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  Second death after Ukraine protests

A second member of Ukraine 's national guard has died from injuries after Monday's violent anti-autonomy protests outside the parliament in Kiev , officials say.

  Smoke outside Ukraine parliament (31 August)

Image captionThe clashes erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reform for more autonomy in the rebel-held east. A second member of Ukraine 's national guard has died from injuries after Monday's violent protests outside the parliament in Kiev , officials say. The clashes - involving nationalists - erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reform for more autonomy in the rebel-held east. The first death was reported after a grenade was thrown by a protester. A ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists is reported to be holding. "As of 11:00 ( 08:00 GMT ) 1 September 2015 , both sides are fully respecting the ceasefire," said Dariia Olifer, a spokeswoman of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. Mr Kuchma is a member of the so-called Minsk Contact Group tasked with finding a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis. 'Stab in the back' On Tuesday, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov named the victim as Dmytro Slastykov, writing on Twitter: "This is painful."   Witness: Blasts and blood   Video Clashes over autonomy deal

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Migrants barred from Hungary station

Hundreds of migrants protest outside a major railway station in Budapest after police seal off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU.


  Hundreds of migrants have been protesting outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital after police sealed off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU. Crowds of people chanted " Germany " and waved train tickets after being forced to leave Keleti station in Budapest . Officials said Hungary was trying to restore order and enforce EU rules. Austrian police said 3,650 migrants arrived in Vienna from Hungary on Monday, with most heading for Germany . Hungarian officials had earlier appeared to abandon efforts to register them under EU rules, which mean they should seek asylum in the first EU country they enter. Chaotic scenes  About 1,000 migrants congregated outside Keleti station, in the east of the city, as it was evacuated on Tuesday.   Video Crowds as Budapest station shuts   Video Huge traffic jam at Austrian border   Five obstacles to an EU deal   UK seeks curbs on EU movement

Thousands of Clinton emails released

Thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails while US secretary of state have been released, including many that have been censored after being deemed classified. Mrs Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election, has been under fire for using a private computer server for work emails while in office. But she says no classified information was sent or received. But some 150 emails were deemed confidential by the State Department. Mrs Clinton's opponents have accused her of putting US security at risk by using an unsecured computer system. The presidential hopeful has admitted that her decision to use a private email server at her New York home was a mistake. She served as Secretary of State in 2009-13. Ratings affected   The State Department released 4,368 emails - totalling 7,121 pages - late on Monday.   Clinton's 'emailgate' diced and sliced     Is it time for Hillary to panic?

Phuket unabridged

Two independent journalists in Thailand who were accused of defaming the Thai navy in an article about human trafficking have been cleared by a court in Phuket. Ahead of the verdict they spoke to the BBC's Jonathan Head about their battle to expose the misery behind the trade. It was the Thai Navy which first alerted Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian to the story for which they were then sued - by the Thai Navy. They had faced a possible seven years in prison for a short paragraph they included in an article on trafficking and Rohingyas in 2013. Back in November 2008, Alan and Chutima had been running their online news site Phuketwan for nearly a year. Alan, a former editor for the Melbourne Age who had moved to Phuket from Australia in 2002, says they wanted Phuketwan to go beyond the typical agenda of existing news outlets of colourful lifestyle articles promoting the island's tourism industry, to provide "an accurate account in words and photographs of Phuket and its people".

Farage: Migration key to EU campaign

Nigel Farage has said immigration must be a key issue in the EU referendum campaign, claiming Europe 's asylum policy has "opened the door to an exodus of biblical proportions". The UKIP leader said those wanting to downplay the subject in the run-up to the vote, fearing it would strike too divisive a tone, were wrong. The EU had "sent a message" that millions of migrants were welcome. UKIP will launch its own campaign to leave the EU, not join other groups. His comments come as record numbers try to enter Europe and in the wake of the deaths of 71 people in a lorry in Austria last week - most of whom were thought to be Syrians fleeing the country's civil war. The tragedy has prompted calls both for more rights for migrants and for border controls to be tightened up across Europe . 'Opened the door' Mr Farage said the authorities should be making it "more difficult" for people to cross borders, and said the EU had "lost sight" of the difference between genuine refugees fleeing from war and persecution and economic migrants wishing to better their lives.   Referendum: What will happen when?   Planned referendum explained 

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Somalia attack: Al-Shabab attacks African Union Janale base

Image caption Al-Shabab has lost most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia Somalia - Failed State

Fighters from the al-Shabab militant Islamist group have overrun an African Union military base in southern Somalia , inflicting heavy casualties, witnesses have told the BBC. The militants said they have killed 70 AU soldiers at the Janale base, 90km (55 miles) south-east of the capital. AU forces have insisted they are still in control of the base. Al-Shabab, part of al-Qaeda, is battling the AU-backed government for control of Somalia . Residents said the attack started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by sustained gunfire which lasted more than an hour. They told the BBC Somali service that AU forces were seen leaving the base, which is run by the Ugandan troops. The militants damaged a nearby bridge with a massive bomb to prevent troops from escaping, Col Ahmed Hassan from the Somali army told the Associated Press.    Africa Live: Latest updates   Who are Somalia's al-Shabab?    Al-Shabab: A defector's story    Who was suicide bomber Luul Dahir?    The shadowy centre helping former al-Shabab members quit     Mogadishu's Lido beach: Sun, surf and... grenades?  

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U.S. border wall floated by Scott Walker would be logistical nightmare

Boundary between Canada and United States runs through homes, golf course and airports


Canada-U.S. border wall idea ridiculed on social media  A barrier along the Canada-U.S. border — an idea floated in an interview with a Republic presidential hopeful — would be a logistical nightmare, since the boundary runs through homes, airports, farms and even an opera house. When a Republican candidate for U.S. president said over the weekend that he would be open to looking at building a wall along the Canadian border, he sparked international headlines. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, pressed twice by an interviewer, made the comment as an aside during an interchange about migration from the U.S's southern neighbour, Mexico . That issue has moved front and centre among the field of Republicans running for president, as front-runner Donald Trump consistently floats anti-immigration ideas like building a Great Wall of Trump along the Mexican border and deporting 11 million migrants. But a wall abutting Canada , along the longest international border in the world? For starters, it would be hugely expensive to cover the 8,891 km of frontier, 40 per cent of which is water — probably on the order of $30 billion, extrapolating from the $3.2 billion cost of building just 1,040 km of border wall with Mexico . But more than that, it would be a logistical nightmare. An opera house would be forced to close, people's kitchens would be cut off from their living rooms, farmers would be stranded without access to roads, a half dozen airports would have to shut down— even a golf course would lose all its players.    Canada-U.S. border wall worth considering, Walker says    Border wall idea ridiculed on social media   Scott Walker: Canada-U.S. border wall worth considering     

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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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.

Why is Canadian English unique?

How the country forged its own linguistic identity - The standard stereotype among Americans is that Canadians are like Americans, except they say ‘eh’ a lot and pronounce ‘out and about’ as ‘oot and aboot’.

Many Canadians, on the other hand, will tell you that Canadian English is more like British English, and as proof will hold aloft the spellings colourand centre and the name zed for the letter Z.

Canadian does exist as a separate variety of English, with subtly distinctive features of pronunciation and vocabulary. It has its own dictionaries; the Canadian Press has its own style guide; the Editors’ Association of Canada has just released a second edition of Editing Canadian English. But an emblematic feature of Editing Canadian English is comparison tables of American versus British spellings so the Canadian editor can come to a reasonable decision on which to use… on each occasion. The core of Canadian English is a pervasive ambivalence. Canadian history helps to explain this. In the beginning there were the indigenous peoples, with far more linguistic and cultural variety than Europe . They’re still there, but Canadian English, like Canadian Anglophone society in general, gives them little more than desultory token nods. Fights between European settlers shaped Canadian English more. The French, starting in the 1600s, colonised the St Lawrence River region and the Atlantic coast south of it. In the mid-1700s, England got into a war with France , concluding with the Treaty of Paris in 1763, which ceded ‘ New France ’ to England . The English allowed any French to stay who were willing to become subjects of the English King.

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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

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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 Low oil price hits Rosneft profit

 Russian oil giant Rosneft reports a sharp drop in profits due to lower oil prices.

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Russian oil giant Rosneft has reported a sharp drop in profits due to lower oil prices.

Net income between April and June was 134bn roubles ($2bn; £1.3bn), down 22% compared with a year earlier. Revenue was 1.3tn roubles. Despite the drop, the results were better than analysts had expected. In the second quarter last year, the price of oil was more than $100 a barrel, while this year it ranged between $55-$65. The weak rouble helped to offset lower prices - Rosneft sells its oil in dollars, so a weak currency means the price of oil in roubles rises. Despite the sharp fall in the oil price, the company maintained its production levels during the quarter, producing an average 5.2 million barrels a day. The first six months of this year, the company said, "was characterised by high fluctuation of oil price and exchange rate, increased transportation tariffs and tax burden, [and] high interest expenses due to [a] change in interest base rate".  Oil prices fall to six-year low   Weak rouble boosts Gazprom profits

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  Tapping the Indian market

 Not so long ago India was sold as a mystical land of ash-smeared holy men, snake charmers and other cultural exotica, all part of the nation’s collective imagery.

The scale of the challenge

India ranks 142, out of 189 countries, for ease of doing business according to a World Bank 2015 ranking. China , India ’s next-door neighbour and closest competitor, ranks 90,while Canada (16), US (7), UK (8) and Australia (10) were considerably more business friendly.  Source: The World Bank  But today’s India is a far cry from the stereotypes. After the US and China it’s becoming the world’s third largest economy. India ’s meteoric rise has been fuelled by a remarkable shift in its economic fortunes. During a period when growth remained anaemic across much of the industrialised world, India ’s gross domestic product grew astaggering 7.2% in 2014 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform-focused government. Aside from recent stock market jitters, the World Bank pegs India ’s GDP growth at 7.5% for 2015. Much of India ’s economy is driven by its so-called “demographic dividend”: Nearly two-thirds of India ’s 1.2 billion population is under the age of 35, creating one of the largest consumer markets in the world. It’s no surprise it’s attracting businesses the world over, keen to access these new customers.  Setting up a business in this country comes with its own set of obstacles    BBC Capital 

What's Next For LGBT Couples?

6 Steps To Creating A Long-Term Budget, Marriage Or Not, From Wealth Manager

For LGBT couples, modern families and society in general, history is being made rapidly. After state after state legally approved marriage equality, the Supreme Court voted to make same-sex marriage a right nationwide.
"The progress we've made as a community and as a society has been amazing, but now a major question looms for many LGBT couples: to marry or not to marry?" says financial professional Holly Hanson, founder and principal of Harmony Financial Strategies (, a firm that focuses in comfort for all families, including those from the LGBT community. "Financially speaking, there are a number of benefits to be gained from marriage, including gifting, spousal IRAs, filing tax returns as married and more. But there are still issues, such as efforts by many states to overturn the ruling," says Hanson, who also is author of the book "The LGBT and Modern Family Money Manual."
Whether couples decide to marry or not, one financial dynamic will always be essential, and that is a capacity to budget life expenses in a shared life, she says.  To that end, Hanson summarizes six steps to creating a budget. Laying it all out: Decide to view the budgeting process as something not to be feared, but rather one in which you can be educated. By embracing your circumstances and truly knowing what you're working with, you have a better idea of what you can improve and what you can control—and also what you can't. Start by accounting for everything. Notice what's necessary, what's optional, as well as good debt versus bad debt.  Track expenses: Know your spending habits. Be realistic and honest, because most of the time we underestimate our spending. To get a complete view of your spending habits, track three months of spending. An expense worksheet may prove helpful. Track income: This is especially helpful for those with irregular income. Ultimately, you may need to examine how you can increase your income, be it through petitioning for raises, switching jobs, changing investments to income-producing or adding supplementary income. Set SMART(ER) Goals: This may be a handy mnemonic device – SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely), or add "ER," which means Evaluation and Re-evaluation. Rather than fuzzy "someday" hopes, these acronyms may prove helpful in setting and pursuing goals.
·        Prioritize: Financial goals can be highly individualized, so whether one person in a relationship wants to save for a family trip to Europe or to fund their future child's college tuition, write it all down. Seeing the goals on the page will help you prioritize what's the most important.  ·        Put the budget into practice: A spreadsheet of some kind is needed both to launch and track a budget. Do not get hung up on pennies; round up to the nearest dollar. Whether or not you're off by a few bucks, the idea is simple – to get an overall picture of what you have to work with. From there, you can make informed decisions. About Holly Hanson, CFP®, CIMA®, ADPA®  Holly Hanson is founder and principal of Harmony Financial Strategies (, a recent vision that came to her after 16 years of experience in the financial advisory business and having attained the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Investment Management Analyst® and Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor?. Hanson, who is also author of the book "The LGBT and Modern Family Money Manual," oversees the entire Harmony operation, mentoring and guiding the advisors to provide a unique combination of knowledge, dedication and service to LGBT individuals, same-sex couples and modern families. With the fall of DOMA and the repeal of Proposition 8 in California , Hanson and her partner, Sophie, were married in 2013, and hope to eventually add children to their family of four dogs. Holly and Sophie are active supporters of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Human Rights Campaign. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SPIC. This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax or legal advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor.

How Hidden Investment Fees Can Upend Your Retirement Goals

Financial Planner Says Investors Need -  To Understand The Ramifications

Saving enough money for retirement can be a tricky proposition even under the best circumstances. But when some of those dollars are being siphoned away by hidden – and perhaps unnecessary – fees, then the path to a secure retirement becomes even more difficult to navigate. Even small fees can have a major impact over time, which is why people need to be aware of what they are being charged, and whether other options exist that make for a better and smarter investment, says Casey B. Weade, a retirement-planning professional and author of the book "The Purpose-Based Retirement" ( "Probably 99 percent of people have no clue what they are really paying in fees and expenses," he says. "They are bleeding out their life savings." Weade says those hidden fees, which are abundant in the financial industry, are his No. 1 frustration with the profession. "There are a couple of products that consistently illustrate the problem with hidden fees – mutual funds and variable annuities," he says. "Many people believe their retirement advisor only makes money when something is bought or sold. But that's not always the case. "With mutual funds, for example, some fees are disclosed in the prospectus for the funds, but often there are additional ongoing fees that are not consistently or adequately disclosed." Some of those mutual fund fees and costs include: •  Stated Expenses:  o  Loads. Different classes of mutual funds have different types of loads or charges that are similar to commissions in that they compensate the financial professional for selling the fund to you. Some are front-end and you are charged at the time you make your initial investment. That charge usually is about 5 percent. Others are back-end, meaning you are assessed the charge if you sell the mutual fund, usually within a specified timeframe. o  Expense ratios. Other than loads, this is the only cost many retirees and pre-retirees are aware of, Weade says. The expense ratio is used to pay distribution costs, administration fees, management fees and marketing costs. The expense ratio can be 1 percent or more, depending on the mutual fund. According to the Investment Company Institute, the average expense ratio in an equity mutual fund is 1.4 percent per year. o  Advisory fees. In addition to the internal costs of owning a mutual fund, you may be paying a management fee to your advisor, Weade says. This fee can range anywhere form 0.25 percent up to 2.5 percent. Even if you aren't aware of it, you should be able to determine how much this one is costing you because it is required to be disclosed on investor documents. •  Unstated Expenses: o  Soft dollar costs. One of the most difficult mutual fund expenses to uncover is soft dollar costs, Weade says. Often, mutual fund managers are provided software, education, research or other services by brokerage firms. In exchange for these benefits, the brokerage house gets the brokerage business and may charge a higher commission for the trading of stocks within the fund. That commission is paid by the investor. o  Tax Impact.  Mutual funds are pass-through entities, meaning you pay tax on every transaction inside the mutual fund whether you benefited or not.  The average tax cost ratio for stock mutual funds is 1 percent to 1.2 percent per year, according to a Forbes magazine article. o  Trading Commissions.  Potentially one of the largest undisclosed expenses inside a mutual fund is trading commissions.  "Every time something is bought or sold within a mutual fund there is a commission charged and, believe it or not, these costs legally do not need to be disclosed," Weade says. A Wall Street Journal article noted that a 2009 study of thousands of U.S. equity mutual funds showed that the trading costs investors, on average, 1.44 percent. Once you know about the fees and charges attached to mutual funds, you may be able to negotiate to lower some of them, Weade says.  "I regularly audit investors' portfolios and find expenses in excess of 3 percent annually," he says. But he also often recommends "separately managed accounts" as an alternative to mutual funds because there are no loads and there is more transparency. Separately managed accounts are somewhat similar to mutual funds, but can be tailored specifically to the individual needs of the investor. "Regardless of the investment, it is vitally important to understand how valuable it is to avoid hidden fees and charges that can add up and prove costly, especially over decades," Weade says. "You want to keep as many of your hard-earned dollars in your account and working for you as possible." About Casey B. Weade  Casey B. Weade is president of Howard Bailey Financial Inc. in Indiana and author of the book "The Purpose-Based Retirement" ( Weade, a retirement-planning professional, hosts Purpose-Based Retirement radio and TV shows in the Fort Wayne area. Weade graduated from Stetson University with a bachelor's degree in Finance and as a member of the honorary finance fraternity Beta Alpha Psi.  He earned the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in addition to being a Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®).  He is also an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR), as well as life, accident and health insurance licensed and Long-Term Care Certified.


Story by Spider Robinson from the novel, Mindkiller - As presented at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, Spokane, WA (USA)  Adapted for the stage by Elizabeth Cano  Directed by Bruce Lambie  Starring Tali Brady and Gordon Watts    September 16-20, Mainline Theatre   3997, boul. St-Laurent   “…a thoughtful and innovative adaptation of one the greatest works of Canadian literature;   Cano’s “God Is An Iron” is (speaking as a lifelong theatregoer) one of the finest plays I’ve ever seen. “   – Robert J. Sawyer, creator of ABC’s FlashForward, 2003 Hugo award winner for Hominids   “I smelled her before I saw her” is one the seminal first lines in all of science fiction. It paves the path for Joe, a young man with no past, to meet Karen, a young woman with no future. As he puts her broken body and mind back together, he sorts through the shattered fragments of her life trying to find something worth living for. The play is a faithful adaptation of Spider Robinson’s infamous short story of the same name, which he later expanded into the novel Mindkiller.   “God is an Iron […] does what science fiction does well, building a human story around an idea of the future.”   – Matthew David Surridge, Black Gate SF  "My first suicide attempt was when I was 7 years old," says producer Elizabeth Cano. "My last was 5 years ago, and left me in a 3-day coma. I long ago lost count of the times between." The themes of abuse, trauma, depression and despair are close to the entire crew, which has battled these demons with her however the play’s messages of hope, connection and a path out of the darkness are supported by today’s medical research. By framing a cure in terms of the drama- how two people can reach out and support each other- Black Box Montreal believes this important message is more powerful, moving and motivating than any published study.   “The importance of this play in addressing crucial issues of abuse and suicide should not be undervalued. It is rare to see a production that so precisely explores a delicate issue in mental health with such depth of understanding and empathy.” – Dr. Norman Hoffmann, M.D., F.R.C.P.C Elizabeth Cano has assembled a powerful cast and crew to interpret this piece. The production is directed by Bruce Lambie, graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Production program and recipient of the 2006 Rights and Democracy Network Award of Recognition (Speak Truth to Power), and stars Tali Brady (winner of the 2010 FRIGID New York Festival Audience Choice Award ) and new local talent, Gordon Watts. Chris Wardell, another graduate of the NTS, creates an immersive and intricate projection design that brings the stage to life, while Zak Thriepland’s set and costume designs give a detailed look into Karen’s life. Shawn Baichoo’s expert fight direction provides life and fire to the fight sequences and physicality of the show. “I was completely blown away. Great adaptation, great cast, great set, great direction. Great music too.” – Spider Robinson, author of God is an Iron  The show was presented on August 20th 2015 , to wide acclaim, to the membership of 73rd World Science Fiction Convention on the Integra Ballroom stage of Sasquan. The literate and engaged audience in attendance also participated in an in-depth question and answer session, which incorporated author Spider Robinson by Skype, following the show. Media Call: Tues., Sept. 15 at 12:30pm . Mainline Theatre: 3997, boul. St-Laurent. ABOUT BLACK BOX MONTREAL Black Box Montreal focuses on speculative fiction. It believes that because science fiction is the literature of ideas, and theatre is the medium of ideas, they make a perfect marriage. Its goal is to continue producing and developing new projects from the science fiction literature canon and to reach new audiences with the important and fascinating stories being told in this community. God is an Iron - Sept. 16 to 20, 2015    Wednesday through Saturday       8pm    Saturday and Sunday 2pm    Box office:   514-849-3378

The Economic Costs of the Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan

Alexandre Moreau and Jasmin Guénette - Is it reasonable to sacrifice 2,931 jobs and $367 million of economic activity for the (uncertain) preservation of 96 caribou per year in Quebec ? This is just what could happen if the government further restricts logging activities in order to protect this animal, according to an Economic Note published today  National pharmacare plan not the answer  by Yanick Labrie   The risks that come with a national pharmacare program  by Yanick Labrie   Why is Montreal the unemployment capital?  with Marie-Josée Loiselle

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 US horror filmmaker Wes Craven dies

Wes Craven, US horror filmmaker, dies aged 76

Wes Craven in 2011

Image captionWes Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre in the 1980s American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76. A statement released by his family said Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer. Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. His Scream franchise grossed over $300m (£195m) in the US alone. A pioneer of the slasher genre, Craven once said of his work: "Horror films don't create fear. They release it." Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre when the first film featuring Freddy Krueger was released in 1984 starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. He had more recently signed deals to develop television programmes, including the new Scream series, for MTV. He had also been working on a graphic horror novel series. Craven began his cinematic career making pornographic films. He wrote, directed and edited his first feature film, The Last House on the Left, in 1972. A horror about the abduction of teenage girls, it was censored in many countries. Despite this, it became a box office hit that launched his career.

Les Mis Broadway star dies in fall

The first African-American and youngest person ever to play the lead role in Les Miserables on Broadway, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, dies in a fall.

Les Mis at the Imperial Theatre

The first African-American and youngest person ever to play the lead role in Les Miserables on Broadway has died in a fall, a show spokesman has said.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, fell from a fire escape after Friday evening's performance at the Imperial Theatre, said representative Marc Thibodeau. Last month, Mr Jean-Baptiste made history performing the role of ex-convict Jean Valjean in the musical. A statement described him as a remarkable young talent. The notice placed on Facebook said: "The entire Les Miserables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle." It described him as a "tremendous person who made magic and history in his Broadway debut". 'My dream' In May, Mr Jean-Baptiste announced on Twitter he would be joining Cameron Mackintosh's production of Les Miserables as Courfeyrac and understudying Jean Valjean. He first went on stage in that role on 23 July. He told Playbill magazine: "This was my dream since I was a little boy." His last performance in the role was on Thursday. The circumstances of Mr Jean-Baptiste's death are unclear. Some reports have said he was at his mother's home at the time.

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 'Pre-suicide behaviour' identified

 Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study finds.

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Research by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) concluded that the behaviour patterns "precede many suicide attempts". The study said effective prevention measures were "urgently needed". The World Health Organisation estimates that there were more than 800,000 suicides worldwide in 2012. The ECNP study evaluated 2,811 patients suffering from depression, of whom 628 had previously attempted suicide. Researchers "looked especially at the characteristics and behaviours of those who had attempted suicide", and found that "certain patterns recur" before attempts. They said the risk of an attempt was "at least 50% higher" if a depressed patient displayed: "risky behaviour" such as reckless driving or promiscuous behaviour "psychomotor agitation" such as pacing around rooms or wringing their hands impulsivity - defined by the researchers as acting with "little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences" Dr Dina Popovic, one of the report's authors, added: "We found that 'depressive mixed states' often preceded suicide attempts. "A depressive mixed state is where a patient is depressed, but also has symptoms of 'excitation', or mania."   Video Study finds suicide risk symptoms   Neurologist Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

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The Art of Solace - Fifteen Tips for Pushing through the Discomfort and Truly Connecting with a Chronically Ill Person
Few of us know how to act around a very sick person. And yet, what we say (and don’t say) makes a huge impact. Here are some practical skills for caregivers, family members, and anyone else who wants to make a meaningful difference in a very difficult time. By Walter St. John, Ed.D. 

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Overcoming Labels: Dysfunctional One Prevails Against All Odds

Washington , DC , August 31, 2015 – Whether it's a nation, a person or a relationship, being labeled as "broken" can become a death stroke -- or the spark that lights a passion to prevail over every obstacle. For John C. Davies, a deeply dysfunctional family triggered a long chain of events including adultery, betrayal, neglect, homelessness, conspiracies, even murder, yet he emerges triumphant. Dysfunctional One (Page Publishing), is his inspirational memoir. "I was branded the black sheep in the family, doomed and left to ruin – called a loser many times, a waste, and in some cases made a scapegoat," he says. "Like a plant thriving in sandy soil, I developed a strong sense of purpose, patience and perseverance." Dysfunctional One describes Davies' remarkable struggle to survive three of Africa 's most gruesome wars, evacuate his family to safety multiple times from desperate violence, and begin life again as a free citizen of the USA . Now, he is CEO of Global Alliance Solution, LLC on Capitol Hill in Washington DC . The company manages corporate expansion and international strategies as well as overseeing other client services such as management accounting, corporate and individual taxes and strategic global staffing. With an MBA from Colorado Technical University , Davies is currently working on a PhD. While living in Senegal as refugee, he founded the Bi-Lingual Refugee School of Dakar and wrote an education program to transition English-speaking refugee children/students from an English curriculum to a French curriculum. Liberia 's National Chess Champion for ten years, Davies is also a rated Grand Master. In 2000, living as a refugee in Dakar , he was nominated by the Federation for World Peace to represent African refugees at the United Nations Millennium Conference in New York . Now he lives in the United States with his wife of 30 years and their ten children. He is writing two other books: one entitled Chess Kids' Tutorial and the second part of Dysfunctional One. For more information, please visit:  Dysfunctional One    Page Publishing   Available in softcover and digital formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBook, Apple iTunes, Google Play and more; for an autographed copy shipped in 1-2 business days order from the author's website at:  $25.99   ISBN: 978-1634179041

The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin

By Paige Padgett - "Finally, a green beauty book written for the glamorous girl. Paige has been a makeup artist for ten years. No one is more qualified to show you how to be glamorous and green. [She] explained to me that just like toxic chemicals in food, toxic chemicals in cosmetics are just as harmful to your body. Paige Padgett shows you exactly how to rid your beauty routine of toxic chemicals without having to make your own cosmetics or settle for substandard beauty products that don't work. She will empower you to make good choices for you and your family while keeping you gorgeous. With something useful for everyone, The Green Beauty Rules is the green beauty book you've been waiting for..." – Jillian Michaels Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2015 - Paige Padgett, makeup artist to the stars and most specifically, Jillian Michaels, is revolutionary in the beauty industry and is finally revealing her brand of beauty magic in her first book The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour and Glowing Skin (HCI Books -- $21.95). Filled with tips and tricks to get glamorous toxic-free make-up looks this green beauty expert has the 411 on killer toxins and chemicals found in most beauty products. The Green Beauty Rules is a simple, step-by-step beauty detox plan which guides readers on what to try, buy and toss for a healthier and gorgeous lifestyle. Chapter by chapter Paige Padgett explains why she got started on this green beauty journey, what to look out for, and why to care about the ingredients of your favorite cosmetics. Paige explains "After attending Ken Cook's 'Ten Americans' lecture I was blown away to find that an average of 287 chemicals are found in our bodies. Some of these chemicals were banned 30 years ago. Shockingly enough, some of these chemicals compound in our bodies and are passed down through our parents. Since then I decided I would eliminate toxic chemicals from my cosmetics and teach others how to do it as well." Since making the greening shift can be overwhelming, Paige holds the reader's hand throughout the transition. She stresses to take things one step at a time, figure out what products work best for you and how to get the most out of certain products that can be used for more than one need.  One of the best takeaways from Padgett's book is that "green," "natural" and "organic" do not need to be expensive. Green beauty products have come a long way since she first started and now products are vibrant, smell great, and are as effective (if not more) as popular brands. About the Author: Paige Padgett, a leading authority on green beauty, has never been afraid to go against the grain. An irreverent free spirit, she follows her instincts and her heart. At the mere age of 12 she announced to her family that she was no longer eating red meat. Ironically, her half-Native American grandfather was a cattle rancher. It was no surprise then, that when beauty experts said she couldn't provide safe and eco-friendly makeup artistry and still create beautiful faces, she set out to prove them wrong — and did. Now considered a leading authority on green beauty, Paige is the Green Beauty Expert for Dasani ECOmmunity Facebook Page,, Jillian Michaels Wellness Team, and founded, a green beauty website. In addition, she is often sought out by the press and has been featured in Shape, Elle, GenLux,,, The Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, Natural Health and Whole Life Times Magazine. Her television, radio, podcasts and live appearances include "Martha Stewart Radio," "San Diego Live," "The Jillian Michaels Radio Show," "Green Is Good," "The Healthy Voyager" and "The Jillian Michaels Wellness Cruise." Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: or (800) 441-5569 The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide to Toxic-Free, Green Glamour, and Glowing Skin  Paige Padgett
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The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

Everything is irrelevant when talks about making Montreal a solvent city again without considering lowering of taxes, especially on commercial, as well as private properties and most of all changing the language law, in permitting the free use of English in business. Otherwise, the city will run out of energy to support its existence. Everything that started good fifty years ago to becoming the most economically stable cities in the world had been taken down by the hatred sentiment of the so called nationalists who basically put a great number of residents in poverty mostly composed of the French Speaking Quebecois. And hey,  labor unions played most of the problem. Look around commercial areas and you'd see the gloomy picture of the city and that of the suburbs, plus the more than 30,000 homeless people in the city. Speak up people! cdb  

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

Looking back at 40 years of French as Quebec's official language

The passage of Bill 22 in 1974 may have been in response to language tensions in St-Léonard, a predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood in Montreal . However, it fanned the flames between Anglos and Francos, leading to what is arguably Quebec 's most hotly debated piece of legislation ever: Bill 101. (Radio-Canada archives)  On July 31, 1974 — exactly 40 years ago — French became the only official language in Quebec . A war of words and principles raged between anglophones and francophones at the time. Anglophones fought to preserve their rights while more and more French-speaking Quebecers lobbied for better protection of their language, particularly with regard to the francization of immigrants. That edict, introduced by Robert Bourassa and his Liberal government, was meant to remove any ambiguity about language in the province. It was known as Bill 22, the precursor to Bill 101 that came three years later. “The 1960s were a time of major changes in Quebec , like elsewhere around the world. Here, we became aware of some gaps in the protection of the French language,” said Office québécois de la langue française spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc. Groundwork on bills 22 and 101 was laid during the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. The Parti Québécois was created in 1968 amid the language turmoil; a year later, the Union Nationale government led by Jean-Jacques Bertrand adopted Bill 63, which would go on to become An Act to promote the French language in Québec. St-Léonard Conflict The flames of language debates in the province were stoked by what has come to be known as the St-Léonard Conflict, which came to a head in 1968. The conflict began when an act was passed to phase out English instruction from schools in the predominantly Italian-immigrant neighbourhood. Bill 63 was passed in 1969 as an attempt to smooth out thorny relations between Montreal ’s Italian community, the province and Quebec francophones. That law had provisions promoting French in education, including offering French courses to new immigrants. It also permitted parents to choose whether their children received English or French instruction. That law was superseded by Bill 22. FROM THE ARCHIVES | Riots in St-Léonard

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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.

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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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