Enough of political bullying

Less freedom for the English. Very important vote in the National Assembly barring the word “Hi” in greeting by merchants. Less democracy and more bullying by the Liberal Party. If you re-elect them you deserve to lose any freedom we once enjoyed. And their English Secretariat is a joke. Read my opinion of that on www.lastcallwithsol.com. Secretariat was a race horse. You can bet this Quebec Secretariat will go directly to the glue factory.

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Neil Young Concert

Neil Young – From Somewhere in Canada – Live Stream Worldwide Friday Night!

Don’t miss Canadian music legend Neil Young perform a 90-minute solo acoustic concert on Friday, December 1st at 8 PM ET.

You’ll be able to live stream the concert on CTV.ca and CTV GO and also worldwide via Facebook.

From a secret location in Canada dear to Neil Young, only to be revealed when the livestream begins. There is speculation that the concert will take place in Omemee, Ontario, a community of about 1,200 in the Kawartha Lakes where Young spent some of his childhood.

The concert coincides with the release of a new studio album on December 1, The Visitor, and also the launch of the Neil Young Archives.

Brought to you by CTV and Facebook, in partnership with Shakey Pictures.

The concert is filmed and directed by actress turned documentarian Daryl Hannah!

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secretariat for the English-speaking community



As posted on lastcallwithsol.com

As reported on CTV News 24/11/2017

Kathleen Weil is the first minister responsible for English-speaking Quebecers in the history of the Quebec Liberal Party and she’s delivering on a promise made by Premier Philippe Couillard.

“For the first time in our history we will have civil servants dedicated to the future vitality of the English-speaking community,” said the MNA for Notre-Dame-de-Grace in an exclusive interview with CTV Montreal Thursday.

The Couillard government officially launched its new secretariat for the English-speaking community Friday in Quebec City at the Morrin Centre, an English-language cultural centre.

In my opinion this is nothing more than a pre-election ploy and is worth two fifths of three quarters of nothing unless it is accompanied by a promise to repeal Bill 101 which was introduced by the Quebec Liberal Party and has hindered the English-speaking community since its inception. The secretariat will have a start-up administrative budget of $1 million, which will be devoted to hiring seven or eight staffers and setting up office space. I would be interested in knowing the annual budget of the Quebec Office de la Langue Francais and its number of staffers. A figure like a million dollars is a joke when you hear the mega millions that will be spent to light up bridges, erect useless sculptures, or put good millions after bad to repair the roof of a stadium that should have been demolished decades ago. I am not alone when I feel that I am being persecuted in what used to be a democratic society but today I need to be thankful that in some parts of Montreal I can see a stop sign on a street corner.

In my opinion you can take all the political parties in Quebec, put the names in a hat and the name you draw will continue to govern in the status quo.

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The 39 Steps retaken

I reviewed it last week and I am still laughing when I remember scenes as I did on my way home from the theatre. If you still haven’t seen this amazing play at the Centaur Theatre, don’t wait till it’s too late.  The show continues through to December 10 and I recommend it as an evening well spent.

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The 39 Steps

As posted on facebook/lastcallwithsol.com and centaur theatre.com

The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan
directed by Eda Holmes.

Where do I begin? From the moment the lights went out and the first lines were spoken by Andrew Shaver as he stumbled his way through the audience and onto the stage, it was immediately established that the audience would be captivated. Shaver, who plays Richard Hannay, reminds me of a young John Cleese. Aside from the fact that he has spent five years as a member of the Stratford Festival and is a graduate of the director’s conservatory program, he owns the stage from start to finish of this two hour laugh riot.

Amelia Sargisson plays three different female characters each one funnier than the other and once again we have an actor who is as comfortable in a Shakespeare festival as in a comedic role.

Rounding out the cast Lucinda Davis and Trent Pardy are consistently hilarious as they change roles, characters, gender, clothes, and create situations a la Monty Python. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe I saw Lucinda Davis in the Hudson Theatre production Around the World in 80 Days last summer. Trent Hardy was a company member of the Stratford Festival for several years and performed in Greg Kramer’s adaption of Sherlock Holmes which had a North American tour.

The foursome re-enact the Alfred Hitchcock spy thriller with a minimum of props and a maximum of laughs. The show continues through to December 10 and I recommend it as an evening well spent.

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Labyrinth Stage Productions presents Queen of Chesed

As posted on facebook/lastcallwithsol and facebook/queenofchesed

Labyrinth Stage Productions presents the world premiere of
Queen of Chesed
Written by Claudia Litvak and Pearl Rothenberg
Theatre Outremont November 15 and 16, 2017.

Attended and thoroughly enjoyed the opening of this dramatic comedy which is based on the real life of Faigie Jacobson, a dynamic, religious Jewish woman who opens her Crown Heights, Brooklyn home to the needy. In the process we are introduced to all the various “guests” and the characters go into freeze frame as the husband of the main character talks about each one individually. The play was mounted despite numerous obstacles that might have discouraged other producers, i.e. minimal access to the theatre to hang lights, install sets etc. but they persevered and performed admirably.

Ellen David who played the lead role also directed. Those of us who saw Clybourne Park at the Centaur Theatre will remember Ellen David as the director of that play.

Kudos to Sam Stein as Tatti, well known to audiences of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, Bill Fletcher played the part of Zalman and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion, and the amazingly talented Evy Solomon as Ethel Merman. Kudos too, to Claudia Litvak and Pearl Rothenberg for writing a great play.

Only one more chance to see this play, November 16, 8:00 P.M.

Having said that, I hope some enterprising agent will find a home for this great story.

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Former Gambler Says Pa. Casinos Drawing Young People

WFMZ-TV 69News
Bo Koltnow | Reporter

From July 12, 2011

Chasing the high is a term many addicted gamblers use to explain why they bet. A bill being kicked around by the Pennsylvania legislature is aimed at preventing gambling addiction. In the early 1980s, Bill Kearney of Montgomery County was a casino high roller, a lifestyle he said cost him millions of dollars.

“I never got back my losses because it’s impossible,” Kearney said. Gambling in Pennsylvania is a multi-billion dollar business, but Kearney, now a consumer protection advocate, said there is no protection for consumers.

“When they are sitting at that casino, they can gamble from the day they sit down to the day they drop dead,” said Kearney, who added that gamblers are getting younger. Table games are being inundated with younger-than-30 gamblers who Kearney said are caught up in the glamorized high stakes games of poker and blackjack.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said casinos do train employees to spot compulsive gamblers, have a self exclusion program for those who want to stay away, and offer toll-free hotline help. Kearney wants better oversight. By demanding casinos provide monthly statements to reward card members, Kearney said it would save thousands of people from financial ruin by stopping the problem before it becomes one. “How did that $200 become $600? How did that happen? When people realize, ‘Wow, we blew a couple of thousand of children’s education money, mortgage money,'” it makes a difference,” Kearney said.

A state bill requiring casinos to do so is expected to be voted on this fall, but casinos have been fighting back, saying it would be too costly and even harm gamblers. “That is blowing smoke,” said Pa. Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks County. “They all send out letters to selected patrons. They entice them back with free weekend or meal. So, the fact they send out can include a monthly statement.”

The bill has died in committee several times before. Statewide, casinos are set to make close to $3 billion this year. Kearney said he is hoping it’s not from your wallet.

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Recommended reading

You may have seen her on Sixty Minutes. Her story is not unique, but her problem is destroying the lives of people world-wide and enabled by governments of all persuasions. (Opinion of Sol Boxenbaum)

Gripped by Gambling mslancelot@cox.net

One weekend on my way home from work, the numbers on my odometer read 77,776.7 miles. Because the driveway to my house was circular, I could drive around until the odometer reached all 7’s. With each trip around the yard, the odometer added one tenth of a mile. With my heart pounding, I raced around the circle, spinning gravel into the air while my grand-kids waved from the front porch. When the odometer reached the magic number and rolled over to six sevens, I slammed on the brakes and ran into the house screaming, “Tommie, come quick and see what happened . . . there’s six sevens on the odometer, three for you and three for me.” I twirled around the kitchen and yelling, “Let’s hit the road! Right now!” Anything with seven in it was good luck, street signs, license plates, billboards and even adding page numbers in a book. But this sign was special because it had six of the lucky numbers.

Even as I drove down the streets in Yuma, I watched for cars with license plates with sevens in them, or if all the numbers in the license plate added up to a seven, it meant good luck. Or if there was a twenty-one in the number, I could divide it by three and then I had three sevens. I believed in lucky jewelry, especially my crystals and lucky clothes, like my red blouse.

If you wish to read the Women Helping Women Newsletter, the new link is: www.femalegamblers.info.

Switching Addictions Why didn’t someone tell me?


The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we’re afraid.—Richard Bach

Denial may include delusion, illusion or fantasy, all of which can be defined as our determination to hold onto an attitude, positive or negative. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we still grasp these opinions and beliefs and, unfortunately, our inability to recognize the truth can be a deadly form of denial.

Many addicts have a difficult time realizing they need help, even if they’re aware that help is available. Shame, guilt, and low self-esteem play a huge role in seeking help. How did I know I was going insane when it was my own sick mind doing the judging?

When gamblers attend their first few meetings or visit with a counselor, they may feel the need to justify their behavior.

? It’s because my husband is never home.

? I needed more money.

? It helps me to forget my problems.

Any of these “reasons” may create a band-aid for a troubled psyche.


It’s never too late to find recovery and begin a new life. Switching Addictions reveals snapshots of Marilyn Lancelot’s life before she realized it was possible to switch one addiction for another. Her first book, Gripped by Gambling, chronicles her descent into compulsive gambling, followed by years of recovery. Switching Addictions builds on that material, following Lancelot as she so easily slips into new addictive behavior patterns.

Including helpful articles from Lancelot’s friends and counselors, Switching Addictions aims to offer hope and strength to the addict, their family members, and to those who have questions regarding their own behavior. Lancelot has included meaningful Bible verses, inspirational quotes, and a glossary of terms frequently used in recovery programs.

Ultimately, Lancelot realizes that the roots of her different addictions are connected. This realization has allowed her to make many positive changes in her life in recent years. Anyone can change, and it’s never too late to find recovery and begin a new life.

Both books are available on Amazon book store.

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Why Casinos Should Send Out Monthly Statements.

Bill Kearney is an activist in Pennsylvania who has been lobbying for a Bill that would have casinos sending out statements to their “loyalty club ” members showing their wins and losses.

Here are a few examples of the importance of HB-587,’CASINO MONTHLY STATEMENTS.’ Who knows how many Pennsylvanians and their innocent families would be in a better domestic and financial situation today when being made aware of their gaming activity month after month in black and white.

1 – April 21, 2011 – Ex-Lower Swatara Township tax collector charged – $224,000

Read – http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/04/ex-lower_swatara_township_tax.html

2 – April 20, 2011 – Hellertown woman stole from County nonprofit – $20,000

Read – http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-police-hellertown-thief-20110420,0,1743154.story

3 – March, 1, 2011 – Woman gets prison term for embezzling – $195,000

Read – http://www.justice.gov/usao/paw/pr/2011_march/2011_03_01_07.html

4 – February, 17, 2011 – York County couple embezzled from school board – $66,000

Read – http://legal.tmcnet.com/news/2011/02/17/5320303.htm

5 – November 11, 2010 – Woman pleads guilty – cites gambling addiction – $107,000

Read -http://www.timesleader.com/news/Woman_cites_gambling_addiction_in_theft_11-10-2010.html

6 – September, 17, 2010 – Stolen funds used by Springfield woman – $389,000

Read – http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/s_699925.html

7 – August 15, 2010 – How tax collector could not resist casino – $225,000

Read – http://articles.philly.com/2010-08-15/news/24971996_1_tax-collector-tax-job-slots-players

8 – January 25, 2010 – Payback for gambler who bilked boss – $200,000

Read – http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2010/01/25/news/doc4b5e318fab707220239731.txt

9 – November 17, 2009 – Employee accused of stealing from law firm – $76,000

Read – http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/employee-accused-of-stealing-76-000-from-law-firm-1.425852#axzz1KPBVkwgu

10 – October 15, 2009 – After farmer’s death, daughter embezzles – $100,000
Read – http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/10/after_hudsonville_farmers_deat.html

If we don’t address the simple fact that there is no consumer protection in our casinos then expect this list to go on and on with hundreds of more cases involving Pennsylvanians embezzling in order to feed their casino gambling addiction. How many would it take to convince you that this is a serious problem? You can help stop the ‘BREEDING’ of Pennsylvanians into compulsive casino gambling degenerates who in many cases become criminals by contacting your state legislators and telling them you support Rep. Clymer’s HB-587.

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Impulse Control Disorder


A Winnipeg woman charged in a drunk-driving crash that seriously injured a man has blamed a prescription drug for leading to excessive drinking.

Michael Pacheco, a City of Winnipeg worker, almost lost his legs after being hit and pinned between two vehicles in the crash in April 2008 near Main Street and Templeton Avenue.

“I was conscious through the ordeal. My thoughts went to,‘Were my legs there?'” said Pacheco.

His wife Kathy said she worried he was going to die.

Joan Henderson was found by police to have more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she hit Pacheco. In court, Henderson argued her prescription drug Mirapex turned her into a compulsive gambler and drinker. The medication is used to treat Restless Leg Syndrome.

During sentencing, the judge agreed with the argument, saying she believed the drug contributed to the excessive drinking and the crash.

Henderson is not the first person to raise the Mirapex side effects issue.

A Toronto law firm has launched a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 300 Canadians who also claim they have suffered compulsive behaviors as a result of the drug.

The Mayo Clinic also published research finding that those prescribed the medication had side effects including compulsive behaviour such as gambling, addictions and eating disorders.

Henderson, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to two years supervised probation, a drug and alcohol ban, mandatory counseling and a one-year driving suspension.

The Pacheco family said they’re grateful for every day together since the accident and hope people learn from their ordeal.

Michael Pacheco also said he doesn’t feel any animosity.

“I accepted her apology as soon as she hit me. I don’t believe in hatred,” he said.

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