New leader's political brain surgery
The new leader of the Quebec Liberal party is offering a gift for Canada's 150th anniversary, coming up in 2017, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Canadian film awards seeks moniker
Veteran American actor James Cromwell has charmed and terrified people in such diverse screen fare as "Babe" and "American Horror Story," portrayed no less than four U.S. presidents and been nominated for many awards, including an Oscar and three Emmys, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Women rule across Canada
Last week, the woman who could quite reasonably be described as the most powerful on the planet (and your former senator) took her leave from government -- for now, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Cold snap and energy consumption
Whenever we have a cold snap like the one that invaded our part of the world this week, I think of my fellow Canadians in Alberta, who supply the natural gas that fuels our furnace, whose blue flames heat the water that flows through pipes and radiators and heats our house,writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Canada and the return of pro hockey
"Who says there's no hockey this year?" writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Canada: the dominion of comedy
This is my last column of the year 2012, and normally that would be the occasion to reflect on this past year in Canadian affairs and look ahead to the new one, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.
Dickens's visit to Quebec City recalled
I've been on a bit of a Dickensian binge lately, Canadian columnist Peter Black writes.
New Montreal mayor is an anglo
One was a fur trader, one was a gardener, one went to jail, one was exiled, and another became prime minister, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black. The 42 mayors of Montreal have been a very diverse bunch over the 180 years since the city was incorporated, but for the first time in a century, the chief magistrate of Canada's second-largest metropolis is English -- and Jewish to boot.
Abraham Lincoln's Canadian encounters
Steven Spielberg's epic film on Abraham Lincoln may cause Canadians to reflect on what the Civil War meant north of the border, says columnist Peter Black.
Marois must deal with Levesque legacy
"My assignment had been simple, seemingly," writes Canadian columnist Peter Black. "It was the end of October 1987. I was the reporter, editor and photographer for a weekly newspaper in Montreal. Pierre Trudeau and Rene Levesque, both one-time journalists, were slated to attend a benefit event for PEN, the support group for imprisoned writers."
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