Continental Breakfast

Same-sex marriage more popular than ever in Canada

Laura and Jen O’Connor got married for all the romantic, fairy-tale reasons: after seven years together, they were deeply in love and wanted to start a family. But on another level, they thought it might just make their life together a little easier.

After all, being gay comes with its own unique set of challenges — challenges they hoped might be easier to navigate if they shared a last name.

Calgary Circle the Wagons festival organizers vow rebranding over ‘offensive’ name

Circle the Wagons, a “traveling food, beer and music carnival,” first launched in 2014 as a collaborations between Village Brewery, YYCFoodTrucks and BassBus, is gearing up for its fourth annual festival next month.

But as it kicks off in Currie Park in southwest Calgary Sept. 9, co-founder Jim Button said they will first be taking to the stage to announce a new name after hearing from members of the Indigenous community who were concerned the term “circle the wagons” hearkens back to a painful era of North American colonialism.

Media Criticism: The Washington Post Has Run Three ‘Chill Out About Justin Trudeau’ Pieces In Five Days

“Although Trudeau has proved to be a powerful public relations coup for my country, the political erotica now streaming from the southern border is embarrassing, shallow and largely misses the mark” wrote Jen Gerson, an Alberta-based journalist in The Washington Post Monday. Gerson feels that type of “political journalism only makes it harder to hold the man to account.”

Gerson held back very few punches in her critique of Trudeau, hitting him from both the left and the right.

Why Canada would be directly in the way of a North Korean nuclear war

Now that North Korea has developed missiles that can hit the eastern United States, it also means that any missile attack would spend much of its flight time over Canadian soil.

Given Canada’s awkward geographic position between North Korea and the United States, any North Korean missile launched at a U.S. target east of California would necessarily enter Canadian airspace.

Quebec asylum requests surged to 150 a day: immigration minister

The Quebec government has asked Ottawa for help managing a surge of people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Canada border and are now seeking asylum in the province.

A day after Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was turned into a temporary shelter for the growing number of asylum seekers, Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil said the province has “the experience to face these situations,” but needs more assistance from the federal government.

Environmental group pushes for carbon tax

A new coalition is pushing the Manitoba government to add a carbon tax of at least the federally required minimum.

“In order to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change, we need to take deep, urgent action,” said Curt Hull, a program manager at Climate Change Connection and spokesman for The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition.