OQLF in Quebec

OQLF: Quebec’s French Language Stasi

In Quebec, Canada’s French-speaking province, there exists a team of men and women wandering around with cameras, snapping photographs of shop signs and restaurant menus. Their purpose? To make sure that the French language remains predominant over the English Language in all aspects of daily life. Their presence has caused confusion, destroyed the identity of businesses and has resulted in Anglophones fleeing the province en masse. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Office Québécois de la Langue Française (OQLF), and they suck balls.
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Illegal immigration in Canada

Illegal Immigration in… Canada?

We hear plenty on the news about Illegal Immigration in the United States. It’s often referenced in comedy sketches, TV shows and Trump just doesn’t like to shut up about it (“I will build a great wall.”). Something we don’t hear as often is Illegal Immigration in Canada. This has become an increasing issue in the province of Quebec since Donald Trump took office in the United States and it could get worse.
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Minimum Wage Increase

How Canadians Lose With The $15.00 Minimum Wage Increase

In the last ten years, Ontarians in Canada have seen a whopping $3.40 cent minimum wage increase from $8.00 per hour in 2007 to the $11.40 per hour we see today. Now, Kathleen Wynne wants to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour — a $3.60 cent increase in less than two years. Many are shocked, most are appalled, and all business owners are deeply concerned.
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Cannabis Canada

No, Canada Is NOT Legalizing Cannabis

Weed, Pot, Cannabis, Mary Jane — you may not have smoked it or ingested it before, but you’ve certainly heard about it. Since the Liberals have taken office in Canada, The Cannabis Act has become a common topic in the media. The Canadian government plans to make weed legal as early as July 2018 – but are they really? With so many rules, laws and regulations there is a very fine line to be drawn as to whether this new legislation is truly and completely legalizing the plant.
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17 Amazing Pieces of Nature Street Art

As I was walking in my neighborhood, in a small city called Montreal, in Quebec, Canada, I realized that even though we live surrounded by buildings, stores, and street work all the time, I think people are craving for nature. Of course, we have many trees, squirrels, and parks, but the call of nature is palpable.
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Banff National Park in Canada

Oh Canada: The Road to Banff National Park

Have you ever seen a tourism ad for Canada, or have you ever been awed by the sheer beauty of those breathtaking Canada pictures on Reddit, Instagram or anywhere else on the internet? Whatever it was, chances are that you have laid eyes on the self-proclaimed holy grail of Canadian nature – Banff National Park.
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Pitbull Breed Specific Legislation

Breed Specific Legislation: The Pit bull S#!t Legislation

How can I describe what life has been like for me and my dog since Montreal’s Breed Specific Legislation has been on the table? Saying “It Sucks” does not embody the sleepless nights, anxiety, quality of life change. It can’t describe the defensiveness every time we leave the house. And it surely won’t describe the hours upon hours of research and struggling to understand the bylaw and keep my dog safe. It is as if every dog owner of a dog similar to a pit bull-type dog has been labeled a criminal. That our dogs are weapons that we are carrying around unconcealed.
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canada apartment hell

Canadian Horror Story: Apartment Hell

Tenants and landlords have certain rights in Canada; these rights vary from province to province and vary in how they apply to tenants. However, getting these rights enforced can be a difficult task if you don’t have access to the right resources. As shown in the following tale, Montreal, Quebec can be a place that makes it difficult for tenants to get the help they need to live peacefully in their homes.
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Breed specific legislation, pitbull

Breed Specific Legislation: Truth and Consequences

It was a morning walk like any other: I was out with my toddler and my dog and we were paused at the local bridge, watching the creek water run rapidly over the rocks after recent rains. My daughter was delighting at the sound of the water as my dog sniffed every blade of grass she could find. Then a Police car drove past us, which didn’t phase me until he slowed right down and pulled a U-turn in the middle of the street and drove back towards us. Thanks to Breed Specific Legislation, I froze then and there.
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