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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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  • Canada is not a safe haven for asylum seekers, Trudeau warns August 23, 2017
    MONTREAL—Canada is no automatic safe haven for those seeking quick entry into the country or fleeing the threat of imminent deportation from the United States, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.After a meeting of federal and provincial ministers charged with managing the recent influx of asylum seekers in Montreal, Trudeau told reporters that security and i […]
    Allan Woods - Quebec Bureau
  • Trump’s science envoy quits with scathing letter and a hidden message: ‘I-M-P-E-A-C-H’ August 23, 2017
    Daniel Kammen, a renewable energy expert appointed last year as a science envoy to the State Department, resigned Wednesday, citing President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the final straw that led to his departure.In a resignation letter posted to Twitter, Kammen wrote that Trump’s remarks about the racial violence […]
    Amy B Wang - The Washington Post
  • SIU charges police officer with assault after arrested man suffered serious injuries August 23, 2017
    A Toronto police officer is facing an assault charge after a 23-year-old man suffered serious injuries during an arrest in North York almost two years ago.The police were called to an apartment complex at around midnight on Nov. 30, 2015 in the area of Maple Leaf Dr. and Jane St., the Special Investigation Unit said in a news release Wednesday.When they arri […]
    Bryann Aguilar - Staff Reporter
  • Action on First Nations youth inquest recommendations called ‘disappointing’ August 23, 2017
    Ottawa’s inaction on recommendations of a coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students who died in Thunder Bay was “the biggest disappointment” for the lawyers who represented six of the victims’ families.The federal government received the lowest grade — a D — in a report card compiled by Jonathan Rudin, a lawyer with Aboriginal Legal S […]
    Ainslie Cruickshank - Staff Reporter
  • Trump: ‘We’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA’ August 23, 2017
    WASHINGTON—Donald Trump has threatened to blow up NAFTA less than one week into the renegotiation of the trade agreement, providing an early indication that the upcoming talks might occur under a cloud of menace.The president’s threat itself is no surprise. A common topic of hallway chatter at last week’s first round of talks was when he might deploy that wi […]
    Alexander Panetta - The Canadian Press