Why Denying Montréal Students the Right to Vote Has No Basis in Law

Originally posted on Emily Anywhere:

I moved to Quebec in March 2012, six months before the last provincial election. Falling right within the 6-month residency requirement, I registered and voted without any problem. Last election I lived and voted in the district of Sainte-Marie Saint-Jacques, I now live in Westmount St-Louis.

Amid massive media hysteria around out-of-province voters, I went to the Quebec electoral offices this morning to change my address and riding. Arriving at the offices, everyone was friendly and kind. As soon as I sat down, I was asked to provide a Quebec driver’s licence or health card. I have neither. I have Hydro-Quebec bills, T4s, letters from Revenue Quebec (I pay Quebec taxes) and a Montreal lease. I am currently trying to find an articling position in Montreal so that I can join the Quebec bar in 2016.

I was not asked to provide any of that evidence or asked if I…

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Coming Soon to Gaza: Lashes in Criminal Code

Originally posted on American Infidels:

Hamas taking another step towards the full implementation of Sharia law in Gaza, will introduce lashes for certain offenses.
Hamas police in Gaza

Hamas is taking another step towards the full implementation of strict Islamic Sharia law in Gaza, and is planning to introduce a penalty of lashes for certain criminal offenses.

Nafez Al-Madhoun, the secretary of Hamas’s parliament in Gaza, said on Tuesday that the government is working on passing a new law pertaining to lashes. Speaking in an interview with a local newspaper, Madhoun said that the provisions of the new law will include a range of between 80 lashes for major offenses to 20 lashes for minor crimes.

Madhoun further explained that a change in the Penal Code to include lashes is required, in light of the reality where the current law does not deter criminals, who view the Gaza prisons as a place for a vacation.

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Israeli police blame Palestinian militants for bus blast near Tel Aviv

Originally posted on National Post | News:

JERUSALEM — A pipe bomb believed to have been planted by Palestinian militants exploded Sunday on board a bus in central Israel just moments after it had been evacuated, police said, in the most serious attack inside Israel in more than a year.

The explosion came at a sensitive time in Mideast peace efforts. Israel and the Palestinians resumed talks last summer for the first time in nearly five years, and the U.S.-brokered negotiations have made little visible progress. The explosion threatened to further poison what has become a tense and negative atmosphere.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there were no injuries in the blast, which took place in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. The explosion blew windows out of the bus and charred the sides of the vehicle.

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“Based on the findings at the scene by bomb disposal experts, it was a terrorist attack,” Rosenfeld…

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The complete special issue: How We Die Now

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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How We Die Now: “Death renders all equal,” wrote Claudian. How each one of us relates to death, however, is individual, and always changing — as we mature; as we contemplate life, and death, around us; and as society changes. In this special series in the National Post, we present stories and columns looking at the different ways we see, and prepare for, the Great Equalizer.

Robert Fulford: Death, like life, never stops changing

Local Input~ DEATH ILLUSTRATION  KAGAN MCLEOD/NATIONAL POSTLike life, death never stops changing. Every generation faces new facts about the end of life. Every generation thinks about it in a different way.

Fifty years ago, a Canadian who lived to 100 was a news item and the recipient of a letter from the Queen. Today Canada has about 6,000 centenarians and their number increases by roughly 1,000 a year. A century ago, the death of a child was an expected…

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Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives

Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives

Published on: October 27, 2013

In the face of the constant threat of rockets and missiles, the IDF has been at the forefront of developing and operating air defense systems. What does it take to be an officer in this crucial field?

Imagine what an attack against Israel might look like in the not-too-distant future. In the opening salvo, a missile hits the heart of Tel Aviv, followed by precise rocket strikes on Israel from the Galilee to Eilat. Think this is an impossibility? Think again. Hezbollah alone has thousands of missiles aimed at major Israeli population centers. Their missiles can reach every single part of the country.
2013/10/27/three-seconds-shoot-missile-save-hundreds-lives/#.Um1LR50VSWM.wordpress’>Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives.

Family of Egyptian doctor honoured by Israel for saving lives during Holocaust won’t accept award

Originally posted on National Post | News:

CAIRO, Egypt — A member of the family of the first Arab honoured by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust says the family isn’t interested in the recognition.

The Egyptian doctor, Mohamed Helmy, was honoured posthumously last month by Israel’s Holocaust memorial for hiding Jews in Berlin during the Nazis’ genocide, but a family member tracked down by The Associated Press this week in Cairo said her relatives wouldn’t accept the award, one of Israel’s most prestigious.

“If any other country offered to honour Helmy, we would have been happy with it,” Mervat Hassan, the wife of Helmy’s great-nephew, told the AP during an interview at her home in Cairo this week.

Mohamed Helmy was an Egyptian doctor who lived in Berlin and hid several Jews during the Holocaust. Last month, he was honoured by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial as “Righteous Among the Nations”…

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Pope Emails Jewish Leader About Holocaust

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Originally posted on World:

Vatican officials have confirmed that Pope Francis recently emailed an American Jewish leader to respond to a sermon he delivered about believing in God after the Holocaust, The Washington Postreports.

Menachem Rosensaft, the son of two Holocaust survivors and a professor specializing in the law of genocide and war crimes trials, emailed his sermon and a personal note to the Vatican expressing his belief that God’s presence gave his parents strength during the Holocaust.

“When you, with humility, are telling us where God was in that moment, I felt within me that you had transcended all possible explanations,” Francis wrote in his email to Rosensaft.

The communication is significant, the Post notes, because of the Catholic Church’s legacy related to the Holocaust – specifically, its inaction while the Nazis killed 6 million Jews and targeted 5 million others.

[The Washington Post]

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Palestinian Corruption — Again

Originally posted on American Infidels:

by Shoshana Bryen

If the Palestinian movement believes it lives outside the laws of politics, nature and economics, it may be right.

The PA and Hamas occupy a split territory with two feuding governments — both dictatorships with all the arbitrariness and lack of accountability implied by that; multiple armed services that fight each other and, occasionally, kill Israelis; a school system that teaches children that the IDF ate Mickey Mouse and Jews have no history in the land of the Bible; a civic culture that venerates suicide bombers and the mothers who seem to revel in their children’s bloody demise; and an economy that produces nothing of export value. Yet it operates on the principle that it will be bailed out by European and American political support and international largesse. And that Israel will be blamed for the Palestinian failure to thrive.

Two stories this week, however, may challenge…

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