There are few things as Quebecoise as la cabane à sucre in the spring. The crunch of snow beneath our boots as we walk through the woods, the familiar scent of firewood burning, horse drawn carriages trotting in the snow and the distant melody of live music playing in the dining hall. There’s nothing quite like la cabane à sucre in the spring in Quebec.

It’s no secret that planning the ultimate vacation requires a bit (or a lot) of planning. Years ago that might have looked like notepads, magazines and lots of sticky notes. Now, the options are endless. You can start planning the ultimate vacation months or days in advance using social media. I’m going to show you how.
I like big cars and I will not lie. It’s a truth that I don’t deny. I love a nice high ride in an SUV, its curb appeal, elevated vantage point and the feeling of authority as I peer out at the cars beside me on the road. The pinch at the pump? Not so much. At the same time, I also enjoy the nimble handling of a compact car. These two worlds have collided with the 2015 Chevrolet Trax. This unique crossover gives you the perks of an SUV with the ease of handling and fuel efficiency of a compact car. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Did you know that March is fraud prevention month? Many of us spend a lot of time online and as technology evolves, so do some of the scams that criminals use to commit fraud. I recently attended a press dinner with INTERAC in order to learn more about Fraud Prevention Month. Thankfully I learnt some wonderful tips to protect yourself from fraud.

Some of my favourite childhood memories involved being curled up with a book behind my parent’s formal living room arm chair. I’d sneak away with a good book and a blankie for hours at a time. My parents knew where to look when it came time to pry me out. I cannot imagine a childhood without books but the truth is that more than 29 million children across North America live in low-income households. Most have limited access to age-appropriate books at home and attend schools with classrooms and programs that are often under-resourced. Kumon Canada is a national organization with math and reading centers.
A Montreal bar turned away roughly two dozen military uniformed personnel from a bar this past Sunday because of concerns that their attire might intimidate other patrons. The soldiers had just left their annual regiment ball and it was one of the only times when they were allowed to wear their military dress uniform in public. This is just one other incident of discrimination in Quebec, in this case a bar takes offence to the way someone (or a group) is dressed.
Big, spacious interior, silky smooth lines with gorgeous curves on the exterior and an impressive safety rating. That pretty well sums up the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. It redefines luxury, and brings the fun back to a family car.

The issue of the Muslim woman asked to remove her hijab by a Quebec judge is still very much alive. Her court case is still suspended, she has yet to retrieve her vehicle which was seized and the public at large has YET to hear a full apology from the ruling judge. 

International Women’s day is coming up around the corner. It’s a day to celebrate the amazing women in our lives and their many accomplishments. When I think of a local entrepreneur making a difference in their community, I think of a woman who immigrated to Canada with a plan for her future. Amber Ahmed came from a third world county with a dream and spent the last couple of decades working to achieve that dream. She is in the business of beautifying women but does so much more than that with every client. 

A Quebec judge asked a Muslim woman to remove her hijab or she would not hear her case. This was not the first time that someone has walked into a courtroom with religious attire, however Judge Eliana Marengo felt the hijab was not suitable attire for a courtroom.

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