Former CBC weather forecaster Claire Martin running for Green Party nomination in North Vancouver

Originally posted on National Post:

OTTAWA — A familiar face to many viewers of the national weather forecast is planning to test the winds of federal politics.

Claire Martin, former meteorologist with CBC-TV’s The National, plans to announce Wednesday she will seek the Green party nomination in the riding of North Vancouver.

Conservative Andrew Saxton won the riding handily in the 2011 election, taking almost half of the votes.

By contrast, Saxton’s Green party rival received just over five per cent of the ballots.

Martin, raised in England, presented weather forecasts in Canada for almost two decades before leaving CBC last year.

She is to appear at a news conference in the riding Wednesday with party leader Elizabeth May.

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Pro-Palestinian supporters are not pro-anything. They are only anti-Israel

Originally posted on Anne's Opinions:

If proof were ever needed that “pro-Palestinian” activists are not pro-anything, but solely anti-Israel, the latest news out of Syria brings us some glaring evidence.

Yarmouk residents queue for food in devastated neighbourhood after ISIS invasion

ISIS has invaded and taken over the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, Syria (really, why are they still refugees nearly 70 years after the fact? Why haven’t they been resettled? But I digress…), in the process beheading some captives and causing the residents to flee – or at least to attempt to flee. This is in addition to years of starvation caused by the siege by Syrian government forces (so much for intra-Arab loyalty and brotherly love), and now the Assad regime actively bombing the camp, civilian “collateral damage” be damned:

U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 94 civilians, including 43 women and 20 children, made it out of the…

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Palestinian Hamas leader reportedly beheaded by ISIS

Originally posted on American Infidels:

 The war between Sunni ISIS and Shiite Iran is taking a toll on Hamas, allied with the mullahs.  ISIS has taken control of 90% of a Palestinian “camp” (really just a district of Damascus) that once housed half a million people, but which, in the wake of the civil war in Syria, now houses 18,000 people. And once in control, ISIS turned its savagery against a sworn enemy of Israel. Erika Solomon of the Financial Times reports on the background:

Militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have seized nearly all of a Damascus district just outside the city centre, activists said, amid reports of atrocities in the besieged neighbourhood.

Activists on Saturday said the jihadi group may succeed in cementing a foothold in the Syrian capital, a move that would increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power as he tries…

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Tragedy of the times needs inspiration to heal, somehow!

Meir Weiss:


Originally posted on midnightrabbi inspires!:

This is all beyond my understanding, but we do need to grow and change always ~~~ .

Only good news and comfort to us all. #Inspired to improve in their merit! Grandmother daughter and her 8 children
Now 7 of them are being buried in Israel so hard to understand just pray for all our children.

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Send Money to Friends in Messenger

Originally posted on Facebook Newsroom:

Today we’re adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends. This feature will be rolling out over the coming months in the US.

It’s easy and free.

Messenger Payments

To send money:

  1. Start a message with a friend
  2. Tap the $ icon and enter the amount you want to send
  3. Tap Pay in the top right and add your debit card to send money

To receive money:

  1. Open the conversation from your friend
  2. Tap Add Card in the message and add your debit card to accept money for the first time

The money you send is transferred right away. It may take one to three business days to make the money available to you depending on your bank, just as it does with other deposits.


Secure Network

A dependable and trusted payments processor for game players and…

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Stephen Harper to Benjamin Netanyahu in phone call: Canada supports a two-state solution for Israelis and Paletinians

Meir Weiss:


Originally posted on National Post:

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reiterated Canada’s support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians during a phone call to newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The statement from Harper’s office on Sunday was more muted than statements made recently by U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

It was the first time Harper and Netanyahu had spoken since Netanyahu secured a victory on Tuesday. Harper congratulated his counterpart for the re-election, his office said.

In the final days of the hotly contested campaign, Netanyahu said he would not support the creation of an independent Palestinian state. That position flew in the face of that traditionally taken by the U.S., Europe and Canada.

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A statement from the prime minister’s office said that Harper had reiterated the government’s “resolute commitment” to Israel’s security.

“The Prime Minister…

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Editorial: The kindness of strangers

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

Montrealers’ faith in the humanity of their fellow citizens should be much restored after a pair of heartening events.

Three métro passengers risked their necks to save an unconscious woman on the tracks at Jarry Station. The Good Samaritans lifted her to safety in a deed captured on video.

Also, a coroner who released a report a month ago that condemned the Société de transport de Montréal and transit riders for their apparent lack of concern for a man lying motionless on the Radisson métro platform after his head had been struck by a passing train, revised his damning conclusion. “The indifference of the passengers says a lot about the apathy of citizens,” Jacques Ramsey noted in this first report.

It turns out “new information” — a video belatedly provided by the STM — showed transit staff bystanders did quickly try to help the homeless man who later died of his injuries. 

Many questions can be raised…

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Profile: Cushioning the blow for heart-surgery patients

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

You could call Barbara Brock someone with a lot of heart.

The longtime Royal Victoria Hospital volunteer and auxiliary member was working on the wards at the Pine Ave. hospital 15 years back when she noticed that patients who had undergone open-heart surgery were using bunched-up towels against their chests as they did physiotherapy exercises to help with their recovery.

Volunteers would sometimes bring in stuffed animals for them, but the patients, mainly men, did not warm to the furry creatures. “I went home and thought about it,” Brock recalled, “and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if each of them got a red heart-shaped pillow?’ ”

And so the Helping Heart Pillow Project was born.

“I called someone I knew and said I wanted to start a heart pillow project — and needed somebody who makes pillows.”

The friend put her in touch with a manufacturer of dog beds, who…

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Meals on Wheels volunteers provide a crucial service — and more of them are needed

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

One million meals each year are prepared and delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers to more than 30,000 people whose autonomy is diminished: Most are elderly. Meals on Wheels Week in Quebec, which runs to March 21, highlights the work done by these volunteers, without whom the program would not exist.

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven organization and meals are provided at relatively low cost. As the population ages, demands for Meals on Wheels service increases and, along with it, the need for volunteers. Claudette Coulombe, director of the Regroupement des popotes roulantes, which brings together meals-on-wheels organizations, has urged Quebecers to contact the Meals on Wheels group in their neighbourhood about volunteering: A commitment of no more than a few hours a month is needed.

Élyse Marquis, an actor, television and radio host, and Regroupment spokesperson for this year’s Meals on Wheels Week, said that volunteers “make a big difference…

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