By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 Anne Dublin, who was raised in Toronto, and Eva Madras, who grew up in Montreal, are both descendants of Holocaust survivors and the daughters of tailors. But the shared history of the two total strangers doesn’t stop there as both their families came to Canada from postwar Europe under Ottawa’s Tailor Project to fill a tailor shortage at a time when the country’s doors were closed to Jewish immigration. On Wednesday, to mark Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the two women, now both residents of Toronto, will gather along with other descendants to hear first-hand stories from a handful of surviving tailors, to remember Canada’s often forgotten anti-Semitic history and to celebrate the contributions to Canada of the tailors and their offspring. “The fascinating aspect of it is I did not know of any other tailor family and now we are coming out … [Read more...] about Descendants of Jewish tailors find a common thread
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By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
PINGLAN, India/SRINAGAR: Hundreds of Indian soldiers descended on the picturesque village of Pinglan, which is surrounded by south Kashmir's apple and apricot orchards, just before midnight on Feb 17.By the time they left 18 hours later, one civilian, three armed militants, and five members of the security forces were dead, a row of houses was reduced to rubble, an unexploded missile had been planted in a rice paddy, and more than 120 villagers had sought treatment for exposure to tear gas, alleged beatings, and in some cases mental trauma.Reuters spent two days in Pinglan, which has a population of about 6,400, about a month after the crackdown to piece together what happened during those hours.Interviews with more than 60 eyewitnesses indicate that soldiers forced at least four villagers to act as human shields. That meant sending them first into a building where armed militants might be hiding, often using a phone to take video that could be viewed by nearby soldiers.Human rights … [Read more...] about Deadly encounters: The night the Indian army arrived in a village in south Kashmir
Angeles heritage church closed for repairs Ding Cervantes (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am ANGELES CITY, Philippines — Thousands of Catholics here will have to attend religious services elsewhere after their parish priest declared yesterday that the heritage Holy Rosary parish church could not be used for at least a year because of damage caused by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake last April 22. Fr. Francis Dizon told The STAR yesterday that the church, known to the Kapampangan faithful as Pisambang Maragul (literally, big church), sustained critical damage in two pillars and several windows’ concrete frames as well as deep cracks in several walls and hairline cracks on the ceiling. “It will be closed for rehabilitation and restoration for a year or so,” he said, adding that engineering experts would present the rehabilitation plan on May 11. “We will make it stronger and more … [Read more...] about Angeles heritage church closed for repairs
By Jennifer Medina Christopher Mele Heather Murphy The New York Times Sat., April 27, 2019 LOS ANGELES—A gunman opened fire in a synagogue in Southern California on Saturday, authorities said, killing one person and injuring three others during a religious service on the last day of Passover, a holiday that celebrates Jewish freedom. Officials said the assailant had been taken into custody and identified him as John Earnest, a white 19-year-old man armed with an AR-15-style weapon. The shooting, at Chabad of Poway, about 25 miles north of San Diego, is the most recent in a series of high-profile acts of violence at houses of worship, including the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand last month and the church bombing in Sri Lanka last week. It came exactly six months after one of the worst attacks against the U.S. Jewish community left 11 dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Local officials called the California shooting a hate crime. The gunman … [Read more...] about One dead in California synagogue shooting near San Diego