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Ruins to rubble

Satellite images of Palmyra reveal extent of destruction by IS

Tadmur prison, Palmyra (footage from militant website)

Satellite images of the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria have revealed the extent of the destruction there caused by Islamic State militants. Temples , burial towers and now the Arch of Triumph at the desert oasis dating back more than 2,000 years have been deliberately set with explosives and blown up by the jihadists, who believe shrines or statues are idolatrous. The United Nations' cultural agency Unesco has condemned the wanton destruction as a war crime. But experts also suspect the militants are looting the site to sell artefacts on the international antiquities market. The destruction also seems to serve as IS propaganda - the group has also blown up visible, symbolic structures such as the North-West Palace at Nimrud in Iraq and other pre-Islamic sites, as well as several Islamic shrines, in Iraq and Syria . In Palmyra , the Temple of Bel - the great sanctuary of the Palmyrene gods - was, until its destruction in August, one of the most important religious buildings of the 1st Century AD in the East. Temple of Bel In its heyday, Palmyra was one of most important centres for trade in the region.   United in grief    Thurston and the doll

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  Germany 'facing 1.5 million migrants'

Germany will have as many as 1.5 million asylum seekers this year - almost double the previous estimate, according to a leaked report.

Migrants in Rosenheim, Germany, 31 Aug 15

The number of people seeking asylum in Germany this year will be as high as 1.5 million - almost double the previous estimate, German media report. The German government has not confirmed the new estimate, which comes from an internal official report cited by popular daily Bild. The report warns that services helping refugees will not be able to cope. Separately, a centre-right regional minister put the expected total at 1.2-1.5 million for this year. The German government previously estimated the number of asylum claims this year to reach 800,000 to one million in total. Many are refugees fleeing the wars in Syria , Iraq and Afghanistan , but there are also many economic migrants from the Balkans, Asia and Africa . How long can Merkel's open-door policy last?  Germany raises bar for Balkan migrants

Hong Kong ex-leader Tsang appears in court

Hong Kong 's former leader Donald Tsang has appeared in court, charged with misconduct in public office. The allegations, which surfaced after he ended his term in 2012, relate to a bargain rental deal for a luxury flat and disclosure of personal interests. He has since been under investigation by Hong Kong 's anti-corruption body. Mr Tsang was released on bail with a 100,000 Hong Kong dollar bond ($13,000; £8,500), after a short court appearance on Monday. The BBC's Juliana Liu in Hong Kong says he looked tense during the proceedings. He is due to reappear in court on 13 November. Mr Tsang is the highest-ranking official to face a corruption trial in Hong Kong , but in a statement released to the media he said: "I have every confidence that the court will exonerate me after its proceedings." Video 'My conscience is clear' 

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Turkish jets 'intercept Russian plane'

   Turkey says it scrambled F-16 fighter jets to intercept a Russian warplane that violated its air space near the Syrian border on Saturday.

Russian defence ministry handout shows smoke rising from site in Idlib province, Syria, targeted as IS facility, it says (4 October 2015)

The Russian fighter plane "exited Turkish airspace into Syria " after being

Turkish F-16 fighter jets were scrambled after a Russian warplane violated Turkey 's air space on Saturday, the foreign ministry said. Russia said the incident was a "navigational error" and it has "clarified" the matter to Ankara . Turkish jets patrolling the border were also "harassed" by an unidentified plane on Sunday, Turkish military said. Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said "the rules of engagement are clear," whoever violates its airspace, according to Turkish TV. The Turkish foreign minister, Feridun Sinirlioglu, has spoken to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as well as ministers from other Nato countries.  Video Assad: Russian help vital   What can Russia's air force do?   Crisis in Syria at new level   Video Russia's military in Syria

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Tom Mulcair challenged over niqab, pipelines on Tout le monde en parle

"In Scrabble, the niqab is a word that's worth 14 points, and that's about as many points as you've lost in the polls over it,"

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair takes questions from the crowd during a campaign stop in Montreal last Thursday. Mulcair also taped an episode of Radio-Canada's popular Tout le monde en parle while in Montreal, which aired Sunday night.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair takes questions from the crowd during a campaign stop in Montreal last Thursday. Mulcair also taped an episode of Radio-Canada's popular Tout le monde en parle while in Montreal , which aired Sunday night. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair had to grin and bear it during an appearance on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle Sunday, when the host of the popular program noted the word niqab is worth about as many points in Scrabble as it has cost the NDP in support in Quebec . NDP Leader Tom Mulcair had to grin and bear it during an appearance on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle Sunday evening. He was questioned repeatedly by host Guy A. Lepage about his stand on the niqab, a face covering worn by some Muslim women. "In Scrabble, the niqab is a word that's worth 14 points, and that's about as many points as you've lost in the polls over it," Lepage ribbed the New Democrat leader. Mulcair answered with the message he's stuck to for the last two weeks: while he is uncomfortable with the veil personally, in a society with the rule of law, the courts must be respected. He was also grilled on where he stood on the proposed Energy East Pipeline project, and he reiterated his stand: without proper environmental evaluation, it cannot proceed. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair ends Ontario blitz in Essex  Analysis: Leaders spar behind thin veil of politesse in final debate   Analysis: Liberals, NDP need to win big in Montreal backyard   Mulcair, Trudeau and Duceppe to appear on Tout le monde en parle    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair ends Ontario blitz in Essex

U.S. lawmaker wants investigation into Montreal's plan to pour sewage into St. Lawrence

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the international organization tasked with protecting the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes to look into the City of Montreal 's plan. A United States lawmaker is calling for an investigation into the City of Montreal 's decision to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River . New York State Senator Patty Ritchie wants the International Joint Commission — the group tasked with protecting the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes — to look into the plan. "The City of Montreal plans to dump the equivalent of 2,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools filled with wastewater from homes and businesses into North America 's most beautiful river," Ritchie wrote in the letter, sent to the commission Friday and published on her website. "While I realize that the dumping will occur in Canadian waters, downstream from any U.S. communities, I am very concerned by the precedent Montreal is setting for other communities along the St. Lawrence and the lakes." Montreal to dump 8 billion litres of sewage in the St. Lawrence   St. Lawrence raw sewage dump on hold after public outcry   Millions of litres of sewage spilled into Montreal rivers

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Mind your language

French rebel over music language quotas - Do French artists need radio quotas to survive?

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In France this week, pop music radio stations staged an unprecedented protest: a boycott of the 30-year-old quota system that requires them to make sure that 40% of the songs they play are in French.

By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris - They were angry because the government wants to tighten the system still further by penalising radio stations if they just keep playing the same French hits over and again in order to fulfil their quota obligation. It's all a reminder of how in France cultural protection - an official policy of defending the national language and culture - is still very much alive. In France , no government ever got elected with an arts policy that said: "OK, from now on you guys - artists, film-makers, musicians - we think you have to stand for yourselves. "We think the state spends far too much on culture, and the taxpayer won't put up with it any longer. "So we're going to start taking down some of the trade barriers that spare you too much foreign competition. We don't think that kind of protection does you any good, does the arts any good - does France any good." That kind of discourse won't wash in France - because if you ask most people, they agree that the country does indeed need to preserve what's referred do portentously as its "cultural exception".

French, please

Immigrants to Canada are isolated for speaking English - Quebec 's struggle to embrace English-speaking immigrants   -  BBC Pop Up is in Canada to cover next month's federal elections and one of the issues you've asked us to look at is immigration.   The country has long prided itself on its multicultural approach, but there is now a debate over the number of immigrants and where they come from.   In Quebec , where the authorities are reviewing the province's policy for the first time in 25 years, language further complicates things.  How can the French-speaking province accommodate English-speaking immigrants - from other parts of Canada as well as from all over the world - and still preserve its distinct identity?  

Students roll Free Speech Balls onto McGill campus

  MONTREAL : Today at 10:30 a.m. the student group Liberty @ McGill and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms ( are rolling a "Free Speech Ball" onto McGill's Lower Field.  Since January of 2013, JCCF has been partnering with students across Canada to build campus "free speech walls," whiteboard displays which allow students to share their thoughts and questions as an exercise of their free expression rights.  The wall events provide an open forum to educate students about the importance of free speech at Canadian universities.  JCCF has sponsored free speech walls in cities including Calgary , Toronto , Ottawa , and Kingston .  This school year, students at McGill have put a new twist on that idea, by instead rolling giant beach balls onto McGill campus during orientation week.  Students will be asked to write something on the 8-foot balls (if they can catch them!) to celebrate their free expression rights. The Justice Centre is a Calgary-based non-profit which aims to defend the constitutional freedoms of all Canadians through education and litigation. It annually publishes the Campus Freedom Index, a report which measures the state of free speech at Canadian public universities.  The 2013 report found that more than half of Canadian universities are failing to uphold free expression on campus, by either enforcing 'speech codes' or by shutting down students whose views are considered unpopular.  JCCF will release the 2014 Campus Freedom Index in September. McGill University receives a 'D' average when it comes to upholding free speech on campus, while its student association, the Students' Society of McGill University, earns an 'F' for having discriminated against students and student groups because of the content of their message.  McGill's Free Speech Ball campaign is just the first of a series of events being held across the country this fall in partnership with JCCF and Canadian Students for Liberty , a student movement dedicated to promoting a free campus and free society. By holding these free speech ball events on campuses across Canada , JCCF is preparing the next generation of Canada 's leaders to understand and defend our freedoms. For more information: Michael Kennedy, Communications and Development Coordinator, JCCF  (902) 322-4828 or  Leo Plumer, Liberty @ McGill  (709) 764-3373 or   Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms   #253, 7620 Elbow Drive SW Calgary , Alberta , T2V 1K2

Students sue University of Alberta over free speech

New court action challenges U of A over condoning vandalism, obstruction, disruption, and other violations of Code of Student Behaviour directed at UAlberta Pro-life  U of A condoned censorship of pro-life speech on campus in 2014-15 school year  U of A unwilling to commit to upholding free speech on campus in 2015-16

EDMONTON : The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) today announced that it is representing three University of Alberta students in a court action seeking to protect free speech on campus for a small student pro-life club.  Amberlee Nicol, Kianna Owen, Cameron Wilson, and UAlberta Pro-Life are applicants in an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench application for an injunction to require the University of Alberta to uphold and enforce its own Code of Student Behaviour. An application for an interim injunction will be heard at the Law Courts in Edmonton , in Justice Chambers, on  Wednesday October 7, 2015 . As explained in a filed affidavit sworn by Amberlee Nicol, throughout the 2014-15 school year, pro-life students repeatedly saw their posters torn down, whenever they tried to advertise their events.  When the U of A finally found one student guilty of this theft and vandalism, she was not required to pay any restitution to UAlberta Pro-Life for the destruction of its property. In March 2015, UAlberta Pro-Life's opponents used Facebook to publicize their plans to obstruct and disrupt a pro-life display, a campus event authorized by the U of A.  Campus security did not warn any members of this online mob that their planned behaviour was expressly prohibited by the Code of Student Behaviour, not to mention the Criminal Code of Canada.  Nor was disciplinary action taken against those who violated the U of A's own rules against encouraging the commission of offences.  When the online mob showed up to physically block and disrupt the pro-life display, campus security stood by passively and watched.  In spite of clear U of A rules that prohibit the obstruction of university-related functions, not a single student has been found guilty of participating in this mob censorship. Finally, the University slapped UAlberta Pro-Life with an invoice for "security fees" for a subsequent, low-key classroom event, just because other students might show up and physically disrupt the expression of unpopular ideas on campus. "The University of Alberta has condoned the suppression of our free expression rights on campus throughout the 2014-15 school year," stated Amberlee Nicol, a third-year education student and president of UAlberta Pro-Life. "The University admits it has a duty to facilitate discussion and debate on campus, yet the University knowingly condones blatant violations of the Code of Student Behaviour that are directed against us and our student club," continued Nicol. "The people who tore down our posters, threatened publicly on Facebook to disrupt our events, and then physically obstructed our campus display, would they be OK with their own opinions being silenced?" asked Kianna Owen, a second-year nursing student and the secretary of UAlberta Pro-Life.  "The University's choice to knowingly condone the violation of the Code of Student Behaviour sends a very dangerous message to all students at the University of Alberta , that silencing people you disagree with is acceptable conduct," stated lawyer John Carpay, president of the JCCF.

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One Square Mile of Canada

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

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

Why is Canadian English unique?

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

What does it mean to be Canadian?

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

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

Canada launches Arctic seabed quest

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Got a second?

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

Oh Canada How I Love You

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

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WOW's $99 Iceland flights (plus extras) challenge established airlines: Don Pittis

Serial entrepreneur risks his personal fortune in a viciously competitive business

Discount airline WOW Air has unveiled a plan to fly from Montreal or Toronto to Iceland for $99 one way and travel to numerous destinations in Europe for $149. If it's not too good to be true, how can the airline survive?

Discount airline WOW Air has unveiled a plan to fly from Montreal or Toronto to Iceland for $99 one way and travel to numerous destinations in Europe for $149. If it's not too good to be true, how can the airline survive? (WOW Air) The bargain basement airline business is littered with failures. But that doesn't frighten WOW's Icelandic founder Skúli Mogensen, who started the airline with a personal fortune he made in Montreal . Mogensen says his business represents the future and it is the establishment airlines who should worry. That may depend on whether WOW, which will begin next May by offering flights priced as low as $149 from Toronto and Montreal to Europe and as low as $99 to Iceland, can survive in the niche no-frills market where every "extra" service has its price. Mogensen may be just now getting around to offering flights in Canada , but his connections to the country go back more than a decade. When I asked him where the money came from to start the business his answer was, "Out of my own left pocket." For seven years, Mogensen ran a telecom startup in Montreal called Oz Communications which he sold in 2008 to Nokia. "We did mobile communications software," says Mogensen. "We basically had the consumer version of Research in Motion. If you wanted to check on your AOL, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail accounts, most likely you were using our software." Mogensen's timing was impeccable, getting out just before Apple's iPhone and Google's Android began to dominate the market. WOW air launches $99 flights from Canada to Iceland, $149 to Europe   WestJet launches London flights from 6 Canadian cities

The Excessive Taxation of Mutual Fund Management Fees  By Mathieu Bédard  With rising life expectancy, saving for retirement is becoming increasingly important. Government programs like RRSPs and TFSAs encourage Canadians to save by allowing them to shelter certain portions of their incomes from taxation. Governments undermine this objective, though, by excessively inflating mutual fund management fees with sales taxes. The Economic Case Against Leg Room Being a 'Human Right'   By Michel Kelly-Gagnon   World's Poorest Need Freedom Far More Than Charity   By Yanick Labrie  Shipping jobs no way forward for Greece  by Michel Kelly-Gagnon Copyright © 2015 Institut économique de Montréal - Montreal Economic Institute, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to the MEI's Monthly Updates. Our postal address is: Institut économique de Montréal - Montreal Economic Institute 910, Peel street , #600 Montreal , Qc H3C2H8 Canada Add us to your address book  

REACT touch-free kitchen faucet stays clean even when you're not

TORONTO , ON (October, 2015) – Make your kitchen cleaner, healthier and more convenient with Pfister's new REACT Touch-Free Kitchen Faucet. The faucet, which will be available at home improvement stores across Canada in the spring, activates when your hand or an object passes within its sensor range. The water temperature can be set, and reset, however many times you like and the faucet can still be controlled the old-fashioned way – with its handle. "If you're scrubbing up after digging in the garden, cleaning or cooking, the REACT faucet let's you wash your hands without getting the handle and faucet full of gunk or even worse, covered in germs," said Adam Findlay, Senior Marketing Manager, Pfister. "With its modern, elegant design and clean finish, the REACT Selia faucet looks incredible in practically any style of kitchen." If your faucet does need a clean up, however, you can activate the Hibernate mode by placing your hand in front of the sensor for five seconds. This turns the faucet's sensor off so you can give it a good scrubbing. To turn it back on, just hold your hand over the sensor again for five seconds. The REACT faucet also features a pull down spout with an extra long hose so you can wash large pots and pans easier and reach all of the areas in your sink. The faucet was engineered so just about anyone can install it too. In almost notime at all, you can have your old kitchen faucet out and the new REACT in its place, ready for use. Additional REACT faucet features include: • AccuDock™ advanced spray head docking system ensures a tight connection to the faucet spout. • EZ Clean™ nozzles on the spray face enable removal of mineral buildup with a quick wipe, keeping the faucet looking new, longer. • 1- to 4-hole configuration allows installation versatility. "For a quick kitchen refresh that gives a modern, home automation twist, the newREACT faucet is the perfect addition. Couple it with some new cabinet knobs, a splash of paint and maybe even a new backsplash and you've got a whole new look for a small price and small effort," said Findlay . To find out how easy it is to replace your old faucet with the Pfister REACT Selia, as well as some other faucet DIY tips, head over to Pfister's YouTube page. About Spectrum Brands HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB). Spectrum Brands is a global, diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders' hardware, faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. Spectrum Brands had net sales of approximately $4.43 billion in fiscal 2014, employs over 15,000 employees worldwide and sells to the top 25 global retailers with products in more than one million stores 

Early Harvest and Turduckens a Great Combination for Thanksgiving

Toronto , ON Shifting weather patterns are having a major effect on Canadian crops, and this year is set for one of the earliest harvests in years. Pumpkins are all ready to go, and alongside other Thanksgiving fixings like cranberries set to be harvested, Canadians might be able to achieve something they can only dream of: actually being ready for the family gathering when Thanksgiving arrives! Such dreams are even closer to reality if they look to Echelon’s Original Turduckens to set their harvest dinner table. Echelon’s oven-ready Turduckens are quickly becoming a favourite of families and foodies alike, not only because of their show-stopping nature, but because they allow cooks to really get ahead in their holiday planning. Mike Moser, COO of Echelon Foods, is already seeing a focus on early prep this year: “With so many of the traditional fall crops accelerated this year due to an abnormally hot and dry summer, it’s putting cooks in the mood to start thinking about autumn dishes weeks ahead of time. With fresh cranberries and pumpkins hitting the markets early, forward-thinking cooks will be able to prepare many of their accompaniments well ahead of time and freeze them. And with a Turducken sitting alongside them in the freezer, they’ll have the opportunity to actually sit back and…GASP!...enjoy their Thanksgiving…what a novel idea!” Our winters are long, and once the holidays pass we often don’t get to see our families as much. I think in Canada it makes us appreciate the quality time even more. So it’s so much more important to spend those opportunities together, together.

ALLISON SHOWALTER on behalf of Melitta Canada


Melitta Canada Continues Longstanding History of Innovation in Coffee  Brand provides a premium coffee experience to at-home drinkers  TORONTO – With an increasing number of discerning coffee lovers, the demand for high-quality coffee products in the Canadian market only continues to grow. Melitta Canada – a brand well-recognized for its storied history of innovation and excellence in coffee – is dedicated to providing a premium coffee experience to at-home drinkers, with its ever-expanding lineup of gourmet coffees, filters and coffee makers. In the recent “2015 Canadian Coffee Consumption” report presented by the Coffee Association of Canada, it was determined that on any given day, 67 percent of Canadians are drinking coffee. Of those coffee drinkers, 71 percent are consuming their coffee at home. While the average Canadian coffee drinker is consuming 16.6 cups per week, the Melitta consumer is drinking significantly more – 20.2 cups of coffee a week. Since 1908, the Melitta name has signified passion and quality. The history of coffee would not be complete, or coffee as good, without the revolutionary contribution of one woman – German housewife, Melitta Bentz. In her search for a cleaner, better-tasting cup of coffee, she took a brass pot from her kitchen, punched holes in it and used a piece of paper from her son’s notebook to create the very first two-part filtration system. For more than 100 years, Melitta’s invention – the precursor to all modern day pour-over and drip coffee brewing – has remained one of the most popular methods for making coffee, worldwide. Since then, the brand has continued to innovate, introducing the world to a number of other industry firsts – vacuum packed coffee packs and the bamboo coffee filter. Most recently, Melitta debuted its new Single Serve Coffee Cups for Keurig-style brewers,* which feature 40 percent less plastic than most of its competitors. Harkening back to the brand’s heritage, the cups are made with a filter for an aromatic, richer cup of coffee. In addition to the above product offerings, the brand is proud to offer whole bean, roast, ground and organic/Fair Trade coffees (featuring the world’s best beans – 100% Arabica coffee beans); coffee filters; pour-overs; and other coffee preparation products – everything needed to make the perfect cup. Today, Melitta is dedicated to providing the ultimate coffee experience with its gourmet coffees and quality coffee products. The brand’s current in-store marketing campaign says it all – “Never Settle for Lesser Taste.” For 2016, the brand is slated to launch several new innovations in coffee filters and in single-serve. * Melitta products are not affiliated with or approved by Keurig Inc. About Melitta Canada For more than 100 years, Melitta has dedicated itself to providing the ultimate coffee experience with its premium line of coffee, coffee filters and coffee makers. The company was founded in 1908 by Melitta Bentz, after receiving a patent for her coffee filtering system consisting of a filter and filtration paper. The filter system was the first to successfully remove coffee residue in the brewing process, revolutionizing the way coffee was made. Established in 1960 as Melitta’s first overseas subsidiary, Melitta Canada – part of the privately held Melitta Group in Minden , Germany – is headquartered in Toronto , Ontario . Melitta Canada handles the retail sales of Melitta coffee, filters and non-electric coffee preparation products in the Canadian provinces. For more information, visit and follow the flavor at If you would like to interview artist Rosina Bucci, see the artwork on Oct. 21 before the vernissage, and/or confirm your presence at the vernissage-   Please contact Rosina directly: Rosina Bucci, 514 497-5165 

 The taxation of mutual funds delays Canadians' retirement goals by 5 months

Montreal, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 – Governments slow down Canadians' efforts to save for retirement by unduly inflating mutual fund management fees, according to a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

The share of sales taxes in the management fees paid by holders of mutual funds is more than 8%. This proportion is only between 1% and 3% for a guaranteed investment certificate, and is 0% when Canadians directly purchase securities like stocks and bonds. Businesses are generally reimbursed for GST and provincial taxes. But mutual funds, due to legal subtleties, cannot be reimbursed for the GST and provincial taxes they have paid in carrying out their activities. These taxes therefore inflate mutual fund management fees and hence reduce the return on investments. "This taxation, unique to mutual funds, represents significant amounts of money," explains Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI and author of the publication. "For an investor having placed $5,000 a year for 25 years in a fund with average returns of 8% not counting management fees, these taxes will have cost $7,307; for an annual investment of $20,000 over the same period, the share of taxes will be $29,228." Mr. Bédard adds that under the same assumptions, regardless of the amount invested, it will take 5 extra months to reach an investment objective that would have taken 25 years without taxes. "To make up for this shortfall, an investor therefore either has to contribute more, or make do with less, or delay his or her retirement." There is another disadvantage, especially for holders of mutual funds from the Western provinces: The sales tax levied on mutual funds reflects a weighted average of the sales taxes applied by each province. However, only the GST is applied in the Western provinces and the three territories, whereas much higher harmonized sales taxes are applied in the other provinces. As a result, investors from the West and the North end up paying provincial taxes to the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, and Ontario through their mutual funds. The Viewpoint proposes to address the mutual fund situation by, for instance, applying the same rules that are applied to pension funds, namely a reimbursement equivalent to 33% of sales taxes paid. Alternatively, mutual funds could be exempted from all provincial sales taxes. "With rising life expectancy, saving for retirement is becoming increasingly important," says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI. "Programs like RRSPs and TFSAs encourage Canadians to save by allowing them to shelter certain portions of their incomes from taxation, but governments undermine this objective by excessively inflating mutual fund management fees." The Viewpoint entitled "The Excessive Taxation of Mutual Fund Management Fees" was prepared by Mathieu Bédard, Economist 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.

Unique and Over the Top Spa Week Treatments

Spa Week is quickly approaching on October 12-18th. Over the top treatments, seasonal ingredients and unique rituals will be offered at participating spas across the country. Keep the following top spas on your radar as they are giving guests the ability to be immersed in incomparable wellness offerings, and the latest outrageous and noteworthy therapies. During Spa Week, you can take advantage of the below plus thousands of other amazing treatments at a fraction of the cost, with all spa treatments being offered at just $50. The full list of participants is available on 50 Min Charcoal Facial (Reg. $260, Spa Week $50) Ling Skin Care - Union Square | New York, NY | 212-989-8833 This perfect post-summer facial from Ling Skin Care uses a special mask made from an item most of us have in our backyard - charcoal. Known for it's cooling effects, charcoal purges the skin of impurities, can help clear up acne or blemishes and also purifies the skin of free radicals. With this facial, you'll get to try the special charcoal mask leaving your face flawless, smooth and radiant. 50 Min Sothys Pineapple and Guava Seasonal Facial (Reg. $100, Spa Week $50) Hey Gorgeous! Spa and Wellness | San Antonio , TX | 210-684-6844 Fashion isn't the only thing that changes with each passing season, facials do as well. This special facial incorporates pineapple and guava to create a delicious cocktail of fruit extracts packed with natural vitamins and minerals sure to restore your skin's natural radiance and beauty. If you want to keep your summer glow through fall and winter, this is the facial for you. 60 Min Revitalizing Red Wine Mud Wrap (Reg. $115, Spa Week $50)  Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa | Chicago , IL | 312-944-4311 This indulgent seasonal treatment will transport you across the Atlantic , to the vineyards of France just in time for a harvest. A warm mixture of red wine, bentonite clay, five deep-cleansing essential oils and nourishing grape-seed oil envelops the body in a sumptuous, soothing cocoon. This nourishing and fortifying wrap leaves your skin feeling deeply cleansed, silky soft and revitalized. 60 Min 24 Karat Gold Japanese Facial (Reg. $245, Spa Week $50) Onsen Spa | Los Angeles , CA | 323-475-1890 It's rumored that Cleopatra slept with gold masks every night to maintain her youth and beauty. So, it's no wonder that this service has become a favorite of the Hollywood elite. The 24-Karat Gold Japanese Facial uses the ionic benefits of gold during the service to leave you with a brilliant, glowing complexion just like your favorite Hollywood starlets. 50 Min Toasty Marshmallow Massage (Reg. $150, Spa Week $50) The Woodhouse Day Spa - Plano | Plano , TX | 214-473-9955 Your average, everyday stress-relieving massage with some 'marsh-mellow' on top! If you need some serious relaxation, then imagine being lulled to sleep as you're drizzled and massaged with a rich melt of emollient shea, cocoa and mango butters. Not only will your muscles get the tension relief you need, but your skin will be left with soft notes of marshmallow and a silky-fine touch. Orange Blossom Sugar Scrub (Reg. $120, Spa Week $50) or Ginger Root Body Wrap with Swiss Shower (Reg. $175, Spa Week $50) Catamaran Spa | San Diego , CA | 858-539-8820 Orange Blossom Sugar Scrub: After a long summer of sunshine and tanlines, you'll need to rejuvenate your skin heading into fall. Relax under a cascade of water as your skin is polished to perfection with an Orange Blossom Sugar Scrub and lotion application. Ginger Root Wrap: If summer-long indulgences left you with the need to detox and purify your system, then you'll want to try this service. It uses a ginger root masque to boost circulation, stimulate your metabolism and rid your body of harmful toxins. Standard Hydrafacial Medical Grade (Reg. $169, Spa Week $50)  Advanced Laser & Skin Center | Woburn , MA | 781-935-7333  If you're looking for the next big thing in anti-aging services, then this might be a good option for you. The HydraFacial® resurfacing procedure thoroughly enhances the skin using patented Vortex Technology™ to simultaneously cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate. The treatment is not only pain-free, but relaxing and has noticeable and immediate improvements to your skin tone and elasticity. 90 Min Hot Stone Therapy Massage with HydroLuXe Dry Water Massage Table Session and Hydra Amino 18 Scalp Treatment (Reg. $152, Spa Week $50)  Massage LuXe-Davie | Davie , FL | 954-380-8554  If you like your services to explore both traditional and non-traditional techniques, make sure to check out MassageLuxe. This service includes a traditional hot stone massage to warm and loosen tight muscles and a scalp treatment. But, you'll also get to test out the HydroLuXe Dry Water Massage which places you in a unique capsule as your body is massaged from head to toe with the gentle force of water (all without ever getting wet!). 50 Min Guac Star Facial with Avocado Treatment (Reg. $85, Spa Week $50)  Spa Botanica at Embassy Suites | Concord , NC | 704-454-1750  Ahhhhvocado to the rescue! Bask in a Guac Star revitalizing and cooling facial that nourishes skin with avocado oil, butter, essential fatty acids, moisture-locking ingredients and skin feeding super antioxidants – green tea, goji fruit and pomegranate. Once you've hit your happy shade of green, you'll walk away with smooth and completely refreshed skin. Amethyst Facial with Yavapai Swedish Massage (Reg. $150, Spa Week $50)  Amethyst Spa at Wekopa Resort & Conference Center | Scottsdale , AZ | 480-789-5300  Dreaming of a desert oasis? Indulge both your face and body with these Yavapai inspired services. The hydrating acai berry facial blended with a full body therapeutic massage are sure to relieve stress and restore balance to your mind & spirit.  50 Min Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment (Reg. $255, Spa Week $50)  Red Door Spa | 29 Participating Locations Nationwide |  Based on a 110 minute Stress Melter Ritual, this treatment is inspired by Red Door's signature service and includes exfoliation, an aromatherapeutic body wrap and a relaxing scalp massage to melt stress and rebalance spirit.  For more detailed information, visit or contact Julie Leventhal at (212) 352-8098 or  Julie Leventhal  Publicist  Spa Week Media Group Ltd.  89 Fifth Avenue , 4th Floor   New York, NY 10003  (p)212-352-8098  (f)212-352-2642



GLENDALE , CALIF. ( SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 )  – Pumpkin Pancakes, IHOP restaurants’ most popular seasonal item, will once again, be available at participating restaurants throughout the country. Guests of all ages can enjoy this Halloween treat, made with real pumpkin, long past the end of the spooky holiday from now until they vanish – like ghosts – on January 3. Each order of IHOP restaurants’ signature pumpkin pancakes, made with real pumpkin and spices, comes crowned with creamy whipped topping. Guests can order pumpkin pancakes alone, or as a combo served with two eggs, any way they like ‘em, hash browns, and a choice of crispy bacon, pork sausage links, or sliced ham. And, for the first time ever, guests at participating IHOP restaurants can order a cup of piping hot pumpkin coffee that combines IHOP restaurants’ 100% Arabica International House Roast Original™ coffee with a touch of  pumpkin syrup, made with real pumpkin, and then crowns the cup with whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice sugar. “Whether you carve or crave pumpkins, IHOP has you covered this Halloween season and throughout the New Year,” said Marie Grimm, Vice President, Menu Development and Innovation, International House of Pancakes, LLC. “The warmth and delicious, sweet flavor of our new pumpkin coffee with the return of our seasonal favorite pumpkin pancakes will have pumpkin lovers everywhere beaming – like a jack-o-lantern – with excitement.” Both pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin coffee are available at participating restaurants until January 3. ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLC For over 57 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-to-order breakfast options as well as meals under 600 calories. As of June 30, 2015 , there were 1,658 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia , as well as in Canada , Guatemala , Mexico , Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates , Kuwait , the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , Bahrain , the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands . IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc (NYSE: DIN).

India cuts rates by more than expected

The Reserve Bank of India cuts its key interest rate to 6.75% from 7.25%, a sharper cut than expected and its fourth rate reduction this year.

India 's central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth time this year, and by more than expected. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced its repo rate to 6.75% from 7.25%, with economists having forecast it would trim rates to 7%. The repo rate is the level at which the central bank lends to commercial banks. The bank has been under pressure to boost growth after inflation hit a record low of 3.6% in August due to falling commodity prices. The latest cut takes interest rates in the country to the lowest level in four and a half years. The RBI had already cut the policy rate by a total of 75 basis points this year, following rate reductions in January, February and June, on the back of low inflation. "In India , a tentative economic recovery is underway, but is still far from robust," RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said in a statement. "Investment is likely to respond more strongly (and boost domestic demand) if there is more certainty about the extent of monetary stimulus in the pipeline."   ADB lowers Asian growth forecast  

Are all Smart Home consumers created equal? 

Are all potential Smart Home consumers interested in the same solutions? Do they have the same needs?  How does location impact offerings? How can service providers learn from the differences between the American and European consumers? Essence Group recently conducted an in-depth survey with smartphone owners in the United States and Europe to better understand how they look at IoT-based smart home management solutions, their distinct needs, interests, and buying habits. The survey has shown significant differences between American and European consumers in terms of needs, requirements and the attitude toward Smart Home solutions. US market adoption of new technologies is more mature than its European counterpart. This holds true for Smart Home solutions and products as well. Rising energy prices is the issue that most concerns the European consumer. The vast majority of Europeans surveyed ranked saving on energy costs as one of the most important Smart Home capabilities. In comparison, only half of US respondents ranked energy cost savings as critical. By contrast, Essence also found that US consumers' greatest concern is the safety of their loved ones. Americans were almost unanimous in the importance of the ability of any Smart Home solution to effectively detect fire and notify residents and the relevant authorities. On the other hand, only 78% of European ranked fire safety as vital. Both regions recognized the value of solutions that allow the ability to monitor their homes from anywhere. Overall, Europeans were willing to pay a one-time hardware fee of almost 50% more than Americans for an IoT-based home management solution controllable from any device and any location. The study shows that the preferred and trusted distribution channels for this type of technology are also quite distinct. Americans show a preference for purchasing an IoT system from a security service provider, while Europeans preferred to buy their systems from electronics retailers.  Another area of significant differences between the two continents focuses on how early adopters are most influenced by the variety of media channels. While this segment is influenced by television on both continents, 77% of US early adopters see television as their main source of information while only 53% of Europeans in the same category are influenced mainly by television. Interestingly, our study found that the early adopters in both locations are equally influenced by online internet ads.  The findings highlight the importance of custom tailoring Smart Home marketing and development efforts based on the interests and buying habits of the different target markets. Essence Smart Home Survey: Americans & Europeans Agree Security is Key Survey first ever to create comprehensive picture of new IoT marketplace Herzliya, Israel  – Essence, a leading provider of IoT, cloud-based connected-living solutions, recently surveyed consumers in the United States and Europe to gain insight into their priorities for IoT-based smart home management solutions. During the first six months of 2015, Essence, together with Strategy Analytics, one of the world's leading research firms in the field of the connected home, conducted an in-depth study of consumer preferences and practices relating to new smart home products and services. This ground-breaking study, comprehensive in its depth and scope, produced fascinating insights that will serve Essence and its partners well into the general adoption years of this nascent market. The primary issue for service providers considering entering the smart home market is the extent to which consumers are willing to pay for various smart home services. Therefore, Essence dedicated much of its survey to discovering what motivates end-users in various regions and what they value as most important for smart home functionality. Security as the primary function in a smart home system is one area in which Americans and Europeans are in full agreement. Intrusion protection is of paramount importance, especially with regard to both traditional alarms and the system's ability to notify the homeowner and law enforcement and/or a central monitoring system of a breach.  The majority of those surveyed expressed willingness to pay for a service based on remote security monitoring, both in terms of one-off equipment payment and ongoing monthly services. Europeans are willing to pay 50% more for startup hardware costs than U.S. consumers. Importantly, both regions would pay monthly fees for an IOT-based home management solution controllable from any device or location. Following security, Americans showed great interest in fire safety and convenience.  The second most critical feature for Europeans in a home management solution is functionality that focuses directly on energy cost savings, such as being able to remotely or automatically turn off lights and manage HVAC systems.  "The survey reveals the consumer motivations and demands that will drive our partners' success," said Dr. Haim Amir, Essence founder & CEO. "By helping them to understand their customers' concerns, they will be able to use Essence's technology to tailor their products and services to deliver exactly what their customers want." Bill Ablondi, Director of the Strategy Analytics Smart Home Strategies (SHS) advisory, who was the lead analyst for the project, said, "The study we conducted with Essence brings important actionable data at a time where there is very little understanding in the market as to what the consumer values most. We have managed to identify how a service provider can attain success with a clear proposition with the right go-to-market strategy."
Essence's flagship product, WeR@HomeTM, provides real-time, complete home management across all devices and locations, allowing for remote control of and access to security, safety, HVAC, and other home systems. The self-monitoring, DIY system is expandable and modular, fitting any home environment. It offers remote maintenance and configuration, and any Z-wave compatible device can be added quickly and easily. WeR@HomeTM is available around the world from security service providers including G4S and communications providers like Telecom Italia. The system quickly and easily integrates into the service provider's infrastructure, and its remote software management and DIY installation accelerates time to market with minimal investment in support staff. "Smartphone users are the key to M2M/IoT adoption; they already manage their lives on mobile. This is particularly true when it comes to managing one's home," continued Dr. Amir. "Essence's IoT solutions provide all the features consumers in the
U.S. and E.U. markets demand - and our clients can provide." About Essence  Essence is a global IoT provider of scalable, end-to-end connected-living solutions for security, communication, and healthcare service providers. Over the past 20 years, Essence has built an impressive installed base, with more than 15 million products deployed and used by Tier-1 service providers worldwide. Essence is committed to developing and supporting solutions that both enhance partners' businesses and enable people to live fuller and better lives. Essence has won several distinguished industry awards over the past year, garnering recognition by both the consumer and business markets, including the ESX Innovation Award for Care@Home, European Consumers Choice Award, Telecom Broadband Infovision Award, IoT Business Impact Award, and others.

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Montreal Premiere: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Documentary in English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Montreal , October 1, 2015 – Writer/Director Asaf Galay will present the Montreal Premiere of his documentary The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 non-members. For tickets call 514-345-6416 or for more information visit   “When I was young, I dreamed of having a harem full of women. When I grew older, I dreamed of having a harem full of translators. That would be heaven on earth.” –Isaac Bashevis Singer  Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a ‘harem’ of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today, nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to portray the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just like he charmed and enchanted his translators. Asaf Galay wrote, directed, and produced The Muses of Bashevis Singer, as well as a number of award-winning documentaries for Israeli television. His documentary, The Israeli Superheroes, on how comics reflect Israeli life, premiers in 2015. Introduced by award-winning translator Sheila Fischman, whose work has been vital in giving English readers around the world access to the richness of Quebec literature. Sponsored by The Miriam Blacher Glasrot and Josef Glasrot Endowment and the Galkin Family Annual Lecture Endowment.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent Van Gogh

Rosina Bucci presents    Artistic by Nature  Stirring oils on canvas by Rosina Bucci  Wed., Oct. 21 - Thurs. Oct. 29, 2015  The vernissage is Wednesday, October 21, 7-10pm

Montreal , September 2015 - In this, her first solo exhibition, Rosina Bucci is proud to present Artistic by Nature, featuring over twenty-five of her original oil paintings in the Piazzetta, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre from Oct. 21-29. These large, vibrant and contemporary works will move you, bringing you into familiar worlds or escaping to new places; drawing you in by the greys of rain, the greens of summer, and the turquoise of the ocean. Here, the respected casting director’s art is under the spotlight…The vernissage is on Oct. 21 at 7pm .  Bucci finds inspiration in her surroundings; for her, there is beauty and poetry everywhere, “My senses absorb everything around me, from the city lights in traffic during inclement weather to the pull of the ocean waves drowning out thoughts on a sunny beach, to random people that I observe going about their business.” In Bucci’s world, if you love nature, the city, and people, you will find splendor all around. Painting for Rosina is a form of meditation. She aims to capture the evanescent quality of her environment on canvas, allowing her to share and revisit it like an old friend, "I was having dinner with friends on Prince Arthur St. one evening. When I glanced out the window I had the strange yet comforting feeling of being in one of my paintings... the street had been the subject of several of my works!" She is drawn to the everyday transformed by the play of light and colour; a change in weather that can convert a scene from ordinary to exotic, “The ephemeral nature of mood and atmosphere fascinates me.” From a young age, Bucci had a keen interest in art. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal , she obtained her BA in English literature, briefly tried her hand at acting, recorded a dance single that was a hit in Europe , and produced live theatre. Mostly she has worked as a casting director for film and television, co-founding one of Canada 's premiere casting agencies, Elite Casting, which has run successfully for over 25 years. Although Rosina has always had a fascination for the visual arts, being a great admirer of the works of Monet, Renoir, Sargent, Matisse and Van Gogh, her latent talent only came to the foreground ten years ago when she decided take up oil painting, a passion that she has been pursuing ever since. She currently studies at Studio Couleur D'Art with the artist Richard Morin.  Previous shows/galleries include: Wildside Festival exhibition, Centaur Theatre; Festiv’Art de Frelighsburg; Trois Femmes en Art, Studio Couleur D’Art Gallery; Centre du Plateau; and Out of the Closet Art Festival. Her paintings can be found in private collections in both Canada and the US . To see the range of Rosina’s work, please go to



MONTRÉAL - Tuesday September 29, 2015 - OASIS ANIMATION is proud to announce that is has signed an agreement with the WGBH Educational Foundation to provide the production services on Seasons 20 and 21 of the animated series ARTHUR. OASIS ANIMATION will handle the pre-production, animation and post-production of 14 new 30-minute episodes; plus two one-hour Specials. Production started in Montreal as of September 9th, 2015 and episodes will begin airing on PBS in 2016. OASIS has previously provided its pre-production services to WGBH on the 20 episodes from Seasons 14 and 15 of ARTHUR, but the Studio is particularly pleased this time to provide its services for the entire production, from pre-production to post-production. More than 75 people will be dedicated to the project in the Montréal-based animation studio, which has already produced many incredibly successful series. ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television's longest-running children's animated series. Over the past 19 seasons, ARTHUR has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children's series on PBS among children 4-8. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and seven Daytime Emmys®-four for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. Follow  Oasis Animation on the web. About OASIS ANIMATION Founded in 2003, the Montréal-based studio Oasis Animation specializes in the production of animated series for television and offers a complete range of digital 2D animation services to the national and international markets. With its cutting-edge infrastructure and its talented, experienced team, Oasis Animation has been promoting its expertise and the talent of Quebec artists around the world since 2003.

100+ Voices Celebrate The Lyric Theatre’s Golden Anniversary at Oscar Peterson Hall


Montreal , September  2015 – The Lyric Theatre, one of Montreal ’s longest-standing, award-wining community theatre companies, celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a one-night-only concert, Saturday October 17th at Concordia’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. The celebration combines the current 40+ members of The Lyric Theatre Singers with more than 80 performers from The Lyric Theatre Alumni Chorus, who were former stage production cast members or Lyric Singers, creating the biggest Lyric Chorus ever!  “The Lyric Theatre Anniversary Concert is a celebration of all the people, shows, and music that shaped a highly respected, community organization. One that exists not only to give amateurs an outlet to grow and exhibit their talents, but to provide fertile ground for aspiring professionals- performers, technicians, designers, administrators- to hone their skills and launch their careers, under the expert guidance of seasoned professionals. And believe me, there’s an impressive list of successful pros who at one time were Lyric members. People like Richard Jutras (veteran stage, film and TV actor), Jane Hackett (theatre and television actor), Nadia Verrucci (actor and Artistic Director of In Your Face Productions), Merissa Tordjman (award-winning Montreal Stage Manager), Quincy Armorer (Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, now starring in Centaur Theatre’s The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God) and Jenny Wright (currently in her 18th season at the  Shaw Festival)”, said Louise Dorais, President of Lyric’s Board of Directors. “Each and every person who took part in a Lyric production since 1965 has contributed to its success. Their commitment, their love of music and Lyric, is why we are thriving, stronger than ever, today.”  This exciting musical event includes selections from the Lyric Singers’ June concert with special selections performed by the Alumni Chorus. Musical directors Bob Bachelor and Chris Barillaro, with choreographer, Mary Sarli, and co-stage director, Cathy Burns, have selected the perfect musical gems to create one show-stopping moment after another. Highlights from such smash hits as the snappy, toe-tapping Hairspray and the hilariously irreverent The Book of Mormon take centre stage alongside songs from Company, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Spring Awakening and much more. Donations of non-perishable goods will be gratefully accepted for the NDG Food Depot. About The Lyric Theatre  The Lyric Theatre, founded 50 years ago, is producer and promoter of musical theatre in the Montreal area. What began in 1965 with a vision of a community based group presenting an annual stage production on the West Island has, thanks to the creation of The Lyric Theatre Singers 25 years ago, grown into a company of performers from all areas of the city. The Singers rehearse and perform 10 months out of every year, presenting their very popular Broadway revues and Christmas concerts. The Lyric Theatre is proud to celebrate this important double anniversary throughout 2015. PHOTO GALLERY   Video Link   “You Can’t Stop The Beat” - June 2015:  Show Date and Time - Saturday October 17 at 8PM  Venue  Oscar Peterson Concert Hall  Concordia University   7141 Sherbrooke St. West  Parking on Campus  Reserved Seating - Wheelchair Accessible  Tickets   $34           Regular    $30   Students / Seniors    $17           Children 12 and under    Box Office   514-743-3382    On-line:   Email:

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Nobel Prize for parasitic disease discoveries

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to two teams for their groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases.


The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been split two ways for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases. William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura found a new way of tackling infections caused by roundworm parasites. Youyou Tu shares the prize for her discovery of a therapy against malaria. The Nobel committee said the work had changed the lives of the hundreds of millions of people affected by these diseases. The mosquito-borne disease malaria kills more than 450,000 people each year around the world, with billions more at risk of catching the infection. Parasitic worms affect a third of the world's population and cause a number of illnesses, including River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis. Parasites After decades of limited progress, the discovery of the two new drugs - Ivermectin for River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, and Artemisinin for malaria - was a game-changer. MSF 'disgust' at Afghan hospital claims    Health

MSF (Doctors Without Border) 'disgust' at Afghan hospital claims

 The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says it is "disgusted" by Afghan government justifications for Saturday's attack on its hospital in Kunduz.  Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is "disgusted" by Afghan government statements justifying an air strike on its hospital in Kunduz, calling it an "admission of a war crime". The charity blames US-led Nato forces for Saturday's attack which killed at least 22 people, including MSF staff. The US is investigating the incident. Afghan government forces have regained control of much of Kunduz from Taliban fighters who overran the strategic northern city last week. Sites that appear to have been retaken by government troops include the police chief's office, the central square and the governor's compound, where security forces were shown by local media carrying the national flag. Residents were reported to be venturing out of their homes and shops reopening on Monday. However, there were still pockets of Taliban resistance on the outskirts of Kunduz.   Video Hospital 'badly damaged'   Video MSF: 'No weapons in hospital'   What does Kunduz mean for peace?   Voices from Kunduz frontline

 Healthy Snack for Back to School Lunches

Li’l Oliver packs a nutritional punch to keep kids attentive through the school day

BOLTON , Ont. — All natural, free of sugar, fat, peanuts and cholesterol and, not to mention, delicious, olives make an excellent snack. Making it easier to enjoy the full flavours and healthy benefits of olives, Sardo Foods has introduced Li’l Oliver, pitted and pre-packed green or black olives with no artificial flavours or colours, gluten-free and no trans fats.  With school back in session, the tidy Li’l Oliver cups make a perfect addition to a child’s lunch box, without the allergy concerns that come with snacks that may contain peanuts. “There’s a new snack in town, and it is an excellent alternative to sweet and salty snacks like granola bars or chips,” says Desiree Sardo from Sardo Foods. “If you haven’t shared the great taste of olives with your kids, what are you waiting for? With their mild taste and small size, Li’l Oilver packs are kid-tested and kid-approved.”   Each snack cup of Li’l Oliver olives is only 20 calories with two grams of fat. The green olives have zero carbohydrates while the black olives have one gram of carbohydrates. Did you know that: The olive is technically a fruit?  The Canada Food Guide recommends children under 13 get up to six servings of fruits and vegetables a day? About 16 olives, roughly two packs of Li’L Oliver, equals on of those servings. Eating olives boosts your iron intake? Iron plays a key role in keeping you healthy and happy. Move over apples, make room for olives!  Olives are high in oleic acid, which studies have shown reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease?  Olives are rich in phytonutrients, bringing added benefits for our cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, muscle, immune, inflammatory and digestive systems?   ·  Oleuropein, found exclusively in olives, is an antioxidant nutrient that has shown to decrease LDL cholesterol and protect nerve cells?  “For such a little fruit, there is an impressive nutritious punch in each olive,” says Desiree. “The convenience of Li’l Oliver makes it easier for families to give their kids all the benefits of olives as part of their daily diet.”  For more information, other products and recipes, please visit Follow Sardo Foods on Twitter @SardoFoods and Like it on FacebookAbout Sardo Foods:  Family owned and operated in Canada , Sardo Foods is world renowned for bringing all the unique flavours of the Mediterranean to your family’s dinner table. Specializing in olives, antipasti, pesto, spreads, bruschetta and more, Sardo Foods aims to make gourmet cooking and entertaining easy. Based in Bolton , Ont., Sardo Foods employs 150 people and boasts more than 200 product lines.

5 Ways to Guarantee Success on Your Diet

By Steve Siebold - With an obesity epidemic that is out of control, getting healthy is one of the most important things you can do.  But unfortunately, good intentions of trying to eat better and exercise more aren’t enough to guarantee success, and most people fall short of their dieting goals. Losing weight can be a tough battle to win. Once you’ve picked a diet and exercise plan, there are five more things you can do to help guarantee success. Know Your Why - There’s an old saying in the world of peak performance: “Without knowing why you’re doing something, the how doesn’t matter.” This applies especially when you’re tackling big goals like becoming fit. My personal why when I was losing weight was to take back my life, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. How about you? You need to know the reason you’re engaging in this weight-loss venture and then you’ll fight more soundly when it gets rough. Once your why is answered, the how will follow. Write about Your Body Vision - Just like you would write a business plan to ensure success in your career, you need to write a business plan for your body. It doesn’t need to be 50 pages long, but it does need to include the details of the image you want to create. It might include describing the way you want your six-pack abs or legs to look as you shape and sculpt them through exercise, or how big you want your arms to be. Make sure you describe the way you will feel when you reach your goal. This will keep you motivated when the going gets tough. Embrace The Discipline Something is fundamentally motivating about being on the path to success. The fulfillment the warrior feels wen she is fighting the war is unique and unlike any other form of pleasure. It’s a deep psychological satisfaction that accompanies fighting the good fight. Being successful on your diet is no different. Don’t just endure the discipline; embrace it. Stare it down. Look it straight in the eye.  When you feel those late-night hunger pangs and cravings, experience them fully. Think about the way it feels in your stomach and your mind. That’s the feeling of victory telling you if you can do this, you can do anything. Instead of fearing the pain or avoiding it, embrace it and the discipline required to continue. You’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the person you really are and were always meant to be. Accept Reality  The power of psychological delusion in the weight-loss process is formidable. Looking in the mirror and seeing the image you want to see instead of your real self creates a disassociation between fantasy and reality. It’s easy to avoid reality because it can be harsh and even cruel, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s real. It all boils down to the way you want to spend your life. Do you want to live in the real world or fantasyland? Stop pretending you aren’t overweight and that being fat doesn’t matter. Decide to wake up and see the world as it is and yourself as you actually are, instead of mentally medicating yourself with childish fantasy. Pay The Price We all know everything in life has a price, and losing weight is no exception. It’s your body and your battle to fight. No one can do it for you. For some, success comes quickly. Others will endure a long, drawn-out battle. Whichever experience you encounter, you’ll have to pay the price. Think of it this way: You’re already paying the price for being overweight, and if you stay that way you’ll be paying for the rest of your life. Pay the price one time to become successful and reap the rewards permanently. The choice is yours: continue just dabbling around with your diet or really embark on your weight loss journey and conquer it once and for all. Start taking responsibility for your habits, actions and behaviors and see how good it feels to finally win this fight. Steve Siebold is author of Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People and Fat Loser! Mental Toughness Training for Dieters. and

Honest Medicine:  Choosing Effective, Less Expensive Treatments Over Big Pharma Remedies For Chronic Illnesses   

Chicago , IL , September 30, 2015 – A quick search on the Internet will net examples of pharmaceutical companies raising drug prices to astronomic levels.  A recent, extremely well publicized example: Daraprim – a drug that is primarily used to treat a life-threatening parasitic infection – changed from $13.50 to $750 overnight. At these prices and given the current state of the economy, it's a good possibility that a drug like this may never find its way to the patients for whom it was intended. Even more disturbing, these costly (often toxic) drugs are frequently given precedence over safer, less expensive alternatives. Sadly, this is not an isolated case and Julia Schopick, author of Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases, makes it clear that there are alternatives to succumbing to the Big Pharma-biased treatments doctors tend to prescribe first. Schopick's journey began as a result of a very personal experience, when her husband was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in 1990 at the age of 40. Upon receiving the diagnosis, along with his doctors' dire predictions of his expected lifespan, she set out to find innovative treatments not offered by his medical team, which she then used in addition to the treatments his doctors recommended. Her husband survived for fifteen years post-diagnosis and twelve years beyond his doctors' expectations. Both she and her husband felt this was due in great part to several innovative treatments she found.  "Educating patients about medical alternatives is critical," says Schopick. "My husband's doctors were not at all interested in prescribing any treatments beyond surgery, radiation and the expensive, often toxic drugs they learned about in medical school and in their journals. And they scoffed at learning about the non-toxic treatments I found through my research that actually ended up extending his life by so many years." The heart of Schopick's book are the real-life patient stories that tell of the suffering these people endured by using "standard of care" drugs their doctors recommended but who finally – through their own research –  found the treatments the author recommends in her book. These remarkable stories bring hope to those currently undergoing traditional treatments that there are medical alternatives available that can be used together with conventional treatments, or on their own, to help extend life – just as they did for Schopick's husband. Through Schopick's research she has identified several treatments patients and their caregivers should become familiar with.  These are the four treatments she profiles in her book.  •    Silverlon – FDA-approved treatment for all non-healing wounds. •    Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) – Since the mid-1980s, LDN has been used by tens of thousands of patients worldwide to treat autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Crohn's disease; also HIV/AIDS and some cancers. •    Intravenous Alpha Lipoic Acid – Since the mid-1970s, this has been used to treat terminal liver disease, and since the mid-1990s (with oral LDN) to treat some cancers. •    The Ketogenic Diet – This diet has been used since the 1920s at institutions such as Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic to treat pediatric epilepsy. Today, thanks to one of the contributors to Honest Medicine, Hollywood writer Jim Abrahams ("Airplane," "Hot Shots"), there are now hundreds of hospitals worldwide that administer the diet. Julia Schopick is a best-selling author and seasoned radio talk show guest, appearing on more than one hundred shows. Through her writings and her blog,, her goal is to empower patients to make the best health choices for themselves and their loved ones by teaching them about little-known but promising treatments their doctors may not know about. Schopick's writings on health and medical topics have been featured in American Medical News (AMA), Alternative & Complementary Therapies, the British Medical Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times. She enjoys making presentations to large groups, both in person and remotely, via Skype. For more information, please visit the author's website: Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases By Julia Schopick Innovative Health Publishing Available at, Barnes and Noble and other major online outlets ISBN-13: 978-0982969014 ISBN-10: 0982969015 ISBN-13: 9780982969007 ISBN-10: 0982969007

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

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Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much By Allia Zobel Nolan, with cartoons by Nicole Hollander

A when-is-enough-enough (Never!) guide that helps women pinpoint the warning signs of cat codependency so they can course correct and get their lives back—should they really want to—combined with real-life examples of the lengths women go to please their puddies.
Norwalk , CT , October 1, 2015 - Do you gather fur from your cat's brush to make earrings? Do you reek of Feliway? Ever contemplated plastic surgery to resemble your puddy?  Over-the-top behavior?  Maybe.  But for women who're on a never-ending quest to prove their love to their kitties, cat codependent comportment such as this is the norm. Now there's a book that comes clean about what many would consider cause for ten-step programs and heavy medication: Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much (HCI Books -- $10.95). Written with compassion by bestselling feline author, Allia Zobel Nolan, and chockfull of hiss-terical illustrations by Sylvia cartoonist, Nicole Hollander, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much validates the challenges women go through to do more, be more, give more to the fur balls who share (and rule) their lives. Then, too, it makes women entangled in this self-depreciating web feel better about themselves as they realize they are not alone. "I know there are women out there who try (many in vain) to cover up their addiction to pleasing their puddies," says Zobel Nolan. "I'm one of them. So I reprised this book for two reasons: to throw cold water in their faces so they snap out of their dilemma and get a life (fat chance), and failing that, to let feline-addicted women know they're a member of a silent sorority who find it impossible to look into their cat's heart-wrenching eyes and say that callous two-letter word 'No.' " "Women like us wouldn't think twice about hiring a personal trainer to exercise our cats' arms and legs while they nap, so the babies don't have to expend the energy," confides Zobel Nolan. "It's just the kind of thing we do, and Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much finally clears the air about it... I'm just hoping readers will find themselves in these pages and learn to appreciate and laugh at the things we do for love."  About the author: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of over 200 children's and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat, Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, The Worrywart's Prayer Book and Whatever: Livin' the True, Noble, Totally Excellent Life  Zobel Nolan lives and loves her puddies way too much in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their feline children, Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, and Nolan Nolan. About the illustrator:  Nicole Hollander created and produced the syndicated cartoon strip, Sylvia, for a gazillion years. She blogs six days a week at and offers a Sylvia archival strip every day—as well as links to politics, cultural commentary and, of course, more cat videos than you can shake a stick at! The author is available for interviews and/or to commiserate with women who love their cats too much any time. Please call Kim Weiss at the number above for more information.  Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much   By Allia Zobel Nolan ISBN-9780757318726 -- $10.05 – October 2015  Available where books are sold, or to order directly from the publisher call (800) 441-5569 or visit

Hillary Rodham Clinton: On The Couch – Getting to Know The Former First Lady and Potential Next President  of USA

Carlisle, PA September 29, 2015 – The widely popular On the Couch series by Alma Bond, Ph.D. has given us an opportunity to discover the lives of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O through the eyes of renowned New York psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale.  The fictionalized biographies provided a unique and revealing perspective of their lives.  Now, readers are invited to learn about our former First Lady and presidential hopeful in Hillary Rodham Clinton: On the Couch.  Dr. Bond captures the details found in other biographies dedicated to the life of Hillary, in a way which provides deep insight into her personality and character. If you read this book, you will feel you understand Mrs. Clinton very well, and you may even learn something about yourself. In Hillary Clinton: On the Couch,
Clinton seeks psychiatric help to deal with her husband's infidelities. Psychoanalyst Dr. Darcy Dale encourages Hillary to talk about her past – everything from her father ruling with an iron fist, to why she was called "Sister Frigidaire" in high school, to her role as First Lady of Arkansas and subsequently, the First Lady of the United States of America .  Hillary Clinton is funny, a bit sarcastic and very intelligent.  Bond provides interesting insights into what Hillary could have been thinking during pinnacle times in her life, and her state of mind from a psychoanalyst's point of view.  While this book is technically fiction, the facts themselves are all true: Only the thoughts and feelings attributed to Mrs. Clinton are fictitious, along with the story of her "analysis." Dr. Bond's extensive research into the life of Hillary Clinton, along with her professional knowledge of psychology and her beautiful style of writing, make this biography an enthralling and entertaining read.   "It's easy to want to get to know the essential Hillary Clinton and want to hear her story," says Dr. Bond. "After reading pretty much everything ever written on Hillary, and then having written a book in which my alter ego, also a psychoanalyst, carries on 69 fictionalized sessions with Hillary, I think I have a very good idea what and how Hillary thinks.  To say Hillary Clinton is an amazing woman is an understatement."     Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University , and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City . She "retired" to become a full-time writer. She's written 23 books and her popular On the Couch has received excellent reviews.  Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of Bond's On the Couch series received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  Bond also wrote the play, "Maria," about the life of Maria Callas.  The play was produced off-off Broadway, toured the South and will be produced in London next year. For more information, please visit:    Hillary Rodham Clinton: On The Couch By Alma H. Bond, Ph.D. Bancroft Press Available at and all fine book sellers. ISBN-13:  978-1-610881647 Book proceeds benefit the Clinton Foundation

The Internet Apocalypse? 

It Could Happen. Would The World Be Better Or Worse Off?

Houston, TX,
September 28, 2015 – There is no doubt that technology has changed our lives – but is it for the better? Could we survive and manage without it? Kids would undoubtedly have the worst time since most can't even "unplug" from their phones or social media when they should be sleeping. Peter Sacco is an internationally-renowned, bestselling author whose new book, The Internet Apocalypse? The world without internet...How would you survive? is a fun read that challenges us to think about how, or if, we would survive a world without technology.  Zombie apocalypses: the Ebola virus, Sars, AIDS, earthquakes – you name it – tend to scare the heck out of people with "What ifs?" Word gets spread rapidly through the Internet and social media and people start wondering if this is 'the beginning of the end of the world!' Could the world really end because of one of these catastrophes or pandemics? So what about an 'Internet Apocalypse?' Would people, especially young adults, survive? How many people would literally go insane, turn to drinking/drugging, or become violent without access to texting or online social media? Would this be like the ice age for technology? Don't forget, this is the only life the 'Y' generation has ever known! This highly entertaining book explores what the world would be like without Internet technology should the earth get attacked with solar flares or meteors. It is a survival guide of sorts that points out we might actually not be worse off, possibly better, considering how people's communication skills have suffered thanks to texting, or online addictions to pornography, infidelity, gambling, shopping, or social media bullying. Do you have what it takes to survive? A challenging thought since the threat of an Internet Apocalypse is more real than we think... Peter Sacco, psychology professor and former private practitioner and author of many popular international books and over 700 magazine articles, presents some thought-provoking questions should a catastrophe of this magnitude occur:   •    If the Internet and texting went away, what do you think would happen?   •    How has texting changed the playing field for communication, especially between men and women?   •    Why has the Y-generation become the most entitled population?   •    Do you think this generation has become more illiterate, poorer problem solvers, etc.?  •    Do you think that the Internet/technology has increased or created a dependent or addicted population?  •    Is the Internet and texting addictive and, if so, the same way as alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc?  •    What do you think has become the number addiction because of the Internet?  •    Why has on-line bullying increased so much?    About the author: Peter Sacco has received the Award of Excellence in Teaching and lectures at universities in both the US and Canada . He currently hosts a weekly radio show, "Matters of the Mind," which features celebrities with whom he discusses mental health, relationships and addiction issues. He is an award-winning executive producer and has hosted many documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and child issues. Peter has also written scripts for TV commercials, as well as for Los Angeles/Canadian movie production companies. He worked with Academy Award winner Joe Mayer and also wrote Vices commercial which premiered at the Boston Film Festival. For more information, please visit his website at: Contributing author Michael Fox has his bachelor's of Arts in Communications/Writing and associate's degree in English. He is a featured writer with many articles and publications. The Internet Apocalypse? The world without internet...How would you survive?  By Peter Andrew Sacco, PhD ISBN: 978-1-63490-844-3

Knigovarot (Russian Book Swap)

  September 24, 2015 – Back by popular demand, the JPL will hold its second Russian Book Swap on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road , Montreal . Free admission. For information call 514-345-6416 or email Guests are invited to bring Russian books from their personal collections to exchange for those of other booklovers. Books for children, teenagers and adults of all themes and genres will be accepted.  This exchange is only for personally owned books. No library books accepted.

Arctica: The Vanishing North

Sebastian Copeland -

Few landscapes convey Nature in all of its untamed splendor like the Arctic . Fewer still conjure respect like the seldom traveled and ethereal North Pole. Yet, sadly, this largely pristine and mostly misconceived treasure is now in jeopardy. Sebastian Copeland's noble goal in these pages is to pay homage to this wonderland, and, in turn, draw awareness to its perilous plight. Copeland's multi-faceted background-not only as polar explorer and award-winning photographer, established author and journalist, but also as a dedicated environmental activist-offers us a unique vantage point from which to appreciate this lonely spot. Surely, this is the last true wilderness on the planet-and its demise should ring the alarm for the lower latitudes. Copeland's authority on the subject is unparalleled and, in this book, his passion for this place truly shines. Although the vision presented in these pages may be poetic, the book's aims are pragmatic-to seduce and inspire the world in order to help foster a market transformation towards a sustainable future. SEBASTIAN COPELAND is internationally renowned as a photographer, polar explorer, author, and environmental activist. His first book won him the IPA's Photographer of the Year award. His award winning documentary, Into the Cold, premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. He lectures across the globe to prestigious audiences such as the United Nations and The World Affairs Council about systemic changes in the Polar regions . In 2015, Sebastian was named one of the world's top 50 adventurous men. A worthy tribute to one of the most beautiful and rarely seen places on Earth. Sure to appeal to both eco-warriors and photographic aesthetes alike. A comprehensive visual record of the North Pole from one of the world's top photographers, including a foreword by Sir Richard Branson and accompanying texts by Prof. Andrew Weaver, Ted Scambos, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Børge Ousland. Also available as Collector's Edition - Limited Edition of 50 copies. Fascinating nature photography in a premium collector's edition. The finely crafted slipcase includes a portfolio with one of two signed and numbered photo prints.  Media Contact: Christa Carr Press material will be available to download on our website If you are interested in more information about the individual titles, serialization rights, additional images, review copies, or interviews with our authors/photographers contact

Katherine: A Woman of Vision – The True Life Story Of British Mystic, Clairvoyant and Spiritual Teacher

Dallas, TX,
September 23, 2015 – Diane Pomerance, Ph.D. met renowned spiritual teacher Katherine Hayward through a friend in Los Angeles when she was 28 and Hayward was 79.  Their connection was immediate and Dr. Pomerance became her student and ultimately her protégé. The wisdom, spiritual vision and philosophy imparted by Hayward mesmerized Dr. Pomerance and she simply knew that Hayward 's life story was one that needed sharing.  Katherine: A Woman of Vision (Polaire Publishing) is set to release in early Fall 2015.   Hayward was born in Wales in 1899 and lived in the UK against the backdrop of World War I and World War II.  She had an out-of-body experience where she met "angelic beings" when she was merely 7 years old.  The angels advised her to return to her physical body, that she had much work to do on earth.  When she awakened she spoke with a full, mature adult voice, and knew the future.  Quite amazingly, she made many predictions including the sinking of the Titanic. She also instinctively knew the truth about people and when they were lying, and the outcome of political elections.    Hayward was in further communication with Spirit Beings at the age of 20 for a 6-month period in which she witnessed paranormal activity and psychic phenomena.  Even more important, she learned about the purposefulness and significance of Life and Death. Through her psychic abilities, she brought great comfort and solace to many people who had lost loved ones by speaking/communicating with the so-called "dead" and proving to bereaved that life continues after death.  Diane Pomerance, Ph.D. has dedicated her life to animal and environmental welfare and to spiritual research and exploration. Sharing the story of renowned spiritual teacher and mentor Katherine Hayward has been a labor of love.  Additionally, she has authored eight books and is best known for her books about animal companionship, specifically the human-animal bond and grief recovery.  Release:  Coming Fall 2015  Katherine: A Woman of Vision  By Diane Pomerance, Ph.D.  Polaire Publishing   Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  ISBN-13: 978-1936315000  ISBN-10: 1936315009

Conservative Clarity: Candid Direct Honesty On "The Critical Issues Of Our Time"

Dallas , TX , September 22, 2015 – Tom Dyer isn't just concerned about his own children and grandchildren but also for each future generation of all Americans. Driven by his anguish about the trajectory of America in decline comes a pithy commentary about the critical issues of our time.  Dyer urges his readers to recognize the significance of the 2016 elections and the reasons why our country is at the crossroads to survive as a great nation or continue its path towards financial ruin and socialism, or worse.  Conservative Clarity is now available from and iBook Store. "I feel compelled to reach out to my fellow citizens," he says. "We need to identify the reasons America is in great trouble."  Some topics touched upon are Progressive versus Conservative policies, political correctness, racism and the division of American citizens, our constitutional democracy and its possible elimination, the decline of our military and why, enemies abroad and within, plus other crucial issues. "Should the message in the book permeate throughout the American population, it could help with efforts to reverse the decline of America and restore our country to greatness again," Dyer continues. "Citizens who believe America is on the wrong course and needs solutions to dramatically reverse the trend of Obama's transformation of America , and those who do not want Hillary Clinton or any progressive elected President of the United States are my primary audience. I would also invite those citizens who are under Hillary's spell to read this book." The author makes a passionate appeal for the citizens of America to share the messages in the book with other concerned citizens so they recognize what is at stake and gain their commitment to vote in the next election. "Conservative Clarity is about recapturing our country from those who advocate its continued decline," he concludes. Dyer describes himself as an average American citizen who is extremely concerned about the future of America . Conservative Clarity Available in digital format from iBook store and ASIN: B014ZCMTCK $3.99 eBook

Tempting the Devil in the Name of God:  Resetting Destiny's Course to Conquer Addiction   

Ocala , FL , September 21, 2015 – More than 23.5 million Americans abuse drugs or alcohol, and the fact is that addiction destroys lives.  Just ask Howard Beckman.  Beckman was the son of a Philadelphia lawyer and was fortunate to have a wide array of opportunities at arm's length.  Sadly, he was an out-of-control teenager and his bad decisions led him down the path of drug addiction and international drug smuggling, which ultimately landed him in a Thai prison.  With all hardships, there are lessons to be learned and Beckman is sharing his journey in his memoir, Tempting the Devil in the Name of God: The Heavy Hand of Fate in early October 2015.Beckman's travels were extensive, and with every stop around the globe there were setbacks.  At times his story reads like a psychological thriller, and at others, as a mysterious journey into exotic lands and people. He bounced from one extreme to another from prison and corruption to finding spiritual peace.  His journey is one of survival and anyone who has directly or indirectly experienced the horrors of drug addiction will find his memoir meaningful on a variety of levels.  "It's my hope that by sharing how I survived my darkest days, it will somehow inspire someone who has lost their way, or even their will to go on," says Beckman. "When you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.  Sometimes you have to just let go of the past to find your own path in life."  Howard Beckman is a writer, speaker and spiritual counselor.  He is an expert in the ancient sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda, and specializes in Vedic Astrology.  Release:  October 2015, Tempting the Devil in the Name of God: The Heavy Hand of Fate, By Howard Beckman, Inspire on Purpose Publishing, Available at, ISBN-13: 978-1-941782-24-8 Softcover, ISBN-13: 978-1-941782-26-2 Kindle Mobi File, ISBN-13: 978-1-941782-25-5 Global ePub File, Book proceeds benefit Ocala Equine Rescue 501(c) 3.

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By Conrad David Brillantes

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

Bringing back the glory that of Montreal

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

The day the economic dim light hits Montreal

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

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

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A what? A $15 per hour minimum wage? For Quebec it's bad news for business - Montreal is already bankrupt. Given another 10 years, half of the city is going to be deserted, yes, just like Detroit ...Government should create a commission composed of business and economics students headed by professors to find out how the province can get out from it's present economic predicament.

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  Forger jailed for bogus paintings   Munch's The Scream sold for $120 million

Painting sale sets $300 million record

Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

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

The Gauguin painting has been on public display for decades     Are you interested to own this Bauer Painting?  Bauer Painting - 34" Height X 24" Width - Open Bidding at US$100,000 is required (  

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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