คาสิโนที่ดีที่สุดในโลก_livescoreทีเด็ด_วิธีเล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย https://www.google.com//a90 Home of the official Red River College retiree blog. The place for retirees to stay connected. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:26:06 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Coffee on the Wall https://www.google.com//a90/coffee-on-the-wall/ /a90/coffee-on-the-wall/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 22:08:54 +0000 /a90/?p=4444

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As mentioned in the minutes, Rose Marie Hess read this piece at the October HG meeting. It was suggested that we could sponsor or get the ball rolling for an event such as this for students in the college who are on a very limited budget. Lots of discussion took place and it was decided it was a complex undertaking. It was suggested that Food Services and the Student Association be involved. Rose was asked to talk to John Reimers about it in November and we will see where it goes from there.

I sat with my friend in a well known coffee shop in a small town on the outskirts of Venice, Italy, the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying. “Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.” We heard this order and were intrigued when we observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two. When the man left, the waiter put a piece of paper on the wall on which was written “A Cup of Coffee.” While we were still there, two other men entered to coffee shop and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he put a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee.” It was something unique and perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

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A few days later we had the chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a poorly dressed man came into the coffee shop. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, “One cup of coffee from the wall.” The waiter served this coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the garbage can. Now the whole turn of events was no longer a surprise to us; the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears. Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him… he only looked on the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed the coffee and left. A truly beautiful thought and probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere!

Before we say something like, “That’s all well and good, but you know what will happen, some people who can afford to pay will abuse the system and rip us off. So best not to donate anything!¡± We need to ask ourselves why we give to charities and to beggars on the street? Our answers will of course vary; however, the Lord provides abundantly for our needs and asks us to be good stewards of his gifts and to share from our bounty to those in need of assistance. Ours is not the question why or to set limits and boundaries as to how the funds we give are to be used. Once the funds are given, they are no longer ours; they belong to the one receiving them. Think on this too. The Lord provides for our needs and doesn’t dictate how we use or misuse his gifts. I think Jesus might say something like…Go and do likewise! Buy a cup of coffee for the wall at the nearest Fast Food Outlet.

Deacon Philip

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Ron Blicq: Transitioning to a Retirement Residence https://www.google.com//a90/ron-blicq-transitioning-to-a-retirement-residence/ /a90/ron-blicq-transitioning-to-a-retirement-residence/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:05:03 +0000 /a90/?p=4460 Heritage Group meeting of October 18, 2018.
by Leslie Walsh

Photo of Ron BlicqWhen choosing speakers for the 2018-19 year, Ron Blicq¡¯s was one of the sessiomns members voted to hear. HG member Ron volunteered to, “talk about how it has been for me making the transition to a seniors¡¯ living space, what to expect and not to expect, and how it has affected me and my family.” Ron had also suggested that a residence staff person join him to fill in details.

Below is a summary of Ron and Brandi¡¯s tag-team presentation.

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceWhat is it Like?

Ron has been at Shaftesbury Park for 2 years, ¡°long enough to know if I like it¡±.? In June 2016 Ron had taken a book and folding chair to Assiniboine Park to read.? On his way home he decided to go to IKEA and onc Shaftesbury Blvd. he got stuck at a train. To the left he saw a sign that said Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence, so he decided to go in rather than wait out the train.

Ron had pictured retirement residences as tall, narrow apartment blocks.? Shaftesbury was small and spread out; the lobby attractive.? So, he asked for more information and later phoned for an appointment.? He was told there was an?8-month wait list.? In October he got a call saying there was a one-room apartment that fit what he wanted ( on the 3rd floor, overlooking Assiniboine Forest) available for November 1st.? Ron took it and moved in gradually.? At first he only went there for meals.? His house of 47 years old on Oxford St. sold in 2 days!

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceRon is in a 600 sq. ft. apartment, all meals are provided and are good (Ron pats his stomach).? There is a library, chapel, theatre with reclining arm chairs, beautiful wood pillars, a dining area with a 2 level ceiling.? All people fit into the dining room comfortably.? There are 2 meals:? lunch at 1130 and dinner at 5 p.m.



Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceBrandi:

There is a nurse on staff at all times.?There are 2 kinds of people at Shaftesbury:
–? Those who are pushed into the place
–? Those who suddenly chose to go.
Family often worry about their loved ones who live alone. What happens if their loved one falls downstairs.? At Shaftesbury they might still fall but there will be someone to pick them up.


There is a poetry club that meets 26 times a year. ?Residents read and discuss poems by established poets.? The focus is on Canadian poets.? Each participant writes a poem as well, with topics selected every meeting for next time.? Some of the topics have been on honesty and duty, and the group (80 and 90 year olds) is creating a book of their poems.


Ron is being modest, he is the founder of the poetry group.

Shaftesbury, now ten years old, is the flagship for All Seniors Care private and assisted living facilities, based in Toronto (a Canadian Company).?They operate seven buildings in Manitoba: six in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.
Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceBrandi does all the ¡°fun¡± stuff for all seven buildings.?Their ¡°aging in place¡± philosophy is reflected in both independent and enhanced assisted living. A nurse is available five to seven days a week, providing peace of mind for both resident and family.?Safety features include grab bars, pull cords in every room, and optional personal pendant call system such as Victoria Lifeline.

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceMeals:? A Red Seal chef prepares two meals on-site each day, lunch and dinner, that feature 2 menu options.? Full table service is offered in the dining room, with homemade soups (which Ron says are extremely good), desserts , and additional ¨¤-la-carte choices. Seats are not assigned, but residents often prefer to sit at the same spot. For residents who cannot make it to the dining room, meals may be delivered to their room. The menu changes weekly, except for the usual Friday salmon and chicken, and display plates at the front let residents see the daily offerings. Residents often order a half-plate. There is also a private dining room and a multipurpose room for families to use.

In addition, the Bistro Lounge?offers a half-dozen tables for people to gather and have breakfast.? Complimentary newspapers, coffee, tea, muffins, apples and oranges are set out, and bread is available to make toast.

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceThe suites: A wide variety of one- and two-bedroom suites are available, from 534 to 1000 square feet. All 188 Shaftesbury units include either a patio or a balcony. A couple of the suites even feature panoramic windows. A person walking all three floors and three wings would cover a mile.

A one-bedroom costs $3300/month, and a two-bedroom $4400/mon, with an additional $600 charge for a second person.?Each suite includes a full size fridge, microwave, sink and cabinetry,?and residents can bring in a toaster or convection oven.? Only things not included are cable, TV and phone. Residents can even change the colour of paint in their suites.

Residents are checked on routinely.? Each resident puts up a sign on the door in the morning that says, ¡°I am alright¡±, and there is another check at lunch and dinner.

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceThe multipurpose room can be booked for events and has a full stove.?A guest suite, like a hotel room, is also available for $75/night.

Other residences in Winnipeg:? Sturgeon Creek 1 and 2 in St. James, Seine River in St. Vital and River Ridge 1 and 2 off Ridgecrest in West Kildonan.?The newest residences are made of concrete. Shaftesbury is wood frame, soundproofed and fire proofed. Hallways are carpeted and have nice pictures on the walls.

Activities: The philosophy is holistic wellness: physical, spiritual, emotional.

Exercise:? yoga, pilates, chair Zumba etc.
Various Outings
Mental activities eg. Trivia
Live entertainment

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceFebruary Olympics: This is a very competitive full week of games during which all Seniors Care Residence buildings compete with each other.? Some of the games played are: bocce ball, Wi golf and bowling, indoor archery, shuffleboard, billiards.? Residents compete in-house for medals and nationally within all residences across Canada.? They even have dignitaries that support the games.

Shuttle Service: seven days a week for banking, shopping, going to casinos, ballet, the Pops, etc. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings are for medical appointments, Tuesday,? Friday, and Saturday for shopping, Tuesday afternoons for personal appointments, Saturday for synagogue, and Sunday for church.

Photo of Shaftesbury Park Retirement ResidenceOther Amenities:?

Weekly housekeeping:? same day and time, same housekeeper
Linen and towel service
Laundry for people who can do their own
A shop selling essentials
Hair Salon with a visiting esthetician.? ¡°Like going on a cruise, don¡¯t have to leave the building¡±
Podiatrist and foot care nurse
Parking and valet parking
Fitness room
Internet lounge in the library

Chapel:? no chaplain on staff, but used by various community churches.

The Boulevard: Developed in 2014, this secure locked unit for dementia care provides a gap between assisted living and personal care. Moving out of the building or to a different suite can be very stressful. The cutoff for this area is people who require a two-person transfer.? A hoyer lift is OK.

When to Move In:? Many don¡¯t have a positive attitude when they move in.? They are often dragged in ¡°kicking and screaming¡± when they don¡¯t move of their own accord.?Ron moved in gradually and on his own. There is something about the stigma of being old that keeps people from moving on their own. Residents have often told Brandi, ¡°I wish I had done it earlier, when I could have participated in the move rather than being forced into it¡±.


Did I make the right decision?? Absolutely. My table mate was pushed into the facility and it took him over a year to adjust and then enjoy all the amenities.

The quietness is amazing.? You can¡¯t hear through the walls, up or down.

For more information about Shaftsbury Park Retirement Resistance, visit?allseniorscare.com/residence/shaftesbury-park/.

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Meeting Minutes: October 18, 2018 https://www.google.com//a90/meeting-minutes-2018-10-18/ /a90/meeting-minutes-2018-10-18/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:52:29 +0000 /a90/?p=4442 HERITAGE GROUP MEETING
DATE: Thursday, October 18, 2018
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: Boardroom A137

ATTENDANCE: Leslie Walsh, Chair, Karen Wall, Dorothy Derksen, Gail Shimonek, Rose Marie Floch, Rose Marie Hess, Sherry Ripak, Arnold Kolaski, Bob Vinet, Steve Onyschack, Allison Cowell, Ron Blicq, Linda Robson, Stephen Lipischak, Pat Fraser, Lorie Siebrand, Liz Omeniuk.

  • Meeting attendees enjoyed coffee and socializing from 9:30 – 10:00.
  • Guest Speaker was Ron Blicq and Brandi Hanna (Health and Wellness Care) Shaftsbury Seniors Residence. Both Ron and Brandi provided a comprehensive presentation of living in a senior residence. There were many questions from the group and Brandi gave out gift packs to all attendees..

Chair called the meeting to order. Liz Omeniuk volunteered to record the minutes in the absence of Mary Hayes.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA?((Pat Fraser, Karen Wall).

ADOPTION OF MINUTES?(Gail Shimonek, Sherry Ripak)


  • The new brochure is out, looks very good. The new pictures really enhance the brochure.


  • Social:?The Christmas lunch is now at the Assiniboine Downs (Terrace Room) with a full buffet for $35.00. Tickets are available from Laura by email. The cut off day is Nov. 8th. People can pay Karen that day. Those who register to go to the lunch and do not show will still have to pay the fee for the buffet.
  • May outing will be in Steinbach.


  1. Leslie sent around the college¡¯s organizational chart for interest
  2. Leslie stated that at the last meeting Dale Watts spoke to her about the Heritage group considering having a Facebook page. The consensus was not to pursue this.
  3. The newsletter is out and has some very interesting articles.

Member News:

  • Leslie Walsh, Karen Wall and Liz Polakoff attended the Tea Fest at the Franco Manitoba Cultural Center put on by the ISSA, chair Shahina Siddiqui (our September guest speaker). The three of them had a wonderful experience and recommended that the members consider attending next year.
  • Rose Marie Hess read ¡°Coffee on the Wall¡± which describes what a small town outside of Venice Italy is doing. Basically people can buy a cup of coffee for those who can¡¯t afford it. The cup of coffee notice is placed on the wall and when someone who is in need of a free cup of coffee they ask for a cup of coffee from the wall. It was suggested that the Heritage Committee could sponsor or get the ball rolling for such an event as this for students in the college who are on a very limited budget. Lots of discussion took place and it was decided it was a complex undertaking. It was suggested that Food Services and the Student Association be involved. Rose was asked to talk to John Reimers about it in November and we will see where it goes from there.
  • Gail S. mentioned that she has joined Freedom Force travel group and if anyone is interested she can bring a guest to the meetings.

ADJOURNMENT: (Sherry Ripak, Karen Wall)


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Holiday Luncheon November 15th https://www.google.com//a90/holiday-luncheon-november-15th/ /a90/holiday-luncheon-november-15th/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:03:58 +0000 /a90/?p=4395 คาสิโนที่ดีที่สุดในโลก_livescoreทีเด็ด_วิธีเล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย

Holiday Luncheon posterAttached is a 2-page advertisement?(including the buffet menu)?that contains all the information related to our November 15th Christmas Luncheon.? You will note that the venue is Assiniboia Downs, not the Prairie’s Edge Restaurant that we agreed to at the September HG meeting.? In order to accommodate our traditional numbers for the Christmas Luncheon (40 – 50 people) Prairie’s Edge would need to close the restaurant to the public and we would be required to pay as a private gathering. The total cost of that would be in excess of $40/person. The Social Committee felt that HG members would not want to pay that much for the luncheon.

Assiniboia Downs was able to handle all our requirements for $35/person (including taxes and gratuities) which is what we paid last year for the Christmas Luncheon at Red River College.? I will

have tickets available for purchase at next week’s HG meeting, or you can make your reservation at the HG meeting and pay me at the actual luncheon.

If you will not be attending next week’s HG meeting and plan to attend the Christmas Luncheon you must e-mail your confirmation of attendance to Laura Sinclair at lnsinclair@rrc.ca?by no later than Thursday, November 8th.

Hope you are able to join us for what looks like a fantastic buffet…. and if you want to play the Slots after the luncheon you can just walk next door!

See you on November 15th!

Karen Wall

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Meeting Minutes: September 20, 2018 https://www.google.com//a90/meeting-minutes-september-20-2018/ /a90/meeting-minutes-september-20-2018/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:25:24 +0000 /a90/?p=4424 HERITAGE GROUP MEETING
DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: Boardroom A137

ATTENDANCE: Leslie Walsh, Chair, Mary Hayes, Secretary, Don Carlson, Bob Vinet, Arnold Kolaski,?Glenn Baldwin, John Reimers, Rose Marie Hess, Lorie Siebrand, Sherry Ripak, Gail Shimonek, Dorothy?Derksen, Karen Wall, Elizabeth Omeniuk, Rose-Marie Floch, Dale Watts, Ron Blicq, Bob Barr, Patricia?Daly, Karen Thorlakson, Gord Mackie, Louis Rodkin, Cynthia, Zelenewich, Mary McIntosh, Deanna?Muller, Elena Grinshteyn, Laura Sinclair.

  • Meeting attendees enjoyed coffee and socializing at 9:30.
  • Guest Speaker was Shahina Siddiqui, who gave an informative and very interesting presentation on?Islam and Islamophobia.

Chair called the meeting to order at 11:35 after a short coffee break and introduced Laura Sinclair as?our new liaison.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA?((Liz Omeniuk, Glenn Baldwin).

ADOPTION OF MINUTES?(Deanna Muller, Rosemarie?Floch)
Minutes were amended as follows: April meeting was chaired by Gail Shimonek, Acting Chair.?Reference to Gail on page 2 of April Minutes should also read Acting Chair.


  • Although the Heritage Group Brochure is new, it is to be revised as the College has introduced new?branding. Included will be a group photo of the Heritage Group at the 2018 September meeting.


  • Financial Report (Laura Sinclair) As of March 2018, the Restricted Fund stood at $111,630 while the?non restricted fund was at $3,278. Since that time, the Restricted Fund has grown by over $5000 and the?non restricted by $1700. Members are encouraged to make their annual contribution to the?Heritage Group Endowment Fund used to provide aid to needy students. All donations will be?receipted. Please make cheques payable to Red River College.
  • Social Committee (Karen Wall) Arrangements are underway for the November 15 Christmas event at?the Prairie Edge in West Kildonan Park. Prairie Edge has agreed to provide adequate space for the?luncheon. Karen and John Reimers have talked to the chef. Tickets need to be ready for the next?meeting.
  • There will be a winter event held in February rather than March; suggestions are welcome.
  • The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach is being looked at for the May wind-up. There may be a?package available.


  • Leslie met with Riva Harrison, Executive Director, Strategic Communications for the College. It was?decided that the Financial Report will be produced quarterly rather than monthly and that the Heritage?Group Newsletter will be available in October, January, and April. The Heritage Group Blog is ongoing?and includes member news.
  • Speakers for monthly meetings are printed on the back of the agenda. Michael Champagne cannot be?reached. Marcy Markusa is not yet confirmed. Bob Barr suggested that one monthly meeting could be?devoted to attendees sharing stories about their time at the College.
  • Two or three people are needed to attend retirement sessions in the College. Volunteers were: Liz?Omeniuk, Karen Wall, Patricia Daly, and Gail Shimonek.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Refugee Program at the College. Contact Laura for information.
  • Congratulations to Laura Sinclair who got married this summer.
  • Ron Blicq is writing a memoir entitled Oh No! Not Now.
  • Liz Omeniuk spoke about her trip to Russia on Viking River Cruises. Highly recommended.


ADJOURNMENT: (Gail Shimonek)


Please contact Laura Sinclair to receive this package by email:
at 204-632-3031 or lnsinclair@rrc.ca
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Shahina Siddiqui: Islam and Islamaphobia https://www.google.com//a90/shahina-siddiqui-islam-and-islamaphobia/ /a90/shahina-siddiqui-islam-and-islamaphobia/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:18:27 +0000 /a90/?p=4364 Heritage Group meeting of September 20, 2018.
by Leslie Walsh

Cover of Winnipeg Women magazine from Fall of 2012Shahina Siddiqui co-founded the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA). She served as volunteer executive director for ISSA USA and ISSA Canada from 1999 to 2003, and continues to serve as president and volunteer executive director of ISSA Canada.? Shahina is a freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator.

Shahina has received many awards. Among them, the YMCA/YWCA (Winnipeg) Peace Medal 2002?for her work since September 11 in fostering understanding between Muslims and other religious and cultural groups in Winnipeg, the 2010?Grass Roots Women of Manitoba Award?in recognition of her social justice activism, the 2012?Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal?for her contributions to Canada, Daw Net’s 2014?Civic Courage Award, the 2015?Joan Melonson Award for her commitment to peace and justice, and the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award.

She founded the Canadian Muslim Women¡¯s Institute and is one of the founding members of Canadian Muslim Leadership institute. She sits on the National Advisory Board for the Canadian Association for Diversity as well as on the RCMP Commissioner¡¯s Advisory Committee on Diversity, D-Division, and Manitoba. Shahina is senior board member of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. She is also Chair of Islamic History Month, Canada.

Shahina has served on numerous boards and committees in order to build bridges between groups to help preserve human rights, develop cultural competency and mutual understanding. She has been profiled and recognized in magazines, newspapers and books. Some of these are:? Courageous Crusader, Winnipeg Women, Fall 2012; Leading by Example, The Prime Times, October 28, 2010; We Chose Canada- Eleven Profiles from Manitoba¡¯s Mosaic,?Lesley Hughes; Words to Lead By, Leadership Winnipeg; and A Place to Call Home,?Canada West Foundation, Sheila O¡¯Brien and Shawn Stirrett.

(Taken from ISSACanada.com.)

Arabic As-Salaam-Alaikum


Leslie Walsh read Shahina Siddiqui’s extensive bio above as an introduction to our kick-off September meeting. Shahina’s response? That the only thing we needed to know about her was that she was a Grandmother. And with a greeting from Islam, ¡°As-Salaam-Alaikum¡± (¡°peace be upon you¡±), she challenged our members to ask ¡°everything they wanted to ask about Islam and were afraid to ask¡±.? She said she has probably heard it all and would not be offended by the questions.

Below is a summary of her talk:

  • Book Cover: Canadian Muslims: A Rich Heritage and Promising FutureIslam is an Arabic word that consists of 2 root words:? Peace and Submission.
  • There are 1.6 billion followers of Islam in the world, 1.2 million in Canada, and four to six million in the U.S.A.? Muslims in Canada come from 54 different cultures.? There is huge diversity in the community:? those who are devout, those who occasionally practice, and ¡°Christmas or Eid (an Islamic holiday) only¡± type people.? This adds to the richness.
  • The binding force is the fundamental belief, ¡°I bear witness that there is only one God which is Allah¡±.? Allah has no gender, is unique and can¡¯t be described in human terms, is absolute, and has no parents, children, or human characteristics.? Allah means God in English.
  • Islam is about an individual¡¯s relationship with the creator.? ¡°If God is merciful then I have to know Allah through his attributes¡±.? The 99 attributes are described in the Quran.
  • Mohammed was the last and final messenger of Allah.? If anyone claims to be a messenger then they are a false prophet.? Abraham is the father of the faith.? Once someone believes and proclaims these things then they become a Muslim.
  • Muslims share six precepts:
    1. Belief in all the prophets; God is Allah, the first prophet was Adam and the last prophet was Mohammed.
    2. Belief that angels are the messengers of Allah
    3. Belief in the revelations of the Quran, the most important writing of the religion.
    4. The Quran is original and has been preserved, it has not been altered.
    5. Belief in the day of judgement, heaven and hell, and the mercy of the creator.
    6. Everything happens by the will of the creator; the results are in God¡¯s hands, no ifs ands or buts. If something happens Allah knows why.? Every prophet was tried (tested).
  • The Quran lists 25 prophets by name. There are 100¡¯s and 1000¡¯s of others.
  • Jesus was a prophet who was a ¡°social worker par excellence¡±.
  • Education of people to Islam is very important.? If people choose to hate once educated then that is their problem.? The internet promotes hatred.? The generation before us said ¡°never again¡±, but it is happening again.

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Following her 15-minute talk on Islam and being Muslim, Shahina continued to educate us by answering our questions.? Here are some highlights:

  • There are a number of similarities between Muslims and Christians.? The differences are man-made.
  • 632 AD was the birth of the prophet Mohammed.? There are many similarities between Aboriginal and Muslim tradition.? Aboriginal tradition is oral there is no book.? Muslim tradition is written in the Quran.
  • The first Muslim?migration took place during Mohammed’s lifetime, with his followers fleeing from persecution to Ethiopia where the King was Christian. There is a strong relationship with Christianity. Mosques and Churches are sanctuaries.
  • When confronted with, ¡°Go back to where you came from”, Shahina responds, ¡°Yes, you too¡±, as only Aboriginal Canadians are natives.
  • Canada needs people.? Canada gives support for one year, however trauma doesn¡¯t exhibit until the second year of immigration when there is no support. Refugees start their life in Canada with a loan. They must pay to come to Canada. Many are still paying off their loans.?Canada’s support systems need to be overhauled.
  • ISSA advocates for Muslims. The system is very complicated for people who do not speak English. Integration is ideal, but can take ten years. Refugees do not choose to leave their countries.
  • In response to the suppression of women:? In Canada 30,000 women sleep in shelters; porn and sexual abuse are all suppression of women.
  • The Muslim faith is demonized.? Muslims are all lumped together.? The media have an agenda and 70% of media coverage of the faith is negative.
  • The Taliban and ISIS did not exist when?Islam began.
  • ¡°When you take the life of one person, you take all of humanity.? When you save one life, you save humanity¡±.
  • In response to someone who hated Americans. In Pakistan the Americans? launched a drone attack that killed fifteen members of one family.? We must look at the cause of behaviour, not the symptoms.
  • Shahina said she dresses conservatively and she is not ¡°oppressed, suppressed or depressed¡±; it is her choice.
  • Muslim women are strong.? Shahina gave the example of Mary (Jesus¡¯s mother) who dressed modestly and was a single Mom.
  • Muslims believe in salvation through deeds and the mercy of the creator.? People are forgiven by God but only if they have hurt someone and have sought forgiveness. Some are ¡°too proud to seek forgiveness and too stingy to give it.¡±
  • When Muslims leave someone, they will say, ¡°Please forgive me for whatever I have said or done to hurt you”.
  • Mohammed by definition was a feminist.? Husbands had no claim on a woman¡¯s inheritance.? They were no man¡¯s property and didn¡¯t have to take their husband¡¯s name.? Colonization was what changed this.
  • ISSA strives to dispels myths about Islam. 22 guides have been written and made available. e.g. Islam and Muslims: What Police Officers Need to Know; Guidelines for Health Care Workers ¨C Muslim Patients.
  • October is Islamic History month.? People can go and learn at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre on October 14th. There will be 20 tea kiosks at and a documentary on the first Mosque in Manitoba. There is a $12 entry fee.
  • Works by authors Karen Armstrong and John Esposito were recommended, as were PBS videos on Mohammed and Islam.
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Lloyd Simonson https://www.google.com//a90/lloyd-simonson/ /a90/lloyd-simonson/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 06:21:20 +0000 /a90/?p=4299 No photo

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We sadly note the sudden passing on September 9th of?Lloyd Raymond Gerald Simonson, who taught in the Drafting/CAD Technology Department for many years.

(link to Ken Loehmer Funeral Home obituary)

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Help change the world https://www.google.com//a90/help-change-the-world/ /a90/help-change-the-world/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 07:30:55 +0000 /a90/?p=4265 In August 2017, the Washington Post shared the touching story of?Ayan Abdi, one of the relatively few lucky students to be accepted that year to the?Student Refugee Program?(SRP) by the?World University Service of Canada (WUSC). One year earlier, Ayan had been one of 5,000 hopefuls to take its two-hour qualifying exam in?Kenya’s Dadaab?refu-gee camp, the largest in the world. Sixteen of those students would be offered not just a college education, but a new life, with the Canadian government providing them with citizenship and a chance to sponsor their families. Now, in 2018, not only is RRC a proud SRP participant, we are honoured to be able to welcome Ayan to our campus.

Hers is already an amazing story. But it is an unfolding narrative to which any one of us can contribute mightily.?On campuses across Canada, volunteers are the heart and soul of WUSC and the Student Refugee Program. We can help WUSC accomplish its goals by becoming members of a SRP Local Committee. A Local Committee is a campus-based group of students, faculty and staff, and community advisors who share the belief in the power of education to change the world.?Local Committee members contribute in a wide variety of ways, from?supporting events and activities, to educating and advocating for social change and global citizenship.

Won’t you consider becoming a Local Committee member? To learn more, please visit rrc.ca/diversity/celebrate/student-refugee-program/, or contact Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator, at?204-631-3345 or?lkonrad@rrc.ca.

You too can help change the world.

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Donnie Ludwig https://www.google.com//a90/donnie-ludwig/ /a90/donnie-ludwig/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:10:47 +0000 /a90/?p=4258 Photo of Donald Garry Ludwig

Donald Garry Ludwig, 1951-2018

We are saddened to report that Donnie Ludwig, a key part of our Food Services family, passed away suddenly in early July while celebrating his birthday, dancing in Vegas with friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Blahuta at?mblahuta@rrc.ca.

(link to Free Press obituary)

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Year of the Dog https://www.google.com//a90/year-of-the-dog/ /a90/year-of-the-dog/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2018 05:34:01 +0000 /a90/?p=4159

pugmom40 / Pixabay

by Guy Dugas

She wasn’t the first. That “dog¡± and ¡°crazed, crying lowlife¡±, former Trump political aide Omarosa Manigault Newman was only the latest. Trump has variously tweeted that, among others, Arianna Huff, Mac Miller, Laura Goldman, David Axelrod, and David Axelrod were all dogs. Kristen Stewart cheated like a dog, Brent Bozell begged like a dog, Mitt Romney choked like a dog, Rev.?Jeremiah Wright was dumped like a dog, and on and on and on

Could it be because 2018 is in fact a Year of the Dog according to the Chinese/Japanese zodiac? I only realized it myself because I happen to be a guide in the Vancouver’s Nitobe Memorial Garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan. You see, Dr. Inazo Nitobe was born in 1862, a Year of the Dog. Out of curiosity, I looked up 1946, the year Donald Trump was born. Surprise! Also a Year of the Dog. But that’s about the only thing the two men have in common.

Photo of Inazo Nitobe, from From Wikimedia Commons

Inazo Nitobe, from from Wikimedia Commons

Born to a samurai family in Morioka, Japan, Nitobe strove from a young age to be “a bridge across the Pacific”; as the plaque on his memorial states, “apostle of goodwill among nations”. Unusual for Japanese in the late 1800s, Nitobe was fluent in German (his first of five PhDs was from Germany) and English (the language of his most famous book, Bushido, The Soul of Japan). His lifelong mission was to build bridges between East and West. Trump’s lifelong mission? It seems, not much more than a shameless lust for power.?And though he does have German ancestry, Trump speaks only English, and the self-proclaimed genius wall-builder can only manage that at the level of an 8-year-old.

The first non-European Undersecretary General of the League of Nations, Dr. Nitobe was the most famous and influential Japanese of his era. Though largely forgotten today, he was both advisor to the Japanese Emperor and guest at the White House. Bushido?was recommended reading by JFK, and Teddy?Roosevelt had bought some 60 copies to distribute to friends. Though we’d largely like to forget it, Trump is now arguably the most famous American of our era. His 1987 breakthrough memoir,?The Art of the Deal, was also a best-seller. However, not even its true author would recommend it. Though Trump likes to brag that he wrote the book, ghostwriter Tony Schwartz argues that Donald is, “incapable of reading a book, much less writing one“. In fact, Schwartz likened writing the book to having ¡°put lipstick on a pig¡±. Drawing of Lipstick on a pig

“an empty shell of a human being, a man devoid of self-reflection, candor, vulnerability, humility, and perspective”

In the words of Frank Walters, who served with Nitobe from the very first and later became an Under-Secretary General, “those who came to Geneva with the purpose of finding the true principles of international co-operation… never failed to find instruction and inspiration from Inazo Nitobe”.?Nitobe became a favoured spokesperson for the League, with the likes of Albert Einstein and Marie Curie?joining him for tea at his Geneva home in the 1920s. William Faunce, visiting president of Brown University, remarked in 1922 that Nitobe was the most “beautiful soul” he had met. “He will have a front seat in Heaven.” Contrast that with?Tony Schwartz’s assessment of Donald Trump after spending 18 months with him in 1985: “an empty shell of a human being, a man devoid of self-reflection, candor, vulnerability, humility, and perspective”.? 30 years later: “he is significantly angrier today: more reactive, deceitful, distracted, vindictive, impulsive and, above all, self-absorbed ¨C assuming the last is possible.”

Sadly, history has a way of repeating itself. While Nitobe was advocating for peace in 1924, anti-Chinese/Japanese sentiment had gained such strength?in North America that the U.S. passed an Asian Exclusion Act, ostensibly ?“to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity”. Nitobe vowed to not return to the U.S. until it was repealed. โปรโมชั่นเกมยิงปลาCanada was not immune. Already in 1897, the BC provincial legislature unanimously asked the federal government to?prevent immigration of Japanese, citing concern about “the lower class Jap”. In 1899, BC minister Carter-Cotton pushed for “Asian” exclusion arguing that British Columbia ¡°should be occupied by a large and thoroughly British population”.

Nitobe waterfallSo, back to my beautiful Vancouver Japanese garden. Funded in large part by the local Japanese community in Nitobe’s memory, it is a tangible expression of reconciliation.? The Japanese had suffered generations of discrimination in western Canada, culminating in their forced removal in 1942 from the coast to internment camps further east. In fact, the garden’s first chief gardener had himself only returned to Vancouver in 1954, five years before the garden’s construction. Like Nitobe the man, the garden is meant to be a bridge between cultures. An oasis of peace and calm in an otherwise busy city, it has come to be a special place for me to appreciate the richness of our cultural diversity and to remember that fighting nativism, and bullies, is a never-ending struggle.

Contrary to recent rantings by historically illiterate xenophobes, racists, and born-again nativists, immigration has long been, and continues to be, a blessing to Canada. More than one in five Canadians are foreign-born. And in Vancouver, my newly adopted home, most residents were born outside of B C. (67 percent!), with?fully 45 percent born outside of Canada. Let us reflect on that reality in this Year of the Dog, and beyond. In the recent words of Chinese state media, “The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls.”

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