To look smart at Saturday night dinner

News moves quickly. A look back at the notable events of the week, just to give you a head start in time for your weekend dinners.

Dune 101


Timothée Chalamet in Dune

One of the most anticipated films of the year hits the big screen on Friday: Dune: Part Two, the Hollywood science fiction film by Quebec director Denis Villeneuve. This is the second part of the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, considered one of the masterpieces of this literary genre. The film starring Timothée Chalamet (as the young heir Paul Atréides), Zendaya and Javier Bardem deals with religion, politics, environment and psychology. The history and universe of Dune are infinitely complex. Our columnist Chantal Guy offers you the course Dune for Dummies.

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Housing crisis: disturbing consequences


A family has been living under the Metropolitan Expressway in Montreal for almost a month.

Unscrupulous fraudsters have found a way to exploit the housing crisis: they publish false advertisements online for rental accommodation with an attractive rent, demanding payment of one month’s rent… simply to visit the apartment. However, there is no accommodation to rent, it is rather a fraud, noted our colleague Charles-Éric Blais-Poulin. Furthermore, the housing crisis affects thousands and thousands of Quebecers. Like this family of six, including a young 18-year-old woman seven months pregnant, resigned to living in tents under the Metropolitan highway in Montreal for almost a month after losing their housing. Our colleague Gabrielle Duchaine tells this heartbreaking story.

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Read the article “A family under the highway”

Food: will a warning change our habits?


Photomontage made by Health Canada to illustrate the location of its new nutritional symbol.

In two years, all foods high in saturated fat, sugars and sodium will have to display a warning on their packaging. Will it help Canadians make better choices and eat healthier? Yes, think several experts. Except that the food labeling system in Europe, where foods are rated from A to E taking into account all their characteristics, is simpler and ultimately better, other experts argue. Our colleague Marie-Claude Malboeuf looks into the issue.

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A revolution one step at a time


Walking is beneficial for both the body and the brain.

What could we do to be healthier collectively? Walk more. “Walking, and especially sustained walking, can improve cardiorespiratory health, but also memory, reasoning, problem solving, attention,” said Arthur Kramer, director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health. Northeastern University, to our colleague Gabriel Béland. However, the Quebec government shows little ambition to encourage walking. It is therefore the cities which must develop living environments to encourage walking. In this file, experts also give you advice to encourage walking in your daily life.

Read the file “For a revolution through walking”

For a change of culture in politics


For Catherine Fournier, mayor of Longueuil, “it is not normal to see the toxic climate of intimidation that can reign in city halls… and in our parliaments.”

A week ago, the mayor of Gatineau, France Bélisle, left office. Since the last elections in fall 2021, nearly 10% of municipal elected officials have done the same. In a letter to The Press, Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier is thinking about ways to reverse this worrying trend. “I agree with France when she says that the environment in which politics takes place must change. First and foremost, it is ourselves, the elected officials, who should embody these changes. Before looking elsewhere, it is important to set an example. It is not normal to see the toxic climate of intimidation that can reign in city halls… and in our parliaments,” writes Mayor Fournier.

Read Catherine Fournier’s letter


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