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rom the beginning of Sun Youth’s history in 1954, the organization has been well rooted in the community. The Clark Street Sun handwritten newspaper was first created in the kitchen of Sid Stevens' parents on StCuthbert Street and served as a means to raise funds to organize activities for the underprivileged kids in the neighbourhood. Shortly after, a local shoemaker (Weiner Shoe Shop) agreed to lend them a section

of his St. Cuthbert back store for free so they could work on the production of their weekly newspaper. From 1967 to 1981, the youngsters moved their headquarters into a small building at the foot of Mount Royal (commonly known as the White House) thanks to then-Mayor of Montreal Jean Drapeau. In 1981 the organization moved to its current St. Urbain Street headquarters, the for-

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Sun Youth co-Founders the late Earl de la Perralle and Sid Stevens and recreation pro- Byng: the food bank, continued from Front Page grams will be going clothing bank, access to As of the 16th of No- back to the little White medication, fire and vember, 2018, a new House on the corner of crime victims services, chapter will begin for Mont-Royal and Park financial help for family Sun Youth. Although Avenue (by 2019). with sick children and they haven’t found their Meanwhile, the organi- much more. The buildfinal destination yet and zation will be opening a ing will be fully wheelstill want it to be on the temporary service cen- chair accessible and all Plateau Mont-Royal, the ter at 6700, Park Av- services will be offered organization has found enue (between on one floor. a very suitable solution Beaubien and BeauSun Youth would like for the mid-term. mont) where people to thank the City of Thanks to the City of will be able to have ac- Montreal for its Montreal, Sun Youth's cess to the same serv- tremendous support head office and sports ices they had at Baron through the organiza-

tion's history and its renewed confidence, the City having recently concluded a financial agreement with Sun Youth to support it in this new venture for the next four years.The organization would also like to thank the Montreal community for its support and generosity, Sun Youth we will need its support like never before. Although necessary, the move will be very taxing on their resources and they will need all the help we can get to make sure they pursue their mission of helping the community be a better place for thousands of Montrealers. Sun Youth cofounder Sid Stevens explains:We wish to reassure our clients and our donors that the quality of our services will not be affected and that we are currently doing everything possible to ensure the continuity of these services, which so many people depend on, and in most cases, improve them. Our new Park Avenue building is even more accessible to people by public transit,

from the Green, Blue and Orange metro lines, in addition to the commuter train at the Parc station. Unlike our current location, the place offers more parking space for people who need help and those who want to give us theirs. Those who wish to support us by donating material will be able to do so by using the donation bins identified with our colors which will be placed in several locations in the city.The accessibility to the White House will remain the same as Baron Byng's, which will be a stone's throw away from the football field

11 Critical home inspection traps to be aware of weeks before listing your home for sale

MONTREAL - According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That's why it's critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn • November 10, 2018

where our Hornets teams practice and play." For Sun Youth, it is definitely a step forward, while representing a return to its roots! Sid Stevens: "Since 1981 we have learned a lot inside the old school walls of Baron-Byng and have built precious memories. The history of our organization, although many of its chapters were written in them, is much more than about buildings. It is that of the men and women, and of course the children, who built it. No matter where we are, this story will always follow us."

prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre- inspection yourself if you know what you're looking for, and knowing what you're looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help home sellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled "11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection" has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a FREE Special Report, visit: www.montrealinspectionpitfalls.com Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn't cost you the sale of your home.

This report is courtesy of Group Sarroino Real estate broker(s) Kw Prestige Real estate Agency. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright ©2016

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Café Stories by David Makin

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here is nothing like how a simple cup of coffee can have such power to be a catalyst for some simple socialization and interaction between people. And when you have it at your favorite public place – whether it be a Starbucks, a Tim Hortons or a small independent coffee shop – that cup of coffee can also be a catalyst for some interesting conversations. Local author David Makin has had his share of cups of coffee in his share of public cafes in downtown Montreal over the past 40 years, not to mention his share of conversations between sips of his favorite types of brewed java. And he has shared some of his favorite coffee klatches in his latest book Café Stories. The book is a collection of autobiographical stories of 40 years’ worth of strolling along St. Catherine Street and stopping off at his favorite coffee places to grab a hot cup of coffee after doing some shopping, walking or catching a concert. Some of the places are familiar (like Café Depot) and some are long lost relics of the pre-Starbucks era, such as Le Den and Café St. Catherine.

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But the common thread of all the stories in the book are of the conversations Makin has had – or has eavesdropped – while enjoying that cup of coffee. They range from a post-concert review with his brother Robert of a show by Styx at the Montreal Forum; a chat between a visiting Vermont couple trying to find

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where they could partake in Montreal’s best hot dog; a gossipy chat between two young women over a home date gone wrong (which involved a jealous ex-boyfriend); or the career of former Montreal Canadiens goalie (and Hall of Famer) Gump Worsley, who had the distinction of being the last NHL goalie to wear a face mask. The stories are quite well told and entertaining

to read (and how Makin has such a photographictype memory to remember these conversations practically word-for-word is quite astounding). As well, he exhibits quite the penchant for trivia (listing some of the Montreal Forum’s more memorable moments), a unique way of showing gratitude (check out his story of how he thanked a very helpful salesclerk named Sharron at the Delilah accessory store at the Alexis Nihon Plaza), as well as his knowledge of how to make different types of coffee beverages (which can be quite helpful if you want to make your own cup of cappuccino or latte). So if you like a good cup of coffee in a comforting café setting, or enjoy a good chat with a friend or companion over that cup of java, then bring Café Stories with you. It’s a perfect compliment for your coffee break as much as that pastry or muffin, or that right dash of cream and sugar You’ll discover what can transpire for the better over that simple cup (or mug, or demi-tasse) of that universally popular hot beverage. (Telwell Talent, $22.50)

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City of Montreal Ready to Face the 2018-19 Winter Season

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ontrealers faced tainly several situations an exceptional the City admitted they and extreme win- would need to address. ter last season, On November 1st, Counwith 238 cms falling on the cilors Jean-François Parcity - up from enteau and an average François William 190 cms. Croteau unThat is alveiled the city's most 25% snow removal more than plans along with usual, represome new ideas, senting a saying they are total volume ready and better of 18.4 milprepared to face lion cubic the quickly apmetres, inproaching 2018volving seven 19 winter major snow season. removal op- By Bonnie Wurst ' The City of erations. Montreal will mtltimes.ca continue Given the to exceptional make security challenges, most opera- and accessibility of the tions managed to be com- network a priority. Thus, pleted on the time - various new ideas will be although there were cer- put in place in order to fa-

cilitate operations and services to the citizens: adding ice breakers to the fleet of sidewalk snow removal vehicles, increasing the amount of salt avail-

Reminder Highway 20 closed both directions

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ighway 20 closed both directions An exceptional closure will be in place in the Turcot interchange from November 9th to 13th. Very difficult traffic conditions are expected on the motorway network during this period. The collaboration of all, both road users and employers, is required. Road users must review how they move during these days, opt for public transit and avoid non-essential travel. Exceptional closures in

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Citizen participation is also essential to the proper functioning of operations and we rely on them to respect parking prohibitions and remain vigilant when approaching snow removal vehicles." "The improvement of online services is excellent news for citizens who will see a direct and tangible effect on their travel, and more generally, on the quality of life in their community," said Croteau. "It will be a powerful tool for us to improve our operations in the field.The City's digital shift opens the door to a host of new opportunities to make everyday life easier, and I'm proud to see that we're finding effective and innovative ways to apply it to snow management, which is part of our reality several months a year."

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able, putting new services in line to signal needs in snow removal and improvements to the InfoNeige mobile application allowing citizens to flag issues such as poorly cleared sidewalks, incorrect signage and slippery roads located in areas in front of schools, hospitals and bus stops. Drones will also be used over snow dumps to help ensure optimal usage of the space'. "Every winter and every storm is unique," Parentau said, "The key is to adapt to the reality of the field and to intervene quickly. That's why we count on the collaboration of all the boroughs, who are responsible for the operations of clearing and spreading in their area, in order to quickly secure the streets and sidewalks following a precipitation.

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Goin’ down the Great River Road

(Part 1 can be seen on our website at www.mtltimes.ca) LA CROSSE, ALMA, PEPIN, STOCKHOLM AND MAIDEN ROCK, WISCONSIN – Saturday, August 11:We started the day atop Grandad Bluff, which rises 600 feet above the land that surrounds it (reminiscent of the lookout at Mount Royal), but also gives a

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spectacular view not only of the city of La Crosse, but also the Mississippi River Valley, as well as the three states that surround it (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa). Waiting atop the bluff was our host for the morning, Kelly, who was dressed in an early 1900s costume to give us a brief, yet fascinating history of the area, and how the Mississippi River dominated its history. La Crosse was founded in 1848, and the city got its name when voyageurs saw the native people who inhabited the area playing the game of lacrosse. She also told about how the Hixon family – who made their fortune as lumber barons – helped to develop the city and the three main industries that built the city, which were natural resources, railroads and manufacturing; these days, La Crosse is the home of two Fortune 500 companies (Trane and the G. Heidelmann Brewery), is one of top producers of cranberries, and at one time used to sell seeds to the state of Hawaii so they can grow grass to manufacture their trademark hula skirts. Kelly, who is involved with the La Crosse Public Library Archives, is also quite the avid storyteller, and told us about several curiosities about La Crosse. One involved the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, which built the city’s very first hospital. At their church in the heart of La Crosse, the sisters have a perpetual prayer chapel, where each of the 200 nuns who currently make up the Order are involved in a constant state of prayer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Two nuns each do a continuous prayer shift, and are relieved every two hours; there are even “prayer partners” outside the Order who gladly fill in these prayer shifts if a sister is not available.

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No matter what portion of the Mississippi River you are at, there is no better way to cruise along this majestic body of water than by paddlewheel river boat, the means of transportation that has always been associated with the Mississippi. And we managed to do that thanks to the La Crosse Queen (www.lacrossequeen.com), one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel boats that are still in operation today in the U.S.The La Crosse Queen runs a variety of riverboat cruises on a daily basis from April to October, whether they be sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises, brunch cruises and even pizza cruises. No matter what cruise you choose, you get to experience the beauty of the Mississippi River just like the way Mark Twain portrayed it in his classic novels. And you can’t miss its launching point; just look for the giant statue of Hiawatha that overlooks it. A visit to the Kinstone Megalithic Garden in Fountain City (www.kinstonecircle.com) is almost like a journey back in time to ancient Celtic culture when the Druids dominated. Built by Kristine Beck in 2011, Kinstone is made up of several gardens along a 30-acre tract of land that are constructed of granite and is derived from quarries in Minnesota and South Dakota. Whether they be labyrinths, stone circles, megaliths, permaculture gardens or even a thatched roof Celtic-style chapel, Kinstone certainly gives the visitor a sense of peace, serenity, not to mention awe and mystery. Many major tourist destinations offer Trolley Tours, in which visitors ride in a recreated turn of the 20th century trolley car and with a the of a knowledgeable guide, embark on an all-encompassing tour that highlights many of the attractions and historic sites that are part of the make-up of the destination in question. La Crosse’s version of the Trolley Tour (www.explorelacrosse.com/project/historic-trolley-tours) is no exception. With the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau building located on the banks of the Mississippi as its starting point, there are two different Trolley Tours that you can enjoy: the Historic La Crosse Tour (which I participated in) is a 90-minute tour that takes you to 22 points of interest across the city and gives you a quick, yet thoroughly informative look at its colourful past and present, including the City Brewery (home of the world’s largest six pack), the Dahl Auto Museum, a branch of the famed Mayo Clinic, and several historic homes of

its famous citizens (including the birthplace of Nicholas Ray, who directed such classic movies as “Rebel Without A Cause”, “Johnny Guitar” and “In A Lonely Place”). Then there’s the Dark La Crosse Tour, a 60-minute, 11-site jaunt that will prove through its numerous crimes, scandals, corruption and macabre past that La Crosse was not such a peaceful, quaint town in the Midwest. Sunday, August 12: The final full day of our northward trek along Wisconsin’s Great River Road was a whirlwind of four towns that were small in size, yet each of them brought their own distinct character and identity. We started the day on the summit of the Buena Vista Overlook, which rises 500 feet above the town of Alma. The Overlook offers a wonderful vantage point for people who want to view the barges that travel along the Mississippi River and pass through one of the lock dams that were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (although when we were there, a blanket of fog covered everything, except the smokestacks from the nearby coop utility that poked through the fog and made for an interesting sight to see on its own). As we made our way to the main street in Alma, we stopped off for coffee at Fire and Ice, a coffee shop with a charming central European décor to it. Daniel, the shop’s owner and proprietor, was dressed in Tyrolian costume to reflect the town’s Swiss settlers. A virtual fountain knowledge about the town’s history, Daniel gave us a fascinating tour of Alma and its charming gardens that dot the main street. He also told us about how Alma is a major centre for birdwatchers in the region, especially eagles during the spring. He also related how he tried to get permission from the leader of the group The Trashmen to use a line

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from their hit 1963 song “Surfin’ Bird” (“the bird is the word”, in particular) as a slogan for a future tourism advertising campaign. From there we proceeded north to Pepin, where we spent our lunch time at the Villa Bellezza Winery (www.villabellezza.com). Built in 2012, the winery facility was originally a bank that was part of an industrial park complex. These days, the winery, which resembles an Italian villa, houses a restaurant, banquet and reception facilities, and 20 vineyards that supplies up to 35% of the grapes that are used for their own brand of wines. Before lunch, we experienced an authentic wine tasting with resident wine expert Jill, as she guided us through six of Villa Bellezza’s unique brand of wines, and how to enjoy them (my favorite was the Cinque Figlie ’15, a spice/mocha flavoured wine that can be enjoyed with chocolate). After a sumptuous Italian buffet, we went on a guided tour of the winery, and learned the step by step process of how their wines are created, made and fermented (we even got an introduced to “Giancarlo”, the gigantic harvester machine that extracts the grapes from all of their

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vineyards). For dessert, we headed to the village of Stockholm, where the nucleus of its main street is the Stockholm Pie Company and General Store (www.stockholmpieandgeneralstore.com). The place resembles a classic general store plus a 1950s ice cream parlor under one roof; however, its claim to fame is its large menu of pies that are made fresh on the premises every day and are available by the slice or in two sizes of complete pies. I tried its chocolate cream pie, and believe me, its look and taste fondly reminded me of the chocolate cream pies that once made the sorely missed Laurier BBQ a popular spot for Montreal diners. Our final stop was Maiden Rock, a small river and railroad village that is quietly tucked away within the foothills and bluffs of the area. According to legend, the village got its name from a maiden of the Dakota tribe, who chose to leap to her death from the top of a bluff, rather than agree to an arranged marriage she didn’t want. There are a good deal of craft boutiques in Maiden Rock, but the one that caught my eye was Limbo, a downstairs store that sold plenty of rare

and hard to find pop culture collectibles and knick knacks, where I bought a rare Harpo Marx EP record from the 1950s, which cost me a princely $11. Our trip along Wisconsin’s Great River Road ended on a community note with a down home style potluck dinner called a Farm-To-Table Dinner, which took place at the Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery in Lake Pepin. This was an event where the spirit of community went hand in hand with good farm fresh foods that are exclusive to that region. Nearby farmers and merchants brought homemade dishes to the dinner that were made from ingredients that were grown on their farms. Add to that a number of local organizations present to promote themselves and their respective upcoming events, and plenty of live music, it made for an enjoyable, relaxing way to conclude an unforgettable four days goin’ down the Great River Road. *** For more information about visiting Wisconsin’s Great River Road region and what it has to offer tourists - check out the Travel Wisconsin website at: www.travelwisconsin.com , or call 1-800-432-8747, or e-mail: tourinfo@travelwisconsin.com

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LaSalle Drive-In

Good value fast food with a good view

aSalle Drive In (LDI) is a fixture along the riverfront in LaSalle. It is popular with middle class families looking for value when they want to order subs, pizza, hot dogs, and pasta (and a view thrown in for free). LDI is also a business that can boast keeping some employees for two decades or more and that gives generously to local charities. The restaurant could also be seen as an immigrant’s success story. We met up with coowner Johnny Tzouvelakos on the terrace on

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a recent Saturday afternoon. The choice of the terrace was an easy one; apart from the beautiful weather and vistas looking across to the south shore of the St. Lawrence, the tables were all taken inside. “When my father, Peter, and Uncle Nick founded LDI in 1967, there was no indoor seating at all,” explained Tzouvelakos who was three years old then. “People would order inside a little shack and then carry the food away, often to eat it in their cars. Now our seating capacity is 45 inside with 40 on the terrace. A lot has changed… Back then, LaSalle Blvd served as the TransCanada Highway until Highway 20 was built.” Today some 60 items are feature on the menu and there is also a full dairy bar. “Yes our cuisine is Italian, Greek, and Canadian,” joked Tzouvelakos. “The only thing missing here is Chinese food!” The specialty of the house is “Peter’s Special,” a sort of pizza roll with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and mustard that you probably can’t find anywhere else. Tzouvelakos’ father invented the roll one evening in 1972 and was eating it when some police officers came in. They spied the roll and insisted on having the same thing. “Now we serve a lot of these

every day,” said Tzouvelakos. From the comings and goings in the parking lot, it was evident that LDI also does a thriving take-out business. The area served includes LaSalle, part of Lachine (west to 32nd Ave.),Verdun, and Ville Emard.The former Ville St. Pierre (now part of Lachine) is also covered. Tzouvelakos explains that delivery is free on orders of $5 or more. Prices marked on the menu are modest and as Tzouvelakos puts it. “For $5 to $15, you can eat well here.” And the general rule is that the more credit card signs are on the door, the more expensive a restaurant is. But at LDI, a sign is taped to the cash register saying, “cash only, please.” There is an ATM machine in the back if you run short on cash. The customers walking

senting the third generation of the family to be there. In high class restaurants you often pay for the view, but the owners

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revealed Tzouvelakos, who started at his father’s restaurant at age 13 (standing on a bench to reach things down from high shelves). “I started studying political science at Bishop’s University, but my father fell

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into LDI tend to come from the same geographic area that deliveries are made to. “But we also get American tourists from the rafting place (Excursions Rapides de Lachine) just upriver and we get cyclists stopping from the bike path.” And it doesn’t hurt business that the LaSalle police station is across the street. The West End Times spoke to four young men drove in with surfboards on top of their car. They

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explained that they were surfing on the rapids about one kilometre downstream. “This is the only place that I’ve ever worked,”

ill and I came back to run the restaurant.” His father, who at 85 still comes by the restaurant sometimes, arrived in Montreal from Greece in 1959 to begin working as a dishwasher. By 1967, he opened LDI and the business he founded today supports 35 families. Tzouvelakos spoke very highly of his business partner and brother-in-law, George Tsimiklis. Tsimiklis’ kids now work at LDI, repre-

of LDI include an exquisite river view for free. You can see across the river to La Prairie. From the terrace, I watched three boatloads of rafters paddling down the river to catch the Lachine Rapids. There were ducks and motorboats, too. Tzouvelakos plans to open a second floor of the restaurant in 2011with seating for 40 inside, promising an even better view of the river. “You wouldn’t believe how the ice flows look coming down the river on moonlit nights!” he exclaimed. LDI gives back to its community, raising $5,700 for the LaSalle Hospital Foundation on September 11. “Everything from the cash register that day went to the foundation,” said Tzouvelakos. “We support other charities; too. I don’t have a wall big enough to put up all of the plaques from all these groups.”

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recognize and deal with some of the stress and tension that so affects our lives. In Psychology Today I found this article “The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment” We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. By Jay Dixit, published on November 01, 2008 last reviewed on September 20, 2013 A friend was walking in the desert when he found the telephone to God. The setting was Burning Man, an electronic arts and music festival for which 50,000 people descend on Black Rock City, Nevada, for eight days of "radical self-expression"—dancing, socializing, meditating, and debauchery. A phone booth in the middle of the desert with a sign that said "Talk to

God" was a surreal sight even at Burning Man. The idea was that you picked up the phone, and God— or someone claiming to be God—would be at the other end to ease your pain. When God came on the line asking how he could help, my friend was ready. "How can I live more in the moment?" he asked. Too often, he felt, the beautiful moments of his life were drowned out by a cacophony of selfconsciousness and anxiety. What could he do to hush the buzzing of his mind? "Breathe," replied a soothing male voice. My friend flinched at the tired new-age mantra, then reminded himself to keep an open mind. “When God talks, you listen.” "Whenever you feel anxious about your future or your past, just breathe," continued God. "Try it with me a few times right now. Breathe in... Breathe out." And despite himself, my friend began to relax.

I found this interesting and so true. It could be anyone or no one on that phone but the advice is good. Just breathe…… Take the time to breathe. Life unfolds in the present but so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and lost and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what's past. "We're living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration and distraction" says Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace. We're always doing something, and we allow little time to practice stillness and calm. When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation; on vacation, we worry about the work piling up on our desks. We dwell on intrusive memories of the past or fret about what may or may

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you can spend the day. There are outreach workers who meet the people where they are and accompany them to their appointments. Once one is ready to get off the streets, he or she needs help to get back on his feet: find an apartment with a welfare check, for instance, get his identity cards, get some furniture. The Benedict Labre House helps its guests with dishes and sheets and government papers. Everything that is handed to its guests comes from the community. At the end of any given day, Labre House has fed and sheltered about one are currently nine individ- hundred men and women uals on this program. of Montreal. That’s one There are few places to hundred people with a spend the day when you roof over their head for are homeless in Montreal. the day. “That’s the least Once the missions close we can do.” in the morning, individuals For more information end up going to one of about The Benedict Labre the day centers to grab a House visit their website bite and spend a part of www.benedictlabre.org or the day, or end up in a call 514-937-5973 and commercial center or on speak to one of their helpful the streets.There are also staff. many individuals who will To give a donation please not sleep in missions; contact the: therefore these people Benedict Labre House who sleep in squats, alley514-937-5973 ways or walk all night will www.benedictlabre.org rush into one of the day 308 Young street centers as soon as the Montreal doors open to be away Quebec from the elements. There H3C 2G2 are places where you can only eat, then you have to Comment on this article at: leave, and others where www.mtltimes.ca full. Food is a way to draw people to the Benedict Labre House, but it is far from being the only service provided. One can get clean clothes, shower, relax, make phone calls and talk to one of the intervention workers. One can look for apartments and fill forms for social housing, participate in the computer class, or reintegrate the workforce by participating in the employment program. There

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Positive reinforcement is not a method of training. It’s one of the four quadrants of operant conditioning from the scientist B.F. Skinner. • Positive Reinforcement Adding reward to increase behaviour. • Negative Punishment Delaying reward to decrease behaviour. • Positive Punishment Adding correction to decrease behaviour. • Negative Reinforcement Delaying correction to increase behaviour. When working with food as reward: Most inexperienced trainers use this “method” because they bribe dogs with food. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against the actual application but how their “method” is applied. Noticed I used the term BRIBE. The real way to apply food as a reward is by 1st asking the dog to do a 18

the biker world was confined to the United States, but he is familiar with Montreal’s biker history, and he knew some of its leaders. “Years ago, there was a biker club called Rock Machine, which then became The Bandidos,” Christie said. “They were arch rivals of the Hells Angels. I sneaked up to the border a couple of times to make sure things didn’t get too far out of control. I was involved with peace talks to keep a Scandinavian biker war from bleeding over into the United States and Canada.” Christie founded the Ventura, California chapter of the Hells Angels in the 1970s, and was president for nearly four decades. He left the club in 2011 and is now a writer and consultant. In 2015, he was the focus of the highly rated History Channel documentary series, “Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.” More recently, he has also been starring in “Outlaw,” a one-man stage show, based on his life, with performances in Southern California, Las Vegas and St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the author of three books about outlaw motorcycle clubs, including his memoir, “Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel…and Beyond.”

certain action once the action is completed you give a verbal cue (yes/good) then and only then is the reward given. Do not do like what 90% do; show the reward before asking. The main reason dogs don’t really listen is because of the way it’s applied they don’t learn what they are suppose to learn. They just perform tricks to get the food. Ever wonder why most of these trainers work indoors and in controlled environments (a classroom full of dogs eventually becomes a controlled environment.) A reward can be given in different forms: food, verbally, tug toy, ball, etc. A little advice if I may: If you’re experiencing any training or behavioural problems with your dog it’s best to contact a real professional dog trainer. Internet tips aren’t always good advice and for most could make mat-

“George Christie has been a fantastic source to assist our writer group in understanding the threedimensional lifestyle of a leader in an outlaw motorcycle club,” said Sutish Sharma of New Street Pictures, one of the producing partners of “The MobKing.” “George’s experience has provided great authenticity,” added showrunner Pat Andrew of Wanda-Halcyon Television. “His natural leadership and complexity came through in his audition.” As a six-part web series, “The MobKing” garnered millions of views on YouTube and other platforms. Now, producers are set to shoot twelve full-length episodes for television distribution in more than 42 countries. The series will be filmed in London, England, at Marbella Film Studios in Marbella, Spain, and locations in South Florida. “The MobKing” stars Ciro Dapagio, Elisabetta Fantone, Antoni Corone, Celine Alva and others. The series is a co-production of New Street Pictures of Pinewood Studios, Wanda-Halcyon Television and Marbella Film Studios. More information is available at www.themobking.net and https://www.imdb.com/titl e/tt6370942/.

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