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What might happen if your teenager joins their school’s stage crew

What might happen if your teenager joins their school’s stage crew

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When my daughter arrived in her first year of high school, she decided to join the stage crew, which is used to help produce all of the plays and events for the school. We had no idea what this involved but earlier this week, during the final repetition of the Christmas show she was informed

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My Suicide Squad Movie Review

My Suicide Squad Movie Review

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A lot of people are complaining that Rotten Tomatoes is wrong about giving a low score to Suicide Squad and yet, as time goes by, more and more moviegoers complain about the movie. So, is Suicide Squad any good or is it the horrible mess critics seem to think it is?

Religious loopholes and the lone wolf problem

Religious loopholes and the lone wolf problem

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Ever since the horrible Nice attacks of July 14th, 2016, I’ve been wondering about the author of the attack, a so-called lone wolf non-religious Muslim, which is rather different from other attacks made by radicalized Islamists. Or is it?

The worst person of the 20th century: Thomas Midgley JR.

The worst person of the 20th century: Thomas Midgley JR.

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When you ask most people who the worst person of the 20th Century, you often get similar answers: Adolph Hilter, Joseph Stalin, Slobodan Milosevich or other fascist dictators who committed mass killings. I want offer another name to the list: Thomas Midgley Jr. Who? You ask? Read one, this one is a big one…

Leaning to the right, on provincial politics

Leaning to the right, on provincial politics

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I am from Québec and the last few years weren’t great politically for us. It feels as if we’re floating on scandal over scandal, day after day. At the same time, I started to associate with the Québec Compassionate right, which is quite a change for a former social-democrat like I was. What happened?

Uber and Public Schools

Uber and Public Schools

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In November 2013, in Montréal, Michel Duchaussoy shot and killed his Taxi driver, Ziad Bouzid. His trial is currently in progress and 2 alternate versions are presented: Either Michel knew he didn’t have the money for the ride and premeditated killing his driving, or rather, according to the defence, he didn’t and basically panicked when

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Does investing 1 billions in Bombardier deprive money from teachers?

Does investing 1 billions in Bombardier deprive money from teachers?

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Right now in Québec, teachers are running rotating strikes to contest the so-called cuts in the education system made by the PLQ government of Philippe Couillard and are now furious that the government decided to invest 1 billion in Bombardier. “1 billion for Bombardier, cuts for needy students.” was the complaint on a banner. Please note I say

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Between Two Cities

Between Two Cities

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Between Two Cities is one of the games I supported on KickStarter and it most likely now my favorite pledge. In this game for 3 to 7 players (with solo and two player variants), the players each help build two cities composed of 16 tiles each (4 by 4). This game uses a special drafting

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How to automatically fill your gas tank

How to automatically fill your gas tank

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In the past, there was a little lock on the gas station nozzles which allowed you to fill your gas tank automatically until it was full. This was removed for safety reasons, notably if a fire erupts: if the nozzle is locked on, it would then turn into an uncontrollable fire launcher and no one

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Innocent companies paying for criminals, a new recurring theme

Innocent companies paying for criminals, a new recurring theme

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Once thing frustrates me more and more: the fact that in Québec, the government is starting to act against innocent companies for the actions of either clients or sub-contractors they had no recourse against. Québec Fonte Sylvain Savard was the owner of a company, Québec Fonte, which specialized in buying precious metals and made 16

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