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Would you normally associate the SAAQ with dancing? The SAAQ mandataire at La Prairie donates all of its profits to a local organisation that organises dancing classes for children.

Isn’t that nice?


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This week anyone who’s anyone really wants to be in California at this year’s TED conference. If you haven’t yet been introduced to the concept of TED, it’s a big annual meeting of some of the world’s brightest minds on a whole range of subjects. You can watch talks from previous conferences at www.ted.com

Canada of course has it’s own share of thought leaders as you would expect. Quite some have had their views recorded by the Canadian Voices project – they are well worth listening too. Here are some of the more interesting ones that I’ve come across:

Matt Hern talks about reinventing education and why current education systems are not optimum for our children.

Irshad Manji is a muslim speaker who talks about the positive aspects of Islam and gives a different view of this religion than we usually see

David Suzuki is a top biologist and popular science speaker

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is David’s daughter and an activist in her own right. Famous for giving a speech to the United Nations as a teenager amongst other things.

Chantal Hérbert is a top Québec journalist and columnist working in both English and French

And now back to TED for a video of Mosche Safadie who built the famous river front “Habitat” appartment block for Expo ’67:


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This week we had our first major snow fall of the season here in Montréal. First it snowed, then it rained and then it snowed again. The rain turned to ice, so you have tree branches incased in ice and on the ground a layer of snow, ice and then more snow.

Here are some photographs:

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Autumn has arrived in Montréal. The air is perceptably colder and people are all wearing their coats, gloves and scarves. The difference really has arrived in a matter of one or two days and the temperature has dropped.
What’s really remarkable though is the chill in the air. You can really feel almost ice in the wind. Apparently the cold air is coming down from the artic – it’s almost as though the artic weather front has suddenly won over warmer ones from the south.


By the way, Canadians say Fall has arrived in Montréal rather than Autumn. 

What are your thoughts about fall here in Québec? Leave your comment below!

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Yesterday, the 2nd October was the first day we really felt a wintery chill. The sky was overcast and there was a slight breeze (quite unusal actually for Montréal). What really struck us was the feeling of ice on the wind.

No doubt, winter is on its way.

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Montréal Police in Colourful Trousers (Journal de Montréal)

Montréal Police in Colourful Trousers (Journal de Montréal)

It’s a bit wierd to see policemen in jeans and a bullet-proof vest, but this is Québec and we have things to learn.

However, it’s even weirder to see a motorcycle policeman wearing pink trousers! Pink trousers. How strange.

Apparently Montréal Police’s fetish with trousers is a statement against their contract negotiations not being complete. There’s more information here on the CBC.

An article in French is also available from Le Journal de Montréal.

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