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Log Cabin Chronicles

Archived Columns (4)

Rôsti - a crispy Swiss classic (500 words)
Sometimes it's the simplest of foods that linger in the mind long after a meal is gone. It's the smoky, oniony, crispy little potato pancakes that I enjoyed that are haunting me.

PQ's Landry makes the Great Peace in the North (660)
On a more tangible level the deal gives Hydro-Quebec the green light to study the hydro-electric potential of Nunavik, focusing on six major rivers. The first step is a $50 million, three-year preliminary feasibility study. Hydro sees the potential for $18 billion dollars worth of projects which could generate up to 7300 megawatts for southern markets.
Peter Black is a writer/broadcaster based in Quebec City.

Global news of the weird (650)
While in my little rainforest hideaway in Golfito, Costa Rica I picked up a copy of the Tico Times. The Tico Times is the major English newspaper in Costa Rica. On page 11 in the March 22 issue I chanced upon a column called A Little World News.
Jim Austin sports about in Putney, Vermont, and sometimes elsewhere.

Trudi does fondue in Dorval (660 words)
My partner and I were tempted by Cordon Bleu and Wiener schnitzel, along with a large selection of sausage dishes but could not resist the fondue experience -- the sound of sizzling beef immersed in hot oil at a table next to us confirmed our order.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Liza Frulla joins cabinet pals in Ottawa (600)
"...as a young radio sports reporter, Frulla was the first woman to demand and win the right to enter the dressing room of the Montreal Canadiens. She also earned the right to be the victim of any number of jokes about being unfazed by a roomful of uninspiring members."
Peter Black is a writer/broadcaster based in Quebec City.

Let's be a Republic
I think the Quebec government is on to something important here. Something that could fit into the Canadian federation without much of a stretch and make democracy work better. Let's take a careful look before we dismiss it as loony.
Royal Orr is writer based in Hatley, Quebec.

Justice for Law (600)
Cardinal Bernard Law actively facilitated the cover-up of what must be considered one of the worst crimes on the books. There are not many criminal activities more vile than pedophilia.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Chill winds from lawyers blow
Basically, the lawyers say that if I don't do a Soviet -- delete all traces of the story and pretend for history it never existed, and "rectify" the information about the contract award -- then the Townshippers Association (TA) reserves the right to come down on the LCC like ugly on ape.
John Mahoney edits the Log Cabin Chronicles.

The retirement party, upbeat & jovial (600)
Premier Bernard Landry got a can of Quebec maple syrup - produced in English - as his thank-you gift after his luncheon address this week to a gathering of the province's anglo community groups association. The gift may as well have been a gold watch, such was the sense in the Quebec City banquet room that Landry and his generation of Parti Québécois leaders are on their way to retirement.
Peter Black is a writer/broadcaster based in Quebec City.

Abby has her own bed now (700)
It has been hard going, especially at first, causing a fair bit of tension as we second-guessed and triple-guessed what to do as Abby screamed inconsolably... alone... abandoned... in her crib. The sobbing was sadder, more pitiful than those other nights when she just stayed up and kept crying and crying.
Ross Murray is editor and publisher of Quebec's Stanstead Journal weekly newspaper.

Scores, On the West Island (560 words)
Actually, I find the chicken noodle soup to be one of the best around. My partner and I chose an appetizer of samplers. Wings, Mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders and onion rings. Three sauces for dipping allowed us a pleasurable finger food experience.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.
Quebec seat shifters (690)
Let's get the joke out of the way first. Bloc Québécois MP Stephan Tremblay, having already taken his seat in the House of Commons, now wants to take a seat in Quebec's National Assembly. Ha ha.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Unleashing the dogs of war (500)
Six months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I feel myself being prepared for war. I don't like the feeling.
Royal Orr is writer based in Hatley, Quebec.

Bush rattles the US sabre (700)
Bush's ever-expanding warlike posturing and export of troops to other countries needs to be examined in the cold light of day. We cannot hold in our criticism of government forever in order to portray a united front to our enemies. If we did that we would be more North Korean than American.
Jim Austin is a Vermont columnist.
O mi God, we've got us a maple sap drip controversy (780)
It started innocently enough. Charlie Tetreault, my Newport, Vermont bureau chief, e-mailed a digital photograph of a drop of sap dripping from a spout into a sap bucket.
John Mahoney edits the Log Cabin Chronicles.

Quebec may be a nation, but it's a nation of non-breeders (700)
All these ministers are concerned in one way or another with the healthy progression of Quebec's population. Short of enticing this group of desert island survivors to breed, though, the Quebec government has been unable to do much to resolve what is surely the most serious crisis in its history -- the steady slide into depopulation.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Pizza with pizzazz (450 words)
Good crust, great sauce, excellent cheese, and a large variety of toppings. The ability to choose any combo and size and the choice of eating in or having it delivered makes this popular food item a North American staple.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Spirit of India
It was our last day in India and we were starting out from a small town called Ratlam. We'd come to see a hospital founded by Canadian missionaries nearly a century ago. Unlike many Christian hospitals in India, this one was decrepit and falling apart.
Royal Orr is writer based in Hatley, Quebec.

Canada's coast is clear, very clear (670)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has probably never heard of the Canadian Rangers, the part-time sentinels and snoops in Canada's isolated communities, including Quebec's North Shore. But who knows, the Rangers could find themselves a crucial component of Rumsfeld's design for CINC North, the Pentagon's plan for an integrated continental home defence command, the intent of which is to ward off any more terrorist breaches of security.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The bitter taste of spam
Take last week, for instance, when I received two e-mails containing a total of 84 j-pegs-none of which had anything to do with Westmount and were therefore of no use to the Examiner. These took up an enormous amount of space and knocked the paper's computer out of commission for more than half an hour while they slowly downloaded. It took another ten minutes to delete them and leave a nasty voice message on the offending party's phone.
Wayne Larsen is edior of Quebec's Westmount Examiner, one of Transcontinental's English-language weekly newspapers.

Get those pants on now! (700)
You can feel it in the air: spring is around the corner. The snow banks have turned that sludgy grey-brown - the official symbol of Canadian renewal. Soggy dog turds are surfacing at the edges of the sidewalks. And throughout the land, parents are rubbing their hands in anticipation of winter's true end - no more snowpants.
Ross Murray is editor and publisher of Quebec's Stanstead Journal weekly newspaper.

Maple Delight arrives early (600 words)
There is a sweet aroma in the air and activity in the maple stands across the southern parts of this belle province of Quebec.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Seven is a lucky number, right? (440)
Today, I begin the seventh year of publishing the Log Cabin Chronicles. Time certainly whips by when you get caught up in personal journalism.
John Mahoney publishes the Log Cabin Chronicles.

Oh Ca-Na-Da (650)
What was your take on the Olympics? Was it a crass money-driven, flag-waving, jingoistic orgy of ugly Americanism or one of the best ever?
Jim Austin sports around in Putney, Vermont.

A rose by any other name... (620)
Created in the referendum year of 1995 by then-premier Jacques Parizeau as a foretaste of the trappings of political nationhood, the Commission Nationale de la Capitale du Quebec has been busily putting up signs, erecting monuments, and acquiring strategic properties in the Quebec City region.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Yummy Japanese treats at Yamato (630 words)
We started with ebi, nice large shrimp atop sticky rice. Fresh and succulent, they complimented the hotatgai, scallops thinly sliced. No overtones of fish here - they both were as fresh and tender as they should be.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Suffer unto Me the little children (625)
There are some stories that are so depraved, so laden with vile details and implications about us as humans that they are difficult to read. It almost feels like learning the details of such things demeans the learner. The atrocities countenanced by the Catholic Church against children in their care is one such story.
Jim Austin sports around in Putney, Vermont.

Hollywood Northeast: Stars falling all over Montreal (655)
Billy Bob Thornton, decked in a flamboyant get-up, fronting his band at a local club, waiting for his wife Angelina Jolie to get back in town from Salt Lake City; George Clooney making the rounds of the finest restaurants; Julia Roberts feeling right at home; Nicole Kidman shopping up a storm; Drew Barrymore blending with the local in-crowd; Matt Damon and Brad Pitt checking out the night life. Hey, is Montreal a hip place or what?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

NBC must-see TV -- finally (750)
Sometimes you don't realize what unimaginative, cynical meatheads are polluting the airwaves on sports radio. It's fine to listen to these guys when they are talking about the NCAA basketball tournament or the run-up to the Super Bowl, but when the Olympics come around they act like a pack of howler monkeys worried about some other simian is peeing on their turf.
Jim Austin sports around in Putney, Vermont.

The peril of Pauline (650)
It was Marois, realizing the impact of the story, who first suggested Quebec needs to put some lobbying rules in place. Coming from the deputy premier, it was clear she was not just speculating out loud, but setting a trap for Landry.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Everyday life set to song
Like the Scottish and Ulster folk poets two hundred years ago, David Francey takes everyday life in Stanstead County and turns it into art. I won't try to saddle him with the title of the Bard of Massawippi. But I will say that he knows how to make poetry and music in which we recognize ourselves immediately but also see the deeper, universal truths that flow through our daily lives.
Royal Orr is a writer and video production guy living in Hatley, Quebec.

Bush League (675)
Last week I cooked up a big thick sirloin steak. That baby must have weighed two pounds. After consuming pound one I wasn't that hungry anymore. Still I persevered and crammed in all but a greasy little bit of fat.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Il Mezzogiorno - tempting Italian indulgence (700 words)
The menu includes familiar items such as pasta, pizza, veal scaloppini, and seafood. Chicken and beef dishes compliment the menu as do a variety of salads and soups, all prepared to order and with a focus on freshness.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Quebec City Olympic (mind) Games (720)
QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) | Workers are putting the finishing touches on the huge horseshoe-shaped Olympic stadium on the Plains of Abraham. More than 50,000 people are expected to brave brisk temperatures for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games, where Bonhomme Carnaval will light - cautiously - the Olympic torch.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

No Souper Bowl for you! (650)
The New England Patriots, my boys, my new favorite team of all time has turned the odds makers of "Lost Wages" Nevada on their collective ears. No way were these no-names with an upstart quarterback named Brady ever going to make the playoffs. Hah! Let us review:
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Shuffling the Separatist deck, trying to deal a winning hand in Quebec (675)
As a shuffle of the PQ government deck goes, Bernard Landry's cabinet legerdemain this week was more like a game of "52 Pick-up," with cards scattered clumsily on the floor.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Granny Gets Wired
This granny has logged on and there's no stopping her now.
Charlotte Chamitoff surfs and tends chickens and daylilies near Fitch Bay, Quebec.

Granny gets a new hoe (900 words)
In which our reporter anticipates gardening.
Charlotte Chamitoff writes in Fitch Bay, Quebec.

Canada's Food Guide turns 60 (535 words)
The best suggestion is actually a tuna sandwich using one third of a can of water-packed tuna on two pieces of whole-wheat bread. Along with this you can also have as many cucumber slices as you desire - which would likely be about seven hundred.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

We've got Enron-itis (800)
I am so tired of our institutional policy of cover-up and misdirection. We all know that our politicians obtain power by accepting money from big business. Most of us know that the price for keeping their war chests full is a spoken or unspoken promise to legislate what is best for big business. By their own hand politicians have placed themselves in an untenable moral dilemma.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Women's hockey: ready for the big time? (750)
Team Canada GM and head coach and fellow Quebecoise Daniele Sauvageau, cut the 28-year-old Drolet from the squad's 20-player roster to make way for Cherie Piper, a younger and presumably more productive forward from Ontario. Drolet, who appears with other Quebec team members in the hit hockey movie Les Boys 3, is appealing the decision to a three-member committee.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Hey, song and dance man, play a tune for me (575 words)
It started in our kindergarten band. I really wanted to play the triangle, or maybe the cymbals. But the teacher took me aside and told me in her most confidential manner that she wanted me to play the blocks.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

We're back! (650)
Old Rumsfeld told us that we were going to be into this anti-terrorist deal for the long haul and it looks like he wasn't lying. The news is just in that we have landed troops on the Philippine Islands.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

What's in a name? (500 words)
Forty-five Canadians with the surname Dunlop have been asked to legally change their name to Dunlop-tire. It's the latest marketing gimmick from the tire people.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

The cruel business of political science (700)
Politics is a cruel business. Just ask Gilbert Normand, the only Quebec Liberal MP to be booted from the Chretien cabinet besides the irredeemably tainted Alfonso Gagliano.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The Enron states of America (660)
The collapse of the Enron Corporation is a very literal metaphor for the way the man on the street is constantly stiffed by our system of government.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Whither Bernard Landry & the PQ? (750)
With the PQ government now a month into the fourth year of its mandate there are indications that Landry has already hit the countdown button on the clock towards a vote this fall. A raft of PQ nomination conventions are scheduled beginning this month, including those of several key ministers.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Looking back 365 - 9/11 is top news story (550)
2001 will be remembered forever as the day terrorists awakened the United States from a cozy dream world. We learned that we cannot take our security for granted. We learned that we can't use our resources to arm one side of a conflict without infuriating the other.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Quite an act, the latest Canadian budget (450 words)
Watching Paul Martin's recent budget presentation reminded me of the Flying Wallendas.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Stalking poachers on the old Mushroom Trail (720)

Anita Donohoe writes and makes photographs on a ranch in southern California.

2001 Quebec Trivia Quiz (950)
It was an eventful year in Quebec, one that saw the arrival of a new premier and the disappearance of dozens of municipalities, and lots of other fodder to stimulate the egg-nog sodden brain.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Peche Peche (560)
The best way to enjoy the flavors of the sea is sometimes the simplest and one should savor the delicate and natural offerings of the ocean in their freshest form.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and Lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Confidence in cops eroded (760)
If a former police officer like me, who has always been police-friendly, has lost confidence in our officers how must everyone else feel?
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

The renaming game (800)
Renaming things is a favourite pastime of the ample ranks of Quebec officials. This is usually, though not always, a product of the schizophrenic history of the place, seeing as there are two distinct and competing languages groups; a declining one which sees, or at least used to see, a Three Rivers, and the ascendant one that sees Trois-Rivieres.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The tie that binds (750)
This particular sacrificial lamb was actually planning to get involved in the wedding plans. Fortunately, I was able to intervene before fatal mistakes were made.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Good timing, hard times (775)
Timing is everything, they say, in romance, politics, sports and especially business. Take the case of a company that's been drilling assiduously for oil and natural gas in various parts of Quebec.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Now, about who comes to Canada, and when (465 words)
If the agreement that was signed this week had been in force back in 1783 my own ancestors wouldn't have made the cut. They arrived in Upper Canada claiming refugee status just ahead of an American mob.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Dining French Style
As is often the case, French culinary delights comprise a good dose of cream, butter and demi-glace. Add a splash of good brandy and you have the makings of a flambé.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and Lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Weenie roasts, & large round balls (600)
Softball is to baseball as "musical chairs" is to football. There is a place for softball to be sure. The outdoor weenie roast with potato salad, several families and lots of kiddies is a good venue for softball.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

La Madame (700)
Make no mistake: Mme LaRivière was no kook. She had, for instance, strong views on federalism and Quebec's place in it. She called herself not a "québécoise" but a "French Canadian." A proud one. She was fond of telling us, "If what they said was true about us French girls, we would all have been bowlegged." She also felt strongly about the role of seniors, how they could contribute to society, and what they could offer to "your generation." What she hated were those among her generation whose motto seemed to be "Qu'est-ce qu'on peut faire?"
Ross Murray is Publisher and Editor of Quebec's award-winning Stanstead Journal.

Flying the unilingual skies of Canada (720)
Anger is mounting in Quebec about the level of bilingual service offered on Air Canada, the country's sole national airline. As Dyane Adam, the federal commissioner of official languages points out in her annual report this fall, "Air Canada has often earned the dubious distinction of having the greatest number of complaints against an institution for violations of the Official Languages Act.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

For communities, money talks (500)
After making this point in a speech that I gave recently in Hull, a senior public servant made a challenging observation: if the link between a community and its institutions is so critical for the survival of both, why do institutional leaders and community leaders often not work together closely or effectively?
Royal Orr is a freelance writer and a filmmaker living in Hatley, Quebec.

Reality TV has got to go (440 words)
For endless weeks, perfectly good prime time was taken up by a collection of misfits whose sole purpose was to stab all the other misfits in the back.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

The Quebec road to pay equity, like the road to Hell, paved with good intentions (770)
The road to labour hell, it seems increasingly clear in Quebec, has been paved with well-intentioned pay-equity legislation. This week, another round of threats, demonstrations and denunciations from labour organizations, representing civil servants and teachers, marked the passing of a meaningless milestone in the march towards implementation of Quebec's pay-equity legislation.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Theocracy, American Style (600)
The High Priest of Government, the Reverend George W. Bush, has reiterated his initial Papal Bull regarding stem cell research. Now that the Advanced Cell Technology Company has announced some preliminary progress in the development of human stem cells, George has announced once again his caveat against such a blasphemy.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Gallivanting Gourmand stops by
He is a ribs guy, among other things.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and Lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

It's about our institutions, stupid (500)
In fact, I don't recall that we even used that word "community" very often to describe who we were as English-speaking people in the Eastern Townships. Certainly creating a shared identity as "Townshippers" was one of the major tasks (and perhaps the greatest success) facing the people who came together in 1979 in the newly minted Townshippers' Association. Richmond, Lennoxville, Stanstead, and Cowansville felt like "Four Solitudes" in those first few months of organizing.

Dancing with the Devil (975)
I understand about expediency. Our government is slow-dancing with the devil to try and retaliate immediately against those who perpetrated the 911 murders.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

The Great Quebec Moose Hunt (700)
come from a place where parading around town with a severed moose head strapped to a car hood was an excepted ritual of the fall hunt.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Casa Vecchia in Pierrefonds, Quebec (750)
An appetizer of warm freshly made bruschetta promised good things to follow as it had been made with the requisite simple ingredients that are the hallmark of real Italian cuisine. Fresh basil and tomato adorned a crusty offering that fairly glistened with good olive oil. A hint of garlic suggested the bruschetta had benefited from a tender rubbing.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and Lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

Military days, glory days (630 words)
Unfortunately, my pleasure at learning how to dress a field injury was tempered by our warrant officer - a veteran of D-Day. He assured us that learning how to apply a splint would, in our case, be irrelevant since none of us would survive thirty seconds in combat.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

This year's heroes (550)
It's hard to say exactly when one generation of heroes begins to be eclipsed. For countries like Canada, the Nineties were a prosperous and carefree time. Our heroes, at least in terms of who was lionized in the media, were business leaders and sports stars.

Seeking fun & Heroes (680)
There's a lesson here somewhere. In Quebec City, the average game attendance for the Capitales, a Northern League pro baseball franchise that plays in a rocking 5000-seat 1930s era park, was only a couple thousand less than what the Expos drew this year to the cavernous Stade Olympique.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Going the way of Côte St. Antoine (650)
No one pines for the Town of Côte St. Antoine anymore, if they ever did. In the late 1800s, in the heyday of Montreal's splendiferous Golden Square Mile, when mercantile and railway barons built urban palaces rivaling any in the world, the Town of Côte St Antoine was an ill-defined territory to the west of the bustling city, comprising cow pasture, farm houses and Indian trails. In 1894 the expanding country crossroads was renamed Westmount in keeping with the "anglicized character of its inhabitants."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

War Notes: if it's broke, fix it (660)
This "war" is a conflict in more ways than one. There are so many angles to consider. Gone are the days when armies just march in, blowup the infrastructure, kill everyone in sight, and go home.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Into the Promised Land, with trust (725)
Not to belabor the Biblical analogy, but is Ted Moses the man to lead the Quebec Crees to the promised land? Or more to the point, is Moses the one to ensure the Quebec government makes good on its sweeping promises for the development and protection of Cree land?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

I have this fear of needles (450 words)
My worse experience was in the armed forces. The needle was about eight inches long and was wielded by the guy who played Igor in the Frankenstein movies.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Letter from Luis (1250)
Last month I shared a letter with you that I wrote to Luiz Carlos Nogueira, a businessman in Brazil, wherein I asked his view of recent events. Here is his reply, translated from the Portuguese by his son Clovis. I have changed nothing.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Flying the unfriendly skies
Airport security has become an obsession with our political leaders, for obvious reasons. In Vermont they already have armed National Guards standing by the metal detectors (though better paid operators probably makes more sense). In Canada, authorities have promised to toughen up too. I travel by plane every month or so for work and so I appreciate an extra effort to keep us safe up in the skies. Where it's all heading, nobody knows. But if we have any more hijackings over the next few months, I expect that getting on any plane in Canada may well be like an experience I had flying with El Al, the Israeli national airline.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer and a filmmaker living in Hatley, Quebec.

Gaz or Hydro: switching energy brands (650)
People are pretty much accustomed to the game of commercial brand differentiation, but Hydro Quebec has added a new twist. Whether it's laundry detergent (Tide or Oxydol?), automobiles (Chevrolet or Pontiac?), or beer (Blue or 50?), most consumers know that many products are virtually identical in performance and price. In many cases, similar products with different brand names are pumped out by the same corporate entity.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Nearly sideswiped by a house (550 words)
A funny thing happened the other day. A house nearly fell on me. Well, actually it was more like drove over me. And, in truth, it was really only half a house.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Holy Daze: one man's take on organized religion (700)
There is one reason why men and women conjured up religion. They were scared. They saw that when things die, they rot. They didn't want to rot like so much roadkill so they made up a fairy tale that says: if you are a good Christian or Muslim or Scientologist, you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven when you die. There you will have your way with virgins and feast at the Right Hand of the Almighty.

Quebec City elections: the visionary vs the manager (750)
For people who've lived in the Quebec City region for a few years and are familiar with the local characters, the posters for the November 4 municipal election are startling to say the least. On any given telephone pole deep in the heart of Ste. Foy, the fiefdom of longtime mayor Andrée Boucher, surely the most colourful and feisty of those characters, one finds posters featuring the grinning mug of Jean-Paul L'Allier, the mayor of Quebec City.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The road to Karachi (1300)
After two nights of air strikes and two days of mob rule, Quetta was becoming a story of the past and my visa would expire by the end of the week. The airspace was closed to domestic flights but there were lots of jets roaring through the sky. Four thousand troops and police patrolled the streets while the banks, UNICEF offices, police station, and hundreds of businesses burned.
David McLauchlin is a national reporter for CBC Radio, based in Montreal.

Nervous about anthrax? Actually, it's not a new story in North America. (715)
Yes, people are jittery about foreign terrorists unleashing deadly germs like anthrax into the air they breathe, the water they drink. What kind of monsters, they ask, would commit such a heinous act? But Canada, like the U.S. and the U.K., is no stranger to the production of anthrax for use in germ warfare. And it's not a new story -- it goes back more than sixty years. In 1937, Canada and the United States created a super-secret germ warfare research facility on Grosse Ile in the St. Lawrence River, thirty miles from Quebec City. It was in operation for two decades, until the mid-1950s. Its deadly products: anthrax and tuleremia -- rabbit fever.
John Mahoney is editor of the Log Cabin Chronicles.

My terrorist manual (850)
It has been said several times in the past weeks that we don't have a manual to help us deal with our current terrorist crisis. Consider the following a rough draft.

Goosing the economy as recession looms (675)
Five hundred million in spending promises, according to a Liberal tally, only got Premier Bernard Landry two of four by-election wins -- one by just a thread. Making the pricey promises may have been fun while it lasted, but it's clear Landry now must sober up and take a fresh look at the state of the Quebec economy and government finances.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Letter to Luis (880)
So much has happened since we communicated last. This country is very confused and very afraid. 6000-plus families are mourning their dead and most of them don't really know why they were murdered.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Finally, I get back to the oasis
Jerry Buzzel's adventures trying to get back to the Persian Gulf after the Day of Terror on September 11.

Reinvention: Lucien the Trial Lawyer (725)
Ex-Premier Lucien Bouchard, in what is purported to be the first published interview since his abrupt retirement from politics last winter, claims his burning desire is to pick up where he left off some thirty years ago. He wants to don the robes again as a trial lawyer.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Call an election, smell the money (450 words)
You know you can always tell when there's an election in the offing. Or in this case, a by-election. Suddenly, cabinet ministers who haven't journeyed past the continental restaurant on the Grande-Allee for months are booking limo rides to the boondocks.

Casualties of war (670)
It is the educated man who is willing to go underground, live among his enemies, and then sacrifice his life to create terror in a population of innocents.

The scars of terrorism (625)
Quebec is the only province in the land to have spawned a bona fide, home-grown terrorist organization, and to have suffered a decade's worth of terrorist attacks, culminating in the October Crisis in 1970.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Vision not revenge (800)
Now is a time for solidarity and clear thinking. We have underestimated our enemies and thousands of innocent people have paid the price. Our leaders have made mistakes in policy, diplomacy, and vision that left us unprepared for the vile rage of Muslim extremists. We must not now compound our lack of preparedness and errors by lashing out like a wounded animal.

Quebec health care: It's speedy but only if you're a Somebody (650)
Dr. Vincent Lacroix, with all the honesty of a non-politicized doctor, let it slip that "for (ordinary) citizens to have the same care (as Koivu) he'd have to count on a doctor or nurse in the family."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

World racism conference 'unqualified failure' (600)
I'll bet the organizers of the recent conference on racism are in a state of shock.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

What 'is' is (600)
Why would a turkey-necked 53-year-old Baptist politician with a wife and kids have an affair with a 24-year-old woman? Because he is a Congressman and therefore immune to the rules of society, that's why.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Dope-smuggling pilot-hero outed in press;
Press lambasted by enchanted Quebec public
(760)
The revelation that Capt. Piché had a criminal past has provoked a virulent reaction and prompted a debate on just what a pardon means.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

You're nobody without your ID (655 words)
In a world where plastic and identification is everything, the worst possible thing is to lose your wallet or your purse.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Celine Dion, Rene Angelil, getting naked, and litigating (650)
Quebec's entertainment world is so intertwined and back-scratchy that when there's a feud in the family, it can get as ugly as a drunken brawl at a wedding or wake.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Presidents Doofy, Cheney & Exxon (670)
I've got a picture of the "Three Stooges" taped to my bookshelf but superimposed beneath the funny haircuts are Bush, Cheney and Powell. The more I look at them the more I realize that it is the American people who are the real stooges.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

In Montreal, it began with Dr. Penfield (700)
It's probably something you never get used to, even if you've seen the exposed brain of a conscious person a thousand times. This somewhat aberrant thought is provoked by the stunning announcement out of Montreal this week that stem cells from the skin of an adult human's scalp are as impressionable as those of human embryonic cells.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Unexplained things that swim in water (500 words)
Where there's smoke there's fire. Or in this case, where there's a ripple there's a monster.
Tim Belford is host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. morning show, 91.7 FM.

Kayaking Vermont's Black River (840)
Bass and I slide our rented kayaks into the Black River just outside of Coventry, at the Fish & Game access on U.S. Route 5. In this part of Vermont, the rivers run north and that's where we're headed at 8:30 this Monday morning.
John Mahoney is editor of the Log Cabin Chronicles.

Les nouveau 'Wild Bunch' - Québécois-style (700)
The rebellious nature of the French-speaking majority in Quebec has been well documented. You can blame it on 350 years or so of being under the stern gaze of priests and nuns, or 200 years of frustration in the dead-end employ of English bosses.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Old Wobbly has a new bike (600 words)
I now have twenty-one gears, of which I use about three. The tires are about the same width as one of those monster trucks. It has a derailer and I can lift the whole thing with one finger.
Tim Belford, CBC's Quebec A.M. host, gets around Quebec City on two wheels.

I'm getting too old for this (700)
Bungee jumping, skydiving, big-game hunting. None of these exploits have ever beckoned to me as "must-do" activities. I feel no urge to drive Formula One. I marvel enough at life's fragility crossing Main Street in Ayer's Cliff. As far as I'm concerned, the "extreme" side can remain unexplored.
Ross Murray is publisher and editor of the Stanstead Journal.

Scopes must be spinning in his grave (850)
I watched my Grandfather deteriorate over the course of a few years. He steadily lost motor function until he could barely take a step, had to be fed due to uncontrollable tremors, and, finally, mercifully died.
Jim Austin rants in Putney, Vermont.

Question: Will Quebec's Liberals really be able to unscramble the PQ's merger omelet? (650)
Here's a switch: If Jean Charest's Liberals form the next government after the next election, millions of Quebecers will be asked to vote on separation.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

You've got mail (870)
One victim's voyage into the abyss of viruses, technology, and customer service
Caroline Kehne is a freelance writer in Clarenceville, Quebec.

Democracy, Bush-style (600)
I received my [federal] tax refund last week. I tried to think of a way to use it to bring down the Bush regime but settled on a titanium driver instead.
Jim Austin pays taxes in Putney, Vermont.

Vive le français, pardner (700)
If so many Americans speak French, how come they don't play in the Francophonie Games?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

One of the things that used to be cheap and fun was the movies
When I was a kid growing up in Windsor, Ontario, I never missed a Saturday afternoon matinee.
Jim Austin is a former kid who writes and golfs in southern Vermont.

Pigs -- lots and lots of pigs (720)
Despite some setbacks, pigs still rule in Quebec. And now they've marched on Alberta…

Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Grandma Duncan's fried chicken
I always looked forward to my families summer trip to the grandparents house in the mid-west as I was growing up. The summers seemed to be hotter back then and the long drive to Iowa and Illinois was always made easier by the promise of Grandmas cooking.
Greg Duncan is the Executive Director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association and Lives in Notre-Dame-De-L'lle-Perrot, near Montreal. He is an avid cook and a lover of all things culinary.

The Ibuprophen League
Do old athletes just fade away? Well the smart ones do. The others refuse to let it go, grow up, and get on with their lives.

Jim Austin sports around in southern Vermont.

The house that Uncle Louis built (760)
Louis St. Laurent was first elected to the House of Commons in February, 1942, when he was 60 years old, an age when most people would be winding down their working lives looking forward to retirement.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Your gun lobby at work for you (650)
Apparently the simple fact that we have more murders per year than Chechnya, all due to our institutional handgun psychosis, isn't enough to persuade the legions of NRA advocates. One child dead a day or a week or whatever it is just isn't enough reason to have intelligent gun regulations in this country.
Jim Austin lives in Putney, Vermont.

Abby's home now (800)
The day his sister was born, James had a revelation. You could see it pass across his five-and-a-half-year-old face as he looked down at the little bundle that a day earlier had been inside his mother's belly. And now it had come out.
Ross Murray is publisher and editor of Quebec's Stanstead Journal.

Mordecai Richler, in passing (720)
How could a humble English-language writer from this province not tap out a few words to note the passing of a figure as extraordinary as Mordecai Richler?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Community radio station asks CBC to 'back off' (300)
The frustrated board of not-yet-on-air Radio Missisquoi has appealed to CBC to stop fighting its efforts to secure the 101.9 FM frequency.
John Mahoney, editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

Musique Nationale (660)
A visitor from another planet...would assume that Quebec is a nation of hard-rockers who love to drink beer, party all night, and are not particularly fond of people unlike themselves.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Stuck on leeches (740)
Does it surprise you, as it does me, that so much of the world looks at you as lunch?
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec.

Goosed and abandoned (700)
This year's Open was a surprise to the golfing cognoscenti. The traveling Tiger show was a flop, due perhaps to the fact that Tiger has just signed with Disney to do promos and the like. Does this mean we have to call him "Tigger" from now on?
Jim Austin lives in Putney, Vermont.

A moving tale (440 words)
After the CBC decided to relocate our offices, I decided that a twenty-five minute walk at 4:30 a.m., in the dead of winter, went beyond a good stretch of the legs. So here I am, once again, packing.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

Parental leave plan pull & tug (860)
Quebec's ad campaign notwithstanding, unless Quebec agrees to enrich a program controlled by Ottawa -- Look! A flying pig! -- then it's more likely by the time Quebec and Ottawa settle this one, the targeted moms and dads will be more interested in a leave to tend to their grandchildren.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Popsicles & a prayer for snow (875 words)
If it's true that just before you freeze to death, you feel a burning sensation, then maybe before melting to death in Montreal traffic, I might feel, for a brief moment, like a polar bear sucking on an igloo.
Heather Davis is a Montreal-based freelance writer.

Ode to toads (850)
These are my garden angels. Who knows, they may even be my guardian angels.
The naturalist Beth Girdler writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Cruel and unusual (770)
Some people are against capital punishment because they say in is simply "vengeance." To them I say, "Yeah, so?"
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

No early election (710)
Premier Bernard Landry has made it clear he's not going to call an early election. The spring window has open and closed, and now the fall is out, too. The focus must be on municipal elections in November, says the premier.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Everything's for rent (440 words)
Taking a leaf out of bill Clinton's notebook, they thought it might be a good idea to charge people for an overnight stay at 24 Sussex Drive. I don't know how much they thought they could charge for a night at Chez Jean's but if it included breakfast it might be worth a go.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

A Fool's Hollow Weekend (750)
Then my old chum Captain My Captain arrives in mid-morning with very large trailer of damp horseshit he's acquired from some horsey folks over by the lake.
John Mahoney edits the Log Cabin Chronicles.

No sympathy for the fainter (800)
Fine. I got a little woozy. But I did not pass out. My eyes did roll briefly - briefly! - into the back of my head and my face did turn the same shade as the surgical gloves the nurse was wearing but I did not flop, plop, heave, or spaz. And I gave my pint, dammit! I don't care what anyone tells you.
Ross Murray is publisher and editor of Quebec's Stanstead Journal.

Bloc Party (730)
This weekend the Bloc Québécois celebrates its tenth anniversary. "Celebrates" may be a bit of a stretch since, according to a Presse Canadienne report, neither the founder of the party nor its spiritual leader will be there.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Watch your step in the ivy patch (700)
Heads up folks! It is up and growing and believe me, you don't want to touch it!
The naturalist Beth Girdler writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Goodbye Jesse Helms (800)
It was as if the Senate had appointed "Bugsy" Malone to chair a committee on organized crime. Helms has consistently shown that he is unable to countenance anyone who is not white, heterosexual, and preferably from the South.

Tax-free Big Biz (440 words)
And yet the solution is simple. You merely have to use any extra cash you have lying around to buy a bankrupt company.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

The game of bridge, Canadian style (750)
This may be a little hard to grasp in an era that takes convenient transportation for granted, but it wasn't until 1860 that a bridge was built across the St. Lawrence River. Prior to the arrival of bridges, boats, canoes, and winter ice crossings had to do.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Keep your clothes on, eh? (480 words)
What would possess a couple of thousand otherwise perfectly normal people to take off all their clothes and lie down in the middle of a street -- particularly if a perfect stranger was going to take their photograph?
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

Betrayal
Yes, there has been a betrayal. But it's not the one that Bush's keepers have been carping about. The Republican Party has betrayed Jim Jeffords. In the process the GOP is betraying thousands of supporters who fall into the 'moderate' Republican category.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont
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Cracking the merger code (680)
What's going on in the Montreal courtroom, to pick up on a future grandpa's knee-side fable, is an attempt by municipalities to crack a legal and political code -- to expose the real cost of mergers, in terms of identity, community, autonomy, and administrative efficiency.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in (360 words)
I spent the last couple of days cleaning my fishing gear.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

Twilight of the scribes (760)
Alain Dubuc may be among the last of a dying breed -- a Quebec journalist with a real influence on politics.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

But who are you going to sue? (400 words)
George the Third is dead. The Canadian government wasn't involved. And you can hardly hold the great-great- great-great-great grandson of Private Bloggins responsible.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

Sellng the Habs (700)
Like a Tie Domi elbow K.O. (or facial surgery with a Scott Niedermeyer stick), this week's news that money from Quebec's pension fund is financing the sale of the Canadiens hockey club to a financially mysterious American has been seen by many true Quebecers as a vicious, underhanded blow.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster

Living in the city now (600 words)
After living in the country, in L'Avenir, I thought that Montreal would offer excitement, opportunities, and noise, noise, and more noise.
Heather Davis is a Montreal-based freelance writer.

If I had the wings of an angel (700)
While on a long drive, we were (as usual) watching birds out the car window. My son, after considerable thought, exclaimed, "If I were an angel, I'd have wings from my wrists to my hips so I could fly everywhere and see the views of the world."

There's diamonds in them there hills, maybe (600)
Hopes of a diamond rush in Quebec have improved immeasurably since 1541 when Jacques Cartier and his crew of amateur geologists stumbled upon some sparkling rocks at modern day Cap Rouge, just west of Quebec City.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster

Big government, lots of jobs (700)
Help Wanted: Quebec bureaucrats by the thousands. Must fill huge gaps created by government buy-outs. No experience required.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster

Summit reflections (400 words)
The one thing that stood out was that the number of violent protestors likely exceeded their collective I.Q.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M.

Legendary man (1300)
Uncle Robert was not without his faults. But as he himself said, when apprised of the cannibalistic and savage behavior of Idi Amin, "Well... nobody's perfect."

The Great Horned Owl Rescue (1100)
That morning, Gill looked out her kitchen window at the swallows swooping and feeding over the water. A large dark object lying on the snow of her neighbor's property caught her eye. The object moved and she could see a head with tall tufted ears, which "looked like that of a small lynx."

After this Summit, then what? (700)
For one thing, it's unlikely any major city in the Americas with glass in its windows will ever again offer to host an event associated with trade.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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The water taxis of Dubai
Abras (water taxis) are features of Dubai Creek. They are fun to watch, buzzing about like so many water beetles.
Jerry Buzzell writes from the Persian Gulf.

What's your worst fear? (400 words)
"...I have friends who are afraid of spiders and snakes and, in one case, mustard..."
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program

Lawyers without money: no justice for 'crowns' (700)
Crown Prosecutor Helene Di Salvo has the kind of look that made her the star of latest month's "trial of the century," in which professional flesh-pounder Dave Hilton Jr. was convicted of sexually assaulting two scarcely pubescent girls.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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Sorry about all that
Before we address that little puzzle, let's see if there are any reasons why China should be so petulant with the good old USA. Maybe it is because the United States has been kicking China around for the last century or so.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

My father's sudden condition (987)
In the month of March, my father, Eric Girdler, began showing mild signs of memory loss. At first my family - mother, sister, three brothers, and I - attributed this loss to a slight hearing impairment. We thought perhaps he was simply missing parts of our conversations.
Beth Girdler writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

In the mountains of Mindanao
In the bishop's palace, the word came over the radio that the company security forces had been issued new M-16 rifles. My cameraman and I exchanged a silent glance and went back to munching our morning eggs and sardines, swilling them down with warm Coca-Cola.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Spinning the Summit (675)
This catalogue of good and brave intentions leaves one with the impression that somewhere between Maude Barlow and Pierre Pettigrew, between paranoia and conspiracy, lies the truth about the goals of the Summit.

Philpott who? (400 words)
I can remember as a child my mother making calls and politely asking to be connected with a particular number. Actually, the town was so small local calls could be made by just mentioning the name of the person you wanted to reach. Then along came direct dialing, touch-tone phones, answering machines, call waiting, and voice mail.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program

Living the Dolphin Quest life
If you don't like scarlet macaws, amazon parrots and a hundred other birds surrounding you daily, don't come here. This place is a bio-diversity freak's wet dream.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont
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Goose-steppy, oui, but prepared for the worst in Quebec City (675)
The sight of 6000 riot-trained cops, the unmistakable presence of military personnel and equipment, the fence, the border checks, and the apparent affront to civil liberties may offend some people
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Pickin' but not grinnin' (700)
"What's this?" It was Deb, coming towards me, holding out her index finger. This can never be good. When people hold something out to you on their finger, it's not usually something you particularly want to see. "What's this?" generally doesn't end up being a diamond or a Belgian truffle. But I'm married. I look. That's what married people do.

Taste of winter's end (600)
You see - I know something. The writing is on the wall so to speak. All the signs are there. Daylight hours are increasing. Maple sap is running. Catkins are peaking out of their bud sheaths. Raccoons are on the move. A chipmunk joined the red and grey squirrels raiding my feeder.

Enough with boots already (475 words)
I felt like Muhammad Ali, or maybe Peter Pan...dancing over puddles, flitting from curb to curb, light as cotton on the wind.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program
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Quebec is still in the Iron Age (735)
Quebec may be aspiring to grow techno-parks and nurture bio-medical research clusters, and all the other soft industrial marvels of the new millennium, but up on the rugged North Shore, it's still the Iron Age, where rusty King Ferrum rules
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Foxes and coyotes
Our historic war against foxes - complete with bounties and other aids to extermination - was probably ill-advised.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Mud Season cometh and I'm off to Costa Rica (750 words)
While I am rubbing sunscreen on the coeds I'll be thinking of you. Remember to tie a board to your butts ,Vermonters -- this could be the mother of all mud seasons.
Jim Austin writes amok in Putney, Vermont.

Notes from the Bread Man (450 words)
I love bread. I really do.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Tennis, anyone? (735)
To borrow from tennis terminology, Premier Bernard Landry's recruitment of Richard Legendre was a high-velocity ace. Whether the fabled "tennisman," playing doubles with the premier on the political court can help Landry win game, set and match in the big stakes sovereignty tournament is another matter.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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Farewell, Snow Buntings (650)
Snow buntings on the wing are always a beautiful sight. With the slate-blue winter skies as a backdrop, they fly in unison moving in undulating waves, tiny white birds flashing the contrasting black and white of their wings like so many twinkling stars in the night sky. If you are using binoculars, you may detect the slightly rusty tinge of their winter plumage
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On hold (400 words)
It's the long wait. The really long wait...
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Trade Summit Dance (780)
So the question that goes begging is the following: If the Summit of the Americas conference were being held in Winnipeg or Fredericton instead of Quebec City, would the premier of Quebec, whether pequiste, Liberal, or otherwise, be invited to give a speech?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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One small spark of freedom (600 words)
Our checkered human rights history began when the first Europeans sailed to New England to escape religious persecution in Europe. I wonder if the irony of their eventual decimation of the indigenous population ever occurred to them?
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

To the World on my thirtieth birthday (1262 words)
For a long time, my resume read like a career counsellor's list of options: snowshoe guide, elementary school tutor, waitress, camp counsellor.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

What's the world coming to? (440 words)
You have to wonder if George Orwell were around today what he would think.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Travels with the Bog Man
Except for birdsong and the occasional rustling of a soft breeze through the trees it was silent but there were stories everywhere: The deer trails were damp and well-trafficked; here a coyote had left his fur-filled scat...
John Mahoney, editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

Shooting for mega-city mayor (715)
Should Gerald Tremblay become mayor of the "unified" City of Montreal next November, he would be the first in nearly fifty years to have been elected to another level of government.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Loving my radio (400 words)
The radio is the natural companion of the long-distance driver. I wouldn't want to even begin to estimate how many hours of radio I've listened to commuting to Montreal. Let's just say a lot.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Death and the movies (500 words)
Before I unleash the sweet voice of reason on any controversial issues I have a warning and a recommendation to share. The warning concerns paying good money to see the nationally acclaimed Kung Fu meets Peter Pan movie, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Once more to polls. In June? (750)
"...there is a growing feeling among the politicians and pundits that Premier Landry will take Quebec to the polls sooner rather than later. Sooner would probably be June."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Skeleton in my closet (400 words)
What will the Mounties think of me now?
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Grey squirrel marauders (650)
Recently, I looked out the back window at my neighbour's feeder. There were three fluffy grey squirrels busily chowing down and all I could think was, "better hers than mine!"Recently, I looked out the back window at my neighbour's feeder. There were three fluffy grey squirrels busily chowing down and all I could think was, "better hers than mine!"
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Racing the ponies, playing the slots (735)
It all comes down to a question of whether Ontario's race tracks are putting Quebec's ponies on their last legs. At least that's the case being made by the agency that runs three of Quebec's four surviving betting tracks.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Chop & hack, but curse not (400 words)
I felt my mortal soul slip into danger this morning, breaking commandment after commandment as I shoveled the never-ending snow this winter has brought us.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

True gen on Quebec's native affairs (710)
There are no Iroquois included in the contemporary version of the European junket to showcase North American natives.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Beneath all that snow (550)
Looking out at the fluffy snowflakes that have just begun to fall on this grey, chilly winter day, I am warmed by the thought of what lies beneath the thickening "blanket" of snow.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

A very cool Ice Hotel (749)
Just add vodka and greenback dollars.
Peter Black is a Quebec freelance writer.

Think global, but spare my neighborhood (750)
Although it is flattering for Quebec City to be the focus of the world's attention for a few days, my neighbours and I are hoping it won't be our houses you see being trashed on CNN.
Peter Black is a Quebec freelance writer.

My mother has Alzheimer's (600)
"It was very disturbing for us, and even more so for her, when she would get stuck in mid-sentence for a word, and would snap her fingers or stomp her foot, trying to make her failing brain circumvent the broken connections to find that lost word."
Robert Wills is editor of the Pontiac Journal in western Quebec.

Wither Quebec's food chain (700)
For Quebec farmers, the loss of Metro and its familial commitment to buy their products, would be a potentially serious blow.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

I warned of wild pigs (550)
I'd rather run into a mountain lion or a rattlesnake than a feral pig. I yelled as loud as I could, "Pigs!"
Anita Donohoe writes from southern California.

Spotting hawks (850)
Now my husband, children and I play the hawk game. We have created our own rules. When spotting is good and the competition fierce, we enforce the crow rule.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

No such thing as a free lunch (350)
Just because you were born free doesn't mean you will get a free ride the rest of your born days. And spare me that tired old song about how information wants to be free.
John Mahoney, editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

The recurring odor of Meech, or: Trust me, this is the way we'll survive (700)
All this to say the struggle for French in Quebec and the rest of Canada -- for the two destinies are linked -- has survived far worse scrapes than the departure of Lucien Bouchard and the ensuing turmoil in the Parti Québécois, the current vehicle of that living force.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

And then the truck began to fishtail (750 words)
Conditioned as I am by every movie chase scene that I've ever viewed, I'm expecting that the truck will burst into a fireball at about this point.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Skijoring we will go (650 words)
You need skis, a rope, a harness, a dog...
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Bouchard withdrawn (650)
I would like to think Bouchard withdrew from politics for love of family, not for loathing of latent racism in his party.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Honoring volunteers (500)
First I took six months off. No work. No salary...
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec.

The doctor was 99 percent certain that snippy little procedure was bulletproof (885)
That's why shortly after James was born five years ago, we decided that I should undergo a vasectomy.
Ross Murray is editor and publisher of the Stanstead Journal.

A very cool Ice Hotel (749)
Just add vodka and greenback dollars.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Not every loves a mourning dove (970)
When I look at these "fat Alberts" I can't help but think they look like food. Must be that plump breast they sport. Indeed, a relative of the now extinct pie-filling - the passenger pigeon - the mourning dove is the most popular North American game bird.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Quebec's Quiz 2000
Test your knowledge of the history of la belle province.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Little girl, dying, gets her Christmas wish (400)
It started with a wrong number.
John Mahoney, editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

California dreaming (725)
Otherwise known as Premier Lucien Bouchard's annus horribilus
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Not a White Christmas (570)
Warm, fun-filled days and Christmas palmtrees
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec.

Cardinal in the Land of the Lepers (770)
Was he pushed by the Pope? Did he abandon Quebec because he was spooked by the anti-clerical wave launched by the Quiet Revolution?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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Stalking the wild things (670)
I wasn't sure about his analysis until I came across the telltale two inch-wide cat-like tracks of a bobcat about fifteen minutes later, cutting across the trail and heading into a stand of spruce.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Quebec booze marketing (750)
Free enterprise, longer hours, and profit sharing in la belle province.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Christmas wreathing no easy job (500)
Watch the wire, watch your fingers.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Election 2000 aftermath (670)
It certainly doesn't do much to improve the diminishing hopes for Lucien Bouchard to follow Chrétien in winning a third majority government.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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The empty nest (650)
Or, what do you do on a Sunday afternoon after your only child has returned to university for his last year?
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec..

Cold-weather plant watching (500)
Pull on your boots, coat, and mitts. Venture into the cold.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Prime Minister In-waiting (700)
The PQ will miss Chrétien when he's gone.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster
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Marcus Child: Man of vision, man of action (850)
We need more politicians like him.
Royal Orr is an all-around communicator from Hatley, Quebec.

Merge and be damned (730)
The Quebec government is ramming through forced municipal mergers and may sacrifice a few MPs to get their way.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Burrowing butterflies (675)
They burrow and overwinter in Canada, yes, they do.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

The living language of Quebec (700)
". A living language has a stomach of steel; it's able to digest all types of foreign words, but that doesn't stop it from working."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Bloc-buster election (725)
"...half the Bloc's forty-five seats may be at risk."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Talking turtles today (1000)
What real-life drama…what an example of the fragility and complexity of life…
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Grits eye Louis Hébert Riding (750)
Enter Paul Martin...
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Attending to life's rituals (875)
"...lately it seems they've taken over my life."
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec..

In search of a haybale house (530)
It started with buckwheat pancakes.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Dancing to the polls (700)
Can Liberal Jean Chré do it again?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Listen to the night sky (800)
Night travel makes sense when you realize that at this time, turbulence from solar heating and attacks by predators are at a minimum.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

October Crisis Revisited (700)
Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Big Guys' Funerals (700)
There is a perversely comforting note to this dueling funeral business.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Those Autumn Leaves (900)
What happens to them before they fall?
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Letter from Prague (900)
Reports from a European adventure.
Steve Matthews is a U.S. Immigration officer in Derby Line, Vermont.

Martin Hingis, the typewriter, and me (750)
I guess you could say I've been inspired.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Quebec doesn't like proposed Canadian Kiddie Crime Law (700)
The Feds are once again treading on Quebec's distinctive toes.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Jerusalem Artichokes: every gardener ought to grow them once (600)
And did I tell you about the flatulence business?
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Quebec's Late Premier Adelard Godbout Revisited (750)
So, how will Lucient Bouchard be remembered?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Mom's Pickled Beets (550)
Our beet pickler learned his technique from his mother and he's been at it for nearly three decades.'
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec..

In Quebec, you don't have to keep dancing with the one what brung ya (700)
Politicians in la belle province are seriously into musical chairs.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Singing for their supper (850)
The hubbub over Quebec singers entertaining at a Hell's Angels wedding.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Flying the Friendly Skies of Canada (450)
Nobody treated us like cattle.
Taking issue with a reader who feels all is well on the island.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Eating on the wild side (800)
Know what it is before you stick it in your mouth.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Joe Clark & Charlie Tupper (770)
What they have in common, historically, but does Quebec really care?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The Little Train That Didn't (830)
Curé Labelle's P'tit Train du Nord didn't save a nation but cyclists love the old railbed.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

No more 9 to 5 (950)
This early-retirement guy says there has to be a better way to get on with life.
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec..

What's your story? (1450)
A U.S. foreign service brat remembers growing up overseas, then meeting old friends.
Anita Donohoe now lives on a ranch in southern California.

Yes, lady, Haiti continues to be a dangerous place (600)
Taking issue with a reader who feels all is well on the island.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

When ordering soup in Quebec (725)
Laguage advisory for Canada's new Alliance leader.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The Great Peanut Shell Mystery (535)
Using a birdbath as a tool.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Making turkeys fly (700)
Bombardier remains willing and able to take corporate turkeys off the government's hands and get them airborne.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

In the good old summertime (745)
Summer is about being hot and cold all over again.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Grammie Lawrence vs Linnaeus (600)
Or, watch where you point that thing.
Jerry Buzzell is, this summer, a vacationing anatomist.

Harry Potter & Quebec (675)
In Quebec, the PQ gummint wants writers to write short, write simple, and the same-age boy and girl should have a pet, eh?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Quebec Cuisine (900)
Its ours and we're sticking with it.
Greg Duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Hated in Haiti (1000)
Found guilty for the sins of the past.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

New job, new house, old taxes (650)
Life what happens when you're making plans.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Gerald Larose: the fox in the henhouse appointment (800)
A long-time secessionist with staying power -- he's lived through six Quebec premiers.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

An Air Force Brat Remembers (850)
Finally, a sense of place.
Mary Frances Ferree lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Haiti: blue skies, burning tires (700)
The hand gun was kept in small kit in the glove compartment.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

On 'rescuing' small birds (850)
Step back and think first.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Patriot Days (730)
The main reason why Mel Gibson declared war on England.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Rockin' both ways (755)
Quebec's hot rock star Kevin Parent "grew up as the village anglo learned early to tread carefully and speak his mind through his music."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Leonard, Maria, Peribonka, and me (600)
Safeguarding family myths: "It's my family's story and I'm sticking to it."
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Don't watch it rot (400)
Spare the caulk and spoil the beam
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Ode to asparagus (400)
Nothing tastes better in Spring than fresh asparagus.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Wrath of Meech revisited (735)
The ultimatum came down to this Mission Impossible-style threat in the report: "Should a final attempt to renew federalism fail, sovereignty would be the only course remaining."
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Crazy over contests (600)
Except, as a Quebecer, most companies won't let him play.
Charles Long is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Gatineau, Quebec..

Dickie Bird, Dickie Bird, fly away home (1000)
On the butterflies of the bird world.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Slow track to the top (730)
Charest's a shoe-in, if not next time then the time after. Maybe.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Have an excellent Jonsok (700)
Long days and party time in Norway, now that the sun is high.
Berit Lundh writes from Oslo, Norway.

Mixing it up by marrying up (600)
The wedding will be next Spring on Saint Paddy's Day at a Québecois pure laine historical site with lots of maple syrup on snow...
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Sexual predator in the dock (700)
Sweets and drugs and boys and a death.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Cruising for trouble (700)
How much of a good thing is enough?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Black Fly time in Quebec (750)
But it's just a daytime thing.
The naturalist Beth Girdler survives black flies in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec

Loonie Conspiracy (700)
Hello, greenback dollar. Goodbye, Loonie.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Oh, to play tennis now that Spring is here (600)
However, it takes a certain amount of money.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Rhubarb - good and good for you (500)
In pies, stewed as sauce, or with meats...
Greg Duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Adieu, Donohoe (650)
And goodbye to a lot of jobs, too.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Taking the V-Train (500)
Still a train freak after all these years.
Royal Orr is a freelance writer in Hatley, Quebec.

Piles & piles of piles & piles (600)
What else do you do with all that paper? Stack it...
Leo Gervais is publisher and editor of the Examiner in Westmount, Quebec.

The sound of spring frogs singing (600)
Not unlike a natural symphony.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Craven opportunists keep the power (720)
Winning the next election is what it's all about.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Dreams of tomatoes (640)
And peas. Lots of peas.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Mayor under the gun
Mayor Harvey Lothrop of Stanstead East believes his council is out to get him, and his family.
John Mahoney, Editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

The next educational squeeze? (760)
Will the PQ government bar francophone and allophone students from English junior colleges?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Avoiding Heartburn Hotel (800)
Check the salad, avoid the fish, and pass on the last coffee.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

More merger mania in Quebec (650)
"When it comes to the Parti Quebecois, never doubt their mission: to create and govern a separate Quebec state that will operate in French. Any and all means to achieve this goal are applauded and encouraged, including mergers."
Leo Gervais is publisher and editor of the Examiner in Westmount, Quebec.

Coltsfoot: alien monster in the medicinal arsenal (570)
"Small wonder people chose it as an important possession, carefully packed and carried across the ocean to an unknown land..."
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Merger mania in la belle province (700)
The PQ government says there are too many small towns and bigger is better.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Six degrees and a broad reach (750)
The extensive holdings of la caisse in Quebec.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Doing Yoga, Learning French (600)
"I learned to feel my body -- the blood rushing around inside your arms when you hold them over your head."
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Alas, no team(s) (700)
Who do Quebecers root for this year?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Food myths: fried rat & spider eggs
And what about what really goes into Spam?
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Yesterday was a Burn Day (350)
Letter from southern California where the fire season has begun...
Anita Donohoe writes from Rancho San Julian

Quebec's Quiet revolution II (700)
Does anyone want to listen that it's time to do it...
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Bird watching is not just for little old ladies in sensible shoes (1000)
And when the swallows return, Spring is here for sure.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

The old sugar party ain't what is used to be (550)
A maple syrup lover from British Columbia gets the surprise of her life at her first 'modern' sugar party in Quebec.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Quebec not ready yet for a Federal right-wing alternative party (740)
New Canadian Alliance out of step with Quebecers.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Return of the Wolf Spider (400)
When it warms up a bit, they're suddenly here.
Royal Orr picks and grins in Hatley, Quebec.

Peppered steak for the masses (500)
He does loves his read meat.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Boum-Boum Turgeon rips up the slopes (750)
This high-speed lady heads for the bottom fast. Very fast...
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The Birds Are Back (1000)
All of a sudden I knew Spring was just around the corner.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Mushing at Quebec's Carnaval (700)
Hey, she didn't finish dead last.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

All in the family
Keep the lines of communication open and don't forget the nuts.
Robert Gervais writes in Montreal.

A $40 Ukelele
Brothers and Sisters, get yourself a ukelele and live!
Royal Orr picks and grins in Hatley, Quebec.

Talking Turkey (950)
Wild turkeys, while making a comeback in Quebec, are still a threatened species.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Saturday Night Hogslop (750)
TO Magazine writer has it all wrong about Quebec City.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Give me another cuppa, Joe (500)
Hot or cold, gotta have my cuppa.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Rogers-Videotron merger (700)
Cheese, cakes, and cable TV.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Doing the Charlevoix (500)
Take a trip in Quebec with our newcomer from British Columbia.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Identifying Birds' Nests (900)
Not all engineers have a university degree.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

What's on the telly in Norway (900)
The answer to that questions give rise to the popularity of video rentals.
Berit Lundh, a former Eastern Townshipper, lives in Oslo.

Tear gas today, Mario tomorrow (670)
Whither disillusioned Québécois youth?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

A brunch kind of guy (550)
Just back from Lotus Land, but still hungry.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Bertie Lumbah knows what's in a name (400)
Our reporter in Norway consoles our new Quebec columnist.
Ex-townshipper Berit Lundh now lives and works in Oslo.

It's Pee-wee Hockeytime in Quebec (600)
So how come Goldie Hawn is in the stands?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

What's in a name? (550)
The unintentional butchering of an English name.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

As the crow flies (600)
Beth has a thing for all things crow-ish.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

On building snow forts and avoiding quinsy (500)
You could use a snow blower...
Royal Orr is still just a kid at heart in Hatley, Quebec.

Emergency Exit (600)
Publication timing of hot new separatist's book is interesting.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Happy Year of the Dragon (550)
Enjoy your beef in oyster sauce.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

In British Columbia the cheese is quiet ~ only the mice squeak (550)
Our new Quebecker discovers the glories of poutine.
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Folding the Big Top (670))
Anglo rights activist Bill Johnson folds his tent and slips away.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Gasping & Grasping in Gaspe (650) words
Continuing hard times in coastal Quebec.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

For The Birds (650)
Feeding birds in the open.
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Part Two: The francophone discovery quest continues (1000)
The hard part was really getting ready...
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Paradise On Earth Regained? (675))
The future of religious education in Quebec schools.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Cold enough to freeze the proverbials off a brass monkey
Hey, this is Quebec and it's winter, right?
John Mahoney, Editor, Log Cabin Chronicles

I've always wanted to be a francophone (400)
So we packed up and moved from British Columbia to la belle province...
Heather Davis is a freelance writer based in Drummondville, Quebec.

Old cold symptom relievers still work (550)
There's something about chicken soup...
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

The debt we owe ancient farmers (760)
Look at all the good food they developed.
Charlie Bury is a Quebec-based freelance writer.

Choosing Quebec's Financial Pope (760)
Who will get the Caisse Pop job?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Questioning genetic food tampering (550)
The jury is still out on messing with the food supply.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

2 books, 2 points of view (750)
France: Negligent mother or future saviour.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Pre-2000 Quiz (850)
Stuff few know and even fewer care about.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Since Christmas Charlie does high-tech bread (550)
Charlie Tetreault is a man-about-town in Newport, Vermont.

Fierce, Hungry & Tiny (550)
Look what the cat dragged in...
Beth Girdler, naturalist, writes from Ayer's Cliff, Quebec.

Messing around with genes is okay (840)
Man has been doing it for thousands of years.
Charlie Bury is a Quebec-based freelance writer.

Quebec's Time (770)
Just who owned the 20th century?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Warm olives & artichoke dip (350)
Ending this century in the right way.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Goodbye to all that (500)
Not uptight about Y2K.
Royal Orr is a writer, broadcaster, and general man of the media.

Lighting Up My Christmas Life (440)
He's not grousing, mind you, but sometimes enough is enough.
Tim Belford is host of CBC's Quebec AM morning radio show.

That So-called Anti-tobacco Law (700)
The Quebec government tiptoes towards no-smoking.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Looking for a sucker (640)
Jim goes trolling for young and unsuspecting handball opponents.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont, and works at Landmark College.

Bugs' Life (1300)
Canada is on the watch for invading insects.
Charlie Bury is a Quebec-based freelance writer.

No right turn on red before its time (650)
Time to catch up with North America?
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Dutch trick, Dutch treat (500)
Out of the box and yum-yum good.
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Forcing the Quebec Secessionists'' hand (690)
It's the other Dion who is behind it.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Winter Time & The Driving Ain't Always Easy (460)
Our Man in Quebec City muses on the long list of recommend survival gear to get through the first winter of the next century.
Tim Belford is host of CBC's Quebec AM morning radio show.

I wasn't always a Grits Guy(750)
Now, sometimes, in the middle of the night...
John Mahoney, editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

The good guys who keep us moving (500)
Take time to say thanks
Royal Orr is a writer, broadcaster, and general man of the media.

Wealthy Quebec ski villages face forced merger (750)
And they don't like it one bit.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

In wilderness comes peace to the heart (650)
And mornings come slow and easy...
Guy Cloutier, a new dad, lives in Stanstead, Quebec.

Remembring (560)
On give Canada's war dead their due...
Sharon McCully edits Quebec's Sherbrooke Record.

Germans U-boats attack Canada (730)
The Battle of the St. Lawrence River was very real in WW2.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Red Man, Red Meat, Old Rights (1000)
The Abenaki people, insisting on their rights, look to the hunt.
Charlie Bury is a Quebec-based freelance writer.

Once I was a cowman (1000)
Tim Conner owned this cow. Her name was Bessie. Together, they got lots of exercise. These days, Tim buys his beef down to the grocery store..
Tim Conner says he is done chasing critters in Montrose, Colorado, and everywhere else.

Plattsburgh, Quebec eh? (730)
The Canadians invade across the border again.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

There's nothing like a peat fire... (540)
And it's definitely not soil, right, officer?
Anita Donohoe lives in California.

Slurping good stuff (500)
Oysters may be slimy but those who love them, love them.(500)
Greg duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

A lot of history down that old road (560)
Trekking Vermont's historic Bayley-Hazen Road in autumn.
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

The Lyon, the Wallrus, and the time machine (730)
A little history of Quebec's famous language law.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

What horse's ass came up with this idea (700)
Well, there was this Roman charioteer...
Robert Gervais teaches in Montreal.

Letter from Houston, Texas (350)
And then I'll be laughing...
Steven Wolfe is a former Quebecer living in theLone Star State.

Not all ivy climbs the hallowed walls (670)
Watch where you pee, eh?
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

Quebec's Powerful Pot-stokers (700)
On Pierre Elliott Trudeau turning 80.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

I sing of the city electric and the power company ever so helpful (950)
But how is this latest plan going to work?
Charlie Bury is a Quebec-based freelance writer.

Quebec's Powerful Pot-stokers (670)
Aluminum is big-time industry in la belle province.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

You have to have pilots on the St. Lawrence (740)
However, they aren't liable for any damage done. Ask the captain of the Norwegian Sky.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Of Lucien, hubris, & beer (650)
But he WILL call a referendum to separate Quebec from Canada - sometime.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Letter from Norway (600)
Missing Indian Summer in the Eastern Townships of Quebec..
Berit Lundh is a former Townshipper who left Quebec to live in Norway.

Where the servants are mostly civil (650)
And there are legions of them in Quebec City.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

The stone is healing me (600)
Stung by a hornet, healed by a stone -- from the mouths of babes, old wisom comes.
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

When Adrienne & Lucien were in Paris (730)
It was before she was Governor General of Canada and he was the separatist premier of Quebec.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

One Island, One City (750)
Cold fusion in Montreal.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Don't eat the yellow snow (530)
Advice to young writers by an old pro.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont. (1000)
Looking for shelter in Nicaragua.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec.

Farewell, Spirit of Columbus (700)
Part of Quebec City's skyline is about to be towed to Brazil.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Slow Learners (800)
User-pay Quebec educational model.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

Vacation eating time in Canada (1000)
When on the road, tuck into it...
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec.

Ramrodding public works projects (750)
The Quebec government plays a heavy hand.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

On the Plains of Abraham (700)
What you need to know about Quebec City's famous landmark.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based CBC writer/broadcaster.

What's under the hood (1000)
It was young, warm, fuzzy, and scared...
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec.

St. Larence River Beach Party (650)
Cleaning up the nasty St. Lawrence.
Peter Black is a Quebec-based writer/broadcaster.

Genetics, with a twist (700)
Thoughts while lounging and musing.
You have to wonder where Jim Austin gets this stuff.

From the Quebec culture front (700)
Well, there's Elvis Gratton II
Peter Black writes in Quebec City.

Having your cake in Quebec (680)
Yankee dollars get the dessert.
Peter Black writes in Quebec City.

Remembering a real Montrealer (640)
Memorializing Nick Auf der Maur, urban myth and man.
Leo Gervais is editor/publisher of Quebec's Westmount Examiner.

Artichoke Mysteries (400)
Once again, with butter and garlic.
Greg Duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

But I didn't get to drive the electric Zamboni (750)
But he was behind the Toyota wheel on his way to the future.
Charlie Bury freelances from Quebec.

Homage to Homards (400)
On barbecuing and administering garlic and butter.
Greg Duncan is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspaper Association.

Victoria Day, Dollard Daze (730)
Who was this Indian-fighting guy, Dollard des Ormeaux?
Peter Blacks writes in Quebec City.

Bees hunt for land mines (1300)
Charlie Bury talks about bees & pheremones.

The Bear Facts (1000)
The Ursus-Homo interface, so to speak.
Charlie Bury, Birchton, Quebec.

Eggs Benefict Arnold (800)
Fat's where it's at...
Vermonter Jim Austin does what he has to do to get in print.

Dr. Laurin's Children (700)
Quebec's northern Anglos in the separatist heartland publish the quarterly Blueberry Bugle.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

When we did a Kosovo (1000)
We really feel too righteous.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Sex when you're 60+ (400)
From the first valentine to the last bunch of roses...
Tim Belford, host of CBC's Quebec AM morning radio show, hails from Niagra, Ontario, and writes this month of Viagra.

Another heart attack (730)
This time, he says, he's going to take care of his body.
Charlie Bury, Birchton, Quebec.

Anatomy of a crime (1500)
His taillights were definitely out...
Vermonter Jim Austin test the justice system.

Letter from Norway (750)
Winter, and it's imminent end.
Berit Lundh is a former Eastern Townshipper who left Quebec to live in Norway.

I Dream of Skinks (500)
He's got lizards on his mind.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Dr. Laurin's Children (650)
More Inuit young opt to use French.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

The Patriote Rebellion, 1837-38 (750)
When the French, supported by Eastern Townshippers, rose up.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

Are you ready for Poing! (720)
This francophone tv show is ready for you, Canada.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

The tail end of winter (1000)
But there's still nothing like sliding and snow tunnelling.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Hockey, hockey, hockey (800)
Ice-time face offs in Quebec.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

Anglo Quebeckers: The First Cowboys (800)
Head 'em up, move 'em out.
Charlie Bury, Birchton, Quebec.

A True Fish Story (350)
There's no better winter eating than a mess of Lake Memphremagog Perch.
John Mahoney, Editor, Log Cabin Chronicles.

Churchill Power Play (750)
The Innu people block northern hydro development.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

Solidarity Inc. (710)
From socialist beginnings capital grows.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

Endangered Species (700)
Births and marriages down, abortions way up.
Peter Black is a freelance writer in Quebec City and produces CBC Radio's Quebec AM program.

On Editing & Weather (440)
Musings by a newspaperman on his week's work.
Ross Murray edits Quebec's weekly Stanstead Journal.

Injured owl on the mend (750)
But first he killed the farmer's goose.
Charles Bury is a freelance writer in Birchton, Quebec.

Quebec Affairs (700)
The crime stories behind those tabloid headlines.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Putting Dad's boat to rest (650)
Image of summer flowers triggers memories.
David McLauchlin is a Montreal-based writer.

Quebec Affairs (700)
From rowdy to nice. Quebec's winter carnival becomes a family affair.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Letter from Dubai
Continuing a series of personal reports from the Persian Gulf.
By Chris Manning, chef extraordinaire, and her husband, Chris Manning, a university computer teacher in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, formerly on the faculty at Champlain College, Lennoxville, Quebec.

Letter from Norway (650)
Oslo goes nuts on New Year's Eve.
Berit Lundh is a former Eastern Townshipper who left Quebec to live in Norway.

Quebec Affairs (700)
Keeping the story alive. A small anglo cultural institution struggles to survive.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Quebec Affairs (850)
Annual Quebec Trivia Quiz.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Man of the year (400)
How about choosing a Canadian, eh?
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Letter from Antarctica
The latest from McMurdo Station, near the South Pole. Digital images by Christine Gamble.
By Lee Ann Pipkin, a computer support specialist in the Antarctic.

Christmas is for kids (445)
Expecially if you're the youngest.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Christmas Wish List
They stole Chris Goodfellow's old wheel from the barn but they can't steal what he really wants for Christmas.

The Challenged Wrapper
There's a trick to it all...
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Sweet & Spicy Fruitcake
Greg Duncan's how-to-do-it column

Quebec Affairs (700)
The Tabloid People
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Witch Hazel is not my mother's maiden aunt (1000)
All you want to know about witch hazel.
Charles Bury is a freelance writer in Birchton, Quebec.

Lower the lid (450)
Talking toilets here.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Watch your fly
More toilet talk.

The Case of the Missing Article
Whatever happened to 'the'?

Quebec Affairs (600)
Can Bouchard dump his controversial health minister?
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Going Home (1500)
After 50 years, a former boy returns.
Lindsay Crysler is a Canadian journalist.

I gave at the office (500)
This time of year, everyone wants money.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

With just a waffle fork (600)
When the coyotes came she didn't hesitate.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Not all partridges are in pear trees (500)
And watch the front window...
Greg Duncan publishes Quebec's weekly Stanstead Journal.

The dogshit defenseman (660)
It was hockey-time in Canada,
Jim Austin pucks around in Putney, Vermont.

Inside Quebec (600)
Oh, those perplexing polls.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

The 5-gallon flush remembered (600)
A modest proposal for all politicians.
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Inside Quebec (600)
Itchy & Scratchy do the Quebec political thing.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Connected, at last (400)
In which our columnist gets wired up and logged on.
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

I have this beard (400)
A potentially barefaced tale...
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Inside Quebec (600)
Montreal's looking for a new mayor.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, writes in Quebec City.

Stuff your bird. (500)
An alternative to bread crumbs.
Greg Duncan, Stanstead Journal publisher, is an eager eater.

Inside Quebec (650)
It looks like another Quebec election this fall.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, observes politics in Quebec City.

Canadians aren't bad lovers (400)
It just takes a while to get undressed, what with the climate...
Tim Belford is the host of CBC Radio's Quebec A.M. program.

Part 2: Invading a little Eden (550)
It was a hot day in Paradise...
Royal Orr writes in Hatley, Quebec .

Part 1: Coffee in the desert (565)
Fresh coffee in a desert in Israel.
Royal Orr of Hatley, Quebec, drinks his coffee fresh-ground.

Inside Quebec (650)
Quebec's caribou and kangaroo: a fable.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, observes politics in Quebec City.

Another kind of cat (1955)
The return of the Eastern Cougar.
Michael Price saw a panther in Quebec.

(855)
Smoked meat and soul in Montreal.
Peter Scowen is now a Toronto newspaperman.

Inside Quebec (600)
Short history of the Quebec apostrophe.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio producer, corrects spelling in Quebec City.

To read this, press '1' (350)
Another Ma Bell story.
Bernard Epps teaches and writes in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Keep your pickles perky (500)
What to do with end-of-summer cukes.
Greg Duncan, Stanstead Journal publisher, is into vinegar.

Forest slash to table spuds (750)
Using up all that toss-away orgo-trash.
Charles Bury is a freelance writer in Birchton, Quebec.

Inside Quebec (600)
Mounting the police.
Peter Black, a CBC Radio newsman, writes in Quebec City.

Oy, all those tomatoes (500)
Everything is looking red these days.
Greg Duncan, Stanstead Journal publisher, eats them raw.

What National Day is this anyhow? (400)
And who decides these things?
Bernard Epps teaches and writes in Lennoxville, Quebec.

From the mouth of babes... (900)
Riding the roads with the kids.
Peter Scowen writes in Montreal.

Hot, Hot, Hot! (500)
Our accomplished eater likes his hot.
Greg Duncan, Stanstead Journal publisher, is hot.

Journey's End
Letters from the other side of the world
The final report from our cycling chiropractor as he ended his travels throughout the Far East, Down Under, and across Europe.
Dr. Denis Mahoney is a Toronto-based chiropractor.

Those Heavenly Big Mamas (400)
Ummm, he's writing about clouds...
Royal Orr cloud-watches from Hatley, Quebec.

Going to the dogs (770)
Bat-faced dogs, messy dogs...
Jim Austin loves dogs in Putney, Vermont.

Back off from toebiters (400)
A feisty bug you don't want to mess with.
Royal Orr writes from Hatley, Quebec.

Spice Girl Grooving (600)
Just call our writer dad Rancid Spice.
Ross Murray edits Quebec's Stanstead Journal.

Rest, my friend, rest (400)
And dream of digging deep holes.
Royal Orr writes from Hatley, Quebec.

Endangered flowers (700)
Plant poachers dig the wild lily.
Charles Bury is a freelance writers in Birchton, Quebec.

Life is in my numbers (4r0)
It's finally come down to this.
Sharon Mccully edits the daily Record in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Mother of all mothers (550)
Dead with her son in a blazing gun battle.
Bernard Epps writes novels, etc. in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Aging with grace (550)
And try not be grumpy, eh?
Bernard Epps writes novels, etc. in Lennoxville, Quebec.

Not a Newfie Joke, Eh? (600)
Our eager eater discovers the rock-bound coast, etc.
Greg Duncan, Stanstead Journal publisher, does enjoy his lunches.

Hold your tongue (450)
Be careful with whom start a conversation.
Sharon Mccully edits the daily Record in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The joys of making hay (600)
And learning to know the land.
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

Gallivanting Gourmand (500)
Wild eater on the loose again.
Greg Duncan publishes Quebec's weekly Stanstead Journal.

Stick this up your nose. Not. (650)
Faced with copious nose hairs, Jim buys a nose mower.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

Scratch those myths (400)
And she would have eaten more hot bread, too.
Sharon Mccully edits the daily Record in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Gallivanting Gourmand (450)
A little herb will do you.
Greg Duncan publishes Quebec's weekly Stanstead Journal.

Gimme Pasta!
And give it to me straight.
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

Daddy, what did you do in the war? (800)
Book Review: Canadian who served as US Army pr man.
Leo Gervais edits Montreal's Monitor and the Westmount Examiner.

Stuck on bauds (560)
Putney's Jim Austin decides to get wired.
Jim Austin writes in Putney, Vermont.

It's all very funny since I'm not Jewish (900)
A little history from a High Anglican.
Peter Scowen edits Montreal's Hour Magazine.

The cry of the coyote (750)
The first time, the sounds sent chills up his spine.
Royal Orr is a broacaster and writer living in Hatley, Quebec.

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