NDP’s emergency motion to study high-alcohol pre-mixed beverages passes

The father of a 14-year-old Laval girl who died after reportedly consuming FCKD UP, a pre-mixed, high-alcohol drink until recently sold in dépanneurs across Quebec, was in Ottawa Monday to see an emergency motion passed that could lead to changes in how such drinks are sold.

The NDP laid the groundwork for an emergency study on the impact of sugary, sometimes caffeinated, high-alcohol drinks on teenagers and adults last week.

The motion was adopted in the House of Commons Monday — the same day that Health Canada announced public consultations into whether such drinks should be sold at all in their current format.


Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said those consultations could lead to a reduction in the percentage of alcohol allowed in the drinks or the format in which the pre-mixed beverages are sold.

Before travelling to Ottawa, the NDP MP for Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Alexandre Boulerice. told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak that the sale of such drinks is especially troubling for parents.

“I cannot image the pain of a father who lost their child because of a product sold in a dépanneur,” Boulerice said.

The findings of the study called for in the emergency motion are expected to be made to the House no later than June.

“I don’t think we can afford to wait years when it comes to regulating products that are clearly marketed towards young people and have enough alcohol in them to do serious damage,” NDP health critic Don Davies said Monday.

Athena Gervais died after she reportedly consumed FCKD UP, an 11.9 per cent alcohol malt-liqour drink, on her school lunch break. Her body was found on March 1, after days of searching.

The teen’s death brought such drinks under scrutiny in Quebec.

The provincial government announced it would move to ban the sale of pre-mixed malt-based beverages containing more than seven per cent alcohol from anywhere other than the SAQ, the provincial liquor outlets.


New Caledonia to Hold Vote on Independence From France on November 4 – Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Congress of French overseas collectivity New Caledonia, located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, has fixed a date of the referendum on independence from France for November 4, Nouvelles Caledoniennes newspaper reported on Monday.

The plan to hold the referendum on November 4 was supported by 38 lawmakers, 14 were against and two abstained, according to Nouvelles Caledoniennes newspaper.

The French authorities approved the referendum for New Caledonia in November last year. A new vote is possible because of the 1998 agreement, Noumea Accord, on the gradual decolonization of the archipelago.

READ MORE: Wave of Referendums Sweeps Globe as Minorities Seek More Independence

The 1987 independence vote resulted in local residents choosing to stay with France.

READ MORE: New Caledonian Referendum: What’s Behind French Pacific Territory’s Aspirations?


Dhimmi Canadian government issues Women’s Day image of hijabi: “#MyFeminism is about equality for everyone”

“#MyFeminism is about equality for everyone.”

No, this is not a parody. It’s real. The badge of inequality — the hijab — is being promoted by the Canadian government as a manifestation of equality. Nothing could be more absurd. All over the Islamic world and among Muslims in the West, all too many women are forced to wear the hijab, so as to ward off the possibility that men might be tempted by their appearance. The hijab is a sign of the Islamic belief that it is the woman’s responsibility to prevent that temptation, and her fault if men are tempted anyway. That’s equality? The hijab is an intrinsically misogynistic garment that should be repudiated by any genuine feminists. Instead, it is being celebrated by mad Justin Trudeau’s government. Madness.



Prominent Montreal musicians join fight to save Villa Maria’s music school

More than 100 prominent members of Montreal’s music and cultural communities have signed a letter deploring a decision by the administration of Villa Maria High School to close its 164-year-old music school.

The letter — signed by, among others, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, soprano Natalie Choquette, pianist Oliver Jones, and singer-songwriter Michel Rivard, among others — describes the decision as “one more sign of the slow yet alarming trend that is eroding the province’s renowned musical instruction program.”

“At a time when we are discovering the tremendous pedagogical virtues of music, closing down our schools and programs is an absurd gesture that weakens and impoverishes our community,” says the letter drafted by the Committee to Save the Villa Maria Music School, released late Friday evening.

The school administration announced in January that the music school will close at the end of June. The decision will mean the dismissal of 18 specialized music teachers and an end to private music instruction to about 200 students who are currently enrolled in the program.

Villa Maria is a private high school in the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, founded in 1854 by the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame as a boarding school for girls. The school now has a student body of about 1,400 boys and girls in its French and English sectors.


Prominent Montreal musicians join fight to save Villa Maria's music school

Uganda: Sheikh faces death sentence for leaving Islam after revealing he has been a Christian for a decade

Hussein, a 68-year-old Sheikh (Muslim leader) from Uganda, is facing a fatwa (death sentence) after publicly acknowledging that he has become a Christian. He had kept his faith a secret for ten years

There is no diversity and tolerance in Islamic law, so while Westerners promote a multiculturalist view that all cultures are equal, the facts prove otherwise. Those who expose these truths and the abuses associated with Sharia are tarred as “Islamophobic.” Hussein went from Muslim leader to an apostate worthy of death in Islam, even worse than someone who was born a Christian. Hussein was “granted a scholarship for further studies in Saudi Arabia. There he had exposure to radical Islam, which never sat well with him,” as it should not with anyone. But when he became a Christian, he incurred Islam’s death sentence for apostasy, and will live the rest of his life as a hunted man.


“Sheikh From Uganda Faces Fatwa After Being A Secret Christian For Ten Years,” Open Doors, March 12, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Hussein grew up in a Muslim home and started attending Islamic classes from the age of seven. After he finished school in 1977 he was granted a scholarship for further studies in Saudi Arabia. There he had exposure to radical Islam, which never sat well with him.

While there, he also came across reference to Isa (the Arabic translation of Jesus) in the Quran and Jesus Christ in the Bible as part of his Islamic Apologetics studies. He started questioning Islam, which worried his lecturers.

Soon after the fall of Ugandan dictator President Idi Amin Dada, Hussein lost his scholarship and was deported to Uganda. Hussein started teaching Arabic and Islam at local schools and later became the leader of one of the biggest mosques in the district. But his heart remained restless, and even after 30 years, he still wanted to find out more about Jesus.

One day in 2006, Hussein attended an open-air Christian-Muslim religious dialogue. “A pastor shared the gospel with us and explained the deity of Jesus in relation to God the Father in the Bible. My heart was filled with joy because the questions that had been plaguing my heart for so long were answered! In my excitement, I shared the message with a Muslim friend, also a sheikh, who cautioned me to never speak to him about Jesus again.

“When the Pastor invited us for a dialogue the second time, I asked to meet him separately. He agreed. During our meeting I told him I wanted to give my life to Jesus. He led me in a prayer of confession and I formally accepted Christ as my Saviour.

“I continued to attend the Muslim-Christian dialogue but did not tell any of my friends about my new faith. I kept it a secret for ten years, but in 2016 during another religious dialogue, I formally declared myself to be a Christian. The news quickly spread and I immediately started getting threats.”

“In July 2017, I offered my land to build a church. When the community got wind of this, they threatened to burn the pastor’s vehicles. But God used the county leaders to prevent the mob from causing destruction.

“That same night, three young men dressed in black with their faces covered came looking for me. They told my wife they wanted Bibles and heard that they could get them from me. My wife was suspicious and did not tell them where I was. We later learned that the young men had been sent to kidnap and kill me for apostasy. I learned that a fatwa had been called out against me. I sent my wife and children to live with my in-laws while I fled to a nearby refugee camp….