Elizabeth Bennet, a vision of goose-bumped flesh erupting from a flimsy white gown, is having a crafty fag on the steps of a Canadian castle. She is in mortal danger from killer icicles but the need for nicotine outweighs all peril. Inside her sisters are downing smoky cocktails and mixing with the eligible men of Alberta around a roaring fire. The night is young and later there will be dancing. Edmonton is a city that says it’s not afraid to do things differently so perhaps it should be no surprise to arrive in the middle of a Pride and Prejudice ball. The venue, and our hotel for the next two nights, was the Fairmont MacDonald , a faux baronial fantasy of high-ceilinged halls which has graced the city’s skyline since 1915. British royals, including the Queen, have stayed here before and were very much at home. The hotel was so comfortable that I considered not going out – but the city’s burgeoning food scene proved too tempting. Over the next 48 hours, … [Read more...] about Best things to see and do in Alberta, Canada’s breathtaking winter wonderland
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Canadians have long been aware that Justin Trudeau likes to dress up. His tendency to appropriate dress and customs from other cultures has prompted gentle mockery from rival politicians and the media: on a trip to India last year, he was photographed in a kurta on numerous occasions. He has Indigenous art tattooed his shoulder. He wears Ramadan socks and dances to bhangra music. But the emergence of three damning images of the Canadian prime minister in blackface have shattered the prime minister’s carefully curated image as a progressive leader. The incident has landed the prime minister in hot water as his Liberal party fights to secure another four-year term in a tightly contested federal election. Trudeau quickly apologized – “I’m pissed off at myself. I’m disappointed in myself,” he told reporters – but the damage may already have been done, said Amarnath Amarasingam, a professor of religion at Queens University. “I have a difficult … [Read more...] about How will Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos affect Canada’s election?
I didn’t give much thought to Canada for the first 18 years of my life. Many Americans would not see this as a problem – Americans who think of Canada as ‘America’s hat’. But when I found myself in a bar with hundreds of Canadian strangers on my first night at university in Montreal (a city where I could legally go to a bar at 18), I realized that this had been a tremendous oversight. “Who’s the prime minister of Canada?” someone asked me, when I confessed my American-ness. I had no idea, and it hit me like a hockey puck smashed into an unguarded net: my ignorance of Canada was an awful oversight. For my whole life all of these Canadians had been living in Canada, not wanting to be American, drinking milk from bags. Perhaps that’s why I was particularly moved by the sympathetic message sent south this week by some lovely northern neighbors: America, they say, you guys are already great. Designed by a Toronto-based creative agency, … [Read more...] about Canada’s response to the US election is a most Canadian nod to our predicament
Highway 401 runs east, from the Toronto area toward the outer suburb of Ajax. Along the roadside the trees have turned with the season, to red, orange and gold. Greater Toronto covers across an area almost the size of Delaware. It contains almost a sixth of Canada’s population, and a fifth of its immigrants. Its sprawling suburbs were the site of some of the Conservative party’s biggest victories – and the Liberals’ biggest defeats – in Canada’s last general election, when current prime minister Stephen Harper won outright majority for the Conservatives. Four years later, these quiet, leafy Toronto neighbourhoods are a key battleground in the Conservatives’ fight for political survival. Canada’s 11-week campaign season may pale in comparison with the 18-month epic taking place south of the border, but it has been the longest in modern history: a tight three-way race in which the Conservatives, the New Democrats, and the Liberals, has at … [Read more...] about Canada election: will anti-Harper sentiment be enough to bring progressives to power?
The first Canadian government plane carrying Syrian refugees has arrived in Toronto, where they were greeted by the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who is pushing forward with his pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. The arrival of the military flight carrying 163 refugees on Thursday stands in stark contrast to the US, which plans to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year and where the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump caused a worldwide uproar with a proposal to temporarily block Muslims from entering the US. The flight arrived just before midnight carrying the first of two large groups of Syrians into the country by government aircraft. Trudeau greeted the first two families to come through processing. The first family was a man, woman and 16-month-old girl. The second family was a man, woman, and three daughters, two of whom are twins. Trudeau and Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, welcomed them to Canada and gave them … [Read more...] about Justin Trudeau greets Syrian refugees arriving in Canada