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1. Integrity and reliability are the most important quality that a public employee especially that of a politician should maintain otherwise the institution gets corrupted. 2. Poor immigrants are the greatest investment a country like Canada should bring in for they are motivated by dreams that money immigrants already have. We brought (in) lots of those money immigrants in the 80s from Hong Kong and surrounding areas, most settled in BC, did they bring their money to Canada ? No, they fried us with our own oil and most of the locals moved to nearby towns where the cost of living is much lower than where those so called investors settled.  Would you want to know more and why? Conrad David Brillantes

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Irish Studies at Concordia Weekly Newsletter  August 11, 2017



What: Public lecture by Dr Kevin Whelan, Michael Smurfit Director of the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin and Visiting Scholar, School of Irish Studies, Concordia University

When: Friday, August 18, 6:00 pm

Where:  McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room H 1001.01 (10th floor)

Info: Kevin Whelan has been a visiting professor at New York University , Boston College and Concordia University . He has lectured in over a dozen countries, and at the Sorbonne, Cambridge , Oxford , Torino , Berkeley , Yale, Dartmouth and Louvain . He has written or edited fifteen books and over one hundred articles on Ireland ’s history, geography and culture. These include The Tree of Liberty. Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity 1760-1830 (1996), Fellowship of Freedom: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion (1998), and the bestselling Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape (1997). Among influential articles are those on ‘An underground gentry?,’ ‘The Republic in the Village,’ ‘The Memories of “The Dead,”’ and ‘The Green Atlantic.’  For many years he directed the annual Irish Seminar, the leading seminar in the field of Irish Studies, whose faculty has included Edward Said, Giovanni Arrighi, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Jacqueline Rose, Homi Bhabha, Fred Jameson and Benedict Anderson, as well as leading figures in Irish Studies such as Elizabeth Cullingford, Emer Nolan, Claire Wills, Marjorie Howes, Siobhán Kilfeather, Máirín Nic Eoin, David Lloyd and Joe Cleary.  Among the celebrated writers who have participated are Edna O’Brien, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, John McGahern, Medbh McGuckian, Ciaran Carson, Nuala Ó Faoláin and Alice McDermott.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Sexualities in the Irish Diaspora / IRST 398 B / HIST 398 E / ANTH 398 B / SOCI 398 B (3 credits)
Prof. Jane McGaughey / Tuesday, Thursday 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Course description:  This course will investigate the rich history that sex and sexual identities have played in shaping the Irish Diaspora over the past two hundred years.  From racist caricatures in Punch and the scandals of Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and Charles Stewart Parnell to the Kennedys, Catholic missionaries, Hollywood sirens, and The Crying Game, images of Irish sexualities abroad have driven cultural expectations for incoming Irish immigrants and their descendants around the world.  By exploring a variety of case studies – including Canada’s Persons Case, the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe, the anti-heroism of Australia’s Ned Kelly, and the hyper-masculinity of John Wayne – we can see that Irish sexualities and gendered expectations have been a controversial constant in the story of the Irish abroad.  Key themes will include marriage and divorce, homosexuality, racism, women’s suffrage, media scandals, athleticism, heroism, alcoholism, addiction, propaganda, gender-bending, and religion.

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TWG Tea Fashions the World's Most Luxurious Iced Teabag Collection

Vancouver , B.C. ( May 8, 2017 ): With the sun ablazing, TWG Tea is launching the world's most luxurious collection of teabags especially crafted for the preparation of iced teas. As a trendsetting purveyor of exquisite teas, TWG Tea continuously shapes the fashion of tea appreciation by taking the global tea industry by storm with this extraordinary collection. The iced tea collection comes in fifteen varieties of whole tea leaves carefully proportioned and packaged for the expert preparation of delicious TWG Tea iced teas. Luxuriously handcrafted with natural materials, every TWG Tea Iced Teabag contains the exact same handpicked, whole leaf teas retailed loose at TWG Tea Boutiques. The teabags are entirely hand sewn and are free from metal staples and glue which are detrimental to the quality and flavour of the tea. Made of light, transparent silk and round in shape, reminiscent of the summer sun, TWG Tea Iced Teabags are all beautifully placed in TWG Tea packaging embossed with the name of the tea in gold lettering. Each of the fifteen keepsake gift boxes enclose seven precious Iced Teabags, each containing 7.5 grams of tea perfect for a large carafe of iced tea. TWG Tea has spared no expense in creating the ultimate iced teabag, demonstrating its deep-rooted commitment to quality and attention to detail. This exceptional collection includes TWG Tea classics such as French Earl Grey, Eternal Summer Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea and Darjeeling , as well as TWG Tea exclusive blends such as Sweet France Tea, Pink Flamingo Tea and Cocktail Hour Tea. Whether you are craving something sweet or in the mood for something light and tangy, TWG Tea's Iced Teabag collection has carefully curated it all in this collection. For the finishing touch, TWG Tea presents the perfect accompaniment - an Iced Tea Carafe series available in eight vibrant colours. Made of a very light Plexiglas, it is the perfect accessory to serve a refreshing glass of iced tea to delight and tantalise the senses of tea-drinkers everywhere. Experience the luxury of choice with the TWG Tea Iced Teabag Collection. The TWG Tea Iced Teabags and Iced Tea Carafes retails at $42 and $185 respectively, available at the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique in Vancouver . Canadian orders can be made online at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique in Vancouver   1070 West Georgia Street , Vancouver , British Columbia V6E 2Y2 , Canada Tel: 604.692.0071 Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm TWG Tea Images: TWG Tea Iced Teabag Collection Follow us on social media and tag us with #TWGTeaOfficial #TWGTeaCanada #TWGTeaIcedTeabagCollection Facebook - &  Instagram - @TWGTeaOfficial & @TWGTeaCA  Twitter - @TWGTeaOfficial & @TWGTeaCA  YouTube -  Note to editors: No royalties payable if TWG Tea is stated as the source. More images are available upon request. Tiffany Soper  Avenue PR E: T: 604.783.0013 W: Gemma Bishop Avenue PR E: T: 604.375.6953 W: Louise Benzrihem, Assistant Director of PR - Global TWG Tea  E:  T: +65 6733 7737 W: About TWG Tea TWG Tea, the finest luxury tea brand in the world, was established in Singapore and celebrates the year 1837 when the island became a trading post for teas, spices and fine epicurean products. TWG Tea, which stands for The Wellbeing Group, was founded in 2008 as a luxury concept that incorporates unique and original retail outlets, exquisite tea rooms and an international distribution network to professionals. Committed to offering teas directly from source gardens, TWG Tea's collection is the largest in the world, with fine harvests from every tea producing country and exclusive hand crafted tea blends. Internationally recognised as a true innovator with the creation of new varieties of tea every season in collaboration with the world's most renowned estates, TWG Tea also offers exquisite signature modern tea accessories and delicate tea-infused sweets and savouries. After launching its first Singapore tea salon & boutique at Republic Plaza in 2008, TWG Tea has opened in iconic destinations such as ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Takashimaya Singapore . Expanding its presence internationally, TWG Tea has heralded the opening of exquisite Tea Salons & Boutiques in Bangkok , Dubai , Guangzhou , Hong Kong , Kuala Lumpur , Taipei , Tokyo , Manila , Jakarta and Shanghai .  In addition, TWG Tea's exclusive collection of the finest teas of the world is available from TWG Tea Boutiques in Harrods Knightsbridge, London and Dean & DeLuca Madison Ave, New York. The premier tea supplier to the finest hotels, restaurants and international airlines, TWG Tea is retailed around the world in gourmet épiceries, including El Corte Ingles in Portugal , Feinkost Kaefer in Germany , David Jones in Australia and GUM in Moscow , Russia , and served in Business Class, First Class and Suites and in the Lounges of Singapore Airlines and Nippon Airways. TWG Teas are available in Singapore, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam. European online orders can be made at; online orders within the USA can be made at; Canadian orders may be made online at; worldwide online orders can be made directly from the TWG Tea e-Boutique and m-Boutique at About VanSing Distribution Group Ltd. VanSing Distribution Group was founded in Vancouver in 2012 by Tom James (CEO) and Karinna James (President, COO) as an importer and exporter of fine gourmet products and accessories. The principles have over 24 years of combined experience in the restaurant and catering industry, in experiential retail through high-end stand-alone boutiques and shop-in-shops, and in HORECA wholesale distribution to luxury hotels & resorts and ecommerce customers across Canada . VanSing Distribution Group is pleased to be the exclusive franchise partner and distributor of TWG Tea in Canada . For more information visit, 5.09.17

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How are you? I'm reaching out from MEDIA LEADS and I am wondering if you are working on any new blog posts or product reviews for The Montreal Tribune, If so, we'd love to help you discover some great products! Our goal with MEDIA LEADS is to match brands with bloggers and we work with all types of brands - everything from beauty & cosmetics to health & wellness, to lifestyle products, and more! If you are interested in this, I'd love to know: - what products you are currently looking for - what your deadline is for submission - do you charge a fee for product reviews and if so, how much - how many unique monthly visitors do you have (We only work with blogs that have at least 30,000 unique visitors per month) Once you let me know, we'll share this with our members and they will reach out to you directly with their products! I'm really looking forward to working with you and I hope we can help you discover some new products.  All the best,  Miha MEDIA LEADS  P.S. If you want to see a list of some of our members, please check out our member directory for a sample of some of the brands we work with here: We currently work with more than 140 brands and would love to connect you with them!  5.04.17

Are you working on any fall fashion stories?

Are you working on any fall fashion stories? It's time to step up your shoe game this fall and strut your stuff with Off The Beaten Track's new Fall 2017 shoes! These shoes are the perfect transition from summer to fall :) Let me know if you are interested in a sample! --Mackenzie Step Up Your Shoe Adventure with Off The Beaten Track   Feel fabulous with perfect picks for fall fashion With summer on its way, we will be ready for fall in no time! Transition into fall fashion with the latest trends from Off The Beaten Track!Inspired by music and culture, this unique travel-inspired brand features high quality materials, earth-inspired leathers, on-trend styling and intricate attention to detail. Stomp through cool months with the comfortable shoe of choice for restless wanderers. Designed with the traveler in mind, go off the beaten track with these fall favorites: Flower Child (Red Sutter): An update to the popular Free Spirit, this stacked favorite is the model of comfort and fashion. With an asymmetrical cut-out, this design has a fixed side ghillie tie with tassels atop a wedged upper. Wear the Flower Child wherever your wanderlust adventures take you! Rexburg (Dark Brown): The new American sweetheart and a nod to OTBT's iconic Bushnell style, this shoe features color blocked vibes with comfort stretch that will take you anywhere and everywhere. Your new favorite wardrobe neutral, the Rexburg is durable and designed to last. Bespoke (Tuscany): Featuring a heeled wedge with a fabric stretch band to give you the ultimate comfortable fit, the Bespoke will compliment any look and keep you and your feet feeling and looking fabulous! The final word for fall footwear is in– slide into the hottest looks from OTBT for designs that feature both comfortable function and on-trend fashion. Looking to go Off the Beaten Track? Visit for more information or contact for samples. ABOUT OTBT   Constructed with only the highest quality leathers and materials, authentic colors and a tough sole designed for maximum durability, Off The Beaten Track offers the ultimate travel shoes with both fashion and function as a priority. Made for walking the road less traveled, OTBT is not just a brand; it's a lifestyle. Go Off the Beaten Track with the comfortable shoe of choice for restless wanderers.  Follow OTBT:   Facebook   Twitter    Instagram   Pinterest   Mackenzie Sanderson   Account Executive   ChicExecs PR   820 Los Vallecitos Blvd Ste A-C   San Marcos, CA 92069   (760) 429-6702 5.04.17

Working out will never have looked as good as it does

Working out will never have looked as good as it does with FlipBelt and Groove Life. With spring/summer workouts in full swing, these two products will keep you feeling comfortable, looking amazing, and give you peace of mind during your regular workout routines. I have included some additional information below.   FlipBelt Classic: One of the most popular workout accessories on the market, FlipBelt will become your go-to workout buddy this summer. FlipBelt is a tubular band that fits around your waist. The belt allows you to comfortably and safely store essential items that you can't go without during your workout like keys, cash, credit/ID cards, cell phones, and even small medical devices. The moisture wicking material, helps to fight off sweat to keep your belongings dry and safe. The entire line of FlipBelt belts and accessories can be found at The Classic FlipBelt retails for $28.99. Groove Life: The perfect accessory for the athlete or outdoor lover, the Groove Life ring solves a terrifying problem that too many people experience. Metal rings can cause poor circulation to fingers and get caught on items, causing sever damage to fingers. Groove Life's silicon ring fashionably solves that problem. The breathable ring is specifically designed to keep air moving and to keep moisture out. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, the ring will give you peace of mind while exercising, and help you to look as good as you feel. More information as well as product selection can be found at Retail: $29.95   If you are interested in learning more about either of these products please contact Janie at   Warmly, Janie Thomas   Veteran PR  E. 5.04.17

Fruits & Passion celebrates its 25th

Fruits & Passion celebrates its 25th anniversary tomorrow! During this VIP morning, juices and smoothies with flavors of Fruits & Passion will be served, and Anouk Meunier will join us to talk about her favorite products.   We look forward to meeting you!   Thank you very much, and see you tomorrow!   Leïla Côté    EXACTO   COMMUNICATIONS    RELATIONS PUBLIQUES Tel 514 273 3793, Fax 514 273 2082 5.04.17

With blue skies and warmer weather rapidly approaching,

With blue skies and warmer weather rapidly approaching, so is hiking, biking, and climbing season. And who  can voyage any new adventure without their favorite tune? Stream your go-to pump-up jam, worry free with Yatra! Perfect for every outdoor adventure, the Yatra Aquatune 5712 is small but powerful. With a BlueTooth range up to 10m and 12 hours of battery life, the Aquatune 5712 is the perfect camping companion. The mini but mighty speaker provides high quality sound in a waterproof, weatherproof, shockproof, dustproof portable speaker that can easily clip on your belt of bag for hours of hands-free entertainment. Jam to your favorite tunes, loud and proud with Yatra. Make sure to pack the Aquatune 5712 on your next hiking trek or rock climbing escapade. To view the full line of Aquatune speakers and other Yatra products please visit  Please let me know if you are interested in additional information or sampling.   Best regards,   Katie Lapinski   Veteran PR 5.04.17

Justice Centre responds to Gay-Straight Alliance demands of Alberta Education Minister  

Special to The Montreal Tribune - March 30, 2017 - 

CALGARY, AB: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has responded to a demand that Alberta Education Minister David Eggen issued last week against two Edmonton-area private Christian schools, in regard to Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). On
November 14, 2016 , Minister Eggen received a Report from Edmonton lawyer Dan Scott, who had been asked to conduct an Inquiry into Harvest Baptist Academy and Meadows Baptist Academy .  Together the two schools have 84 students, of whom only seven are high-school aged (grades 7-12).  Dan Scott's Report concludes that both of these schools have been, and are currently, in legislative compliance with the School Act.  On March 22, 2017 , Minister Eggen issued an Order telling the schools to comply with theSchool Act.  In a letter responding to the Minister's Order, the Justice Centre points out the Minister's failure to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ("FOIPP Act"), under which Eggen was ordered to release the report by February 6, 2017.  Further, the two schools in respect of which the Report was written did not receive the Report prior to its release to the media and general public.  Calgary lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay describes this as "a lack of courtesy and professionalism." The Justice Centre has drawn attention to the 2015 Supreme Court of Canada decision inLoyola High School v. Quebec, in which the Court held that the government cannot "undermine the character of lawful religious institutions and disrupt the vitality of religious communities", including religious schools. The Court was unanimous in finding that the Education Minister in that case had unlawfully limited freedom of religion. The Justice Centre further refers the Minister to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.  Canada 's Constitution also recognizes the right of parents to impart their values to their children through religious schools, regardless of how popular or unpopular that religion's teachings may be at a particular time or place. The Court in Loyola quoted from Article 18(4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada ratified in 1976, and which requires governments to "undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents to ... ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions."  This Covenant is legally binding on Canada and other party states. In March of 2016, every school in Alberta submitted its anti-bullying policies to the Education Minister.  Catholic schools have submitted policies that do not allow GSAs to be set up in Catholic schools.  Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other religious schools have submitted similar policies, insisting that student clubs must be respectful of the school's beliefs and values."A year later, the Honourable Minister still has not clarified which policies meet his approval, yet he demands that schools must comply," stated Carpay in his letter to the Minister. "We encourage the Honourable Minister to create a diverse and tolerant school environment where those with religious views on human sexuality, and not only those with secular-progressive views, once again feel welcomed, safe, cared for and respected," continued Carpay. The letter reiterates the request from the two Edmonton-area Christian schools, and other private religious schools, to meet face-to-face with the Education Minister. For more information, please contact: John Carpay, president, Justice Centre, 403-619-8014 or

Justice Centre takes on campus censorship in new video

Special to The Montreal Tribune - March 29, 2017 - CALGARY: A new video released this week by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( is highlighting some of the most outrageous cases of campus censorship in Canada.
In this video, the Justice Centre asks students to respond to past cases of censorship documented by its report on free speech at public universities, the Campus Freedom Index. The students' reactions reflect the degree to which universities and student unions are over-reaching in their attempts to silence controversial or unpopular viewpoints on campus, and the danger this poses for society. Further Information on Mentioned Cases  Saint Mary's University "Zapper Gun" Censorship
Pulled from the Saint Mary's report at In September of 2012, SMUSA [Saint Mary's University Student Association] did not allow the registered student group, SMUdent Gaming Society, to advertise their upcoming social event because of the image of a pistol contained on the advertisement poster. The poster, which was designed to attract new students who enjoyed gaming to join the society, contained images of a Nintendo game controller, as well as a Zapper, a gray-and-red electronic pistol that came with the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System. SMUSA executive Michael MacDonnell explained the student union's decision to censor the poster: 

What we have to remember here is that a picture speaks 1,000 words, it crosses all language barriers. And, that being said, a picture depicting or making light of gun violence is something that we as an association are not willing to endorse.

MacDonnell further commented that, "We, as SMUSA, the students association here, have a responsibility to our students as well as our societies to ensure that everything remains tasteful and appropriate."
Students' Society of McGill University "Obama .gif" Censorship
Pulled from the McGill report at In October of 2013, SSMU Vice President Internal Brian Farnan sent out an electronic message, "Honestly midterms get out of here," that included a link to a viral political satire video that had been doctored to portray U.S. President Barack Obama kicking open a door on the way out of a news conference.  The email triggered a complaint to the SSMU Equity Committee.  On
December 5, 2013 , SSMU Council approved a motion ordering that Farnan apologize to McGill students and undergo racial sensitivity training.  Joey Shea, Vice President University Affairs for SSMU, defended the decision saying "[the] fact that a complaint did come forward does prove that someone was harmed and did feel harm, and I think that there should be more apologies in society generally."
After much backlash and national media attention, in March of 2014, SSMU council rescinded its motion against Farnan, although Farnan had already followed through with his apology and sensitivity training by then.
University of Waterloo Stephen Woodworth Censorship
from the Waterloo report at Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth was invited to speak at the University of Waterloo on March 13, 2013 , about his Motion 312 in Parliament, calling for a re-examination of the 400-year-old definition of a human being in the Criminal Code of Canada.  He only got through a third of his presentation before loud chanting and yelling, some by characters in costumes, prevented him from being heard any further. UW campus security was present but refused to take any kind of action to uphold the rights of Mr. Woodworth to express his views, and allowed protesters to shut down the event.

About The Campus Freedom Index  First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index uses specific, measurable and replicable criteria to assess the free speech climate on Canadian university campuses, giving university administrators and student union executives clear standards they can adopt to better protect free speech rights for students.  Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices.
A full explanation of the Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here. With 240 grades awarded to 60 campuses,
Canada 's universities and student unions in 2016 have received only six 'A' grades—two fewer than in 2015.  Conversely 'F' grades were earned 32 times: seven times by universities, and 25 times by student unions. The master chart of grades for each of the 60 universities and student unions surveyed can be found here. includes the data for all 60 universities and student unions surveyed. Users can quickly find and share information on the state of free speech at their campus. They can compare their rankings with other universities across the country and better understand why their school got the grades it did. also enables students, professors and concerned citizens to take action and fight back against campus censorship. 
For more information: Michael Kennedy, Campus Freedom Index co-author and Director of Communications and Development: or 902-322-4828  John Carpay, Campus Freedom Index co-author and Justice Centre or 403-619-8014  View on Youtube   View on Facebook

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Maverick Mattress Biz Wakes Up Tired Industry; Entrepreneurs Fight 'Egregious Industry Complacency'

When a consumer brand sets an entirely new benchmark, you know they're on to something big. Very big. This is the case with Nolah, an entrepreneurial, technology and cause-driven mattress company spurring a marketplace movement with a distinctive—and decidedly successful—business model that's resonating in today's modern, more empowered marketplace. 

Upon realizing how confusing, inconvenient, expensive and risky the process of buying a mattress can often be for consumers, these impassioned inventors set out to "build a better bed." And so they did. They knew that, with their leading-edge proprietary materials, engineering methods and overarching expertise within the sleep products industry—and in tandem with their keen understanding of the modern-day consumer mindset—they could develop a foam mattress far superior to any other on the market and avail it to consumers in a far more convenient and cost effective format. And so Nolah was born, ushering in a brazen new breed of science-based, budget-friendly sleep technology solutions that are actually making the world a better place.  Here are the six key ways Nolah is changing the mattress game for consumers, saving them time, hassle, money and sleepless nights while also saving American wildlife (view FULL details on their noteworthy approach for each pillar here  
Offer the most technically advanced, leading-edge mattress in its category relative to both materials and craftsmanship, and with a simplified universal design suitable for all types of sleepers (side, back, etc.) (Read about Nolah Sleep's SciTech innovations, specifically, here); Sell exclusively online with factory-direct pricing to cut out all middlemen, avoid outrageous industry-standard markups, and save consumers thousands upon thousands of dollars in the process, but without compromising quality in any way whatsoever; Provide consumers with easy and convenient direct-to-door delivery—a new and rapidly increasing paradigm in the mattress trade given the breadth of consumer benefits; Avail all realistic risk relievers to give consumers utmost peace of mind: free shipping, free returns, unprecedented 120-night trial period and a 100% money back guarantee, all clearly communicated throughout the sales process along with relevant customer and media-based product reviews and testimonials; Give back. Help society and the planet at large with cause-conscious consumerism directly tied to sales, in Nolah's case through highly transparent and impactful wildlife conservation initiatives; Don't take life too seriously–get a good night's sleep, go outside and have an adventure! A narrative breakdown of these six pillars that, in combination, are perpetuating Nolah's remarkable grassroots success among customers who are "sick and tired" of the "old way" may be accessed here:  Nolah's founding team, award-winning serial entrepreneurs and inventors Anna Hjoellund and Daniel Galle, first gained acclaim in Europe for inventing a first-ever filling for comforters and pillows. Their background in sleep material science, coupled with nearly 20 years of combined experience designing and marketing innovations in the sleep space, has resulted in sleeping products that have helped over 1 million happy customers worldwide rest easy.  Please let me know if you would like to connect with Nolah, require high or low-resolution imagery or anything else to facilitate coverage as I would be delighted to accommodate. For interviews, byline with artwork or any other press coverage needs, please contact: Karen Hayhurst  858-577-0206

Finally, a place to find your happily Ever After

Ever After Music Festival announces 2017 lineup and headliners

Special to The Montreal Tribune - KITCHENER, Ont. – Four headliners. Three days. No two ways about it. Only one thing to do. This June, come toKitchener-Waterloo for the area’s most prominent electronic music festival experience: Ever After Music Festival.

For one weekend, EDM (electronic dance music) and its loyal fans will take over Bingemans’ 30 acre campgrounds. Besides top-notch headlining performances from electronic giants Bassnectar, Excision and Zeds Dead, and a juicy hip-hop injection in the form of French Montana, the festival will be a mecca of stunning visuals and extraordinary sounds.

When not enjoying one of the 50 stellar acts, guests will enjoy free range of Vendor Village ’s 25 unique shops and eats, plus the unlimited Midway of rides and games including inflatable jousting, full-sized bubble smash and a wipeout obstacle. The pièce de résistance: An all-access pass to the onsite waterpark - complete with waterslides and waving pool. A crucial pit stop all true fest adventurers will appreciate.

“This is our third year putting this fantastic festival on, and it’s never felt more real,” says Gabriel Mattacchione, President of Beyond Oz Productions and the festival's organizer. “While it used to only attract people from the Kitchener-Waterloo area, it is much larger than that, now bringing EDM lovers from all over the country. And it’s only going to get bigger and better.”  

Over the June 2-4 weekend, the EDM fest is expected to bring together more than 50,000 festivalgoers. Their agenda? Rage to their favourite bangers in the name of peace, love and unity. While high attendance from the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas is evident, Ever After continues to attract millennials from across Canada, and international music-lovers from south of the border.  

With more than 50 musical acts on three stages spread across 30 acres, Ever After will be a fully immersive festival experience. Once you step onto the grounds, you’ll be transported to a fairy tale wonderland, and embark on a unique 3-day outdoor music adventure. 

Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans, is proud to welcome back the Ever After Music Festival and attendees onto their turf.

“We knew when we started hosting two years ago that this music festival was going to be special,” says Bingeman. “We like that we get to bring all kinds of young people together. We work with the Ever After team all year-round to help make each year the biggest and best yet.”

Partnered with Unity Travel, Ever After will offer guests a selection of camping options and packages, with over 300 campsites available near and around the festival, as well as shuttle service to the show.

Ever After happens June 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 425 Bingemans Centre Drive , Kitchener ON N2B 3X7 .

For more information on Ever After or to purchases tickets, please visit Follow @EverAfterFest onTwitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook for all the latest updates. 

About Ever After Music Festival:  Coming to Kitchener , Ontario June 2-4, 2017 , Ever After Music Festival is not only a show, but an experience for all to share. Ever After brings festivalgoers into a fantasy fairy tale experience that will not only entice them with the sounds, but also with the stunning visuals, high-class performances, and an unforgettable weekend. For more information, please contact:  Melissa Andrade, Public Relations Coordinator, T- 905 346 1230 M- 289 697 7772   Twitter: @MeliAndradeI

Given the extent to which Nolah Sleep is turning the "greedy and reckless" mattress industry on its proverbial head, I'm hoping to interest you in connecting with the innovation-driven entrepreneurial owners to discuss how their mindful mattress brand is "Ceasing the Fleecing" of consumers—resolving "gluttonous" mattress retailing with consumer-optimized pricing and procurement while also proffering "sleep with a purpose" through environmental initiatives. 

These millennial masterminds (a husband and wife team) are industry pioneers shaking up archaic industry standards and egregious complacency, single-handedly changing both the way consumers shop for mattresses and the makeup of the merchandise, itself—all disrupting a stagnant and exorbitantly overpriced industry that, as Nolah reveals, "hasn't seen any real ingenuity the past 40 years but has fleeced consumers with unmitigated abandon."

With May "Better Sleep Month" and "Family Wellness Month" looming along with Mother's Day for which extra slumbering is a holiday staple (not to mention breakfast in bed), timing couldn't be better for this "Sleeper Turned Savior" story—a real David vs. Goliath expose. Hope you agree. Thoughts from your end? Here's a bit more on the company...

The Health Risks of Pesticides. Where are our governments?!

By Guest Speaker - Professor Louise Vandelac 

Is a Full professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Sociology at UQAM, & a member of CINBIOSE ( Interdisciplinary Research Center on Wellbeing, Health, Society and Environment:   

 Glyphosate-based herbicides, world's most widely used herbicides, closely linked to genetically modified (GM) maize, soybeans and canola, are suspected of having endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic effects.  An opposition to glyphosate is building up in Europe and in the USA . Forty California residents are suing chemical giant Monsanto, alleging that exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Paradoxically, at the same time, Canada is about to renew the registration of "glyphosate" for  the next 14 years on questionable scientific basis, while the Quebec Pesticide Strategy 2015-2018 does not address these herbicides even though they represent 42% of the pesticides used in Quebec. This talk will examine the glyphosate-based herbicides increase, their health and environmental risks, as well as the urgent need for a thorough review of their scientific assessment. If you care about your health, join us for a sobering evening of information & discussion.

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 .

Place: Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs,2149 Mckay St. basement (between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.) metro Guy-Concordia

Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp

N. B. We usually meet second Tuesday of each month, to tackle a different political issue, at Concordia University , same time, same place. For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group, Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644, or e-mail:  (sponsored by the Concordia’s Student Association) 

CONTACT: Jennifer Kowalczyk


PHONE: (518) 324-0127

Plattsburgh , NY 03/28/2017 –  Mountain Lake PBS is thrilled to announce the winners of the Dinner of the Month Raffle. Congratulations to Miriam Worthington of Jay, NY, winner of the US Raffle, and Evelyn Schachter of Montreal, QC, winner of the Canadian Raffle!

Thanks to generosity of the donating restaurants and individuals who purchased tickets,
Mountain Lake PBS raised $7,500 to support local programming and initiatives.

"I am thrilled with the response we saw to this raffle. Every dollar raised will support our mission of education and engagement in communities throughout the region we serve," said Bill McColgan, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.  "We're very grateful to the wonderful restaurants who contributed gift certificates to make this raffle possible, and hope our viewers and supporters will patronize these establishments as well."

For the coming year,
Mountain Lake PBS will recognize a Restaurant of the Month in both the US and Canada . The participating restaurants are:

April – Mickey's Restaurant and Lounge ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Jukebox Burgers ( Montreal , QC )

May – Irises Café and Wine Bar ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Bistro on the Avenue ( Westmount , QC )

June – Turtle Island Café ( Willsboro , NY ), Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill ( Montreal , QC )

July – Latitude 44 Bistro ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Gibby's ( Montreal , QC )

August – Himalaya Restaurant ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Holder ( Montreal , QC )

September -Anthony's Restaurant & Bistro ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Da Vinci ( Montreal , QC )

October – Enzo's ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Lord William Pub ( Montreal , QC )

November – Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast ( Essex , NY ), Stash Café ( Montreal , QC )

December – Smoke Signals ( Lake Placid , NY ), La Récolte ( Montreal , QC )

January – The Deer's Head Inn ( Elizabethtown ), 40 Westt Steakhouse & Bar ( Pointe-Claire , QC )

February – My Cup of Tea ( Plattsburgh , NY ), Hurley's Irish Pub ( Montreal , QC )

March – Taste Bistro and Bar at Mirror Lake Inn ( Lake Placid ), Molivos ( Montreal , QC )  

Mountain Lake PBS also thanks the Northeast Group for their in-kind donation.

About Mountain Lake PBS   Mountain Lake PBS serves nearly 4 million people in New York , Vermont , Quebec and Ontario with acclaimed PBS series and award-winning local productions. The Station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages, including at least eight hours a day of programming for children.  Mountain Lake PBS ' mission is to inspire and enrich people and communities through meaningful entertainment, education and public engagement.  This message sent to by  Mountain Lake PBS  1 Sesame Street Plattsburgh, NY12901

Never Bite!

It's time to start thinking about getting those nails ready for summer! I wanted to send over a quick note about an innovative new product that you have to try to believe.  If you're like many of the population (men, women, kids), you may have struggled with nail biting, or know someone who has. Enter Never Bite! Never Bite was created by a nail biter for nail biters! Ironic huh?   4.02.17

Creator (and cured nail biter) Scott Kurzban  realized that the problem was that while he would sometimes bite that piece of nail or pick at the cuticle knowingly, most of the time he didn't even realize he was doing it. With his son turning 10 and his own nail biting habit getting worse, he knew he had to stop the insanity.  Simply telling him to stop would work about as well as did with his parents telling him to stop.  Scott owed it to his son and to himself to finally break the habit, so he set about finding a solution.

Take a look at the pic comparisons below! (1st image is 12/6/16. 2nd image is 1/24/17 3rd image is 3/9/17 ).

How NeverBite Works:

NeverBite works by addressing both your subconscious and conscious behaviors (Your conscious mind wants to stop, but the subconscious habit that you have had for years, if not decades, is fighting you, thwarting your every effort.)

NeverBite Finger Guards turn the subconscious into the conscious - from the second you start the NeverBite System, you know every time you bring your hands to your mouth.  By physically blocking your fingers from your mouth you will break your nail biting habit in 3 weeks.  After 3 weeks of blocking the sensation of biting a nail or cuticle, your brain will reset.  Now you will be aware of your fingers every time they approach your mouth!

Once the subconscious habit is broken, the rest of the system deals with your conscious desire to bite your nails by healing them quickly, making them healthier than they have ever been, and providing you with the tools at your fingertips (ha!) so that you choose to clip or file instead of bit or gnaw!

Quick NeverBite Facts:

NeverBite Gel is a 100% organic gel that heals your nails and cuticles quicker than you can damage them!  Your nails will look better from your first application.  This is a food grade product that is also 100% natural and vegan.  You could literally eat cupfuls of this without any adverse health effects.*

NeverBite Nail Clippers - keep them on your keychain so you always have them with you.  Use the clipper to cut a sharp nail or stray cuticle instead of biting.

NeverBite Nail Files - our nail files are perfectly sized to fit in a pocket or small purse so they are always with you when you need them.  NeverBite encourages you to file your nails often, especially early in the process.  Get used to taking care of your nails because you are done biting them!

NeverBite Gel does not contain any peanut products but is produced in a factory that packs peanut oil.  NeveBite Gel contains coconut.  Available for purchase via the website for $19.99.

NeverBite kit includes 30 NeverBIte finger guards, 3 month supply of NeverBite Gel, 3 NeverBite Nail files, and 1 NeverBite nail clipper.  Can I send over a Sample?  Would love to hear your feedback and see if this system can work for you too!

Call travel expert Merilee Kern 

Please let me know if you would like to connect with internationally-regarded travel expert Merilee Kern on the below or any other travel item that you may be working on. Byline format of the below with art available by request. – Marsha 3.39.17

5 Amazing West Mexico Vacation Destinations

Dinner theater al fresco, adrenaline-pumping activities and luxe accommodations to-die-for  For the throngs of people pondering where to go on vacation this year, Mexico
may be a strong contender in your cache of options. If so, you're certainly not alone. According to the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Office, in 2016 approximately 30 million U.S. citizens chose Mexico as their travel destination. And understandably so, given there are innumerable reasons to vacation in the region. The weather is warm, people are friendly, the culture is rich, the immersive culinary scene is phenomenal, the beaches are beautiful, and dreamy destinations abound. In fact, below are five of my tried-and-true personal favorite places and activities on the west side.  Foodie-Forward Private Villa 'Victual Vacations' at Puerto Vallarta 's Casa Dos Cisnes Whether for adventure travel or more relaxing vacations, travelers are increasingly seeking regionally-authentic itineraries that offer an intimate view of local life. The trend of being "connoisseurs of local culture" so to speak is booming. So indigenous tourism and cultural immersion experiences—especially those with culinary components—are extremely popular right now—and that demand is only growing. Various hospitality sectors have been the beneficiary of the foodie-driven travel movement, and even helping drive it to a certain extent. One of which is the private villa vacation category, specifically. Today's breed of luxury private villa rentals are becoming an ultimate gourmet indulgence for leisure and business travelers, alike.  One private villa rental exemplifying this experience is named Casa Dos Cisnes, which is a premier private oceanfront villa in Puerto Vallarta . This 10,000 square foot, five-bedroom colonial style home has breathtaking views of the Pacific, and really goes over-and-above to ensure each guest's needs, desires and expectations for an extraordinary, foodie-forward private villa vacation are fulfilled.  This includes custom gourmet meals prepared on-site by a dedicated 5-star private chef specializing in Mexican-contemporary cuisine, served in an elegant separate dining room that seats up to 12. You can either specify what dishes you would like the chef to prepare, or you can give "free reign" and allow the chef to conceive a fully authentic Mexican menu on your behalf. Your choice if you want to go full classic/indigenous or with a more contemporary fare. Here, guests have full culinary control. The ingredients (meat, produce, spices, starches) are usually entirely locavore, meaning very locally sourced, and the recipes, preparation, presentation and such are authentic to the region and culture—all allowing visitors to experience what it's like to "eat like a local." You tell the chef what you want to eat that day or you can plan in advance and, either way, the chef shops at the local markets the day of and prepares the meals on-site, which are served in the privacy of your own dining space, either indoors or out. It gives a whole new meaning to a home-cooked meal, for sure.  For some enhanced group or family fun, this private gourmet chef also prepares what this villa calls a "Magical Mexican Fiesta", which is a lively evening of regional food, cocktails and Mexican musicians entertaining at the property. And all of this is available to guests in addition to three full meals a day plus snack and happy hour service, which can be served in the dining room or the separate dining terraces at both the main and pool levels. Beyond All-Inclusive Innovation Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort & Spa The newest property in Grand Velas Resorts' esteemed portfolio is Grand Velas Los Cabos—an all-inclusive spa resort with stunning ocean views and a wide variety of amenities and activities for guests of all ages. No ordinary destination, Grand Velas Los Cabos has pulled out all the stops in its readily apparent quest to provide an unrivaled luxury vacation experience for guests at every touch point. Having stayed on-site to see for myself what all of the buzz was about, I can convey with full conviction that this resort proffers what would surely be one of the most impressive and memorable retreats of your life. Not only elevating industry standards for any luxe locale, Grand Velas Los Cabos has certainly raised the bar within the all-inclusive category world-wide. Its level of haute hospitality and impeccable service standards go well above making each guest feel pampered—but also genuinely cared for. Then, of course, the overarching offerings—the grounds, the accommodations, the amenities and more—are each standouts unto themselves. As with all Grand Velas Resort properties, guests here enjoy spacious and sumptuously-appointed accommodations, numerous gourmet fine dining experiences, 24-hour in-suite service, substantial spa facilitates, fully-equipped and staffed fitness centers, pool decks to-die-for, noteworthy family programs, personal concierge service and much more. The resort features 304 suites, each over 1,180 square feet and every single one with private terraces with cushioned lounge seating and breathtaking ocean views. Some of the suites also have personal plunge pools on the terrace as well. The stylish suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos range in size from 1,180 to a whopping 3,412 square feet. Every one of them features wide open ocean views and a fully furnished private terrace. The variety of gourmet dining options at Grand Velas Los Cabos is impressive, giving guests the opportunity to delight in dishes from around of the world without ever having to leave the resort. Ever. Choose from several fine-dining restaurants with both indoor and open air seating. This includes Cocina de Autor, the resort's premier signature restaurant, which shines above all as there's a two star Michelin chef at the helm. Clearly this resort is making its mark on the gastro-travel front, but its spectacular SESpa is giving the food and beverage program here a run for its money. The two-level, 35,000-square-foot facility with a multisensory pool "water journey" is a not-to-be-missed experience. 

Ensenada's Hotel Coral & Marina an All-Encompassing Escape
A mere 80 miles from San Diego lies the port city of Ensenada, a charming Mexican enclave that runs along 700 miles of Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortéz coastline. The city, which is
Mexico 's largest municipality in the area, offers endless possibilities for vacationers. The region is replete with culture, adventure, inspired cuisine, fine wine and gracious hospitality that's all tempered with a relaxed beach and marine mindset. This certainly holds true for the Hotel Coral & Marina—a luxury Mexican resort that truly has it all for families, couples, groups or any well-heeled traveler seeking an easily accessible, all-encompassing escape south of the border. 

A glistening getaway on the shores of
Todos Santos Bay , Hotel Coral & Marina boasts the area's only world-class marina with 353 slips that offer shared access to the property's impressive array of amenities. But, for those seeking accommodations on land, the property offers a comprehensive set of conveniences and creature comforts that start with the 147 rooms and suites with each featuring flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and a coffee maker. Upgrade to a specialty suite for an added refrigerator, dining area, double bathtub, Jacuzzi, wine cooler or fully equipped kitchen. While standard rooms start at 635 square feet, the luxury suites start at 721 square feet (the "Deluxe" suite in which I stayed at 1,022 square feet) and top out at over three times that with the Presidential Triple Suite, which provides a whopping 2,034 square feet of vacation space. In speaking with Lizette Sanchez, Director of Public Relations at Hotel Coral & Marina, she cited many elevated amenities available with the opulent top-tier suites, such as a wraparound ocean-view balcony, chic bar, modern living area, Jacuzzi, hydro-massage shower, dining table and wine fridge. 

However fabulous your room may be, don't stay in it too long as there's so much more to do and see at Hotel Coral & Marina. Whether your idea of a good time includes indulging in "Baja-Med" style cuisine at the on-site Bistro & Cava indoor/outdoor restaurant or more casual fare at the Marina Grill indoor/outdoor restaurant; cocktailing at the patio bar; taking a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool or in the large outdoor Jacuzzi; pampering with a service at the fully-equipped "C Spa"; sweating out the stress in the state-of-the-art fitness center; or playing an exhilarating game of tennis, the property offers all of this and more to keep you and your companions duly engaged and entertained. Guests can also enjoy various water activities like water bikes, paddle boarding and kayaking all throughout the marina.  With these enjoyable exploits as well as an on-site playground and professionally staffed Kid's Club, the Hotel Coral & Marina is decidedly family friendly. 

There are also on-site eateries. Bistro & Cava is the hotel's award-winning signature gourmet restaurant featuring a blend of traditional Mexican entrees and locally-sourced Mediterranean cuisine.  But the food isn't the only notable aspect of the bistro, as it also happens to house the largest local wine cellar in
Baja California . From this locale, patrons can enjoy more than 150 labels. Those seeking a more casual atmosphere will enjoy eating at the waterfront Marina Grill restaurant or at the Pool Bar, where I highly recommend ordering the ceviche and a margarita. If this doesn't put you in a vacation state-of-mind, probably nothing will. The Arrecife Lobby Bar is another communal space offering sports on the flat-screen and a two-for-one drink Happy Hour. 

Whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic respite or a group getaway,
Ensenada 's Hotel Coral & Marina enchants as a one-stop oasis where leisure, recreation and gastronomic pursuits await.

Enchanting Evenings Al Fresco at
Puerto Vallarta 's Rhythms of the Night Dinner Show 
Rhythms of the Night is an immersive dinner show experience like none other in
Puerto Vallarta , transforming your night into an enchanted evening on a mystical land. The experience begins with a relaxing cruise across the Banderas Bay where complimentary snacks and cocktails are served. As the sun sets and dusk sets in as the moon begins to rise, you will be rewarded with a stunning light display along the coastline. This picture-perfect setting is a primer for the experience ahead. As your cruise ship ports at the secluded Las Caletas cove, you will be greeted by a beautiful starry night, a torch–lit pathway, and mysterious islanders coaxing you to your initial destination. As if the journey to this tranquil cove was not enough, your evening will only get exponentially better. The fire-lit path will guide you to an exceptionally romantic outdoor dining area right along the coast. Nature provides the perfect setting for this outdoor dining experience, as a light wind from the Pacific Ocean blows through the decorative palm trees. Light from the torches and a litany of candles scattered about flickers on the water. The sounds of nature are intertwined with table-side serenades from talented musicians wandering through the dining area. The atmosphere alone transforms dinner into a mesmerizing experience. 

Guests are then treated to a full-service buffet that includes thoughtfully prepared food selections to accommodate any dietary preference. The buffet includes grilled chicken, fish and steak, along with a delicious display of vegetables, salads, and, of course, tortillas that are hand-made exhibition style. The dessert buffet is equally tantalizing, with pies, rice pudding and brownies among the many offerings. After dinner, you will be beckoned to the outdoor amphitheater where talented local artists perform a spectacular theatrical performance amid the backdrop of a pyramid adorned with candlelight. 

Through fire, acrobatics, dance, song, music, comedy and magnificent costuming, the performance proudly reenacts some of the ancient customs that highlights the rich history of this region.  At the conclusion of this perfect enchanted evening, you will receive a final toast as you dance the night away as the cruise ship transports you back to the port with music bumping and cocktails flowing. As with the ride to the cove, the return trip also provides scenic views unique to this part of the world.  

Overall, this enthralling evening offers the opportunity to have a relaxing, peaceful and exciting night filled with sights, sounds, smells and tastes you will not soon forget. Whether you are looking for the quintessential romantic dinner experience, a fun-filled family adventure, or are planning a group event, an evening with Rhythms of the Night is a magical journey sure to impress. 

Adrenaline-Laced Activities at Canopy River Puerto Vallarta
Relative to activities,
Puerto Vallarta certainly has all of its bases covered—in large part thanks to Canopy River adventure tours, which is perfect for pure adrenaline experiences by day. Indeed, if you are an action seeker looking for excitement and a way to see the beauty of Puerto Vallarta up close and personal, Canopy River tours are for you. This company offers everything from a fast-paced zip line boasting no less than 12 heart-pounding sections, to thrilling ATV tours, which include diving and dipping at a gorgeous hidden river and waterfall basin, to exciting expeditions through the rainforest. You can complement any of these adventures by dining at the breathtaking on-site Los Coapinoles Restaurant where guests can also participate in one of the greatest tequila tastings in the area. 

Your zip line adventure begins with a brief safety training provided by experienced, talented and affable zip line professionals. You will then be safely hooked up to a full-body harness and provided with a security helmet, as you and your tour guides head off for the experience of a lifetime. You will zip through 12 different lines that fly directly above the amazing rainforest located in the
Sierra Madre Mountains to heights as high as 709 feet. Each zip line ends on a large platform that gives you the opportunity to stop for a moment, enjoy the surroundings and take memorable photos. Adding to the adventure, at the end of the line, you will travel by mule back up the mountain to the point of origination. 

The river expedition is definitely designed for both nature lovers and adrenaline seekers. These expeditions start on the coastline of Rio Cuale and take a six-hour journey through the remarkable rainforest of the
Sierra Madre Mountains . Among other notables, you will travel across two bridges that reach heights of up to 88 feet. This journey is only meant for true thrill seekers looking for unforgettable adventure. If you want a fun experience, but may not have the daredevil aptitude for zip lining or a full-blown expedition, an ATV tour can provide an amazing experience. These tours are crafted for those with even little or no ATV experience, so even if you have never ridden an ATV before, this tour is for you. This 60-minute thrill ride will take you on a journey through the Sierra Madre Mountains . You will be given the opportunity to stop at several prime locations to view the ample beauty this area has to offer, from stunning flora to incredible wildlife to mountainous vistas beyond. As mentioned, halfway through the trip, the experienced tour guide will take you to one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in the mountains: Piletas. This location will reward you with the opportunity to see a breathtaking waterfall and even take a swim in the pristine waters beneath the falls before hopping back on your ATV and heading back. 

With weather to-die-for, gorgeous waters, robust customs and traditions and diverse terrains, it is no wonder that west
Mexico attracts huge tourism dollars. Travelers flock to the area year after year to enjoy the amazing and unique dishes that are specific to the region, tour historical sites, experience thrilling adventure and entertainment, and just spend some time relaxing and taking it all in. And, if you have a penchant for luxury accommodations, fine dining and spa treatments, opportunity is plentiful. As you plan your getaways up ahead this year and beyond, a visit to one or all five of these venues should be at the top of your list. Rest assured the time spent would be vacation experience not soon forgotten.

Byline article author of the above to run with reprints: As the Executive Editor and Producer of "The Luxe List," Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer trends expert, travel industry voice of authority and TV personality who spotlights noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers. She scours the marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Reach her online at, on Twitter and on Facebook at  Source:

Please let me know if you would like to connect with Merilee as I would be delighted to facilitate. Art for the above byline article available by request. Marsha Zorn  858-577-0206

Irish Studies at Concordia  Weekly Newsletter March 31, 2017


The Irish Home:  Food, Space and Agency / IRST 398 C / DART 398 C
Prof. Rhona Richman Kenneally / Tuesday

Our house "is our first universe, the real cosmos in every sense of the word” 

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space 

This course will look at the Irish home—past and present—as a case study to explore the dynamic interactions between the architecture and material culture of domestic space, and the humans and other vibrant beings that live(d) within them.  Themes to be addressed include women’s roles and agency in the home; the evolution of the experience of everyday life in the face of changing domestic technologies; and social, cultural, and environmental implications of the house as part of an urban or rural landscape. Special attention will be given to food—to the reciprocal impact of food systems and networks on the house and its inhabitants, and specifically, to food-related performances of cooking, growing, producing, eating, and storing edibles.

For further information, please contact Rhona:


What:  Public Lecture by Professor Timothy J. White, Xavier University , Cincinnati

When:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 , 7 pm

Where: McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 (10th floor)

Info: This lecture is based on an edited collection, Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland , edited by Timothy J. White, published by Manchester University Press, 2017.

Timothy J. White is Professor of Political Science at Xavier University in Cincinnati , Ohio . His research has focused mostly on Irish and Northern Irish politics and has appeared in Irish Political Studies, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Éire-Ireland,New Hibernia Review, Irish Journal of Sociology, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Études Irlandaises, Studi irelandesi, Representation, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, International Studies Perspectives, and in a number of other journals. In addition to his editorial work on International Relations Theory and Northern Ireland recently published by Manchester University Press, White edited a special issue of The European Legacy on Irish Studies and Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process with the University of Wisconsin Press . White has been awarded numerous grants from a variety of organizations including the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation, and the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland-Galway. Dr. White served two terms as the Social Science Representative for the American Conference for Irish Studies and he served on the Donnelly and Larkin Prize Committees. 


What:  Once again, the always popular Evening of Irish Short Films programmed by Heather Macdougall and Kester Dyer

When:  Tonight! Friday, March 31 at 7:15 pm

Where: DeSève Cinema, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, ground floor

Info: for descriptions, stills and trailers.  Visit and prepare yourself for the voting for Audience Favourite


Irish Citizens who are over 18, have held an Irish Passport and have not changed their name from their previous passportcan now apply to renew their Passport online via the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This new service will be convenient, secure, and will offer faster and more predictable turnaround times. The initiative is part of the passport reform programme which is modernising passport systems and controls and will bring further benefits to Irish citizens at home and abroad in the years ahead.

What you need to know to apply online:

You must be aged 18 or over

Your name must be the same as your previous passport

You must have previously held an Irish Passport which has expired less than 5 years ago

Your Passport Book must have less than 12 month’s validity remaining on it. This does not apply for applications due to lost, stolen or damaged passports books.

Your Passport Book number must begin with either the letter ‘P’ or ‘L’

You will be asked to input your home address and your postal address, if different, on the online application form. Please bear in mind when inputting your postal address that your Passport Book must be signed for on delivery.

Please see the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for full information, terms and conditions and the online application form:  

Any queries regarding the new service can be emailed via this link or by calling Tel: (+353) 1 6711633.

MONTREAL IRISH NEWS (Click here for more details)

  Invitation to Meet Irish Minister and Canadian Ambassador to Ireland

1916 Rising Commemoration

Griffintown Tour – an online self-guided tour of Montreal ’s historic Griffintown neighbourhood

Chateauguay & Valley Irish Heritage Association – Green Season Events

Jeanie Johnston Educational Foundation Newsletter

Celtic Saints Tour

 New Irish Montreal Excursions Walking Tour

Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce - Doing Business in Europe post-Brexit/pre-CETA

IRISH DIASPORA NEWS (Click here for more details)

Call for Papers – Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution

Yeats International Summer School

Call for Papers - Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference (NUI Galway , Ireland )

Call for Papers – Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland ( Quinnipiac University , Hamden , CT )

Graduate Study Opportunities – University College Dublin

Influences, Intersections, Interactions: The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies ( Prague , Czech Republic )

Introduction of New Online Passport Renewal Form for Adult Applicants

Children’s Books Ireland – Shadowing Scheme

Celtic Legends Tour

11th Annual Carolan Festival ( Vermont )

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Budget 2017: Quebec must keep its promise and give taxpayers a break

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , March 27, 2017  – With the next provincial budget due in the coming days, the government must honour its promise and give some relief to taxpayers, who have suffered through an avalanche of taxes and contributions of all kinds in recent years, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

For the 2016 fiscal year, Quebec has already accumulated a budget surplus of $2.3 billion. One of the Liberal Party's electoral promises was precisely to allocate half of surpluses to tax reductions. Yet taxes and contributions to the public treasury have been on the rise since the beginning of the decade:   The 7.5% Quebec Sales Tax grew by one point in 2011 and again in 2012, before being harmonized at a little less than 10% in 2013. Since 2014, the carbon market indirectly increases the pump price of gasoline by around $0.04 per litre, an amount that is expected to increase further. The tax on a carton of cigarettes increased by $9.20 in just four years.   The tax on alcohol sold in retail stores increased, by $0.23 a litre for beer and $0.51 a litre for wine. The tax rate on incomes over $100,000 went up in 2013, by 1.75 percentage points, to reach 25.75%. Since 2012, Quebec Pension Plan contributions have increased by 0.15 percentage points per year, to reach the equivalent of 10.8% of an employee's gross salary today. "The list is significantly shorter on the tax reductions side of the ledger," points out Mathieu Bédard, author of theViewpoint. "The health contribution is the only significant decrease, but it came into effect during this same period. In reality, it was therefore an increase, albeit a temporary one," he says, adding that Quebec continues to be the Canadian province where people are the most heavily taxed. The consequences are very real for taxpayers. "Small amounts here and there accumulate and end up representing an appreciable sum that is piled on top of the already heavy burden that Quebec taxpayers are saddled with," says Mathieu Bédard. "Considering these numerous taxes and contributions that have gone up, the government has several good reasons to respect its electoral commitment to reduce taxes," adds Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. "Not only would this reduce the burden on taxpayers, who certainly deserve some relief, but this would also have beneficial effects on the economy as a whole."   The Viewpoint entitled "The 2017 Budget: Quebec Must Keep Its Promise to Reduce Taxes" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

Irish Studies at Concordia   Weekly Newsletter   March 24, 2017


What:  Public Lecture by Dr. Georgina Laragy (Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage, Trinity College Dublin ).  Keynote lecture of the Concordia Irish Studies Inaugural Conference
When: NEW TIME -
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Where: McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 (10th floor)

Info: This lecture is free and open to the public.


Please note that due to flight delays, Dr. Laragy's Keynote Lecture has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 25 at 12:00 pm .

Panel 4 will now be presenting today, Friday March 24 at 6:30 pm .

The rest of the schedule remains unchanged.

Registration for this conference will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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The Canadian Irish Studies Foundation wishes to thank all supporters and extends wishes for a wonderful evening of traditional Irish music with Lúnasa in support of the School of Irish Studies



Dubbed as the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet, Lúnasa will be in town to delight audiences as part of a concert fundraiser for the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.  Raising funds for Irish Studies at Concordia University is crucial to support students through tuition remission and scholarships.

The Lúnasa concert will take place on Thursday, March 30 at  7:30 pm  in the glorious and acoustically perfect Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke St. W. Ticket price is $75. You will be issued with a 2017 tax receipt for a portion of the cost.

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What:  Public Lecture by Professor Timothy J. White, Xavier University , Cincinnati

When:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 , 7 pm

Where: McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 (10th floor)

Info: This lecture is based on an edited collection, Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland , edited by Timothy J. White, published by Manchester University Press, 2017.

Timothy J. White is Professor of Political Science at Xavier University in Cincinnati , Ohio . His research has focused mostly on Irish and Northern Irish politics and has appeared in Irish Political Studies, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Éire-Ireland,New Hibernia Review, Irish Journal of Sociology, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Études Irlandaises, Studi irelandesi, Representation, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, International Studies Perspectives, and in a number of other journals. In addition to his editorial work on International Relations Theory and Northern Ireland recently published by Manchester University Press, White edited a special issue of The European Legacy on Irish Studies and Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process with the University of Wisconsin Press . White has been awarded numerous grants from a variety of organizations including the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation, and the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland-Galway. Dr. White served two terms as the Social Science Representative for the American Conference for Irish Studies and he served on the Donnelly and Larkin Prize Committees.

MONTREAL IRISH NEWS (Click here for more details)

Gala Concert: “Songs of Our Roots and Family Ties”

Griffintown Tour – an online self-guided tour of Montreal ’s historic Griffintown neighbourhood

Chateauguay & Valley Irish Heritage Association – Green Season Events

Jeanie Johnston Educational Foundation Newsletter

·Celtic Saints Tour

1916 Rising Commemoration

New Irish Montreal Excursions Walking Tour

 Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce - Doing Business in Europe post-Brexit/pre-CETA

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Call for Papers – Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution

Yeats International Summer School

Call for Papers - Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference (NUI Galway , Ireland )

Call for Papers – Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland ( Quinnipiac University , Hamden , CT )

Graduate Study Opportunities – University College Dublin

Influences, Intersections, Interactions: The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies ( Prague , Czech Republic )

Children’s Books Ireland – Shadowing Scheme

Celtic Legends Tour

11th Annual Carolan Festival ( Vermont )

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