We were quite tired once we got here as we'd been awake for just under 24 hours, after very quickly getting our luggage and going through customs we made our way to the hotel and settled in. We walked around the neighbourhood near the hotel and had a cafe au lait at one of the many cafes in the area. By this time is was around noon, and both exhausted, we decided to go to the hotel have a nap and then got up around five pm. After getting cleaned up we went out to check out the city. We found a simple diner and had a sandwich, which was delicious. The food here is so good, even a simple grilled sandwich tastes amazing.
Following my first real meal in Paris, feeling energized and excited to see the city of lights we walked along the Seine to the Notre Dame cathedral. The views along the river are gorgeous and the catherdral is jaw droppingly detailed in its carvings and acroutements.
Afterwards we found a little pub and had a couple drinks and then made our way back to the hotel. The streets were very quiet and all the shops were closed by this time; around one am.
I stopped at the little store next to our hotel and bought a bottle of wine which we proceeded to drink while listening to some music in our room. That was enough to put us to sleep and we both has a great nights sleep, and woke up today ready to go.
We went back to a cafe and had a nice breakfast before heading back to Notre Dame. Today we went inside and we both got some really nice pictures. Afterwards we found a nice cafe and I had a meal of escargot and grilled salmon, which was again, delicious. Afterwards we headed to the George Pompineau centre, but unfortunately it was closed today. Although I did get some great photographs of the outside of the building. I think we will try to go back later in the week. I'd like to go inside and see some of the exhibits.
We are heading back to our hotel now to refresh and later will go down to the Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower. We are not going in the tower until Friday though, which is the four year anniversary of David and I meeting.
That's all for now. I will post again tomorrow if I see another internet cafe.
We are heading back to our hotel room now
We've made it back to Toronto and are getting cleaned up and giving Mike last minute tips on the condo care, and will be heading to the airport at around 2:30. I called Uncle Mike in Brittany on the way home from Brockville to let him know that we will be arriving in Paris tomorrow morning and will be in touch during the week to make arrangements with him for our visit.
O.J. Simpson, who went from American sports idol to celebrity-in-exile after he was acquitted of murder in 1995, was found guilty Friday of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The 61-year-old former football star could spend the rest of his life in prison. Sentencing was set for Dec. 5. A weary and sombre Simpson released a heavy sigh as the charges were read by the clerk in Clark County District Court. He was immediately taken into custody.
Voters who can't make it to a federal election polling station on Oct. 14 can cast ballots in the next few days.
Advance polls will be set up Friday, Saturday and Monday, from noon to 8 p.m. local time.
The locations of the polling stations are listed on the back of voter information cards mailed to voters, said Elections Canada.
"Neither my superiors in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition nor the leader of the Opposition was aware that I had done so."
A Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll taken over the last four nights found one in four respondents, or 25 per cent, would take the NDP or the Green party as their No. 2 choice if they opted to change their vote. The Liberals were the leading second choice at 28 per cent.
At the start of the campaign, 26 per cent of respondents made the NDP their second choice and 22 per cent opted for the Greens.
The survey also identified the Greens as the second choice for 28 per cent of Conservative respondents, 27 per cent of Liberals, 34 per cent of New Democrats and 19 per cent of Bloc supporters polled.
Both the Liberals and NDP are demanding that Lee Richardson resign as Calgary Centre candidate for suggesting that immigrants are prone to commit crimes. Richardson told a weekly newsmagazine: "Look at who's committing these crimes ... They're not the kid that grew up next door."
He also said immigrants and refugees don't have the same respect for authority or property.
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Dr. Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society, accused the Conservatives of neglecting the needs of drug addicts and endangering their lives during a news conference Monday morning, held to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Downtown Eastside facility called Insite.
"When you neglect purposely a percentage of the population that can be defined on the basis of a particular characteristic, that's genocide. And I will tell you that is exactly what they are doing," Montaner said.
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"It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don't know why I started thinking about it ... I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out," he said. "She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting."
All Green Party Members are encouraged to attend the rally in Toronto this evening. Below is Ms. May's itinerary today and the details of the rally in Toronto.
Notice: The Train is currently running late. Expected arrival time in Toronto has been changed to 21h40.
A judge had reduced a jury's conviction of second-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter and Marjorie Knoller was sentenced in 2002 to four years in prison. But the California Supreme Court last year ordered the second-degree murder conviction reinstated.
She was sentenced on that conviction today.
Knoller's lawyers plan to appeal.
The conviction stemmed from the 2001 death of Dianne Whipple.
She was attacked by Knoller's two Presa Canarios in a hallway of their apartment building.
Each dog weighed more than 45 kilograms and inflicted at least 77 wounds.
Michael, 45, was arrested in a public toilet in the north London suburb of Hampstead on Friday afternoon after he was found in possession of crack cocaine and cannabis, according to the Sunday People newspaper.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed the arrest of a 45-year-old man in north London and his caution for possession of class A and class C drugs.
"I want to apologize to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out," said Michael in a statement issued through his publicist. "And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them."
The multi-millionaire singer has had several brushes with the law over his recreational drug use.
In 2006 he was found slumped over the wheel of his car in London and later admitted driving while unfit due to drugs. He was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
In an interview on BBC radio last year, Michael discussed his drug problems, saying he was aware that he smoked too much marijuana and was trying to reduce his consumption.
"In a strange way I've spent the last 15 to 20 years trying to derail my own career, but it never seems to suffer," he said.
"I suffer like crazy. I've suffered bereavements and public humiliations, but my career always seems to right itself like a plastic duck in the bath."
Michael has sold nearly 100 million records, winning a global fan base with hits such as "Careless Whisper" and "Faith." He is estimated to be worth as much as $200 million.
Earlier this year he signed up for a no-holds-barred autobiography which he intends to write entirely by himself.
Michael ended a nearly two-year world tour in August this year with two performances in London's Earls Court. He has hinted that he may not tour again.
The former lead singer with 1980s band Wham! ended years of speculation about his sexuality by announcing he was gay after he was arrested in 1998 for engaging in a "lewd act" in a Los Angeles public toilet.
Our policies are based on three main principles:
1. Integrated policies: They support each other and are fiscally responsible.
2. Grassroots democracy: Citizens have the power; government exists to serve them.
3. The common good: Government must work to reduce inequality, ensure quality public services and help citizens to be empowered and engaged.
Goals for our first Green Government:
1. Measure what counts:
Along with the gross domestic product,which tracks how much money changes hands, we will measure whether that economic activity makes us healthier and better educated, and the environment cleaner.
2. Invest in Canada:
We will restore the tradition of investing in public facilities and services – the things that link us across our vast geography
3. Create healthy businesses:
To ensure strong, Canadian businesses, in addition to carboncutting
measures that will promote new industries and jobs, we will:
• Assist small businesses through Green Venture Capital Funds and tax shifting.
• Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
• Support the family farm. Provide GST rebates and compensation for protecting ecological services, such as wildlife habitat.
• Encourage production and consumption of Canadian agricultural products, especially organically grown.
• Harness local knowledge to protect fish stocks. Ban offshore draggers and support only sustainable aquaculture.
• Work with the forest industry to protect jobs and develop value-added products.
4. Make tax sense:
To promote what’s good, target what’s bad, and ensure we live within our means, we will:
• Bring in a $50 per tonne carbon tax and develop taxes for toxic chemicals. Use that revenue to cut payroll and income taxes, and reduce employers’ contributions to Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.
• Cut corporate tax by $50 for each tonne of carbon emission reductions, to create a $100 per tonne saving when combined with avoided carbon tax.
• Return the GST to six per cent, to invest in infrastructure. Expand the exemptions
on food items, and extend them to children’s clothing and books. Provide rebates for rural Canadians.
5. Transform our climate, and economy:
In addition to the Green Tax Shift, we will:
• Cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050.
• Use cap and trade, with hard caps, for some large polluters.
• Expand research and development of low-carbon technologies.
• Improve energy productivity through smarter regulation of
large appliances and vehicles, and a national program to retrofit existing buildings.
• Support only bio-fuels that actually save carbon emissions
and don’t distort food supplies or prices. That means no corn- or grain-based ethanol.
• Participate constructively in global negotiations.
6. Improve health care, and health:
Tackling climate change also leads to a cleaner environment.
To reduce other threats to Canadians’ health, and improve treatment when it’s needed, we will:
• Work to reduce cigarette smoking through education and taxes.
• Limit the commercialization of genetically modified crops and impose labeling of GMO products.
• Protect our universal, single-payer public health care system and ensure it works well at disease prevention and treatment.
• Promote physical activity and healthy eating, and reduced exposure to contaminants.
• Work to develop national goals for prenatal care.
• Rebuild hospital capacity and make smarter use of it by increasing
long-term-care facilities, as well as post-surgery recuperation outside of hospital, with access to nursing.
7. Close the gap:
To ensure a thriving and secure middle class, the bulwark of a healthy democracy, and move toward equity, we will:
• Bring in income splitting and low-income support as part of our Green Tax Shift.
• Eliminate income tax for those earning $20,000 or less.
• Work toward a Guaranteed Annual Income in place of the current maze of programs.
• Ensure universal access to excellent childcare and early childhood education.
• Support parents who take time from their career for child rearing.
• Cut debt for post-secondary students through measures including a Canadian National Student Loan and Bursary Program. Forgive half the loan for students who complete degree or certificate programs.
• Expand industry-based job training and apprenticeship to reduce the shortage of trained workers.
8. Protect rights:
To create a truly equitable society we will:
• Ensure women’s rights are respected. Enforce pay equity.
• Honour the Kelowna Accord and resolve land claims in ways that do not extinguish aboriginal title.
• Expand the rights of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual Canadians.
• Enhance support for disabled people.
• Ease the income support
levels required for family sponsorship.
9. Work for peace:
To make the world a better, safer place, we will:
• Meet the United Nations’ target that 0.7 per cent of Canada’s GDP go to Overseas Development Assistance.
• Address the crises of HIV-AIDs, the Darfur tragedy and impacts of climate change in Africa.
• Restore Canada’s peacekeeping role and help to build a permanent UN force to
respond to conflicts and climate disasters.
• In Afghanistan, shift from the NATO mission to one led by the UN.
• Press for nuclear disarmament and declare Canada a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.
"I am not a fan of marijuana use," May told reporters at a campaign stop in Halifax, televised nationally. "I've never used marijuana. I apologize."
The Green Party in its policy document said decades-old marijuana prohibition "has utterly failed and has not led to reduced drug use in Canada."
Rather, prohibition has led to costly policing to combat its distribution, "criminalizing youth and fostering organized crime," it argues.
Going further than former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien's 2002 pledge to decriminalize marijuana that was twice foiled by US protests, the Green Party says it supports cannabis sales to adults through licensed distributors.
As well, the party would like to see "small, independent growers" thrive, and the government taxing the weed at the same rate as tobacco, generating an estimated one billion dollars Canadian (931 million US) annually.
At least that's the opinion of Rev. Malcolm Brown, head of the church's public affairs department. In a statement Monday, Brown faulted the church for initially misunderstanding Darwin's theory of evolution.
He says that initial failing has caused some people to continue to misunderstand Darwin to this day. Full Story
Why is it that the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, as well as many others, to be sure, have such a difficult time actually apologizing for their mistakes and criminal activity? They all preach to us that we should forgive and Jesus forgives everyone and that sort of nonsense.... one more example of Christian hypocrosy in my opinion.