Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
Across the province, 1.5 million refundable containers are thrown in the garbage or left on the ground each day, never to be recycled.
By being environmentally conscious and adopting good practices in public spaces, you can keep our green spaces from turning into landfills.
So the next time you go to the park, consider bringing a reusable bag with you so that you can fill it with your empty containers. On your way home, you can return them at a nearby retailer.
Deposit-refund is an environmentally friendly way to recover and recycle refundable containers. According to Consignaction, recycling an aluminum can uses 95% less energy and 40% less water than making a new one.
This means that you can return your empty refundable containers to a convenience store, grocery store or supermarket, ensure that they will be fully recycled, and get a refund for each one.
Although Quebecers already return 75% of refundable containers, more can be done.
Did you know that it takes plastic bottles up to 400 years to break down naturally? Meanwhile, aluminum cans take between 200 and 500 years to degrade.
A quick visit to the Lachine Canal, Parc LaFontaine and Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord is all it takes to get a glimpse of how easy it is to forget your cans and bottles behind you when you leave.
Not only is returning your containers good for the environment, but it also results in better quality materials, helps future generations and creates jobs. It's a small gesture that has a huge impact.
Once containers are returned to a retailer, they are then transported and sorted before being melted down into raw materials and used to make new items, like backpacks, tents and even different containers.
To determine whether your container is refundable, just look for "Consignée Québec 5¢ Refund" on the product.
Keeping this in mind can help you substantially reduce your eco-footprint. In addition, by returning your refundable containers, you'll be helping cut down on pollution in parks, making them more enjoyable for you.