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Well the year is near its end and what a year it’s been for the world of entertainment.  Although it has been full of ups and downs, I’m sure when people remember 2009, the unfortunate headlines will take the spotlight.

From petty squabbles that evolve into extreme cases of domestic violence concerning Chris Brown and Rihanna, to negative press because of inexcusable rude displays of arrogance from Kanye West.  And the deaths. Farah Fawcett, RIP, who died at the age of 62 to anal cancer.  Patrick Swayze, 57, the most recent celebrity victim died of pancreatic cancer.  Years from now, when everybody looks back, I am sure the main thing people will remember is the unfortunate death of the greatest entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson.  While that may be the case, I will choose to remember all of their legacies with equal importance, despite one having more impact on the world than others.

What amazes me though is the type of messages I see on forums, blogs, or just general discussions. Maybe it’s just because I have a certain respect for the dead, but I feel there should be a certain amount of respect even though you can only regard them as celebrities and nothing more. These people had loved ones and hearing/reading comments like “good riddance” or stating one person’s death is meaningless to another, is demoralizing to them.

I don’t know how else to pay respects to these people other than saying what I have been saying and that is how sorry I am for the losses of these people.  People that we grew up with in our household watching on T.V. or mimicking whenever we could.  Maybe a good way to pay respects is to educate and help make the information about the symptoms and treatments about the diseases that caused some of these deaths taking more accessible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreatic_cancer – Pancreatic Cancer is devastating to say the least and the mortality rate is extremely high.  This should be something people should read up on to help prepare themselves as much as they can.  Yes there are little ways known to prevent or halt this disease, but proactive methods such as clean living are sure to help the cause.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_cancer – Again doing whatever you can to keep a healthy living is vital in this day and age.

Again, all the losses we have experienced this year are equally impact-full in their own ways.  I choose to pay homage to their legacies and the positive influences these individuals had on our lives.

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  • Jailed seven years by Canada, Kashif Ali now walks free April 28, 2017
    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered the release of Kashif Ali, an immigration detainee who spent more than seven years in a maximum-security jail because the Canadian government has been unable to deport him.In a forceful rebuke of Canada’s practice of indefinite immigration detention, an Ontario court ordered the release Wednesday of the West Africa […]
    Brendan Kennedy - Staff Reporter
  • Ontario budget left out Grassy Narrows, says Chief Simon Fobister April 28, 2017
    The Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation is disappointed that this year’s provincial budget did not set aside funds to clean up mercury in the river near his home.“This budget leaves the future of my people in doubt,” said Chief Simon Fobister, who since February has sent three letters to Premier Kathleen Wynne asking her to secure the funding in the $150-bi […]
    Jayme Poisson - News reporter, David Bruser - News Reporter
  • Ontario Liberals bullish after balancing budget as election looms April 28, 2017
    It’s not about her; it’s about you.Premier Kathleen Wynne insists the Liberals did not balance the budget and launch an ambitious new youth pharmacare program to make Ontario voters fall in love with her before next year’s election.“Of course, politicians, human beings, love to be loved. But this budget and my political career is not about . . . me being lov […]
    Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief
  • John Tory says Wynne government ‘turned their backs’ on Toronto with 2017 budget April 28, 2017
    Mayor John Tory has accused Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government of turning its back on Toronto following a budget announcement that provided no new money for social housing repairs and failed to match federal commitments for transit.“The most crucial needs of the people of the city of Toronto were not met by this budget,” Tory told reporters a day after the […]
    Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter, Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter
  • No wonder Fyre Festival — heated up by hype — went down in flames: Menon April 28, 2017
    They paid thousands of dollars to attend a luxury music festival.Instead, the wealthy millennials who descended on the Bahamas this weekend for the inaugural Fyre Festival became glamorous refugees in an unexpected danger zone. Imagine if revellers at Coachella were greeted with random muggings. Or if feral dogs roamed Glastonbury. Or if Woodstock was now re […]
    Vinay Menon - Columnist