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By Juliana LiuHong Kong correspondent, BBC News - When journalists working for Hong Kong 's fledgling Factwire news agency hit the streets of Mong Kok last week, they were looking for evidence to support a shocking story of abduction and torture. Just hours before, Howard Lam, a veteran activist and a familiar presence at countless pro-democracy demonstrations, told how he was kidnapped and beatenby suspected agents of mainland China . The most alarming detail? Graphic images of metal staples embedded in his legs, in a cross-like pattern. Mainland Chinese law enforcement officials are not allowed to operate in Hong Kong , a semi-autonomous city that enforces its own rules. Any evidence of their involvement in a crime would be of enormous global interest, not to mention a huge coup for Factwire, a crowd-funded, bilingual investigative news agency established two years ago with only 10 staff. Over the next two days, what they would uncover would have implications for the official police investigation, tarnish the reputation of the largest democracy party in Hong Kong , and highlight the miasma of paranoia and mistrust that continues to loom over the former British colony.

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Iraq army advances on Tal Afar outskirts

The northern city was once a strategic IS supply route between Mosul and the Syrian border.

Iraqi army fire against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq, on 20 August 2017.

The Iraqi army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar as part of a major offensive against so-called Islamic State (IS). It comes as the UN warns thousands fleeing the northern city are at risk, trekking for hours in extreme heat. Separately, Iraqi forces are being urged to rescue people from the minority Yazidi community who the militants may be holding as slaves. Tal Afar is one of the last urban strongholds held by IS in the country. The mainly Shia Muslim city, which fell to IS in 2014, has strategic significance as it sits on what was once a major jihadist supply route between the militants' former stronghold, Mosul, and the Syrian border. Lt Gen Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah, who is leading the Tal Afar operation, said the army had "liberated" five villages to the east of the city, while counter-terrorism forces advanced through two villages in the south west. Shia militiamen from the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation (Hashd al-Shaabi, or PM) force helped to regain control of another village in the east, as well as areas to the south and north west .   Mosul defeat a blow to IS, but not the end   Where is IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?   The Iraqi towns still under IS control

Barcelona suspects appear in court

The surviving suspects will hear the charges against them and could be questioned if they testify.

 

Four men accused of belonging to the cell behind the terror attacks in and around Barcelona last week are appearing at the high court in Madrid . The judge questioning them is deciding what charges to press over the vehicle attacks that left 15 people dead and more than 100 injured. Eight other members of the alleged cell are dead - some killed in an explosion, others shot by police. The last suspect was killed in a vineyard west of Barcelona on Monday. A 22-year-old Moroccan, Younes Abouyaaqoub, is thought to have been the driver of the van that rammed into crowds in Barcelona on Thursday. He was wearing a fake explosives belt and shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") before he was shot dead by police, said reports. The surviving suspects were moved, under high security, from Barcelona to Madrid for Tuesday's hearing. Investigating judge Fernando Andreu is expected to read out the charges against them, likely to span counts of terrorism, murder and possession of arms.   Who are the suspects?   Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: What we know so far   Hugs and defiance on Las Ramblas   Who are the Barcelona suspects?    Video Catalan president praises police   Who are the victims?   What the trees say   What we know so far   What we know so far    'Barcelona will rise up again'

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

 The president indicates he will send more US troops to a conflict he once called "a complete waste".

President Donald Trump has said a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. He said his original instinct was to pull US forces out, but had instead decided to stay and "fight to win" to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq. He said he wanted to shift from a time-based approach in Afghanistan to one based on conditions on the ground, adding he would not set deadlines. However, the US president warned it was not a "blank cheque" for Afghanistan . " America will work with the Afghan government, so long as we see commitment and progress," he said. The Taliban responded by saying that Afghanistan would become "another graveyard" for the US if it did not withdraw its troops. What is the new strategy? President Trump has committed to stepping up the US military's engagement in Afghanistan , but details were few and far between.  Trump rhetoric versus Afghan reality   Taliban letter to Trump urges withdrawal   Video Trump flips on Afghanistan  Trump rhetoric v Afghan reality   Behind the Taliban front line  Can Afghan military turn the tide?

Dozens killed' in air strikes on Raqqa

Activists say 19 children were among those who died when US-led warplanes bombed the Syrian city.

 

US-led coalition air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa over the past 24 hours, activists and state media say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 42 had died in attacks on areas held by so-called Islamic State. Anti-IS group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said 32 were killed in one district alone. There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which is supporting Kurdish-led fighters seeking to capture Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance launched a ground assault in early June and is now believed to hold more than half of the city, which is the de facto capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed by IS in 2014. The Syrian Observatory, a UK-based group that monitors the six-year-old civil war through a network of sources, said on Tuesday that 19 children and 12 women were among those killed in Monday's air raids on the Sukhani and Badu districts   Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps    The desperate fight for IS 'capital' Raqqa   IS wives: Why I joined the 'caliphate' in Raqqa    IS crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps

Torso found amid Danish submarine hunt

Police say it is "too early" to tell if the body is missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. A woman's headless torso has been found by police searching for a Swedish journalist who went missing during a trip with a submarine inventor. Kim Wall was last seen alive on Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen's submarine on 10 August. He initially said he had dropped her off safely near Copenhagen , but has since said she died in an accident and that he had "buried" her at sea. The body has been sent for forensic analysis, but is yet to be identified. Ms Wall, 30, was reported missing by her boyfriend after she failed to return from what should have been a short trip to research a feature about the inventor and his submarine. The submarine sank hours after the search for the journalist began, and Mr Madsen was charged with negligent manslaughter. Danish police believe the 40-tonne vessel was deliberately sunk by Mr Madsen, who was rescued before being arrested.   Who is DIY submariner Peter Madsen?    What we know and what we don't

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Arrests made in Morocco bus sex attack

Four men are arrested in Casablanca , after a video emerged showing a woman being assaulted on a bus.

Four suspects have been arrested in Morocco after a video emerged on social media showing a group of men sexually molesting a woman on a bus. The footage, posted on Sunday, caused outrage online. It shows the young men laughing while assaulting the woman. Arrests were made in the city of Casablanca on Monday, the public transport company M'Dina Bus said in a statement (in French). An investigation was under way, it added. A police statement said that the 24-year-old woman had learning difficulties, and that no complaint was filed by the victim or driver before the video was released. M'Dina Bus made reference to accusations that the bus driver did not help the woman, saying: "At this stage, contrary to commentary on social media, we cannot confirm that the driver failed to react," adding that the video - under one minute long - was too short to tell.   The Moroccan women fighting daily sexual harassment

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Disparity in refugee claim approvals reflects subjectivity of IRB members, says prof

The rate at which refugee claims are accepted by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board varies widely and reflects a great deal of "subjectivity" when it comes to decision making, says a York University professor.

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The rate at which refugee claims are accepted by Canada 's Immigration and Refugee Board varies widely depending on who hears the case, according to a professor who obtained data from the federal government. Sean Rehaag is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto , who specializes in immigration and refugee law and human rights. Through an access to information request, he was able to obtain IRB decisions for refugee claims filed in 2016. 'Some board members are just more likely to believe claimants than other board members.' - Seah Rehaag, York University associate professor  He found a wide variability in acceptance rates, from as low as a quarter of cases heard to a high of 96 per cent. "I do think that who we appoint as decision makers really matters," said Rehaag, specifiying it is important to "appoint people who have a solid understanding of refugee law and who are not predisposed to denying claims." Some of that variability in deciding cases is due to the fact that different board members can specialize in different regions of the world.   Crossing border illegally won't fast track immigration

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Commemorating Canada 's forgotten WW1 victory

Canadian soldiers having their wounds treated during the August 1917 advance on Hill 70

The Canadians who won a pivotal but "forgotten" World War One battle are finally being remembered. A new monument will be unveiled on Tuesday near Lens , France that commemorates the soldiers who died during the Battle of Hill 70. It was the first battle where Canadian troops were led by a Canadian commander, Sir Arthur Currie. About 100,000 soldiers fought during the 10-day assault in August 1917, and 9,000 were killed or wounded. Retired Colonel Mark Hutchings, chair of the Hill 70 Memorial project, said he first learned about this battle 10 years ago, when he was visiting France during the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It was there that he was introduced to Peter Last, an amateur historian and expert on the battles of Loos-en-Gohelle, near Lens. Mr Last took Colonel Hutchings and his family to Hill 70 in Loos to give them a tour of its underground tunnels, which had been dug under No Man's Land during the battle between 15-25 August 1917. The tunnels were eerie and white, on account of a local chalk quarry, and names and regiments of soldiers were still carved into the walls.

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'We should give back art looted by the Nazis'

Adolf Hitler addressing a rally in Germany, circa 1933

Joerg Schillinger is showing me around the extravagant foyer of the head office of frozen pizza and processed foods firm, Dr Oetker - complete with a winding marble staircase and Victorian grandfather clock - when he points to a former chief executive's bronze bust. "This is Dr Richard Kaselowsky," says the manager, before adding, with a hint of embarrassment: "Unfortunately, he was a strong Nazi." The 126-year-old company, a household name in Germany and beyond, has done more than most to face up to what Mr Schillinger calls the "dark shadow" of its activities in the 1930s and 1940s. A few years ago, the family-owned firm enlisted prominent historians to write a book chronicling the relationship between former boss Rudolf-August Oetker - a member of the Waffen SS - and the Third Reich. It revealed how Dr Oetker had supported the war effort by providing pudding mixes and munitions to Nazi troops, and how the business had used slave labour in some of its facilities.

Race to rescue brothers in Italy quake

At least two women have died after the major tremor on Ischia , the Italian holiday island off Naples .

Rescuers are desperately trying to reach two brothers trapped under rubble after a deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia . They pulled free the boys' seven-month-old brother at around 04:00 ( 02:00 GMT ), several hours after the 4.0 magnitude tremor struck. At least two women have died and 39 people are injured after the shaking brought down several buildings. The island, off the coast of Naples , has a population of about 50,000. It is extremely popular with tourists, many of whom were out in the bars and restaurants when the quake hit at 20:57 ( 19:57 GMT ) - striking at a depth of around 5km (3 miles) just north of the Casamicciola commune.

India court bans Islamic instant divorce

The ruling on "triple talaq" is seen as a major victory for women's rights in India . India 's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic". India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called "triple talaq" custom. The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups. Women's rights campaigners have hailed the court's decision as a historic win. What is instant divorce? There have been cases in which Muslim men in India have divorced their wives by issuing the so-called triple talaq by letter, telephone and, increasingly, by text message, WhatsApp and Skype. A number of these cases made their way to the courts as women contested the custom.   How Muslim women won the battle   Video Triple talaq: Why I fought instant divorce   The women who fought instant divorce   The fight against instant divorce

Liberal Grandstanding and Cronyism Seen as Undermining Efforts to Grow Economy, Create Jobs

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  Washington , DC  - Recent CEO resignations from the Trump Administration's business councils are being criticized by the nation's leading conservative shareholder activists as being short-sighted and political.  The Free Enterprise Project  (FEP) says the resignations, which prompted the disbanding of the councils, highlight the political agendas that now guide corporate behavior and expose companies to increased pressure from radical activists. FEP is a program of The National Center for Public Policy Research.  It has participated in over 100 corporate shareholder meetings since 2014. "By fleeing President Trump's advisory councils, these CEOs showed their true colors. CEOs such as Merck's Kenneth Frazier, Intel's Brian Krzanich and Disney's Bob Iger - who left the advisory council in June - are well-known liberals and likely opposed to much of President Trump's free enterprise agenda.  The events in Charlottesville are likely just a convenient excuse for them to leave, and they are making political statements rather than business decisions in doing so," said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq.  "Under eight years of President Obama's policy of picking winners and losers and running the government as a crony statist regime, these corporate leaders became accustomed to working with Washington to set the rules to benefit their respective bottom lines and crowd out competition.  It's not a coincidence that all of these companies have seen their stock prices drop since January." Danhof cited Merck's Frazier in particular: "Under Frazier's leadership, Merck has pushed and promoted ObamaCare to benefit its own bottom line even as the law's market-distorting mechanisms cripple millions of Americans.  One of President Trump's top priorities is to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a more patient-centric approach to health care.  It seems Frazier prefers the ObamaCare model that provides handouts to industry.  The American people deserve better, President Trump knows that and that had to be a point of contention between them." Horace Cooper, a member of the National Center 's board of directors who has represented FEP at shareholder meetings, called out CEOs for the obvious political nature of their resignations.  He said: "The decision by Kenneth Frazier and the others to resign from the White House's American Manufacturing Council represents the triumph of politics over policy.  It is very disappointing when our nation's corporate leaders have been given an opportunity to work with the federal government to encourage innovation and investment but instead appear more interested in political correctness." Cooper added: "These corporate executives represent the livelihoods of millions of Americans.  Their selfish decision to effectively become Antifa warriors means that the important issues of deregulation and tax reform - critical to job growth and improving household budgets - will be pushed to the back of the bus.  CEOs are hired to improve and expand their companies' value and to provide needed services and products to consumers. Federal policy is critical to that effort. Abandoning this rare opportunity to work directly with the White House in order to pursue left-wing politics harms not only the corporations, but also the Americans - black, white and brown - who work for them and rely upon their products and services." Commenting on the intentions of the White House's councils, Danhof noted: "President Trump deserves credit for trying to put together a group of business leaders that included CEOs from across the political spectrum. Whether in politics, academia or business, many liberal leaders are completely unwilling to listen to opposing points of view.  In the end, Trump's efforts at bipartisan outreach were met with liberal grandstanding and defections that undermined the advisory councils' goals.  He was left with no choice but to disband them." Danhof further pointed out: "Another element at play here is the power of corporate activism.  Liberal investment organizations have long recognized the power of shareholder engagement and the ability to influence corporate decision-makers.  From the get-go, all the CEOs appointed to President Trump's advisory councils faced heavy pressure from leftist agitators to resign.  The CEOs who caved to this pressure – whether they used the events in Charlottesville or President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord as their excuse – may think they are appeasing the liberal mob.  They are not.  Because they have shown a willingness to do the left's bidding, the activists will return asking for even a greater pound of flesh." FEP experts are available to speak on the reported these CEO resignations and other issues. To book an interview, contact Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476. Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project is the nation's preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, its representatives have advanced free-market ideals in health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers' rights and other important public policy issues.  FEP's Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.  During shareholder meetings, questioning by the FEP led company executives to acknowledge media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner). FEP activity this year has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times,Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Business Insider, National Public Radio and SiriusXM. FEP's work was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (Hachette Book Group). The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at@NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia. 8.17.17

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  US launches China trade policy inquiry

China has voiced "serious concern" over the investigation, which could result in US trade sanctions.

The US has formally launched an investigation into China 's policies regarding intellectual property. The top US trade official, Robert Lighthizer, said his office had "determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation". The move was expected after President Donald Trump asked Mr Lighthizer to review China 's practices. China has voiced "serious concern" over the inquiry, which could result in US trade sanctions. The US has been concerned about these matters for some time, said Gary Hufbauer, from the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington . The annual cost to the US economy from counterfeit goods, pirated software and theft of trade secrets has been estimated at up to $600bn (£470bn). On Friday the US  said it planned to look into hacking and reports that the Chinese government is steering investment into US companies in key industries as a way to gain access to new technology. Officials will gather comments and hold a hearing in October as part of the so-called Section 301 investigation.  Trump 'would win' trade war with China   Trump's radical trade agenda

Merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life completes

The merger of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life plc has completed today to form Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of the world’s largest investment companies with assets under administration of £670 billion (€737 billion, US $871 billion)*.  The deal between the two companies was first announced on 6 March 2017 . The merger harnesses Standard Life’s and Aberdeen ’s complementary, market leading investment and savings capabilities. It creates an investment group with strong brands, leading institutional and wholesale distribution franchises, market leading platforms and access to long-standing, strategic partnerships globally. By combining the two companies’ strong balance sheets, the combined group will have greater ability to invest for growth and innovate.The Group’s investment business, Aberdeen Standard Investments, manages £583 billion (€641 billion, US $758 billion)* of assets. This newly combined business will retain a long-standing commitment to active investment management with a similar investment culture and approach, underpinned by fundamental research. It immediately becomes one of the largest active managers in Europe , offering clients access to a comprehensive range of developed and emerging market equities and fixed income, multi-asset, real estate and alternatives solutions. As a combined business, it will have over 1,000 investment professionals based around the world. The Group’s pensions and savings business, Standard Life, has around 4.5 million customers and is based primarily in the UK , with operations in Ireland and Germany . The business has established a market-leading position through a long-term commitment to support the needs of employers and their employees. Over one in six people auto-enrolled into a workplace pension in the UK enjoys the benefits of a Standard Life workplace pension. Overall, Standard Life Aberdeen will have offices in 50 cities around the world, servicing clients in 80 countries. It has a market cap of over £11 billion (€12.1 billion, US$14.3 billion)* Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, commented: “Today marks the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation by our business, and the beginning of a new chapter in our history as Standard Life Aberdeen plc. Our leadership team is in place and we have full business readiness from day one.  Our people have worked exceptionally well together to complete the merger on schedule and we would like to thank them for this.  The co-operation and collaboration we have witnessed bodes well for the on-going integration of the business, and in helping us create a world-class investment company for our clients, shareholders and our people.” Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, added: “As ever our priority remains the delivery of strong investment performance and the highest level of client service.  The merger deepens and broadens our investment capabilities, and gives us a stronger and more diverse range of investment management skills as well as significant scale across asset classes and geographies.  We believe this will enable us to deliver an even better proposition and service to our enlarged client base.” ENDS Standard Life Aberdeen plc is a leading global investment company. We have operations in 50 locations worldwide and employ around 9,000 people.We are dedicated to helping our clients and customers invest for their future. Our expertise and resource enables us to offer a wide range of investment solutions and services designed to meet their needs today, tomorrow and for the longer term. We manage, administer and advise on £670 billion* of assets worldwide.We are driven to be world class in everything we do, whether looking after our clients’ investments, offering our employees a rewarding career path or making sure we take our responsibility as shareholders seriously. This commitment and focus has allowed us to become a trusted global partner to individual and institutional investors.Standard Life Aberdeen plc is headquartered in Scotland . It has around 1.2 million shareholders and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Standard Life Aberdeen group was formed by the merger of Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on 14 August 2017 .* Standard Life AUM/AUA data as at 30 June 2017 . Aberdeen Asset Management AUM data as at 31 March 2017 . All other data as at 30 June 2017 .Scott Paer, Senior Associate, Montieth & Company, 12 East 49th Street , 11th Floor, New York , NY 10017 o. 646.864.3514 c. 201.286.2273  spaer@montiethco.com  New York | London   www.montiethco.com 8.17.17

  Nearly all Canadian farmers prosper without supply management

Special to The Montreal Tribune  Montreal , August 17, 2017 – In Canada , 92% of farmers perform well in global markets without the benefit of substantial support measures, a Viewpoint released today by the MEI shows clearly. NAFTA renegotiation therefore presents an opportunity to expand market access for the minority of producers who remain under supply management, which limits their growth prospects. "Subsidies and support measures to producers outside supply management account for less than 3% of gross receipts, compared to 43% for milk production subject to supply management," says Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI and author of the publication. Products outside supply management are in high demand in global markets. Canada ranks third among the world's top oilseed exporters and fifth for beef and veal. Over all, nearly 60% of Canada 's agricultural and agri-food production is bound for foreign markets, with nearly half of this going to the U.S. market. However, this reality is alien to the 8% of farms that come under supply management (milk, egg and poultry producers). This system makes exports or imports nearly impossible. For example, Canadian dairy producers cannot benefit from growing global consumption to boost their output because their products are subject to a system of quotas and tariffs that limit production to the domestic consumption level. Saturation of the Canadian market has even driven dairy processors to establish operations outside the country to meet global demand. To justify maintaining supply management, producers' associations claim they could not be competitive on the U.S. market and that, without the existing system, they would lose even their domestic market share. "This argument does not stand up to scrutiny. For many types of production outside supply management, Canadian farmers draw far less support than what their American or European competitors enjoy, and yet this doesn't prevent them from doing well in the global marketplace," Mr. Moreau says. "Without access to global markets, production in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector would be significantly lower, and thousands of jobs would be lost," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. "If 92% of farms do well without supply management, there's no reason to believe the others couldn't do the same." The Viewpoint entitled "Does Agricultural Prosperity Require Supply Management?" is written by Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst 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.  8.17.17

  Resistance Not Futile

Star Trek Fan sues Manitoba Public Insurance for return of ASIMIL8 licence plate

Special to The Montreal Tribune - WINNIPEG : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) Centre today announced it has filed a court application against Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) on behalf of Winnipeg resident Nicholas Troller, whose personalized Star Trek licence plate was deemed "offensive" by MPI.



Mr. Troller, an enthusiast of Star Trek, applied and paid the required fee to receive the personalized licence plate "ASIMIL8" in 2015.  MPI approved his application and issued the plate.  Mr. Troller installed the plate on his family vehicle, along with a licence plate border that stated "WE ARE THE BORG" and "RESISTANCE IS FUTILE".  The plate and accompanying border are a reference to Star Trek. As stated in his filed Affidavit, Mr. Troller has been approached by many people commenting positively on the plate and asking for pictures with it.  The plate was renewed by MPI in 2016 without question or concern. On April 26, 2017 , Mr. Troller received a letter from MPI informing him that the plate "is considered offensive."  The letter does not say why the plate is considered offensive, or by whom. In its letter, MPI informed Mr. Troller that he had until May 1, 2017 , to surrender his plate, and did not provide him any recourse to appeal its decision. The Justice Centre wrote to MPI on May 29, 2017 demanding that it reinstate Mr. Troller's licence plate no later than June 9, 2017 . MPI responded on July 7, stating it was "unable to reinstate the plate as requested". Nicholas Troller seeks a declaration from the Court that MPI's decision to revoke his personalized plate is a violation of his Charter-protected right to free expression. The court application further seeks reinstatement of Mr. Troller's plate, and/or a quashing of the initial decision to revoke. Mr. Troller has first-hand experience with the unreasoning grind of bureaucracy, noting in his Affidavit: The irony of the rescission of my freedom of expression is not lost on me: I have been assimilated by the bureaucratic machine. The expression on the Plate has been subsumed and erased. Like the Borg, MPI is vastly more powerful than I. And like the Borg, it feels no need to explain itself to the people in its path when it suddenly reverses course. "MPI is a provincial Crown corporation. As a government body, MPI is bound by theCharter and required to respect freedom of expression," stated Justice Centre president John Carpay. "MPI's revocation of the plate is arbitrary, oppressive, inconsistent, and unreasonable," continued Carpay. For more information: John Carpay, Justice Centre president: jcarpay@jccf.ca or 403-619-8014 8.01.17

Qatar 'files WTO complaint' on boycott

The formal move would be the first step in the World Trade Organization's dispute process.  

Qatar is reported to have filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), aimed at challenging an ongoing trade boycott by Saudi Arabia , Bahrain and United Arab Emirates . The formal step would mark the first step in the WTO's dispute process. It means the countries would have to sit down with Qatar to negotiate. But if a settlement can't be reached within 60 days, the dispute would go to a WTO-appointed panel. Reuters news agency first reported that the complaint had been filed. The WTO told the BBC it had not received any information so could not confirm the report. Saudi Arabia , Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with their Gulf neighbour on 5 June, saying it supports terrorism. They also gave Qatari citizens 14 days to leave their territory and banned their own citizens from travelling to or residing in Qatar .    Qatar crisis: What's it about?   Saudi-led allies stand firm on Qatar   Why Qatar is the focus of terrorism claims   Saudi-led allies stand firm on Qatar   Qatar backs talks to end Gulf crisis  

How to Encourage Business Creation in Canada

September 19, 2017 - The MEI is happy to invite you to a panel discussion featuring Professor Peter Boettke and Economist Mathieu Bédard.

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Taking inspiration from the teachings of the Austrian School of Economics, what are the public policies that need to be improved in order to encourage more entrepreneurship and business creation? The analysis will address, among other things, issues of taxation, labour regulation, and ease of trade. Peter Boettke is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University . He is Vice President of Research at the Mercatus Center , a think tank based in the Washington , DC region. He is the current President of the Mont Pelerin Society. Mathieu Bédard is an Economist at the MEI. He holds a PhD in economics from Aix-Marseille University in France . Mr. Bédard is the author of many studies and articles on Canadian public policies and regularly analyzes current affairs related to public policies in the media. FREE Event!   Click here for more details and to make a reservation. 7.27.17

Consumers will pay the price for electric vehicle quotas

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , July 25, 2017  – The electric car sales quotas imposed on manufacturers by the Quebec government will eventually increase the marginal cost of conventional vehicles by $1,100, reveals a Viewpoint published today by the MEI. Consumers will end up paying this "tax" through higher car prices. Starting with their 2018 models, carmakers will be faced with electric and hybrid vehicle sales quotas. Most car makers will have to accumulate a number of "credits" equal to 3.5% of their sales, increasing gradually to 22% in 2025. Carmakers that fall short will have to buy the credits they're missing, either from other carmakers that have accumulated surplus credits or directly from the government. "It is likely that carmakers will fall short of these targets, especially since the quota of 3.5% for 2018 is above the present share of total motor vehicle sales that are electrics and hybrids, which stands at 1.08%," explains Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and author of the publication. These quotas will therefore increase the marginal cost of a conventional vehicle, and so the price that consumers must pay will also increase. At 3.5%, the increase in the marginal cost will be $175 in 2018, but as the quota increases to 22% by 2025, that extra cost will also increase, to $1,100 per vehicle. "This extra cost will put upward pressure on car prices in Quebec and reduce car sales. This de facto tax is in fact a regressive one, since poorer households wanting to buy cheaper vehicles will face relatively steeper price increases than households with higher incomes acquiring more luxurious vehicles," adds Mr. Belzile. The only real winners from this policy will be carmakers that produce exclusively electric and hybrid cars and those with total sales below 4,500 vehicles. These carmakers will obtain up to four credits per vehicle sold, most of which they would then be able to resell. This is the equivalent of a subsidy of $20,000 per vehicle for these manufacturers, on top of the existing purchase subsidies for consumers, which are an inefficient and very expensive way of reducing GHG emissions. "Given these serious shortcomings, the government should think again and abandon its electric vehicle sales quota policy," concludes Germain Belzile. The Viewpoint entitled "Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise" was prepared by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher 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. 7.27.17

Arts & Entertainment

Riel

Jon Lachlan Stewart as a train. Photo by Sabrina Reeves. - Hudson ( Quebec ), August 17, 2017 - From September 6 to 10, the Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) remounts the 2016 production of RustWerk ReFinery's LOUIS RIEL: A Comic-Strip Stage Play. RustWerk co-founder, Zach Fraser, directs his own adaptation of Chester Brown's seminal work, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, bringing the Métis hero's story to life with simple two-dimensional black and white puppets and props, animated by five performers playing multiple roles. Any community living as a minority struggling to protect its place within a larger society will appreciate this unique and compelling tale; a rare treat for graphic novel fans, history buffs, and puppet lovers of all ages too. First performed at Montreal 's Théâtre La Chapelle, the animated retelling of Manitoba 's founder who fought to preserve his people's rights and culture, was nominated for seven Montreal English Theatre Awards and won three: Outstanding Independent Production, Outstanding New Text or Adaptation, and Outstanding Ensemble. "A constant and endlessly inventive source of delight." - Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette This live-action puppet epic takes an intrepid look at some of our nation's founders as it steams through early Canadian history, revealing a rugged and treacherous landscape both in life and politics. Despite Riel's troubling visions and personal discussions with God, he was a gifted leader in a time when defying the dominant society was a treacherous affair. Part adventure story, part history lesson, and completely fascinating, Louis Riel; A Comic-Strip Stage Play is charged with controversy and irreverence in its depiction of Canada's historical figures and RustWerk's eerily naïve, yet remarkably evocative, puppets are right off the page, a tribute to the vibrant and stunning artistry of Chester Brown. "À new pas manquer." - Françine Grimaldi, Radio-Canada Zach Fraser said, "It's always a treat to have an opportunity to revisit a show and take it to the next level—there are always elements you'd love to refine—we're thrilled to give this show another life. A few years ago, we brought our show, ...and stockings for the ladies, to HVT. It's such a charming theatre and so apropos that the story unfolds when the Canadian railway was being constructed and here we are performing in this historic, still-active train station. I've been teaching at John Abbott College for several years and have several students from Hudson , so it's very special for us to perform here." RustWerk has been working hard to give the show an extended life. As a result, this fall the troupe heads west to perform a theatre-for-young-audiences version of the show at the Batoche National Historic Site ( Saskatchewan ) and the Franco-Centre ( Iqaluit , Nunavut ) and the full-length version may be presented later on in Ottawa . RustWerk has been chatting with Canadian venues near and far and Fraser hopes that the Hudson run is just the beginning. Jon Lachlan Stewart is a chameleon-like, bilingual actor, director, playwright, choreographer, and sound designer known for his one-man show Big Shot (Centaur Theatre Wildside Festival (English) and Théâtre Prospero (French)). He has appeared in Repercussion Theatre's Harry the  King (Montreal), Travesties (Segal Centre, Montreal), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia (Citadel Theatre, Edmonton), and Des fraises en janvier (L'UniThéâtre, Edmonton), among others. He reprises his roles in Louis Riel along with Anne Lalancette, a passionate puppeteer since 2006 who works in both French and English on stage, (The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, and The Umbrella with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Calgary), as well as on television (Radio-Canada's Prière de ne pas envoyer de fleurs, René Simard puppet, and the Robax commercial marionettes) and in film (NFB's From Naughty to Nice and Sale Gueule from Dock Films). Of the other three actors new to the production, two of them are Aboriginal. Blayne McLeod (Cree-Scottish) is fromWabasca-Desmarais, Alberta , and is a recent graduate from Toronto 's 3-year program at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.  Jocelyne Sioui (Huron-Wendat) in the title role of Riel, is the Artistic Director of the theatre troupe, Belzébrute, and founder of OUF! Festival Off Casteliers, whose dynamic and inventive creations have toured across Canada and in France, where his Shavirez, le Tsigane des mers won the Coup de Coeur Prize at the 2013 World Festival of Puppet Theatres in Charleville-Mézières. Julie Tamiko Manning, a bilingual sansei (3rd generation Japanese Canadian) rounds out the diverse cast. She has performed in theatres across Canada and written two plays:  Mixie and the Halfbreeds with Adrienne Wong and The Tashme Project, a verbatim play, she co-created and performed with Matt Miwa. Fraser added, "It's always exciting and surprising to see what new artists bring to a project, so this production kind of feels like a remount and a premiere!" Manon St-Jules provided the French translations and Blayne McLeod contributed some of the Plains Cree translations. RustWerk ReFinery co-founder, Attila Clemann, was the Creative Consultant and Dramaturge on this production as well as the Carpenter. The set was designed by Romain Fabre with lighting by Luc Prairie and his assistant, Jon Cleveland, and the original score by Tristan Capacchione. Claude Lemelin stage manages, assisted by Isabel Quintero Faia, andTryistynn Duheme is the troupe's Technical Production Manager. FREE GIVEAWAYS: A free copy of Chester Brown's graphic novel about Louis Riel, published by Drawn and Quaterly, will be given away to one lucky ticketholder at every performance and books will also be on sale in the HVT lobby. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCl0rMUYPFs PHOTOS: http://bit.ly/2vFucGl HUDSON VILLAGE THEATRE 28 Wharf Road, J0P 1H0 www.villagetheatre.ca SCHEDULE 2pm matinée – Sept. 6, 7, 9 and 10 8pm evening – Sept. 6, 7, 8 and 9 TICKETS $39.94 including tax & service charges Group rates available (contact the HVT Box Office) 8.17.17

Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ

A jury finds that US singer Taylor Swift was assaulted by Colorado DJ David Mueller.

File image of Taylor Swift on stage

Pop star Taylor Swift has won a sexual assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a 2013 concert. He assaulted her by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot, a jury in Denver , Colorado , found. She was awarded a symbolic $1 (77p) in damages that she had sought. Mr Mueller had originally tried to sue the pop star, saying that her claims had cost him his job. But that lawsuit was thrown out by a judge last week. On Monday, the jury also rejected similar claims Mueller had made against the singer's mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell. In a statement following the verdict, Ms Swift said: "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. Is courtroom sketch a good drawing of Taylor Swift?    Taylor Swift wasn't backing down in court   Taylor Swift: He grabbed under my skirt   Taylor Swift's mum confronts DJ in court   Is this a good drawing of Taylor Swift?   'Gutsy' testimony praised     Judge rejects DJ's Taylor Swift claim

Country star Glen Campbell dies at 81

Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after "a long and courageous battle" with Alzheimer's disease, his family said.

Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather," their statement said.

The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011. A self-taught prodigy, he rose from a poor rural childhood to release over 70 albums and sell 45 million records. He was credited with paving the way for other country crossover artists such as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Dolly Parton was among many stars who paid tribute to Campbell , describing him as "one of the greatest voices of all time". Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said he was "very broken up" by Campbell 's death. "An incredible musician and an even better person," Wilson tweeted. Singer Brad Paisley praised Campbell "for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music".  Obituary: Glen Campbell   Glen Campbell's long goodbye   More at Entertainment & Arts

Detroit: An antidote to blockbusters

A new film from the director of Zero Dark Thirty  

Kathryn Bigelow previously electrified with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Her latest ‘bolsters her standing as a major film-maker,’ writes Caryn James.

By Caryn James - From the start of her career Kathryn Bigelow has been a master of technique, toying smartly with genre. Her sci-fi dystopian romance Strange Days (1995) is an underrated gem. But it wasn’t until she and screenwriter Mark Boal created films tethered to the reality of wartime events that she rightly came to be considered one of the best film-makers working today. The Hurt Locker (2008), about a US bomb disposal squad in Iraq , and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), about the search for Osama Bin Laden, are fiercely suspenseful and topical. Detroit , her most passionate and politically-charged work, brings that approach to a different kind of war. The film dramatises a true but little-known story that resonates so strongly with tensions between police and minority protestors today, not just in the US but in cities around the world, that there is no need to make that connection overt. In 1967, in the middle of a five-day city riot, white policemen terrorised a group of black men and two white women in a hotel called the Algiers , killing three people in cold blood.  Unrelenting in its hold on viewers, Detroit bolsters Bigelow’s standing as a major film-maker, even though the weak characterisation in Boal’s screenplay  8.05.17   

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US Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major policy shift

 Special the The Montreal Tribune - New York , NY / Washington , D.C. -  In a move aimed at significantly reducing the harm from tobacco use for generations to come, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a major policy shift today that embraces tobacco harm reduction. The National Center for Public Policy Research applauds this bold change.  The National Center 's Risk Analysis Division has been at the forefront of advancing this harm-reduction approach as a more effective public health strategy rather than the heavy-handed regulatory scheme imposed by the Obama Administration, which would have effectively banned almost all e-cigarettes on the market today.  Those rules have already inhibited innovation and put roadblocks in front of companies seeking to offer reduced-risk next generation products. Jeff Stier, the director of the Risk Analysis Division and a nationally-recognized authority on tobacco and e-cigarette policy, is available for comment on this breaking news.  Stier has worked with a wide range of tobacco harm reduction supporters - including academics, consumers, user groups, free-market think tanks, and industry leaders - to advance a harm reduction agenda at the FDA. Commenting on the proposed FDA action, Stier said: I applaud FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products for making sweeping changes to the Obama-era approach to tobacco regulation that would have effectively banned almost all e-cigarettes on the market today. The most significant change is that the FDA's regulatory approach will now seek to implement a "tobacco harm reduction" approach, recognizing that there's a continuum of risk among different nicotine products.  In other words, it will not impose onerous deadlines and ill-defined requirements for so-called pre-market tobacco applications.  The FDA will first develop clear, science-based product standards before manufacturers would be required to submit applications.  The FDA will now begin to develop new rules which will recognize that non-combustible lower-risk products such as e-cigarettes and next generation "heat not burn" products should no longer be treated solely as public health threats.  The FDA will instead embark on a rule-making process whereby the products will be regulated based on their risk profile.  This approach, if implemented properly, will foster a robust market offering a range of options to smokers who wish to reduce the risk from smoking. Today's FDA announcement is consistent with the groundbreaking new tobacco control plan announced by Public Health England earlier this month.  It also comes on the heels of this week's National Institutes of Health-funded study inthe journal BMJ that evaluated U.S. Census Bureau data to conclude that "the substantial increase in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the smoking cessation rate at the population level." We are gratified this new approach takes into account our recommendations that the FDA develop an entirely new framework for a different regulatory approach to nicotine regulation.  The FDA has more work ahead, and we will be fully engaged with regulators and thought-leaders to support the agency's goals of implementing harm reduction strategies to advance public health. Although the FDA will explore lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes over time, we are pleased it will evaluate comments and studies considering the risks of unintended consequences of gradually lowering nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes.  It is telling that any potential mandatory reduction in nicotine levels would only apply to combustible cigarettes.  Lower risk products will continue to be regulated through a to-be-developed more transparent pre-market tobacco application process with an extended application deadline as the FDA develops a more transparent regulatory approach built around harm reduction. We are also pleased that, according to Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products and an Obama Administration appointee, the agency's new regulatory framework will implement his long-held views regarding a comprehensive, agency-wide nicotine regulatory approach to recognize the continuum of risk among different products. We look forward to continuing to assist the FDA as it begins to develop and implement new rules, educational programs and public statements to advance the goal of reducing the toll of tobacco-related disease by embracing the harm reduction model. While the announcement about exploring whether to mandate lower levels of nicotine in cigarettes surprised many, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the goal of the proposed regulatory action is to "render cigarettes minimally addictive."  The approach, if it survives scrutiny because of concerns about unintended consequences, would not apply to e-cigarettes. Stier noted that "any serious consideration to mandate gradually-reduced nicotine levels in cigarettes must come only after the establishment of a robust market for a wide range of lower-risk alternatives, where consumers are fully informed about the differing risks of an emerging and diverse range of products.  In order for that to happen, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, local governments and leading public health organizations will have to correct the widespread misperceptions they created in their war against harm reduction." Stier added: "Today begins a new era in the effort to reduce the harm caused by smoking.  Whereas in the past, nicotine was primarily consumed through the most harmful delivery system, cigarettes, the federal government has now started to develop a regulatory approach that will harness private-sector innovation to advance public health." The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors. Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia. 7.29.17

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The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love

Special to The Montreal Tribune - By John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Ocean Ridge, FL, August 9, 2017 − When a baby is born addicted to heroin because of an addicted mother and is transferred to a loving foster home, then bounced back via a highly publicized court case to the unfit birth parents, any sense of normalcy seems unlikely for the child. Likewise, when a young privileged boy grows up with a high society, full blown alcoholic mother whose disease kills her at 42, his chances of a normal life are slim as well. Sometimes the past doesn't always stay in the past. In The Painting and the Piano: An Improbable Story of Survival and Love (HCI Books – $15.95), John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo tell the story of how the demons of their respective biological mothers tore their young lives apart. Despite their contrasting upbringings, they share tragic childhoods that damaged each of them to the cores of their psyches and emotional well-being and resulted in addiction. It all started going downhill for Adrianne when her addict birth parents started a long court battle in an effort to get her back. For John, it was when his parents divorced and he started living with his alcoholic mother. John and Adrianne had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system wreaked on them, and were in the depths of despair and slowly dying of addiction. Instead of falling to darkness, John and Adrianne reached for the light and began their respective journeys of healing, which led to a serendipitous meeting, falling in love and building a shared life with the goal of helping others in need. Told as a tandem narrative with chapters alternating between Adrianne and John, readers embark on a journey through their unforgettable story of pain, loss, and the undying human quest for happiness. About The Authors: John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo have each celebrated over a decade of sobriety. Both are fully immersed in the South Florida recovery community and John has been on the board of several men's recovery homes. John has brought AA program meetings into prison and, with Catholic Church Ministries, worked with men and women in maximum security prison including those on death row. Adrianne worked for a recovery home company, sponsors women in AA, and both authors blog about recovery. Adrianne also worked with prisoners on death row and has been interviewed about recovering from opiate addiction. She was born addicted to heroin and was put into foster care as an infant. At the age of nine, her biological parents started a year-long court battle to get her back that made national news. Today, she works to help the public understand the foster care system and its future. Available wherever books are sold, or to order directly from the publisher, contact: www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441-5569. The Painting and the Piano, An Improbable Story of Survival and Love  John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo  ISBN: 0757319920 – $15.95 – September 2017  8.09.17

Fearless!

Book Sheds Light On How Exotic Dancers Can Build Professional Success Without Sacrificing Personal Needs

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY, July 28, 2017 ― A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a job with a much higher income. After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations, Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success. Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker 's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City . She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker 's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry. Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success  Release date: August 1, 2017   7.29.17  

Two New Books Expose The Shocking Truth Behind UFOs, Extraterrestrials, Roswell And Zero-Point-Energy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington, DC, July 25, 2017 ― Seventy years after the cover-up of three interstellar craft downed over Roswell Army Air Force Base in New Mexico, two new books and a documentary reveal the shocking truth about covert programs and why the UFO subject remains taboo... even up to the President and Congress! "It's not about whether these interstellar craft are real," states Dr. Steven M. Greer, considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on the subject. The author of Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World's Greatest Secret (book), and the executive producer of a new documentary by the same name, has collected testimonials from hundreds of eyewitnesses in the military, Intel agencies, the FAA, NASA, and private defense contractors that expose 70 years of lies. "This is about USAPs ," Dr. Greer explains. "Unacknowledged Special Access Projects operating illegally outside of Presidential or Congressional oversight, covertly funded over decades by trillions of our tax dollars. What really keeps the subject taboo and outside of the mainstream media are the energy technologies we acquired from these downed vessels – specifically zero-point-energy which would replace fossil fuels. We're talking about a free, clean energy source that would end hunger and poverty, reverse Climate Change, and create millions of new jobs." As the editor of Unacknowledged, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten was given access to these testimonials and used the information to pen his just-released fictional thriller, Undisclosed,  in an attempt to disseminate the truth to the public in digestible bites. "Jimmy Kimmel had President Clinton and President Obama on his talk show and asked both men about UFOs, ETs, and Area 51. They both smiled and poked fun at the subject. But Dr. Greer, the expert who submitted briefings to both administrations as well as members of congress, the CIA Director and the Joint Chiefs, will probably never be allowed on Kimmel or any major talk show to discuss this – not because Jimmy Kimmel wouldn't love to interview him, but because the Intel Agencies refuse to allow it on mainstream media." Dr. Greer adds, "Unacknowledged was either the #1 documentary or close to #1 on itunes nearly every week since its release, and it's never mentioned. I flew out to Los Angeles and did a two-hour interview with an entertainment reporter at Breitbart News, only to have the Intel Agency that determines what's allowed to be published cancel it." Steve Alten agrees. "There's information in both Unacknowledged and Undisclosed that pulls back the curtain on seventy years of lies, including testimonials from people who have worked in black ops subterranean bases which hold ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) capable of interstellar travel. Many of these witnesses who held above-top secret clearances would not allow Dr. Greer to publish this information until after they passed on, out of fear. Who could blame them?" Just how untouchable is the UFO-ET subject? "I spoke to people very close to Alex Jones," Dr. Greer said. "I was told the subject was 'too controversial to touch.' This from the guy who claimed the Sandy Hook shooting was fake!" Please watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNVjTWzLDiA Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053 ISBN-13: 978-1943957057 7.27.17   

Fearless!

Book Sheds Light On How Exotic Dancers Can Build Professional Success Without Sacrificing Personal Needs

Special to The Montreal Tribune - New York, NY, July 12, 2017 ― A Jersey girl with a dream, Kerri Walker spent a year in Europe after graduating from college and fell in love with the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Determined to earn enough money to one day return to the region for good, she set her sights on landing a high-paying job. After a series of traditional jobs fell short of her expectations,
Walker turned to exotic dancing, and along the way she learned valuable lessons that she now shares in Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success. Part memoir, part how-to, Fearless! follows Walker 's journey as a dancer from the shore town clubs of New Jersey to some of the busiest establishments in New York City . She offers straightforward advice about the work itself and the people who inhabit the world of exotic dancing, from managers and bouncers, to other dancers and customers. Walker 's approach is raw, candid and, most importantly, helpful for anyone considering a career in this lucrative but challenging industry. Fearless! An Exotic Dancer's Guide to Personal and Professional Success  Release date: August 1, 2017 7.13.17

Humane Policing

Expert Tips To Help Bring Police Officers And Their Communities Together

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Broomfield, CO, July 11, 2017  ― A growing divide exists in America between its citizens and the police officers who've sworn to protect them. Bridging that gap is paramount if officers are to be effective within their communities. Former deputy Darron Spencer addresses this intensifying crisis and shares his techniques for neutralizing negative perceptions in his new e-book, Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Drawing on his experience as a marine, corrections officer and sheriff's deputy, Spencer reveals his unique approach through real instances of how he implemented "humane policing" and why it worked. The book also exposes the nuances of police work and shows how self-control and understanding can mitigate potentially dangerous situations, with examples of how those upholding the law could alter their interactions with those suspected of breaking it. Written for law enforcement professionals as well as the general public, Humane Policing explores the changes that law enforcement needs to make, chronicles the experiences that shaped Spencer's personal perspective, and offers life-changing tools to help officers everywhere better serve their communities. Author Darron Spencer worked in a patrol division for just 20 months before a debilitating condition ended his career. As a deputy, Spencer oversaw more than 250 cases that resulted in 40 felony and 74 misdemeanor arrests. He assisted in four death investigations and booked in more than 150 pieces of evidence. He was awarded Deputy of the Year and received the Ribbon of Merit. He achieved tremendous success gaining cooperation from individuals, suspects and even career criminals while investigating cases. When Spencer's police work was cut short, he sought a new avenue to public service. Now he travels the country to meet with local police departments and share his approach to policing. His goal is to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve and ultimately the public image of law enforcement officers on a national scale. For more information on Spencer and his approach to humane policing, please visit www.humanepolicing.com.  Humane Policing: How Perspectives Can Influence Our Performance. Inspire On Purpose Publishing  Release date: March 2017 Available at www.Amazon.com and other online bookstores
Q & As available on request.  Senator John Cooke, Senate District 13, former three-term sheriff of Weld County , Colorado : "It was my pleasure not only to hire Darron but also to work with him. During his 20 months under my supervision, I was thoroughly impressed with his style and approach to law enforcement. He treated everyone humanely, with respect and fairness, and his approach led to unprecedented cooperation from career criminals. This in turn led to over 40 felony arrests and the filing of numerous misdemeanor charges. Darron is now reaching out to agencies around the country to share his talents and unique style of law enforcement so that other officers and deputies can learn how he gains cooperation rather than forces compliance in order to solve major cases." Terie Rinne, Retired, Weld County Sheriff's Office: "It was a refreshing pleasure to work with Darron. As a detective, I could always count on him to be complete and thorough in his duties and tasks. He was eager to learn and willing to work hard. He often, if not always, went above and beyond expectations. He has a lot to offer law enforcement even as his promising career was cut short due to illness. He never forgot that we deal with humans, often at their worst, but still human beings. He treated people with warmth and friendliness. There is a time to be abrupt and take forceful command, verbal or physical, but this is unnecessary as a general rule. Most often, people responded well to Darron's style of policing. Using compassion, understanding and empathy is beneficial in dealing with people, even suspects. If a police officer is angry and bitter in his dealings with people, he takes that poisonous attitude home to his personal life, too. It's fortunate that Darron is sharing his perspective. I hope law enforcement views it as the gift that it is." 7.13.17

Two New Books Expose

The Shocking Truth Behind UFOs, Extraterrestrials, Roswell And Zero-Point-Energy

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Washington, DC, July 11, 2017 ― Seventy years after the cover-up of three interstellar craft downed over Roswell Army Air Force Base in New Mexico, two new books and a documentary reveal the shocking truth about covert programs and why the UFO subject remains taboo... even up to the President and Congress! "It's not about whether these interstellar craft are real," states Dr. Steven M. Greer, considered by many to be the world's foremost authority on the subject. The author of Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World's Greatest Secret (book), and the executive producer of a new documentary by the same name, has collected testimonials from hundreds of eyewitnesses in the military, Intel agencies, the FAA, NASA, and private defense contractors that expose 70 years of lies. "This is about USAPs ," Dr. Greer explains. "Unacknowledged Special Access Projects operating illegally outside of Presidential or Congressional oversight, covertly funded over decades by trillions of our tax dollars. What really keeps the subject taboo and outside of the mainstream media are the energy technologies we acquired from these downed vessels – specifically zero-point-energy which would replace fossil fuels. We're talking about a free, clean energy source that would end hunger and poverty, reverse Climate Change, and create millions of new jobs." As the editor of Unacknowledged, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten was given access to these testimonials and used the information to pen his just-released fictional thriller, Undisclosed,  in an attempt to disseminate the truth to the public in digestible bites. "Jimmy Kimmel had President Clinton and President Obama on his talk show and asked both men about UFOs, ETs, and Area 51. They both smiled and poked fun at the subject.
But Dr. Greer, the expert who submitted briefings to both administrations as well as members of congress, the CIA Director and the Joint Chiefs, will probably never be allowed on Kimmel or any major talk show to discuss this – not because Jimmy Kimmel wouldn't love to interview him, but because the Intel Agencies refuse to allow it on mainstream media." Dr. Greer adds, "Unacknowledged was either the #1 documentary or close to #1 on itunes nearly every week since its release, and it's never mentioned. I flew out to Los Angeles and did a two-hour interview with an entertainment reporter at Breitbart News, only to have the Intel Agency that determines what's allowed to be published cancel it." Steve Alten agrees. "There's information in both Unacknowledged and Undisclosed that pulls back the curtain on seventy years of lies, including testimonials from people who have worked in black ops subterranean bases which hold ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) capable of interstellar travel. Many of these witnesses who held above-top secret clearances would not allow Dr. Greer to publish this information until after they passed on, out of fear. Who could blame them?" Just how untouchable is the UFO-ET subject?  "I spoke to people very close to Alex Jones," Dr. Greer said. "I was told the subject was 'too controversial to touch.' This from the guy who claimed the Sandy Hook shooting was fake!" Please watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNVjTWzLDiA   Available at all online outlets  Undisclosed By Steve Alten Publisher: A and M Publishing LLC  June 2017 ISBN-10: 1943957053  ISBN-13: 978-1943957057 7.13.17 

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One Square Mile of Canada

Montreal is a French island in a predominantly English-speaking country

Montreal skyline

Montreal is The Best City In The World ?

It's known as La Main - "The Main" - and it's the lifeblood of Montreal . For the past three centuries this sweeping avenue, Boulevard St Laurent, has shaped the character of a city in the heart of French-speaking Canada . La Main was once the symbolic dividing line between the city's French and English speaking communities, with the boulevard a soft buffer attracting and absorbing waves of new immigrants. Today, it celebrates a cosmopolitan city with its array of little villages, from the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter, to Little Italy and Portugal , along with strong remnants of an historic Jewish quarter.

What does it mean to be Canadian?

 With Asian trade and support for the monarchy rising, what does Canadian identity mean now?

What the Indians are trying to say, The French came as visitors and now they want the country for themselves?”  So they say "over my dead body" before Quebec becomes a republic. After all, they already killed millions of us since they arrived here. This is not a provocation but just letting them know we are still around and Quebec Nation is not going to happen as long as there are still Indians around. Please send your comments to the editor... MP Maxime Bernier defends language-law quip - Quebecers don't need Bill 101, "Not by imposing [French] and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives."   Quebec militia leader faces death-threat charges Patriotic Militia of Quebec's website   Que. militia worries separatists   Death threats target Quebec English rights group    Letters threaten FLQ attacks in Montreal  Oops! Parti Quebecois are falling apart

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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Oh Canada How I Love You

The tour was to only last one hour. While the other educator and I waited for their arrival we decided we would not visit the Canadian galleries, since they were in another pavilion at the other end of the museum. We would choose the European Art collection to save time. They arrived twenty minutes late. My group had three mothers with eight children between the ages of two months and nine years old. Two Muslim mothers dressed in hijab and long over-... Quickly it was decided, even though time was limited, that we had to go visit the Canadian galleries. We showed the paintings, sculptures and objects from the Inuit, First Nations along with the first settlers from France and England . The children were mesmerized, listening to the legends and stories of the Canadian people. The mothers asked many insightful questions. As we toured from one gallery to the next, the mother from Benin began unapologetically to nurse her son. She didn’t ask for help or lag behind. She did what came naturally and continued to be an active participant. And the two other mothers? They held the infant’s head as she went to adjust her top and looked after her other child. Mothers from different parts of the world, nurturing, protecting and caring for one another. I witnessed the actions of a community. Being an Art Educator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts affords me the opportunity to meet and interact with many people from all walks of life. I am very fortunate to live in a country where all people have equal rights and are valued for their uniqueness. Ennutsiak Nunavik 1896 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1967 Untitled (Birth Scene with Midwives) By Deirdre Potash, 2779 Honore Mercier Vaudreuil-Dorion Quebec J7V 8P5 Deirdre.potash@sympatico.ca (514) 999-8581 www.artwill.ca

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The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  

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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

Poland buys the Czartoryski collection of about 86,000 artefacts for about 5% of its market value.

a woman posing for pictures beside a painting entitled "Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani" (The Lady with an Ermine) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, London

The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.

The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland 's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802. Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation". "I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said. The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and books. Most of the artworks are housed in the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow . All are now the property of the Polish state.  Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882     Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 - 1885

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials. The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum. They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, Italian reports said. Image copyrightVAN GOGH MUSEUMImage captionVan Gogh's father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums. The thieves broke into the museum through the roof during the night of 6-7 December 2002 and used sledgehammers to break a first-floor window. 

  Forger jailed for bogus paintings   Munch's The Scream sold for $120 million

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

Two women look at the painting "Nafea faa ipoipo" (When will you marry?, 1892) by French painter Paul Gauguin on display in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, 06 February 2015  

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, sells in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m).

Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's striking canvas is dominated by the red of the poppies

A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, has sold in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies exceeded its estimate of up to $50m (£31.3m) at the Sotheby's auction. A 1951 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti fetched more than $100m (£62.7m), but fell just short of the record $104.3m (£65.3m) for the artist. A sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani set a new benchmark for his work. Tete, an elongated head created in 1911-12 from a block of limestone scavenged from a Paris building site, was sold for more than $70m (£44.2m). Van Gogh's painting was created at the French home of his doctor just months before his death in 1890 and was one of the few works he sold during his lifetime. But it fell far short of the auction record for a piece by the Dutch artist, which stands at $82.5m (£51.6m). Sotheby's said the painting was bought by a private bidder from Asia . Portrait of Dr Gachet - the physician whose flowers he captured in this latest work to sell - went under the hammer for a record in 1990.

Germany to release confiscated art   -   Owner gives up on 'Chagall' painting    Stolen Rembrandt found 15 years on

Matisse's Femme Assise  Chagall Painting  Rembrandt's painting Child with a Soap Bubble

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt is recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. - The painting measures 60cm by 49cm and was said to be in a good condition

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (£2.7m), was taken from a museum in the southern city of Draguignan in 1999. Two men were arrested in Nice on Tuesday, according to the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency. Police said they received information that a transaction was due to take place in a hotel the following day. The men, aged 46 and 53, one of whom was described as a former insurer, appeared in court in Nice on Thursday, AFP said. They were reported to be known to police for previous petty crimes. Police are still looking for other suspects.

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam . Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on Tuesday morning. The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge , Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.  Monet water lilies sells for $43 million    Monet artwork bequeathed by reclusive heiress  "Madame Leon Clapisson": The visualization (right) is produced using advanced image processing software - Conservation scientists in Chicago produce a stunning visualization of how they think a Renoir painting might have looked before its colors faded. Researchers in Chicago have produced a visualization of how they think a Renoir could have looked before its colors faded. The picture of Madame Valentine Clapisson was painted by the great French Impressionist more than 130 years ago. The original's impact has been degraded and dulled by the action of light. But by using the latest analytical tools, conservators have been able to recover a sense of Renoir's rich reds."When we first brought this picture into the conservation studio for examination and removed the frame, we noticed that at the top and at the left-hand side there was a sliver of very intense colour," recalls Dr Francesca Casadio from The Art Institute of Chicago. "This tipped us off to the fact that the mood of this painting that is now pretty cool and restrained with light purples and blues was once far more vibrant," she told BBC News.

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