Friday, May 19, 2017
AFTER THE QUEBEC FLOOD-FAMALIES RUSH TO MAKE REPAIRS IF THEY CAN.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
After the flood: Families rush to make repairs, if they're lucky-[CBC]-yahoonews-May 17, 2017
As the water levels recede, it may appear like the worst is over for flooding victims in the National Capital Region.But for more than 1,200 homeowners in Ottawa and Gatineau, the daunting task of rebuilding has just begun.CBC News plans to follow two families on either side of the Ottawa River as they restore their homes.The Washers in Cumberland and the Arnauds in Gatineau are at different stages of life and are up against distinct challenges as they work to return their homes, and their lives, to normal.The Washers in Cumberland-Three weeks ago Michael and Jackie Washer had to abandon their home of more than 20 years. Now, with the water levels on their driveway still knee-high, it looks like they'll have to wait some more."Until the water's fully gone we're in a bit of a holding game," said Michael. "Financially, it's a significant hit."Michael and Jackie have been married for almost 50 years and spent almost half that time living in their bungalow in Cumberland.They had renovated the waterfront property from top to bottom, with Michael replacing everything from the roof to the plumbing with his own hands.After all that work, they say it's hard for them to see what it looks like today."It just upsets me to see that house," said Jackie. "It looks unloved. But I really did love it. I just thought there was no place like it. I love that place."Michael needs to use a pair of hip waders and careful footwork to navigate his way up their driveway.While the water is knee-deep, it was neck-deep at its height.Since they were forced out, they've been living out of a hotel. It hasn't been easy or cheap.The Washers have spent close to $3,000 so far out of their own pocket. Without insurance, they're unsure if they can recover the costs. They want to move into a short-term rental in Orleans instead. But Jackie says they're struggling to find anywhere in the east-end that doesn't have more than a few stairs.Jackie has ongoing health issues that make it difficult to walk and needs an accessible room."You cannot find a place," said Jackie. "That's all we've been doing. There's not one single place we can find...It's really awful. We just don't know what to do."In the meantime, everyday they go check on the state of their house. Jackie can't wade through the water so she waits in the car. She says she's too scared to see the damage anyway.In the garage, Michael bumps into a sunken dresser, a stereo, and countless tools beneath the knee-deep water.All four of his summer tires were washed away. So far, he found one on his neighbours now dry front lawn.Their backyard is even worse after the river crashed through their glass balcony, filling their yard with debris. Telephone poles litter the ground.Toxic chemicals from the garage somehow made their way onto their patio, and the line feeding into their gas tank is cracked."Looks like World War Two," said Michael. "Unbelievable, all the mess that's come down river that's now floating in the garden."Until the water's fully gone, they are in a waiting game. Michael Washer is still working with the RCMP and doing much of his job remotely as he deals with the mess at home.When the water finally recedes, they know the next challenge is repairs.-The Arnauds in Gatineau-Renaud Arnaud has already started tearing up his family's legacy home in Pointe-Gatineau. It looks unrecognizable inside.The garage, basement, and parts of the main floor are gutted. All that's left are the beams.Arnaud works all day at the National Research Council across the river. At night he's coming home and ripping out every inch of his home that's touched water. His colleagues at the NRC's mould lab told him time is of the essence."The mould sets in the house within 48 hours once the water starts to retreat," said Arnaud."So it's really a race against the clock."The flood has been difficult for Arnaud and his wife Genevieve Mercier. The house is filled with memories of her time spent with her father who passed away in November.The couple bought her late father's home from Mercier's brothers to fix it up and move in. They wanted to raise their 14-month old daughter in a special place.Now they're starting from scratch.A week ago, Arnaud took a boat to get to his house to see it after having to leave earlier.So much water had filled the basement, the flooring had lifted up and floating near the rafters. On the main floor, the water was past his knees.He pulled up by boat and saw the military was docked at his entrance. Firefighters had tied up their boat to his garage. If that wasn't strange enough, it was snowing in May. He held up a piece of plywood to board up his home and thought to himself — am I dreaming? "If I see a giraffe passing by, that's probably reality," he said. "It was surreal. You have no idea whether it's reality or just a bad dream. It's something I'll never forget, seeing all that misery around."They are uninsured and doing the repair work themselves, with some help from family, friends and even co-workers.Arnaud is positive for now: he says his family is lucky. He has a job and his house is still standing. That's more than others on his street can say, he said.
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Shedding light on French deportees put to work on Hitler's secret weapon-Renaud LAVERGNE-Agence France-Presse-yahoonews-May 16, 2017
Helfaut (France) (AFP) - The Resistance's struggle against Nazi occupation in World War II is well-documented in France but much less is known about thousands of its members forced to work in Nazi Germany on Hitler's secret weapon: the V2 rockets he hoped would bring Britain to its knees.Now, more than 70 years on, France aims to shed light on, and honour, the nearly 9,000 Resistance members who were among thousands of slave labourers to have toiled in icy underground tunnels.In abhorrent conditions and deprived of daylight or fresh air, 4,500 of the French deportees, believed to be all male, died at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Nordhausen in central eastern Germany after it was set up in August 1943. Nearly a third of those are thought to have perished in the camp's first eight months.Their harrowing stories are being compiled in detail by the La Coupole History and Memory Centre, a World War II museum at Helfaut, near the northern French town of Saint-Omer.The centre stands at the site of a huge bunker, built as a base for preparing the launch of the V2s.Bombardments of the bunker zone and the Allies' D-Day Normandy landings checked Hitler's V2 ambitions, although Nazi forces still managed to fire off some 3,000 by the end of the war, around half at Britain.Designed to wreak death and destruction on London five minutes after leaving the French coast, the V2 was the world's first long-range missile.It was designed by Wernher von Braun, who after the war moved to the United States and helped America reach the moon.- 'I went through hell' -Dora veteran Georges Jouanin is still uncomprehending. At the age of 94, his memories remain vivid."How can you want to destroy a country?" he said, in an interview with AFP."I went through hell at Dora. We slept on lice-infested bunks (stacked on each other inside the tunnels) and worked 18-hour days breaking through rock. We saw our friends die. Forced labour...," he added.Jouanin, a typesetter by training, was deported first to the Buchenwald camp in December 1943 after the Gestapo arrested him in Paris.The next month, he arrived at nearby Dora, where deportees worked in two kilometre-long (1.2-mile) tunnels they had to dig out from scratch to create a subterranean factory out of the range of Allied bombers.The site replaced one bombed at Peenemuende, on Germany's Baltic coast.- Put a face to them -More than a third of the 60,000 people interned at Dora -- mainly Russians -- died in unimaginable conditions, says La Coupole historian Laurent Thiery.By 2020, he, together with 20 colleagues aim to piece together a record on the deported Resistance fighters to "again give a face and life to these lost people".Each one's career, family details, political views, along with the circumstances of their deportation and death, will be featured in the archive.The museum team has collected a trove of data, notably from documents made available by the detainees' families and friends.A committee was created after the war to provide aid to widows and orphans of those who did not survive the camp.One family that was active on the committee was that of Jean Gineston, a Christian Resistance member, who left both Dora and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp alive.Repatriated in June 1945, a month after the end of the war in Europe, he was suffering from typhoid and weighed just 38 kilos (84 pounds).When he died in 2009, his daughters Marie-Christine and Marie-Helene decided to pass on his personal effects from the family apartment at Puteaux in the western suburbs of Paris, feeling they would "find good use" at La Coupole's museum.Marie-Christine said the bunker site "looks a lot like Dora".The women handed the items over "full of emotion" in May last year, recalls Thiery.- Eagerly awaited -At the Dora memorial site itself, the French research is also awaited "with immense interest", said Regina Heubaum, one of those working there.She said the French records "will be an exceptional source, notably for all the families of French people who, 72 years on, regularly come here seeking information on their relatives."The record, to be produced in a kind of dictionary form, will not only include personal stories but also several essays written by experts on different aspects of the research into Dora.These include the April 1944 deportation to Helfaut of foreign slave labourers, the majority Russians, Ukrainians and Yugoslavs, who came from the Buchenwald and Neuengamme camps to work on construction.They replaced mainly French labour from the STO, or compulsory work service created in occupied France, as the Nazis sought to prevent any leaks to the Resistance about the top secret V2 site.
Focus-Liberals denounce EU parliament's 'anti-gay' bill By Aleksandra Eriksson-euobserver
BRUSSELS, 17. May, 20:39-Liberal MEPs want to re-open an already adopted European Parliament position on audiovisual services reform, saying that it justifies discrimination of lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual (LGBT) people.The overhaul is an update of EU-wide rules on media services and TV advertising.The problem, according to the liberals, is that the reform sets out to protect the "moral development of a child" by giving government authorities the right to block harmful content on social media."This should not be part of audiovisual services regulation," said Yana Toom, an Estonian liberal and shadow rapporteur on the file."I think it's very dangerous if we - MEPs - start to talk about morals. What does it mean? There is no legal definition of what is moral. If we start taking in those terms, we will have no arguments for people like Viktor Orban, who can excuse any reform with moral concerns," she said, referring to Hungary's right-wing leader.Liberals say the parliament adopted its position without due scrutiny.Last month, the parliament's culture and education committee narrowly passed a report by the two German co-rapporteurs, Sabine Verheyen from the centre-right EPP group, and Social Democrat Petra Kammerevert.Earlier this week, it was announced that the committee file would constitute the parliament's negotiating position in so-called trilogue talks with the European Commission and Council of the EU.-Moral concerns-The provision on moral concerns could still be removed in those talks.EUobserver was not able to speak to the two co-rapporteurs.Another German MEP, Helga Truepel, who followed the file on behalf of the Greens, said she backed the culture committee report, even if she would have liked to delete references to moral harm on minors."But it is already in the current directive without creating problems there. Furthermore, there is a clear reference in the same article on the fundamental charter of human rights and and an additional catalogue that there shall not be discrimination for reasons of sex or sexual orientation," she told EUobserver."I think we have a clear formulation in the text to avoid misuse of the article," she added.But Sophie in't Veld, a Dutch liberal MEP and vice-chair of the Alde group, said the parliament was already justifying a Russian-style anti-gay propaganda law in Lithuania.In 2013, the Baltic state, said to be one of the least tolerant towards homosexuals in Europe, adopted a so-called law on the protection of minors against detrimental effects of public information.-Misused law-The law was quickly misused against information on sexual minorities.A fairytale featuring a same-sex couple was banned for promoting "harmful, primitive and purposeful propaganda of homosexuality", while an EU-financed promotional video, which confronted stereotypes about love and family models, was only allowed to be shown after 11 PM, together with alcohol and cigarette ads.Lithuanian gay rights activists tried to challenge the law at EU level, but their attempts were in vain.Last December, the commission said it would not launch an infringement procedure against Lithuania, because the country had not broken EU rules on audiovisual services.In't Veld said she had hoped the media reform would force Lithuania to change its legislation.Instead, the contrary has happened - MEPs endorsed the provision and extended it to cover social media."It's all very unfortunate," the Dutch politician told EUobserver."The rapporteurs may be very strong advocates of equal rights, but they don't seem to realise that they have created a legal tool for discrimination."Liberals, with the backing of MEPs from radical-left Gue, the eurosceptic EFDD, and the conservative ECR groups have asked that the parliament's position is made subject to a plenary vote instead.That would give MEPs a month to draft amendments and adopt their positions in plenary.A vote on whether to re-open the file will take place on Thursday.
Anglican Church won't talk about role in controversial campground development-[CBC]-yahoonews-May 17, 2017
The Anglican Parish of Shediac is refusing to discuss why it has become the official proponent of a controversial Shediac campground.Last week's environmental impact assessment, filed publicly with the province, lists the parish as the proponent.Rev. Keith Borthwick, the church's priest and rector, is listed as the campground project's chief executive officer.The church owns the 32 hectares on which the campground would be built and plans to lease it to the developer, Shediac Camping Ltd., a company that included Liberal Health Minister Victor Boudreau as an investor."The diocese has a policy that all media requests have to go to the bishop's office," Borthwick told CBC News.But in an email statement to CBC News, Bishop David Edwards suggested he is not aware of the details."As the EIA states, the Parish of Shediac is the proponent of the project," he wrote. "Until the diocese receives a proposal from the parish, we have nothing to comment on. We are letting the process play out."Pointe-du-Chêne residents who have been fighting the 600 to 700-site campground say they believe that by listing the church as the proponent, Shediac Camping Ltd., can continue keeping its list of investors a secret.Only two of the investors have been identified publicly: Michel Boudreau, the lead spokesperson, and Victor Boudreau, the Liberal minister and MLA for Shediac-Cap Pele.Victor Boudreau said this week he would "forfeit" his 20 per cent investment in the project.Boudreau said in March there were five other investors, but he refused to identify them.Section 1.0 (i) of the province's EIA rules say that when there are two or more "corporate entities … the legal names of all parties to the project must be provided."Pointe-du-Chêne resident Arthur Melanson says his interpretation of the rules is that the names aren't required if the landowner is listed as the proponent."If you register under that criteria, you don't need to divulge any of the investors or whatever," he said. "It's just the owner that's identified and does the registration."In an email statement late Tuesday, Environment Department spokesperson Marc-André Chiasson said Melanson's interpretation of the rule was wrong."The term 'corporate entities' represents the proponent of the project," Chiasson said. "In some situations there can be multiple proponents, but corporate entities does not refer to investors."Melanson said he and others suspect the church itself is one of the other investors in the project."They've never come out and said yes or no, a clear position," he said, "so yes, we're making an assumption they're part of the investors because of all of the effort they've put through to get this campground in place."The province acknowledged in March it made a mistake when it told the church it did not need a watercourse and wetland alteration permit to built the second section of a new walking trail on the land.Melanson said the new trail replaces an existing one that cuts through the centre of the proposed campground site.The existing trail would have complicated the creation of the campground, he said."The way we looked at this, it was a strategic move to put that trail where they did," Melanson said.In a January 2014 letter obtained by local residents, Victor Boudreau, then an opposition MLA, told government officials that "the parties have agreed that this trail needs to be relocated" to accommodate the campground.He said the parish would apply for the required permit.But in an October 2015 email to the province, the church claimed the trail relocation "is not connected to any particular development that may in future happen on the Parish's land," the church's land manager Bill Murray wrote.He said the new route was safer where it crossed two roads and would also allow "nature observation sites."It would also increase the property's value by replacing the existing trail that bisected the land."Contrary to the opinions and narrative some residents are now expressing, moving this trail is not the beginning of the campground project that was discussed in 2014," the email said.Victor Boudreau said Monday he was close to finalizing his divestment from the project and would not comment further.Michel Boudreau did not respond to an interview request Tuesday.Victor Boudreau owned a 20 per cent stake in Shediac Camping Ltd., which he put in a blind trust in late 2014, after the Liberals won the election and he returned to a position in the cabinet.In March he said he would recuse himself from any government discussions about Parlee Beach because a working group of officials was considering a moratorium on development in the area to address water contamination.The province has yet to announce a moratorium, but it has rolled out a new water-testing protocol and $3 million in federal and provincial funding to find and fix the source of the contamination.
Bill O'Reilly gets weekly spot on Glenn Beck's radio show-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-May 17, 2017
NEW YORK — Bill O'Reilly is taking up his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck's offer to work together again.Variety reports O'Reilly announced on his "No Spin News" podcast that he will have a weekly spot on Beck's radio show. He calls Beck "a good friend" and says the two have a "lively" rapport.O'Reilly was ousted by Fox News Channel last month amid accusations of sexual harassment that O'Reilly has denied. Beck left the network in 2011 following an advertiser boycott of his program.Last week, Beck told O'Reilly during an interview on his radio show that he would like him to work for Beck's outlet, The Blaze.The Associated Press.
New Ontario rent controls will mean fewer apartments, more condos, developers warn-[CBC]-yahoonews-May 17, 2017
The Ontario government's new rules extending rent control to all apartments in the province have at least some Toronto-area developers rethinking the rental projects they had planned to build.Cary Green, whose family has spent generations building rental units in Toronto, says the uncertainty over the province's proposed changes means his company now is taking a second look at its latest roster of projects."We've got 1,200 units we are looking at putting on the market as new rentals. And now we've got to go back and look at each building individually to make sure it's sustainable," said Green, 60, standing inside a spacious new two-bedroom apartment his team recently completed north of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue."My only message to the government is: it's finally not broke. Don't fix it. Don't mess around with it."The new rental rules were announced last month as part of the Liberal government's Ontario Fair Housing Plan. The hope is to protect tenants from exorbitant rent increases by removing the so-called 1991 loophole, which exempts units built after that year from rent control.The Mike Harris government brought in the loophole to encourage developers to build more rental units, but tenants' groups have argued for years it was a "failed experiment."In the last two decades, new rental construction has barely registered compared to condo development.But Green, and other rental developers who talked with CBC Toronto, say a number of factors in the market were just starting to shift in their favour.Among them, Green says: - Older rental buildings are getting too costly to repair so building new units makes sense. - Long-term interest rates remain relatively low at about three per cent. - Equity requirements to build new rental units have eased."This is Jupiter aligned with Mars. You mess with that, and you're going to see more condos. You're not going to see more new rentals," said Green.-Developer gives up on rental project-And, in fact, it's already happening.David Horwood with Effort Trust, a Hamilton-based development company, says one of its rental projects slated for construction in Ancaster will now be turned into condominiums."It's frustrating to end up at this point," said Horwood. His team spent about four years working with local officials to plan and ultimately secure approval for the project."There is just too much risk at the moment for us to go ahead."Horwood was part of a chorus of developers and landlord groups who petitioned the province to find another way to curb unlimited rent increases.Now, in light of the new legislation, he says every single one of his projects is under review."There is some concern we haven't seen the last of these politically driven changes," said Horwood.So far it seems developers in Toronto are taking a wait-and-see approach."At this point, we are not aware of any applicant making changes to applications that are already in process," Sharon Hill with the city's planning division wrote In an email to CBC Toronto.-Think it's tough now? Just wait-Applications to build new rentals are up in recent years, but real-estate consulting firm Urbanation says the number of units actually being completed and hitting the market is not enough."In order to satisfy demand, the number of purpose-built rentals under construction would need to be about twice as high as current levels, which is unlikely to occur in the near term," Urbanation's Shaun Hildebrand wrote in an email to CBC Toronto.As for expanding rent control? Hildebrand says that won't help."Supply will be squeezed even more so than it is today," he said.
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