• peter_black.jpg 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.

    November 30, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg 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.

    November 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg 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."

    November 2, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg Canadian influence on the Bond movies

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, might not be the most exotic or exciting locales on the planet, but without the contributions of a pair of native sons, the globe-trotting, thrill-a-minute James Bond movie franchise might not exist, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    October 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg The rise of Trudeau II in Quebec politics

    There have been several notable father-son acts in Canadian politics, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    October 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg The last asbestos mine in Canada

    "I grew up in an area where they mined asbestos (and gold, silver, nickel, zinc, copper and, now, diamonds)," writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    September 21, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg No panic with PQ victory

    This week, Quebec voters elected a PQ government for the third time, defeating Jean Charest's Liberals, who had held power since 2003, Peter Black writes.

    September 7, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg Stakes are high in upcoming Quebec election

    Next time you read this column, Quebec voters will have elected a new government, and, quite possibly, launched the province -- and the rest of Canada -- on an adventure into uncertainty, Canadian columnist Peter Black writes.

    August 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg Marilyn, Jack and Charles

    Columnist Peter Black writes about the 50th anniversary of the death of actress and pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe.

    August 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg The Crimson Route: Recovery and reminiscence

    The Crimson Route probably doesn't mean much to many people these days, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black. Yet, for a time early in World War II, the plan to build a network of airfields in eastern North America was seen as a primary line of defense of the continent against a Nazi juggernaut threatening to topple Great Britain.

    July 27, 2012 1 Photo