Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

Roads taken: Denis Sampson

I became a Canadian father long before I settled in Montreal or realised I was creating a new home. My wife and I, both young, had assumed we would(...)

A screengrab from the COBP website shows the poster for the protest which reads ‘St Patrak Demonstration’, which is a play on the French word matraque, or police baton.

A left-wing group, set up to oppose police brutality, is planning a demonstration at the Montreal St Patrick’s Day parade in Quebec, Canada on March (...)

 Adil Charkaoui told a news conference in Montreal that anti-Muslim sentiment in Quebec is to blame for alienating Muslim students, not his classes, where he said only Arabic, the Koran and “basic notions” are taught. Photograph: Dario Ayala/Reuters

A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have travelled to Syria to (...)

Patrick McKenna: ‘Suddenly one summer - in 2009 to be precise - my homesickness just fell away from me.’

For decades after I arrived in Canada in 1975, I clung fiercely to my Irish identity. I wasn’t ready to relinquish something that cost me dearly in(...)

Here are two late grandmasters of the art of the duo, duetting for the first time on a Montreal stage in 1990. Whether on standards (Body (...)

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by height in metres squared and is the standard tool used to define levels of obesity. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Being obese can shorten life by eight years and condemn a person to almost two decades of ill-health, new research has shown.Scientists used a compute(...)

Gordon Ramsay’s newest addition to the dining landscape Heddon Street Kitchen opened on November 8th in Mayfair

New London openings London’s dining scene is welcoming a slew of new openings this winter. US TV chef Judy Joo opens her first European venture(...)

The Wonderland sculpture by Jaume Plensa, outside the Bow Tower in Calgary. Photographs: Colin Way/New York Times

Embracing one’s inner carnivore is not an unusual thing to do in a city nicknamed “Cowtown”, but this was not your usual steak. It was pig-head mor(...)

‘Appreciating the unique beauty of winter is a precursor to falling in love with your little corner of this great big country.’

Did you manage to snap up one of the Canadian working holiday visas issued in April? Have you found a job in mining or construction on the Prairies(...)