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Indonesia arrests 141 over 'gay party'

"There were gay people who were caught strip-teasing and masturbating in the scene," he told BBC Indonesian.

This photo taken on April 30, 2017 shows Indonesian police parading a group of men arrested for allegedly holding a 'gay party' in Surabaya, the second biggest city in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Officers busted 14 men holding the party in two hotel rooms in Surabaya, around midnight on April 29.

The arrests will be seen as a sign of a growing hostility towards homosexuality in Indonesia .

Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a "gay sex party" at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday. Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupiahs ($14; £10) to attend. Indonesia has witnessed increasing hostility towards its small and low-profile LGBTQ community. Homosexuality is not illegal under Indonesian law, except in conservative Aceh province. But Jakarta police spokesman Raden Argo Yuwono said some of those detained could be charged under Indonesia 's harsh anti-pornography laws. "There were gay people who were caught strip-teasing and masturbating in the scene," he told BBC Indonesian. Under the ambiguously-worded laws, putting on a live strip show for the enjoyment of the public could be construed as "pornography". Last week, two men were sentenced to public caning in Aceh after being convicted for engaging in gay sex - in the first such ruling since tough anti-homosexuality laws were introduced there in 2014.   Indonesia's anti-gay onslaught

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Trump visits Israel amid tight security

The US president will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he explores a Middle East peace push. Donald Trump arrives in Israel amid tight security

President Donald Trump (2nd L) and First Lady Melania Trump (3rd L) walk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd R), his wife Sara (R) and David Friedman (Center back), the new United States ambassador to Israel, upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Israel as he continues his first foreign trip. He flew in from Saudi Arabia , a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement "the ultimate deal", but has been vague about what form it should take. He has said he prefers to leave it to both sides to decide between them in direct talks. On his arrival in Tel Aviv, Mr Trump said he hoped the US and Israel could work together in an era of "harmony, prosperity and peace". Mr Trump's flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel is likely to have been the first between the two countries, that have no diplomatic relations. What can we expect to come up, and what is the context for his visit? What is Mr Trump's position on Israel 's settlements?   Video What to look out for in Israel trip    Trump's foreign tour agenda   What does Trump mean for Israel?  Video Why aren't Israelis and Palestinians talking?

Syrian rebels leave last Homs district

Government officials say rebels have left the last district they controlled in the central city.

Armed rebels prepare to evacuate from Homs. Photo: 21 May 2017

The Syrian government says its forces have regained total control of the central city of Homs after rebels left the last district under their control. About 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated on buses from al-Wair district, government officials say. "The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants," provincial governor Talal Barazi said. Many fighters were going to the rebel-held Idlib province, in the north-west. Some were heading to Jarablus, an area in northern Syria controlled by rebels backed by Turkey . Most of the rebels had been driven out of Homs in 2014, after years under siege by government forces.

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 Egypt sends 48 to trial for church attacks

Egypt 's public prosecutor says 48 suspected members of so-called Islamic State (IS) have been referred to a military court in connection with three bombings of Coptic churches.

Mourners gather for funerals for victims of a bomb explosion at Mar Girgis Coptic church in Tanta, Egypt 10 April 2017

Thirty-one of the suspects are in custody while the others are still at large. More than 70 people died in suicide attacks against churches in Cairo in December and in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in April. IS said it carried out the bombings. In a statement on Sunday, public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said some of the suspects were leaders within IS and had formed cells in Cairo and the southern province of Qena to carry out the church attacks. He said the militants were also responsible for killing eight police officers at a checkpoint in Egypt 's Western Desert in January   Fresh election boost for Iran's Rouhani    Why US-Egyptian ties are warming    Sudan's Bashir declines Saudi summit

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Venezuelan man set alight during protests

The latest incident happened on the 50th day of demonstrations, which saw the death toll rise to 48.

A riot police officer holds a makeshift shield with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during clashes with opposition supporters at a rally against Venezuela"s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela 20 May 2017.

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting alight a government supporter in Caracas on the 50th day of protests. Orlando José Figuera suffered burns to 80% of his body after he was engulfed in flames. Officials said he was also stabbed in Saturday's protests. Witnesses said the crowd had accused the man of being a thief. On the same day, an opposition activist was shot dead, bringing the total number killed in recent protests to 48. The attorney general's office said gunmen allegedly opened fire on the demonstrators in the western city of Valera . Edy Alejandro Teran Aguilar died from a gunshot wound to the chest, while two others were wounded.  Why the crisis is likely to get worse   Inside the anti-government protests   What is behind the crisis in Venezuela?

 Quebec university course turns arthritis sufferers into experts on their own disease

A Quebec university has invited patients to step into the classroom for in-depth courses on dealing with their disease. In a first in the province, a Quebec university is offering patients in-depth courses on managing their chronic illness. Dr. Isabelle Fortin partnered with the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), 300 kilometres northeast of Quebec City , to design six weeks of free workshops for arthritis patients. During each three-hour class per week this semester, doctors, nurses, psychologists and a trained peer — a person with arthritis — taught a dozen people about living with their disease. The $68,000 pilot project, paid for through a fund subsidized by two pharmaceutical companies, wrapped up last week. Now organizers are seeking long-term funding to alternate the course on arthritis with courses for patients with other chronic diseases. "There are so many things that we don't have time to say in the consultation with our patients," said Fortin, a rheumatologist. The goal of the workshop isn't to turn them into medical experts, she said, but to give them in-depth knowledge on their illness and tools for how to cope.   Quebec looks to 'super nurses' to alleviate health-care backlog

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Brazil police raid Sao Paulo 'Crackland'

Some 500 officers took part in the operation in an area where crack cocaine has been consumed freely.

Police operation at Sao Paulo crackland

Brazilian police have arrested nearly 40 people for drug trafficking offences in central Sao Paulo where crack cocaine has been sold and consumed freely for years. About 500 armed police officers were involved in the operation. Dozens of addicts reacted in anger, vandalising cars and looting shops. Sao Paulo 's centre-right Mayor Joao Doria said the operation marked the end of impunity in the area, widely known as Cracolandia or Crackland.  Critics say the move will merely push the problem to other parts of the city. Mr Doria promised to knock down many buildings and redevelop the streets near the Luz train station that have become an open-air drugs market over the past decade.   Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms'

Turkey arrests two hunger-strike teachers

The pair are detained on the 75th day of their protest, as 221 alleged coup plotters go on trial.

Nuriye Gulmen (L), a literature professor, and Semih Ozakca, a primary school teacher on 11 May 17

Turkish police have arrested two teachers who are on hunger strike over their dismissal in a state purge.

Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca reported their own arrest during the night in tweets. They are among more than 100,000 public servants sacked after the botched July 2016 military coup. "Political branch police are trying to enter the house, they are breaking the door right now," Nuriye Gulmen tweeted. A trial of 221 top coup suspects, mostly military, has opened in Ankara . Ms Gulmen and Mr Ozakca have been on hunger strike for 75 days. Their lawyer said that despite the police raid on Sunday they both vowed to "never give up". Video The Turkish teachers on hunger strike    Erdogan: Turkey's pugnacious president

America's famous circus stages final show

After 146 years, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus holds its final show in New York .

Ringling Bros. and Barnum ^ Bailey Circus clowns stage their final farewell on May 21, 2017

After 146 years, America 's most celebrated circus Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has staged its final performance in New York . Owners of the company said the tough decision had been made due to falling ticket sales and high operating costs. "As far as this great American institution, it is a sad moment," ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson said. For the performers, it also means the end of a tight-knit community that lived on a train in between shows. TAP HERE to read and watch how performers are dealing with the end of the circus. The final performance of what the company described as "the greatest show on earth" was streamed live online.  The human cannonball's last flight   Video 'We're older than baseball'

Mexican mob attacks Russian over insults

A Russian man is in protective custody after a mob of Mexicans attacked him for insulting locals.

Members of the Municipal Police contain an angry mob that tried to lynch a Russian citizen Aleksey Makeev in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 19 May 2017

A Russian man has been put into protective custody in hospital after he was attacked by a crowd of angry Mexicans in Cancun , authorities say. Police rescued Aleksei Makeev, 42, on Friday night after the crowd stormed his apartment in the Caribbean resort. The man had allegedly posted disparaging and insulting remarks about local people in videos on social media. He was accused of fatally stabbing someone during the affray, the authorities said. A crowd of locals tried to confront Mr Makeev over his comments, and managed to gain entry into his apartment after the encounter turned violent. According to local official Guillermo Brahms, a young man who was injured later died in hospital. Mr Brahms said police managed to rescue Mr Makeev and take him to hospital for treatment. Although he was bloodied in the attack, he is reported to be in a stable condition.   Mum who probed daughter's death is killed

  Major cholera epidemic feared in Yemen

Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, says Save the Children.

Children in Sanaa receiving treatment for cholera symptoms

A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen , according to charity Save the Children. Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, with hundreds of suspected cases being reported every day, it says. The World Health Organization said the water-borne illness is spreading at an alarming rate in the war-torn country. Sanaa has been the worst affected area, with a state of emergency declared in the rebel-held capital last week. Save the Children fears thousands of people could die of the easily treatable disease, and said more than two million malnourished children are particularly at risk.   Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe

Modern slavery?

  'My Family's Slave' is something Filipinos have always known about - Women's servitude blights Philippine society

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By Ninotchka RoscaFilipina author - Alex Tizon's A Slave in the Family generated a maelstrom. A confessional-memoir, it remembers Eudocia Tomas Pulido, who had been a gift from his grandfather to his mother and who served the family for 56 years - without pay. Mr Tizon did not evade the issue, naming her a "slave" - though he also called her Lola (grandmother). The word was a trigger. It named the essence of a servitude familiar to Filipinos, both at home and overseas. Few have childhood memories without the presence of the caretaker, the yaya, the utusan (the one commanded), katulong (helpmate), kasambahay (home companion) - and now, the industrialized domestic worker.

Justice Centre testifies today before Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee re: Bill C-16 (gender expression)

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Poll: More Quebecers say yes to importing oil from Western Canada

More Quebecers (65%) prioritize Western Canadian oil for its imports. Also, they would rather exploit their own oil resources and favour pipelines as a means of transporting oil. Released today, the Leger poll, commissioned by the MEI, follows up on a similar poll carried out a year ago.

Poll: More Quebecers say yes to importing oil from Western Canada

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , May 17, 2017  – More Quebecers prioritize Western Canadian oil for its imports. They would rather exploit their own oil resources and favour pipelines as a means of transporting oil. Released today, the Leger poll, commissioned by the MEI, follows up on a similar poll carried out a year ago. Among the results: •         It is now 65% of Quebecers—2 out of 3—who prefer that the oil imported by Quebec come from Western Canada . All other countries combined, including Mexico , Saudi Arabia , and Algeria , receive just 13% support. Quebecers are thus even more in favour of consuming Western Canadian oil than last year, when 59% favoured this option. •         56% of respondents consider it preferable for Quebec to exploit its own oil resources, instead of continuing to import the oil it consumes from outside the province. This proportion is slightly higher than last year. •         Just like last year, 41% of Quebecers consider pipelines to be the safest means to transport oil, far ahead of the other options (tanker truck: 14%, train: 12%, ship: 11%).Interestingly, the options of exploiting Quebec oil and prioritizing Western Canadian oil imports find a strong echo among respondents who intend to vote for left-leaning parties like the PQ and Québec Solidaire. "The results of this poll show not only that Quebecers are open to the development of oil in the province, to the use of pipelines as the safest way to transport it, and to prioritizing Western Canadian oil, but that they are more in favour of these things than they were a year ago. When it comes to future public policy decisions, politicians will have no choice but to take these facts into account," says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. The results of the poll are also in line with the results of numerous MEI publications over the years. Among other things, these have shown, through numerous scientific studies, the benefits of developing Quebec 's oil resources and of transporting oil by pipeline. The poll was conducted between April 17 and April 19, 2017 in all regions across Quebec , with a representative sample of 1,016 Quebecers aged 18 or over. This would yield a margin of error of around + or – 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The poll can be consulted on the MEI's 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. 5.17.17

The National Center 's Free Enterprise Project activism has yielded a tremendous return on investment:

FEP's highly-publicized questioning of support for the Clinton Foundation by Boeing and General Electric helped trigger an FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation's activities that dominated the 2016 presidential campaign. FEP inquiries prompted Facebook to address political bias against conservatives in social media. Company executives acknowledged media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner) in response to FEP's challenges, which helped to bring about more objective reporting and more balanced political representation. 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. So far in 2017, the FEP has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, Drudge Report, Business Insider, CNET, National Public Radio, American Family Radio and SiriusXM. In 2016, the FEP was also featured in the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel's "Cavuto," the Financial Times, Crain's Chicago Business, theHollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, the Seattle Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune among many others.  The Free Enterprise Project 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. 5.13.17

Commentary On Complex Business And Legal Disputes 

Top New York City Attorney Provides Expert Counsel And Expert Media
New York, NY, May 10, 2017  ― Attorney John H. Snyder is a commercial litigator and master strategist who built his New York City practice on tackling high-stakes business disputes. Primarily representing businesses and entrepreneurs, Snyder's trial-focused practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial matters, with an emphasis on partnership/closely-held company disputes. Snyder also serves as counselor and personal adviser to executives and entrepreneurs. In today's world, business litigation is fast-moving and complex, and Snyder's firm has experienced all aspects of business disputes, including: • The rights of a company and its owners under LLC operating agreements, partnership agreements or shareholder agreements; • Proceedings to compel a controlling owner to disclose information about a company and its financial status;  • Misappropriation of company funds;  • Allegations of self-dealing;   • Squeeze-outs of minority owners; and  • Contractual buyout provisions, to name a few. In all cases, Snyder uses a solution-oriented approach to these complex problems to help businesses move forward. Snyder has been recognized as a Top 100 litigator in the State of New York and has been selected to SuperLawyers each year since 2013. (SuperLawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement)  A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School , Snyder practiced at the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP in Manhattan for seven years before opening his own law firm in Midtown in 2010. He organized a group of 100 Harvard-trained lawyers from around the world who also run their own firms, called the Solo Boutique Network, to collaborate on cases whenever necessary. Snyder is also the co-founder of Qounsel, a social network that connects experienced lawyers worldwide, and SpeechBeats, a technology company dedicated to the advancement of public oratory and persuasive speaking. For more information about Snyder and his practice, please visit, where his two new blogs, "Dear Donald," and Ivy League Business, offer provocative advice for the president and business owners everywhere. 5.13.17  

US and China sign trade agreement

The deal means China will lift its ban on US beef imports while Chinese banks can enter the US market.

The US and China have reached a 10-point trade deal that opens the Chinese market to US credit rating agencies and credit card companies. Under the deal, China will also lift its ban on US beef imports and accept US shipments of liquefied natural gas. In return, Chinese cooked chicken will be allowed into the US market and Chinese banks can enter the US market. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the deal should reduce China 's trade surplus with the US by the end of 2017. The announcement marks the first tangible results of trade talks that began last month. The agreement is seen as an indication that US President Donald Trump is adopting a less confrontational approach with Beijing than he promised during last year's election campaign. Mr Trump had threatened to label China a "currency manipulator" and impose trade tariffs on its goods, but has since softened his position.  China's big push for its global trade narrative    Just what are Trump's trade priorities?

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ADD TO EVENT CALENDAR - This Memorial Day weekend Sunday May 28th Punch TV Studios invites the Southern California Community to join them in debuting their first live television event of the year, “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” in Hollywood at the El Portal Theatre. “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” will be hosted by actor, writer, producer, comedian and radio host, Speedy. Speedy is the Head Writer for the new hit show Beat Shazam hosted by Jamie Foxx. Based off of one of the world’s most popular apps that identifies millions of songs, the new interactive game show has teams go head to head to guess the song before Shazam. This new show is set to air May 25th on Fox. “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” will also feature iconic comedians Roy Rice aka Screw, Kool Bubba Ice, Mike Bonner and Frantz Cassues who have appeared on BET Comic View, Show Time at the Apollo, Uptown Comedy, Comedy Central and Russel Simmons Def Jam Comedy Club. Come laugh with the rawest, most unbelievably funny, underground comedians that will have you leg-slapping and cracking-up all night. Be front and center as Punch TV Studios tapes one of Hollywood ’s hottest new shows at the El Portal Theatre at 5:00p.m. and 8:30p.m. Upscale attire is preferred as this is your chance to strut the red carpet, meet special guests, and snap pictures your favorite comedians. Also, this will be an exclusive opportunity to see our Punch TV Studios CEO, Mr. Joseph Collins. Punch TV Studios is a multimedia company is committed to producing unique high-quality films and television programs using state-of-the-art technology. Punch TV Studios is in its IPO phase targeting directly towards the community to bring wealth and jobs in those areas.To find out more information or to become a stockholder with Punch TV Studios visit their website at Follow us on #PUNCHTVSTUDIOS #WALLSTREET #2017IPO #UNDERDOGSOFCOMEDY  Notes to Editor, Media Relations, 562.822.0965 About Us - Punch TV Studios was founded by CEO Joseph Collins as a production company that develops new media content for license and distribution around the world. Punch TV Studios is the first and only company that is doing an IPO targeted directly towards the urban market to bring wealth and jobs to the urban community.   5.19.17

Judge names Prince's siblings his heirs

The singer's sister and five half-siblings win rights to his $200m fortune.

More than a year after the death of the superstar musician Prince, his sister and five half-siblings have been declared his legal heirs. The singer died in April 2016 at his Paisley Park studios, from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. He did not leave a will and did not have any children. Reports place the value of his estate at around $200m (£153m), though taxes will likely absorb around half of that. In a protracted legal battle, as many as 45 people have staked a claim to the fortune, including a prisoner in Colorado who wrongly claimed to be Prince's son. Last July, a judge rejected claims by 29 would-be heirs, and ordered genetic tests to be carried out on others.   Judge snubs claims by 29 Prince 'heirs'    Five strange stories about mysterious Prince

  Netflix film booed at Cannes festival

Okja, which stars Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, had to be stopped five minutes in.


A screening at the Cannes Film Festival had to be stopped after the film was booed in its first few minutes. Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been controversial because producer Netflix has refused to screen it in French cinemas. The audience booed the Netflix logo, which appeared before the film started, and it then became clear the film was playing in the wrong aspect ratio. After the jeers, the movie was stopped and restarted without explanation. Some film journalists in the screening uploaded videos of the heckling on social media. The BBC's Lauren Turner, who was at the screening, said: "There was shouting from the upper seats and it became apparent the aspect ratio was wrong, so they restarted it after about 10 minutes. "The second time around the audience booed the Netflix logo again. But there was also some cheering at the same time and a warm round of applause at the end."  A statement from the Cannes Film Festival said: "This incident was entirely the responsibility of the Festival's technical service, which offers its apologies to the director and his team, to the producers and the audience."    Cannes Festival's eventful first day

by Claude Montminy - May 25 to June 10, 2017  English translation by Nina Lauren and Danielle Ellen  Directed by Gilles Provost
Featuring Manon Lafrenière, Serge Paquette, and David Whiteley  Tickets $38  $34 for Seniors 65+ $22 for Students/Artists  In English: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees 2:30 pm En français: Thursdays at 7:30pm, and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm  Plosive Productions is thrilled to invite you and a guest to the opening of Maestro  by Claude Montminy
Directed by Gilles Provost Première en français - le jeudi 25 mai à 19:30 Opening in English - Friday, May 26 at 7:30pm  The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue  Please RSVP to Jessica Ruano, Media Relations by Monday, May 22 to reserve one or two tickets for either or both performance(s).  SYNOPSIS: The NAC Orchestra's principal second violin is gunning to be concertmaster, and invites her eccentric new conductor to her home to convince him to promote her, but the Maestro has something else in mind. To make matters worse, her ex-boyfriend composer shows up and insists on making himself a third wheel for the tête-à-tête. How low will they stoop to conquer the Maestro? A presentation of   Plosive Productions. 5.17.19

JPL Presents: God is Calling: Don't Leave Him on Hold

Father John Walsh in conversation with Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow -

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , May 15, 2017 – Father John Walsh will discuss his new autobiography with Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow on  Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 JPL members & students, $15 general. A reception will follow. For tickets and information call 514-345-6416 or visit  
Father John Walsh, the former pastor of St. John Brébeuf Parish in Lasalle, marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination with the launch of his forthright autobiography. Walsh, who admits to "disappointments" but "no regrets," chronicles his progressive ministry over the past five decades. The book traces his childhood growing up in the Villeray district of Montreal, talks about his decision to go into the priesthood and details the subsequent studies in Rome and in Israel that shaped his tolerant views. As a CJAD talk show host he built a faithful listening audience and befriended Jews and Muslims alike with his practical approach to ecumenical dialogue. Father Walsh will be interviewed by Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, DPhil, Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. 5.17.17



Special to The Montreal Tribune - This Memorial Day weekend Sunday May 28th Punch TV Studios invites the Southern California Community to join them in debuting their first live television event of the year, “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” in Hollywood at the El Portal Theatre. “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” will be hosted by actor, writer, producer, comedian and radio host, Speedy. Speedy is the Head Writer for the new hit show Beat Shazam hosted by Jamie Foxx. Based off of one of the world’s most popular apps that identifies millions of songs, the new interactive game show has teams go head to head to guess the song before Shazam. This new show is set to air May 25th on Fox. “The Underdogs of Comedy Tour” will also feature iconic comedians Roy Rice aka Screw, Kool Bubba Ice, Mike Bonner and Frantz Cassues who have appeared on BET Comic View, Show Time at the Apollo, Uptown Comedy, Comedy Central and Russel Simmons Def Jam Comedy Club. Come laugh with the rawest, most unbelievably funny, underground comedians that will have you leg-slapping and cracking-up all night. Be front and center as Punch TV Studios tapes one of Hollywood ’s hottest new shows at the El Portal Theatre at 5:00p.m. and 8:30p.m. Upscale attire is preferred as this is your chance to strut the red carpet, meet special guests, and snap pictures your favorite comedians. Also, this will be an exclusive opportunity to see our Punch TV Studios CEO, Mr. Joseph Collins. Punch TV Studios is a multimedia company is committed to producing unique high-quality films and television programs using state-of-the-art technology. Punch TV Studios is in its IPO phase targeting directly towards the community to bring wealth and jobs in those areas.To find out more information or to become a stockholder with Punch TV Studios visit their website at Follow us on  A presentation of  PUNCH TV STUDIOS   #PUNCHTVSTUDIOS #WALLSTREET #2017IPO #UNDERDOGSOFCOMEDY 5.17.17


Nearly $1.5 million to 34 campus and community radio stations

Ottawa – The CRFC is pleased to award $1,482,751 to 34 campus and community radio stations across the country through its Radiometres program. Funded projects will enhance local programming, attract and train volunteers, and increase community participation. "I was impressed by the diversity of the project proposals we received and I warmly congratulate the new Radiometres recipients," says new CRFC Executive Director, Amély Friolet-O’Neil. In this round of funding, the CRFC received a record number of applications. More than half of the campus and community radio sector submitted a funding application to the CRFC. The President of the CRFC, Roger Ouellette, sees this as "a proof that stations need, more than ever, an increased financial support from us in order to fully fulfill their mandate within their respective communities." He adds by saying that "in a rapidly changing media environment, there are many challenges for traditional media, but community radio has an advantage: it is a local media, made by and for the community it serves, whether it's in Whitehorse , Toronto or Shediac." It goes without saying that projects that have received funding are of exceptional quality. There are several projects that revolve around local news, various partnerships between stations, schools and local organizations, the creation of a LGBTQ program, an audio art project, and an initiative focused on reconciliation. The CRFC is awarding funding to CHHO-FM, who is a first-time applicant, in order to produce a new weekly show that spotlights community services. "Our community will benefit from our project. On one hand, the local organisations will get more visibility and, on the other hand, our citizens will be able to discover the multitude of services that are being offered to them. We are very pleased to be able to solidify our role as the main voice for our community," says Jonathan Gariépy, Executive Director of the Coop de solidarité radio communautaire de de la MRC de Maskinongé in Saint-Léon-le-Grand , Quebec . Glen Ingram, Station Manager at CICK-FM in Smithers, British Columbia , also mentions that "CICK is thrilled to be able to expand its work with our community arts partners.  In a community of less than 7000, we have learned that limited resources can go a lot further when shared with like-minded organizations."  To find out who are the 34 recipients for this 7th round of funding of the Radiometres program, please read the list of funded projects. The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through a portion of their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in strengthening the campus and community sector of the Canadian broadcasting system. The Radiometres program was first launched in July 2012. Since then, it has awarded more than $10.5 million for the implementation of 322 initiatives. The CRFC wishes to thank Canada 's private broadcasters for providing financial support to 123 stations through the Radiometres program, representing close to 70% of the Canadian campus and community radio sector. For more information about the programs and the CRFC, please visit For more information on the CRFC: Amély Friolet-O'Neil  Executive Director  613-321-3513 For more information on our programs: Marie-Ève Laramée-Gauvreau  Program Director, Communications Officer 613-321-3513   About the Community Radio Fund of Canada  The Community Radio Fund of Canada is an independent national not-for-profit funding organization. Its mandate is to provide support to more than 180 campus and community radio stations in Canada and to foster a well-resourced, dynamic, and accessible sector. It is an organization that distributes funds for the development and sustainability of local community radio broadcasting. The CRFC helps develop and enrich this vital broadcasting sector to ensure local, accessible, and reflective radio for Canadian communities. 5.13.17

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Children taken away from foster parents unwilling to say Easter Bunny is real

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - HAMILTON, ON: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( today announced that Derek and Frances Baars have filed a court application against the The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS).  The court documents allege that CAS violated the Charter rights of the Baars by closing down their foster home because the couple refused to tell the girls in their care that the Easter Bunny is a real entity. In 2015, Derek and Frances Baars completed thorough training on foster parenting.  CAS completed a "homestudy", which included numerous interviews and home visits over a period of several months. The Baars welcomed two sisters, ages three and four, into their home in December 2015.  The sisters were temporarily separated from their biological parents, with the goal of returning them to live with their parents again in the future.  A weekly journal was passed back and forth between the Baars and the biological parents, who made various requests that the Baars carried out.  The Baars are devout Christians and had informed CAS that they do not celebrate Halloween.  CAS said this was not a problem: someone else could take the girls trick-or-treating if the biological parents requested this.  CAS had also noted in its Homestudy Report that the Baars "do not endorse Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny as they do not wish to lie to children."   "From the beginning, it was our delight to have the girls with us.  We loved them from the moment that they came to us," states Frances Baars in an affidavit filed this week in the court application against CAS.  The Baars regularly took the girls to a park near their home, attended and hosted playdates with other girls of similar age, played educational games, and painted with them, which provided hours of entertainment. CAS's Support Worker Tracey Lindsay visited the Baars and the girls, and acknowledged that they looked well cared for in all respects.  However, Ms. Lindsay informed the Baars that it was part of their duty as foster parents to teach the girls about the Easter Bunny, because she considered it part of Canadian culture.  The Baars informed Ms. Lindsay that they intended to hide chocolate eggs and have the girls find them at Easter, and play other games.  The Baars planned not to speak to the girls about the Easter Bunny at all, unless the girls specifically asked questions about this. In late February 2016, Ms. Lindsay informed the Baars that the girls would be taken away, and their foster home permanently closed, if the Baars refused to inform the girls proactively that the Easter Bunny is a real entity.  Ms. Lindsay's demand was known to CAS, and was supported by her superiors.  All this despite the fact that the biological parents had never expressed a desire for the girls to be told that the Easter Bunny is real. The Baars offered to let the girls stay with another foster family over the Easter period.  Ms. Lindsay refused.  On March 3, 2016 , Ms. Lindsay told the Baars that their foster home would be shut down, and the girls would be taken away the next morning.  The Baars requested a transition period of more than 24 hours, believing that a sudden change would be unwise and inappropriate for the girls.  Ms. Lindsay refused.  As Frances Baars explains it in her affidavit: We had poured our lives into taking care of the girls.  To have them suddenly ripped away from us was deeply painful. ... It was the days after they left that the house felt empty without them. I lacked desire to do anything. As remains of their belongings kept popping up—we had so little time to pack the girls' belongings that we weren't able to collect everything—it finally struck me that they weren't coming back. Several weeks later the girls' worker stopped by to pick up their remaining belongings, including the scrapbooks I had made for the girls, which I had purposely held on to so I could finish the scrapbooks before sending them on. The scrapbooks were my final way of showing our love and care, and to provide them with reminders of all the good times we had together. A picture of the girls is still on our fridge, so we can remember the happy times we shared. The Baars asked Ms. Lindsay if they could keep their foster home open just for infants, or for families that do not celebrate the cultural practices of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  Ms. Lindsay refused. As recently as January of 2017, the Hamilton Children's Aid Society has continued to struggle with a severe shortage of foster parents in Hamilton . "The Hamilton Children's Aid Society needs to be held accountable for its misguided emphasis on a single, minor issue," stated Calgary lawyer and Justice Centre president John Carpay. "People can be good foster parents even if they refuse to say that the Easter Bunny is real, especially with the pressing shortage of foster parents which the Hamilton Children's Aid Society itself has spoken about publicly," continued Carpay. For more information contact: John Carpay, 403-619-8014 or  Frances and Derek Baars: 587-230-1890 or; 4.13.17

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Learn From The Strategies And Principles Of A Winner In Unemployable!

Houston , TX , May 15, 2017  – If your job leaves you dissatisfied, maybe it's time you lose it. This may be the best time in history to start your own business. Best-selling author David Thomas Roberts, Renegade Capitalist™ and serial entrepreneur since age twenty-one, has created a guide for those who are no longer content to have someone else dictating their daily commute, their income, schedules and vacations. What does it really take for someone to jump off the employment treadmill and participate in the free enterprise system, unencumbered by traditionally accepted myths? Roberts lays out business strategies and principles in his book Unemployable! How to Be Successfully Unemployed Your Entire Life ( Defiance Press and Publishing, LLC). Always challenging the status quo, Roberts has built a lifetime of success in defiance of accepted business norms which has led him to be dubbed the "Renegade Capitalist™."  In college, Roberts became discouraged because no one was teaching him what he wanted to understand: how to become an entrepreneur. He then dropped out and within a year opened a multimillion-dollar air freight business with his brother. The downturn in the oil industry caught Roberts by surprise and eventually the business failed. Roberts took many valuable lessons from this experience. Undaunted, Roberts launched another business which he later successfully sold.  Roberts has built numerous successful businesses; he is the founder and CEO of Teligistics, a leading multimillion-dollar telecom technology management firm started with $1,000 on a folding card table in a closet. Now, acknowledging the need for more opportunities, classes and degree paths for aspiring entrepreneurs, Roberts has advised major universities and MBA programs on the creation of degree paths and curriculum for entrepreneurial studies. Roberts has two best-selling political thrillers to his credit, Patriots of Treason (2012) and A State of Treason (2014). Inspired by his four children, he recognized the need for an unconventional business book to share his expertise. Roberts will soon release his fourth book, a continuation of the political thriller series, and is working on several more business books digging deeper into the principles of Unemployable! Roberts lives with his wife of thirty-four years near Houston , Texas . He has four grown children and two grandchildren. For more information, please visit and  Unemployable! How to Be Successfully Unemployed Your Entire Life  Defiance Press and Publishing, LLC  By David Thomas Roberts  Available at fine bookstores everywhere and online  ISBN: 9780996259040 5.17.17

Author Q&As available on request. Reviews: Kirkus Reviews: "....Roberts makes a strong case that some people are 'unemployable' because, like him, they are better served founding their own companies and working for themselves. In engaging short chapters that include both personal anecdotes and a smattering of advice, Roberts covers....a worthwhile, fundamental introduction to key business topics...."  Randy Council, COO and Co-Founder of Teligistics Inc.: "Unemployable! is a great read, a real-life success story based on the fundamentals of success lost in our parental and educational systems. It should be a MANDATORY read for all high school seniors and their parents."  Robert E. Marling, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Woodforest Financial Group, Inc.: "Enjoyable to read, filled with compelling facts, and powerfully to the point, Unemployable! is a must read for anyone preparing to take that leap into the world of 'unknowns' that we call 'entrepreneurship.''
Randal Miller, President, New Summit Advisors: "...boldly honest. He is not afraid to speak the truth about the challenges he has faced as an entrepreneur for over 30 years. No filler, no fluff, reading Unemployable! is like having a successful mentor available at your fingertips.''
Amazon readers say:  Jeff Davidson, author and speaker, Breathing Space Institute: "A long term veteran of entrepreneurship himself, Thomas explains why now is one of the greatest times possible for you to be in your own business and he offers action steps for you to succeed....His description of 'renegade capitalism' is priceless, and if you think that you can be a renegade capitalist yourself, this is the book for you." Susan Keefe: "I agree with everything that the author David Thomas Roberts has written. This book is absolutely packed with good advice. If you have the thirst to be your own boss then this is the book for you! It is practical, informative, down to earth and yet at the same time so inspirational." Daisy S.: "...a very insightful and realistic book. If one is considering going into business for oneself, this book I believe would be worth  leading....encouraging, helpful and more realistic than others I read in the past." Pam G.: " enjoyable read from start to finish....I really enjoyed this book on a personal level. He nailed my character traits and the joys and challenges that I've found with running my own business....his enthusiasm and energy come across in his writing....I plan to give this book to my 16-year-old son, as he is searching for what he wants to do as a career, and doesn't see himself sitting in a cubicle from 9 a.m.-5 p.m."  Amazon Customer: "Impressive and educational!...if you've ever had the mindset to become an entrepreneur, this book helps in the transition from, 'I wish I could,' to 'wow, maybe I can too.' 5.17.17

Idols Of History: Start Building Here Today For More Civil Discourse In The Future

Phoenix, AZ, March 15, 2017 ― Yet another benefit of a classical education is the development of skills making it easier to participate in civil political discourse. Educator and author Jason Goetz is developing a unique and thoughtful series about European history, to engage young people in a living study of history with relevance to the issues of the 21st century. Idols of History: High Renaissance Italy is the acclaimed first volume of the series, each with a foreword from a leading academic executive. Ideas shape men, and men make history. Built on this premise, the Idols of History series explores history through the lens of the Great Books. These volumes explore both primary and secondary source classics about each era from the Italian High Renaissance to the Cold War. The perfect resource for high school history classrooms, these books will change the world by creating sharper minds and broadening civics education in the West. One example of how Goetz makes a thematic study of history accessible is his ability to draw a parallel between the two-party
U.S. political system and the dynamic interplay between the revived ideas of Plato and Lucretius as they filtered into northern Italy in the early-to-mid 1400s. With this parallel in mind, Goetz provides a combination of easily readable prose and serious scholarship. This slender 225-page volume introduces students to Lorenzo Valla's Donation of Constantine, Poggio'sFacetiae, Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man, Luca Pacioli's Rules for Double-Entry Bookkeeping, Machiavelli's The Prince and Discourses on Livy, Castiglione's Book of the Courtier, and Cellini'sAutobiography as primary source classics, and it looks at Durant's The Renaissance, Burckhardt's Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, and Macaulay's essay on Machiavelli as secondary source classics. Jason R. Goetz is a young, charismatic award-winning author and educator focusing on reconstructing classical education in the modern world. He is the winner of Readers Favorite (2011) and Nonfiction Authors Association (2016) Bronze Awards. He has worked with and received recognition from actors and actresses, university and corporation executives, heads of high schools, and law school deans.
For more information on Jason Goetz, please visit the website: Idols of History: High Renaissance Italy
Available in print and  ebook at Amazon: ISBN:  978-1539750543 5.17.17

Q&As available on request.

Andrew S. Rosen Chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.; Author, Rebooting for the New Talent Economy:  "Jason...has a serious ambition: he intends to write a series of volumes exploring the interplay between great ideas as expressed in the entire 'Great Books' canon and the events of modern European history.... Goetz paints a detailed and fresh picture of the great figures of the Italian Renaissance....In a tight, readable volume, he articulates the central ideas that emerged from the era, and how the men and women of the period seized these ideas to achieve specific goals. Sometimes those goals were wonderful; frequently they were cruel; almost always they were self-interested.
"...Every high school history classroom would benefit from this book, as it will engage students in an era that shaped our own society. They will see some of the roots from which our current conceptions of commerce, science and philosophy emerged – but they will also see how societies have long been threatened by the hubris, short-sightedness and self-aggrandizement of politicians and leaders. Jason brings a contemporary perspective to issues that have been analyzed and discussed for centuries; the modern reader can't help but reflect on how our society often seems to re-live past mistakes." Stephen H. Balch, Director, Texas Tech Institute for the Study of Western Civilization: " you turn these pages, you will neither have to endure politically correct fretting about the West's guilty forebears, nor morally relative equivocation about their non-Western adversaries—just history, and its evenhanded interpretation, all designed for mature adults....wise and eloquent....Mr. Goetz will be with you along every step of your way, expertly weaving you through narrative paths, focusing your sights on key landmarks, and rendering his own verdicts on the follies, iniquities and, where merited, the virtues and nobility, of the exceptional personages—heroes and villains alike—whom you'll see at history's work." Dr. Daniel Scoggin, Founder, Great Hearts Academies: "Jason is a deep thinker—a philosopher who sees the parts for the whole—and he models the analysis we seek to inculcate in the graduates from our public schools....He does so in a minimum of pages, emphasizing economy of words and of space—a skill that is too often under appreciated or altogether unrecognized. "...Jason then adds color to the factual narrative by bringing in the Great Books. In an age where few students in public or private schools are asked to read nonfiction, let alone nonfiction classics, this is where the real value of Jason's work lies. He brings together the central idea of justice underneath the plot of history, as an adept classical teacher surely should. "...Balanced and even-keeled, Jason takes his readers on an important excursion into one of the most turbulent and troublesome—but ultimately fruitful—periods of which there is record.  He does so with the deliberate intent to draw comparisons with our own turbulent age, and to show how the past can be used to help guide us as a society through the present and into the future."  John Hillis, Vice President of International and
Independent Schools , BASIS.ed: "Jason Goetz is a passionate historian .... Students would greatly benefit from this narrative-driven text which is always exciting and never dry. At school I always wanted a history book to be a page-turner, like Walter Scott's Ivanhoe or The Heart of Midlothian. If that's the type of history book you want, then try this for size. It will enlighten you but not lecture you. Once you're done with it try some of his other titles. You won't be disappointed. Mr. Goetz, and his books, should be seen as essential reading." From Readers' Favorite: "Idols of History: High Renaissance Italy by Jason Goetz is a fascinating look at a small but important piece of the history of Europe and thus the world. [It] is the type of book I found for myself as a young high school student browsing my school library shelves, looking for knowledge and opinions about history that would fill in the huge gaps that my formal public education left....Idols of History is written in a scholarly yet approachable voice that young people will enjoy and, I believe, find very engaging. It has just enough wit and insight into the lives and motivations of historical personages to keep a young mind reading." 5.17.17

Christian Plays Performed Across The Country

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Montreal Tribune - Sparta , TN , May 8, 2017 ― Author and playwright, Elizabeth Honaker presents Christian drama at its finest. With eight Christian dramas already published, Elizabeth 's plays are being performed in churches and by Christian groups across the country. To her credit, she's also written and published a novel and two non-fiction books. The following paragraphs briefly describe the "heart" of just a few of her plays. More detailed descriptions can be found on Honaker. The Bread of the Servant: An Easter Play in Four Acts (Feb. 2011) The play centers around the Apostle John in his old age, attempting to explain to Diana, a bitter, jaded slave woman, the life-changing impact Jesus can have on an open heart. Journey to Faith: An Easter Play (Mar. 2016) Luke's Gospel conveys the great compassion of Jesus the Christ in two special stories: the faith of the Centurion in Chapter 7, and the faith of the woman who was healed of a lingering condition in Chapter 8. This play blends the two stories, taking the audience into the revelation of God's love to a sinful world. Truth and Light: An Easter Play in Four Acts (Dec. 2014) Pontius Pilate and his wife have traditionally been shadowy, historical figures. But the short mention of them that exists in each Gospel challenges us, even in the 21st century. This play brings their encounters with Jesus Christ, the source of all truth and light, to an audience in a fresh way. The Paschal Lamb: An Easter Play in Four Acts (June 2014) Martha of Bethany and Barabbas of Bethlehem both experience life-changing events at an early age. Martha experiences the price of sacrifice, and Barabbas experiences the price of hatred. As adults, their lives intersect and they encounter Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah awaited by the Jewish nation. The Sense to Believe: An Easter Play in Four Acts (Mar. 2015) The subject of light is a theme found throughout the Bible: God created light on the fourth day of Creation; Moses' first revelation of God came through a burning bush; several of the prophets reported encountering beings of light who delivered messages from God, and then there is the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. About the Author: Elizabeth Golibart Honaker hails from Sparta , Tennessee , where she teaches writing support and English at Motlow Community College . Her undergraduate degree is in Liberal Arts, and her first MA is in Theology. This has given her the breadth and scope to write over fifteen, full-length passion plays in the last twenty years – seven of which are in print with others being prepared for publication – as well as dozens of shorter scripts, short stories, and poems on Christian topics. Her first historical fiction novel, Come Before Winter, was published in 2014. In that same year, she completed her second MA in English and Creative Writing (Fiction) at Southern New Hampshire University. When she is not writing or tutoring, she spends her time devising new home projects for Allen, her husband of 45 years. She also enjoys communicating with her two wonderful grown children and buying (and making) trinkets for her four lively grandchildren. She is passionate about sharing Christ, missional activities, and her local church. She also loves gardening, sewing, piano playing, and Star Trek as time permits. 5.09.17

New Book And Documentary Reveal Billions Spent on UFO Projects

Washington, DC, April 27, 2017 ― As director of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), Dr. Steven M. Greer has prepared briefings on UFOs and ETs for two sitting presidents, members of congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the Director of the CIA and numerous foreign leaders. In May of 2001, as founder of The Disclosure Project, Dr. Greer brought forth twenty eyewitnesses (most of whom had above-top-secret government clearances) to testify about the existence of ETs and UFOs. On
April 24, 2017 , Dr. Greer debuted a long-awaited documentary film (released by The Orchard, a division of Sony) and a 350-page hardback (A&M Publishers); both projects under the shared title Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the Greatest Secret in History.  While Dr. Greer's previous documentary, Sirius, focused on members of the armed forces and intelligence organizations who testified as to the "existence and cover-up regarding interstellar craft visiting Earth," Unacknowledged focuses upon USAPs – Unacknowledged Special Access Projects that are being "illegally funded every year from taxpayer monies (conservatively estimated between $80 billion to $100 billion), all of which are operating without the approval of the president or congress." "Hidden among these USAPs are free energy propulsion technologies reverse-engineered from downed UFOs that should have replaced fossil fuels more than 40 years ago," says Dr. Greer. Adding, "Witnesses testify to their existence, as well as other illegalities – including the harassment and murder of scientists who made breakthroughs in zero-point-energy that threatened the fossil fuel industry." To bring Unacknowledged to the masses through a new documentary and book, Dr. Greer and his supporters raised over $700,000 in crowd funding. "We're not out to prove that ETs exist; these advanced craft have been seen by millions of people over the last 70 years. The reason for the secrecy and denial has everything to do with the zero-point-energy technology that powers these craft. You're looking at a free, endless abundance of clean energy that would literally end famine and poverty and reverse global warming while completely changing the way in which the world operates – on scale with the combustion engine and personal computer, only far greater. Big Oil obviously doesn't want that to happen; neither do the banks and military industrialists who feed from the same trough. For humanity, it's akin to the horse and buggy industry preventing the manufacturing of the combustion engine. Unacknowledged exposes everything to the masses."  In addition to offering mankind the keys to humanity's energy future, Dr. Greer and his witnesses "expose the existence of a secret faction of the government that acts without the knowledge and approval of the president or congress, much less the people. Unacknowledged names names, along with the locations of secret underground bases paid for over the last fifty years with taxpayer monies that run into the trillions of dollars." Even more shocking, Greer's book reveals "the reasons behind the murder of CIA Directors James Forrestal and William Colby, as well as Marilyn Monroe, Congressman Steve Schiff of New Mexico , and Dr. Greer's personal assistant and friend, Sheri Adamack." For the first time, military eyewitnesses corroborate criminal acts upon American citizens as part of a USAP – man-made UFO cover-up. The book was released April 25th in bookstores and on The DVD and digital movie will be released on May 9th. 4.28.17

Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-Being By Michel Pascal

From Michel Pascal, an inspiring meditation teacher whose programs are in Fortune 500 companies, in prisons, and in his recent multimedia meditation performance at Carnegie Hall, comes a new book with revolutionary and simple one-minute meditations to change our lives.
Los Angeles , CA , April 27, 2017  ― Drawing on his experience living at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal , meditation teacher Michel Pascal shares his simple method of meditating in the moment to calm the mind and break the cycle of stress addiction.  Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being is more than just an exploration of why we experience stress; it is a guide to a revolutionary meditative technique for finding peace, quiet, mindfulness, centeredness and simplicity in our daily lives. A true authority in meditation, Michel Pascal introduces readers to the power of meditation as the best solution for daily stress, anxiety, and depression. He prescribes a series of one minute visualization and breathing practices and techniques that can be used throughout the day ― whether in the workplace, while commuting, or at home ― to unplug in the moment, before stress takes hold (or after if necessary).  Michel's method includes ten easy practices that you can do for even a minute at a time, wherever you are. In this guide, you will learn how to:  • Meditate Like the Horizon to unplug your brain when it is running all the time.   • Meditate Like a Dolphin to discover your inner peace in high-stress moments.   • Meditate Like a Mountain to feel more grounded when your mood is up and down.   • Meditate Like a Wave to help you deal with difficult people and difficult interactions.   • Meditate Like a Kiss to feel less stress in a romantic relationship.   Exploring both spirituality and physicality, mind and body, Meditation for Daily Stress is an essential read for busy people looking for an approach to meditation that will allow them to start a daily practice right away in order to live a healthier, happier life. Michel Pascal is a French author, meditation teacher, singer, filmmaker, and photographer. Michel's unique brand of meditation is being practiced at Google, Harvard University , and many other major organizations. Before moving to the United States , Pascal lived in the Kopan Monastery in the Himalayas . He has spent more than 15 years adapting traditional teachings and practices for students around the world. Pascal lives in Los Angeles , CA . If you wish to request an interview with Michel Pascal on Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-Being please send Dea Shandera-Hunter an email with the name of the show, your network, your contact information, calling details and a proposed date. Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being By Michel Pascal Published by Abrams Image, April 2017 ISBN: 9781419724053  Hardcover $16.95, 192  4.28.17

Called On The Ice Merchant

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Galveston , TX , April 19, 2017  – The Ice Merchant, the latest riveting thriller by Dr. Paul Boor, goes back in time to 1889 Galveston to explore the dark history of trafficking in corpses to be used in the medical schools that were popping up across America . In a tale that combines the perfect blend of intrigue, thrills, romance and human weakness, this plot makes for one heck of a page-turner!  Nicolas Van Horne, a shrewd Yankee ice merchant, is happy with his profitable side business. On this particular trip, his first delivery for Galveston 's new Medical School , he's carrying human cadavers wedged between huge blocks of ice deep in his ship's hold. When he becomes enthralled with Galveston 's lady scientist Rene Keiller, he makes the gruesome discovery that he's been trafficking in murdered boys! With Rene's help, Nicolas eventually solves the puzzle behind his grisly cargo. But it's not quite that simple; he must first overcome his addiction to morphine, even as he becomes completely enmeshed in Rene's experiments on the most dreaded killer of their time...Yellow Fever. Dr. Boor's vast background as a scientist and professor at Galveston 's Medical School lends added realism to an already thrilling plot. Also home to the highest-level, infectious Bio-Lab in the nation, Dr. Boor put this experience to work in his first novel, The Blood Notes of Peter Mallow ― a modern biomedical thriller acclaimed as "real, raw and on the edge."  Dr. Boor is a world-renowned, Harvard-trained pathologist and scientist whose contributions to science are highly respected. He was the recipient of both a Young Investigator and an Established Investigator Award from NIH's (National Institutes of Health) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Passionate about writing, the credibility he brings to his riveting storytelling is making Dr. Boor a hot contender in the thriller and suspense genre. For more information, please visit:  The Ice Merchant Publisher: Argo-Navis Language: English ISBN-10: 0786754931 ISBN-13: 978-0786754939 4.20.17

Take The Leap And Soar Higher Than Ever: From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Friendswood , TX , April 19, 2017- Finding professional and personal happiness is a lifelong journey; Margaret A. Johnson, P.E., credentialed executive/corporate coach and author, has a unique and fun approach to getting out of a rut and moving ahead. From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure is a helpful guidebook for anyone ready to bust their assumptions, unleash their creative ideas, and take courageous risks to get to where they want to be personally and professionally. "If you're stuck in the same old place at work, in your personal life, or still waiting for your dreams to become a reality and you're ready to make a change, this book is for you," Johnson explains. "SOS, or 'Same Old Stuff,' is the place you find yourself in over and over again. For example, maybe you're unhappy at work, wondering what else you could be doing. Maybe you're in a relationship with the same kind of guy or gal you recently separated from, or watching someone else doing what you have always dreamed about, but not making any progress toward making it happen for yourself. "Where would you like to be instead? WOW - 'Well On the Way' - to being where you really want to be," Johnson continues. "No longer stuck in a 'no progress' repetitive cycle, you're achieving your goals using forward-moving tips and techniques to bust through limiting beliefs, making creativity and courageous risk taking a part of your daily life. Finally, you are SWOW – 'So Well On the Way' - staying motivated and making real progress toward your dreams and goals." Margaret A. Johnson is from Michigan but moved to Texas as soon as she could where she learned to ride a horse and say "y'all." Utilizing her BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, her professional engineering license and coaching credentials, she inspires people and organizations to strive for excellence. Her experience ranges from engineering and management in power, to sales and consulting in the oil and gas industry.  As President of Ideal Training, Inc., she trains and coaches professionals and managers with a mission to unleash creativity, ignite ideas and remove barriers to success to assist clients in solving problems and opening doors to possibilities. For more information on Margaret Johnson, coach, speaker and author, please visit the website: From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure  Available online at and at ISBN:  978-0998129501 4.20.17

Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way Of Life By Pascale Naessens

Renowned Belgian bestselling culinary author who has sold 1.5 million books, former international model, and accomplished ceramic artist Pascale Naessens brings her passion for health and cooking with romantic flair to her first U.S. book, with more than 60 recipes that showcase beautiful, nutritious, and delicious natural foods. Los Angeles , CA , April 13, 2017 ― In Pure & Simple, Pascale Naessens celebrates delicious meals, pleasure, and health with passion. Her method for staying happy, healthy and slim will help readers acquire new, conscious eating habits and freedom from carbohydrate addiction. With more than 60 recipes and a new up-to-date approach to eating, Pure & Simple creates a culinary movement. Naessens' approach is building a lifestyle that embraces only natural, unprocessed foods that will leave you satisfied and with more energy. With gorgeous images of healthy cuisine that inspire, Naessens' latest book also exhibits her knack for design and her talent as an acclaimed ceramist. Her aesthetics are evident in the styling of her book, which she is solely responsible for, while her tableware designs adorn the pages of Pure & Simple. Naessens' ceramic tableware line, Pure, is sought after by home cooks and top restaurants alike. Pure & Simple shares delicious, simple recipes with a romantic flair that are designed to be shared with friends and family. More than a cookbook, it is chock-full of the latest nutritional insights, helpful tips, and inspiration for healthy eating. Mouthwatering recipes for appetizers, mains, and desserts make adopting this eating style entirely uncomplicated. Naessens emphasizes that what you eat is just as important as how you eat; creating a pleasurable eating experience is not only simple to achieve but something to savor as well. Naessens came to this realization after experiencing an eating disorder as a model, then delving into the world of health and nutrition and soon becoming a qualified health consultant specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. She is well versed in a wide array of health practices, including tai chi and shiatsu massage. Naessens also is a qualified restaurateur. At its core Pure & Simple focuses on food combinations, demystifying this nutritional philosophy by providing a simple food combining chart with a simple philosophy: replace bread and potatoes with vegetables and fruit at every meal. This is her only rule —concentrated carbohydrates should not be eaten with concentrated protein. The basic series of food combinations in her meals include meat or fish + vegetables, carbohydrates + vegetables, or dairy + vegetables. And she doesn't fear fat. Pascale's very easy and simple recipes to prepare are more satiating than the classic high carb meals. To Naessens, the terms "cooking" and "eating" are synonyms for "enjoying;" food should not be about a calorie war, but rather the pleasure of balanced, conscious eating should be celebrated. Her two conditions for acquiring new healthy eating habits? The food you eat must be good and you must be satisfied after every meal. You won't need to count calories or restrict portion sizes. Simply choose healthy food consciously and enjoy what you eat. You will cook delicious food simply and easily. You can drink wine. You will be satisfied. And you will enjoy your food with pleasure.  A few of her recipes include:   • Salmon with Olive-Pistachio Tapenade and Tomatoes   • Fish Wraps with Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce   • Seared Scallops with Sea Beans    • Cajun Chicken Salad with Guacamole   • Roasted Rosemary Lamb, Tomatoes, and Carrots   • Meatballs in Ginger-Soy Broth   • Goat Cheese Bites with Marinated Sesame Seeds   • Savory Lentil and Rice Crepes with Fresh Herbs   • Baked Peaches with Mascarpone   About the Author:   Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author in Belgium. She has since become a leading voice for pure and healthy eating. A number of her books have already been translated into French, English, German, and Chinese. It's said that Naessens has "taught her nation to eat healthily." Her cooking and her lifestyle appeal to a broad public as demonstrated by the many Facebook communities where fans of Pascale's Pure Kitchen share experiences and recipes. After completing her studies in economic sciences at the age of eighteen, Naessens traveled the globe as a fashion model. After five years of assignments in Paris , Milan , Madrid , Hong Kong , China and Tokyo , she returned to Belgium where she began a television career with the Belgian broadcasting corporation VTM, first as a presenter then hosting a series of home and lifestyle shows.  
For more information, please visit:   Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way of Life   By Pascale Naessens,  Abrams / April 4, 2017  U.S. $24.95 / CAN $29.95  Hardcover / 208 pages   73⁄8 x 93⁄8" / 150 color photographs  ISBN: 978-1-4197-2617-0  

Take The Challenge

Find Out What Really Brings You Happiness And Makes Life More Meaningful In Find Your Awesome

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Livermore , CA , April 10, 2017  ― In today's fast-paced world, filled with deadlines, to-do lists and obligations, it's no wonder we've been neglecting the very states of our well-being. Now (more than ever) there's Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self (HCI – ISBN: 9780757319754 – April 2017 -- $14.95) by author/illustrator and all around awesome person, Judy Clement Wall. The author delivers an illustrated journal filled with fun designed to guide you to a more relaxed, playful, more lovable you. The challenge? To explore and expand the boundaries of your imagination.
With Find Your Awesome you'll be encouraged to create, make art (don't worry, you don't have to be DaVinci), or write yourself a love letter. Just have fun! Here's an example of some of the exciting prompts you'll find: • Appreciate your body in all its awesomeness    • Doodle your perfect t-shirt    • Find your life theme   • Be outrageously grateful  • Create a life list    The best part? There are no rules. No expectations. No judgments. Just 'you' time, to let your mind go wild and create.  Let your freak flag fly!  Readers will enjoy original art with full color and space to play and journal. The portable size is also perfect for bedside table, pocketbook, or travel. Please contact me at (800) 851-9100 ex. 9212 or for more information. About the Author: Judy Clement Wall is a writer-illustrator who has been published or featured in the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Good Men Project. She is the author of Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self (A Creative Journal Adventure) and illustrator for HCI Book's popular Inkspirations coloring book series( including Inkspirations for Women and Inkspirations for Mindful Living. Visit her at Available at and  Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self By Judy Clement Wall Publisher: HCI (April 4, 2017) Paperback: 120 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0757319750 ISBN-13: 978-0757319754 4.11.17

An Exhilarating Journey To A Better Life Begins With Dear Human, Master Your Emotions

Special to The Montreal Tribune -    Sarasota , FL , April 10, 2017  ― We all want to be our best self, every day. But for most people, emotional reactions like stress, anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, shame, and disappointment are an exhausting daily struggle, making it tough to consistently be the leader, parent, mate, colleague, friend, and person you truly want to be. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions (Inspire On Purpose) is a user-friendly guide to emotional mastery. Author Mark Youngblood has spent decades studying what it takes to lead a successful and fulfilling life. One of his greatest lessons has been this: the power to change our world—to make it what we want—exists within each of us. And through these powerful insights, strategies and life skills, the journey can be faster and easier than you ever imagined. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions provides simple, clear explanations and powerful tools for transforming your life. Readers find powerful insights and perspectives, along with exciting new strategies and life skills, illustrated through fascinating real-life examples. We are born with a robust palette of emotions designed to make our life richer and to serve our best interests; instead, they often seem to make our life more difficult and painful. The inability to handle negative emotions is at the root of most of the strife and suffering in society. People will do almost anything to avoid negative, painful emotions ― and resort to suppression, destructive interpersonal drama, addiction, compulsions, and ultimately to suicide. Dear Human, Master Your Emotions is a user-friendly guide designed to help readers gain greater understanding and acceptance of their emotions by learning how to take charge of them. Embracing all of these emotions and processing them in a healthy way will not only transform an individual life, it can lead to the betterment of society in general. "The development of Inner Mastery is a journey to free yourself from the chains of your personal dramas and the suffering they inflict," Youngblood says. "As you begin your journey, this book will guide you through self-awareness and emotional self-management. It will prepare you with the understanding and skills you will need for continuing your journey of growth." Mark Youngblood is a lifelong student, teacher, and facilitator of Inner Mastery. His life purpose is to elevate human consciousness and promote spiritual growth, individually and collectively. He founded his company, Inner Mastery, Inc., more than 20 years ago to promote personal and organizational transformation. His outreach presently includes executive coaching with top management, the Inner Mastery online learning community, Dear Human books, public speaking, and special workshops. A Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Youngblood has read, studied, and practiced extensively in the art and science of personal transformation and spiritual growth for nearly two decades. A proud father and stepfather, Youngblood is married to his high school sweetheart after 30 years apart. He loves to travel and is an avid fine art photographer. For more information, please visit the website: Dear Human, Master Your Emotions, Inspire On Purpose Publishing, Available at fine booksellers September 5, in e-book, audiobook and paperback formats  ISBN:  978-1941782088 4.11.17

Repealing Obamacare: What This Means For Businesses Outside The U.S

Special to The Montreal Tribune -New York, NY, April 5, 2017 - Reversing career-ending injuries like chronic tendinosis, a common medical condition caused by a cycle of incomplete healing and re-injury that leads to a painful degenerative state, is the focus for Replicel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company. Tendinosis is often caused by sports-related injuries, occupational overuse, aging and poor general health. Chronic Achilles tendinosis can affect both physically active and inactive individuals, accounting for 30 to 50% of all sports injuries and 50% of occupation-related disorders in the
United States . The company's cell therapies are designed to treat chronic tendinosis, damaged or aged skin, and pattern baldness. The company is also developing a propriety, next-generation injection device (RCI) for optimal clinical delivery.  Each condition is related to a deficit of a specific cell type which we believe is critical to the restoration of normal function.  The injected cells promote the healing process by producing proteins that are necessary for restoring tissue's structural integrity as well as type 1 collagen fibers which orientate themselves along the direction of the stretch of the tendon. "The anticipated long-term outcome is the return of normal tendon structure, improved function and zero pain," according to company CEO Lee Buckler. Dr. Ross Davidson, an orthopedic surgeon, former clinical professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, and past head physician and orthopaedic consultant for the Vancouver Canucks (of the National Hockey League (NHL)), adds: "This study shows exciting clinical improvements in patients with clinically diagnosed chronic Achilles tendinosis who were unresponsive to standard treatments, and who had suffered for many months (in some cases, years) with frequent pain and loss of function. Not only did the study show several clinically important improvements in pain and function scores, but several ultrasound measures clearly demonstrate a marked improvement in tendon structure; something rarely seen in patients with this condition." RepliCel, a regenerative medicine company based in Vancouver , Canada , is focused on developing autologous cell therapies that address diseases caused by a deficit of healthy cells required for normal healing and function. RepliCel has also successfully pioneered regenerative cell therapy as a non-invasive cure for hair loss; partnering the Japanese giant Shiseido. Lee Buckler has been an executive in the cell therapy sector since 2000, beginning with Malachite Management in the Stem Cell Technologies group of companies.  Most recently he was the Managing Director of Cell Therapy Group, a firm he formed in 2008 where he did business development consulting for companies and organizations in, or interested in, the cell therapy sector.  His work included deal-targeting, transactions, market intelligence, competitive analyses, strategic assessments, and market profile planning for companies ranging from top-tier multinationals to start-ups. Mr. Buckler has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Law Degree. Buckler served six years as the Executive Director of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and Director of Business Development for Progenitor Cell Therapy.  He is on the editorial advisory boards of the journal Regenerative Medicine and the BioProcess International magazine, as well as the co-chair of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine's Communications and Education Committee. He co-founded Cell Therapy News, founded Cell Therapy Blog, founded and continues to manage the LinkedIn Cell Therapy Industry Group, co-founded Regenerative Medicine Jobs, and is an active industry commentator in publications and in social media.  Mr. Buckler serves on numerous industry conference advisory boards, is an advisory board member for BioCision, Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy and RoosterBio, and is on the Board of Directors for Hemostemix. 4.06.17

New Book Explores the Virtues—and Dangers—of Spiritual Teachers

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Minneapolis, MN, April 4, 2017 ― A spiritual teacher isn't an ordinary member of the clergy. They are a perceptive, caring, trustworthy human being who provides one-to-one, in-depth spiritual direction. Celebrities such as Madonna and Russell Brand, and writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Deepak Chopra, have all worked with spiritual teachers. So have millions of people from almost every major religious tradition—as well as millions of others who are spiritual but not religious. A new book, The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers, provides invaluable guidance for anyone who is curious about spiritual teachers—or who wants to work with one but doesn't know how or where to begin. This user-friendly book also offers practical wisdom for anyone who already has a spiritual teacher, and wants to make the most of that relationship. Still more important, The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers helps readers spot and avoid the predators, narcissists, charlatans, and cult leaders who call themselves spiritual teachers—and who have ruined many people's lives. 
The book's author, Scott Edelstein, has studied happily and productively with spiritual teachers for the past four decades. He has also served as editor and literary agent for several spiritual teachers. A longtime practitioner of both Judaism and Buddhism, he is a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions. The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers was published on March 21 by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom also published Edelstein's previous book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, which examines the all-too-common problem of sexual misconduct among spiritual teachers. Edelstein's website on spiritual teachers,, provides more information on the subject, as well as book excerpts, related articles, and links to media interviews with Edelstein. The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers, By Scott Edelstein, Publisher: Wisdom Publications,
Somerville , MA , Release date: March 21, 2017 Trade paperback, $15.95; e-book, $9.99; 182 pages, ISBN-10: 0861716108, ISBN-13: 978-0861716104 4.06.17

The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers Don't Tell You

Houston, TX, March 30, 2017- The journey of divorce is highly complex, and daunting. Sara A., speaker and divorce coach, wants to guide women to find courage and to think through the process better prepared and well-informed with The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers don't tell you (WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan).
"We know what you're going through and what's up ahead. We call it, 'Divorce Dizziness,'" Sara A. says. "The discovery, the documents, the details and the delays. The dizziness will only last for a season. For most of us, of course, we never expected that life would bring us here. Unfortunately, sometimes, we find that divorce may come into our lives. Sometimes, life brings change." The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce includes sixteen chapters of clear, chapter by chapter guidance on topics such as Calendaring, Lawyering, Divorce Coaching, Documenting, Organizing, Protecting, Empowering, and Moving Forward. The Tools section covers "Over 25 Key-Areas of Concern" to be sure to consider, and "The 30 Most-Costly Mistakes" to avoid. Sara A. is the founder of Divorce Buddys, and has been divorced twice. This book is not about Sara, and it is not intended to talk people through rebuilding after divorce. "This book has never been done before," she says. "This book is to guide you through, with 'insider-thinking.' We think it through with you." Sara A. provides valuable insight into selecting the best attorney, preserving the family nest-egg, limiting financial losses, and smart ways to cut billable hours and control the costly back and forth. Following a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from The University of Texas, Austin, Sara built a resume of business development. With a heart to encourage, in 2012 she was inspired to launch Divorce Buddys, providing key information, wisdom and insight for women walking through the complex journey of divorce. She is a certified divorce coach. In 2015, she founded G.O., Gals Only, encouraging single women in a focused discussion setting with foundational truths, faith-based inspiration, outreach and community. In all her work, Sara A. is inspired to encourage women to "Put on Courage." She is currently available for speaking engagements, radio interviews, TV interviews and meeting with individual clients. For more information on Sara A. and her new book, please visit the website:  Twitter @TheSmartGals Instagram @thesmartgalsguide LinkedIn Business Profile  Sara A. Davis The Smart Gal's Guide thru Divorce. What Lawyers don't tell you. WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Available online everywhere, and from the publisher:  ISBN: 9781512733631 4.03.17

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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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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 (514) 999-8581

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Seriously, ask me!: Got a question? Anything in mind that bothers you because no one seems to listen? Send them in and I will try to find the answers. Your name will be kept confidential if requested, and no one will ever know.

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  

The Gauguin painting has been on public display for decades     Are you interested to own this Bauer Painting?  Bauer Painting - 34" Height X 24" Width - Open Bidding at US$100,000 is required (  

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.

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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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