Connect with us

Anglais

Tory MPP Amanda Simard breaks ranks over French-language cuts

Published

on

[ad_1]

A newly elected Progressive Conservative MPP has broken ranks with her party over Premier Doug Ford’s cuts to French-language services.

Amanda Simard (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) has taken to Facebook to express her displeasure at Ford’s elimination of the independent watchdog for French and his cancellation of a francophone university.

Progressive Conservative MPP Amanda Simard took a photo of her desk on her first day in the Legislature last July.
Progressive Conservative MPP Amanda Simard took a photo of her desk on her first day in the Legislature last July.  (Randy Risling / Toronto Star)

“The decisions made last week concerning the office of the commissioner and the Franco-Ontarian university disappoint me greatly, and I share this disappointment and frustration today, having initially worked as much internally as possible to reverse these decisions,” Simard wrote.

The rookie MPP, who was not at Queen’s Park on Thursday, said in French that she has asked Ford “to reconsider these measures.”

“My first reflex is always to use diplomatic channels to resolve situations, and that’s what I did, before reacting publicly, as soon as I became aware of these decisions,” she wrote.

“By the way, I read somewhere that MPP Simard ‘might be upset.’ False. I am ‘definitely upset.’ To my friends, to my community, to my riding, you know me — my francophonie is important to me.”

Simard, a lawyer and the parliamentary assistant to Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney, said she “needs to assess where we are and what we can do and must do.”

“I am with you. I hope you will support me,” she told constituents in her Eastern Ontario riding on the Quebec border.

Mulroney has defended the cuts as necessary because the Conservatives have a $14.5 billion deficit.

Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said the Tories are “pathological” in their bid to “silence their critics.”

Both the French-language watchdog and the independent child advocate’s office have been melded into that of the ombudsman, while the environmental commissioner’s duties will be handled by the auditor general.

On Friday, Mulroney will be conferring with federal Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly, who has criticized the changes.

Quebec Premier François Legault and federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have also appealed to the Ontario Tories to reconsider.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

[ad_2]

Source link

قالب وردپرس

Anglais

‘We’re back’: Montreal festival promoters happy to return but looking to next year

Published

on

By

In downtown Montreal, it’s festival season.

In the city’s entertainment district, a musical act was conducting a sound check on stage Friday evening — the second day of the French-language version of the renowned Just For Laughs comedy festival. Tickets for many of the festival’s free outdoor shows — limited by COVID-19 regulations — were sold out.

Two blocks away, more than 100 people were watching an acoustic performance by the Isaac Neto Trio — part of the last weekend of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, a celebration of music from the African continent and the African diaspora.

With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to limit capacity, festival organizers say they’re glad to be back but looking forward to next year when they hope border restrictions and capacity limits won’t affect their plans.

Charles Décarie, Just For Laughs’ CEO and president, said this is a “transition year.”

“Even though we have major constraints from the public health group in Montreal, we’ve managed to design a festival that can navigate through those constraints,” Décarie said.

The French-language Juste pour rire festival began on July 15 and is followed by the English-language festival until July 31.

When planning began in February and March, Décarie said, organizers came up with a variety of scenarios for different crowd sizes, ranging from no spectators to 50 per cent of usual capacity.

“You’ve got to build scenarios,” he said. “You do have to plan a little bit more than usual because you have to have alternatives.”

Continue Reading

Anglais

MELS new major movie studio to be built in Montreal

Published

on

By

MONTREAL — MELS Studios will build a new film studio in Montreal, filling some of the gap in supply to meet the demand of Hollywood productions.

MELS president Martin Carrier said on Friday that MELS 4 studio construction will begin « as soon as possible », either in the fall or winter of next year. The studio could host productions as early as spring 2023.

The total investment for the project is $76 million, with the Quebec government contributing a $25 million loan. The project will create 110 jobs, according to the company.

The TVA Group subsidiary’s project will enable it to stand out « even more » internationally, according to Quebecor president and CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau. In the past, MELS Studios has hosted several major productions, including chapters of the X-Men franchise. The next Transformers movie is shooting this summer in Montreal.

Péladeau insisted that local cultural productions would also benefit from the new facility, adding that the studio ensures foreign revenues and to showcase talent and maintain an industry of Quebec producers.

STUDIO SHORTAGE

The film industry is cramped in Montreal.

According to a report published last May by the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec (BCTQ), there is a shortage of nearly 400,000 square feet of studio space.

With the addition of MELS 4, which will be 160,000 square feet, the company is filling part of the gap.

Carrier admitted that he has had to turn down contracts because of the lack of space, representing missed opportunities of « tens of millions of dollars, not only for MELS, but also for the Quebec economy. »

« Montreal’s expertise is in high demand, » said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who was present at the announcement.

She said she received great testimonials from « Netflix, Disney, HBO and company » during an economic mission to Los Angeles in 2019.

« What stands out is that they love Montreal because of its expertise, knowledge and beauty. We need more space, like MELS 4, » she said.

There is still not enough capacity in Quebec, acknowledged Minister of Finance, the Economy and Innovation Eric Girard.

« It is certain that the government is concerned about fairness and balance, so if other requests come in, we will study them with the same seriousness as we have studied this one, » he said.

Grandé Studios is the second-largest player in the industry. Last May, the company said it had expansion plans that should begin in 2022. Investissement Québec and Bell are minority shareholders in the company.

For its part, MELS will have 400,000 square feet of production space once MELS 4 is completed. The company employs 450 people in Quebec and offers a range of services including studio and equipment rentals, image and sound postproduction, visual effects and a virtual production platform.

Continue Reading

Anglais

Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar is the Latest to Hatch in West Island’s Bubbling Restaurant Scene

Published

on

By

Wings are the thing at the latest restaurant to make its mark on Montreal’s West Island: Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar.

At the buzzy new Dollard-Des Ormeaux eatery, the bird limbs come aplenty, with a menu listing eleven “wet & messy” wings, including smoked apple habanero, sriracha lime, and cherry cola BBQ; and four — cacio e pepe, ketchups chip, Nashville hot, and the garlicky, lemon pepper “vampire slayer” — dry rub flavours. They come 10 for $18 or 20 for $34, plus the option of ranch, parmesan, or blue cheese dipping sauce.

Tacos, nachos, poutines (one made with bone marrow, another with tater tots), smashed burgers, salads, and a classic buttermilk fried chicken dinner are just sampling of the other dishes that round out the offering. On the drinks side, there are cocktails, sangrias, and spiked milkshakes in popular chocolate bar flavours: After Eight, Skor, Bounty, or Reeses.

Opened on July 5, Birdhouse is among a recent influx of restaurants to grace the island’s western end, including birria taco slinger Tacos Don Rigo and barbecue joint Smoke Box — a double whammy in the same Pierrefonds area strip mall. That comes in addition to plans for Fairview Pointe Claire’s incoming “District Gourmand” (slated to usher in Tommy Café), and, of course, a number of the area’s longer-standing stalwarts — from southern belle Bistro Nolah to old-school casse-croûte Smoked Meat Pete — that have helped bolster the West Island’s culinary credentials.

The brand-new Brunswick Boulevard restaurant is the brainchild of Montreal entrepreneur Lorne Schwartz, restaurateur George Massouras (of Madisons and Arahova Souvlaki), and among the other partners involved, Brahm Mauer, son of the founder of beloved buffalo hot wings expert Wings ‘n’ Things. Mauer has tried his hand at reviving the original Wings ‘n’ Things recipe — the restaurant originally opened in 1986 — over the years, including with a Royalmount Avenue location in 2012, then as a roaming summertime food truck and NDG pop-up. That same truck has now been made over with a Birdhouse-branded livery to be deployed for private events.

A likely draw to many, Birdhouse is reprising the “famous flavours, untouched” of the once-upon-a-time NDG staple, represented on its menu as “The Legendary WNT Buffalo” chicken wing.

Continue Reading

Chat

Mode2 jours ago

Louis Vuitton crée Charlie, sa première basket unisexe et écoresponsable

Mode2 jours ago

L’Événement Evening Dresses Show Retourne À Salerno Du 1 Au 3 Septembre 2021 Inaugurant La Saison Internationale Du Prêt-À-Porter

Mode2 jours ago

LVMH continue son ascension, tiré par son activité Mode et Maroquinerie

Mode2 jours ago

Mode: Carven va rouvrir aux Champs-Elysées, après des décennies de fermeture

Mode2 jours ago

Mode : les créations de Công Tri plébiscitées par les stars internationales

Mode2 jours ago

Birimian annonce le lancement d’un accélérateur avec l’Institut Français de la mode et la signature d’un accord exclusif avec WSN

Mode5 jours ago

Les propos du ministre Lagimodiere mettent l’équipe de Brian Pallister en difficulté

Mode5 jours ago

Aux grands maux…

Mode5 jours ago

Pour un référendum sur l’agrandissement de l’aéroport

Mode5 jours ago

Faire soi-même ses recherches, est-ce réaliste?

Mode5 jours ago

Cuba: la crise vue par la communauté cubano-canadienne

Mode5 jours ago

La rentrée sera compliquée

Mode5 jours ago

Moins d’argent au Québec pour les Autochtones qui souffrent de dépendance

Mode5 jours ago

L’autre chemin de la réconciliation

Mode5 jours ago

Libérez Mario Roy!

Mode5 jours ago

Pour sa haute couture, Valentino fait défiler à Venise les plus belles couleurs du monde

Mode5 jours ago

Fès-Stylisme: ESCOM célèbre son 30e anniversaire

Mode5 jours ago

Découvrez l’événement Homi : Le Salon de la mode, des accessoires et des bijoux qui se tiendra à Milan du 18 au 20 septembre 2021

Mode5 jours ago

Anatomie lance une collection complète de vêtements pour hommes – WWD

Mode5 jours ago

La marinière, une histoire à porter

Anglais3 années ago

Body found after downtown Lethbridge apartment building fire, police investigating – Lethbridge

Styles De Vie3 années ago

Salon du chocolat 2018: les 5 temps forts

Anglais3 années ago

This B.C. woman’s recipe is one of the most popular of all time — and the story behind it is bananas

Santé Et Nutrition3 années ago

Gluten-Free Muffins

Anglais3 années ago

27 CP Rail cars derail near Lake Louise, Alta.

Anglais3 années ago

Man facing eviction from family home on Toronto Islands gets reprieve — for now

Santé Et Nutrition3 années ago

We Try Kin Euphorics and How to REALLY Get the Glow | Healthyish

Anglais3 années ago

Ontario’s Tories hope Ryan Gosling video will keep supporters from breaking up with the party

Anglais2 années ago

A photo taken on Toronto’s Corso Italia 49 years ago became a family legend. No one saw it — until now

Anglais3 années ago

Condo developer Thomas Liu — who collected millions but hasn’t built anything — loses court fight with Town of Ajax

Styles De Vie3 années ago

Renaud Capuçon, rédacteur en chef du Figaroscope

Anglais2 années ago

This couple shares a 335-square-foot micro condo on Queen St. — and loves it

Anglais3 années ago

Ontario Tories argue Trudeau’s carbon plan is ‘unconstitutional’

Mode3 années ago

Paris : chez Cécile Roederer co-fondatrice de Smallable

Styles De Vie3 années ago

Ford Ranger Raptor, le pick-up roule des mécaniques

Affaires3 années ago

Le Forex devient de plus en plus accessible aux débutants

Anglais3 années ago

100 years later, Montreal’s Black Watch regiment returns to Wallers, France

Anglais3 années ago

Trudeau government would reject Jason Kenney, taxpayers group in carbon tax court fight

Technologie2 années ago

YouTube recommande de la pornographie juvénile, allègue un internaute

Anglais3 années ago

Province’s push for private funding, additional stops puts Scarborough subway at risk of delays

Trending