This week in Montreal was all about #pastagate when the Office de la Langue Francaise fined the Italian restaurant Buonnanotte for using too many Italian words on their menu, in turn sending citizens into an angry, tweeting, tizzy. The Office later revoked the fine, stating they had been too harsh. In some ways this situation is comical, an entire city up in arms about the word pasta, but it is perhaps also indicative of a couple things. First, the language debate is alive and well in Quebec, and second, that maybe political apathy is more situational than widespread. Earlier this week anglos and francophones alike protested the newest addition to language restrictions, Bill 14, and next week with the Education summit looming, student association ASSE has no plans of retiring their red squares. For now at least, it seems that apathy is on the decline in Quebec.
Canadian politics is often called predictable, or even boring, so does that mean Trudeau is definitely heading the Liberal party at the next election? Matt Cressatti certainly doesn’t think he should – check out his editorial on Trudeau’s recent visit to McGIll, He Came. He Saw. He Disappointed. Trudeau Comes to McGill. Don’t forget to read Nadir Khan’s weekly column, The Backbencher, for your fill on constitutional politics – this week it’s John Duncan Walks the Plank; Cue Cabinet Musical Chairs? As we surmised above, La Belle Province certainly couldn’t be called politically boring- check out Marois: The Queen of False Promises by Chloe Giampolo for an update on the education situation, and Bill 14 by Ben Reedijk for a snapshot of rising tensions in language politics.
Quebec’s separatist movement isn’t the only one that just won’t quit, is it time for Scotland to accept the Union Jack once and for all, or is their future under the Saltire? Check out Scottish Referendum by Donnie Graham. For most North Americans, February is equated with Black History month and has been for almost 40 years. But that doesn’t mean racism is no longer prevalent – read more in February in Obamerica by Molly Korab to scratch the surface of structural racism in the U.S.A.
That’s all for now readers,
see you next week
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