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18 NOVEMBER 2011 at 00 H 00 (HE)

The Link - Friday, November 18, 2011

Bashar al-Assad's days are numbered in Syria, Houchang Hassan-Yari: As violence in Syria intensifies, so too does international pressure on president Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protests. France has recalled its ambassador to Damascus and The Arab League, which has suspended Syria from its ranks, is giving the regime three days to end the repression and allow teams of observers to enter the country. International relations expert Houchang Hassan-Yari of the Royal Military College of Canada says time is running out for the al-Assad regime. He tells Marc Montgomery about the significance of Canada's support for Syria's opposition in what he believes is the impending demise of the al-Assad government.

 
Survey of Canadian-Muslims sparks controversy: A survey conducted by an Ottawa think-tank has found that nearly two-thirds of Muslims in Canada would favour some form of Sharia law here. Ottawa correspondent Valérie Morand details the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s survey and explains why some organizations are disputing its findings.

 

Canada calls a two-year time-out on family reunifications: Canada is making some radical changes to the rules governing immigrant family reunification, in a bid to reduce the backlog and cut wait times for sponsored parents and grandparents. Immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann has reviewed these changes and tells us who will be most affected by them.
 

Raymond’s music pick - Les Colocs: Raymond Desmarteau, who hosts The Link’s French-language sister-programme, Tam Tam Canada introduces us to the music of another French-Canadian recording artist. This week: Les Colocs, a band whose music defined the 1990’s on Québec’s musical scene.


SONG: Rue Principale
ARTIST: Les Colocs
ALBUM: Les Colocs

 

The Link’s Africa page - Rare African art comes to exhibit in Old Montreal: Africa page editor Awa Dlodlo tells us about an exhibit born of the collaboration between French-Canadian photographer Claude Gauthier and Congolese-Canadian art collector Guy Mushagalusa Chigoho. Gauthier was captivated by the African masks he saw Chigoho’s gallery and the pair decided to create the  ‘Spirits of the Mask-Dancers’ photo exhibit which is on display until December 4th  at the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal.


Sports slam: Ian Jones has the latest news from the world of sport.

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Daily subjects 

Concordia University researcher calls for redesigning communities with southern exposure

A Canadian research network is now able to explore "solar-optimized building" thanks to Concordia University’s new solar simulator. While the simulator allows research to continue with sunshine available at nearly the flick of a switch, the goal includes low-tech passive solar innovations that have been used by humankind for millennia.  Diane Bastien, a PhD candidate at Concordia, explains that simply redesigning communities with a southern exposure, and even legislation guaranteeing a "right to the sun" are steps in the right direction toward maximizing solar energy in our northern climate.

Bashar al-Assad's days are numbered in Syria, Houchang Hassan-Yari

As violence in Syria intensifies, so too does international pressure on president Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protests. France has recalled its ambassador to Damascus and The Arab League, which has suspended Syria from its ranks, is giving the regime three days to end the repression and allow teams of observers to enter the country. International relations expert Houchang Hassan-Yari of the Royal Military College of Canada says time is running out for the al-Assad regime. He tells Marc Montgomery about the significance of Canada's support for Syria's opposition in what he believes is the impending demise of the al-Assad government.

Survey of Canadian-Muslims sparks controversy

A survey conducted by an Ottawa think-tank has found that nearly two-thirds of Muslims in Canada would favour some form of Sharia law here. Ottawa correspondent Valérie Morand details the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s survey and explains why some organizations are disputing its findings.

Les Colocs

Raymond Desmarteau, who hosts The Link’s French-language sister-programme, Tam Tam Canada introduces us to the music of another French-Canadian recording artist. This week: Les Colocs, a band whose music defined the 1990’s on Québec’s musical scene.

Rare African art comes to exhibit in Old Montreal

Africa page editor Awa Dlodlo tells us about an exhibit born of the collaboration between French-Canadian photographer Claude Gauthier and Congolese-Canadian art collector Guy Mushagalusa Chigoho. Gauthier was captivated by the African masks he saw Chigoho’s gallery and the pair decided to create the  ‘Spirits of the Mask-Dancers’ photo exhibit which is on display until December 4th  at the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal.

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