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Where Hollywood gets Oscar-worthy fakes -  Earl Hays Press: Where Hollywood gets fake money and newspapers

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Many of the small details - newspapers, licence plates, cereal boxes - of Oscar-nominated films are made in one place. Writer James Bartlett takes a rare tour of a Hollywood factory of fake. Semi-retired owner Ralph Hernandez, Sr, starts the tour of Earl Hays Press, an unassuming building near the Burbank airport, by showing me some souvenirs in his office. There's a copy of Time magazine with astronaut Jack Nicholson on the cover from the movie Terms of Endearment, copies of fake romance books written by Kathleen Turner's character in Romancing the Stone, and the planetary wall chart that ET brought to life to show where his "home" was. They're all cleverly-made fakes. Earl Hays Press has supplied filmmakers and television producers for more than 100 years with the "insert" printing that builds a sense of realism in a scene: cereal boxes, adverts, menus, magazines, arrest warrants, and endless other printed matter.

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Syria peace talks to get under way

  Meeting marks first UN-backed talks between government and opposition in nearly a year.

Syrians pass through eastern Aleppo (file photo)

UN-sponsored peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are under way in Geneva for the first time in nearly a year.

The two sides will not meet face-to-face to begin with. Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special Syria envoy, said on Wednesday he was "not expecting a breakthrough". The opposition is insisting that the fate of President Bashar al-Assad is on the agenda - something the government has refused to discuss. At least 300,000 people have been killed since the war began in 2011. More than 4.8m have fled the country and a further 6.3m have been displaced inside Syria itself. While hopes of a breakthrough at the talks are low, much has changed since the last round broke down in April 2016.   Why is there a war in Syria?    Can ceasefire lead to peace?

Iraqi forces battle IS for Mosul airport

The attack is a key stage in the Iraqi government's bid to drive IS militants from its second city.

A sugar factory near the airport that had been held by IS is in flames

Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city. Military police have entered the airport and taken over the runway but have come under heavy fire from IS militants in airport buildings, AP reported. They also stormed a nearby military base. Eastern Mosul was retaken last month. The airport's runway had already been destroyed by IS, but BBC Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with Iraqi federal police units, says it still has value. It's a large piece of land, and controlling it will help secure southern routes to west Mosul , our correspondent says. The assault began with overnight air strikes by the US-led coalition before armoured columns advanced to the airport's perimeter. Western Mosul will be toughest fight yet   Battle for Mosul: The story so far   Mosul images reveal IS airport damage   

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Lahore bomb blast 'kills six'

The bomb targeted a shopping area in the Pakistani city wounding another 30 people, officials say.

A Pakistani soldier cordons off the site of a bomb attack in Lahore on February 23, 2017

At least six people have been killed in a bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore , officials say. The blast ripped through a shopping area, wounding another 30 people. Pakistan has been hit by a wave of bombings claimed by Islamist militant groups in recent days. There was no immediate claim for the latest attack. Police now say 90 people were killed in an attack at a shrine in the town of Sehwan last week which was claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). In response, Pakistan launched a security crackdown, which included closing border crossings with Afghanistan , and claims it killed 100 militants. Thursday's attack happened in Lahore 's Defence Housing Authority suburb. Television footage showed buildings and cars damaged by the blast. Last week a Taliban faction said it carried out a bomb attack in Lahore , which killed 13 people and wounded more than 80.

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What happens when asylum seekers cross the Quebec-U.S. border illegally?

360° view: Take a look at the Roxham Road boundary, where people are crossing illegally into Canada


Like much of the border shared by Quebec and four American states, the Roxham Road boundary in Hemmingford, Que. is unremarkable, but what's been happening there is not.

By Jaela Bernstien, CBC News  -  Like much of the border shared by Quebec and four American states, the Roxham Road boundary in Hemmingford, Que. is unremarkable. The dirt road is a 15-minute drive from the official port of entry at Lacolle. It runs through a wooded area, past the occasional country home, before coming to an abrupt end. There are no physical obstacles preventing people from stepping over the invisible line that divides Champlain , N.Y. from Hemmingford, Que. — just a snowy ditch and a faded sign warning people to go no further. It's one of the hot spots where increasing numbers of asylum seekers are crossing illegally from the U.S.  into Canada . 360° view: What does the Roxham Road border look like? To navigate this 360° view of the illegal crossing spot at Roxham Road , tap or click on the video and drag to look up, down or side to side. 360° video not working? Tap here to view it on mobile    'Someone is going to slip through': Worry grows over influx of asylum seekers   'We're all humans': U.S. border agent watches as asylum seekers cross into Canada video     AUDIO 'The law is there and it's being applied,' Ralph Goodale says of RCMP's handling of asylum seekers   'We're all humans': U.S. border agent watches as asylum seekers cross into Canada

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Australian ex-PM berates Netanyahu

Kevin Rudd accused the Israeli leader of "torpedoing" peace negotiations in the Middle East .

Netanyahu and his wife Sara greet youths during their visit to the Moriah War Memorial College in Sydney

Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd has accused Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu of "torpedoing" peace negotiations in the Middle East . The first Israeli PM to visit Australia , Mr Netanyahu had earlier criticised Mr Rudd for saying Australia should recognise a Palestinian state. In a scathing Facebook post, Mr Rudd said the Israeli leader sabotaged US peace talks "by changing the goalposts" often at "five minutes to midnight ". Mr Netanyahu has yet to respond. But he dismissed Mr Rudd's earlier call for Australia to recognise a Palestinian state, saying it would be a state that "calls for Israel 's destruction". The Israeli leader is in the middle of a four-day visit to Australia , with current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as his host. Mr Turnbull called Israel a "miraculous nation" in a warm meeting with Mr Netanyahu on Wednesday. Mr Netanyahu thanked Australia for defending his nation against UN resolutions. The tone struck by Mr Rudd in his Facebook post was a marked contrast.   Israel thanks Australia over UN 'hypocrisy'     Israel thanks Australia over UN 'hypocrisy'

Mexico rejects new US border policy

Two top US officials are in Mexico to discuss the measures with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States , under which almost all illegal immigrants can be subject to deportation.

The new rules include sending undocumented people to Mexico , even if they are not Mexicans. But Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says his country cannot "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another." Two top US officials are in Mexico to discuss the measures. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and the head of Homeland Security, John Kelly, will hold talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto, amid one of the most serious rifts between the two neighbours in recent years.   Mexico anger ahead of Tillerson visit      US widens net for immigrant deportation    Mexico anger ahead of Tillerson visit   A new deportation drive?

Trump revokes transgender toilet rules

Donald Trump's government has revoked guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity. The guidance, issued by his predecessor Barack Obama, had been hailed by as a victory for transgender rights. But critics said it threatened other students' privacy and safety, and should be decided at state level. Mr Obama's directive had sparked a backlash across the country, with legal challenges from 13 states. The latest change will have no immediate impact, because Mr Obama's directive has already been temporarily blocked by a judge in Texas since August. On Wednesday, the Trump administration sent a letter to US schools outlining the change, saying the previous measure had caused confusion.  Why toilets are a battleground for transgender rights   US schools 'must respect gender identity'   Viewpoint from a trans rights activist  

Final days to apply: CJF Awards and Fellowships

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

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  Why Ottawa Should Respect Provincial Jurisdiction over Health Care

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

The first 100 days of the Trump presidency

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

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

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

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

HSBC shares slide on profit slump

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


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

Blair: Time to rise up against Brexit

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

Tony Blair speaking in central London

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

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

Toshiba chairman quits over nuclear loss

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

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

TFSAs: It's time to think of small businesses

Tax-Free Savings Accounts

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

Should Small Business Investments Be Permitted in a TFSA?  

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

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

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


Popular Quebec singers will share the stage with 250 young people

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

Angelina Jolie on Cambodia 'awakening'

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

Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox

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

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

Adventures in South Korea

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

The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ottawa should respect provincial jurisdiction over health care

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

The Eight Steps to Loving Your Child Through Purposeful Discipline

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

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier

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

Korean woman

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

Cancer Society launches a new research focused microsite i

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

'Humanitarian crisis' in England's NHS

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

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

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

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

A New Way To Tap Into Our Spiritual Wholeness

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

Unshackled: A Remarkable Journey

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

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

Bible Mysteries Revealed In Erika Grey Report

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

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Montreal is The Best City In The World ?

It's known as La Main - "The Main" - and it's the lifeblood of Montreal . For the past three centuries this sweeping avenue, Boulevard St Laurent, has shaped the character of a city in the heart of French-speaking Canada . La Main was once the symbolic dividing line between the city's French and English speaking communities, with the boulevard a soft buffer attracting and absorbing waves of new immigrants. Today, it celebrates a cosmopolitan city with its array of little villages, from the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter, to Little Italy and Portugal , along with strong remnants of an historic Jewish quarter.

What does it mean to be Canadian?

 With Asian trade and support for the monarchy rising, what does Canadian identity mean now?

What the Indians are trying to say, The French came as visitors and now they want the country for themselves?”  So they say "over my dead body" before Quebec becomes a republic. After all, they already killed millions of us since they arrived here. This is not a provocation but just letting them know we are still around and Quebec Nation is not going to happen as long as there are still Indians around. Please send your comments to the editor... MP Maxime Bernier defends language-law quip - Quebecers don't need Bill 101, "Not by imposing [French] and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives."   Quebec militia leader faces death-threat charges Patriotic Militia of Quebec's website   Que. militia worries separatists   Death threats target Quebec English rights group    Letters threaten FLQ attacks in Montreal  Oops! Parti Quebecois are falling apart


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

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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

The Montreal Tribune and its publishers are not responsible for all contents in this section. All Rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Conrad David Brillantes. All Questions or inquiries submitted are not edited...posted as they are received. Question: Why on earth the Separatist government of  the late Rene Levesque created the language law known as Bill 101? Answer: Actually, Robert Bourassa, Quebec Premier then started the controversial language law (Bill 22) which was duplicated and made it more complicated by government of Levesque. Note that Bill 101 was declared not valid by the Supreme Court of Canada but because of the veto option given to all provinces under the unfinished Canada constitution headed by Brian Mulroney, precipitated when Pierre Trudeau, prime minister of the day brought home the BNA (British North America Act - Canadian Constitution) to Canada, Quebec was able to maintain the law (Bill 101) ...  

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Poland buys famous da Vinci at discount

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

a woman posing for pictures beside a painting entitled "Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani" (The Lady with an Ermine) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, London

The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.

The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn. It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest. The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland 's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802. Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation". "I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said. The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and books. Most of the artworks are housed in the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow . All are now the property of the Polish state.  Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy

Italian police have recovered two famous Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials say.

Vincent van Gogh, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882     Vincent van Gogh, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 - 1885

Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen during a dramatic raid on an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

The works were recovered from the Naples mafia, they said. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said the works were found during a "massive, continuing investigation" by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials. The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum. They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, Italian reports said. Image copyrightVAN GOGH MUSEUMImage captionVan Gogh's father was a minister at the Reformed Church in Nuenen The theft of the two works, described as priceless, led to criticism of security at the world's major art museums. The thieves broke into the museum through the roof during the night of 6-7 December 2002 and used sledgehammers to break a first-floor window. 

  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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