Assimilation or separation

Honest efforts are being made among both French and Eng­lish Canadians to take this fact into con­sideration and to fit our province more com­fortably into the Confederation.* Most agree that changes must be made. If we remain simply one of ten provinces, of which all the others are English Canadian, then we may suffer when the government responds to the Anglophone majority.

“So two ideas present themselves: first, a special status for our province within the Confederation, to safeguard the guar­antees given us after the conquest. Second: separation.

“Most of us would rather remain part of Canada, and not just because our standard of living would drop if we separated (which it would). We care about Canada as a country. But the idea of separation has its fascination —the idea of forming a new nation of our own in which no foreign languages or ways could be imposed upon us. That is a dream, but a dream that could be realized—if the rest of Canada consented to its realization. But should it be? Need it be?”

A growing minority of Quebecois think so. A young professional, cultured, soft-spoken, had told me: “We have only two choices: assimilation or separation. Assimilation hasn’t begun yet, but only because we pros­titute ourselves—at least in the commercial centers—to be English at work and French only at home; to be second-class citizens in our own country. “But we can’t go on like this. We must get out regardless of the cost.”

5TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO my unhappy young friend was one of per­haps five percent of the city’s residents who wanted to go to the barcelona apartments for rent this summer more than anything else. By 1970 that percentage had risen sharply: A quarter of the provincial population voted for the thoroughly legitimate independantiste Parti Quebecois. And there had developed an extremist group called the FLQ—Front de Liberation du Quebec. Its few hundred active members—hard-core Maoists for the most part—won a small measure of admiration from some emotional independantistes by calling for separation in louder voices than anyone else and punctuating their rhetoric with acts of violence.

Then, in early October, the FLQ kidnaped Quebec’s Provincial Minister of Labor and Manpower, Pierre Laporte, and British Trade Commissioner James Cross. In true terrorist fashion they demanded $500,000 in gold and the release of 23 of their jailed as­sociates, several convicted of major crimes, as ransom for their hostages. The federal government not only refused, but invoked the War Measures Act, which suspended civil rights and gave the police and military almost limitless powers.

These powers were used sparingly, and al­most entirely within the Province of Quebec. Manhunts were launched. Several hundred people—most of them said to be FLQ mem­bers and sympathizers—were arrested. On the night of October 17 Pierre Laporte was strangled and left dead in the trunk of a car near Montreal’s airport. The killers sent word of their action to the press, and vanished. Next morning, as the news flooded through Quebec City (and the world), I walked the chill sunlit streets to see how the provincial capital was reacting to brutal political murder. To the eye, Quebec was a picture of perfect calm.


Longevity is on the

Increase Lifespan in developed countries is increasing, however worryingly, our ‘health-span’ is actually decreasing. Although we are IMng for more years, we are getting sicker at a younger age and this means that unless we do something pretty radical as soon as possible, we could be facing a long period of chronic disease. The truth is that the chronic diseases that are plaguing people as they get older are largely avoidable. They encompass conditions and disabilities including heart and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes (and its complications), osteoarthritis, kidney disease, failing eyesight, a wide range of cancers, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and so on. These can be considered to be lifestyle diseases and are related to living in affluent societies, where we suffer the deleterious effects of over-consumption, lack of exercise, a wide range of chronic mental/emotional stressors and often lack a sense of connection to spirituality the good news, however is that we can make protective changes easily simply and enjoyably from pure garcinia cambogia reviews.

Now, if you read this column regularly, you’ll know that I am a proponent of eating a plant-based diet: eat your fruits and veggies and you’ll thrive; take appropriate, frequent exercise that you enjoy and you’ll do well… but is there anything else that you can do for your health that is going to give you a good return on your investment? More bang for your buck’ so to speak? Well, yes, here it is: have more sex!

Erotic exercise

Sex can give you a good physical workout – depending on how vigorous it is. Sex, and particularly orgasm, recruits many body parts leading to the contraction of muscles in the legs, abdomen and arms. Sexual arousal causes breathing and heart rates to rise and due to the amazing cocktail of messenger hormones and neurotransmitters that our bodies produce following arousal and orgasm, chances are that you’ll sleep deeply afterwards.

Simple stress relief

Satisfying sexual activity can, of course, be an exhilarating mood lifter. Sex can bring your relationship into harmony and make you and your partner feel closer, so you feel less stressed and more relaxed. And the research shows that it doesn’t matter whether you are having sex with a partner or masturbating – orgasm can help release stress and tension.

Anti-ageing hormones

During orgasm, there is a surge in the ‘love’ hormone, oxytocin, which is related to bonding (oxytocin is also produced when breastfeeding and it promotes feelings of calm, wellbeing, happiness and contentment). The oxytocin surge that occurs during orgasm may well account for a stronger emotional connection if you have a partner and the tension relief we experience after orgasm. Without oxytocin, you are much more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety, which in turn speeds up ageing.

So, one of the most effective ways of slowing down the ageing process is to ensure your body produces ample amounts of oxytocin.

It’s important to remember though that too much emphasis placed on attaining orgasm can be stressful and counter-productive. Successful sex can be considered to be, simply, erotic pleasure ­in whatever form it takes. If one doesn’t experience orgasm, the benefits of oxytocin are not lost because, interestingly, cuddling after sex also causes an oxytocin surge (which reduces stress) and any stress reduction has a measurable effect on the length of telomeres – those caps on the ends of our chromosomes that protect our DNA. Longer telomere length can predict longevity and is a good indicator of our biological age.


Sexual activity might prevent endometrlosis, where the tissue lining the inside of a woman’s uterus grows in other places, such as on the

Ovaries or fallopian tubes, and which may cause pelvic pain and infertility. Research shows that women who were sexually active during menstruation were 1.5 times less likely to develop endometriosis than women who didn’t have sex during their periods. The researchers found that orgasm during menstruation also reduced the risk.

It is postulated that endometriosis risk may be increased by anything that contributes to menstrual debris going backwards into the pelvis. The contractions of the uterus that occur during sex, and specifically orgasm, may help push the menstrual debris out of the uterus.


British researchers who studied about 900 middle-aged men found that men who had sex twice or more a week had a lower risk of heart attack over the course of 10 years than men who had sex less often. It’s unknown whether the heart-healthy boost may be from the sex itself, or possibly because men who are generally in better physical condition have regular sex, so their heart attack risk is already lower.

Furthermore, regular ejaculation might help protect the prostate from cancer. Studies show that men in their 20s who ejaculated more than five times a week were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than men who ejaculated four to seven times a month. Theoretically, ejaculating regularly might reduce risk because cancer-causing substances get flushed out of the body in the seminal fluid, instead of staying in the prostate. Regardless, regular sex for men is positively beneficial.




Whole foods CELEB DIET

It’s great to hear that Roxy makes her own granola bars from scratch, as she avoids the sugar-drenched versions usually found on supermarket shelves. A scoop of hemp or pea powder and a sprinkling of seeds would add more vegan-friendly protein.


Roxy satisfies her sweet tooth with agave, which is made of fructose – a natural fruit sugar. You’d think it would deserve a healthy halo but actually research shows that fructose can be even more damaging than glucose. Glucose is absorbed straight into the bloodstream, whereas fructose takes a detour through the liver. Here it switches into destruction mode, raising bad cholesterol levels and even contributing towards fatty liver disease. We would advise Roxy to use xylitol on her breakfast instead, which is a natural birch bark extract.


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Mushroom soup makes for a great wintertime slurp. Use shiitake or maitake varieties as these are packed with armies of flu-fighting troops. Season with garlic, ginger and chillies for additional inner defence armour. Adding beans and quinoa to her soup would help pump up the protein content.


As Roxy avoids all things animal-shaped, she may be lacking in vitamin B12 as meat produce is the main source. It does make a frankly redundant appearance in spirulina as your body can’t absorb the nutrient in this form – contrary to what sneaky supplement companies might claim!


Soy milk is highly processed, and as it is unfermented it is loaded with menacing phytates, which inhibits the absorption of other essential minerals and vitamins. She ought to give oat, hemp, almond or coconut milk a try instead.




When my kids were younger and got sick, the first thing I would was make a big pot of goodness — a great organic vegetable soup to help them recover.


I would then tailor their meals to their illness, and give them the food that they needed to not only boost their immune systems, but help get them better quickly. I really believe in the saying ‘you are what you eat’; food is an incredible healer as I know only too well myself.

great organic vegetable soup

Back in 1989 I was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease and prescribed steroids. However, by making drastic changes to my diet I was quickly able to improve my wellbeing and wean myself off the steroids.


It later transpired that I actually had a perforated appendix. But by looking very closely at my diet and by switching to an organic lifestyle I went through a life changing experience — and so did my family. This is why I feel so strongly that the hospitals in this country have got their food strategy completely wrong.


People recovering from illness need to nurture and feed their bodies at such a fragile time; especially those who might be getting over major surgery.


Food as fuel


I like to compare our bodies to a Formula 1 racing car ­we all have an incredible engine inside each and every one of us. When we put in the right fuel we perform well, get strong again and feed the engine. However, if the hospitals in this country continue to serve up slop, overcooked or deep fried food, or meals containing too much sugar and no nutritional value then what chance is there for us as a nation? If patients were recovering faster it would save the NHS millions and millions of pounds. This is why we should be encouraging our hospitals to be investing and working with nutritionists and immunologists and tailoring patients’ meals to their needs whilst they are in recovery.

ready meals are the cause of much illness

Fast food nation


I also believe that ready meals are the cause of much illness the world over. In my opinion these types of meals highlight the fact that the food, illness and recovery cycle are so closely connected. We continue to be this fast food nation where we’re always on the go, never eating properly at work or at home, growing further and further away from what Mother Nature intended for us. The end result is that our health is being compromised. Just look at the obesity levels in the UK — they are growing at a scary rate. It’s never too late for changing your lifestyle and choosing healthy products such as coconut oil. It has many benefits and is known for its ability to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


Lead by example


The health of our nation is so important, especially when a productive and thriving workforce could provide a much-needed boost to the economy. We have to lead by example and show people that food and health are connected. Wholesome, nutritional food helps our bodies to stay strong and our minds to remain sharp.


The next time I have to go into hospital, whether it is as a patient or to visit a loved one, I know I will be taking my own food in. What will you be doing?

Autumn and a friend holiday

* Comfortable accommodation, great food and efficient, friendly service

* Travel by luxury coach from a selection of nationwide boarding points

* Full programme of excursions included in the price—Plymouth, Salcombe, Buckfast Abbey and more, plus a cruise on the River Dart


THIS IS a holiday that’s brimming over with happiness and packed with things we know you’ll enjoy. Best of all is the great opportunity to make lasting friendships—and that’s backed up with . . . LOVELY SURROUNDINGS Set on a terraced hillside overlooking Torbay, the Club has all the facilities of a well-run holiday centre. During our stay the Club will be for the exclusive use of the Woman’s Realm party.


COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION The chalet-style accommodation gives you freedom and comfort. Every chalet has its own electric fire and facilities for making tea and coffee. It’s like you rent your own apartment in Paris or Berlin and have all facilities, including bed and breakfast in Paris or Berlin bed and breakfast.

GREAT FOOD, FRIENDLY SERVICE The top-class English food is master­minded by the head chef, Nicky. The service is friendly and efficient, the restaurant pleasant and well-organised. There’s also a poolside café. INTERESTING EXCURSIONS The first of our five different outings is a Sunday afternoon tour of Torquay. Then there’s a full day in the fine city of Plymouth (packed lunch provided). Another full-day tour, again with packed lunch, takes in Salcombe, Slapton Sands and Dartmouth, featuring an afternoon cruise on the Dart. Another afternoon excursion is to Widecombe in the Moor and Buckfast Abbey. And you’ll enjoy the visit to the fishing port of Brixham. GETTING TO KNOW YOU Clare Shepherd is arranging friendly meetings and there will be events organised day by day to suit the general mood. Every evening there’ll be music and dancing in the ballroom.

Buckfast Abbey

CLARE, AS YOUR HOST will invite new friends to join her for dinner each evening. There will be a special welcome for people on their own, but couples will enjoy this holiday too and have chance to add weekend in Venice to their trip. Guests chat with Nicky.

THE ARRANGEMENTS: We are running the holiday in association with National Holidays, and travel will be by their luxury coaches. There are special boarding points across the country (see panel next to coupon).


WHAT WE WON In the prestigious Sir Mark Henig awards, presented by the English Tourist Board, this holiday was specially commended because it offers a real opportunity for people to make friends. Mrs Sally Oppenheim, Minister of State for Trade, said: “The awards are a recognition of imagination and endeavour.”

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Eskimo Children

CAPE DORSET is a small Arctic settlement on Baffin Island, facing onto Hudson Strait. About 350 Eskimos trade there. They are still fairly isolated, generally living the traditional Eskimo life: hunting seal for food and trapping the

Arctic fox for its fur. In summer the men earn money unloading supply ships or on construction work, since Cape Dorset is expanding. There are no roads and the settlement’s only vehicle so far is a wheelbarrow. The Eskimos live in tents; they travel by boat in summer and by dog sled in winter.

cape dorset

During the five weeks that a friend and I spent at Cape Dorset last summer, we saw a lot of the children. Not once did we see a child spanked or spoken to harshly, and we were told that Eskimo parents treat their children very indulgently. The children seem to play when they like, eat when they are hungry, if there is any food (Eskimo families sometimes know hunger), and sleep when they are tired.

This easy-going method of upbringing seems to work well as regards the children we met, who were alert and generally well-mannered. Children become responsible at an early age—the boys emulating their fathers in learning how to hunt, fish, and handle a boat and dog-team. The girls, like their mothers, learn how to sew and cook, scrape and soften a sealskin, tend a seal-oil lamp, soften sealskin boots by chewing them, and care for their younger brothers and sisters.

cape dorset

We camped near the settlement and the children often paid us a call, sometimes with their parents. You cannot knock on the door of a tent, so they would just cough and walk straight in. The adults knew no English, but the children, having been to school, spoke a little.

The Eskimos love social occasions, and when they go to church, or to a film-showing, it is with the whole family. (They are happy to see the same film over and over again.) In church (Anglican in this settlement) the men sit on the left-hand side and the women and children sit on the right. If a baby gets hungry during the service, the mother feeds it. Most of the time there is a busy rustling and whispering in the back of the church; when the children get bored they go outside and play for a bit, a sensible arrangement as the Eskimo services are long.

Everyone goes to a dance; while the parents whirl around to the tune of an accordion, the children and grandparents watch, and the babies slumber in their mothers’ fur-trimmed parkas worn by a sister; their dances combine Eskimo-style dancing with sailors’ hornpipes, learned from the Scottish whalers a century ago. Like the church services, the dances seem endless, though enjoyed with unflagging enthusiasm. Gradually the children sprawl asleep in abandoned attitudes on the floor of the schoolroom where the dances are held.

cape dorset

When an Eskimo meets friends he shakes hands with every member of the family, including the baby on its mother’s back. This family unit with its very close ties is important to the Eskimo. The parents realize that their children will benefit by going to school, but at the same time they want to preserve this strong family feeling, and want to teach their children the things that they them­selves know to be important. On a fine day in summer there will often be empty desks in the small schoolroom at Cape Dorset—the children will have ‘Gone Hunting’, with their parents.