Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under new security law

Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested under a new national security law, and detained on suspicion of “colluding” with foreign forces. Lai, known for his support for the region’s pro-democracy movement and criticism of Beijing, was arrested on Monday along with six others, including his son, while the newspaper he runs, the “Apple Daily,” was...

Toronto aims to create space for pets in residential buildings with new guidelines

When it’s time for Firas Arafat and Jennifer Reynolds to go to bed in their two-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot condo, it’s also time for their 11-week old Bernedoodle, Ernie, to prepare for a good night’s sleep.That means take care of Ernie’s “business.”But, instead of going to a nearby park, Arafat or Reynolds take Ernie up to the roof of The Merchandise Lofts, located at 155 Dalhousie...

Karl Lohnes: Visions of sugar plums are dancing in holiday decor this year

Colours of soft pink, plum and burgundy lend a feminine decorating touch this holiday season. Faux Fur Dusty Rose Stocking, CB2.com This year’s trends in Christmas decorating offer a fresh take on festive decor — perfect whether you’re decorating your first tree or updating older holiday accessories. From fashionable to fun, here’s a rundown of the big trends, new interpretations on the...

Building a dynasty on a dépanneur: Generational tensions aren’t all ‘OK Boomer’

Hercules Tsoudis may be Boomer-aged, but he’s no Boomer. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette As property values and taxes rise throughout Montreal, property ownership prospects are fading for many of the city’s younger citizens. Real estate prices in cities across North America have been trending upward for a decade, and much of the most desirable stock is owned by people who bought it cheap in...

Three places to keep the sunny vibes alive in Montreal with jerk chicken

A jerk chicken plate with a side of plantain is seen at Tropical Paradise in Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Jerk chicken is one of those guaranteed feel-good dishes on a cold day, like stew or cottage pie. It’s got “Mama’s cooking” written all over it, partly because it requires hours of marinating, so it’s not something you can just rustle up....

‘A refreshed experience’: New digs give annual Souk more flexibility

The Souk event, a yearly design/creativity rendez-vous where everything is made in Montreal and people can shop for the holidays or check out the newest trends, is in its 16th year. Founder and organizer Azamit at the new location, the former RCA building in Montreal on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette For 15 years, Montrealers knew it as the Souk @ SAT, an annual juried...

Karl Lohnes: Best designer tips for choosing your Christmas tree

The perfect Christmas tree provides lots of branches for displaying ornaments and is well proportioned to the room where it will be displayed. Photo: CanadianTire.ca The next month is an important one for those who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree. Whether real or faux, O Tannenbaum takes planning. From where to place it (which often involves moving furniture around) to choosing the...

Retrofit gives Ahunstic family the first Passive House in Quebec

If you were taking a walk down just about any street in any borough of Montreal on July 23 this year, when the temperature topped 26 Celsius (and the nighttime low was 25 C), you would have heard the buzzing and whirring of air conditioners cooling the homes on both sides of the street.Some homes, mostly apartment buildings or the typical Montreal duplexes, weren’t built with the need for air...

At least one Canadian sickened after latest recall of California romaine

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that one Canadian case of E. coli infection has the “fingerprint” linked to recalled romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, CA.“Although an outbreak is not occurring in Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has identified one Canadian illness with a similar genetic fingerprint to illnesses reported in the U.S. investigation,” the...