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 The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to lower the birth rate. Here's why that matters

The COVID-19 pandemic will likely lower Canada's already declining birth rate, and that has implications for everything from how competitive it will be for a child to get a spot on a soccer team to how healthy the Canada Pension Plan will be in 2050, economists say.

In this Aug. 7, 2018 , file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago . The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to create a drop in the birth rate globally, including here in Canada . (Teresa Crawford/The Associated Press)

The COVID-19 pandemic will likely lower Canada's already declining birth rate, and that has implications for everything from how competitive it will be for a child to get a spot on a soccer team to how healthy the Canada Pension Plan will be in 2050, economists say. The global health crisis is having an impact on fertility intentions, which are the decisions people make about having a child or adding to their family and when to do so, said Nora Spinks, founder and CEO of the Vanier Institute for the Family, a charitable research and education institute based in Ottawa . "Stability, security, predictability all impact that decision. So [whether] there's stability in your home life, in your relationship. If there's stability in the economy, in your employment situation, your income specifically. If there's stability and predictability in the community in which you live," she said. "When it comes to the impact of COVID-19 on fertility intentions, what we're seeing all over the world is that people are choosing, in large part, to delay, defer or just not have a child or additional children at this time." An editorial about the expected fertility impacts of the crisis published in the journal Science last week said that, "given the irreversible nature of childbearing and the substantial costs associated with child-rearing, unemployment and lost income will necessarily reduce fertility."

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Former Bloc MP Bernard Cleary, strong defender of Indigenous rights, has died at 83

Bernard Cleary, a former Bloc Québécois MP for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, has died. He was 83 years old.

Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe, centre, and Bernard Cleary, right, who at the time was a Bloc MP for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, are greeted by supporters at a rally in Quebec City in December 2005. Cleary died on July 27 at the age of 83. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

Bernard Cleary, a former Bloc Québécois MP for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, has died. He was 83 years old.  Cleary's daughter, Chantal, confirmed his death to CBC News on Sunday. Originally from Mashteuiatsh, an Innu Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation reserve in the  Saguenay —Lac-Saint-Jean region, he was known as a strong defender of Indigenous peoples' rights. According to a 2004 profile in Ottawa 's The Hill Times newspaper, Cleary was the first Indigenous MP to be elected in Quebec and the first Innu person to be elected in Canada . He served as a member of Parliament for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent in the Capitale-Nationale region from 2004 to 2006. Earlier in his career, Cleary worked as a journalist at Le Soleil newspaper in Quebec City before becoming news director at Télé-Capitale. He also taught journalism at Laval University in Quebec City . Cleary died surrounded by loved ones in Lévis, Que., on July 27. In posts on social media, family members said his death followed a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Spurred by pandemic, many Montrealers are moving to the country

Many Montrealers are making an exodus from big city life, seeking space and nature in smaller towns in the Eastern Townships and the Laurentians, say realtors who have been dealing with a wave of people moving to the regions.

Marie-Claude Lemieux, along with her husband and son, moved to a four-hectare farm in Dunham with their corgi Kiwi earlier this week, after 20 years in Montreal . (Verity Stevenson/CBC)

Six months into the pandemic, many Montrealers are making an exodus from big city life, seeking space and nature in the Eastern Townships and the Laurentians. Marie-Claude Lemieux, along with her husband and son, moved to a four-hectare farm in Dunham, Que., with their corgi Kiwi earlier this week, after 20 years in Montreal . "It's like Eden so far," she said. "Maybe I'll tell another story when it's -30 C in the winter and we have to plow this field, but jokes aside, it is a dream come true." Lemieux said she's been yearning to be closer to nature, and started looking for hobby farms in the Townships about a year ago. "We feel blessed in terms of timing," said Lemieux, who sold her house in Montreal just before confinement measures were put in place. She said the lockdown hit city dwellers particularly hard, because people were forced into close quarters without much access to nature and open air. Brome Lake realtor Jessica Brown said although the number of people moving to the region has been on a steady increase for a couple years, there's been a significant swell of interest since the spring. "It's been really, really crazy every day," she said. "It's been non-stop, honestly non-stop since mid-May."    Quebecers snatch up park passes as many prepare for a camping-filled summer close to home

Crowd of McGill students rally for removal of founder's statue on campus, citing ties to slavery

About 100 McGill students gathered on the university's campus on Saturday to call for the removal of founder James McGill's statue, arguing that as a slave owner, he should not be honoured in this public space.

A group of McGill students are calling for the removal of the James McGill statue. (Verity Stevenson/CBC)

About 100 McGill students gathered on the university's campus on Saturday to call for the removal of founder James McGill's statue, arguing that as a slave owner, he should not be honoured in this public space. "We are standing in front of a statue of James McGill so that those who come after us don't have to," said Heleena de Oliveira of the Black Students Network of McGill. James McGill, originally from Scotland , enslaved at least five people of Indigenous or African descent after he moved to  Montreal . The protest is the latest action in a movement calling for McGill to address its colonial history and issues of systemic racism. In July, McGill art history professor Charmaine Nelson published a document co-written with a number of students demanding that McGill take more concrete steps ahead of its 2021 bicentennial. Students also launched a petition in June calling for James McGill's statue to be removed.

An introduction to the new Quebec nationalism and the tricks it plays on federal leaders

Quebec ’s Bill 21 was a dominant theme in the first week of the campaign. Here’s why. The main proponent of this resurgent nationalism is the provincial government headed by Premier François Legault and his centre-right party, the Coalition Avenir Québec. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)   By Jonathan Montpetit · CBC News · 

The opening  days of the 2019 election campaign have been marked, above all, by the attempts of federal leaders to navigate the new Quebec nationalism and its most potent expression, a law on secularism. The main proponent of this resurgent nationalism is the provincial government led by Premier François Legault and his centre-right party, the Coalition Avenir Québec. And Legault didn't wait long before giving the federal leaders a taste. The campaign was barely a few hours old when he demanded they renounce support for legal challenges to the secularism law his government passed in June — not just "for the moment," as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he would, but forever. It was a warning to steer well clear of a matter he considers to be solely within his jurisdiction, even though the law has raised constitutional concerns across the country, not to mention within Quebec itself.

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RCMP says improper force allegations confirmed in just 1 per cent of cases

As police services everywhere cope with public pressure over their use of force policies, the RCMP is reporting that just one per cent of the more than 3,000 allegations it's received about improper use of force over the past five years turned out to be founded.

An officer takes position during the change of command ceremony on September 6, 2018 for new commissioner Brenda Lucki at the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina . (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)

As police services everywhere cope with public pressure over their use of force policies, the RCMP is reporting that just one per cent of the more than 3,000 allegations it's received about improper use of force over the past five years turned out to be founded. "Out of the thousands of interactions that RCMP members have with the public across the country every single day, the RCMP has found that there were 36 instances of improper use of force over the past five years," said RCMP spokesperson Catherine Fortin in an email to CBC News. The national police force says that while there's no set-in-stone definition of "improper force", it generally refers to the application of force in a way that is unnecessary, inconsistent, too frequent or too harsh, or to the use of force for an excessive amount of time. Allegations involve inappropriate use of physical controls, intermediate weapons (non-firearm weapons such as batons and tasers), police service dogs and chemical munitions. Harsha Walia, executive director of B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said that doesn't mean Mounties aren't using excessive force. She called the one per cent figure "incredibly low," adding she doesn't think "it's an accurate reflection about police use of force."

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The performance venue on Saint-Laurent Blvd. was home to improvisation and storytelling classes, as well as comedy and theatre performances.

Founded in 2008, the performance venue and school was home to improvisation and storytelling classes, as well as comedy and theatre performances. But on Thursday, it was announced that the beloved performance space would be closing its doors for good. (Marilla Steuter-Martin/CBC)

For over a decade, Montreal Improv on Saint-Laurent Boulevard  has been a gathering place for comedy lovers and amateur performers looking to hone their craft. But on Thursday, the organization announced that the beloved performance space will be closing its doors for good. Founded in 2008, the performance venue was home to improvisation and storytelling classes, as well as comedy and theatre performances. Vinny François, one of the founding directors of Montreal Improv, said it was a hard decision to make, but after months without income, they had no other choice. "Not being able to have shows, not being able to have classes... But just not having clients and being a business in live theatre without an audience, that's going to be a challenge no matter how you slice it up," he said. The organization was on good financial footing before the pandemic, said François, but government aid programs could only help them so much.

For some non-profits, COVID-19 isn't just a struggle. It's a do-or-die moment

While some of Canada's most revered non-profit organizations are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, others have already been forced to close their doors permanently. 

Charitable providers of social services have seen a catastrophic drop in revenue and some, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's after school programs, seen in Winnipeg before COVID-19, are simply unable to operate. (Selina Whittaker Photography)

While some of Canada 's most revered non-profit organizations are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, others have already been defeated and forced to close their doors permanently. Charitable providers of social services — daycare, community venues, support groups and more — have seen a catastrophic drop in revenue, with some forced to cancel fundraising events because of physical distancing requirements while others are simply unable to operate. That means a complete loss of user fees and other regular sources of income. Meanwhile, rent and salaries still need to be paid. Although many charities qualify for the federal wage subsidy, that covers only part of the cost of staff. Among the casualties so far: The YMCA in Yarmouth , N.S.  — a fixture on the city's Main Street for 162 years, has closed for good; other Y locations are at risk. As many as 124 Royal Canadian Legion branches across the country either don't have the resources to reopen, or say they won't last longer than three months if they do. The Boys and Girls Club of Canada location in Edson, Alta., has notified the community it won't be able to reopen. IMPACT Parkinson's Centre, a small non-profit in New Westminster , B.C., closed its doors June 1, unable to "make it through to the other side," according to a notice on its website. The Old East Village Grocery in London , Ont., a social enterprise that supported disabled people dealing with food insecurity, had to shut down due to the cost of new sanitation protocols and a lack of staff. 

Opening of Place Bell overflow centre for COVID-19 patients pushed back due to staff shortage

Ten days after Laval 's Place Bell was converted into an overflow location for COVID-19 patients, it still hasn't opened because there are not enough people to work there. With hospitals filling up, the centre was set to start receiving patients on Friday. But a health board spokesperson confirmed that evening its opening has been pushed back. "We expect to be able to open very soon," said Judith Goudreau, a CISSS de Laval spokesperson, in an email Friday evening. A new date has been set for the area to start receiving patients. Earlier in the day, Health Minister Danielle McCann had told reporters at the province's regular COVID-19 briefing that Place Bell was ready to open and had the staff. "[The health board] is also opening a new site at Place Bell to have some patients go there, and [it] has the staff to do it, which is good news," McCann said. "It's true to say that it's been difficult in Laval since many weeks and [the health board] tells us that the situation is starting to stabilize." Another spokesperson confirmed in a phone conversation with CBC News that the Cité-de-la-Santé Hospital in Laval is at capacity because long-term care patients are being transferred there. But he said the hospital is equipped with overflow rooms and that no one is being turned away. 

Air Canada to lay off 20,000 workers as pandemic collapses travel industry

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on the travel industry, Air Canada is laying off about half of its 38,000 employees. Air Canada  plans to cut its workforce by at least half as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the airline industry, according to an internal memo obtained by CBC News. Effective June 7, "approximately 50 to 60 per cent" of the company's 38,000 employees will be laid off, the company said in the memo sent to all staff on Friday. "We estimate about 20,000 people will be affected." Air Canada said the move comes after a "fundamental review of what we must do to successfully emerge from this crisis and begin rebuilding our airline." The airline said it is currently flying at about five per cent of the capacity it flew last year and hopes to ramp up to 25 per cent later in the year if government-imposed travel restrictions are eased. Landry said in the memo that the airline was burning $22 million a day. "Sadly, today the hard truth is that by every indicator we have available to us, we believe that we will be materially smaller for at least three years," Craig Landry, Air Canada 's executive vice-president of operations, said in the memo.

Do foreign students get what they pay for in Canada?

Canada is competing against countries like the UK and US for the minds - and wallets - of international students. But what happens once they get there?

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Jobandeep Sandhu is a hard worker. The 22-year-old worked pretty much full time as a truck driver while studying to be a technical engineer, so he could help put himself and his brother through college in Ontario . "My thinking was that working isn't a crime," he said. But now the Indian citizen is facing deportation after he was arrested for working too many hours as an international student. Sandhu's student visa stipulated that he can only work off-campus up to 20 hours a week during the school year. Yet some weeks he was working as much as 40. Sandhu said he did this because his parents could not afford the high cost of international tuition for both himself and his brother, plus the living expenses. When an officer pulled him over during a routine traffic stop and asked to see his trucking log books, Sandhu readily turned them over. "I was working legally, I was paying taxes," he said. "I thought that I don't need to lie." Since then, he has had to hire a lawyer to fight his deportation, which is scheduled for 21 May. US & Canada

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Doctor finds four bees living in woman's eye

The small sweat bees flew into her eyes and may have been drinking her tears as a source of food.

A Taiwanese woman was found by doctors to have four small sweat bees living inside her eye, the first such incident on the island.

The 28-year-old woman, identified only as Ms He, was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes. Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University Hospital told the BBC he was "shocked" when he pulled the 4mm insects out by their legs. Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery. Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, are attracted to sweat and sometimes land on people to imbibe perspiration. They also drink tears for their high protein content, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society. 'They were all alive'  Ms He was weeding around her relatives' graves when the insects flew into her left eye. She was visiting the grave as part of the annual Chinese Qing Ming tomb-sweeping festival, which is traditionally observed by sprucing up loved ones' graves. When a gust of wind blew into her eyes she assumed it was dirt that had entered, she told reporters. But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan . "She couldn't completely close her eyes. I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg," Dr Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital told the BBC.   From the section Asia   World's biggest bee found alive   Full article Doctor finds four bees living in woman's eye

No alcohol safe to drink, study confirms

The researchers say that the health risks of drinking outweigh any possible benefits. Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day. A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections. A study author said its findings were the most significant to date because of the range of factors considered. How risky is moderate drinking? The Global Burden of Disease study looked at levels of alcohol use and its health effects in 195 countries, including the UK , between 1990 and 2016. Analysing data from 15 to 95-year-olds, the researchers compared people who did not drink at all with those who had one alcoholic drink a day. They found that out of 100,000 non-drinkers, 914 would develop an alcohol-related health problem such as cancer or suffer an injury.   Does moderate drinking prevent dementia?   Excess drinkers 'can lose years of life'  

Brazil hunts 'Dr Bumbum' after patient dies

The celebrity plastic surgeon vanished after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections. A celebrity Brazilian plastic surgeon known as Dr Bumbum has gone on the run after a woman died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Investigators say Dr Denis Furtado carried out the procedure on Lilian Calixto at his home in Rio de Janeiro but she fell ill during the procedure. Dr Furtado took her to a hospital where her condition worsened and she died some hours later, police said. He then disappeared and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest. Dr Furtado, 45, has appeared on Brazilian television and has nearly 650,000 followers on his Instagram account. Ms Calixto, a 46-year-old married mother of two who worked in banking, had travelled from her home in Cuiaba , central Brazil , to undergo buttock enhancement by Dr Furtado on Saturday evening, reports said. The procedure, believed to involve the injection of acrylic glass filler, took place at his apartment in the upmarket district of Barra de Tijuca.   How safe is the cosmetic surgery boom?   Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better?  

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

A team at  Johns   Hopkins   University   has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives.  UK   experts said it was "enormously exciting". However, one said more work was needed to assess the test's effectiveness at detecting early-stage cancers. Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA and proteins they make into the bloodstream. The CancerSEEK test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in cancer and eight proteins that are often released. It was trialled on 1,005 patients with cancers in the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung or breast that had not yet spread to other tissues. Overall, the test found 70% of the cancers. Dr Cristian Tomasetti, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the BBC: "This field of early detection is critical. "I think this can have an enormous impact on cancer mortality."  'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early       Test spots cancer a year early   Prostate test 'targets treatment'      Blood tests spot ovarian cancer early

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" Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools."

Long, lazy summer days, car trips to visit grandma, campfires (with s'mores of course!) - all the perfect places to introduce storytelling to your children! I invite you to consider the below article by professional author, storyteller and father, Jim Weiss, " Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools." As Jim shares below on the effectiveness of storytelling, "you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories." I'd love to have you share this article with your readers. Jim is also available for an interview if interested. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Erin MacDonald-Birnbaum  856-489-8654 x302
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Six Simple Ways to Use Storytelling as Teaching Tools
By Jim Weiss
 
Stories are spectacularly successful learning tools. Many studies show that children whose parents tell and/or read stories to them from an early age turn out to be better readers and students later on.
 
Furthermore, you are twenty times more likely to remember information if you learn it in a story than if you learn it simply as data to memorize. In part, the more stories we encounter, the more effectively our brains learn to work within the structure that most stories follow.  We not only absorb the stories' contents, but at the same time, our brains get used to organizing what we learn into a usable form. We learn how to learn through stories.
 
Other brain researchers have found that different parts of the brain kick in when we encounter a story that comes with a visual image, such as on a TV or computer screen, versus when we encounter a story for which we fill in the visuals with our imaginations, as when we read alone, are read to, or listen to an audio.  These different parts of the brain link with different forms of creativity, visualization and imagination.  They even help us build the ability to empathize with other people by "visualizing" ourselves inside characters.  We must "exercise" these different parts of the brain in order to acquire these skills, so introduce stories to a child through a mix of technologies.
 
As a professional author and storyteller, a father, and the husband of an award-winning schoolteacher and counselor, I can attest firsthand that one of the most effective and most engaging ways to teach and to learn is through stories. Here are a few tips I want to share to help you integrate storytelling into your child's daily routine:
 
1. Start with picture books when your child is very young. 
Reading to children not only offers the value of the book's contents, but also visually demonstrates that you value books, which reinforces your child's interest in reading. Read aloud to your child, or try telling a story you already know in your own words, as you turn the pages.  This allows you to keep eye contact with your child, while offering you the security of having the book to refer to if you feel you've lost your way.
 
2. Introduce stories of historical or fictional people who do what they love.  There are endless resources: books and web sites that tell stories of famous artists, composers, engineers, athletes, scientists, etc. You never know which one will resonate with your child and open up a lifetime passion, so offer a variety.  I've had many people tell me "I'm a scientist/artist/author now because I listened to your recording about scientists, etc."
 
3. In addition to telling stories to your child, try to tell with her or him.  First, tell an old favorite together. It gives the child a sense of mastery, particularly if every so often you ask, "What did she do then?" Next, try creating a new version by asking, "What if Cinderella hadn't dropped the glass slipper? Can we think of another way she and the prince might have found one another?" If you reach a dead-end, go back to an earlier moment of decision in the story, hae the character make a different choice, and go on from there.
 
4. Another form of storytelling is family stories. Sharing incidents from your life, or those of your ancestors, gives the message to your child that s/he is important enough to share in this family history, and imbues your child with a sense of her/his own roots and identity.   
 
5. Always consider to whom you are telling the story, and think of yourself as "translating" the intent of the story onto a level this person can understand.  You can tell a story differently at different developmental stages.  Think about what you most want the child to remember.   Start simply with what you know, and tell it in your own words.  If you make a mistake say, "I forgot to tell you that..." and go on; kids find that endearing. Another way to handle having left out a part is to say, "Now what Aunt Joan didn't know yet was that Uncle Bill had already bought the tickets."  This presents the information you forgot as a dramatic element of the tale. Storytelling reinforces reading, too, and adds a rich oral language element, but it demonstrates something additional.
 
6. One powerfully positive element of storytelling is that it fosters a strong bond between parent and child.  Through our stories, and the manner in which we choose to tell them, families and entire societies pass on what matters most to them.  Children come to recognize that you are sharing your true self, not through a lecture but through a story.  Your child may not retain into adulthood every single detail you taught him/her, but always will remember that, "Mom/Dad loved me enough to share what s/he thought really mattered the most."
 
If you are fortunate, there will come a day when you see your own child, now grown up, carry on this story tradition with his/her child.  It all starts and ends with love -- and a good story.
 
Jim Weiss founded Greathall Productions in 1989. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 58+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history, as well as masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham; Men of Iron by Howard Pyle; and more. He is also the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources. Jim travels extensively across the
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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

QUEBEC NATION?

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Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Oh  Canada   How I Love You

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

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It's Just A Question ©
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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  Forger jailed for bogus paintings   Munch's The Scream sold for $120 million

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

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Van Gogh's poppies sells for $61.8m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone looking for this painting?

   

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.

Bankruptcy may not be the answer

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