The Adventures of Diva Rachel: How do you solve a problem like Maryam Monsef?

Maryam Monsef’s “Cinderella story”, from refugee to Canadian Member of Parliament, is the kind of mythical fairytale that reinforces Canadians’ belief their nation is not only welcoming to immigrants, but offers them equal opportunity to ascend to the highest offices of the land. Even U.S. President Obama made reference to it when he made a ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: How do you solve a problem like Maryam Monsef?

Maryam Monsef’s “Cinderella story”, from refugee to Canadian Member of Parliament, is the kind of mythical fairytale that reinforces Canadians’ belief their nation is not only welcoming to immigrants, but offers them equal opportunity to ascend to the highest offices of the land. Even U.S. President Obama made reference to it when he made a ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou bien le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopique, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux. Et ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Panda PM and the Pandering Patrician #elxn42

pa·tri·cian n. 1. A person of refined upbringing. 2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat. PM Stephen Harper got a jump-start on his electoral promise to increase the country’s panda population. Canada added not one but two pandas to its cubs-in-captivity collection this week. “Canadians will have the opportunity for even more panda sightings ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Panda PM and the Pandering Patrician #elxn42

pa·tri·cian n. 1. A person of refined upbringing. 2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat. PM Stephen Harper got a jump-start on his electoral promise to increase the country’s panda population. Canada added not one but two pandas to its cubs-in-captivity collection this week. “Canadians will have the opportunity for even more panda sightings ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Panda PM and the Pandering Patrician #elxn42

pa·tri·cian n. 1. A person of refined upbringing. 2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat. PM Stephen Harper got a jump-start on his electoral promise to increase the country’s panda population. Canada added not one but two pandas to its cubs-in-captivity collection this week. “Canadians will have the opportunity for even more panda sightings ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Harper hacks federal election cycle and I think it’s great!

This article was published in the Huffington Post on August 2 2015. “An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. The Right Honourable PM Campbell’s observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Harper hacks federal election cycle and I think it’s great!

This article was published in the Huffington Post on August 2 2015. “An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. The Right Honourable PM Campbell’s observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Harper hacks federal election cycle and I think it’s great!

“An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. The Right Honourable PM Campbell’s observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political observers later reconsidered their knee-jerk dismissal of Campbell’s quip – most agree ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Don’t Break Out The Bubbly! Carding Continues Across Canada :-(

In Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada), race has been a factor in determining who rightfully belongs here, and who is, by default, an intruder to be wary of. Betraying Canada’s mantra of multiculturalism, a constant cloud of suspicion follows dark-skinned Canadian citizens every day. Whether they are walking while Black, driving while Black, flying while ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Don’t Break Out The Bubbly! Carding Continues Across Canada :-(

In Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada), race has been a factor in determining who rightfully belongs here, and who is, by default, an intruder to be wary of. Betraying Canada’s mantra of multiculturalism, a constant cloud of suspicion follows dark-skinned Canadian citizens every day. Whether they are walking while Black, driving while Black, flying while ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Don’t Break Out The Bubbly! Carding Continues Across Canada :-(

In Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada), race has been a factor in determining who rightfully belongs here, and who is, by default, an intruder to be wary of. Betraying Canada’s mantra of multiculturalism, a constant cloud of suspicion follows dark-skinned Canadian citizens every day. Whether they are walking while Black, driving while Black, flying while ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What, to the Visible Minority, is Labour Day? #CanLab #LabourDay

You wouldn’t know it from the tone of discourse today, but immigrants and foreign workers have been part of the Canadian labour force since Confederation. Then, much as now, they were necessary to ensure Canada’s economic survival. Nevertheless, 19th century immigrant workers were viewed with suspicion and contempt, assigned the most dangerous tasks and forced ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What, to the Visible Minority, is Labour Day? #CanLab #LabourDay

You wouldn’t know it from the tone of discourse today, but immigrants and foreign workers have been part of the Canadian labour force since Confederation. Then, much as now, they were necessary to ensure Canada’s economic survival. Nevertheless, 19th century immigrant workers were viewed with suspicion and contempt, assigned the most dangerous tasks and forced ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team in La Métropole. He led ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

Published in the HuffPo here. There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

Published in the HuffPo here. There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist? As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. The Montrealer is even a proud season-ticket holder. Accompanied by two friends, Mr. Christie enters the tavern at the ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

This blogpost was published in the HuffPost under the title: This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist? As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

This blogpost was published in the HuffPost under the title: This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist? As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le PQ de Pauline a-t-il perdu à cause du vote ethnique?

Le ectoplasme du «prochain» référendum s’éloigne maintenant que le Parti québécois (PQ) a été défait dans scrutin provincial québécois. Après un cycle électoral acrimonieux et débordant d’allégations de corruption, d’insinuations sexistes, d’accusations de fraude et de démagogies à caractère raciste, peu en sortiront indemne. Les candidats malencontreux, les partisans aux propos désolants, les prétendants dauphins ...