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  Blow for Merkel as German talks collapse

Two months after elections, the liberal FDP pulling out leaves Germany without a government.

Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.

The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between them.  What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call elections. The German stock market slipped slightly on the news that the talks had collapsed. Mrs Merkel said she regretted the collapse, adding she would meet the German president later on Monday to formally tell him negotiations had failed. Her bloc won September's poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties. "As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come," she said. What went wrong in the talks? It is not quite clear. The parties involved in the talks are reported to be deeply divided over tax, asylum and environmental policies.   Germany coalition: Merkel's 'political party poker'   Why German election was a turning point  Merkel's 'party poker'   Why this vote was a turning point   Video How Angela Merkel rose to power  Voters in Germany's east choose AfD

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Deadline for Mugabe to quit comes and goes

  Zimbabwe 's president has defied calls to resign despite his own party's threat to impeach him.

Zimbabwe 's embattled President Robert Mugabe is facing a deadline set by his own party to resign, after a surprise speech in which he refused to quit.

Zanu-PF, which has stripped Mr Mugabe of the party leadership, says it backs impeachment if he does not step down by 12:00 local time ( 10:00 GMT ) on Monday. Proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when parliament meets. Mr Mugabe's grip on power has weakened since the army intervened on Wednesday, in a row over who should succeed him. The crisis began two weeks ago when the 93-year-old leader sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife Grace as next president.  Zimbabwe has since then seen huge street rallies, with demonstrators, including the country's influential war veterans, demanding his immediate resignation.  LIVE Deadline passes for Mugabe to resign   Five things about Zimbabwe crisis    The Beijing connection    How great is China 's influence in Zimbabwe ?

Alcohol ban for US troops in Japan

Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan   The US military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. US troops on Okinawa have also been told to stay on base or at home. The Marine crashed his truck into a minivan on Sunday, killing the local driver of the other vehicle. Okinawa hosts more than half of the US troops in Japan - locals have long resented the military presence. In a statement, the US military confirmed that one its service members had been involved in the accident and said that "alcohol may have been a factor". The military also announced "mandatory training to address responsible alcohol use, risk management and acceptable behaviour" for all its troops across Japan . Japanese police said the Marine was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, Reuters reports. He is under arrest charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police say.   Trump vows US resolve to Asian allies

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Israel president rejects soldier's pardon

Reuven Rivlin says an Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker should not be pardoned.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has rejected an appeal for a pardon for a soldier jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker. Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the March 2016 shooting of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in Hebron , in the occupied West Bank . In January, Israel 's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Azaria, a sergeant, to be pardoned. Azaria submitted a formal request last month. The case has divided Israeli opinion.  "President Reuven Rivlin today took the decision to deny the request for a pardon filed by Elor Azaria," the president's office said in a statement on Sunday.  It added that Mr Rivlin had taken into account both the offences committed by Azaria and their circumstances.  Azaria, 19 at the time of the incident, shot Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in the head while he was lying immobile on a road on 24 March 2016 .  Sharif and another 21-year-old Palestinian, Ramzi Aziz a   Israel-Palestinians: Blame and bitterness   Video Video of fatal shooting   The issues preventing peace  

Palestinians 'to cut US ties' over office

The US says the Palestinians can't have an office if they pursue Israelis at an international court.  The Palestine Liberation Organisation has warned it will freeze its ties with the US if it carries out a threat to close the PLO office in Washington . In a video on Twitter, PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat called the move "unacceptable".  US officials say the PLO could be breaking a legal condition for it to operate in the US .  The US law says Palestinian authorities must not pressure the International Criminal Court to investigate Israelis. The PLO, which is seen by the international community as representing all Palestinians, opened an office in DC in 1994. It is the first time that the State Department has declined to reissue a six-monthly operating licence for it. A state department official cited "certain statements made by Palestinian leaders" about the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the reason behind the non-renewal.  Blame and bitterness keeping peace at bay    Can Jewish settlement issue be resolved?   Israel-Palestinians: Blame and bitterness keeping peace at bay

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Debbie Schichtman says drastic cuts at Miriam Home robs vulnerable citizens of purpose and sense of belonging

Debbie Schichtman says drastic cuts at Miriam Home mean clients over 55 are being dropped from the social service agency's day program — robbing her sister of a sense of purpose and belonging.

By Leah Hendry, CBC News  Like 'house arrest': Sister outraged as day program for disabled adults drops older clients   Debbie Schichtman says Miriam Home and Services is taking away her sister's reason to get up in the morning. Miriam Home and Services provides a range of services for English-speaking children, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. For years, Schichtman's 57-year-old sister has gone to the agency's specialized day program, designed for adults with profound disabilities. The activities and outings have given her sister a chance to socialize, learn and integrate, Schichtman says — and most importantly, it's given her a sense of be "We all deserve to have a purpose," said Schichtman. But in a move that caught Schichtman and other families completely off guard, Miriam Home announced sweeping changes to its services earlier this month. To help reduce Miriam's waiting list, clients who are 55 years and older, including Schichtman's sister, will be excluded from the program. "My jaw just dropped," said Schichtman, who is also president of the Miriam Home 's users' committee. "I was horrified." Under the changes, clients between 50 and 54 years of age will only be able to attend the day program part-time. Days will also be reduced for clients with absentee or severe fatigue issues.CBC Montreal Investigates   Hidden camera reveals ABA therapist interacting 'roughly' with autistic 4-year-old boy 

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Lebanon PM to return to Beirut

Saad Hariri vows to go back home by Wednesday and will then clarify his shock decision to resign.

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign. He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia , but President Michel Aoun refused to accept the resignation. Mr Hariri denied being held in Riyadh against his will, amid speculation the Saudis had forced him to quit as part of a regional power struggle with Iran . Mr Hariri was speaking after meeting France 's president in Paris . Mr Hariri said: "I will go to Beirut in the coming days. I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President Aoun."  Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals   Iran and Saudi Arabia: Who's siding with whom  Riyadh's night of long knives and long-range missiles   Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals   Video Lebanon to resolve Hariri 'ambiguity'  

Charles Manson dies after decades in jail

The cult leader sent his followers to commit a series of brutal murders in the late 1960s.

Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, and who became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture, has died aged 83. Manson was admitted to Bakersfield hospital, California earlier this month and died of natural causes on Sunday. In 1969, his followers, known as the Manson family, killed nine people. Among the victims of the killing spree was heavily pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski. One of Manson's young followers, Susan Atkins, stabbed Tate to death and scrawled "PIG" on the home's front door with the actress's blood. Four other people at Tate's home were brutally stabbed to death. The next day, a wealthy couple in Los Angeles , Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were also killed by the clan. The killings became known collectively as the Tate-LaBianca murders. Separately Donald Shea, a Hollywood stuntman, and Gary Hinman, an acquaintance of the group, were killed by his members of the Manson family. Manson was not at the scene of the killings, but was nonetheless convicted of murder for directing his followers in seven of the killings. He was sentenced to death in 1971.  Messianic leader of a death cult   Why Manson continues to fascinate  

Transparent star Tambor leaves show

The star of Transparent has signalled he is leaving the show after being accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Jeffrey Tambor with Trace Lysette

"I don't see how I can return," Jeffrey Tambor said in a statement.

Last week the Emmy-winning actor said he was "not a predator" after two transgender women working on the Amazon show made claims against him. Tambor again expressed regret if his actions had been "misinterpreted" but denied he had ever "deliberately harass[ed] anyone". His apparent departure from the Amazon drama follows reports the studio was investigating claims he acted inappropriately towards his personal assistant. This prompted Trace Lysette, an actress on the show, to accuse him of pressing himself against her while filming the show's second season. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," Tambor said on Sunday. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. "I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.

 New Zealand PM 'regrets Trump story'

Jacinda Ardern’s friend had told local media the US president mistook her for Justin Trudeau’s wife.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says she regrets sharing an anecdote about her recent meeting with US President Donald Trump with her friends. Ms Ardern met Mr Trump at the Apec summit in Vietnam earlier this month. On Sunday, a local comedian told journalists Ms Ardern said Mr Trump had mistaken her for the wife of Canada 's leader, Justin Trudeau. Ms Ardern denied this, and said she had merely spoken about an outside observer's impression of the meeting. Tom Sainsbury, a friend of Ms Ardern's, had told local radio: "I don't know if I should be saying this, but she said that Donald Trump was confused for a good amount of time thinking that she was Justin Trudeau's wife." The interview sparked headlines in New Zealand that Mr Trump had not known who Ms Ardern was. Ms Ardern later denied this. In a New Zealand TV (NZTV) interview on Monday, she said: "Someone observed that they thought that it happened, but in all my interactions, certainly President Trump didn't seem to have confused me when I interacted with him. But someone else observed this."

Animal Rescue Group's Vital Spay/Neuter Efforts Need Public Support 

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Houston , TX , November 1, 2017  ― The wild dogs of Mexico are flea and tick infested. They are diseased and hungry. They are unloved and disposable. And their average lifespan is a scant one to three years. But there is a ray of hope. Since 2001, Alison Sawyer has dedicated her life to curbing the unchecked breeding that fills Mexico 's streets with unwanted animals. She founded Isla Animals, a nonprofit animal rescue organization on Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo, Mexico, that provides spay/neuter clinics, little-to-no-cost veterinary services and vaccinations, pet owner education, and animal foster care and adoption. Since its inception, Isla Animals has spayed/neutered more than 12,000 dogs and cats and has rescued more than 6,000 animals from Mexico 's streets.  Isla Animals recently announced its latest spay/neuter, vaccination and wellness clinic taking place in Rancho Viejo from December 1-5. Isla Animals hosts these clinics periodically in different Mexican cities to treat as many animals as possible in a few days' time. The organization launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise financial support for the vital veterinary services needed for this event. Simply put, without Isla Animals' valiant efforts, thousands of unwanted dogs and cats would fall victim to a slow death by starvation or disease. And these animals deserve better. 11.04.17

Experience Life At The Coldest And Most Isolated Place On Earth

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  New York , NY , November 1, 2017  ― Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences. In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day" of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night" of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment. One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous. Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole," and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line," which describes barren landscapes.  As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London . He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA. One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards. For more information, please visit One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, CreateSpace , ISBN-10: 1539947300 , ISBN-13: 978-1539947301 Available on 11.04.17

Ottawa on notice to reverse denial of club status to student group by November 3

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  OTTAWA : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( has written to the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) to demand that it reverse its decision to revoke club status from uOttawa Students for Life (SFL).
SFL requested club status in the fall semester and received an email on
Friday, October 13, 2017 , notifying SFL that it had been approved as a club by the SFUO.  However, one week later, on Friday, October 20, 2017 , SFL received an email from the SFUO stating that SFL had been removed from the SFUO Clubs System. The email stated that the decision to revoke club status was "due to the ways in which your mandate is in contention with the SFUO's principles." SFL has been a registered campus club for the past 10 years.  During this time, SFL members have peacefully held events and shared their views on life issues.  SFL seeks to promote the value of all human life from conception to natural death, and engages other students in discussion and debate, consistent with the purpose of the university. This decision to revoke club status follows a prior SFUO decision to censor SFL. On Thursday, September 28, 2017 , an executive of the SFUO ordered SFL club members to stop tabling in the Jock Turcot University Centre on campus, despite SFL having used the proper channels to book space for the tabling. SFUO attempted to justify its decision by citing unspecified complaints received about SFL.  SFL was further informed that their club goes against unspecified SFUO policy, implying that SFL's views on life issues could not be expressed there. The SFL members who were tabling were told that University of Ottawa Protection Services would be called if they did not leave the Jock Turcot University Centre, and so they left, less than 45 minutes into their tabling event. Recognition of club status from the SFUO is crucial for a student group to engage with other students at the University of Ottawa . Without it, students cannot access space and resources available to other student clubs and funded through mandatory SFUO fees. In its letter, the Justice Centre calls out SFUO's decision, stating:  The decision discriminates against SFL based on its pro-life opinions and beliefs. This decision violates the principles of natural justice, SFUO's own Constitution and policies, and the fundamental Canadian values of freedom of expression and association, which are crucially important at academic institutions. Students for Life club secretary Rachel Leistra expressed her disappointment with SFUO'S latest attempt to silence her group, stating: SFUO's repeated hostility towards our club this semester is preventing us from having a voice on campus. As students of the University of Ottawa we deserve to have a voice as does every other student. Denying us club status prevents us from having equal access to our own student union's resources. The Justice Centre's letter to SFUO concludes: We demand that the Constitutional Committee of the Board of Administration of the SFUO exercise its authority to correct the unlawful decision, and that the SFUO return club status to SFL and its position in the SFUO Clubs System no later than November 3, 2017. For more information, please contact: John Carpay, President, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms  403-619-8014 or  Rachel Leistra, Secretary, uOttawa Students for Life 11/0417

City of Yorkton reverses censorship, proclaims "Respect for Life" week

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  ORKTON , SK : The City of Yorkton has proclaimed the week of October 29 – November 4, 2017 as "Respect for Life Week," as had been initially requested by Parkland Right to Life this past September. The proclamation, issued October 30, 2017 , is a reversal of the City's position.  This follows a formal request from the Justice Centre that the City of Yorkton reverse its rejection of Parkland Right to Life's proclamation application. This case arose on September 5, 2017 , when the President of Parkland Right for Life, Ted Deneschuk, requested to appear before Yorkton City Council and provide oral submissions in support of an application to have the City proclaim the week of October 1-7, 2017 as "Respect for Life" week. A day later, on September 6, 2017 , City officials informed Mr. Deneschuk that the City had decided to deny his request. The City stated that a "Respect for Life" week proclamation would contravene section 3.B.ii of the City's Proclamation Policy, which states that proclamations will not be issued for "[matters of political controversy, ideological, or religious beliefs or individual, conviction". The Justice Centre's October 10 letter explained that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms requires the City to be neutral.  The City may neither favour nor hinder "any particular belief, and the same holds true for non-belief."  Notwithstanding its Proclamation Policy, the City has made a practice of proclaiming certain weeks and days as being dedicated to controversial, ideological and religious subjects.  For example, the week of March 26- April 1, 2017 was proclaimed by the City as "Gender Diversity Week", and May 13, 2017 was proclaimed as "Falun Dafa Day". By mislabeling the proposed "Respect for Life Week" as a "matter of political controversy, ideological, or religious beliefs or individual conviction," all while issuing proclamations regarding other controversial, ideological or religious beliefs, the City was engaging in the very favouritism prohibited by the Supreme Court of Canada. "We are pleased that the City has recognized that government cannot reject expression simply because it does not agree with the views expressed," stated Justice Centre staff lawyer James Kitchen. For more information please contact:  John Carpay, president, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: or 403-619-8014 11.04.17

Wall v. Jehovah's Witnesses

Supreme Court of Canada hears Justice Centre intervention in freedom of association case, Wall v. Jehovah's Witnesses

Special to The Montreal Tribune -  OTTAWA : The Justice Centre will present oral argument before the Supreme Court today, asking the Court to overturn a lower court decision that violates freedom of association in the case of Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses et al v. Randy Wall.  This hearing is open to the public, and is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.  This hearing is also being webcast live from the Supreme Court of Canada website.  The Justice Centre's filed factum can be viewed here.  During oral argument the Justice Centre will explain from its unique and non-religious perspective that freedom of association under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of private, voluntary associations to determine membership criteria. These associations must be free to enforce these membership criteria, immune from judicial review. In consequence, neither courts nor governments can legally compel citizens to associate together unwillingly. "Freedom of association benefits not only religious institutions, but also Canada 's atheists and agnostics, and the many theists who do not embrace any particular religion," stated Justice Centre president John Carpay. "Improper judicial oversight in this case threatens every private organization and association in Canada ," continued Carpay. For more information please contact: John Carpay, president, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: or 403-619-8014 11.04.17\

CASE BACKGROUND : Randy Wall became a Jehovah's Witness (JW) in 1980, at the age of 20.  In 2014, he was disfellowshipped (expelled) after a local church committee determined that he was not sufficiently repentant for having been drunk and verbally abusive to his wife. Mr. Wall appealed his expulsion to a higher committee within the JW organization, and ultimately to the governing Watchtower Society of Canada, without success.  He then took the JWs to court, arguing that he had been wrongly expelled, and that the hearings and the process were unfair.  As a realtor, Mr. Wall also claimed to have lost about half of his client base, because JWs now refused to have any business dealings with him, or even speak with him. Rather than recognize that freedom of association prevents government (including courts) from interfering with the membership decisions of private associations, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench ruled that it had the jurisdiction to review the JWs' membership decision.  This ruling was affirmed by the Alberta Court of Appeal. VIDEO: John Carpay on judicial interference and Jehovah's Witnesses : In this video, John Carpay discusses what is at stake in the upcoming case of Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses et al v Randy Wall: For more information please contact: John Carpay, president, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: or 403-619-8014 11.04.17

Child harmed after Alberta school hides gender transition from parents

daughter's school that their autistic daughter Sharon* had expressed suicidal thoughts Special to The Montreal Tribune -  CALGARY : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( today responded to Bill 24, the Alberta Government's legislation pertaining to Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). "This legislation assumes that parents are untrustworthy, or enemies of their own children," stated Calgary lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre. "This legislation is therefore contrary to international human rights documents which protect the rights of parents to educate their own children in accordance with the moral convictions of parents, not the convictions of politicians or political activists," continued Carpay. Autistic girl harmed when parents excluded  In December 2016, Alberta parents John Doe* and Jane Doe* found out from their.  The school then also told the parents that, since the fall of 2015, their daughter had self-identified as a boy at school, and the school had been facilitating her "transition," complying with their daughter's requests to be referred to as "he", to join the boys' teams in gym class, etc.  Sharon  told the school that she didn't want her parents to know because her parents would disapprove. The school complied, following school board policies that were based on the Alberta government's January 2016 "Guidelines" regarding gender. Sharon, who is moderately autistic, was 12 and 13 years old during the course of these events. She had always struggled socially, and had experienced difficulty relating to other girls, which is very typical of autistic girls.  When Sharon reached puberty at age 11, she didn't want a girl's body.  Sharon didn't want hormones or surgery to become a boy physically, but she wanted to identify as a boy socially, i.e. boy's name and pronouns, boys bathroom/changeroom, and boys sports teams.  She made these requests to the school and they indulged her, without informing the parents, and without any evidence that the parents were in any way abusive.  The parents were aware that Sharon was struggling, and were extremely concerned about her, but they had no idea that the school was facilitating this double life. After about a year of living as a boy at school but as a girl at home, Sharon became depressed and suicidal.  She expressed her suicidal feelings to a school counsellor, and the school told the parents of their daughter's suicidal expressions.  For over a year, the school hid all this from the parents.  Only when Sharon expressed suicidal thoughts did the school contact the parents.  The parents then pulled their daughter from that school. According to Jane Doe, the school's principal was apologetic and contrite.  The principal said that, after speaking with superiors, the school would follow the parents' wishes if Sharon came back.  This included not attending the GSA meetings, not being referred to as "Jake" or "he", and not joining boys' activities.  Further, the school would inform the parents immediately of anything to do with their daughter's gender identity, or her attempts to attend a GSA meeting or otherwise attempt to go against her parents' wishes.  The principal agreed to this orally. **Names changed to protect confidentiality.

November is Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month! Bringing Advocacy

Action and a Brighter Future As part of the initiative, the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS) is hosting a landmark Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Meeting for Hyperhidrosis in Washington , DC on November 13, 2017

Special to The Montreal Tribune - October 2017 ( Charleston , S.C. ) —  November 1, 2017 launches the inaugural Hyperhidrosis (Hh) Awareness Month! Why? Because the more people who know about Hh (excessive sweating), the sooner there will be a cure.
Hyperhidrosis is NOT a cosmetic problem, a weather-related problem, a hormone problem, an anxiety problem, a weight problem, an exercise problem, a drug problem, or a personality problem...It's a common, medical, serious, life-damaging, under-recognized and under-cared-for problem, and the International Hyperhidrosis Society wants everyone to know it. Follow the International Hyperhidrosis Society on Facebook and Twitter during the entire month of November for give-aways, to learn useful Hh life hacks, and to help raise awareness about how life-altering and under-treated excessive sweating can be. Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month will help to: Raise awareness about how common Hh actually is (nearly 5% of the population is affected and 17% of teenagers!) Celebrate the resilience of those living with Hh Share tips, support and hope. Advocate for new, effective treatments. Hyperhidrosis is often isolating. But it doesn't have to be. Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month can help people with hyperhidrosis find more support and share their stories so that excessive sweating can be taken seriously and given the research and treatment development it deserves.  Pay special attention on November 13th when the International Hyperhidrosis Society hosts an importantPatient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting in Washington D.C. – giving individuals with hyperhidrosis a unique and powerful platform to share perspectives on the impacts of Hh and the treatments that are needed. People concerned about hyperhidrosis can register to be among 300 live webcast PFDD attendees and make their voices heard during the open comment period that opens November 13th at 1pm EST. Visit SweatHelp.orgfor more information.  Representatives from the FDA and key treatment developers will attend the PFDD and the commenting period will lead to public reports for future FDA and drug-developer awareness building, advocacy, and research.  Spread the word. #HhAwarenessMonth #ActionForACure.  Visit  IHhS is grateful for the crucial contributions from Dermira, and private individuals that are making Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month possible. IHhS thanks generous sponsors Dermira, RA FischerBrickell Biotech, and Hidrex USA, as well as private donors, for their support and for making the landmark PFDD initiative possible. Press Contact: Angela Ballard, RN, International Hyperhidrosis Society,  About the International Hyperhidrosis Society: Founded in 2003 by an elite team of world-respected physicians in hyperhidrosis research and treatment, the International Hyperhidrosis Society is the only independent, non-profit, global organization that strives to improve quality of life for those affected by excessive sweating. Its mission is to reduce the symptoms, anxiety, and social stigma associated with excessive sweating by improving the information, support and treatment available to the millions of children, teens and adults affected by hyperhidrosis worldwide. Learn more at . Interest in covering the event and/or connecting with the IHhS as I hope? Anne Gold Publicist, 858-577-0206 11.04.17

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In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights established the "prior right of parents to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children," only three years after Hitler's Germany was defeated in World War II.  In 1976, Canada pledged to respect the freedom of parents "to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions," required by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  These two international legal documents also affirm that "the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society, entitled to protection by society and the State." A law that requires teachers to withhold information from parents violates the human rights of parents, who know, understand and love their children far more than politicians, bureaucrats, political activists, and others.  The fact that a small number of parents are abusive is not a reason to keep secrets from all parents, or withhold information from all parents, particularly those who have children in Kindergarten and elementary school. Currently, Alberta 's laws already empower teachers to deal with the rare individual situations of actual or suspected abuse by parents.  Teachers already have discretion to withhold some information from some parents, where the particular situation so warrants. Replacing this discretion with a law that requires secrecy is harmful to children.  Absent exceptional circumstances, to prohibit parents from being informed violates parents' legal rights and responsibilities for their children. 11.04.17

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Tusk gives UK Brexit talks ultimatum

Theresa May is told to put more money on the table and address Irish border concerns within two weeks.


Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the EU is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year. EU Council President Donald Tusk said he was "ready" to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks, covering future relations with the UK . But he said the UK must show much more progress on the "divorce bill" and the Irish border by early next month. Mrs May said "good progress" was being made but more needed to be done. The talks are currently deadlocked over the UK 's financial settlement, citizens' rights and Ireland with Irish PM Leo Varadkar accusing the UK of not "thinking through" the implications of Brexit for his country. A week ago, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier informed his UK counterpart David Davis he had a fortnight to spell out in more detail what he was prepared to pay the EU to "settle its accounts" and to clarify how trade between the Republic and Northern Ireland and security across the 310 mile border would be preserved after the UK leaves the single market and customs union.  Reality Check: Brexit divorce bill   Irish demand post-Brexit border promise   Brexit talks: Parallel universes

Ottawa should abolish the capital gains tax

Special to The Montreal Tribune - Montreal, November 2, 2017 – While Ottawa has set aside its plans to increase the inclusion rate of the capital gains tax—from 50% to 75% according to rumours—an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that this kind of tax is particularly harmful. The government should instead reduce or abolish it, as a number of countries have done. "Capital formation is one of the foundations of economic growth. Yet investment in Canada has fallen 18% since 2014. Now that the oil industry boom is behind us, it's obvious that Canada has a chronic problem. The capital gains tax reduces the availability of capital, and makes it more expensive for companies. Who ends up paying the price? Workers in particular, through fewer jobs and lower wages," explains Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI and author of the publication. The capital gains tax also hurts innovation by reducing the appetite of investors for riskier start-ups. On the other hand, the abolition of our capital gains tax could encourage productivity growth in Canada , which would in turn improve the living standards of all Canadians. One study shows that each dollar of reduction of capital gains taxes would lead to economic gains of approximately $1.30. It is the tax whose elimination would bring the most gains.  "Several other countries have followed this path; why not us?" asks Mathieu Bédard. " New Zealand , Switzerland , and Hong Kong do not tax capital gains at all. In these places, positive effects from the absence of capital gains taxation have been documented."  Moreover, the capital gains tax cannot be justified by the meagre revenues it generates for the government. The reductions in federal government tax revenues from its abolition would be $4.3 billion, or just 1.5% of its total revenues.  While the reduction or the abolition of capital gains taxation would involve complex tax issues, these technical and legal issues can be solved through ongoing vigilance and targeted legislation when necessary, the publication points out.  "Common sense favours a reduction in this kind of tax, even its elimination. This tax does not generate a lot of revenue for the government, yet it is a major burden for our economy. Several countries have found ways to deal with these issues, and there is no reason to believe that Canada could not do so as well in order to improve the standard of living of all Canadians," concludes Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.  The Economic Note entitled "The Capital Gains Tax: It Should Be Reduced, Not Increased" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI. This publication is available on our websiteThe Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. Interview requests: Pascale Déry, Vice President, Communications and Development, MEI / Tel.: 514-273-0969 ext. 2233 / Cell.: 514-502-6757 / Email: 11.04.17

Questions over African mining deal

An Israeli man accused of corruption was asked to handle a mining deal, the Paradise Papers reveal.

Katanga mine

One of the world's largest firms loaned a businessman previously accused of corruption $45m and asked him to negotiate mining rights in a poor central African nation, the Paradise Papers reveal. Anglo-Swiss company Glencore made the loan available to Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, a notorious middle man with a close relationship with senior figures in the DR Congo government, in 2009. Mr Gertler was asked to negotiate a new deal for a mining company in which Glencore had a significant stake, which campaigners say cost DR Congo hundreds of millions of dollars. He and Glencore deny any wrongdoing. Glencore agreed to pay Dan Gertler $534m (Ł407m) to buy him out of their shared mining interests in DR Congo in February this year. The new details came to light in the Paradise Papers, a leak of more than 13.4 million documents, many from within Appleby, one of the world's leading offshore law firms. The central African country of DR Congo has been mired in violence and corruption for decades, leaving more than half of its population living below the poverty line.

What is China's 'magic island-making' ship?

The new dredging ship raises concerns Beijing will continue building islands in disputed waters.

Chinese vessel

China has unveiled a new dredging ship capable of creating islands such as those Beijing has already built in the disputed South China Sea . Described as a "magical island-maker" by the institute that designed it, the vessel was unveiled on the eve of US President Donald Trump's tour of Asia . China has been accused of creating artificial islands in the South China Sea to bolster its claims over the contested waters. The strategic sea is also claimed by Vietnam , the Philippines , Malaysia , Brunei and Taiwan . Vital statistics What's the ship called? The vessel has a highly symbolic name: Tian Kun Hao: a legendary enormous fish which can turn into a mythical bird. How big and powerful is it? At 140m long, it's the biggest ship of its kind in China and - according to the designers - in Asia . It appears to be a lot more powerful than China 's current dredging vessels, and is capable of digging 6,000 cubic metres an hour, the equivalent of three standard swimming pools, from 35m below the water's surface.  

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Steven Seagal faces sex harassment claims

Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi says the actor unzipped his trousers in an audition.  

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Actress Portia de Rossi has accused actor and producer Steven Seagal of sexual harassment.

The Arrested Development actress, who is married to US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, made the allegation in a tweet posted on Wednesday night. She alleges that during a film audition Mr Seagal told her "how important it was to have chemistry off-screen" before unzipping his trousers. Mr Seagal's manager told BBC News that the actor had no comment. The 65-year-old is best known for his action roles during the 1980s and 1990s, including Under Siege and Flight of Fury. He was given Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin in 2016. Several other women have come forward to accuse Mr Seagal of inappropriate behaviour and harassment, including the Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies and model Jenny McCarthy. He is the latest person in Hollywood to stand accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault after women began coming forward about producer Harvey Weinstein.  Harvey Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him.   Putin gives Seagal Russian citizenship  


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  India separated twin 'opens eyes'

 A team of 30 doctors carried out the operation

Conjoined twins at Delhi hospital

One of the twin boys who were conjoined at the head has opened his eyes four days after a historic surgery to separate them in India , a doctor says. Two-year-old Jaga has also responded to simple commands, including moving his limbs. He is on a ventilator and needs daily dialysis due to kidney problems. His brother, Kalia, is not yet conscious and has suffered seizures. The boys were born with shared blood vessels and brain tissues and a 16-hour surgery separated them.   A team of 30 doctors carried out the operation - the first of its kind in India - at a state-run hospital in the capital, Delhi . Both boys are stable and doctors are satisfied with their progress so far, Professor Deepak Gupta, who was involved in the operation, told the BBC.

Emergency rooms: A Swedish hospital shows that long waits need not be the norm

Montreal , October 17, 2017  – Quebec 's Health Minister recently gave an ultimatum to the province's hospitals such that emergency room stays could no longer exceed 24 hours. To solve our wait time problem, our politicians should instead take inspiration from the operation of Saint Göran, a Swedish hospital run by a private company, accessible to all and funded by the government at lower cost than public hospitals, as explained in an Economic Note published today by the MEI. "Interminable emergency room stays, which are frequent in Quebec , are anecdotal at Saint Göran. Only 1% of its patients spend more than eight hours in emergency. In Quebec , that's the proportion of patients who spend 48 hours or more in emergency! One patient in fifteen spends more than 24 hours in emergency here, and waiting seven or eight hours has become commonplace in our large hospitals," points out Patrick Déry, Public Policy Analyst and author of the publication. " Quebec is light years away from Saint Göran's level of efficiency." What is this hospital's secret? The business model of Capio, the publicly traded company that runs Saint Göran, is simple: to provide patients with quality care and to do so efficiently in order to generate profits. The case of Saint Göran illustrates the application of basic economic principles. Instead of concentrating decisions within a provincial department that is assumed to be omniscient, responsibility is entrusted to hospital administrators, who in turn leave decisional latitude in the hands of department heads and employees. Also, everything is measured, including the degree of patient satisfaction. "These indicators show that Saint Göran employees are happier at work than the employees of comparable public hospitals in Sweden , and their staff turnover rate is lower," explains Patrick Déry. While our hospitals have failed for years to significantly reduce wait times, the performance of this Swedish hospital should inspire decision-makers within our health care system. The government could thus decide, as the Stockholm County Council did, to entrust the administration of a hospital to a private operator, all while maintaining public funding as we know it. "The idea is not to see Saint Göran as a miracle solution, or the only model. The fact is that we have failed for decades to resolve the problem of emergency room wait times, and there is no good reason to forgo the contribution of the competitive sector in the provision of hospital care. Most industrialized countries benefit from its involvement, with better results than Canada ," says Patrick Déry. "According to a tenacious myth in Quebec that is maintained by many commentators, politicians and, unfortunately, too many doctors, making more room for the competitive sector in the provision of care would threaten access and quality, and would happen at the expense of patients. The experience of Saint Göran shows that this is simply not the case," concludes Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI. The Economic Note entitled "Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System" was prepared by Patrick Déry, Editor and Public Policy Analyst at the MEI. This publication is available on our website. The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms. 10.18.17

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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.

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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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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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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

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

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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; Ł85m) 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 (Ł38.7m).

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 (Ł38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies exceeded its estimate of up to $50m (Ł31.3m) at the Sotheby's auction. A 1951 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti fetched more than $100m (Ł62.7m), but fell just short of the record $104.3m (Ł65.3m) 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 (Ł44.2m). 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 (Ł51.6m). Sotheby's said the painting was bought by a private bidder from Asia . Portrait of Dr Gachet - the physician whose flowers he captured in this latest work to sell - went under the hammer for a record in 1990.

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

A 17th Century painting by Dutch master Rembrandt has been recovered in France , 15 years after it was stolen. L'enfant a la bulle de savon (Child with soap bubble), valued at 3.2m euros (Ł2.7m), 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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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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Important note if you have a Bank Card: If you are forced by anyone to withdraw cash from ATM machine, do not resist for your safety, enter your PIN number backward or reverse... say your number is 1234, then enter 4321. Do not worry, the machine will give you the cash but automatically alert the police. Pass this on to anyone you know. This was shown on National TV but never repeated again. Anyway, now you know. Also, if  someone calls to tell you that he is from the bank investigating about a charge in your credit card, hang up and if you want to know why they phoned, call your branch to verify. That's it and if you want to read more scams click the above link.


Pass this on to people wishing to immigrate to the best country in the world. Apply directly! You don't have to pay any consultants ...It's FREE! Avoid dealing with con artists and scammers; they are all around the world advertising their schemes… Canadian Immigration officers are gentle public servants and not arrogant.. Not like what you would experience from the mightiest country in the world (as they say) ... so, don’t be scared of them. Visit the Canadian government website… it's the Canadian flag that's seen on the top side of this site, click that and when you see search… type immigration, then send your request for application, if not, visit the nearest Canadian consulate in your region and while you are already there check the jobs and list of professions that Canadian employers are looking for.  If you still have anything else to ask e-mail the editor. Meantime Click here for the New Canada Citizenship Study Guide

Are you in the Fashion industry?    

Lots of restrictions has been amended on imports...sell your products and services directly to Canadian Buyers, here’s  our  Previous Issue of Canadian Fashion & Textile Buyers Guide, you can down load it for free but if you want  the NEW and  up-dated version  place your order now, it's US$50 per copy payable by money order or credit card. also don’t forget to inquire about the Industry Textile Book known as The Shmata Business, used world-wide by manufacturers, designers, teachers and students, priced at US$50 per copy.

We are now accepting interested parties to be listed in the International Garment and Textile Suppliers' List.

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Foreign Companies From Time To Time are sending us request  to provide them with Canadian sales people for representation in Canada, all inquiries are welcome and there is  No Service Fee To Pay, All Entries Are Treated Confidential, And Will never Be Used For Any Other Purposes Whatsoever.  For further inquiry Contact The Executive Busters. 

To All... Including Overseas: Independent Motion Pictures and Musical Record Producers

Thousands of films or motion pictures and musical recordings are produced every month and the most that reach market are less than 10%. So how do you find a way to the very complicated market of this industry? Get help or assistance from a trader that knows how it works. If you are or a company that’s in this situation, give us a shout by forwarding your e-mail to TPI Communications

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