Continental Breakfast

Ontario First Nations ‘concerned’ about a Ford government

Fifteen years on the Chiefs of Ontario say their experience under a Progressive Conservative government is making them skeptical about the possibility of dealing with another one come June.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day told iPolitics that his organization has to be “mindful” of their history with the last Tory government under Mike Harris.

“We’ve had more problems than we ever had successes with the PCs in Ontario,” he said.

Heineken pulls ‘Lighter is Better’ ad after some call it racist

Heineken pulled a “Sometimes Lighter is Better” commercial for its Heineken Light beer after some criticized it as being racist.

In the 30-second advertisement, a bartender slides a bottle of Heineken Light toward a woman. The beer passes several men and women of colour before reaching her and then the statement “Sometimes Lighter is Better” appears.

Among those criticizing the commercial: Chance the Rapper. The Grammy winner voiced his dismay about the commercial on Twitter calling it “terribly racist.” He also questioned whether brands are purposely creating racist advertising to get attention.

How much longer can the Trudeau disaster last?

The Liberals are scrambling to regain control of the narrative and present themselves as champions of the middle class, and it is not working very well. This should be no surprise – Trudeau himself is a second-generation trust fund beneficiary, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau is so rich that he forgets about little villas that he owns in the French countryside. But the last few months seem to have widened the chasm between Trudeau and ordinary Canadians.

Sweden: Muslim migrant rapes 13-year-old girl in public toilet, will not be deported because he says he has become Christian

A 20-year-old asylum-seeker from Afghanistan has been convicted of rape of a child for raping a 13-year-old girl in Hallsberg. The Afghan’s sentence was reduced because he is not considered “fully grown,” and he will also stay in Sweden after serving his sentence, because he has both a wife and children here, and also claims to have converted to Christianity.

Quebec deputy minister gets pushback after questioning place of Indigenous ‘traditional knowledge’

The letter, sent last month from a Quebec environment official to one of his federal counterparts, does not seem all that inflammatory. The Quebec official notes that proposed federal legislation requiring that traditional Indigenous knowledge be taken into account when assessing environmental impacts permits a “very broad” definition of such knowledge. And, he adds, the bill should be clearer about how traditional knowledge is to be weighed against scientific data when deciding whether a project should proceed.

But when the letter recently became public, it provoked an outraged reaction from Quebec Indigenous leaders, an apology from two Quebec cabinet ministers and, this week, an accusation of racism from a University of Ottawa law professor.