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Newsletter Vol. # 14 That's how I see it!

Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter

What you'll find in this weeks newsletter: an interesting and direct article entitled What Should We Tell People Who Want To Come To Canada? Followed by some humour That's When The Fight Started. What do you think about seeing a depressed doctor?, a short on Peanut Butter, some quotes and Reader Responses.

What Should We Tell People Who Want To Come To Canada?

Salim Mansur writes for Sunmedia. He wrote a piece called Bigotry, Terror-- Mask As Faith that struck a chord with me.

I am quite sure that all persons living in Canada, except maybe our aboriginal peoples, and maybe they as well - all came from other countries over the last two centuries. So it is a little difficult to say, "this is our country and if you want to come here you have to play by Canadian rules." But this is exactly what I want to say to those immigrants who come to Canada and want the freedom and opportunity that a country like Canada affords but they also want their rules when it comes to how they practice their religion and how they treat women.

Salim's article: In the Greater Toronto area a Muslim father, in a rage over his teenage daughter not complying with his fundamental belief-the wearing of prescribed garments for women in public-allegedly strangled her to death.

The cold-blooded murder of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez was not like any other crime that cuts across ethnic and faith boundaries, as Muslim apologists in Canada will do their best to characterize it.

The murder was prompted by an ideology of bigotry and terror masked as a faith-tradition--and ideology of radical Islam at war with the modern world of freedom and democracy.

A fear of this perverted ideology and its fanatical promoters silences most Muslims for they fear that speaking out against this ideology might place them in greater jeopardy with in their community and with those who claim its leadership.

There are Muslim organizations-such as the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC). There deafening silence in condemning Muslim violence against Muslims and non-Muslims alike is revealing their true nature.

Moreover, they are fraudulent in their claims of representing Muslims in general. The fact is most Muslims in Canada and elsewhere in the West left their native lands to escape from unmitigated cruelty, heartlessness and hypocrisy of Muslim rulers and religious leaders.

But these organizations are sinister in their objectives of taking full advantage of free societies and subverting their institutions for the purpose of undermining freedom and democracy.

For instance, Canadians have never heard from or witnessed Muslim organizations such as the CIC publicly mobilizing Canadian Muslims in denouncing suicide bombings, honour killings of hapless women, genocide on display in Darfur and persecution of dissident Muslims in the Arab-Muslim world. Instead, as fraudsters they have developed the swindler's art of blackmailing free societies by filing complaints with the Human Rights Commissions federally, and in Ontario and British Columbia.

The murder of Aqsa Parvez and countless other women among Muslims will continue not merely because Muslims, in silence in their fear of radical Islamists, but also for the apathy of the Western public and politicians supinely appeasing and accommodating Muslim organization such as the CIC.

Wow! Quite a strong position Mr. Mansur has taken-I respect that. I believe we need to become more aware and more insistent that immigrants coming to Canada know and understand that coming here means, to a large degree, "fitting in". It does not mean we have to adapt to their view of the world, and smile and say sorry (the Canadian way) for upsetting them and then giving in to their demands. It is time we inform those who want to live here in Canada they need to be prepared to learn and accept the values of the majority of Canadians.

I believe "our" way of life is already varied enough to accommodate most reasonable people in a democracy. We don't need to alter the rules/regulations for each new culture or religion that seeks to take up residency within our borders. Then again, I might be speaking through my hat as an old timer, perhaps not really in touch with the times. Is there a "Canadian perspective", a set of values that indeed the majority would support? Or has that ship sailed and we are now Democratic hodgepodge with no real Canadian identity.
So, what do you think, what should we be telling people who want to come to Canada?

That's when the fight started

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started...

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming
She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in
about 3 seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And then the fight started...

What Do You Think About Seeing A Depressed Doctor?

Doctors around the world are ignoring their own health, and in many cases are suffering from undiagnosed ailments such as stress and depression, which is causing burnout, suggests a study by Canadian researchers in the prestigious medical journal, the Lancet. The researchers looked at 100 various studies from around the world and concluded that a "culture of medicine" has doctors ignoring the warning signs of fatigue and stress.

"The culture of medicine is that doctors feel they don't need help," said Jane Wallace, a sociologist at the University of Calgary, who co-wrote the study with Dr. William Ghali and Dr. Jane Lemuire, also with the University of Calgary.

"The patient comes first so they think, 'I have to go see them' and the doctors feel guilty if their patients have to wait," said Dr. Wallace.

Their research suggests many doctors are not very good at tending to their own health or seeking help from others. For example, said Wallace, of the 18 per cent of Canadian doctors who were identified as depressed, only a quarter of them considered getting help and only 2 per cent actually did.

While depression, lack of exercise and addiction are also areas of concern, burnout from working long hours and sleep deprivation because of understaffing seems to be the biggest problem worldwide, said Wallace.

64 per cent of Canadian doctors feel their workload is too heavy, while 48 per cent have had an increase in their workload in the past year, according to Canadian Medical Association data.

"We need to rethink doctor fatigue and we need to illustrate that if you have unwell doctors you are going to have poor health care."
                                 (Tiffany Crawford, Canwest News Service)

Art Work by Mark

As soon as I figure out how to get Flickr to give up the photos-you'll see them. Until then just know they are fantastic

Peanut Butter

Research has shown that snacking on peanut butter is an effective way to control hunger without weight gain. How? Well, because peanut butter is tops for giving us a feeling of satiety (fullness).

North Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter! But dieters are wary of its fat content- a two-tablespoon serving of peanut butter is the equivalent of 16 g of fat and almost 200 calories. However, it has been shown that peanut butter because it is so filling it can curb our appetite, which prevents overeating, and can actually be an asset in managing our weight.

A Perdue University study published in the International Journal Of Obesity showed subjects who snacked on peanuts and peanut butter were shown to self-adjust their caloric intake spontaneously and did not add extra calories to their daily diets. After participants consumed the snack of peanuts or peanut butter, their hunger was reduced for 2 1/2 hours!


Work is a biological necessity. Your principal aim should not be to avoid work but to find the kind of occupation, which for you is play. The question is not whether we should or should not work, but what kind of work suits us best. To function normally, humans need work as they need air, food, sleep, social contacts and sex.

There is nothing wrong with retirement as long as one doesn't allow it to interfere with one's work.                                          Benjamin Franklin


The characteristic feature of man is not his wisdom but his constant urge to work on improving his environment and himself.          Henri Bergson

Reader Response

I do have a bad habit of thinking back to what was when I was young. All those memories that go through my mind as I grow older remind me of what my life was like "in the old days." 

 I stood on the redwood bridge and watched the water rush by pulling the ice pieces with it. It felt like it would suck me right into that wet mass of imagination. I could run all day; and throw the lacrosse ball for hours at the brick wall in the Safeway parking lot. Parks were for meeting friends to see what we would do the rest of the day. Baseball mitt on my belt and riding my bike was the norm. No fear just plain ordinary FUN was the order of the day.

I feel sorry for the kids of today.  Many seem to be lost, like boats with no rudders, drifting but with cell phones clutched in their hands. I feel sorry for them, as they will never know the freedom we OLD folks had. Mine has been a wonderful life and as I think back it still has much meaning and emotion.  I pray that our children's memories of their past will be as comforting as mine are for me.
Kids will always be kids. They'll just find different toys to play with in each generation.

A different perspective

I totally disagree with you and Rev. Karen Toole-Mitchell's point of view.  The Bible (the Word of God) commands that we forgive our enemies and those who have despitefully used and hurt us.  Is that easy?  NO IT IS NOT!  But it IS possible, over time to CHOOSE to forgive and ASK God for His help.  He does give His help to us and we CAN overcome and forgive.  (You don't forget but you can choose not to dwell on it.)  I know that.  I have reached that point with several issues in my life.  It is the Devil, the Enemy of our souls that WILL bring these things to our remembrance.  All we need did to do is "tell him to 'get lost' and choose not to allow these feelings to re-activate."

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Colleen Paterson


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