With winter coming up, Montrealers are bracing themselves for their annual dose of Quebec winter depresso (seasonal sadness sounds cuter when you liken it to coffee, doesn't it?) — and sometimes there's nothing to do but swear about it.
When Quebec gets hit hard by winter — which inevitably happens every year — we usually begin the hibernation process, emerging only to enjoy sporadic winter activities, such as skiing or snowboarding, Nuit Blanche and Igloofest.
It's unknown whether winter sports will go on as normal this season, and no one's counting on winter festivals, so the only activities we can "look forward" to are the inevitable: falling on ice, cold hands and digging our cars out of heaps of snow.
While much is uncertain in the world right now, here's something we know for sure, as we anticipate the bitter chill of impending winter, curse words are going to come in handy.
And all Quebecers know, Québécois profanities are among the best in the world.
You may know all these French Canadian cusses if you were born and raised in la belle province. Feel free to use them alone or, if you're proficient, try combining them all into one fun sentence!
Why You Need To Use It: This word is perfect for when you see the winter's first major snowfall. Directly translated to mean "Christ," the verb crisser can be used in a variety of expressions, like criss ton camp (GTFO).
Why You Need To Use It: Directly translated from a tabarnacle, a holy box where the host and blood of Christ are stored (it's wine), this word is perfect to use when you're struggling with trying to break the ice on your car's windshield or wheels.
Why You Need To Use It: This word can be uttered when Quebecers are slipping on icy winter sidewalks or trying to trek their way through the province's enormous snowbanks. Directly translated from the Catholic "host," it's perfect to use when the Quebec winter takes its toll on your daily activities.
Why You Need To Use It: It's immensely satisfying to use this word after you've fumbled and gotten hurt due to harsh Quebec winters. Cut your finger on a sharp icicle? Calisse! Nostrils so cold you can feel their hairs freezing? Calisse!
Why You Need To Use It: Although this is technically a French swear term, it's widely used in Montreal's Arab communities.
For lack of a better explanation, this term means to engage in sexual activity with a person's mother, making it the perfect term to use when you get into a traffic dispute with an incompetent winter driver.
Why You Need To Use It: This word is directly translated to mean ciborium, a container for the Catholic Church's host. It's a versatile word akin to the F-word, and you can pepper it onto any negative winter situation you may encounter in La Belle Province.
Pro tip: Add a "Saint" prefix to make Saint ciboire, the perfect replacement for "holy f**k!"
Why You Need To Use It: This combination is considered the "holy grail" of Quebec profanity. Although each word has a different meaning, you can use them all interchangeably and combine them to use in an extremely dire winter situation you may find yourself in.
Is your front door snowed in? Esti de calisse de tabarnak! Does your car struggle to start due to extreme winter weather in Quebec? Esti de calisse de tabarnak!
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
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.
The Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) put an end to the project due to the findings of a report analyzing the environmental impact of building a natural gas facility in Saguenay.
What was the LNG project?
Énergie Saguenay wanted approval to construct a natural gas processing facility that would "liquefy natural gas in order to export it to world markets," according to its website. In addition to the facility, the idea was to construct an LNG pipeline that would cross into Northern Ontario.
The company said the project's aim is to "support efforts to fight climate change in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world, by providing transitional energy that will replace other more polluting energies, such as coal and fuel oil."
Quebec Premier François Legault was reportedly in favour of the project but was met with pushback from environmental and Indigenous groups.
In September 2020, the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) began a public hearing as part of its systematic review of the project in consultation with the Innu communities of Mashteuiatsh and Essipit.
Why did Quebec cancel the project?
On July 21, the MELCC announced that the Quebec government had decided not to authorize the project.
It cited the results of BAPE's environmental impact report, which found that the LNG project in Saguenay "could have the long-term consequence of slowing down the energy transition of the project client countries."
In addition, the government established that there was no way the project could "count on a net reduction in [greenhouse gas] emissions on a global scale, since the project initiator cannot guarantee the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to sources that emit more GHG, such as coal and fuel oil."
The project's own GHG reduction measures were also found insufficient to offset its own emissions.
"We had to face the facts that the risks of the Énergie Saguenay project outweighed its benefits," said Benoit Charette, Quebec's minister of the environment and the fight against climate change.
"However, we are optimistic that the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region will quickly have the opportunity to enrich itself with other economic projects, such as the Élysis green aluminum project, which will create jobs while actively participating in the Quebec-wide fight against climate change."