Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother: I cry for the victims, not my son

Originally posted on National Post | News:

The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at the National War Memorial before opening fire in Parliament said she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are sorry.”

Authorities have identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf Bibeau, who was known to police in Montreal and Vancouver.

He is suspected of shooting and killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton who was standing guard at the National War Memorial, before opening fire in the halls of Parliament.

Zehaf Bibeau was then killed in a gunfight in the Centre Block.

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Three other people were injured in the melee, but were released from hospital…

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Stephen Harper’s speech on the Ottawa shooting, full text

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the nation on Wednesday to denounce the savage murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and declare: Canada will never be intimidated. Here is a transcript of his speech.

My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders.

Cpl. Cirillo was killed today, murdered in cold blood, as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society. Likewise our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and Levant]…

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Guest Post – Middle East news you might have missed over the chagim

Originally posted on Anne's Opinions:

This is another guest post by frequent contributor Brian Goldfarb, who brings us a review of Middle East-related news that you might have missed over the Jewish holiday period.


So, let’s start with some good news (sort of), with David Cameron and most of the Conservatives abstaining in the “Palestine vote”.  You will know by now that the result of that vote was a “victory” for the pro-Palestinian faction. However, note that well over half the MPs failed to vote. More importantly, it should be noted that David Cameron was firm in his commitment that:

“[he] has indicated that a favorable outcome of the vote would not change the country’s foreign policy toward the Palestinians, Reuters reported, citing Cameron’s official spokesperson.

‘I’ve been pretty clear about the government’s position and it won’t be changing’ the spokesman [on his behalf] told reporters ahead of the vote”

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My Final Visit to Studley’s Chest (And Your First One)

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:

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In about 90 minutes I leave the real world to enter the shadowy territory of H.O. Studley. His tool cabinet and workbench are under the kind curation of a man who wishes to remain anonymous. And so we turn off all the location services on our smart devices.

During this final visit, we will shoot a video about the chest, including a time-lapse film of us unloading it. And we will finish all the extra still photos we need for Don Williams’ forthcoming book, “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of H.O. Studley.”

Don is almost finished with his manuscript. I have read his first draft, and Don has uncovered a lot of information on Studley himself and the interesting journey of the chest from Quincy, Mass., to the wall of a collector’s Batcave.

The photos, by Narayan Nayar, are of museum quality.

The book will be released in…

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Parshat V’Zot haBerachah (5775)

Originally posted on Hardcore Mesorah:

The Security of Dwelling on Your Own, Under Your Own Vine And Tree

We have now entered into a new Jewish year, and we today find ourselves in the middle of the holiday of Sukkot. The year is over but we still have some more Torah to read.

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The Hollenbeck home, La Villa de Paredon Blanco , from ‘T’hompson and West’s history of Los Angeles County (1880).’ This is one of the first residences east of the river here in the paredon , the bluffs.

However, normally this parsha does not get the same attention that we give the other parashiot. This Torah portion is regularly reserved as a final reading, meant to be paired with the start of the Torah cycle as we start over again at the beginning with Genesis. We don’t want this Torah learning to end, so we save this last reading for when we…

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Helping a Dream Come True: Kabbalah Retreat, VT

Originally posted on Community of Readers:

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This is an announcement that many of us have been eagerly anticipating for years. I encourage all Community of Readers… readers :-) to take an active part in this amazing project. Please… if you know of potential sponsors or can donate yourself. If you are able to help organize or promote any of the future retreats. Anyway that you can become involved… this is an amazing project from amazing people that will God willing transform the lives of many of the coming months and years.

Gemar Chasimah Tovah and an easy fast.

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With an incredible amount of awe and gratitude, we are thrilled to announce our plans for moving to Southern Vermont to start our Interinclusion Retreat Center!

We will be creating a haven for experiential Jewish learning where meaning and education is intertwined through painting, writing, boating, hiking, farming, skiing, maple syrup making…

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Montreal fires six firefighters and suspends dozens of others for trashing city hall

Originally posted on National Post | News:

The city of Montreal has fired six firefighters and suspended dozens of others for periods ranging from one week to six months in connection with an anti-pension reform demonstration at Montreal city hall in August.

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Executive-committee chairman Pierre Desrochers made the announcement at city hall Thursday morning.

A total of 63 employees face punishment, including firefighters and blue and white-collar workers, Desrochers said. Other employees are still under investigation, he said.

There are reports that Ronald Martin, the president of the firefighters union, is among those losing their jobs.

In the days after dozens of municipal employees stormed city hall during a council meeting, 41 firefighters were charged with participating in an illegal assembly, mischief and assault. Thirty firefighters were suspended without pay.

Firing firefighters involved in the raucous trashing of Montreal city hall shows Quebec’s laws must be respected and authorities will not…

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Jonathan Kay: Israeli star Andy Ram’s surreal retirement from the tennis circuit says a lot about his country

Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:

I will never face a Sidney Crosby slap shot or take a cut at a Clayton Kershaw 4-seam fastball. I’ll never get a chance to step back into the pocket and face an NFL pass rush, or play pick-and-roll against an NBA defence. In most sports, the relationship between player and fan never goes further than an autograph or a smartphone picture. But tennis is different: If you don’t mind raising money for charity (or donating it yourself), tennis fans can get on court with some of the game’s biggest names at “pro-am” events — weekend doubles events where amateurs and pros team up in a round-robin tournament format. Typically, the pros will ratchet down their game a level or three to make sure everyone has fun (even the most star-struck tennis fan doesn’t want to get drilled in the face with a 200 kp/h serve). Nevertheless, you walk off…

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