure love for proper English lady Nancy (Selina Giles). CBC executive program director Kirstine Layfield says she could have passed on the project, "but I saw it was quality, had the Richler name, and we went ahead. We're giving it special play before the U.S. season really gets going. "Miniseries are hard to sell in this TV market with so many channels, but I think the production is compelling and it's something to be very proud of." What emerges is a witty, sometimes acerbic look at a vanished Montreal culture done with some sophistication – the kind of high-level drama rarely seen on TV anywhere these days. "Keeping everything true to Richler, that was a big order," says director Peter Moss, who guided the $7.4-million production through an intense two-month shoot last fall in Montreal. "It's really a story of two cities, Montreal and London. But we had to turn back the clock to the forties in Montreal and the fifties in London without leaving Montreal." Moss credits cinematographer Norayr Kasper and production designer Donna Noonan for many feats of illusion. St. Urbain St. had changed so dramatically (it is now one-way), a street further east in a francophone neighbourhood, Garnier St., was substituted. Scenes shot in a London TV studio had to be duplicated in Montreal – there was quite a hunt for vintage equipment. And, adds Moss, "When I redressed a street to look like London, I invited Selina to come and take a look. She's from Britain and very critical and she said she couldn't tell the difference. "It was very expensive in terms of costumes, getting the cars right, those kind of details. So I needed experienced actors, ones who liked working very hard indeed. Somebody I wanted right from the start was David Julian Hirsh as the adult Jake. For one thing he's Jewish and from Montreal so he gets Richler right away. And he's the right age, too (34)." Where else to reach Hirsh but at the Highland Gardens hotel in beautiful downtown Hollywood? The Highland Gardens is the delightfully decrepit hotel facility mainly catering to Canadians trying to make it in L.A.'s TV movie game. But it was also the site of the wacky mockumentary Camp Hollywood, which Hirsh and partner Stephen Markle shot there in 2004 – it subsequently won a Gemini as best documentary. Hirsh admits it's "a bit crazy" that St. Urbain's Horseman is the second Montreal-based project in which he's appeared in as many years. The other was the rollicking sex farce Naked Josh,which ran for three seasons on Showcase, casting him as a nervy sexual anthropologist. "I knew Jake as soon as I finished the book," Hirsh says. "I recognized so much of what I encountered growing up decades later. French Quebecers do have a love/hate relationship with Richler. So does Montreal's Jewish community. It's a sophisticated story we're telling and it requires four hours of viewers over two nights. But it doesn't have TV's usual bag of clichés." That's why we initially see Martin as Jake's mother as a comical creation – it's only in her last scene as she leaves London to return to Montreal that she reveals she knows she's an old harpy but can't help herself. And Michael Riley as Jake's "buddy," the vile but fascinating Harry Stein, runs the gamut from practical jokes to sexual antics with a willing starlet using Jake's home – until both Jake and Harry are arrested and tried as sexual perverts. "Oh, a lot of this is autobiographical," Wiesenfeld says. "Richler did go to London to make it but as a writer not a director. And I'm convinced wife Nancy, played so beautifully here by Serena Giles, really is his own wife."
  13. Il y avait un documentaire hier soir à la CBC sur l'industrie du condo à Toronto. Très intéressant et effrayant en même temps! http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2419796099/ (en anglais seulement)
  14. Stéphane Gendron, who is mayor of the town about 70 kilometres southwest of Montreal, said he's unrepentant about his brash tone. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/02/18/qc-huntingdon0217.html?ref=rss That guy has big balls!
  15. Sombres perspectives pour le Québec * Olivier Schmouker, Lesaffaires.com * 11:32 Le Québec est la province la plus touchée par le ralentissement économique canadien. Les régions du Québec connaissent leur plus faible croissance économique depuis plusieurs années. C’est ce qu’indique la toute dernière Note de conjoncture métropolitaine du Conference Board du Canada. Ainsi, la croissance économique de Montréal atteindra 1,7% en 2008, la cadence la plus faible en cinq ans, selon le CBC. Exception faite de l'industrie aérospatiale, le secteur manufacturier continue d'y éprouver des difficultés. Par contre, les industries de la construction et des services y ont enregistré des gains continus. De son côté, l'économie de Québec, qui a progressé de 3,1% en 2007, devrait afficher une croissance plus modérée en 2008, de 2,3%. Les célébrations du 400e anniversaire ont renforcé l'activité touristique, mais ces effets ont été neutralisés par la faiblesse des industries productrices de biens, en particulier celles de la fabrication et de la construction. Quant à Ottawa-Gatineau, elle devrait afficher son taux de croissance le plus bas en dix ans, avec une hausse du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de seulement 1,8%. La croissance du secteur de la haute technologie est restée au point mort et l'activité de la construction a été faible. Néanmoins, la forte croissance du secteur public a aidé à stabiliser l'économie de la région. Boom des régions de l’Ouest Saskatoon et Regina se classent en tête des régions les plus dynamqiues au Canada, selon le CBC. «Les deux sont en voie d'enregistrer leurs taux de croissance économique les plus rapides depuis 1997, et Saskatoon viendra en tête des régions canadiennes pour une seconde année consécutive», dit Mario Lefebvre, directeur du Centre des études municipales. C’est bien simple, les régions de l'Ouest canadien occupent les sept premiers rangs du palmarès. Après une hausse de 4,1% en 2007, le PIB de Saskatoon augmentera à une cadence encore plus rapide, de 5,2%, en 2008. L'économie florissante de la ville est attribuable au fait que celle-ci est le principal centre régional du secteur des ressources naturelles de la province, secteur présentement en pleine expansion. Le boom du secteur des ressources naturelles stimule aussi la croissance économique de Regina, qui devrait atteindre 4,1% cette année, la plus forte depuis 1997. L'économie de Winnipeg devrait progresser de 3,3% en 2008, après une croissance de 3,7% l'an dernier. Celle de Victoria s'aligne aussi sur une croissance de 3,3% en 2008. Celle de Calgary et d'Edmonton devraient être respectivement de 3,2% et à 3,1% en 2008. Et celle de Vancouver croîtra de 2,7% cette année. La production du secteur manufacturier de Toronto devrait encore diminuer cette année. Les bonnes nouvelles sont que l'activité de la construction demeure intense et la demande intérieure soutenue. Du coup, le CBC anticipe une croissance de son PIB de seulement 1,3% en 2008.
  16. Ça s'est vu avec les autos et la locations d'appartement sur les sites de petites annonces, mais les fraudeurs s'essayent avec la vente de maisons et de condos maintenant. Ils vont jusqu'à monter de faux cabinets d'avocats pour inciter les acheteurs éventuels à leur laisser de grosses sommes d'argent... via CBC Fake real estate ads prey on buyer desire for home deal Police say fraudulent websites targeting potential renters more common than scams to sell homes CBC News Posted: Dec 02, 2013 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 02, 2013 9:50 AM ET An Ottawa woman says she was shocked to learn the condo she was selling online was also being offered on another website at a deeply discounted price, part of a complicated scam targeting unsuspecting homebuyers. Julie Gutteridge is selling her upscale downtown Ottawa condo for about $260,000, and placed ads with real estate website Grapevine and online classified advertiser Kijiji. She then noticed a nearly identical ad — with the same digital photos she had used on her advertisement — on another real estate website. The one difference: the price. The clone ad listed the condo for $108,000. "I was shocked... because I first heard of it, then I got an email from just a person that had noticed the two listings," said Gutteridge. "They actually used the same description that was on Grapevine. Not only the pictures of my unit, but the same description, address, everything but the unit number ... and of course the contact information," she said. Police investigators have seen a number of fraudulent websites targeting potential home renters, particularly people coming from far-away cities. But for someone to attempt to sell a home that he or she doesn't own is rare and particularly involved. Buyer pressured to close sale quickly "This is fairly elaborate, going to the point of setting up false law firm websites," said Sgt. Mike Noonan with Ottawa police's organized fraud section. "They are duplicating the ad, but drastically reducing the asking price, and that's what seems to jump out at legitimate homebuyers. They see, 'Wow, look at the price of that home and it looks good,'" said Noonan. The key to the confidence game is a reliance on both the desire of a homebuyer to get a good deal, and pressure from the supposed seller to close the deal quickly, says Noonan. CBC Ottawa's Simon Gardner learned this first-hand when he called the number on a duplicate advertisement for a different home — in Orleans, and listed in a duplicate ad for $129,000, or less than half the actual price. Gardner identified himself as "Andrew Gardner" and created a plausible back story after CBC News determined a journalist would be unable to understand how the seller's operation worked if he called and represented himself as such. The man who picked up the phone identified himself as Paul — a name CBC News assumed was fake — and said he couldn't meet Gardner in person because he was in Toronto with clients. He claimed he was selling the home at a discounted price because he was under financial stress and needed money fast, but offered assurances that the home had not been a grow-op. "Actually we do need some money urgently and there is no lien on the house, the house is paid for and it's going really quick. I have a couple of other interested buyers," Paul said. He said in order to close the deal, Gardner would have to deposit $12,000 in a bank account. The man then said his lawyer would contact Gardner with details about the transaction. The man also provided a link to the website of a Toronto law firm specializing in real estate. Law firm not recognized by law society Checks with the Law Society of Ontario reveal the firm doesn't exist, and the phone numbers listed on the website are not active. But nevertheless, Gardner was sent official-looking purchase documents asking him to wire his deposit into a Royal Bank account in Brampton, Ont. The account does exist, but it is unclear whether the account holder is involved or is an unwitting victim in a confidence scam. Noonan said tracking the suspected scammer is difficult, particularly if operating outside Canada. "The internet service providers, we don't seem to be able to track down. Our suspicion is that it's not even originating from within Canada and with a money wire service. Once that money leaves the country, it can be retrieved anywhere in the world," he said. Gardner made repeated efforts to meet with Paul, as well as his lawyer, to try to close the transaction in person, but was met with a series of excuses. After weeks of back-and-forth emails, text messages and phone calls, Gardner identified himself as a reporter and said he was investigating a potential real estate scam. 'How do you sell a house you don't own?' "What scam is that, I don't get you," Paul replied. "Well, let me ask you," said Gardner. "How do you sell a house you don't own?" At that point, the phone went dead, and Gardner received a text a short time later. "Nice try Andrew (Simon) you are a good scam baiter," the text read. "Pls lets drop everything. I am leaving this stupid job. I got forced into this lifestyle." It's not known if anyone has fallen for this kind of fraud, but Gutteridge feels it may already have hurt her chances of selling her place. "They may assume what I have on Grapevine is a scam or [may] not be comfortable moving forward with anything," she said. Noonan said homebuyers should be wary of suspiciously low price homes when the supposed seller never has time to meet. As for home sellers, he said the best you can do is keep an eye on real estate websites to ensure your ad hasn't been duplicated.
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  18. Salut à tous, Avez-vous déjà visité le site de CBC? Avez-vous remarqué les commentaires qui suivent les articles? Je n'ai jamais compris pourquoi notre diffuseur public permet à n'importe qui de publier n'importe quoi, c'est une véritable honte!!! Notamment, avec toute nouvelle qui sort du Québec, les commentaires de certaines personnes témoignent, je vais le dire, d'une profonde haine envers nous.... exemple, cette histoire avec le stationnement qui s'est effondré.....quelques commentaires: "Quebec is falling apart - literally. guess we should throw another $8 billion at them so they can have more tax cuts and keep the politicos in power. If you hadn't driven the anglos out, maybe things would be more efficient, better run and the infrastructure would be maintained. Carry on spneding our money on festivals and irrelevant celebrations." "Does this mean his space is available?" "Graft and corruption IS their culture." "Well I'm sure the Quebec government will find a way to blame Ottawa,not enough building inspectors,shovel guy's,french only sign's,stuff like that,,,Maybe you should ask for a higher share of the transfer payments,It's not like it's out of wack now,,,makes me sick" ????? le gov du québec avait envoyé un memo aux compagnies responsables d’édifices de ce genre de surveiller pour risque de corrosion… http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/11/27/mtl-saintlaurentcollapse1127.html#socialcomments et c’est une compagnie de Toronto qui gère cet édifice, c’est de l’infrastructure privée…alors tous ces commentaires portant sur l’infrastructure du québec, ça n’a rien à voir dans ce cas, mais les gens se permettent de dire n’importe quoi !!! Bon, je ne suis pas en train de défendre l’état de notre infrastructure, mais je crois que nous investissons des sommes maintenant après des décennies de négligence… ------------- Le problème que j'ai, ce n'est pas tant les commentaires....J'ai de la famille en Alberta, et j'ai visité tout le pays, et on se taquine, on discute, etc etc...des fois, les relations sont tendus, mais c'est pas le congo ici... Non, le problème que j'ai, c'est que ça pas de bon sens laisser ces commentaires passer sur le web....c'est mes taxes fédérales qui payent pour ce site misérable.... un forum privé, ok, chat room, pas de problème...mais la cbc??...no way... je suis d'accord que les gens ont le droit de s'exprimer, mais sérieusement, un homme est mort et on utilise cet espace public pour critiquer les transferts fédéraux... j'ai le goût de partir une pétition... à ce que je sache, radio-canada ne permet pas de commentaires à la suite de nouvelles... anyway, je laisse sortir des frustrations....mais sérieusement, des fois je m'amuse à essayer de trouver les commentaires les plus ridicules à la suite d'articles qui portent sur le québec.... M.
  19. Toronto residents thought landlord's notice was an April Fools prank By Natalie Nanowski, CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364) Posted: Apr 04, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 04, 2017 4:11 PM ET Most people expect their rent to go up each year, but not by 100 per cent. So you can imagine the shock AJ Merrick and Jon Moorhouse experienced when they got a letter from their landlord. "I thought it was an April Fools joke," said Merrick, a young marketing professional. "There's no way I'd pay that much for this apartment." But it wasn't a joke. Their two-bedroom condo located near Liberty Village was going up from $1,660 to $3,320. The notice outlined two options, either accept the rent increase or agree to vacate the unit by July 1. Wondering 'what good it would do to fight it' The letter AJ Merrick and Jon Moorhouse received about their rent increase. (Jon Moorhouse) "I just don't know what good it would do to fight it," Moorhouse said. "Realistically, they're probably trying to kick us out so they can sell the unit for the most profit." CBC Toronto tried to contact the company in charge of the rental unit, Urbancorp, which is described on its website as the "premier developer of the King West neighbourhood." The company's number is no longer in service and emails to their address listed online bounced. The company announced it had to undergo restructuring in April 2016 under the Bankruptcy Act. The lawyers handling that restructuring also didn't answer emails or calls Monday or Tuesday. A rent increase of 100 per cent is completely legal given the 1991 loophole, known formally as Bill 96. Buildings built after 1991 'the Wild West' It was introduced by the province two decades ago and allows landlords of any building constructed after 1991 to increase rent as they see fit. "This is a very shocking example of how broken the system is," said Coun. Josh Matlow, who chairs the city's tenant issues committee. "Buildings in this province built after 1991 are sort of the Wild West." Matlow, along with Coun. Ana Bailao, are pushing Ontario to change the Residential Tenancies Act (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/city-council-committees-renters-tenants-changes-residential-tenancies-act-1.4049369), especially after CBC Toronto's No Fixed Address (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/the-best-of-no-fixed-address-1.4022761) investigative series revealed that renters across the city were being priced out of their homes. Ontario is currently reviewing the legislation and Matlow says he'd like to sit down with the province when it's rewriting the rules. "Big changes need to be made as to how tenants are treated in this province, so that Toronto doesn't just become a playground for the rich. We want Toronto to be affordable and accessible." Days may be numbered for 1991 rule On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory weighed in with a similar message. "The private sector, in carrying out their own activities with respect to the rents they charge, should be very careful about what they do in instances like this because it can provoke the kind of legislative and policy reaction that is something they say would be very much against the interests of future construction of rental accommodation in the city of Toronto," said Tory. "And that would be a very bad thing for tenants and a very bad thing for the economy. " On Monday, Matlow and Bailao, who chairs the city's affordable housing committee, held a special joint meeting of their two committees at city hall where they presented eight recommendations to help regulate Toronto's rental market. Some of the recommendations include expanding rent control to buildings built after 1991, improving the supply of rental units and building homes in the city's laneways. Premier Kathleen Wynne hinted Tuesday that the days may be numbered for the 1991 rule. "The reality is, that there hasn't been rental built. There have not been rental buildings built in any comprehensive way and so that argument does not actually hold water with me at this point," Wynne said. The councillors' recommendations will be presented to the mayor's executive committee and council in the coming weeks. As for Moorhouse and Merrick, they're going to start looking for a new place to live. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rent-toronto-condo-tenants-1.4054056
  20. (Courtesy of CBC News) If you had one of the most secure facilities in Canada, how the hell do you let this happen?