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The outcast wives of India

'I was pregnant when he left me'  The BBC meets the Indian women abused and abandoned by their foreign national husbands.  

Meeting in Chandigarh

At a secret location in Chandigarh , a special meeting is taking place.

By Zack Adesina & Oana Marocico & Syed Fayaz BBC Inside Out, London - Women from all over Punjab have travelled to the capital to seek help from Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia - the head of a charity for women abandoned by their foreign-national husbands.  Ms Ramoowalia estimates there are more than 15,000 women across the state, who are in this situation. She sees around 15 abandoned wives a month and says the numbers are increasing. "I see a lot of beautiful, educated women. They are in a mess," she told BBC Inside Out. "They are ashamed to live in a society as an abandoned wife. I believe this is a big violation of human rights." In India , it is customary for the bride's family to give money or gifts to the groom, despite the practice being outlawed in 1961. The dowries often amount to tens of thousands of pounds. One of the women at the secret meeting has travelled from a rural village on the outskirts of Punjab . Kamaljit Kaur married a man from Italy three years ago. But just months after their wedding, he left her.  Woman deported despite 27-year marriage    Indian army

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Wrong film named best picture at Oscars

Moonlight wins best picture at the Oscars - after Faye Dunaway initially says La La Land won.

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz (L) shows the card reading Best Film "Moonlight

Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars - but only after an error saw La La Land initially declared the winner. The La La Land team was in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered and rectified. PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the ballots, apologised for the mix-up. La La Land still ended up the biggest winner of the night, taking home six Oscars including a best actress award for Emma Stone. Moonlight's surprise best picture win took its haul to three, the low-budget film having earlier won the adapted screenplay award and a best supporting actor prize for Mahershala Ali. Casey Affleck was named best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while Viola Davis was named best supporting actress for Fences. Damien Chazelle, La La Land's 32-year-old director, became the youngest film-maker to win the best director Oscar.  How did the Oscars mix-up happen?   Oscars 2017: All the winners   Highlights of winners' speeches   In pictures: Oscars ceremony 2017    Iranian Oscar winner blasts travel ban    Highlights of winners' speeches   In pictures: Oscars ceremony 2017

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  Twin attacks in Syria's Homs kill dozens

A jihadist group says it was behind attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on security bases.

Screengrab from Al-Ikhbariya Al-Souriya TV channel on 25 February 2017 shows aftermath of Homs attack

Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in Homs , western Syria , killing at least 32. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead and some reports say more than 40 died. Jihadist group Tahrir al-Sham said it carried out the attacks. Homs has been under government control since December 2015 when rebels left under a ceasefire deal. Syria 's government said the attacks would not go unanswered. Its UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari, who leads the government delegation at peace talks in Geneva , said they were a message to the talks from "the sponsors of terrorism". He demanded that all opposition groups present denounce the violence, saying direct talks could only be held with a unified opposition. Syria 's main opposition camp later said that it condemned "all terrorist operations committed by terrorist groups".

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Threat to London Stock Exchange merger

 London Stock Exchange warns it cannot obtain European Commission approval for the 29bn euro deal.

London Stock Exchange sign

The 29bn euro (£24.5bn) merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse could collapse after the LSE said the deal was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission. The commission had ordered the LSE to sell its 60% stake in MTS, a fixed-income trading platform. However, the LSE said the request was "disproportionate". It warned investors it would struggle to sell MTS and that such a sale would harm its ongoing business. As a result, the LSE said: "Based on the commission's current position, LSE believes that the commission is unlikely to provide clearance for the merger." The two rival exchanges announced plans for a "merger of equals" about a year ago, aiming to create a giant trading powerhouse that would better compete against US rivals. They had already agreed to sell part of LSE's clearing business, LCH, to satisfy competition concerns before the commission's surprise demand concerning MTS earlier this month     German stock exchange boss investigated   Stock exchange merger being investigated   LSE and Deutsche Boerse agree merger

Life on the Quebec border in Trump's America

Residents in Champlain , N.Y. , try to make sense of the surge in illegal crossings - A quiet road in Champlain , N.Y. , bordering Quebec has become a key passageway for asylum seekers making their way into Canada .

By Benjamin Shingler, CBC News - The search lights flooding his windows, the helicopters overhead, the woman who knocked on his door late one night asking how to get to Canada — it has all become too much for Tim Lamb. The 25-year-old, who lives in Champlain , N.Y. , within a few hundred metres of the border, decided to get a German shepherd to help him feel safe. But if this keeps up, he says, he may need to move. "It's nerve-racking. It really sucks because it has such a nice yard," said Lamb, who relies on disability coverage to afford his one-room, $700-a-month trailer. Lamb is among the residents whose quiet lives have been upended by the recent surge in illegal crossings into Quebec . In January, 452 people claimed asylum at the Quebec border — a 230 per cent increase from the same month a year earlier. Experts attribute the increase to the political climate under U.S. President Donald Trump.   Refugee influx: 5 things to know about illegal border crossings into Canada    Refugee influx: 5 things to know about illegal border crossings into Canada    What happens when asylum seekers cross the Quebec-U.S. border illegally?    'They hardly talk': Asylum seekers slow to ask questions during ride from border to Winnipeg   Ralph Goodale to raise illegal border crossings with U.S. officials in coming days

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VIDEO Moonlight wins best picture over La La Land in stunning Oscars finish    WATCH Oscars mixup: And the award goes to     'This is not a joke': Confusion, Moonlight and other Oscar highlights  LIVE BLOG RECAP Oscars 2017: Hollywood twist ending as Moonlight wins after La La Land mixup   Quebec accused of heavy-handed bargaining by striking lawyers   Striking Quebec lawyers, notaries to be forced back to work with special law   Montreal sound editor Sylvain Bellemare wins Oscar for Arrival   'This is not a joke': Confusion, Moonlight and other Oscar highlights  VIDEO Moonlight wins best picture over La La Land in stunning Oscars finish   More Headlines   Township brothers turn life-long love of cult-classic Slap Shot into a business   46-year-old man killed after being struck by car in Pointe-Saint-Charles overnight  FEATURE Roots of Montreal: Explore the city through the lives of 7 Montreal families   ANALYSIS Do Canada's Conservatives want to join the populism parade?   Quebec City solidarity concert aims to break down 'imaginary walls' in wake of mosque shooting   Social butterflies at the Botanical Garden convince us of the benefits of nature  Montreal animator nominated for an Oscar says he's already a winner audio   For Montrealers, Black History Month in Montreal a time to look back and to the future   Man in hospital, suspect arrested after stabbing in downtown Montreal   RECAP Habs claim 14th straight victory over Leafs with Shaw's OT win   Public Safety minister to raise issue of illegal border crossings with U.S. officials video   Senior officers pledge support for their chief as Montreal police embroiled in scandal again   'This is about a mission,' says incoming artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens   Flooding in Waterville and other warm-weather hazards in Quebec   DAY 6 Canadian cities are failing to deliver on the promise of being sanctuary cities   West Island man undaunted by recovery after electrocution, amputation

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Millions without water in Chile

Rain and floods contaminate a major river and leave four million without water in Santiago .

No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017.

Rainstorms and landslides in Chile have contaminated a major river forcing the authorities to cut off drinking water to four million people in the capital, Santiago . Officials said the water supply from the Maipo river would be cut to most of the city until the water flowed clear. People stocked up on bottled water and the authorities ordered restaurants and businesses to remain closed. Officials also postponed the start of the school term on Monday. Emergency personnel said the water rushing down from the Andes had also cut roads and isolated thousands of people. The regional governor of Santiago , Claudio Orrego, said: "We are talking about 1.45 million homes that are going to be affected by the cutting off of the water supply, which will be total or partial in 30 districts." "We still do not know when the drinking water will be turned back on. We cannot guarantee resumption of the service until the River Maipo clears up." They said the return of water services would depend on weather conditions and storms over the mountains causing heavy rain. At least four people are known to have died in the floods.

Final days to apply: CJF Awards and Fellowships

Only a few days are left to apply for The Canadian Journalism Foundation's awards and fellowships honouring significant contributions to journalism and providing opportunities for early-career journalists. The deadline is February 24 for the following awards: CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism This signature award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. There are two winners: one for large media and one for small. > Details CJF Innovation Award Further strengthening its support of journalistic innovation, the CJF Innovation Award now offers the winning organization a $10,000 prize, with thanks to the generous support of award sponsor Chevrolet. This award recognizes innovations by a single news organization that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism.  > Details   CJF Lifetime Achievement Award   This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada . The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others.  > Details  CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships These fellowships allow two Indigenous journalists early in their careers (one to 10 years of experience) the opportunity to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg . This award is generously supported by RBC Foundation, CN, and individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO.  > Details  CJF-Globe and Mail Internship for Investigative Journalism  This new internship will bring an early-career journalist (one to five years of experience) to The Globe and Mail to pursue a six-month long investigative journalism project—focussed on public accountability, corporate responsibility and government funding—under the guidance of editors and senior reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the intern to stretch his or her investigative skills with the help of some of the country's best reporters and editors. > Details The Landsberg Award  This award recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada . The award is named after Michele Landsberg—journalist, author, social activist and feminist. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation, co-presenter of this award. > Details   Greg Clark Award  This award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer early-career journalists (one to five years of experience) a chance to gain insight and meet key decision-makers on their beats. The recipient will get an opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to the working journalist. This award is sponsored by Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star.  > Details   DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS - FEBRUARY 24, 2017, AS JOURNALISM GOES, SO GOES DEMOCRACY, The Canadian Journalism Foundation is working for better journalism.

Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World with Susan Silverman

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , February 22, 2017 – Reform rabbi, author, and activist Susan Silverman will speak on  Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . FREE ADMISSION, registration required. Maximum 4 tickets per person. For tickets  and info call 514-345-6416 or for more information visit  In her book Casting Lots, Silverman chronicles the journey and tackles the many daunting facets of adoption - including transracial adoption - with wit, grace, and humour. A meditation on identity, faith and belonging, this book will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find their place in the world and sustain a family amid the world's chaos. Susan Silverman is a Reform rabbi, author, and activist. She is the co-author, along with her husband Yosef Abramowitz, of Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children. She also partners with her sister, comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, on lectures and panels to address issues they are passionate about. Introduced by Tanya Margolese, RN, mother to four children, one of whom was  adopted from the Ukraine . Book sale and signing. Refreshments will be served. In collaboration with Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Sponsored by The Mervin (Mesh) and Avriel Butovsky Memorial Lecture Endowment of the JPL. A JPL Presentation.

Reading Between the Wines with Su Sokol Cycling to Asylum

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , February 22, 2017 – Su Sokol will discuss her first novel, Cycling to Asylum, on  Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m  at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 general admission. For tickets call 514-345-6416 or for more information visit In the wake of recent political and electoral events in the U.S. , Su J. Sokol's near future novel about a family fleeing their home in Brooklyn to seek asylum in Canada has been labelled prophetic by some. Please join Sivan Slapak as she asks Su such questions as how she first came up with this idea, what a utopian Montréal of the future looks like, why she chose the bicycle as her characters' escape vehicle, and what the story has to say about love, activism, friendship, and loyalty.Su J. Sokol is a social rights advocate at Project Genesis, as well as being a cyclist, an activist, and a writer of speculative and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City , she immigrated to Canada with her family in 2004 and now makes Montréal her home. Su's short stories have appeared in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, the TFF 10th Anniversary Anthology, Tabulit, and Glittership: An LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast. Her debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was long-listed for the 2015 Sunburst Award for Excellence. Sponsored The Reuben Brainin Fund of the JPL.

Financial Literacy Workshops for Adults and Kids at the JPL
Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal , February 22, 2017  - The JPL is thrilled to present Financial Literacy Workshops for adults and children this spring.  Sessions will be held on Thursdays, Mar 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. , followed by Q&A.  Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 . While the adult sessions are taking place, children will be learning about finances in their own specialized sessions. Sign up for one or all sessions! Registration required.  Info 514-345-2627 ext. 3002 or email  Light supper will be served. Adult courses are sponsored by Litwin CPA Inc. with the participation of Deborah Leahy from Edward Jones and Eleanora Tokarevich and Evgenia Dotsenko. Children's courses are presented with the participation of RBC We

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  Threat to London Stock Exchange merger

 London Stock Exchange warns it cannot obtain European Commission approval for the 29bn euro deal.

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The 29bn euro (£24.5bn) merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse could collapse after the LSE said the deal was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission. The commission had ordered the LSE to sell its 60% stake in MTS, a fixed-income trading platform. However, the LSE said the request was "disproportionate". It warned investors it would struggle to sell MTS and that such a sale would harm its ongoing business. As a result, the LSE said: "Based on the commission's current position, LSE believes that the commission is unlikely to provide clearance for the merger." The two rival exchanges announced plans for a "merger of equals" about a year ago, aiming to create a giant trading powerhouse that would better compete against US rivals. They had already agreed to sell part of LSE's clearing business, LCH, to satisfy competition concerns before the commission's surprise demand concerning MTS earlier this month     German stock exchange boss investigated   Stock exchange merger being investigated   LSE and Deutsche Boerse agree merger

Ryan's Well: 20 Years of Drinking Water to Millions & Growing Stronger

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Ontario , Canada  - Ryan's Well Foundation is celebrating its 20th successful year in digging wells to provide clean drinking water to the poorest regions of the developing world. To date, nearly one million people have been impacted in 16 countries with 1,166 water projects installed and 1,245 latrines completed. The Foundation is chugging along like a finely tuned water pump, and endeavoring to triple its human-impact over the next twenty years. The Foundation's accomplishments started with the passion and courage of one 6-year-old boy named Ryan Hreljac, back in 1998. Ryan was startled to learn in his grade 1 class that not all children could simply get a drink from the drinking fountain, as he could. "My world changed in that moment, I wanted to do something about the problem. So I started saving money to dig a well. When I realized I couldn't do it on my own, I began speaking to groups of people to ask them to contribute, and we've been digging wells ever since", said an enthused Ryan. Twenty years later, Ryan is requested to share his story locally and globally to motivate people young and old, to make a positive impact in the world. Ryan's passion is to end the world's water crisis. "We couldn't do it without the help of all the compassionate contributions coming in from around the world, along with the local partners in each region, which makes it not only possible to provide clean water, but also sanitation and hygiene education", Ryan declared. He went on to talk about the Foundation's future growth and impact; "By leveraging the tools in our Foundation's infrastructure, including all the participating schools/teachers/kids, fundraising challenges, business partnerships, relationships, and speaking engagements, I believe we can dramatically increase awareness of the severity of the problem we are solving. After that, human kindness takes over and provides the means to implement!", he declared with a smile. No doubt Ryan's initial vision of funding a well was likely considered unattainable for a young child, but Ryan FOUND A WAY, because of his commitment to accomplishing his aspiration. If we've learned one lesson from Ryan, it would be that determination quenches. Dollar-for-dollar Ryan's Well is one of the world's most significantly impactful charities. For every $10 donated, one deserving human is provided access to fresh, clean water for many years. Minimal Input = Maximum Output.  Ryan's story has been featured in many publications and on shows including Oprah, CNN, Wayne Dyer and Readers Digest. For more information or to book Ryan for an appearance, visit our website or email Megan Glenn at  THE AMAZING RACE CANADA | CTV ( Bell Media) (Insight Production Company Ltd.)    BIG BROTHER CANADA | GLOBAL (Corus Entertainment) (Insight Production Company Ltd.)   CANADA 'S WORST DRIVER | DISCOVERY CHANNEL (Bell Media)(Proper Television Inc.)  DRAGONS' DEN | CBC (CBC)    MASTERCHEF CANADA | CTV ( Bell Media) (Proper Television)


Special to The Montreal Tribune - Bradford , PA February 22, 2017 - Iconic American brand Zippo has launched a captivating video showcasing the genius of Canadian artist, Steven Spazuk. Known as the Fire Artist, Steven employs the fascinating ‘fumage’ technique, which casts aside traditional tools such as paintbrushes in favor of painting with fire. In the newly released video, Steven uses flame to create an original artwork and reveals how he expertly harnesses the power of fire. The never-before-seen footage features Steven “attacking the paper” with the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter and other fire tools, and then retouching his designs by etching patterns with natural bird feathers and blades. Filmed in his studio in Montreal , Steven divulges how his unique artistic approach originated and his inspiration. See Steven in action here:  Steven’s art style, which originally came to him in a dream, is steeped in improvisation and spontaneity and is something he has worked on perfecting for the last 14 years. His long-held affinity for his own Zippo windproof lighter, dating back to his days as a college art student, is identified as a source of artistic creativity and inspiration. Speaking of the campaign, Steven said: “The flame is something that truly inspires my art; once I found my way of working with fire, I knew it would become my voice and I should be committed to that craft. A Zippo lighter has always been a part of my toolbox, and I also love how it can be a piece of art in itself. To me, it’s both a muse and a tool, so Zippo is a stimulating brand to work alongside.” With its distinctive style and classic construction, the Zippo windproof lighter has served as a canvas for endless artistic creations. For 85 years, Zippo has brought unmatched levels of artistic talent to the smallest of canvases – from the early years of etching and hand-painted details to today’s cutting-edge 360-degree MultiCut engraving. With over 300,000 designs created since 1932, Zippo continues to push the boundaries of design. By partnering with Steven Spazuk, Zippo is proud to continue showcasing art in all its forms. Alongside the video artwork, Steven has brought his unique artistic talent to a new limited edition Zippo windproof lighter, featuring his art, which is available now to pre-order from The innovative design positions the lighter as the “spark” of creativity from which Steven’s art arises. Much like a genie bottle, Steven imagines figures being born from the flame of the Zippo lighter itself, producing intricate, swirling clouds of charcoal shading that metamorphose into a soaring swallow. David Warfel, VP Global Marketing at Zippo said: “At Zippo, we pride ourselves on continuing to push the boundaries of design, and so collaborating with Steven made perfect sense. We admire his inventive approach using the flame of our famous windproof lighter! With 85 years of history, Zippo has an influential and dedicated fan base. During this time, Zippo has transcended its functional benefits to become a cultural icon, and we love finding new ways for our customers to appreciate the brand. ”

Lies and Love: Cleansing the Heart to Make Room for Radical Love

Washington, DC, February 24, 2017 –  Lies and Love: Cleansing the Heart to Make Room for Radical Love (Higher Realm Publishing) is a deliberate approach to rid the heart of lingering issues that affect how you think, and limit your capacity to love and be loved. These heart issues or heart "chaos" as Vanessa calls it, includes feeling abandoned, angry, fearful, jealous, holding grudges, being sad, and even hating others. Vanessa says that this chaos will even lie to you, holding you hostage to your past, to keep you from walking in the fullness of who God created you to be. "What is your heart story?" is the question Vanessa asks in Lies and Love as she shares her own victory over a chaotic heart that started with daddy issues and sexual assault as a teenager. For years, Vanessa questioned her self-worth until God got her attention with his hurricane winds of love and washed away every lie she ever believed. In thirty days, Lies and Love will help you identify your heart chaos, walk you through the cleansing process, and inspire you to receive and give love without limits. Vanessa says the key to unlock your breakthrough and healing is held up in your answer to the question: What is your heart story? 
Vanessa D. Werts is an author, military veteran, and minister with a calling to speak value and honor into the lives of women. She has an abiding love to bridge the gap from people's life experiences to the promises of God. Vanessa is a native of
Birmingham , Alabama , and currently resides with her family in a suburb of Washington , DC .

Why Ottawa Should Respect Provincial Jurisdiction over Health Care

In order to improve Canada's public health care systems, Ottawa should withdraw from this sector and let each province decide for itself the best ways to provide services to its population, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

The first 100 days of the Trump presidency

For the first edition of the Ian Soutar Lecture Series, presented by Pembroke Management, the MEI will welcome John Fund.
John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review. Previously, he was a columnist for the prestigious Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. Don't miss this analysis from an expert who has personally known Donald J. Trump for over 20 years.

During this evening, the MEI will present Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 , Location: Ritz-Carlton Montréal (Oval Room)  1228 Sherbrooke Street West , Time: 6:00PM Cocktail / 7:00PM Dinner, Cost: $1,950 Table of 8 / $260 Individual Seat 2.23.17

AJW Technique shortlisted for five categories at the 2017 Top Shop Awards

AJW Technique, the maintenance hub for the AJW Group's component repair and overhaul service, has been selected as a finalist for five categories at the 145.com2017 Top Shop Awards. The company has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Avionics and Instruments Repair,’ ‘Best Electro-Mechanical Repair,’ ‘Best Fuel Systems and Fuel Accessories Repair,’ ‘Best Galley Components Repair,’ and ‘Best Hydraulics Repair’ awards. AJW Technique's maintenance, repair and overhaul centre is renowned for using one of the best industry-specific engineering skill bases in the world. It works directly with leading airline customers to improve component reliability, maximise time on-wing, and reduce direct maintenance costs. It has enabled AJW Group to deliver reliable and first class turnaround times and a superior service for its customers. Gavin Simmonds, General Manager of AJW Technique, said: “With a focus on quality and customer experience across every aspect of the business, AJW Technique is extremely proud of the reputation and MRO services it provides for its customers. "We are pleased to be shortlisted for so many categories and believe it is testament to our expertise and service, which supports some of the world's largest airlines.” AJW Technique now repairs parts which in total cover approximately 80% of ATA chapters, including avionics, pneumatics, hydraulics, fuel, electric generation and galley and safety equipment. They have also been paving the way for proactive use of component data analytics allowing for subassembly failure modes to be tracked and prevented. As a Group, AJW generates many millions of hours of reliability data each year across its fleet of over 1300 aircraft. Combine this with a detailed product knowledge derived from varying operator flight profiles and the data that is being generated is of direct benefit to the organizations broad scope of end users.  For more information, please contact: Gemma Perry, Communications Manager, Tel: +44 1403 798609 Email:   Chris Watts/Vrudhi Patel, Bell Pottinger  Tel: +44 20 7861 2431/ 2538  E-Mail: /  About AJW Group - AJW Group is a world leading specialist in the supply, repair and lease of commercial aircraft spare parts, including services in aircraft engines, aircraft inventory management; power-by-the-hour and pooling support; consignment stock; global 24/7 AOG; component maintenance and overhaul; consumable supplies; logistics and freight management.  AJW offices are based in London , Dubai , Singapore , Shanghai , Montreal and North America with further inventory hubs across Europe , Asia and the US  Vrudhi Patel, Consultant –Engage, T +44 20 3772 2538. M +44 78 8705 2007  2.23.17 

HSBC shares slide on profit slump

One-off charges, including pulling out of Brazil , hit the global banking giant's annual results.


Shares in HSBC have fallen after the bank reported a steeper-than-expected fall in annual profits. It reported a $7.1bn (£5.7bn) pre-tax profit for 2016, down 62% on the $18.9bn reported a year earlier. HSBC attributed the fall to a string of one-off charges, including the sale of its operations in Brazil . HSBC said its performance had been "broadly satisfactory" given "volatile financial conditions" but warned a rise in global protectionism was a concern. The bank also announced a smaller-than-expected share buyback. That also helped undermine shares, which were down by 5% in London . "It's a bank that is still in transition after the crisis," said banking analyst Chris Wheeler from Atlantic Equities. However, he thinks this could be the last set of results that include big one-off charges, for reorganising the business and writing-down the value of assets.    HSBC to close 62 more branches this year     City banks warn of Brexit job moves

Blair: Time to rise up against Brexit

The former prime minister says his "mission" is to persuade Britons to change their minds on Brexit.

Tony Blair speaking in central London

Tony Blair is to announce his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.

The former prime minister will say in a speech later that people voted in the referendum "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit". He will say he wants to "build support for finding a way out from the present rush over the cliff's edge". But former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith said Mr Blair's comments were arrogant and utterly undemocratic. Downing Street has said it is "absolutely committed" to seeing Brexit through. Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger formal Brexit talks by the end of March - a move which was backed in the House of Commons by MPs last week. Blair: Independence case 'more credible'   All you need to know about Brexit   The Leave result in six key maps  UK warned over 'divide and rule' Brexit   Government avoids Brexit rebellion   Scotland's future 'back on table'   Brexit will shift EU's centre - again   Brexit 'divide and rule' warning   No 10 plays down Lords Brexit warning

Toshiba chairman quits over nuclear loss

Shigenori Shiga steps down as the Japanese company reports a multi-billion dollar loss.

Earlier Toshiba had delayed issuing its results, but it then said it was set to report a net loss of 390bn yen ($3.4bn) in the year to March 2017. The company said it expected to take a 712.5 billion yen ($6.3bn, £5bn) writedown at its US nuclear business. The situation has led some analysts to warn the company's future is at risk. Mr Shiga was stepping down "to take management responsibility for the loss", the firm said. Shares fell by as much as 9% on Tuesday and have lost about 50% since late December, when it first warned about the extent of the problems. Chip deal The losses are linked to a deal done by its US subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric, when it bought a nuclear construction and services business from Chicago Bridge & Iron in 2015.   Toshiba: What's going wrong?    Toshiba financial crisis deepens

TFSAs: It's time to think of small businesses

Tax-Free Savings Accounts

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, February 9, 2017 – TFSA rules forget about small businesses, shows an MEI Viewpoint published today suggesting that the category of qualified investments be expanded. Large corporations are already well-served by various investment vehicles; it is now time to think of small companies as well. Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are the perfect tool for this. "TFSAs provide a flexible savings option, but that flexibility does not extend to the kinds of investments that are permitted," explains Youri Chassin, Economist and Research Director at the MEI and author of the publication. "These investments are the same ones as for RRSPs: basically, mutual funds, shares listed on a stock exchange, bonds, and guaranteed investment certificates. The law therefore prevents investing in start-ups and companies in development." Small businesses, rarely listed on stock exchanges, are thus at a disadvantage. An investor cannot finance the business of a friend or loved one through a TFSA, which means that any earnings would be taxable, making such investments less appealing. Yet small businesses have difficulty obtaining funds from financial institutions, and they pay higher interest rates on the loans they do get. As a result, 84.3% of the heads of start-up enterprises rely on personal financing, namely their own funds or personal loans, but relatively few of them (17.3%) receive financing from friends or relatives. Modifying the rules that govern TFSAs by allowing Canadians to invest in small businesses instead of restricting them to large ones would not only expand their savings options, but also improve the access that small businesses have to private funding. This solution would stimulate the start-up and growth of businesses financed by the savings of loved ones, of a community, or of small investors. The publication points out that small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) account for a significant share of economic activity in Canada . Despite their small size, they are so numerous that they represent 70% of all jobs in the private sector. "Instead of creating an nth tax credit or subsidy program to help small businesses develop, it would be simpler and less expensive for the government to open up TFSAs to investments in small businesses not listed on a stock exchange," adds Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. "This would involve Canadians in the development of a culture of entrepreneurial investing and wealth creation, all while allowing them to directly support entrepreneurs who really need it." The Viewpoint entitled "Should Small Business Investments Be Permitted in a TFSA?" was prepared by Youri Chassin, Research Director at the MEI. This publication is available on our website.

Should Small Business Investments Be Permitted in a TFSA?  

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - TFSA rules forget about small businesses, shows an MEI Viewpoint published today suggesting that the category of qualified investments be expanded. Large corporations are already well-served by various investment vehicles; it is now time to think of small companies as well. Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are the perfect tool for this. The first 100 days of the Trump presidency - For the first edition of the Ian Soutar Lecture Series, presented by Pembroke Management, the MEI will welcome John Fund. John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review. Previously, he was a columnist for the prestigious Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. Don't miss this analysis from an expert who has personally known Donald J. Trump for over 20 years. During this evening, the MEI will present Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products, with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise. Date:  Thursday, May 11, 2017 , Location: Ritz Carlton Montréal (Oval Room)  1228 Sherbrooke Street West , Time: 6:00PM Cocktail / 7:00PM Dinner, Cost: $1,950 Table of 8 / $260 Individual Seat

 Special to The Montreal Tribune - Online launch of Season 3 of the Free Markets Series, broadcast on PBS affiliates  After having been broadcast in the United States and Canada on PBS affiliates, the third season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire Internet community. As of today, four new 30-minute episodes can be found on the dedicated series web library, on Facebook and on YouTube as well. The Free Markets Series features some of the most dynamic and influential thinkers and activists exploring and analyzing the principles of the free market. It is produced by The World Show in partnership with the MEI.

Arts & Entertainment

  Paris mayor in Mickey Mouse Trump retort

Anne Hidalgo pushes back against jibes with a tweet celebrating Paris 's "dynamism and openness".

Anne Hidalgo (L) celebrating with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Paris 's mayor has hit back at US President Donald Trump's negative remarks about the city, using Walt Disney characters. Anne Hidalgo tweeted a picture of herself with Mickey and Minnie Mouse celebrating the city's "dynamism and spirit of openness". At a speech to conservative activists, Mr Trump cited a friend who no longer wanted to take his family to Paris . President Francois Hollande said such criticisms were "never good". Mr Trump had also criticised Europe 's handling of terrorism, saying that Americans could not let recent attacks happen in the US . More than 230 people have died in a series of attacks in France since the beginning of 2015, including in January and November of that year in Paris and in Nice in July last year.    Video Why Trump's friend Jim hates Paris

Denis Villeneuve is Hollywood's new (Canadian) king of sci-fi

In six years, Montreal director Denis Villeneuve has gone from Hollywood outsider to the man with the golden touch.

Britain Sicario Premiere

Director Denis Villeneuve feels lucky.

Not only has his film Arrival brought him to the Oscars for the second time, but he's currently hard at work on the sequel to Blade Runner. It's the kind of sci-fi epic Villeneuve could only have dreamt of growing up in the small Quebec town of Gentilly on the St. Lawrence River . As a boy, he would lose himself in science fiction: the bold illustrations of European comic artists Jean Giraud and Philippe Druillet or films such as Stanley Kubrick's space epic 2001. "I always loved storytelling, and as a child that was my favourite part of my existence — that bubble when I was reading," he told CBC News this month in Los Angeles . Villeneuve considered a career in science, but he couldn't resist the urge to tell stories. His first films Maelstrom and Polytechnique showed a director unafraid to tackle difficult subjects. In 2010, Villeneuve shifted his focus to the Middle East to adapt Incendies, a play about a twisted family tree. It swept the Canadian film awards and was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category.  Denis Villeneuve's Enemy is Toronto Film Critics' top Canadian pick   VIDEO Denis Villeneuve talks Blade Runner 2   VIDEO Blade Runner 2049 teaser pits Harrison Ford vs. Ryan Gosling   VIDEO Sicario, the latest by director Denis Villeneuve, premieres in Quebec


  Special to The Montreal Tribune - Ottawa , ON  - On February 20, RBC Bluesfest organizers announced the initial line-up for their 2017 program. Please see show poster below featuring all confirmed acts to date: "To celebrate Canada 's 150th anniversary, we've put together one of our best lineups ever...and one of Ottawa 's favourite sons (Dan Aykroyd) seems to agree," said RBC Bluesfest Executive and Artistic Director, Mark Monahan. "We expect thousands of visitors to join in and celebrate some great music in the nation's capital this summer. New for 2017, in expectation of an increase in the number of out-of-town visitors, we are offering weekend-one (July 6-9) or weekend-two (July 13-16) passports." Pre-sale tickets are available  Thursday, February 23, 2017  at  10:00 a.m. (ET) until  12:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, February 24, 2017 . Pre-sale tickets include: Youth Festival Wristband, Adult Festival Pass , Club VIP Pass. (Parking and Extras will also be available as add-ons.) General tickets are available Friday, February 24 at  10 a.m. (ET). All ticket-types available, including day passes, Pick-3 passes, 'Kickoff' (July 6-9) and 'Homestretch' (July 13-16) weekend passes, Metropolitan VIP Zone, and more. See for more details. The 2017 edition of the RBC Bluesfest runs from July 6 to 16. The Festival site at LeBreton Flats Park offers a wide variety of food and merchandise concessions and is fully licensed. Check the website at for more to come in the weeks ahead.  For festival media inquiries please contact: Samantha Pickard, President, Strut Entertainment, Office: 647.405.1715,  For festival information: AJ Sauve, Director Media Relations, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Office: 613.247.1188 x 229,  2.23.17


Popular Quebec singers will share the stage with 250 young people

  Special to The Montreal Tribune  - Montréal, Tuesday February 21, 2017 - The evenko foundation for emerging talent is proud to announce that Louis-Jean Cormier, Alex Nevsky, Corneille, Gabriella, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Brigitte Boisjoli and Valérie Carpentier will participatein the seventh edition of Le Show de la Réussite along with special collaborators Backstage. This exceptional show will take place April 20 at 8 pm at the Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts. To create a show worthy of the talent of the 250 young people in the Arts-Studies program, the evenko foundation called on the talents of stage director Olivier Loubry and musical director Antoine Gratton. They will have complete freedom to showcase the three streams (voice, guitar and visual arts) of the Arts-Studies program. Some people could find featuring 250 young people on stage with seven artists a daunting challenge, but for Olivier and Antoine it is an exceptional opportunity. Le Show de la Réussite brings together students from the following secondary schools and participating organisations from around the city: Je Réussis (Pointe-aux-Trembles), École secondaire Cavelier de LaSalle (Ville LaSalle), École secondaire Dalbé-Viau (Lachine),  Maison des jeunes Le Zénith (Saint-Léonard), Express'art pavillon Émile-Legault (Ville Saint-Laurent), École Georges-Vanier (Villeray) and the Maison des jeunes Le Bunker at the Centre Communautaire de Rosemont L'Entre-Gens. As well as celebrating the work and commitment of the students in the Arts-Studies program, Le Show de la Réussite is also a fundraiser for the evenko foundation for emerging talent which, since its creation in 2015, has donated more than $420,000 in both musical instruments and financial support to 24 organisations and educational institutions in Quebec . VIP ticketholders will be invited to a cocktail in the Salon Urbain at the Place des Arts and will receive a tax receipt. Tickets can be purchased on the evenko foundation website.  Via specific initiatives, the evenko foundation for emerging talent is actively involved in the community in order to stimulate and develop young people's interest in the performing arts by offering them grants as well as training in dance, music, voice and humour. The seventh edition of Le Show de la Réussite is presented by Desjardins, whose Head of Strategy and Innovation Martin Brunelle will chair the fundraiser. For more information, or to purchase tickets:  About the evenko foundation for emerging talent - Launched in May 2015, the evenko foundation for emerging talent's mission is to encourage young people between the ages of 5 to 25 to participate in the performing arts in order to stimulate their creativity, their self-esteem, their desire to learn and grow. The evenko foundation also supports emerging talents through programs, donations and fundraising activities intended for young people on the territory of evenko's shows. 2.23.17

Angelina Jolie on Cambodia 'awakening'

The actress spoke to the BBC ahead of the release offer new film, First They Killed My Father.

Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox

Angelina Jolie has spoken about how Cambodia was her "awakening", as she premiered her new film in the country.

The actress was speaking exclusively to the BBC before the screening of First They Killed My Father, a true-life account of the Khmer Rouge genocide through the eyes of a child. She said she hoped the film, which she directed, would help Cambodians to speak more openly about the trauma of the period. Two million people died.  Jolie, now a UN refugee agency special envoy, first visited Cambodia for the filming of 2001 hit Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. She later adopted Maddox, her oldest son, from Cambodia . "I came to this country and I fell in love with its people and learned its history, and in doing so learned, how little I actually knew about the world," she told the BBC's Yalda Hakim. "This country, for me was my awakening. "I'll always be very grateful to this country. I don't think I ever could give back as much as this country has given me."  'Not properly understood' First They Killed My Father is based on a book of the same name by Loung Ung.  Ms Ung was five when she and her family were forced to leave their home in the capital, Phnom Penh , by the Khmer Rouge, the regime which ran the country between 1975 and 1979, under Pol Pot.   Video Extended interview with Jolie   Video 'I survived Khmer Rouge torture prison' 

Adventures in South Korea

Melina Soochan in South Korea - Happy New Year to all of you! It's been a little while since my last update, but I definitely have some big news to tell you. For those of you who don't know, I am currently on a 4-month contract playing and singing in a 5-star hotel, the Park Hyatt, in Busan , South Korea !.I told myself that in 2017, I wanted to travel more, and what better way than to go to an exotic land like Korea , playing music and living my dream.  Don't worry, Montreal , I'll be back for the summer! Kamsa hapnida!   Melina Soochan     Melina's website:

The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

Michael Jackson's Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams and Remains the Only Album Ever to Have RIAA 30X + Diamond Status & the Best-Selling Album of All Time, Topping 105 Million in Sales Worldwide. “Another Thriller milestone,” says RIAA  

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Los Angeles , CA ( February 16, 2017 ) - Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album in Michael Jackson's Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million . RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams, it was announced by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment).  Thriller is still the ONLY album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales. “Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “‘Thriller’ has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.” The same day as Thriller's record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson's Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units. With sales now topping more than 105 million copies worldwide, Thriller has solidified its status as the best-selling album of all-time while Michael Jackson's overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold. During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the World's Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.



Stars Tatiana Maslany, Stephan James, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Kim Coates to participate in the gala broadcast on  Sunday, March 12 on CBC - Featuring a Musical Performance by breakthrough artist Francesco Yates

TORONTO | MONTREAL, February 14, 2017 - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and CBC today announced the first group of celebrity presenters for the upcoming 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. This year's gala will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor and television personality Howie Mandel at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast live on CBC on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8 pm (9 pm AT; 9:30 pm NT). Presenters for the evening are some of Canada's most notable stars (in alphabetical order): Arisa Cox (Big Brother Canada), Atom Egoyan (Remember, Sweet Hereafter), Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek), Catherine Reitman (Workin' Moms), Daniel Levy (Schitt's Creek), Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek), Jean Yoon (Kim's Convenience), Kim Coates (Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Bad Blood), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience), Rick Mercer (Rick Mercer Report), comedian Seán Cullen, Stephan James (Race), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, The Other Half) and Wendy Crewson (Room, Saving Hope). In addition, the night will feature a performance by breakout music sensation Francesco Yates. Additional presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Canadians can watch these stars and more at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, airing Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8 pm (9 pm AT; 9:30 pm NT) on CBC. For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees, visit



Welcomes new commemorative grants from Eleanor McCain's - True North: The Canadian Songbook project

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Toronto , Ontario -   MusiCounts is pleased to announce 2017 will mark its 20th Anniversary of keeping music alive in Canada , by ensuring children have access to music programs in their schools and communities. To date, over nine million dollars has been awarded to help support music education in Canada . "We are very proud of what we have achieved over the past two decades to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada ," said Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. "Thanks to our incredible partners and generous supporters, we have made significant strides in providing essential programs to ensure that young Canadians have the opportunity to experience the joy of music. We are particularly excited about the True North: Canadian Songbook Commemorative Band Aid Grants, generously provided by Eleanor McCain to mark this special anniversary. This donation will allow us to continue to make a positive impact for years to come." In 1997, as a result of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)'s share of the proceeds from the sale of the 25th Anniversary JUNO Awards commemorative CD box set "Oh What A Feeling", MusiCounts established the Band Aid Program. Since then through a strong mandate and vision, MusiCounts has grown to develop new initiatives and essential programs to increase awareness and support for music education in Canada . MusiCounts now achieves its mission through five programs: the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, The Fred Sheratt Awards established in partnership with Bell Media, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, the MusiCounts Band Aid Program and the MusiCounts Scholarships. To date, funds through these programs have supported close to 850 schools and communities; over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 12 extraordinary music teachers nationwide. On  February 15, 2017 applications open for the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, which provides musical instruments and equipment to after-school programs, community centres and other community nonprofit organizations. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary, MusiCounts is also excited to announce that it will issue five enhanced $20,000 'True North: The Canadian Songbook Commemorative Band Aid Grants', through the support of singer Eleanor McCain in conjunction with her upcoming True North: Canadian Songbook CD and book release (Retriever Records/ eOne / Page Two Strategies). In honour of Canada 's 150th birthday, the three-time East Coast Music Association Award nominee traveled across Canada recording a collection of 32 of Canada 's most iconic pop and folk songs with 10 orchestras. The double CD comes with a bilingual coffee table book featuring landscape photography, song lyrics, commentary by songwriters, behind the scenes photography, and portraits in select Canadian landscapes. McCain will host a private CD and book launch fundraising event on May 9, with a goal to raise over $100,000 for MusiCounts. "Music has played such an important role in my life and I understand the importance of music education for young people. As I recorded this new album and have started to prepare for the album's release, I wanted to find a way to not only celebrate this unique project, but also to give back," said McCain. "I love what MusiCounts stands for, and the incredible work they do to ensure kids have access to music programs and instruments. Creating these new enhanced grants will, I hope, inspire the next generation of young Canadian musicians." In 2017 MusiCounts will highlight some of the wonderful stories and successes from its 20 year history on the newly designed website at Join the conversation and share howMusiCounts impacted your life or moved you to take action. If you have a MusiCounts story to share please post it on social media with the hashtag #MusiCounts20 and tag @MusiCounts. For additional information on MusiCounts please contact: Laura Steen Strut Entertainment  416.300.9254 About MusiCounts - MusiCounts , Canada 's music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada 's most dedicated corporate citizens including and especially TD Bank Group, Bell Media, SiriusXM Canada , the Slaight Family Foundation, Music Canada , Vista Radio, and The Hot Topic Foundation. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters' Circle and JUNO Cup. Since MusiCounts' establishment in 1997, over $9,000,000 has been awarded in support of music education in Canada . These funds have benefitted over 850 school and communities from coast to coast, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 12 extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.     Entertainment & Arts

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11th annual Mois des Câlins campaign raises more than $400,000

Yet another outpouring of love from all over Quebec for the children of Sainte-Justine!

  Special to The Montreal Tribune  - Montreal , February 21, 2017 - A total of 30,000 units of Clarins "Rose Câlins" Lip Perfector were once again snapped up from the shelves of 345 Jean Coutu stores across the province in a heartwarming expression of love for the young patients of Sainte-Justine. Thanks to the continued support of Quebecers and campaign partners Rythme FM, Jean Coutu and Clarins, the 11th edition of Le Mois des Câlins de Sainte-Justine generated $400,000 for a very appreciative CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.

Sébastien Benoit, Hug Fairy, Danielle La Roche, Clarins, Mitsou, Hug Fairy, Hélène Bisson, Jean Coutu, Claudia Bergeron, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

These funds will go toward CHU Sainte-Justine's Integrated Centre for Child Neurodevelopment (CIRENE), led by Dr. Lionel Carmant, to give more children like 7-year-old Guillaume and 3-year-old Thelma access to adapted resources and the best and earliest care for neurodevelopmental disorders. Guillaume had his first seizure at age 4½ - an experience his parents are not likely to forget any time soon. He was transferred to Sainte-Justine and diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy. "He was having up to 70 seizures a day," his parents, Christelle and Vincent, recall. Today, three years later, they gladly report that Guillaume is seizure-free and leads a virtually normal life. He is still being treated by the specialists at CIRENE for motor and language development issues, which stem from his epilepsy-related attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although he has more hurdles to cross, Guillaume's parents are confident he is on the right track, due in large part to the early intervention. As for Thelma, she was born with a severe heart defect. It would have been difficult for anyone to imagine back then that she would be skating, dancing and riding a horse only three years later. "If Thelma hadn't received such a timely diagnosis, she wouldn't even be able to walk at this point," explains Dr. Carmant. Her mother, Linda Ounis beams: "Because of CIRENE, she can fulfill her dream of learning how to figure skate. It's wonderful!"  The generosity of campaign partners Jean Coutu, Clarins and Rythme FM was matched by Québecor. Their media campaign and $1 donation for every packaged double issue of 7 Jours/La Semaine sold in Jean Coutu locations in Quebec brought in $5,000, which was added to the proceeds of the 11th annual Mois des Câlins campaign earmarked for CIRENE. Drawing contest a hit once again!   The Dessine-moi un câlin (Draw a Hug) contest wrapped up on February 14, with almost 1,000 drawings received from budding artists aged 5 to 12. The winner will be announced shortly. The selected illustration will appear on the 2018 box of Clarins "Rose Câlins" Lip Perfector, in support of the next instalment of Le Mois des Câlins. The prize package also includes $1,000 from Toys "R" Us. About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation  The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's mission is to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing children and mothers with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world, now and in the future. 2.23.17

Ottawa should respect provincial jurisdiction over health care

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, February 21, 2017 – In order to improve Canada's public health care systems, Ottawa should withdraw from this sector and let each province decide for itself the best ways to provide services to its population, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.   Ottawa intends to limit its health transfer increase (to a little over 3% rather than 6%) and force the provinces to spend a portion of this money on specific areas, which has led to a wrestling match between certain provinces and the federal government. When it comes to autonomy, the provinces are right. "Health care is an area of provincial jurisdiction, and it is provincial governments that must face their electorates and justify their actions. Provincial politicians should be able to make decisions that are contrary to the federal government's wishes and that would please their voters," says Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and the author of the publication. From an economic point of view, this federal interference poses a problem, he notes. Health transfers, with federal conditions attached, make Canada 's public health care systems less efficient. "When the federal government imposes its priorities, it limits potential innovation," points out Mr. Belzile."In contrast, more decentralized health care decisions would introduce additional competition between the provinces, which would favour the sharing of best practices," explains Mr. Belzile. "Also, by freeing up the fiscal space that it occupies on this issue, making room for the provinces, Ottawa would make local politicians more accountable, and thus more attentive to the wishes of voters in their region." Since it is easier to adjust provincial policies to regional differences than to adjust a single national policy, the fact that Ottawa imposes conditions is counterproductive. "Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott was calling recently for a 'transformation' of the health care system, noting that it was important 'to do better, to make sure we get better value for money'," says Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. "Among the best ways to get there is to respect provincial jurisdiction over health care," he concludes.The Viewpoint entitled "Why Ottawa Should Respect Provincial Jurisdiction over Health Care" was prepared by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, in collaboration with Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. This publication is available on our website. 2.23.17

The Eight Steps to Loving Your Child Through Purposeful Discipline

By Dr. Domenick Maglio - An undisciplined child typically develops destructive behavioral patterns that hurt him or her as well as others. On the other hand, a disciplined child will learn constructive methods that will assist him in his interacting with the world. But the most important part of discipline is that it must be purposeful. What is Purposeful Discipline? Purposeful Discipline is a demonstration of one person's love for another. When parents are intentionally disciplining their child to alter a destructive behavior, the parents are actually expressing love toward their child. The reason for Purposeful Discipline is for the parent to provide the child with teaching or training that will assist in developing moral values and behaviors. These values and behaviors have worked and passed the test of time and have been proven to be effective in developing a healthy individual. The Four Requirements of a Parent Who Wants to Use Purposeful Discipline   1.     Parents should be responsible and emotionally mature   2.     Parents should be able to meet their children's concrete physical needs  3.     Parents should ready to actively teach through Purposeful Discipline  4.     Parents should be willing to be firm and consistent their discipline  Eight Steps of Purposeful Discipline  1. Be in charge. Your child is your solemn responsibility to raise. The child is not your friend or your equal. To become a friend or equal to the child, the parent has to consciously distort reality. Parents who play the phony game of "I'm your equal" lose their authority as parents. 2. Role model moral values. Adults who are ready to be parents possess awareness and emotional maturity as well as know the behavior and thought patterns their children need to have to be morally productive people in their future. For parents to begin the process of instilling values in the mind of the child, the parents need to believe in these values, to agree with each other these values are positive for the development of the child, and most importantly, role model these values and behaviors. 3. Communicate the positives of moral values. After parents reach an agreement with each other on the values and expectations they desire in their child, the parents create parameters. A parameter is the defining of the expected general value to be internalized by the child. This is demonstrated by examples that give the pictures they want their children to internalize. The more creative energy the parents use in various situations to communicate these parameters, the clearer and more focused the child's picture is in his head of what the parents expect from him. 4. Set limits and expectations. Parents set limits and expectations when they state the rules of what the child can and cannot do. As the parents observe the child's behavior, the parent may see that the child often wanders outside of the established parameters. The parent sees the discrepancy between the parameter (desired value) and the child's inappropriate behavior. To move the child back inside the lines of the parameter, the parents announce to the child the rules of what the child can and cannot do. 5. Prepare child with anticipated consequences. Once the parameters and corresponding limits are set, situational preparation logically follows. The particular situation that is going to occur, such as visiting relatives, going to church, and taking a day trip, requires that the parents prepare the children as to their specific expectations. Parents need to give the child the anticipation of a reward or punishing consequences for or inappropriate behavior. By spelling out the parent's expectations to the child, the parents are setting up a forced choice that increases the probability of the child displaying the socially approved behavior. 6. Debrief after the event. After the specific event, the parents debrief the children on how things went according to their perception. The children were forewarned by the prepping and should be evaluated immediately following the situational event.  7. Administer consequences. Parents need to observe the child and give rewarding or punishing consequences depending on the behavior exhibited. Consequences are responses to behavior that increase or decrease the probability of a person adhering to a specific behavior. Using consequences shows the determination of an adult to enforce the limits and maintain the integrity as parental authority figures. 8. Discuss purpose of the discipline. Finally, the parents will ask the children or tell them the reason for the discipline in order to increase the understanding and decrease resentment. Depending upon the age of the child, the parent explains how his choices affect the family, friends, and his own development as a person. The younger the child, the simpler is the explanation. The older the child, the more complex is the explanation of the reason for the specific consequence. Providing the child with values such as love, obedience, respectfulness, empathy, honesty, independence, willpower, conscience, critical thinking, pain control, social skills, and safety awareness is an expression of love. Parents who consciously pass on their wisdom through Purposeful Discipline will eventually create a child who is internalizing the process of becoming self-disciplined. The emergence of a young individual's self-discipline is a sure sign of parental love for the child. Dr. Domenick J. Maglio has been an educator and psychologist for over 45 years. He is the author of In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation. For more information, please visit, and connect with him on Twitter, @djmaglio. 2.23.17

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier

Women in South Korea will be the first in the world to live an average of 90 years.

Korean woman

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to close in most countries. The researchers said the findings posed big challenges for pensions and care for elderly people. " South Korea has gotten a lot of things right," Prof Majid Ezzati told the BBC News website. "They seem to have been a more equal place and things that have benefited people - education, nutrition - have benefited most people. "And so far, they are better at dealing with hypertension and have some of the lowest obesity rates in the world."    More at Health Section

Cancer Society launches a new research focused microsite i

This is an information email to help journalists who occasionally work within cancer/health topics and is unclear on what the Canadian Cancer Society can help you with when researching stories. Also, today the Cancer Society launches a new research focused microsite in English and French that may help you with future stories; (and much like what you are doing) for Canadians looking for real science-based cancer articles & information in French & English.   With new research discoveries emerging constantly, reporting on healthcare and specifically cancer has never been more complex. That's why the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is proud to launch the Research Horizons microsite. Research Horizons is an online newsroom that will focus on research breakthroughs, many of which will change the way cancer is treated. The microsite will focus on immunotherapy, genomics, cancer vaccines and early diagnosis – areas identified by researchers, industry and patient groups, and advocates as in need of more readily available information. Content on the site will represent Canadian and international research efforts and will cover recent research advances in all cancer types. All CCS-authored content on Research Horizons will be available in English and French. Research Horizons will not only be a resource for reliable information on cancer research, but will also feature shared news and rich media resources to inform readers even further. The site will be an important "first stop" for any journalist reporting on new findings in cancer research. English and French Media contact: André Beaulieu, Porte-parole et conseiller principal, Communications, 514 255-5151, poste 22418,

'Humanitarian crisis' in England's NHS

The British Red Cross says it has been responding to a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England .

There is a "humanitarian crisis" in NHS hospitals in England , the British Red Cross has said.

The charity said volunteers and staff had been helping patients get home from hospital and called for more government money to stabilise the situation. It comes as a third of hospital trusts in England  warned they needed action to cope with patient numbers last month. NHS England said plans were in place to deal with winter pressure and beds were not as full as this time last year. Figures show that 42 A&E departments ordered ambulances to divert to other hospitals last week - double the number during the same period in 2015. Diversions can only happen when a department is under significant pressure, such as lacking the capacity to take more patients or having queues of ambulances outside for significantly prolonged periods, and when all existing plans to deal with a surge in patients have been unsuccessful.

Medical Words - Explained -  Do you want to know what those medical terms means at all? Like, E. coli infection   Ankylosing spondylitis   Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder   Hepatitis B or C    Schizophrenia   Click the above link and you shall find out. Keep this vital info into your note book, so,  from time to time you’d know what medical science people are a talking about. The listing is from A to Z. Check it out now! (cdb)

Milestone in medical human 'cloning'?

What's a stroke?    Video 'Never thought it would happen to me'   Video How to spot the signs of a stroke?   Stem cell stroke therapy assessed   Click here for the latest news on stroke Soy may benefit stroke patients Helping stroke patients to speak    Music 'can aid stroke recovery'  Stroke risk peaks every 12 hours   Heart drug may help threat stroke   Stroke struggle: 'They said I would never become a doctor'   Stroke patients to test sensors   What's Killing Canadians?   What's the "Marburg" Virus?  More disease cures check archives   Magnetic field 'aids coma victim'  Institute of Food Research British Nutrition Foundation   Mind power moves paralyzed limbs  Surfing the web is good for your brain   Fatty acids clue to Alzheimer's Western diet 'raises heart risk'    Drug may reverse MS brain damage  'One-stop' embryo test unveiled  Purple tomato 'may boost health'   Lithium tested for impact on Motor Neurone Disease  What is motor neurone disease?    Cancer genetic blueprint revealed    

The Seven Medical Beliefs that's not true  Medical myths 'debunked'   Survey shows contraception myths    TV ad 'busts heart attack myth'    'Medical myths' exposed as untrue Drink at least eight glasses of water a day     We use only 10% of our brains    Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death    Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight    Shaving causes hair to grow back faster or coarser    Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals    Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy.

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Dreams Unto Holiness: Exploring The Power Of A Sweet, Transcendent Sleep

A New Way To Tap Into Our Spiritual Wholeness

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Sonoma County , CA , February 23, 2017  – Whether we realize it or not, some of our dreams offer a rich source of creative power and wisdom. God speaks to all of us all the time, even through dreams, author Marsha Sinetar says. Occasionally, we may experience 'holy' dreams, reflecting God's touch and presence with us during sleep. In Dreams unto Holiness, Sinetar gives us a fresh, powerful tool for our quest to spiritual wholeness. Drawing on her life's work as an educator and corporate advisor and her experience as a Christian contemplative, Sinetar encourages us to be our authentic selves. Certain dreams are life-changers that help us find our purpose, Sinetar explains, and Dreams unto Holiness teaches us how to use the self-knowledge and strength we gain from spiritual (or holy) dreams. The narrative includes a rich assortment of examples: media and scriptural stories and real-life dream samples adapted from decades of hearing people describe life-changing dreams they can't forget. The book also includes journal notes from the dream samples, a word-study method for interpreting some dreams, and a few bracing side-bar discussions related to the topic. While she draws from her Christian experience,  Sinetar insists the "holy dream" is not meant for an exclusive club; non-believers and those who pray and worship in unorthodox ways are often gifted with a high intuitive sense that grasps the hidden code of spiritual dreams. Dreams unto Holiness, like Sinetar's previous books, is written for a wide crossover audience, including Bible study groups, book clubs, and diverse clergy and counselors. This groundbreaking work on the topic of dreaming and spiritual growth is one of the first of its kind, opening up new heart-paths and mental "maps" for the reader's mind. Marsha Sinetar is the prolific, bestselling author of over 20 books (Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow; Ordinary People as Monks & Mystics). Sinetar is an educator, a world-class corporate advisor, and in her spare time an artist. She has been called "a good spiritual steward" and "a masterful writer who sees every human being with the capacity to master the hand he or she was dealt." Her universal, crossover ideas aim to improve the quality of life. Sinetar, a Christian contemplative, lives and works in the Pacific Northwest , "as quietly and simply as possible."  For more information, please visit:  Dreams unto Holiness: Exploring the Power of a Sweet, Transcendent Sleep  Available online and at fine booksellers everywhere  ISBN: 9781535544108 2.25.17

US Transgender bathrooms

President Trump's reversal of the Transgender bathrooms yesterday has led to even more unsettled times and to the nation in further state of unrest.

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Kristin K. Collier's can add some further insight and perhaps provide further understanding. Collier is a Compassionate Communication Coach, legal spouse of an "out" transwoman and mother. She is receiving national and international media coverage NBC Seattle's Northwest Good Day, CBS Bay Area Focus, Daily Mail, The SUN and Vanity Fair Media from her personal story in which her family consists of her legally married parenting partner (a transwoman), romantic partner, and two teenage boys living together — harmoniously! —  under one roof. Available immediately for interviews, Collier can discuss:   How a teen Transgender will be impacted in school   What this reversal will mean day-to-day for Transgenders of all ages   What happens to Medicare coverage for transition related expenses   Increasing difficulty in getting appropriate health care   Reinstatement of Don't Ask Don't Tell or worse legalized discrimination in military service. Stated intent to pass "Freedom of Religion" law to make it legal to discriminate against LGBT people in public accommodations, employment, housing, and all other aspects of life. Compassionate Communication (aka Nonviolent Communication) and her practice for over 13 years in business, personal, and parenting relationships How to help kids navigate significant life transitions and what parents can learn from Compassionate Communication Support for partners in learning the skills of deep empathy and honest expression to build stronger relationships Adopting radical honesty in your marriage and relationships Her incredible story of navigating her husband's transgender transition  Collier's bio follows below my signature line.  Advance review copies are available of her book. Martin, we look forward to hearing back from you. Kindest regards, Janet Shapiro / Sr. Account Executive/Team Leader  SMITH PUBLICITY, INC.Since 1997, promoting thousands of experts, authors  books • 856-489-8654 x320 2.25.17 USA • TORONTO Mailing Address: 1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46 • Cherry Hill , NJ 08003

Spring Clean From Your Life

6 Down-and-Dirty Types Of Men To Spring Clean From Your Life And 3 Tips To keep Them Gone For Good! With Author and Relationship/Dating Coach Shannon Colleary

Special to The Montreal Tribune -
Los Angeles , CA , February 22, 2017  – Shannon Colleary is an author, sexpert, and Relationship/Dating Coach who lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband and two daughters. She began in Los Angeles as a Wacktress (waiter/actress), starring most notably in music videos with Slash and Babyface (when he was a baby). She also did a classic turn in a cereal commercial where she talked to a parrot who thought her hair was his nest.
Colleary spent 10 years in two long-term relationships where she volunteered for unwarranted criticism, inconsistency, lack of commitment and infidelity with Mister Cruelly Handsome and The Greek God, before finally turning it around and becoming a self-described Recovery Road Warrior. Then she became a blissfully married, pregnant playwright and screenwriter working, between bites of pizza, for Warner Brothers, Lifetime Television, TBS and Disney. (She quit her waitressing job after selling her first screenplay to Warner Brothers for six figures.) One of her favorite gigs was a production rewrite on a film shot in
Cape Town , South Africa .  Ultimately, Colleary evolved into a memoirist and blogger. Since then, she has been syndicated by "O" The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Medium, Purple Clover, London 's Daily MailOnline, BlogHer and more, and her work has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, CNN and HuffPo Live. Colleary's three well-reviewed memoirs are Married Sex: Fact and Fiction, Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales from the Edge of Celebrity, and Into the Child, which received a Kirkus star. Her newest self-help book She Dated the #Asshats but Married the Good Guy: How to go from Toxic Love to Real Love in 12 Exercises was released on Valentine's Day 2017.

Six Down-and-Dirty Types of Men:

1.    Mr Need For Speed. This is the guy who sees you across a crowded room and it's Love At First Sight. But, as soon as you're convinced he's a good bet and you decide to invest in the relationship, he freaks, ices you out and runs as fast as he can, leaving you dazed and confused.

2.    Mr Mopes A Lot. This is the guy who resists doing anything for you or the relationship. He especially doesn't want to get to know your friends, family or anyone who truly loves you because he actually knows he's not treating you well and realizes they will sense it. 

3.    Mr One-Way Street. He has needs, but you can't have any. For instance, he asks favors: Can you pick up his laundry? Can you do his laundry? Can you type up a report for him at the last minute even though you need to get to work? But, if you ask him to just be on time for a date he acts like you're asking him to drywall your entire apartment. 

4.    Mr You Suck. Once this guy knows he's got you hooked, he slowly but surely begins a campaign of criticism. It may begin with teasing. Then it escalates to full-blown character assassination, "You're too needy or neurotic." "You're paranoid if you think I'm cheating." Guys like this want control. They want you to fill their emotional and sexual needs while making you feel so inadequate that you don't feel entitled to have any needs at all. 

5.    Mr Caution/Continue at Your Own Risk. This is the guy who wears his dysfunction on his sleeve. He tells you right up front that he had a terrible childhood he barely survived. For many women this guy is catnip. The love of a good woman could heal him and turn him into a loving, appreciative man! Danger, danger! 

6.    Mr KGB Agent. Don't ask this guy too much or he may have to kill you. He doesn't want you anywhere near his phone, tablet, or computer. He says if you could just trust him and give him his privacy, then eventually he will trust you and give you more access. (Many women wait patiently like little Cocker Spaniels for that access for years... and it never comes.)

Three Spring Cleaning Tips:

If you are dating any of these men, it's time to take action, pick up a broom, and sweep them out of your life for good! 

1.    Identify your self-defeating traits that have kept you from leaving:

a.    Overabundance of empathy
b.    Misplaced responsibility
c.    Rescuing 
d.    People-pleasing
e.    Abandonment of 'self' due to love/sex addictions

2.    Establish a 'mental health village' focused on your needs:

a.    A higher power of one's own understanding
b.    A community of similarly-circumstanced women
c.    One-on-one coaching

3.    Implement actionable steps to empower yourself to receive Real Love. For example:

a.    Create 'your perfect mate' list—what qualities and values you desire most
b.    Find a role model - quiz a couple whose relationship you admire about the secrets to their success
c.    Salvage yourself - start recording the amount of time you spend drowning in codependency (i.e. minutes you spend stalking your Lothario online, time spent driving to his place to see if his car is there, time spent mentally obsessing), and then carve out equal time increments for self-care (i.e. go to the gym, yoga class, out to lunch or the beach with your girlfriends)

Other Sample Topics:

•    Fears that keep us paralyzed
•    How to avoid falling prey to a commitment-phobe
•    4 reasons you stay when you should go
•    How loving a heartbreaker changes us
•    Essential attitudes for recovery

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Dreams Unto Holiness: Exploring The Power Of A Sweet, Transcendent Sleep

A New Way To Tap Into Our Spiritual Wholeness

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Sonoma County , CA , February 16, 2017  – Whether we realize it or not, some of our dreams offer a rich source of creative power and wisdom. God speaks to all of us all the time, even through dreams, author Marsha Sinetar says. Occasionally, we may experience 'holy' dreams, reflecting God's touch and presence with us during sleep. In Dreams unto Holiness, Sinetar gives us a fresh, powerful tool for our quest to spiritual wholeness. Drawing on her life's work as an educator and corporate advisor and her experience as a Christian contemplative, Sinetar encourages us to be our authentic selves. Certain dreams are life-changers that help us find our purpose, Sinetar explains, and Dreams unto Holiness teaches us how to use the self-knowledge and strength we gain from spiritual (or holy) dreams.  The narrative includes a rich assortment of examples: media and scriptural stories and real-life dream samples adapted from decades of hearing people describe life-changing dreams they can't forget. The book also includes journal notes from the dream samples, a word-study method for interpreting some dreams, and a few bracing side-bar discussions related to the topic. 
While she draws from her Christian experience,  Sinetar insists the "holy dream" is not meant for an exclusive club; non-believers and those who pray and worship in unorthodox ways are often gifted with a high intuitive sense that grasps the hidden code of spiritual dreams.
Dreams unto Holiness, like Sinetar's previous books, is written for a wide crossover audience, including Bible study groups, book clubs, and diverse clergy and counselors. This groundbreaking work on the topic of dreaming and spiritual growth is one of the first of its kind, opening up new heart-paths and mental "maps" for the reader's mind. Marsha Sinetar is the prolific, bestselling author of over 20 books (Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow; Ordinary People as Monks & Mystics). Sinetar is an educator, a world-class corporate advisor, and in her spare time an artist. She has been called "a good spiritual steward" and "a masterful writer who sees every human being with the capacity to master the hand he or she was dealt." Her universal, crossover ideas aim to improve the quality of life. Sinetar, a Christian contemplative, lives and works in the
Pacific Northwest , "as quietly and simply as possible." For more information, please visit:   Dreams unto Holiness: Exploring the Power of a Sweet, Transcendent Sleep Available online and at fine booksellers everywhere ISBN: 9781535544108

Unshackled: A Remarkable Journey

Unshackled: A Remarkable Journey To Finding Life's Meaning From Prison And Releasing The Guilt, Shame And Bitterness Of The Past

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Dallas, TX, February 3, 2017 – From serving a life sentence to finding life's meaning and purpose took Gene McGuire on a decades-long journey inside a very small cell. In his riveting new book, McGuire takes readers through nearly 35 years of incarceration, steeped in the culture of violence, drugs, and pornography that is prison life, all while serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Miraculously, that injustice did not turn McGuire against the world. Instead, he moved from ruin to redemption. "This is my story," McGuire says. "But it's your story, too. God didn't intend for you to live your life in chains, shackled to guilt, shame, or bitterness related to events in your past, fears in the present, or apprehension of the future. God set me free—unshackled me! He will do the same for you. Imagine your life ... unshackled!" In 1977, Gene McGuire was one of three people involved in the late-night robbery of a bar. One of the men, his cousin, stabbed and killed the bar owner. At seventeen, McGuire was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He embraced the prison culture wholeheartedly for nearly ten years. Then, by God's grace, he humbled himself and experienced a Christ-transformation. After submitting to years of discipleship, McGuire became a spiritual leader to thousands of inmates. With no hope for release himself, he instead developed a fruitful, fulfilling ministry within his small world. He became an elder in the prison church, developing small groups and yard Bible studies and leading others who had no hope of freedom to true freedom in Christ. Then, almost 35 years into his prison sentence, came an unexpected miracle. In 2012, a judge ruled that McGuire had been wrongfully charged, that his life sentence was reversed and that he had already served the appropriate sentence due. He was released a free man.  His story is riveting — from a life in shackles to one filled with the power of God's love, forgiveness and freedom, bringing hope to all. Now a resident of
Texas , McGuire works as a speaker, author and community advocate, sharing his remarkable story and hope with people and corporations around the country. For more information, please visit:  Unshackled – From Ruin To Redemption Available January 20th, 2017 in all book stores and at:  ISBN: 978-1943127436 2.04.17

Bible Mysteries Revealed In Erika Grey Report

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Danbury, CT, February 3, 2017 – With the release of the first in the series (Pedante Press May 2017)  Decoding 666 The Number of the Beast: An Analysis of Bible Prophecy & Technology A Status Report & Forecast (The Magi Report Book 1) Erika Grey decodes for us the riddle of "The Number of the Beast."  No other passages in Scripture have been more talked about in end time Bible prophecy than those dealing with the mark of the Beast. Revelation 13:18 adds to the horror by posing the Bible's most mysterious riddle. It states: "Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."  Decoding 666 The Number of the Beast provides an up-to-date overview of the latest technologies, and the ones which fit the image and mark of the Beast's forecasts in Bible prophecy. The report reveals breakthrough discoveries regarding the Bible's deepest mysteries you will not want to miss.  Erika Grey is an Evangelical Christian author, Bible Prophecy expert, journalist and commentator, and features Erika's books, articles and video broadcasts. Erika Grey focuses on current world affairs and their relation to Bible Prophecy from an analytical and geopolitical viewpoint. Erika first coined the term "geopolitical" in relation to Bible Prophecy, which is now used in writings by renowned prophecy teachers. Erika Grey hosts "Prophecy Talk" on YouTube. She is a member of the society of professional journalists and holds high standards in her reporting of end time news. For this reason, Erika sets herself apart from other End Time Bible Prophecy Ministries and labels herself as a Magi, from the Bible meaning wise men or wise women. She models her ministry and work on the Biblical magi who were analysts and learned men and women in the knowledge and disciplines of their day. At the time of Christ, Herod consulted the Magi who understood the prophetic predictions when there were no living prophets. Erika Grey's Magi Report provides high standards of excellence in both research and analysis and is the first to provide actual status reports regarding the prophetic forecasts, along with revealing Biblical mysteries.  Decoding 666 The Number of the Beast: An Analysis of Bible Prophecy & Technology A StatusReport & Forecast  By Erika Grey, Pedante Press, Paperback: 142 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 1940844088, ISBN-13: 978-1940844084 2.03.17

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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

How much farther can the Separatist push the envelope to preserve a language that's hard to economically maintain? Aren't we bankrupt yet? Send your comments to

Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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. 

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Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accepting Open bidding for the "Flower"  (left)

Monet and Picasso among art theft

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

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