The Adventures of Diva Rachel: How do you solve a problem like Maryam Monsef?

Maryam Monsef’s “Cinderella story”, from refugee to Canadian Member of Parliament, is the kind of mythical fairytale that reinforces Canadians’ belief their nation is not only welcoming to immigrants, but offers them equal opportunity to ascend to the highest offices of the land. Even U.S. President Obama made reference to it when he made a ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou bien le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopique, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux. Et ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Marine Le Pen et les pleutres du Québec

Quand Radio-Canada convoque Marine Le Pen à un tête-à-tête télévisé, les yeux du Québec sont rivés sur l’entretien. Quelle que soit votre opinion sur «l’immigration massive», l’intégration à reculons ou le rêve (ou le cauchemar?) du multiculturalisme utopiste, Marine Le Pen vous offre un franc parlé sur un sujet à la fois ‘sensible’ et litigieux.  Le multiculturalisme ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Louis Morissette: marabout à cause des Moustiques©

Voilà que le mari à Véro, Louis Morissette, se vide le coeur en trois temps: dans la revue nommée pour sa célèbre conjointe, aux ondes de Radio-Canada, et dans le grand journal. C’est à cette échelle-là que l’homme, à qui sont accordées toutes les tribunes officielles, a le privilege de pleurnicher. «…c’est l’attaque des moustiques ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Panda PM and the Pandering Patrician #elxn42

pa·tri·cian n. 1. A person of refined upbringing. 2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat. PM Stephen Harper got a jump-start on his electoral promise to increase the country’s panda population. Canada added not one but two pandas to its cubs-in-captivity collection this week. “Canadians will have the opportunity for even more panda sightings ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Panda PM and the Pandering Patrician #elxn42

pa·tri·cian n. 1. A person of refined upbringing. 2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat. PM Stephen Harper got a jump-start on his electoral promise to increase the country’s panda population. Canada added not one but two pandas to its cubs-in-captivity collection this week. “Canadians will have the opportunity for even more panda sightings ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Harper hacks federal election cycle and I think it’s great!

This article was published in the Huffington Post on August 2 2015. “An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. The Right Honourable PM Campbell’s observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Harper hacks federal election cycle and I think it’s great!

“An election is no time to discuss serious issues.” That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. The Right Honourable PM Campbell’s observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political observers later reconsidered their knee-jerk dismissal of Campbell’s quip – most agree ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Don’t Break Out The Bubbly! Carding Continues Across Canada :-(

In Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada), race has been a factor in determining who rightfully belongs here, and who is, by default, an intruder to be wary of. Betraying Canada’s mantra of multiculturalism, a constant cloud of suspicion follows dark-skinned Canadian citizens every day. Whether they are walking while Black, driving while Black, flying while ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Don’t Break Out The Bubbly! Carding Continues Across Canada :-(

In Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada), race has been a factor in determining who rightfully belongs here, and who is, by default, an intruder to be wary of. Betraying Canada’s mantra of multiculturalism, a constant cloud of suspicion follows dark-skinned Canadian citizens every day. Whether they are walking while Black, driving while Black, flying while ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: What, to the Visible Minority, is Labour Day? #CanLab #LabourDay

You wouldn’t know it from the tone of discourse today, but immigrants and foreign workers have been part of the Canadian labour force since Confederation. Then, much as now, they were necessary to ensure Canada’s economic survival. Nevertheless, 19th century immigrant workers were viewed with suspicion and contempt, assigned the most dangerous tasks and forced ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team in La Métropole. He led ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

Published in the HuffPo here. There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist? As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. The Montrealer is even a proud season-ticket holder. Accompanied by two friends, Mr. Christie enters the tavern at the ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

This blogpost was published in the HuffPost under the title: This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist? As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le PQ de Pauline a-t-il perdu à cause du vote ethnique?

Le ectoplasme du «prochain» référendum s’éloigne maintenant que le Parti québécois (PQ) a été défait dans scrutin provincial québécois. Après un cycle électoral acrimonieux et débordant d’allégations de corruption, d’insinuations sexistes, d’accusations de fraude et de démagogies à caractère raciste, peu en sortiront indemne. Les candidats malencontreux, les partisans aux propos désolants, les prétendants dauphins ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le PQ de Pauline a-t-il perdu à cause du vote ethnique?

Le ectoplasme du «prochain» référendum s’éloigne maintenant que le Parti québécois (PQ) a été défait dans scrutin provincial québécois. Après un cycle électoral acrimonieux et débordant d’allégations de corruption, d’insinuations sexistes, d’accusations de fraude et de démagogies à caractère raciste, peu en sortiront indemne. Les candidats malencontreux, les partisans aux propos désolants, les prétendants dauphins ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Les Plumes des Peau-Rouges de Nepean attérissent sur le Rouge-et-Noir d’Ottawa

La région de l’Outaouais va bientôt accueillir un nouveau club de football. Ce sera la 3e fois que l’équipe renait de ces cendres : les Ottawa Rough Riders ont fait faillite en 1996, et encore en 2006, sous le nom «Renegades». À l’époque, les partisans Franco-Ontariens (et Gatinois) s’attendaient à ce qu’une équipe en difficulté ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

The National Capital Region will soon welcome a new CFL football club. This will be the third time the team rises from its ashes: the Ottawa Rough Riders went bankrupt in 1996, and again in 2006 under the Renegades moniker. At the time, Franco-Ontarian football fans (and those in nearby Gatineau, QC) expected a club ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Year of the Snake : It didn’t start in 2013

Chinese-Canadians have been part of the Canadian landscape for over a century. As May is Asian Heritage Month, Canadians of all backgrounds take a look back at their contributions: past, present and future. PM Harper culled Asian-Canadians by declaring 2013 as the Year of Korea in Canada, Canada Post issued a collection of stamps to ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The O stands for Originality, aka the oxymoron to "Ottawa"

This article was published in The Huffington Post Canada. Read it here and post a comment! This week is momentous for legions of moms and women in general: the “Big O” is comin’ to town. Yes, the former Queen of Television, the one then-Senator Obama called “possibly the most influential woman in the country” , ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: No Asians + No Blacks + no gays + no turbans + no aboriginals = No Canada -OR- BankOfCanada’s state sponsored xenophobia

The news of the ethnic cleansing of Canadian c-notes by the Bank of Canada hit like a bombshell last summer. It was revealed that an Asian-looking female figure was gentrified by the federal institution to appease Canadians who expressed xenophobic views in a focus group. The news went viral around the world, with Canada’s reputation ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Buh-bye Mark Carney, So Long Ethnic-Friendly Promises -OR- Proof Carney Behaves Like a Liberal

Yesterday, it was announced that Bank of Canada boss Mark Carney was leaving his position at the head of Canada’s central bank for a position across the pond. This came after much speculation as to whether Carney would ascend to the political arena. There was some fodder as to which party the banker would join ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Diva Chooses Dalton’s Successor : It’s Gerard!

For the next Premier of Ontario, I chose Gerard Kennedy. The race for leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario has an excellent range of candidates. Gerard Kennedy has a record of inclusion of all Ontarians, regardless of their sociocultural or linguistic identity. For me, Gerard is the candidate best positioned to win the next ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le choix de la Diva s’arrête sur Gérard Kennedy : candidat pour Premier Ministre de l’Ontario

Comme prochain premier ministre de l’Ontario, je choisis Gérard Kennedy. La course la chefferie du Parti libéral de l’Ontario dispose d’un excellent ventail de candidats. Gérard Kennedy a une passion pour l’inclusion de tous les ontariens, quel que soit leur identité socioculturelle ou linguistique. Pour moi, Gérard est le candidat le mieux placé pour gagner ...