James defends controversial cash cow, a tax geared to beef up rentals

Finance Minister Carole James was unable to provide rental numbers, but the NDP's controversial speculation and vacancy tax is expected to swell the provincial treasury by $185 million a year, or more than half a billion dollars over the three-year fiscal plan. Don Craig VICTORIA — With the NDP approaching the second anniversary of its speculation tax, Finance Minister Carole James decided it...

Herstories: Book honours 14 women killed at Polytechnique 30 years ago

Geneviève Bergeron; Hélène Colgan; Nathalie Croteau; Barbara Daigneault; Anne-Marie Edward; Maud Haviernick; Barbara-Maria Klucznik-Widajewicz; Maryse Laganière; Maryse Leclair; Anne-Marie Lemay; Sonia Pelletier; Michèle Richard; Annie St-Arneault; and Annie Turcotte.Their names are etched in bronze on a memorial plaque. They are read aloud with great solemnity at a remembrance ceremony...

Brownstein: PVM is joining the battle for your tummy

A battle is being waged to win the hearts and tummies of noshers downtown.What had been deemed to be a downtown culinary graveyard could soon become an epicurean hot spot. On the heels of the launch of Time Out Market two weeks ago in the Eaton Centre comes word that Le Cathcart food court will open in late January not far away in the refurbished Esplanade Place Ville Marie.Whereas Time Out...

Christopher Labos: Apple Watch isn’t great as a medical device

FILE PHOTO: An Apple Store employee shows the new Series 5 Apple Watch during the preview of the redesigned and reimagined Apple Fifth Avenue store in New York, U.S., September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Brendan McDermid / REUTERS Apple wants to get into health care and they’re betting heavily on their new Apple Watch. Previous versions, though, were a bit underwhelming. As...

Appreciation: A towering figure, George Springate truly was unique

George Springate sits on the stairs of his childhood home in Montreal's Pointe-St-Charles district in 1981. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette It is always hard to part with good friends, and at my stage in life, these departures are happening all the more frequently. The passing of George Springate last week saddened me very specially.We often hear that each one of us is unique — but if I can be...

Lise Ravary: Quebec and Alberta have much in common

Calgary city's skyline, as seen from the air above Spruce Meadows during the final day of the Masters tournament in Calgary, Alta., on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. "Alberta and Quebec share a unique can-do spirit, a sense of being different and a desire to run their affairs as they see fit," Lise Ravary writes. Lyle Aspinall / Postmedia News Alberta was named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter,...

Josh Freed: We live in a world where everything breaks and no one can fix it

There’s a tiny stove light we leave on at night that does something truly remarkable. It’s lasted 23 years, ever since we bought the stove just after our son was born.Every night that lightbulb keeps shining and never needs replacement, so one of these must be true:A) The bulb is a miracle and we should donate it to the Church Of Infinite LightB) The bulb is the world’s first perpetual...

Brownstein: Santa skips Ste-Catherine St., leaving merchants less jolly

James Gaspar used to love the holiday season. On occasion, he would even bring out his inner Burl Ives (ask your grandparents) and start crooning: “Have a holly, jolly Christmas … It’s the best time of the year.”“Not so holly, jolly this year,” a shrugging Gaspar mutters.That has a lot to do with the fact business is down at his iconic Ste-Catherine St. burger house, Mr. Steer, and...

Macpherson: Québec solidaire on the trail of the caribou

Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois speaks during question period, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse, left, looks on. "Instead of trying to sustain its growth by moving toward the political centre, where the votes are, the Solidaires have chosen to compete with the PQ on the separatist fringe," Don...

The Right Chemistry: A tarantula bite won’t make you dance

Undoubtedly, being bitten by a tarantula is not a pleasant experience. Yet while it may cause some pain, it isn’t going to cause the victim to go into a dancing frenzy. Unless the victim believes that it will! That is just what happened in episodes of “tarantism” that broke out on a number of occasions between the 11th and 18th centuries in the province of Taranto in southern Italy. People...