Sunday, November 30, 2014


Pope Francis's biographer says many people misinterpret the pontiff's statements on hot-button issues: "They know he's shaking things up, which he is. But they mistake that for a kind of attempt to change doctrine."

Change doctrine ? He wouldn't dare. How many remember the Pope who was murdered and quickly buried in the night while a mafia type was hung from a bridge? There are powers in the Roman Church that run banking business for the mafia. You don't mess with those people, even if you are Pope. God bless Francis. I think he is a good guy. May he live long and prosper. OOOOMAINE !

In God's Name has been at the top of the bestseller lists all over the world. It contains some of the most explosive and dramatic revelations ever published about the internal affairs of the Vatican.

During the late evening of September 28th or the early morning of September 29th, 1978, Pope John Paul 1, Albino Luciani, known as the smiling Pope, died only thirty-three days after his election.

David Yallop began his investigations into his death at the request of certain individuals resident in Vatican City who were disturbed by a cover-up of the true circumstances surrounding the discovery of the Pope's body. It is his conviction that murder was the fate of Albino Luciani and he presents this evidence in this enthralling book.

Over three years continual and exhaustive research, David Yallop uncovered a chain of corruption that linked leading figures in financial, political, criminal and clerical circles around the world in a conspiracy of awesome proportions. To this day the central questions raised in In God's Name remain unanswered. A new updated edition containing additional evidence is now available.


I found the following article posted on Facebook today on the page - Canadians for Co-Existence. 

I don't know anything about it except what you see here. The English is difficult to decipher, but I am offering it to the readers to consider because I know how helpless a person can feel when no one will listen.

Is this story true? Someone knows. Is there anything you can do to help? My part is to publish it. No one is helping me get justice in Canada. Somewhere out there, the writer of the article may be wishing someone would help her. 

( I think the writer is a woman. Her plea is tender and caring. I'm afraid I have no idea who she is or where she is, but if someone cares, you may be able to do something to help.)

Khairi Alo Hko

After long suffering fled from death (H) x - x carrying her first child in her sixth month she was with her family when the terrorists came of Sinjar complexes.

Dated 08.03.2014 and after escaping from the village Qahtaniyah went to the house near the main road between Sinjar and Chlo and there they were arrested by a group of armed extremists.

Where they killed all the men, young people and tried to burn the elderly, but they left with the bodies, and took all the women to the village soon, there were almost 100 people between a man and a woman and a child were transported by car pregnancy to hand in the province of Nineveh, north-west of the country Baaj there were large numbers of women The children were taken away after two hours to Mosul and stayed there 13 days under psychological and physical torture was the first hum taking girls and married fighters extremists and one of them is killed when her marriage to another, and so when the tragedy continues to be captives among criminals.

She -kh - they were beating the girls and would force them to abandon their faith under threat of murder and rape to see all abductees while children have had the largest share of suffering, where there has not be eating mothers were gathered bread rotting from the neighboring houses, feed their children who are without clothes and a mattress to sleep.
In the province of Nineveh took all the girls and married to unknown destinations and added that they knew that was sold to the extremists to $ 200 or less.

As for pregnant women or children that have remained prisoners of war between the walls of houses and Owalsjn where he was to take them from the connector to the Afar villages and complexes in each compound or place is transferred forced to leave their faith and torturing those who have not applied the ordering it.

She said that in the nearby Tal Afar, there were 5,600 kidnapped and hijacked, mostly women and children, and there was a person who teach them the Koran. Where people tried to escape but was killed either everyone.

As for how running away from the grip of isis said they paid them more money until they came to the Kurdistan region.

khairi alo hko

The Dawn McSweeney Crime Case -


My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. 

The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg's election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. 

While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city's soul is at stake.

Meanwhile, development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular and bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson's apartment. She discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. As the local debate over the Mall's future intensifies, deep racial divides in the way people view neighborhood change become apparent. All of this pushes Anderson to confront her own role in the process of gentrification, and to investigate the forces behind it more deeply.

She meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others who both champion and criticize the plans for Fulton Mall. Only when Anderson meets Brooklyn-born and raised scholar Craig Wilder, though, who explains his family's experiences of neighborhood change over generations, does Anderson come to understand that what is happening in her neighborhoods today is actually a new chapter in an old American story. The film's ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active in fixing a broken planning process.


An article appeared in the New York Daily News, announcing a new night market that will be installed along Grove Pl. in Downtown Brooklyn. 

The writer describes the alleyway as "dingy," "forlorn," and "neglected," which are perhaps reasonable descriptors if you take Grove Pl. as an isolated alley disembodied from any surroundings. 

But Grove Pl. sits in the context of the Fulton Mall area, a historically thriving African-American and Caribbean space that has long been maligned by journalists and city officials using similar descriptors. 

The article thus relates to a wider American discourse associating black spaces with failure, decline, and social pathology. Such seemingly benign media tidbits contain a subtler and more insidious message, though. They suggest that spaces that are suddenly desired by wealthy, privileged people were previously of no value to anyone. 

While some spaces are definitely abandoned, often times they are simply (and incorrectly) perceived as abandoned, or forgotten, or "forlorn," because they are unappealing to outsiders. "I wouldn't go there, so it must not be in use, or of importance to anyone," is how the logic generally goes. 

It may well be that Grove Pl. as an isolated stretch of street is indeed empty and forlorn, but its immediate surrounding context is anything but. By itself, this article is harmless enough. But in the context of the carefully constructed public discourse that for decades has been pushing an image of Downtown Brooklyn as a failure, it does just a little bit more to distort the reality–and trumpet the gentrification–of one of New York City's most interesting and celebrated urban spaces.


Saturday, November 29, 2014


Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during a ceremony in August where he formally took over from predecess
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaking during a ceremony in August where he formally took over from predecessor Abdullah Gul. Photograph: /AP
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men and claiming feminists in Turkey reject the idea of motherhood.
The devoutly Muslim president said biological differences meant women and men could not serve the same functions, adding that manual work was unsuitable for the "delicate nature" of women.
His comments ignited a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and one well-known female TV news anchor even took the unusual step of condemning the remarks during a bulletin.
"Our religion [Islam] has defined a position for women: motherhood," Erdoğan said at a summit in Istanbul on justice for women, speaking to an audience including his own daughter Sumeyye.
"Some people can understand this, while others can't. You cannot explain this to feminists because they don't accept the concept of motherhood."
He recalled: "I would kiss my mother's feet because they smelled of paradise. She would glance coyly and cry sometimes.
"Motherhood is something else," he said, claiming that it should be a woman's priority because Islam exalts women as mothers.
He went on to say that women and men could not be treated equally "because it goes against the laws of nature".
"Their characters, habits and physiques are different … You cannot place a mother breastfeeding her baby on an equal footing with men.
"You cannot make women work in the same jobs as men do, as in communist regimes. You cannot give them a shovel and tell them to do their work. This is against their delicate nature."
Erdoğan was apparently referring to the practice during and after the second world war for women in communist states such as the USSR to do heavy manual work in factories or in roles such as tram drivers.
He complained that in previous decades in Turkey women in Anatolian villages had done the back-breaking work while their menfolk idled away the time.
"Wasn't it the case in Anatolia? Our poor mothers suffered immensely and got hunchbacks while the men were playing cards and rolling dice at teahouses," he said.
"What women need is to be able to be equivalent, rather than equal. Because equality turns the victim into an oppressor and vice versa."
Erdoğan, 60, has been married since 1978 to his wife Emine, with whom he has two sons and two daughters.
Aylin Nazliaka, an MP from the main opposition Republican People's party said Erdoğan "ostracised" women by portraying them as delicate, weak and powerless and limiting their role to motherhood.
"Erdoğan has publicly committed a hate crime … But I will continue to fight this man who sees no difference between terrorists and feminists," she said in a written statement.
Sule Zeybek, an anchorwoman at the Turkish broadcaster Kanal D, hit back at Erdoğan's comments live on television during a news bulletin.
"I am a feminist and thank God I'm a mum. I wouldn't kiss my mother's feet but I have great respect for her," she said.
The Islamic-rooted government of Erdoğan has long been accused by critics of seeking to erode the country's secular principles and limiting the civil liberties of women.
Erdoğan has drawn the ire of feminist groups for declaring that every woman in Turkey should have three children and with proposals to limit abortion rights, the morning-after pill and caesarean sections.
Seen by critics as increasingly authoritarian, he has repeatedly lashed out personally at female journalists who displeased him.
But the government's attitude towards women came under even greater scrutiny after the deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, caused a furore in August by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public.
Activists also say that government officials' remarks about women and how they should be treated leave them exposed to violence. According to non-governmental organisations, more than 200 women in Turkey died as a result of domestic violence in the first six months of 2014
The Guardian.Com


As many as 13,000 people in Britain are being held in conditions of slavery, four times the number previously thought, it has been revealed.
In what is said to be the first scientific estimate of the scale of modern slavery in the UK, the Home Office has said the number of victims last year was between 10,000 and 13,000.
They include women forced into prostitution, domestic staff and workers in fields, factories and fishing boats.
Data from the National Crime Agency's Human Trafficking Centre had previously put the number of slavery victims in 2013 at 2,744.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the scale of abuse was "shocking".
Launching the Government's modern slavery strategy, she said: "The first step to eradicating the scourge of modern slavery is acknowledging and confronting its existence. The estimated scale of the problem in modern Britain is shocking and these new figures starkly reinforce the case for urgent action."
The Modern Slavery Bill, currently going through Parliament, aims provide courts in England and Wales with new powers to protect people who are trafficked into the countries and held against their will. Scotland and Northern Ireland are planning similar measures.
But outlining the strategy for government departments, its agencies and partners, Home Secretary Theresa May said legislation was "only part of the answer".
The "grim reality" is that slavery still exists in towns, cities and the countryside across the world, including the UK, she said.
"The time has come for concerted, coordinated action. Working with a wide-range of partners, we must step up the fight against modern slavery in this country, and internationally, to put an end to the misery suffered by innocent people around the world."
The Home Office said the UK Border Force would roll out specialist trafficking teams at major ports and airports to spot potential victims, and the legal framework would be strengthened for confiscating the proceeds of crime.
Aidan McQuade, director of charity Anti-Slavery International, questioned whether the government's strategy went far enough.
He said: "If you leave an employment relationship, even if you're suffering from any sort of exploitation up to and including forced labour, even if you're suffering from all sorts of physical and sexual violence, you'll be deported.
"So that gives an enormous power in the hands of unscrupulous employers. And frankly the protections which the government has put in place are not worth the paper they're written on in order to prevent this sort of exploitation once they've given employers that sort of power."
The new estimate is based on a statistical analysis by the Home Office chief scientific adviser, Professor Bernard Silverman, which aims for the first time to calculate the "dark figure" of victim numbers who are not reported to the law enforcement agencies.
"Modern slavery is very often deeply hidden and so it is a great challenge to assess its scale," he said.
"The data collected is inevitably incomplete and, in addition, has to be very carefully handled because of its sensitivity. "

The Telegraph UK.


A congressional committee has begun investigating why child abuse and neglect persists on North Dakota's Spirit Lake reservation, almost two years after the federal government stepped in to address the problem.
At a hearing on Tuesday, tribal leaders and officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services are expected to be asked about ongoing allegations of abuse and neglect on the reservation, and the lack of visible progress in correcting the problems.
"Clearly the current system is failing our children," Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said in a statement. "The goal of this hearing is to shine a light on the situation and promote a dialogue about solutions."
Cramer said he called the hearing, to be held by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, to assess the root of the problems at Spirit Lake, and determine whether congressional action is needed beyond the intervention by the BIA and other federal agencies.
The government took over responsibility for child welfare in 2012, amid complaints from whistleblowers that children were placed in homes with known sex offenders, and that other children had died due to severe abuse or neglect.
Since that time, tribal, state and federal authorities have said they have worked together to address the problem. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has declined to discuss its efforts at Spirit Lake with FRONTLINE. But the new tribal chairman, Russ McDonald, said in an interview that he welcomed the hearing because it would give him an opportunity to detail the tribe's progress in protecting children on the reservation.
"We've been building toward the goal of putting together a strong foundation to build on with regard to child protective services," he said.
But other tribal members and some officials say that little has been done to improve protections for Spirit Lake's children.
"I have heard from our present chairman along with other tribal and federal officials that changes are being made," said Molly McDonald, a former tribal judge who plans to testify at the hearing. "However, I have not seen any action that reflects it."
The problem has been highlighted by several high-profile child murder cases on the reservation. In 2011, a brother and sister, ages 6 and 9, were stabbed to death in the home where they had been sleeping. In 2013, a girl not yet three years old was thrown down an embankment by her step-grandmother, who tried to cover up the crime.
In April this year, an eight-month-old child was reported dead on the reservation. The FBI says it's investigating the incident.
The hearing comes as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is considering a bill, co-sponsored by North Dakota's two senators, John Hoeven (R) and Heidi Heitkamp (D), that would tighten protections for Native American children placed in foster homes, including mandated background checks for all adults in such homes.
Child abuse is hardly unique to Native American communities. But such crimes are more difficult to prevent and punish on reservations because of pervasive poverty, the government's historical role in abusing Native Americans, and a patchwork of legal jurisdictions in Indian territory that often lets current victims fall through the cracks.
American Indian and Alaska Native children have the second-highest rate of victimization by race in the U.S., but only about 28 percent of those cases are ever prosecuted, according to federal data obtained by Syracuse University researchers.
At Spirit Lake, the problem of child abuse has been compounded by complacency in the tribal leadership and a lack of action by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to the BIA's own audits and interviews with people on and off the reservation.
Despite being the agency responsible for assisting Native Americans, the BIA has long been at odds with the tribes, particularly when it comes to child welfare.
It forcibly removed Native American children from their homes and sent them to boarding schools, where they were banned from speaking their own languages or adhering to their customs. Some children were also physically, emotionally and sexually abused at the schools, helping to lay the groundwork for a cycle of abuse and trauma in Native American communities that continues today.
Nearly 200 years later, in 2000, Kevin Gover, then the BIA's assistant secretary, apologized to tribal leaders for the agency's actions and what he described as "ethnic cleansing." "So many of the maladies suffered today in Indian country result from the failures of this agency," he said. "Poverty, ignorance, and disease have been the product of this agency's work."
But the apology hasn't improved what's now a "dysfunctional relationship" between the BIA and the tribes, who remain wary of federal intervention even as some continue to need help to rebuild their communities, said Sarah Deer, an associate professor at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota, and an expert in tribal law.
"It's a very difficult tap dance that the BIA does now," she said. The agency must confront both "dysfunction in the agency and tribal communities, and be mindful of [tribal] boundaries. And those two things are nearly impossible to navigate."
Spirit Lake is a small reservation, with only 6,600 residents. It sits on a remote stretch of land in northeastern North Dakota, miles from much of any significance.
The child welfare program on the reservation has long had challenges, according to audits conducted by the BIA and released to FRONTLINE in response to a public-records request. The program, Tribal Social Services, is run by the tribe but receives federal funding and support.
In 1991, BIA auditors found several major problems with the program, including a failure to license foster homes or conduct background checks on the foster parents. Some of the children's files even failed to note the homes in which they'd been placed.
Sixteen years later, little had changed, according to the next audit FRONTLINE obtained. The 2007 report noted that the tribe, desperate for more staff members to handle the case burden, was considering lowering its hiring standards, a move the auditor discouraged. "If he had more child-welfare workers, this would help them to not remove children from their families, if possible, and provide more preventive type of services," the audit said. It was signed by Michael Black, then the BIA's acting regional director. Black has since been promoted to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The tribe didn't get any more workers, and the cases kept piling up. Children's files lacked any documentation to confirm their identities, a 2011 audit found. Birth certificates, social security cards, and even current photographs of the children were missing. No one visited the children in the foster homes, or even tracked the status of their parents or guardians.
By 2012, BIA auditors said the conditions at Spirit Lake posed an "imminent danger" to children in foster-care homes on the reservation and those referred to the tribe's child-welfare agency.
In April that year, a whistleblower went public with allegations of corruption and "unchecked incompetence" that allowed children to be placed in homes with sexual predators and adults with substance abuse problems. The whistleblower, Michael Tilus, a federal employee who at the time worked as the director of behavioral health at the Spirit Lake Health Center, brought a sudden wave of scrutiny to the reservation.
The tribal leadership responded with promises that it was working "diligently" to prevent abuse, but complained that it faced funding and personnel deficiencies, among other problems.
By October, the tribe formally asked the BIA to take control of the program. It was a rare move for the agency to encroach on tribal sovereignty. Those who were in the meeting that day recalled that some tribal members were in tears.
The BIA has been reluctant to discuss its progress at Spirit Lake since then. Last February, under pressure from North Dakota's congressional representatives, the BIA held a town-hall meeting on the reservation where it said it had hired two social workers and was having difficulty filling the other two places.
In a brief statement to FRONTLINE, Lawrence Roberts, the Interior Department's principal deputy secretary for Indian Affairs, said, "The Bureau of Indian Affairs has made significant strides in children's social services" at Spirit Lake. The statement pointed to its efforts in training people legally obligated to report child abuse incidents, improving background checks on officials who work with children, and rotating in new social workers to help with the caseload. (Read the full statement here.)
The BIA also said that because of privacy concerns, those who allege abuse aren't always kept apprised of investigations, leading people to assume — inappropriately, the BIA said — that nothing has been done. 
A few months after the town-hall meeting, amid complaints from residents that child-welfare services hadn't improved, the reservation's most senior federal official opted for early retirement, and the tribe had ousted its own leadership, installing Russ McDonald, the new chairman, who promised to break with the past.
Richard O'Keefe, who was hired as the new director of the tribe's social services agency, told FRONTLINE at the time that he was focusing on increasing the agency's funding and staff, and he was critical of the BIA's practice of rotating in case workers as temporary employees.
But then in late February this year, O'Keefe abruptly handed in his resignation, saying it was only by chance that more children hadn't been harmed.
"Nothing specifically has been done, that I believe, to prevent that from happening while I've been here," O'Keefe told the local press. During his brief tenure, he said, neither he nor his BIA counterparts had been able to hire and retain qualified staff.
O'Keefe didn't respond to multiple requests for comment from FRONTLINE.
"It's really hard to keep social workers out there with all the political fallout," said Jennifer Cross, a former tribal judge who was removed by the tribal council earlier this year in a dispute over her rulings in neglect cases.
Cross said the existing social services staff did their best to place children in safe homes. But with only four overwhelmed foster homes on the reservation, they have few options. "It's a disaster waiting to happen," she said.
In an interview last week, McDonald, the new tribal chairman, said he was still trying to hire new case managers.  He said the interim director, who stepped in after O'Keefe, has little experience in social work, and while the tribe was able to hire a new judge to replace Cross, the reservation still has only half the law enforcement officers required to effectively police the area.
McDonald said he had asked several federal agencies and nonprofit groups to conduct audits of the tribe's child-welfare system. He said the tribe is just now compiling that research, and aims to use the reports to draw up a new way forward.
"I've spent a lot of time as the chairman, not just trying to build something, but to take the time to plan and put something strong in place that's going to last for awhile," he said.
McDonald also noted that the tribe needs to strengthen its judicial and law enforcement branches in addition to the child-welfare program.
"We've been historically underfunded (by the federal government) for many years, and part of the reason for the situation that we're in is due to that," he said.
Deer, the tribal law expert, said that too many tribes shift the blame elsewhere. "I'm not satisfied when tribal leaders say we can't do anything about it," she said.
"Tribal nations also have the responsibility to respond to the crisis and the children who are being abused and murdered. I don't think it's enough… and it doesn't make any sense why they would continue to get away with what they're doing to children. I think everyone involved is somehow complicit.


Looking at these things from a perch above the earth for a little while, we would see how ridiculous the whole thing is. We mere mortals play games like children. We pretend we don't know what is really going on. What fools these mortals be ! Most of what goes on in governments is GAMES. Of course, the fact that millions of human beings - and as many animals, no doubt - suffer and bleed and die - is all part of the game. 

Lives are pawns. Human beings are statistics. Politicians and tyrants all over the globe play CLUE and MONOPOLY and SNAKES AND LADDERS - with real flesh and blood human beings. They move us about here and there, like toys, dressing some of us as soldiers and airmen, selling our lives in return for gold and oil - and yachts and hotels and casinos. We can see this most clearly in China and North Korea, where the masters manipulate all the little toy soldiers in neat, colourful rows. 

The games are not so easily recognized in the desert or the jungle where camouflage hides human bodies - until they make a bloody mess

Lunatics who feel neglected or unworthy make themselves into "heroes" leading fools into bloody battles - Not for God - Not for justice - but for the recognition and glory they cannot achieve in normal life... because they are not normal - they are failures, outcasts - little people who know that a loud voice and a gun can get people to pay attention..
When enough people wake up and realize what is being done to us, then maybe things will begin to change. Do I, on my lofty perch, have solutions to these tragedies and abuses?

 No. I am a poor mortal who just happens to recognize the truth. I am the little kid watching the parade and seeing that THE EMPEROR IS NAKED ! 

If you see it too, do your part.

Friday, November 28, 2014


How ludicrous are those laws? The Quebec Government was offended when an ice cream store used plastic spoons that had a few English words printed on them.
Comic Sugar Sammy is good at making people laugh with his observations in French as well as English about life in Quebec. He's also good at provoking hard-line nationalists to anger.
Last week, signs appeared in several Montreal métro stations advertising tickets for Sammy's current standup shows. They prominently displayed a startling message, in English only: "For Christmas, I'd like a complaint from the Office de la langue française."
It was a dare to the Office québécois de la langue française, the provincial government agency that enforces the Quebec language law familiarly known as Bill 101, which generally requires that French be predominant on commercial signs.
Within a few days, strips of black tape were added to the signs to conceal the English words and change the message to French: "Pour Noël, j'ai eu une plainte de l'Office de la langue française" — For Christmas, I got a complaint from the Office de la langue française.
Sugar Sammy.jpg
Actually, the complaint was to the OQLF, from a lawyer named François Côté, who then announced it, without waiting for the agency to determine whether it was founded.
This gave Sammy the free publicity in the media he had been seeking, especially after hard-line nationalists reacted to the signs with outrage.
Côté himself wrote that Sammy had ridiculed not only the language law, but also the Québécois identity it protects. (Not that Côté is an anglophobe; English, he wrote, will always be welcome in Quebec "in the private sphere," though in public, "it is a different matter.")
Nationalist commentator Mathieu Bock-Côté added that Sammy is in "open war against French Quebec" in general.
And after Sammy commented that "overprotectiveness" wasn't the best way to promote French, the president of the anti-English Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal accused him of "spitting in the face" of French-speaking Quebecers.
This is hysterical nonsense. Sammy didn't attack either the Québécois or their identity. He poked fun at a law, which has often been made to look ridiculous by its enforcement.
Only last year, the "Pastagate" affair embarrassed Quebec around the world, when the OQLF correctly interpreted the law to mean that an Italian restaurant had to add French translations to the Italian names of dishes on its menu.
So Bock-Côté was right about one thing, in his blog post titled "Sugar Sammy, the militant comic": Sammy's signs weren't only a publicity stunt for commercial purposes. They were also a political act.
They could even be considered an act of civil disobedience — if the OQLF decides they broke the law, which is far from certain, especially post-Pastagate.
The OQLF wriggled out of that embarrassment by twisting the meaning of a regulation containing exceptions to Bill 101 concerning the language of commerce and business.
The same regulation allows public signs advertising "a cultural or educational activity such as a show" to be "exclusively in a language other than French provided that … the activity is held in that other language."
The OQLF won't comment on a specific complaint, other than to confirm Côté's announcement of his. The agency's spokesperson told me, however, that the OQLF interprets the regulation to mean that the "activity" doesn't have to be held in the "other language" exclusively. And one of the shows for which Sammy's signs advertise tickets is in English as well as French.
That could give the OQLF enough latitude to avoid a "Sammygate." After Pastagate, I can't see it sending an inspector to Sammy's bilingual show with a stopwatch to time the bits in each language. If that's what Sammy really wanted, he may have to settle for the free publicity he's already had.


Everyone in Quebec has heard at one time or another in the heart of this man infinitely good. Where many people make a big detour, going in front of him with a sympathetic ear. Where many people look away, he reaches out. Make biographical research on this man is amazing, incredible, rewarding.
He was born in 1928 on the Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal. His father is of Irish origin tank top. Young he meets God in contemplating the stars at the park in his neighborhood. At 17 the young Emmet part of the body of army cadets and dream of being aviator. (Later he will have a Cessna he will drive from coast to another as a hobby.) But his father insists he does higher education.

So studying and is found in theology at the Grand Seminary of Montreal and decided to pursue his other big dream that of being a foreign missionary and enrolled in the Society of Foreign Missions Scarboro with hope evangelize China. Four years later his superiors tell him he does not have the temperament to be a missionary. So exercise his priesthood in various parishes in the Montreal area for over 36 years.

His true mission and fulfilling his childhood dream began in 1988, when he was 60 years old. It is then the retirement age but seeks to give meaning to his life in times of depression when he has no parish dependents. It was in this period that he heard on the radio about a man in Toronto that runs through the city on a trailer to distribute food and clothing to the homeless in the city.

In the street youthImmediately he decides to imitate request a personal loan of $ 10,000, bought a used motor and starts serving youth with the philosophy of the Bible that says "Are you hungry, here's something to eat. You're thirsty, here to drink. I'll be here tomorrow "
youthHowever, not trying to impose its beliefs on young people, it does not try to convert them. Most young people who have lost religious values ​​nowadays he answers simply."They do not believe in God, okay, there is a God, that you believe or not. "The call is initiated and the foreign country it becomes the streets of Montreal, where he saw during those years of priesthood all the misery it contains and its share of poor.

PopsIt will focus on youth because he is concerned about the fate of the generation of the future. He would have liked to have children himself. Over time he became the father of thousands of young people clung to him like a buoy thrown into the sea during a storm.For these young people it is a father figure, a grandfather who is there to listen, not judge them.

He started through the streets, 5 nights a week. He meets and 70,000 young people annually, serves 140,000 hot dogs and distributed 10,800 bags of groceries annually. He still continues his tour, a little less often now, after a heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery in 2000.

To this trailer was grafted a day center, which receives more than 40 000 young people a bunker that provides temporary shelter for young people, various support services through a medical clinic, various psychologists and social workers.

It is also a place for a hot meal (200 per day), assistance to return to school, integration into the workplace, activities and workshops in computer science, arts and music. A place to regain its footing again and especially confidence in themselves, to life and to others in a climate of respect and love.
Pops, speakerHe also visited many schools. "One day, he said, my name appeared in textbooks, in terms of Christian witnesses, so we started to invite me. He sees this as a means of prevention. He commissioned the making of a film that demonstrates the harsh reality of street life to young people who see the side calling for freedom and independence.

To assist in this mission, he has to help a team of more than 135 volunteers.

Pops microHis new dream is now to spread his work to other cities around the world.
He traveled to Russia at the invitation of a Canadian doctor working there and willing to help the development of an organism, like his.
He also visited the Ivory Coast, where he met a religious community tries to help young people see that they are inspiring and demonstrates the valor of other missionaries, going in the same direction as its own mission.
He returned to Montreal exhausted and was bed-ridden for a while, but it promises many to return. He even said: "I would honestly say that I am ready to die today, but I'm a bit ambivalent about it ... and start with a smile:" I always warn my children watch because I will always be there. 
To learn more, I encourage you to visit the site of his work " The Good God in the street "
by Louise Ménard, cursillista


University of Windsor anti-cancer crusader may have discovered his most effective agent yet — a fruit that causes evil cells to commit suicide.

Dr. Siyaram Pandey, known for promising work on dandelion root extract, is thrilled with results from his initial research on long pepper fruit.

"It is very potent, which is surprising, actually," said Pandey. "I wouldn't be exaggerating to say it's a little bit better than dandelion root extract."

Pandey led a group of researchers, who published their long pepper paper in the November edition of the scholarly journal PLOS One. Pandey's team included Pamela Ovadje, Dennis Ma, Phillip Tremblay, Alessia Roma and Matthew Steckle, as well as John Thor Arnason from the University of Ottawa.

A compound from the long pepper fruit was first identified in the 1960s, but was then forgotten for decades until researchers at Howard University in Boston published a paper in 2011. The Bostonians screened 25,000 compounds for possible cancer-fighting properties and listed piper longum — or long pepper — at the top.

"So we asked the question, if they showed a single compound has activity from long pepper, why don't we test the total extract from long pepper fruit?" asked Pandey. "We're finding out that there are many more compounds present in the extract and they might be working in synergy against the cancer cells."

The extract was produced with the help of alcohol, which was then evaporated away, leaving a powder that holds great promise. Clinical trials still need to be conducted, however, which Pandey says is the next hurdle: finding funding to go forward. He's proud, however, that the long pepper fruit research so far was all locally funded, thanks to donations from Seeds 4 Hope, Pajama Angels, the Knights of Columbus, and the family of Kevin Couvillion, who died in 2010 at the age of 26 after a three-year battle with myeloid leukemia.

Pandey has also attracted support in the past from the Toronto-based Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, which funds research into natural health products and their effectiveness in treating lymphoma.

The beauty of natural products is they aren't as toxic as traditional cancer treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy.

"One of the major struggles with cancer therapy is whatever we use to kill cancer cells also kills healthy cells, which is a very bad side effect," Pandey said.

The long pepper fruit extract, however, seems to do a remarkable thing: trick cancer cells into cutting off their own energy. It leads to cancer apoptosis. In other words, suicide. Best of all, healthy cells just continue on as happy as you please.

"It's difficult to imagine that after 50 or 60 years of research we still don't have a selective drug," Pandey said. "So with the long pepper fruit, we are very excited. We feel the extract targets multiple things and forces the cell to commit suicide."