Monday marked the 146 birthday of Canada., and a well timed study added to the celebration. For the third year running, Canada has taken the top spot among the world's nations as the most reputable nation. The yearly study is performed by the Reputation Institute (yes, such a thing exists) and asks 27, 000 people from various G8 countries a series of questions pertaining to a nation's positive and negative traits. Taking in a score of 76.6 out of 100, Canada is apparently the most well liked country in the world.
Foreigners recognize Canada's awesomeness, but why don't its citizens? Sure, we show pride on Canada Day, but what about the rest of the year? Instead of preaching Canada's global cred, Canadians tend to be overly modest, and sometimes critical, on our home nation. Canadian culture itself is imbued with a sense of self-degradation that no one can deny. Anytime I hear a movie or TV show is Canadian, I can't help but become a little hesitant, and assume it will be shitty and low budget. Canadian literature and other cultural productions are thrown to the fringes of notoriety, and are only recognized by small circles, rather than embraced and applauded by the nation as a whole. Even our mannerisms, at least according to certain jokes and cultural critiques, are rife with apologies and the desire to please others. Canadians see Canada as a perpetual underdog, and not a leading world nation.
Why do we do this? A couple of factors may come into play. For one, we've always been right above America, who consistently steals the global spotlight. In terms of history and longevity, Canada is also a fairly young nation. Canada lacks the centuries of historical cred that other countries have, adding to the idea of Canada as an inexperienced newbie. But ignore all the immaterial junk like age and cultural comparisons, and you can recognize that Canada is routinely of the curve.
Canada has always been an advocate for human rights and equality. Canada embraced multiculturalism before the onset of the Internet and today's interconnected global community. Canada legalized same sex marriage well before it was politically trendy. Canadians invented tons of sports (lacrosse, and arguable hockey and basketball), many different pieces of technology (the telephone, standard time, SONAR), and some of the most delicious foods (poutine, duh). A Canadian even created Superman! All that being said, Canadians have a lot more to brag about than we think.
Now I'm not saying Canadians should adopt a douchey/we're-better-than-everyone attitude. That would be a major step back in Canadian coolness. But there is a difference between cockiness and confidence. We don't have to boast, but just realize our inherent greatness as Canadians. I know all Canadians love Canada, so lets show the world why.
In what can only be described as the ultimate fine dining experience, Tampa Bay Lightning player and Montrealer Mathieu Joseph brought the Stanley Cup to Montréal-Nord this weekend and ate a giant poutine out of it.
Hockey's holy chalice has had many things in it from beer to a baptized baby but never poutine — at least as far as we can tell!
Now that’s fine dining. 🏆🤌
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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The people behind Flamos Peri Peri Chicken are betting that a new twist on a classic recipe will help them break into Montreal's crowded chicken market.
The brand-new chain restaurant recently opened its first location at 72, boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Châteauguay with a menu inspired by African, South American and European flavours and headlined with a unique and interesting twist on classic piri piri chicken.
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
By all accounts, Montrealers love their Portuguese-style chicken, grilled to perfection and bathed in piri piri sauce, but set aside those presuppositions when it comes to the uniquely flavoured bird coming out of Flamos' kitchen.
"We have been in the restaurant business for 32 years and have always been challenging ourselves to open different concepts over these years by always being creative, innovative and developing different and great tasting meals that people love," a spokesperson told MTL Blog. "We have succeeded in creating a very unique taste. Our chicken is unlike anything you have ever tried."
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
Aside from their signature chicken, they're also offering refreshing salads, bowls, sandwiches, a variety of imaginative poutines, and desserts. There's also a selection of sauces and a vegan burger.
But wait, there's more. Don't even think about walking away without an order of Coq Mac n' Cheese, cooked with karaage popcorn chicken, cavatappi pasta, aged cheddar, mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano, green onions, and finished with a drizzle of chipotle aioli sauce.
Flamos Peri Peri Chicken is opening locations in Lachenaie and Terrebonne in August and September, respectively, while Ontarians will be able to enjoy this unique cuisine in Mississauga and Kitchener in the fall, with more restaurants to open next year.