• peter_black.jpg 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.

    March 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg 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.

    February 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg 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.

    January 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg Canada and the return of pro hockey

    "Who says there's no hockey this year?" writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    January 11, 2013 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg 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.

    December 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • peter_black.jpg Dickens's visit to Quebec City recalled

    I've been on a bit of a Dickensian binge lately, Canadian columnist Peter Black writes.

    December 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • 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