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Le monde se prépare à accueillir 2019





Ce sont d’abord les îles du Pacifique-Sud et la Nouvelle-Zélande qui célébreront l’arrivée de la nouvelle année.

Ensuite, les yeux du monde se tourneront vers l’Australie et Sydney, qui annonce le plus grand feu d’artifice jamais tiré sur son emblématique baie.

Une quantité record d’engins pyrotechniques, ainsi que des couleurs et des effets inédits enflammeront pendant 12 minutes le ciel de l’agglomération pour le plus grand plaisir du million et demi de spectateurs attendus.

Les célébrations se poursuivront ensuite au fil des heures dans le monde entier.

À Hong Kong, 300 000 personnes sont attendues sur les berges du port Victoria afin d’assister à un feu d’artifice de 10 minutes qui sera alimenté à partir de cinq barges.

Du côté de Paris, les événements se dérouleront sous une forte présence policière, alors que les « gilets jaunes » promettent de faire un « acte 8 », un « événement festif et non violent », indique le groupe sur sa page Facebook.

Cela étant, les forces de l’ordre ont établi un périmètre de surveillance très élargi sur les Champs-Élysées, qui comprendra notamment des contrôles d’identité et des fouilles. Le périmètre sera en place à partir de 16 h, heure locale, jusqu’à 3 h le 1er janvier.

La circulation des voitures sera interdite dans cette zone, et restreinte dans plusieurs autres « aux abords des Champs-Élysées, de l’Arc-de-Triomphe, de la Tour Eiffel et du Champ-de-Mars », écrit la police parisienne.

L’année dernière, environ 400 000 personnes avaient participé aux célébrations du Nouvel An sur les Champs-Élysées.

Des travailleurs testent une boule lumineuse.Des travailleurs ont procédé à un test de la fameuse boule lumineuse de Times Square, à New York, le 30 décembre 2018. Photo : Associated Press / Julie Walker

La liberté d’expression et le journalisme honorés lors des célébrations à New York

Que serait le passage à la nouvelle année sans les célébrations sur Times Square, à New York? Plus d’un million de personnes devraient se rassembler pour voir descendre, à minuit, la fameuse boule lumineuse.

La sphère de 6 tonnes comprend 2688 triangles et 32 256 diodes électroluminescentes. Elle peut reproduire jusqu’à 16 millions de couleurs.

C’est un groupe de journalistes qui mèneront cette portion des célébrations, en reconnaissance du journalisme et de la liberté d’expression.

« Sur l’une des places publiques les plus célèbres du monde, il convient de célébrer la liberté de la presse et la liberté d’expression, tout en réfléchissant sur ce que nous avons vécu l’année dernière et sur ce que nous valorisons le plus en tant que société », a déclaré Tim Tompkins, président de Times Square Alliance, organisateur de l’événement.

D’ailleurs, le journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi, tué le 2 octobre au consulat d’Arabie saoudite à Istanbul, a été désigné personnalité de l’année par le magazine américain Time, une distinction partagée avec plusieurs autres journalistes.

L’hebdomadaire a également mis à l’honneur la journaliste philippine Maria Ressa, les deux reporters birmans de l’agence Reuters Wa Lone et Kyaw Soe Oo, actuellement en prison, ainsi que la rédaction du journal local américain Capital Gazette, dont cinq membres ont péri lors d’une attaque perpétrée le 28 juin à Annapolis, dans l’État du Maryland.


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John Summers: How Ottawa lawyer mocked motherhood and society, reveals new book





An Ottawa based lawyer from a leading law firm has been entangled in a web of controversy due to his action, which many have described has shocking and inhumane.

Despite claiming to uphold justice, human rights and societal values, John Summers, a lawyer at Bell Baker LLP, is a clear-cut example of just how broken the legal system in Canada is. It appears that Summers and his firm for years now have been exploiting a disturbed senior citizens  with chronic health conditions in his continuous abuse of his wife, for financial gains.

Summers has consistently stood in the way of justice by fabricating numerous lies. Resorting to lies in an attempt to hinder justice is an action that is heavily frowned upon by ethical legal practitioners. But Dezrin continued to suffer domestic abuse due to Summers’ action which had preventing her son, Raymond from seeing his own mother.

Summers’ actions since February 2016 has now resulted in the reported premature death of Dezrin Carby-Samuels who had been an RN who was selflessly dedicated to serving both her family and every community that she had lived.

Raymond and his mother, Dezrin, had sought the intervention of the law courts as a last resort in their quest for justice after Dezrin has been consistently abused by her husband, Horace and her daughter, Marcella. Rather than getting the fair hearing and justice that they expected, they received the direct opposite due to Summers apparently employing every dirty trick in the book. He has resorted to lies and illicit collaboration with judges of him alma mata just to inhibit every effort being made by Dezrin and her son.

In a book titled John Summers: The Untold Story of Corruption, Systemic Racism and Evil at Bell Baker LLP, author Peter Tremblay takes readers on a shocking journey into John Summers’ tactics which lacked ethical properiety and human decency.

Summers is proof that the ethical practices associated with the legal profession is quickly fading and it is a course for concern. In the case against Horace, Summers produced an apparent fraudulent affidavit which claimed that Raymond suffers from a mental condition—an entirely false claim. Lawyers like Summers are willing to go any length in an attempt to hinder justice, even if it leads to the destruction of lives and properties.

Summers falsely claimed that his client, Horace couldn’t file a defence for himself because he was unaware of the adopted court proceedings. However, in the early 1900s, Horace was the same one who showed so much confidence in his legal capabilities that he decided not to hire a legal counsel but represent himself during a lawsuit between his union and the Canadian Government. This act is contradictory to Summers’ claim of his poor legal understanding.

As humans, some certain moral ethics and values set us apart from other living things and one of them is showing respect for elders. Lawyers are respected in the society due to their pledge to always ensure justice prevails but Summers’ apparent greed and love for money have made him violate the human rights of an ailing mother and her son.

Peter Tremblay’s book uncovers untold stories of a corrupt system that accommodates abuse in the most inhumane form.  In Canada’s legal system, empathy and compassion were thrown out the door in exchange for money and an unknown demomic agenda. It begs the question: How then are aggrieved citizens supposed to trust a legal system for justice when a lawyer can tell unending lies against a senior citizen without any consequences or accountability?

The Law Society of Upper Canada which is supposed to regulate the legal profession in Ontario is a complete joke run by similarly corrupt lawyers who ignore the misdeeds of their colleagues.

Summers’ actions have led to Dezrin being unable to do anything since she lost her ability to walk, talk or even write due to abuse and ultimately her premature death.

Her inability to receive help from even her own son due to Summers’ fraudulent activities resulted in the destruction of Dezrin Carby-Samuels and for that reason Summers should be barred from the further practice of law anywhere in Canada.

In my view, Summers is an abomination to the legal profession and Peter Tremblay’s book documents the activities of John Summers since 2016 against three judges who where not from Summers’ alma mata and who sought justice for Dezrin and her son.

Since 2016, Dezrin had sought obtain freedom from forcible confinement imposed by her abusive husband but was unsuccessful, due to the interference Summers who refused to divulge who was in fact paying him reportedly $300/hr to frustrate justice.

Reports from credible sources allege that Dezrin passed away sometime last year due to Summers’ evil practices and this report has cast a dark cloud over the future of the legal system in Canada which had been ignoring the plight of other black Canadians.

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City staff propose ‘gold belt’ to hem in future Ottawa development





The City of Ottawa is about to have a second marathon debate about where to allow future suburbs to be built, and this time staff propose hemming in development by creating what’s being dubbed the “gold belt.”

Eight months after city council decided to expand the urban boundary by 1,281 hectares to help house a growing population, senior city planners have released the map of which properties should be developed — and which property owners stand to see values soar if their lands are rezoned. 

They include areas north of Kanata on March Road, near the future Bowesville O-Train station in the south end, and at the southern edge of Orléans.

Scoring rural properties on such things as how close they are to transit and how costly it would be to build pipes and roads proved a challenge over the past several months, however.

“The easy land has been gobbled up in years past, in previous boundary expansions,” said Coun. Scott Moffatt, who belongs to a group of councillors that meets about the new official plan. “So now we’re looking at those leftover pieces and where we can [grow], knowing council was clear we would not be touching agricultural lands.”

270 hectares short of goal

Staff struggled to come up with all 1,281 hectares council approved adding in May 2020 because they had too many issues with “sub-optimal” lands.

Instead, they recommended converting 1,011 hectares of rural land to urban for now to meet provincial requirements, and then spending the next five years studying three options for making up the 270-hectare shortfall.

That opens the door to creating an entirely new suburb. 

For instance, one option involves a huge parcel near the Amazon warehouse southeast of the city where the Algonquins of Ontario envision a community of 35,000 to 45,000 people called Tewin, which they would build with developers Taggart.

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How an Ottawa woman built a majestic snow dragon in her front yard





OTTAWA — You may sometimes feel winter drag on, but one Ottawa woman is not letting that dim her creativity.

Dr. Mary Naciuk is family doctor and rural emergency room physician. She spent some of her free time this weekend building a majestic snow dragon in front of her south Ottawa home.

“It’s just fun to get outside and do something creative,” she told CTV News on Sunday.

There was plenty of snow to use, after Ottawa saw a record 21 cm of snow on Saturday.

She said that after her husband cleared the driveway, the pile of snow left behind lent itself to being turned into a magnificent dragon, but it takes more than just the right kind of snow to make a sculpture like this.

Naciuk tells CTV News a shovel, a butter knife, a spoon and even a blowtorch were used to give the dragon its sharp edges and defined scales.

“Anything pointy with a small detail is really hard to do with just your fingers or the butter knife and spoon I was using, so (the blowtorch) just makes a fine point,” she said.

Her son tweeted about it on Saturday and Naciuk says many people have stopped to take a look.

My mom has reached the pass me a blowtorch and shovel and watch me make a snow dragon stage of the pandemic

(I was only allowed to shovel piles of snow) — Tom Naciuk (@NaciukThomas) January 16, 2021

“A lot of people stop on their way to the ice rink and have a look and take pictures. It’s kind of fun,” she said.

It was a welcome relief to spend some time working on something creative outdoors, Naciuk said.

“Get outside, get some exercise, clear your mind, do something that is not COVID for a few hours. It obeys all the rules. It was great,” she said, adding that the dragon took her about five hours to build.

She’s been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for months. 

“It’s been a steep learning curve. It’s been exhausting,” she said. “A lot of the time is learning how to deliver care to people and maintain all the precautions that we need to. That’s been hard. A lot of people are not able to work from time to time, so we fill a lot of extra shifts. It’s been a lot more hours of work than it used to be, that’s for sure.”

Naciuk returns to work on Monday after a weekend of respite but says if the conditions are right—a nice mild day, a good snowfall, and some free time—another sculpture may well appear.

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