by Diana Filer

1.  Xi Jinping is the President of the People’s Republic of China.
2.  Hochelaga was the name of the village where Montreal is located.
3.  Oven spring refers to the growth stage of baking bread in the oven before the crust starts to form.
4.  ‘Behold, a pale horse’ refers to the fourth horse of the apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelation (of John of Patmos).  The first horseman, riding a white horse, represented Conquest; the second riding a red one, War; the third riding a black horse, Famine and the fourth horseman, riding the ‘pale horse’, signified Death, the ‘pale’ being pale green.
5.  Norman Macdonald was born and raised in Quebec City.  His brother Neil has been a CBC journalist and correspondent.