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  1. Sarah on November 5th, 2008 2:39 pm

    I love watching his show! He creates some fantastic recipes!

  2. Amy on November 9th, 2008 11:33 am

    Indigo Stoney Creek presents David Rocco on Sunday, November 16th at 1:00. David will be signing copies of his new book “David Rocco’s Dolce Vita”.
    Proof of purchase from Indigo, Chapters or Coles required. Please call store for more details.
    1779 Stone Church Rd. E.
    Stoney Creek, ON

  3. Tony Cicero on November 25th, 2008 11:17 am

    I love this place!

  4. Rainflower Company on November 26th, 2008 1:56 pm

    [...] see the ad online please visit City Life Magazine  It’s also in the print edition for November as well as the article on David Rocco that RFC [...]

  5. Nick Tolentino on December 5th, 2008 10:27 am

    From Cindy and I, thank you to Citylife and Dolce Magazine for covering the event. Your support is much appreciated.

    Nick Tolentino aka DJ Plusgroove

  6. Cindy Renee Mathieu on December 5th, 2008 1:44 pm

    I second what Nick wrote… it was an absolute pleasure to have City Life Magazine at out event! Hope to see you at more of our events!

  7. Vito Marziliano on December 7th, 2008 7:18 am

    I feel David”s energy…!! His comments in life, inner feeling, outward expressing, brings it out in food with love. It’s his passion. It comes out of me the same way through cutting hair. My passion.
    Best of life to you and your beautiful family.

  8. Ana on December 10th, 2008 10:20 am

    This is the best gym in Vaughan( maple) everyone don’t wast your time with all the other big gyms Pure Fx Fitness Studios is the best gym i,ve been at

  9. Annamaria on February 26th, 2009 11:11 pm

    It’s good to be reminded about who these men are, both on and off the job.
    Oftentimes we forgot that they have lives like the rest of us.
    Well written! Thanks for the insightful article.

  10. Dylan Dias on March 4th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Nice article, beautiful salon, well written. Of course, I have no biases.

  11. Abbotsford eye care on March 12th, 2009 3:47 pm

    Woh I didn’t think about this. It’s so true that we get used to have this fantastic gift. Everyone should take car of their eyes. Even if technology improves, we only have two eyes.

  12. Sheila Whitbread on March 19th, 2009 7:45 pm

    I am tremendously upset that the Ricardo magazine has been discontinued, it was a great “food” magazine, it was Canadian and the recipes were ALWAYS great. Is there a chance the magazine will be restarted?

  13. rosanne pisani on March 23rd, 2009 11:12 am

    ive recently visited manestream salon for a new look for myself and getting my hair done by mario posteraro was very refreshing compared to what i am used to. in some salons it seems very cold, but at manestream salon they were all very welcoming and very fun to be around. my experience was fantastic and i have definitely become a client at manestream from this day forward.

  14. Emmett bouchard on April 6th, 2009 8:57 am

    Le gâteau aux noix et sucre à la crème (recette parue dans Le Droit) est excellent, “a real keeper”. Un gros merci encore une fois.
    Emmett Bouchard
    Aylmer, Québec

  15. Pete on April 13th, 2009 2:26 am

    Daniel Negreanu, first let me say you are my favorite poker player based on your skill of reading people and positive attitude. I was injured in an auto accident and am physically unable to work. I am 26 and desperately need to make money. I hope to do it at poker but have alot to learn. NL holdem is my game of choice. I have always done much better playing in person compared to online. To be honest I would call myself a break even player. I eat sleep and drink poker but need some advice on how to become a consistent winner. If you do end up seeing this thank you for your time.

  16. Vikki Maieron on April 23rd, 2009 9:03 am

    I am not only a client but a friend and Paula has continuosuly proven to be genuine and honest. Her loyalty and trust is truly the core of you she is and she is able to bring those qualities to her profession. She is very committed to her work and will definetly go the extra mile for her clients. What makes her so unique in this market is her zero pressure approach. Rather, she would perfer to work hard to find you extactly what you want and than the decision to purchase is undeniable.

    Excellent job Paula

  17. Lynne on May 4th, 2009 3:06 am

    I saw this wonderful man for the first time this weekend on TV. He is an absolute inspiration to me and I can’t wait to buy his cd.

  18. Jenny Fournier on May 20th, 2009 5:48 pm

    I would like to know if Ricardo has a restaurant in Quebec, where he lives. I would love to meet him. We are planning a trip through Quebec this summer. I miss him on the Food Network. Will he be coming back?

  19. Cathy O'Connor on May 26th, 2009 3:36 am

    Ricardo was on my flight and is such a truly enegmatic man. Down to earth, full of life……such a nice man. Upon speaking with him, I realized we have a common bond — surviviors rule!!!
    Service Director fligth 64 May 25 2009

  20. Lisa Masterson on May 27th, 2009 11:55 am

    I think you all should be commended. This is a fantastic thing your doing Honouring the one you love. I understand about the passing of a younger brother. I lost mine when he was 22 with muscular dystroyphy. I know The Jackson Family. Fantantic family…………Thanks……..

  21. Tina on May 27th, 2009 3:03 pm

    I saw Justin and his awesome band perform for the first time last night. Wow….if anyone has a chance to see them please do…..they are breathtaking!!! Great job Justin you are sooooo talented…..your wife is one lucky gal to have married YOU!

  22. Kerry on May 27th, 2009 7:05 pm

    I LOVE Ricardo’s magazine! I was actually searching Chapters for it today and couldn’t find it. I am devastated to find out that it is discontinued. Every recipe that my husband and I have tried from it has been a great hit and we have continued to make our favorites over and over again. I did see that he has a new recipe book out, so I will be picking that up pronto. Love you Ricardo!

  23. Glenda Smith on June 1st, 2009 5:23 pm

    I just heard Justin sing for the commerical for Ontario. Wow! I never heard of him before then.

  24. Donna Belanger on June 2nd, 2009 11:49 pm

    I first heard Justin on the Wal Mart Miracle Walk TV commercial just over a year ago.
    I was fascinated by the song “Wish You Well,” and Googled it to find out who sang it!
    I immediately went out and bought myself a birthday present (1st album Sides) and have played it to death for the last year!
    Today, my husband went out and bought the just released “Chasing Silver” CD for my birthday, and I love it just as much. Keep up the great work Justin, we love you!

  25. Brenda Labelle on June 7th, 2009 7:10 pm

    Justin…boy do you have a great voice. Was doing the dinner dishes and heard this great voice singing on the TV. Went to see what’s on and you were singing on a commercial. Can’t wait to go out and buy your CDs. Keep up the great ya!! :)

  26. Carol and Jordan Bird-Thonpson on June 10th, 2009 11:35 pm

    Justin we love you!!!!!!!!!! Have been listening to you for years, ever since you were young and sang the tomato hat song. (ha ha) My son who is now 16 has severe cerebral palsy and we have been involved with our local easter seals for years, Jordan is a former ambassador. That is when we first heard you on a telethon! So glad that your perseverance is finally paying off. I listen to your songs every morning on my way to work, can’t hold a note but I don’t care your songs are inspiring to me. I live in a small city in northern ontario and I’m sure my fellow drivers must think “she has lost her mind “,belting out the tunes so early in the morning!! Thank you for sharing your gift of music!

  27. Pauline on June 20th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Justin you stole my heart when I first heard you on the commercial for Ontario. I goggled your name and found your CD “Chasing Silver”. It blew my mind when I learned that you are from the same nick of the woods as I am. Justin, YOU ROCK! I look forward to many more quality songs from you. YOU inspire me!

  28. Susan Train on June 24th, 2009 10:24 pm

    You are awesome Justin! It is nice to hear your lovely voice and your wonderful songs.

    Thank goodness for the Ontario tourism commercial that helped me to discover you!

  29. katerine rollet on July 9th, 2009 4:50 pm

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Ricardo at the Montreal launching of his new cookbook. Find out what his epicurean pleasures are … Find out more

  30. Denise on July 27th, 2009 10:38 am

    I just had the privilege of seeing Justin perform at First Canadian Place. His words and music are truly an inspiration. His voice is beautiful. I am so looking forward to seeing him again at Hugh’s Room on August 19th.

  31. RENA CORNACCHIA on July 28th, 2009 1:33 pm

    I saw a recipe in one of your lastest magazines with a white tiramisu. I have not been able to find it. could you please send me the recipe. would like to make it this weekend Aug. 1st for a person who loves tiramisu.

    Best regards – watch you show every day.


  32. Desire'e Forman on August 26th, 2009 2:58 am

    Wow.. I ran across you on The hook and you can sing awesome. Your songs brought a tear to my eye. You have a gift… you truly do. I will be buying your cd’s to listen too with my kids. We all love music.. and yours will definatly be played in my cd player for years to come. My fav song so far that I have heard of yours is Say what you will. Truly breath taking Jusin..

    Congrats on all your success… you amaze me!

  33. alf on September 20th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Justin performed in Grand Forks, BC on September 10, 2009. He left the audience awestruck and I am glad to have been part of it. He sang a song first time live “You With Perfect Eyes” for my wife, she was teary eyed and eternally grateful.

  34. Deb on September 28th, 2009 1:52 pm

    Just saw Justin on Thurs. Sept. 24/09 at the Meaford Hall. Absolutely Awesome!!!! Won the tickets and took some friends, but would gladly pay to see him again. He gives a very intimate concert and engages the audience. A must see – been going to concerts for decades and this is my favorite.

  35. John on October 4th, 2009 8:32 pm

    The owner made us feel unwelcome just because we were going to use their gift card to dine there. They made us wait for an hour, since they changed our reservation on their own to accomadate their other guests. Then they limited our dining time to 30 minutes. The treatment was so terrible that we decided to forgo the gift card and dine somewhere else that showed us more respect.

  36. Woodbridge Joe on October 13th, 2009 3:37 pm

    OK – fair enough to get defensive and shoot the messenger, but we all know that things are not all rosey in Vaughan. We have serious problems with dysfunctional government. The article did not take a swipe at the residents. The article in fact took a stand against bad government and pointed out how very destructive bad government can be to an entire community. You want people to change what they think about Vaughan? Hold the people accountable who are messing up our city….vote the politicians that are the cause of the problem. Otherwise, stop whining….I liked the article. It tells it like it is.

  37. A Friend of Vaughan on October 13th, 2009 10:36 pm

    Thank you for this article!
    I think this article proves how the media too often distorts the truth. In regard to the original comment posted, the article written prior to this one DID NOT “tell it like it is.” Yes we have some issues with our government, like ANY city does, it is really unfortunate that all the amazing things that have been done by council members have been overlooked becuase of many of the outrageous comments made throughout the media. Furthermore, as citizens with the right to vote, it is OUR responsibility to filter out the rubbish from the truth, we cant believe everything that is written or said, becuase as unfortunate as it may be, the media does NOT write news without the intention to make a profit. Don’t forget that a great scandal sells. Just because a few of our current politicians have made less than appropriate choices in the last two years, it does not give us or the media the right to tear down the ones who have remembered why they hold the positions they do.

  38. A friend of A Friend on October 14th, 2009 2:10 pm

    I suppose the article would have had a better slant had the City of Vaughan, or the companies cited offered hundreds or thousands for an ad. While you might argue the facts and merits of the arguments put forward in the article, at least the publication is an ATTEMPT at arm’s length journalism.

    How the Editor-in-Chief of your publicatoin referred to the article as a ‘possible selling technique’ is completely hypocritical considering fee-for-vanity based ads represent the essense of your publication’s business model.

  39. Vic Geiger -Bellaria Tower II, Concierge on October 16th, 2009 11:03 am

    Great article.
    Why is it that we can’t get copies of “City Life” dropped off at Bellaria for the
    residents here to enjoy?


    Vic Geiger, Chef Concierge
    Bellaria Residents -Tower II

  40. Lori Lisi on October 26th, 2009 10:46 pm

    These are some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet! IThey’re like family…My husband and I been a faithful clients for the last 23 years and Iwe recommend …Audio One to Everyone!!!

  41. Lynda from Keswick on November 17th, 2009 5:55 pm

    I was watching television a few months ago and I heard this commercial for Ontario, there’s no place like home etc. It showed Justin singing it and I am oh my god that is one amazing voice. He sings it from the heart and it is obvious, I kept watching it everytime it came on. The Sunday Sun or the Monday Sun has his picture in it I was reading last night and I found out his full name and he has CD’s out which I will be buying. Every so often like he indicates in dark places eventually something will come along and help you. I feel that way about successful musicians. We were ready for a song or songs we can all relate to and tunes that remain in our minds that inspire us. Justin’s timing is perfect!!!!

  42. Lingerie on November 27th, 2009 5:54 pm

    crush is AWESOME. me and my hubby were there 2 weeks ago. for some reason i always get him to spend more when we shop for lingerie.

  43. Josie Trapani on December 10th, 2009 12:22 pm

    Hi Angela!

    I was looking at your article and I was very excited to see that the Barbie Digital Nail Printer was 179.99.

    I have one problem! I can’t find it anywhere in Toronto for that price!

    Can you please let me know where you found it for 179.99.

    From what I understand this product is exclusive to Toys R Us and they have it for 199.99. I wanted to “price match it”, but I can’t seem to figure out where you found your price.

    If you can get back to me ASAP, because I would like to purchase this item for my girls.


  44. Carmen on December 15th, 2009 12:47 am

    Do you know where I can get the Little Mommy Walk and Giggle Doll?

  45. Cindi on December 19th, 2009 5:28 pm

    I just saw Justin for the first time last night in Sarnia Ontario. What an inspiration he is. His voice is phenominal. His stage presence was awesome. I forgot that he had a disability. I will definately go back when he graces us with his presence!
    Thank you 99.9 Fox FM Lite Hits for playing his songs and getting me hooked on his voice!

  46. Elio Palazzi on December 22nd, 2009 4:06 pm

    Mr. Rocco ..ho appena lasciato il mio Email in un`altra zona del tuo sito..dato che volevo dirti qualc`osa….ho trovato lo spazio qui`…allora ti volevo dire che sei un gran simpaticone e naturalmente auguri per quello che stai facendo..da bravo Italiano . La mia domanda e`: da che parte dell`Italia vengono i tuoi genitori ? la stessa domanda anche alla tua gentilissima gran Signora. Se avrai tempo…una tua risposta sara` senz` altro gradita….. Saluti cari Elio

  47. Erallyn Annoni on December 31st, 2009 9:03 am

    You have taken $99.99 out of my visa, without i gave you permission. I did not releasie that you could do that, am not rich am a retired woman, please do not do that again. Thanking You. Erallyn

  48. dave on January 6th, 2010 2:13 pm

    I have been a member of Paramount Fight Club when it was called Victory Fight Club. I guess I should have known what was going to happen to my membership the moment one closed down and the other one opened. The owner Sameh Kablawi is a loud mouth attitude filled little worm who says one thing and then does another. He has pissed off a number of clients who have left the Gym. He is at the centre of a number of law suits, and does a great deal of false online advertising. His reputation in the Martials Arts world is crap he has had a number of instructors from the respected Franco-Behring Association leave his employment. Being a long time member I am shocked to see how often people drop by the club out of the blue trying to catch Sameh to collect money for work completed…it always made me wonder why Sameh is never seen at the Gym.

    Pramount Fight Club…No thanks I cannot wait to have membership run out so I can Join Matador MMA in woodbridge and train with Jesse again.

  49. MMAFreak on January 8th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Sameh Kablawi the owner of Paramount fight Club is a scam artist and he will do everything to get your money. He had some great instructors working for him and they have al since left the Gym. Lucky for me I joined on a monthly payment package and was able to leave PFC and go to Matador where his orginal Brazilian JiuJItsu instructor Jesse is now teaching when Jesse left many of the memebers followed him to his new club. I had given Sameh multiple times to fix my issues.

    Thanks Sameh I am a happy member of Matador now. And if you do not believe my experieinces Google Sameh Kablawi and Paramount Fight Club or Victory Fight Club whihc is what it was called before Sameh Scammed his partners and closed it down to open PFC in Vaughan.

  50. Helene on January 18th, 2010 6:52 pm

    You are awsome, your voice and your attitude with life is outstanding. You are an inspiratin to a lot of people. Many people with disabilities, in fact, everyone have abilities that they can use for the good of others, for you it’s your voice. Through your composition, your music and your voice, we can all find ourselves. That’s why I’m gone give your cd’s to my niece, she had an accident in 2007, she is having a really hard time. She was doing good with therapy and all but as a little while back she gave up and now she seems to have lost herself in self pity. I know it’s hard for her but she is so young, 21, with so much and so many people wanting to help her. I hope you will inspire also. Keep it up and waiting to hear more of your beautiful songs.

  51. rose on January 26th, 2010 10:48 pm

    I just want to say you guys are amazing. We moved into our home here in Woodbridge but the bathroom upstairs is so outdated .The room is about 10 ft x 10 ft….It has a Bathtub shower and toilette, It has an old 1980 vanity. Ceramic tiles half way around the room. I hate it. How much would it cost to get this renovated updated? Help!!!

  52. Anthony on January 30th, 2010 12:52 am

    I’ve had the worse experience… Unprofessional staff, Fred Vecchio knows ZERO about paint or business for that matter. If in the area I recommend Centro Paint in Maple, Steeles Paint and Home Depot in Woodbridge.

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  54. rob on January 31st, 2010 12:28 am

    Concord food centre is the best grocery store in toronto

  55. Sue Harrison on January 31st, 2010 6:41 pm

    Stephanie – thank you for this article! I have referred to it a couple of times before with some interest in eating local foods…I have recently finished reading “Eating Animals” and learning of the real and global impacts of factory farming has changed a simple level of interest to action. I am glad to have this information as a start to our new lifestyle, and to doing my part to support local, organic farmers. I hope you will continue to write similar articles providing resources for all kinds of things to folks in this community.
    Thanks again,

  56. Rield on February 4th, 2010 5:41 pm

    Sir what you have written about Albania is completely incorrect and you should feel ashamed of writing incorrect information about Albania, not once have I ever seen a scarecow or teddy bear in front of a home in Albania, and you can base a country on a village or a poor area where you probably have been, if you go to Tirana the capital it is beautiful and nothing like the pictures you have shown. If you go to a poor area in toronto it will not be nice either but we cannot solely base a country on one area because Toronto also has nice places like downtown and certain poor places. Just to let you know Albania is a small country with 4 million residents but it is one of the only countrys in all of europe who have maintained their own language.

  57. Rield on February 4th, 2010 5:44 pm

    and another thing Mother teresa is indded albanian and Tie Domi the hockey player is albanian. Mother teresas mother and sister were buried in Albania if they were not from there they would not be buried there. and half of the people in macedonia are albanian speak albanian.

  58. James Morrison on February 5th, 2010 10:26 am

    The article does not contain any “incorrect information”.

    For example, the fact that you have not seen a scarecrow or a teddy bear does not mean that they do not exist, because they most certainly do. They are called “dordolec” and are intended to ward off the “evil eye”. Here is a discussion on the subject (

    Secondly, the article said that Mother Teresa was Albanian (although she was born in Skopje, Macedonia), so I don’t know why you are upset on that count.

    As for painting Albania in a negative light, the article does not do this either. The only negative comment is that the Tirana bus station was dirty (which it was). If anything, I thought the story showed how friendly and helpful the Albanian people were to visitors.

  59. Igli on February 5th, 2010 10:47 pm

    I read your article and what you wrote in it is very rude towards the people, who like you said where trying to help you. In any country where you go, its how you see things and how you want to interpret them. I travelled in a lot of countrys, they all have good and bad things, but the way you talked in the article is very hatred towards the Albanian people andi very disturbing . Out of curiosity how long did you stay there in order to make fun of all the things in the article you made fun off? And just so you know Mother Teresa is respected all over the world and the airport in Tirana was named after her just like a lot of schools and other things all over the world are. We are proud of her, becuase her mother was from Shkoder, Albania. Now Mother Teresa’s home is a museum in Shkoder.
    I don’t appreciate your article, I think it very disrespecful. I guess you have to write something just so you make a few bucks!!!

  60. Albanian on February 6th, 2010 12:26 am

    While reading your article I started to realize your frustration and why you have used that discriminatory and offensive language. You were charged $80 for a service. That’s too bad that you didn’t do the math on the spot! But you were lucky sir to not have been in one of those banks that were robbed today in Toronto because such things barely happen in Albania.

    You should be ashamed for naming something that’s not even a tradition as a “macabre cultural idiosyncrasy”. Yes, it is true that there are scarecrows in the fields to protect the harvests, but not as much as you can see in the Canadian villages.

    One more thing. On November 28, the Albanian flag was raised in front of the Ontario Parliament and the ceremony was greeted by an MPP. On the contrary, you sir, have put the Albanian flag besides a very discriminatory title. In spite your personal opinion about Albania and Albanians, as long as the Canadian government recognizes and respects Albanian people and Albanian flag, you are obliged to do the same as a Canadian citizen otherwise this is discrimination.

    I advise you that next time you attempt to write about Albania or Albanians better do some reading first. The Albanian culture is one of the oldest in the Balkan.

    Your article is very misleading and does not show any professionalism on your part. I would never read this magazine again if articles of such a poor quality are written in it.

    I urge you to make a public apology to the Albanian community for what you have written!

  61. Colleen Jeffrey on February 6th, 2010 12:46 am

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  62. James Morrison on February 6th, 2010 10:21 am

    There is nothing to apologise for.

    It is natural for people to be patriotic and ‘defend’ their country. It is also true that this is not your typical travel article, which simply sings the praises of an idyllic destination, describes it in flowery adjectives and recommends 5-star resorts.

    I have nothing against Albania or Albanians and this was simply an honest observation from two travellers in the middle of a 30-country around-the-world journey. There is no “hatred” or “discrimination” and nothing that should be “offensive” to anyone.

    All the events in the story are true and there is very little subjective language in the whole article, so I’m not sure why you guys have got your knickers in a twist.

    At the risk of repeating myself, the scarecrow-and-teddy-bear phenomenon is real, whether you like it or not, and I would have no reason to make it up. (See my previous comment for a link to a discussion on the subject.)

    And what is the problem with what I said about Mother Teresa? All I said is that she was born in Macedonia and is Albanian. I wasn’t knocking her at all. She sounds like a nice lady.

    If anyone needs to be more objective, it’s you guys, who have totally over-reacted.

    I’m no doctor, but if I was I would prescribe chill pills all around.

  63. ILIR on February 6th, 2010 12:32 pm

    You seem to have run out of money very quickly. Next time when you decide to visit a country and write about him, find a healthier sponsor. The image of yourself that you convey through this article is of a superficial person, poor traveler and close minded.
    Good luck with your next adventure.
    Ilir Lena
    TV Producer

  64. Elsa Galica on February 6th, 2010 7:57 pm

    I am writing to you about an article that one off your contributing writers Mr. Morrison wrote about Albania. I read the article and I am very sad and disappointed. How is it possible that this person, that calls himself “writer” has such a bitter pen. “Scarecrows and Teddy Bears”-This is the article I am talking about. I have no idea what he meant. I have no idea what scarecrows and Teddy Bears was he talking about. I go to Albania every year. I haven’t seen them!!!! I guess Mr. Morrison has never been to Albania, or has only been to a few villages of Albania, otherwise he would have some ethic and wouldn’t lie like he did. I have been in Canada for 8 years and I wanted to tell him that even though we have been to many restaurants, expensive ones, I have never seen restaurants better than in Albania. I have never seen people that dress better than Albanians, I have never seen people that enjoy life more than Albanians do. Furthermore, I’d say, that he doesn’t know anything about Albania and I can’t understand, how a “writer” gives himself the permission to talk about a country he doesn’t know anything about. Albania is not how he described it. I don’t understand the reason though. I just don’t get it. What is his problem? Maybe he hates to death somebody that is Albanian and writes this big lie about Albania? I would really like him to see those videos about Albania, and to actually go to Albania, and after that he can write another article, a real one. I am very upset as all my Albanian friends are. He, whoever he is, can not through mud on our country.

    I would appreciate your cooperation in this matter. He should apologize to all Albanians, for insulting us and for lying about Albania the way he did.

    I am sending you a few links and I’d ask if you could possibly forward these links to him so he can educate himself about Albania and get to know Albania.


    Elsa Galica

  65. Genta on February 6th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Wow! What a poorly written “article”. Perhaps it was your mood that affected this write, but it is to say, it is very unprofessional. Very vague observations made on such declarations. Please get to know more about Albania before you decide to publish such a deceiving article. And as for Mr. Morrison here, it is to say you are very obivious on Albania and it’s traditions, culture,customs. Also, Mother Theresa along with Jim Belushi, and Tie Domi are all Albanians no matter where they were born.
    I also agree with all the above comments, and suggest you learn about Albania before proclaiming such deceiving facts.

  66. Elinda on February 6th, 2010 11:07 pm

    Its nice to see an article written about your country when you are so faraway,but when i started reading first few row and i recognize that he is making fun of my country.Mr Morrison WERE YOU EXCPECTING BRAD PITT to be bus driver in Albania because the one that you saw didn’t had the exceptation that you were looking for? Too bad. All over the world scarecrows are made for the same reason, to protect the harvest. Just to let you, in Albania they are for the same reason. Good luck on the next travel and don’t forget to take extra money and a calculator and beware that in any country in Europe, its expensive, or better don’t travel at all. I would like to see your scarred face because I can recognize a cold heart from the way you wrote this article. And just to let you know, I like living in Canada but I am proud to be Albanian. I would aslo like to know your background because you might have come in Canada before me and you have some memories from homeland like everybody does if you are not Native.

  67. Miranda on February 6th, 2010 11:27 pm

    Seems like the only thing you wrote this article about was to declare your money issues while you were there,so then decided to brag about everything else and trash-talk Albania.
    Please get your facts straight and get informed.

  68. Isia Cullhai-Di Paolo on February 7th, 2010 3:13 am

    A response to the article “Scarecrows and Teddy Bears” by James Morrison.

    Dear City Life Magazine and Mr. Morrison.

    My letter comes as a response of your article “Scarecrows and teddy bears” posted on the February/March 2010 edition. I find this article to be offensive and diminishing not only toward the Albanian community but also is concerning the Canadian community well. For instance my husband, who is a Canadian born citizen, accompanied by my family in-low and my friends are very puzzled from the content of this article. If a petition will be needed to prove my point I wont hesitate to create and provide such a document. The stigma enfolded in this article is in such deep level that not only do I feel my human rights have been exploited, but also I believe my country, Albania, has been ridiculed unjustly. Mr. Morrison, I do apologize for my lack of knowledge regarding your professional achievements and educational status, however i ought to say that it doesn’t take a genius to understand that u have crossed some ethical boundaries. Allow me to be more explicit by making some reference points from your article. In the very first paragraph of your article Mr. Morrison u refer to Albania as being known for two things:
    “The first is that it is involved in the Kosovo dispute, but I don’t know the details” (J. Morrison, The City Life magazine.) My objection to that comment is that, this is a serious article, not a first year university essay Sir. If u wish to make reference to a particular political dispute, than perhaps u might want to make further research to support your ideas rather than just proposing an idea lacking a body of internal thoughts. I suggest u direct to the dispute as it has been known in history by using the right terminology. It has been refereed to as the war between Serbia and Kosovo.

    My frustration and psychological terror doesn’t stop here, it continues with the second paragraph were Albanian individuals are portrayed as “peculiar” which means otherwise strange, odd, unusual. This opinion was based on a man in the bus who resembled, by using your description, Mel Gibson crossed with Sylvester Stallone after he has been punched in the face 200 times. Mr. Morrison I don’t know what ethical rules u r following but, would you look at a person with disabilities in the bus and ridicule them based on physical features ? My inner morality wouldn’t allow me to write such passage at any time. The article continues with describing Albanian houses as being unfinished that are “all” embellished with scarecrow and teddy bears. I would like to know why such generalization? Where are these houses located, in the rural areas of Albania, what village or city is this?

    The Albanian boarders have been open to foreigners for at least twenty years and even though I personally phoned the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and External Affairs, i was enable to find a single person in authority to confirm such Law. How did you and your wife Mr. Morrison enabled this journey to Albania? I can only imagine how hard it must have been to enter our closed boarders as a tourist?

    This article is the most unrefined kind of parody. Fruit of unprofessionalism. The assumptions made in this article are unforgivable such as: “The result of this is Albania and it’s people are not used to foreigners.” (J. Morrison, The City Life magazine.)

    The article continues with scrutinizing Tirana, which by the way is my home town, and doesn’t look like much of anything according to Mr. Morrison. What part of Tirana is this that u r commenting on Sir? Certainly I haven’t witnessed such scene in my home town taking under consideration that I know every corner of the city like the palm of my hand and proving that pictures of such outrageous scenes weren’t included in the article.

    I would like to conclude by saying that the Albanian community has been subjected once again to stereotyping and I truly consider this article to inspire cultural genocide at many levels but i shall stress the psychological level. If this is what freedom of writing is defined to be these days, we should review what the real meaning of freedom is. After the publication of this article I feel oppressed and oppression is the widely known as an enemy of freedom. I would appreciate a letter of apology not only directed to me but also to the Albanian community. We will not stand suppressed any longer. My voice represents the voice of many Albanians who have contributed productively to our beloved adopted mother country, Canada. My voice is the voice of honest tax payer and family members. If it is going to take me to approach legal authorities, radios, televisions, universities and else, trust me I will. This type of narcissistic behavior should be stopped a way or another.

    Mrs.Isia Cullhai-Di Paolo

  69. Elsa Galica on February 7th, 2010 9:58 am

    Inkurajoj te gjithe shqiptaret t’i shkruajne zj. Michelle Zerillo-Soza @, Editor-in-chief e revistes se mesiperme.

  70. Nazmi Galica on February 7th, 2010 10:16 am

    I read your article Morrison and shame on you. I don’t know who paid you to write this, and I’d like to know who you work for. However, average people, without education, without knowledge, are free to write whatever they want. You’d beter klick on the links above Morrison and educate yourself. I hope this mistake you made is going to be a good lesson for you so next time you get prepared before you write about something, especially if you write about a country. This article shows to everybody that you are not a good writer, and I hope the Editor-in-chief of the magazine understands it too. You don’t know the history of Albania, you don’t know the language. It is so funny, you say that mother Theresa is not Albanian, and you don’t know her name Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, that is an Albanian name and last name, and you even say that she was born in Skopje and morrison, Skopje is Shkup and it was an Albanian city but it was given unjustly to Macedonia along with other cities of Albania in 1913. And this is the thing that makes me laugh because you mention the facts yourself and contradicts yourself. What a writer! And, I read that you were also “Business Analyst at Assante Advisory Services”. I am sure that they fired you, and I come in this conclusion reading that you weren’t able to calculate your money and to advise yourself and plan the money for a trip to a foreign country. How would you be able to be a business analyst?? No way. I am sorry morrison, but with this article you made so much fun of yourself. Good job boy.

  71. James Morrison on February 7th, 2010 1:19 pm

    As I have said previously, there is nothing factually inaccurate in the article and, therefore, nothing to apologise for. You guys all need to relax.

    Everyone has a different opinion of a place when they travel there. Many people who come to Canada do not have a 100% positive opinion of it. That does not mean that Canadians should get up in arms and demand apologies.

    Sure, I could have gone on and on in glowing terms about the historical charms of Tirana or the quaint rural villages, but the purpose of the story was to provide an alternative viewpoint.

    Several other travellers I have spoken to have also found Albania to be an unusual country. I’m sorry if you find this offensive but that’s just the way it is. There are certain features about Albania that are different from many other countries. It doesn’t make it a bad place (and I never said it was).

    The essence of the article, which you have all missed in your blinkered rage, is the fact that so many of the locals were willing to go out of their way to help us out.

    All this nonsense about “oppression” and “deceiving facts” and “throughing [sic] mud” is just ridiculous over-reaction.

    Perhaps it is telling that the only people complaining here are Albanians who are unable to laugh at themselves.

    Unfortunately, the people who have commented here have done much more damage to the ‘good name’ and credibility of Albania and Albanians through their unreasoned frenzy than anything I wrote in the story.

    I’m sorry that you complainers are so sensitive but perhaps you need to take a step back and stop treating the article as an attack on your home country (which it was never intended to be).

    It was simply an honest first impression of a country that was a last-minute addition to our travel itinerary.

    And the guy did look like Mel Gibson/Sylvester Stallone.

  72. ILIR on February 7th, 2010 3:13 pm

    I am glad you admit that your trip “was a last-minute addition to our travel itinerary”. In other words, it was poorely prepared. That explains why the article is poorely writen. Sure, you have a unique point of view, but you Sir lack focus.

    I urge my fellow country people here in this blog to stop worrying so much and get used to Anglosaxon cynism and their dependence on pills for relax.

  73. Elsa Galica on February 7th, 2010 3:51 pm

    Hi Morrison, it is different to have an opinion and keep it for yourself or share it with friends and it is different to make your opinion public and write an article about it. So, you should take your responsibility about what you wrote and for sure you should apologize. Everybody has to be responsible for what they say especially people like you that have the possibility to make your opinions public. So, we don’t need to relax, we need you to apologize because you insulted a whole nation and you don’t have any right to do it.

  74. Genc Tirana on February 7th, 2010 5:10 pm


    This is the first time I read a story of yours and I hope the last one. Nevertheless, from my intuition as a journalist I assume that you ether wrote this story without knowing the principle of the Inverted Pyramid, which addresses 5 questions ‘who,’ ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ in the first paragraph, which is quite impossible because every student in Canada is introduced to such writing structure since grade 6 or intentionally got bribed to spread a bad image of Albania in Canada, which happens often among cheap foreign journalists who agree to participate into the hate speech affair in that part of Balkan region.

    However I don’t want to speculate about your intentions or your professional skills. What I want to say is that readers of the City Life Magazine are not so naive to believe a story that has no names in it. You explained a lot in your story about this city or village which borders Macedonia where you pretend to have been there but you didn’t give the readers the specifications about the name and the exact location. The same thing happened when you described the policemen and other characters in your story. From this point of view it seems that the whole story of yours is made up.

    There is one point in your story though that you seem to be honest and objective. You admit that you only know two things about Albania. I’m sorry to say that every journalist in the world and moreover a Canadian journalist is supposed to know a bit more about a country before daring to inform the multicultural public of Canada about the situation in a there. It’s obvious that you don’t know anything about the Albanian history, landscape, hospitality and effort for prosperity after a painful isolation. Not only that, but it seems that you know so little from the Balkans region when you write about the currencies of these countries. Not only as a journalist but even as a common tourist you must know that not every currency is exchangeable in such foreign exchange offices. Next time if you have some changes of Macedonian Denar you have to exchange them first in Euro, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars or any other Western currencies and then you will be able to get Leks in Albania and vice versa if you travel in other Eastern Countries. However you are saying that in the end you were able to exchange Denars to Lek, which means they broke this rule making you a favour and being nice with a foreigner as they usually are. I hope you will understand what a awful, unprofessional and uninformative article you have offer to your readers.

    Genc Tirana

  75. shqato on February 7th, 2010 8:05 pm

    This reminds me of the British A. A. Gill (hope I got the name right) who wrote travel notes about Albania, which was perceived extremely insulting from Albanians.

    I think such reactions are very infantile. I love Albania, but unfortunately, the corruption there looms. Being so sensitive towards an article that is just a travelogue, and bringing here the flag and the celebration of November 28, the Parliament, etc… is just going way out of proportion and is quite comical, if not tragicomic. Nobody said anything bad about Mother Theresa. Poor she! She has turned into a flag and instrument in the hands of super-patriots.

    Why such reaction? Why are we not capable of behaving like grown ups? Why do we take ourselves so seriously and behave like neurotic children… to the point that even his Excellency, the Honorary Consul should respond (in a lame and embarrassing English in urgent need of at least a spell check, by the way).

  76. Ana on February 7th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Now you have covered up yourself and pretend to be some guy with the name Shqato. You have no face and courage to speak your mind any more sir.
    I congratulate you for the attempts you are making to find out a nickname for yourself that would sound a litlle bit Albanian. The pills are taking effect……..

  77. shqato on February 7th, 2010 9:18 pm

    Reminding J. Morrison of the 5 Ws and demanding that he applies the ‘Inverted Pyramid lessons’ like a school kid is a bit fart fetched, almost an attempt in turning this show full of patriotic tears into a burlesque. As a well-experienced journalist, Tirana should be able to distinguish between travel impressions and investigative articles. What does he mean by the 5 Ws? Names of people and places? Should Morrison provide the names of the bus driver, of the money exchange agent, and the policemen he encountered? For what? Is he trying to uncover any crime or trying to catch criminals?

    As Albanians, we still need to learn lessons of “free people expressing free thoughts”. Whether we agree or disagree about Morrison’s writing, impressions and perceptions cannot be easily changed. In fact they remain unchanged, and are even reinforced the more one uses the language of accusation, the more one demands apologies or forceful changes. When Albania grows up as a country governed by the rule of law, where citizens trust the government, and the government deserves their trust — then the travelers’ impressions and Albania’s image will change. Then we will not need any more to hide behind Mother Theresa, Jim Belushi and other celebrities.

  78. Eneida Hajiou on February 7th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Mr. Shqato
    When a people and it’s home are portrayed in such poor manner by a proffessional whose work is read by many I believe that the reaction should be as such. It is true that there is corruption in Albania just like everywhere else around the Globe, the only difference is that the corruption in the west is more refined and done in a more “educated” way and with more devastating consequences then in other smaller and poorer countries such as Albania. Therefore is not as easy to spot by people like yourself. Furthermore, how can the albanian people “relax” when the reputation of Albania is at stake? How would you Sir like it if someone spread negative rumors about your family without any real facts to back it up? except some money exchanging incident (and by the way currency exchange officess here in Canada also give a little calculator receipt when you exchange your money) But then perhaps you are the westernized type of person who disregards opinion and ethics in exchange for individualistic ideas and selfishness. So I have no more to say to you.

    Mr. Morrison
    I do agree with you that in every article, whether social, entertaining or political, there should be different points of view offered. But sir my question to you is why do you not stand by your own words and do so? All I observed from your article were negative views of Albania and its people. You think that by throwing in there the names of Mother Theresa and James Belushi you did justice to freedom of speech? You sir shame the world of journalism with your writing because if according to you this was meant to be funny, it should have been published in the comics section of a newspaper and not in an informative magazine. Because the people who read such magazines expect honest journalists to supply facts and not biased personal opinions of a country they have no clue of. If you were correct in you work duties you would also inform the public of the positive virtues Albania holds such as: beautiful landscape and beaches, wonderful organic food, meditterenean weather, great hospitality, an original language and traditions as well as a very cultured and sharp people amongst many other things that I don’t find it necessary to list in these comments. People who dare comment on a country should do at least a little research before stating falsifications full of negative and hateful statements. Your superiors should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such poor material to be published in their magazine. I and many of my friends will never read it again.

    So long Mr. Scarecrow (just my personal opinion)

  79. Gus Shyti on February 7th, 2010 10:02 pm

    I’d like to add my two cents and say that the writter (James) wrote about his first impression… How many times have we travelled to a destination that was so highly talked about (by others) only to have a negative experience??? How many times have you eaten at a 5star restaurant and rate it only a 3??? That was his personal experience and he wished to write about it.

    I love the comment by Elsa Galica “we have been to many restaurants, expensive ones, I have never seen restaurants better than in Albania. I have never seen people that dress better than Albanians”… Elsa can you say I love Albania.

  80. Holta on February 7th, 2010 10:14 pm

    This is a blog entry from 2007 from the same journalist, I think. Just curious, why would somebody post in 2010 things that happened 3 years ago? Should he at least mention it in the article/notes…..?

    On another note, if should be obvious to some of us that English is a second language to most of Albanians here in Canada. The inability to write proper English shouldn’t be embarrassing to some of us: this is not an essay contest.

    Best regards,

  81. Ana Topcia on February 7th, 2010 10:31 pm

    I believe that everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion, I’m not saying I enjoyed the article, but it was this writer’s impression of our country and he’s entitled to it. Perhaps he will visit again in the future (or maybe not after he is receiving all this negativity from this blog) if he does hopefully he will be more open to the beauty of Albania.

    In response to Elsa’s comment “I have never seen restaurants better than in Albania. I have never seen people that dress better than Albanians”, I think some Canadians would be offended by these comments, she is criticizing James for his negative comments, but she has just done the same.

  82. Geraldina on February 7th, 2010 10:33 pm

    it says speak your mind so please dont be offended by my comment.

    Couldnt you find at least a REAL albanian name to use instead of ”SHQATO” uhm sorry to say but thats FAKE. haha

    And why are you offending us?
    How would you feel if a weirdo complained about your country? yea not good didnt think so (:

    pfft are you serious because your comment was so nice ,
    all i saw was blah blah blah .
    Good thing is no one will care about your opinion and well , i read your article and it was baloney .
    Why dont you say the good things about albania?
    Every country has bad things about it and every country has a corrupted government , sorry to say : )

    RELAX are you like joking??
    You didnt have time to relax in albania because according to you they gave you 80$ less, Oh whine no one cares, Why didnt you take your time and enjoy the beaches and thank the people that came to help you -____-

    Why dont you relax and stop writing stupid articles,
    Because honestly Albanians are better then what you will ever ”think”
    Oh and by the way , dont delete my comment because ill keep writing it over and over so dont waste your time (:

    Your not even worth saying bye to you ,

    LOSERRR :)

  83. Geraldina on February 7th, 2010 10:41 pm

    Oh shut up , LISTEN ive been to albania , i lived in albania and i still visit albania


    just cause you see it at one or two houses doesnt mean its true kaay ?

    Stop trying to turn this around on us,

    Your just writing dumb things cause you want money ,

    im not dumb kaay ? :)

  84. Geraldina on February 7th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Uhh okay ?
    PFFT so much attitude eh?
    you have no right : )

    I sujesst you apologize and stop bieng an…
    Well lets just say . im not going to say it here : )
    but i think your smart enough to know :)

  85. Kevin on February 7th, 2010 10:52 pm

    what the heck are you talking about albania is the best country in the world you be quiet and never again you EVER ever talk about albania like that!!!!

  86. shqato on February 7th, 2010 11:27 pm

    OK, I’m not Mr. Shqato… I am Mrs. Sh. Qato. What does it matter? And what does it matter whether I’m fake or real? How many of you would be real here? And why would I or anyone care? As a person, I am not really that interesting, just like most of you might not be – so please, let’s put ad hominem attacks or theories of conspiracy aside. Instead of being upset over who I am or whom I represent and who I serve, let’s stay focused on the arguments and ideas… Or has the target now shifted from Morrison’s writing to me? If so, let’s talk in Albanian and give J. Morrison a break.

    Just because someone dares to write about his not-so-good experience in Albania, shouldn’t be a cause for collective hysteria. Not a big deal… Have you read what other articles elsewhere say about Albania? Albania is what it is and anyone who has eyes to see, ears to listen and mind to think knows what it is. After 20 years of transition, it is still a sad reality and a funny and not an unusual traveler story, exaggerated or not, doesn’t add or change much.

  87. Angela on February 7th, 2010 11:38 pm

    Mr. Morrison,

    I have a University degree on Journalism and I was reading your article from a professional point of view. I realized that more than half of your article is about your money exchange and your adventure of trying to get back 80 Canadian Dollars. With all the respect, this sounds more like those cheap reviews about hotels or movies, where you can freely express all your emotions about a certain issue, depending on how the citizens perceive it. I couldn’t retrieve any detailed information from your article about Albanian economy growth, touristic sites, history, tradition, culture, weather or even political views.
    It is obvious that you somehow wanted to let out your frustration of losing your money, through the article. However, this fact is neither professionalism nor ethical.
    I am wondering…..would you feel better if you get that money back? I would kindly offer 80 CAD to you, if instead of wasting time running after money you would try to focus more on gathering some useful information about the country you decided to write about.
    I am surprised, that you still have the nerve to reply and defend your already “spoiled” meal, instead of apologizing for ruining the appetite of the readers. You have really served an awful dish.

  88. Gerii on February 7th, 2010 11:43 pm

    He doesnt have to be mean , he doesnt have to write about albania, if your albanian why arent you standing up for your country? Are you embarrised?
    Give him a break ? give albania a break its a great country dont hate appreciate,

  89. Elsa Galica on February 7th, 2010 11:47 pm

    E dashur Ana, nuk eshte ofendim te thuash qe s’kam pare njerez qe veshen me mire se Shqiptaret, ofendim do te ishte sikur te thosha qe Canadezet veshen me keq se shqiptaret. Besoj se e kupton ndryshimin. Megjithese nuk besoj se eshte vendi te rrime e te kundershtojme njeri tjetrin ketu. Shpresoj se e kupton edhe nje gje te tille.

  90. Altin on February 7th, 2010 11:50 pm

    I am sorry I cannot call you “Sir” that can’t be your title, I cannot mention you as “Gentleman” either Goran, sorry! You will only be Goran and not much to say about it. Your name tells it all Goran. For people who do not know Albania let me just explain that Albanians call some people Goran and that is not to offend them, but because thei are from Gora community in Albania, and they are very respected people who leave in Albania close to the Albanian- Macedonian border, they are very well integrated in the Albanian society, they have schools in their own language, they have their own religion and live their live peacefully.

    How is it Goran you don’t mention how much you paid on the hotel in Tirana (Albania) most probable 30 CAD. And you know what, let me tell you that no one in Albania and Macedonia who hasn’t been in England or North America know who C. B Fry is and what cricket is, so keep this to yourself Goran (is a good progress you know what cricket is who CB Fry is). You Goran came from Macedonia to Albania and you did not notice that the house of Mather Teresa (an Albanian form Macedonia) is destroyed by Macedonian government as part of changing the identity of people and places there, instead in Albania people can be declared freely what they think they are and predict in peace their own religion.

    I’ll tell you Goran I am only writing with “You” because in English is the same for singular and plural and I cannot use “ti” but you know what I mean!!!!!

  91. Geraldina , on February 7th, 2010 11:52 pm

    In reply to ana’s comment .

    elsa, was trying to tell him albanians are great people,
    she never said they are better?
    how would she know anyway she is just ttrying to stand up for her country ,
    This was a very poor article,
    You insulted albania,
    i personally dont mind your opinion ,
    you can hate love i dont mind,
    dont make it public
    its mean .

  92. Geraldina , on February 7th, 2010 11:57 pm

    Famous albanians ?

    Ill name a few : )

    Oh look , theres so many it wouldnt fit this comment : )

    Travel brochures oh my,

    Yes because if you go to south america lets say ,
    they put a famous person on the brochure ,
    Yea not really,
    this article bugged me and im not going to stop defending my country

    go to this website

    Dont hate ^^ : )

  93. Geraldina , on February 7th, 2010 11:59 pm

    Angela ,

    You have enlightened me ,
    You are right,
    I will offer him 80$
    He is acting like a little whining baby right now,
    Money is different in every country !

  94. Altin on February 8th, 2010 12:17 am

    I’ll bet you run out of money there because you have to pay too much for copyrights clearance of that police officer photo. You couldn’t find someone cheaper so you could have saved some money for your journey!!!!!!!!

  95. ILIR on February 8th, 2010 12:32 am

    I think the best answer to bad journalism is to let it go. By reacting like this we are offering too much publicity to this author. Italians have suffered from stereotyping more than Albanians and yet, their great men such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Verdi, etc. were never enough to help them improve their image.
    Improving the image is a long process and it starts in Albania. We in Canada can only help, but unfortunately can’t be major players.
    The majority of positive travel articles are sponsored either by private organizations or interested government. Apparently Mr. Morrison’s was not. Also, as he admits it, it was “a last minute” decision to visit Albania. And finally, he seems to by very cynical, dishonest and superficial. So, here we have a cocktail of A.A. Gill drink…
    Naten e mire
    Ilir Lena

  96. MARIO on February 8th, 2010 2:01 am

    Holta you are absolutely right. This was published three years ago. i agree with my fellow peer on the “cultural genocide” comment. What drove this foe journalist to repost an article from 3 years ago and reframe it’s content as if it had been written yesterday. What a joke. I will personally make sure to contact City TV and make this public. Let’s all try to make this known because the republication of this story is just the reinforcement of James Morrison’s hate toward the eastern and specifically Albanian culture.

  97. Bes Kondaj on February 8th, 2010 1:29 pm

    I do have to agree that one has its own opinion with regards to the situation ,however, this article is premature and completely bias. You go on and on about your negative experience therefore painting negativity for the readers of this magazine.

    I grew up in Tirana and in my 16 years there I have NEVER seen a teddy bear or scarecrow. I have no idea where you ended up to see such things. I cannot deny that you did not see it ,however, it is very uncommon unlike suggested in the article. If you go to United States and people tell you that the beaver is your best friend and start throwing the word “eh” in every sentence then you would have a dismissal look and be annoyed. Those are the feelings shared by the people in the community.

    Lastly, why did you not ask the clerk before hand for the fee to exchange the money. You traveled 30 countries and it never crossed your mind to ask such BASIC question? In any business transaction that is the first question being asked and it is mind boggling that a man of your stature did not think of such simple thing.

    Your experience could have been different if you followed simple travelers guides, and maybe today we would be commenting on your positive experience ,but, hey… it’s one man’s opinion. Maybe you will have better luck next time or maybe you won’t jump the gun to write an article based on excessive commission.

  98. Andi on February 8th, 2010 5:33 pm

    In your article, among others, you wrote : “No way, Goran”.
    Is it your real name ? if so we can easely drow the conclusions.

  99. It doesn't matter on February 8th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Hi James,

    I agree with you point of view of being an outsider and give an opinion for a country being there in transit for two or three days. I will put you in my shoes to defend your country and culture. How do you feel about defending Canada regarding the seal hunt issue, when an European call this country “uncivilised” and “barbarian”? My point is that anybody can describe the negative side if the intention is there.

  100. ILIR on February 8th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Letter to the publisher:

    Hi Michelle,

    thank you for your reply with clarifications of your side.

    I think Mr. Morrison’s attempt to write a travel story about Albania has failed. He is very superficial, out of focus, misleading and very cynical. Just an example: his statement about Albanians as “not used to foreigners” sounds like an insult.

    Albania was kept in isolation from Hoxha regime for decades, but since 1990 Albania has experience the largest emigration phenomena in the world: 1/3 of its population has left Albania. These people and their family members come and go bringing with them not only new experiences, but they also serve as a human bridge with people from countries where they have establish their residence. Moreover, Albania is a NATO member and a candidate for EU membership. Canadians, Americans and Europeans enter the country not only without any visas, but also without any entry fee. Hundreds of foreign non-government organization from allover the world have their representative offices in Albania, not to mention tens of thousand of foreign visitors. By depicting Albanians as “not used to foreigners” give a lot of space for misinterpretation. How? It sounds like they are xenophobic, at least.

    Or take the other statement about Albanians who have “a peculiar aspect …like a guy … with massive mullet”. This kind of language is unacceptable in the 21st century. It sounds like a travel diary from some English traveller in Africa of 17th – 18th century, where the writer find himself among indigenous people and depict them how he wishes just to amuse his Anglo-Saxon racist readers.

    On the other side, your position in defending this cheap journalist is also unacceptable, because you knowingly or unknowingly have published an outdated article without informing the readers. I would suggest you take the following steps:

    1) remove this article from your web page
    2) write an apology in your next issue.

    If you are asking yourself why such a strong reaction from so many people, then ask an Italian-Canadian how he feels when their fathers and grandfathers are mostly represented in movies and books only as “Mafia people”.

    Take care and take it seriously this time.
    Ilir Lena
    TV Producer

  101. alba on February 8th, 2010 8:12 pm

    Dear James,

    Life is full of experiences. Some of them are like you have expressed about Albania. However, in my opinion you have only expressed the negative part or maybe since your trip was very short you couldn’t experience any thing else.

    Here are some question that I feel asking as a reader:

    1-Do you think you are knowledgeable about what you are writing?
    2- If you are only expressing your opinion why only negativity?
    3-If I was you I will go in summer time, there are some beautiful beaches and the people are very friendly.
    4- That were the only pictures that do took during the trip?

    In my opinion, as a reader the writer should write the facts by dividing the truth from biases.

  102. shqato on February 8th, 2010 8:23 pm

    Please, enough already with the story of apologies…

    Let me first clarify one thing: This article may not be a model of journalism, but I don’t think it was meant to be as such… The title is somewhat bizarre and I’m sure the writer could have come up with several much better options. Second, after reading the article, you get the feeling the story was somehow interrupted. It seems incomplete, or cut off, almost as if someone accidentally omitted a whole chunk of it.

    Nevertheless, demanding apologies for a story that describes a personal experience is absurd. I find the narrative quite believable. I can picture the same thing happening to me (even though I am a native Albanian and language wouldn’t be a barrier).

    A few other things:

    1) Describing Albanians as “not used to foreigners” may technically be inaccurate. However, Albanians have proven themselves to be quite skilled in “copying and pasting” from the Western world, but without exceeding the borders of clothing, fashion, cat-walks, Miss Albania shows, tastes, objectification of women, cars, luxury, trashy TV and radio shows and last not least – the laws and constitution.

    What they have not been able to “copy and paste” is the mindset, the democracy developed step by step and block by block, the rule of law, the willingness to protect their landscape and environment, the habit to put garbage in the trash can, the trust in the public system and a well run government, the respect for the public space – just to name a few. In this respect Albanians are “not used to foreigners” makes sense, doesn’t it?

    2) It was disappointing to read comments with which someone labeled Morrison as Goran. The author even dared to explain what Goran means. But this is no different than calling Morrison, let’s say a Nigga. And this is shameful. Albanians have suffered from others labeling them with all sorts of racist words, but it’s sad to see that who suffered from racism is equally a racist, and ready to stick the same labels on others.

    3) Whoever offered to pay Morrison $80 back I think is wrong and misses the point. What does this mean? “It’s OK that the agency guy ripped an individual off, here take my money and let’s get over it!” How generous, indeed!!! Who cares about (in)justice?

    80 dollars is no trivial amount of money (especially having in mind that many of you who joined the discussion earn perhaps no more than $10 per hour, not to mention that some might even be on welfare – but hopefully not). Money is work and hard-working people respect work! People (including the highly paid) get upset when they are fooled, even over one or two bucks. And if they have been taken advantage, it is their right to be disappointed, and when such things happen, they should be rectified.

    Last but not least, we do not always check receipts on the spot, because we tend to give people “the benefit of the doubt”. A transaction is carried out based on mutual trust, not on fear that you are being taken advantage of! I have been careless occasionally, but if I decided to return to a store or service provider in the US or Canada over a disputed item, I have usually been pleased with the treatment and outcome….

    There is more I can include in the list above, but I think 3 should be sufficient.

  103. ILIR on February 8th, 2010 8:31 pm

    come on “Mrs. Sh.Qato” (read Morrison), you don’t need to change your gender and nationality just to defend a lost cause. In this case pills are more efficient…

  104. Bujar Kelmendi on February 8th, 2010 9:09 pm

    Mr. Morrison.
    Here are some useful tips about Albania and Albanian people.
    1) Albanians are the same as in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro etc. The borders which left more albanians outside Albania were drawn by European powers in 19th century to “reward Albanians for stopping the Ottoman Empire spread to other parts of Europe”. Albanians do not recognize these borders. That’s why any Albanian famous or not from “bordering countries” are albanians from Albania.
    2) Do not visit any country with prejudicial views toward its people and places. Next time study it. relax, open your mind, and do not make conclusions about things which are true to you only.
    3) In roman times the people from northern europe were called Barbarians. In this century the Barbarians are giving lessons to the roman remains and the rest of the world how to live and govern. You never know what the future will bring.

    Useful tip for you:
    Grow up, be a man, admit that your article has prejudicial comments and views about Albania and its people and apologize for it.

    Caesar Augustus – founder of Rome


  105. Bujar Kelmendi on February 8th, 2010 9:17 pm

    Mr. Shqato
    You are a biggot, racist. and a true BUM. What makes you think that people who are writing here are in welfare or work and make only $10 per hour.
    What an idiot!
    F. U.

  106. shqato on February 8th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Ilir, am I supposed to feel flattered now, that you cannot distinguish between an anonymous like me and Morrison? Or are you suggesting that if I were an Albanian, you could never imagine me speak my mind and express views that are not the same as those of the patriotic crowd’s? Apo, nuk do te prishesh imazhin e turmes qe mendon “en bloc”, si “trup i vetem”? Morrison-i andej, turma ketej — si rrjedhim une s’mund te jem tjeter vecse maska e Morrison-it…

    When even moderated and civilized people like you get so worked up over such things, then I think you must be right. It is a lost cause, indeed!

    Pills? Why not save them for much more serious and worthier causes?

  107. ILIR on February 8th, 2010 9:55 pm

    kauzat mbrohen me emer dhe mbiemer dhe jo prapa ferrave.

  108. shqato on February 8th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Ashtu eshte, mirepo pastaj duhet te durosh komente si ai i mesipermi, “biggot”, “bum”, “what an idiot”.
    Kauzat i mbrojne me mire argumentat dhe arsyetimi, pak duan t’ia dine per emrin e mbiemrin. “Prapa ferrave” eshte togfjalesh teper i lodhur.

  109. ILIR on February 8th, 2010 10:26 pm

    Duhet ta pranoj qe nuk jam i mire ne llogoren e bllogjeve, por u acarova shume me komentin tuaj ne lidhje me Genc Tiranen (in a lame and embarrassing English in urgent need of at least a spell check, by the way). Genci nuk u prononcua ne bllog si konsull i shqiptareve, pse u turbulluat aq shume?
    Juve qe jeni kaq e preokupuar dhe e artikuluar per kauzen e lirise se shprehjes dhe “femijerine” shqiptare, s’duhet te fyeni dike per nje cilesi qe ju mendoni se e keni me tepri. Kjo moj moter/vella/shoqe/shok eshte cinizem. Ne kete pike jeni ne nje llogore me Gim Morrin (James Morrison). Megjithate pergezime per anglishten. Jam i mahnitur me shkallen e larte te zoterimit.

  110. shqato on February 8th, 2010 10:51 pm

    Me shume se anglishtja me irritoi permbajtja, toni pompoz, dhe patronizimi ne ate mesazh te gabuar, te pafat do ta quaja. Me vjen keq dhe nuk kisha per qellim te fyeja kend – ndofta duhet ta kisha shamangur ate fjali qe permend. Po tani, me thuaj si mendon: kur ulesh t’i shkruash nje kolegu gazetar a gazetes zyrtarisht e publikisht, perse te mos perdoresh se paku ndihmen e nje miku a nje studenti sa per t’i hedhur nje sy e per ta redaktuar te shkretin shkrim?

    Pasqyren e ndjek me sa mundem, dhe te pergezoj edhe une per punen e mire.

  111. Arthur on February 8th, 2010 10:55 pm

    Dear Mr. Morrison,

    Dancing with Albanians, it’s a really interesting design, because Albanians were born dancers…earliest in the Europe History and will give you a perfect chance, of being famous journalist, if you are not so far?!

    Visiting and trying to understand a foreign country, you really get a grasp, how universal human emotions can be; however, you also see, how much culture observe, how you deal with those Scarecrows and Teddy Bears emotions…

    We all get angry, we all get sad, we all get worried, we all love our family, we all love our traditions and we all want some happiness in our lives. How do we deal with these things? How do we find these things? All these are questions answered largely in terms of culture.

    Being there and giving your opinion about Albanian lifestyle, seems to be, an exercise in the age-old line of walking in another person’s shoes. Guess not!!! No matter what you did there, you’re still a Canadian, and you’re going, at least somewhere deep down, from a Canadian life-style. You judge, you react, you analyze, you criticize from a Canadian life-style, but you’re learning to make room for alternative ways of reasoning. If we all share something deeper than culture in common, namely the “human condition,” there has to be a way to understand each -other. Yes, you are a Canadian, but before you are so, you are human being. Existence came before nations, and certainly Albania and Canada.

    That’s my only consideration about your article and
    sorry English is not my first language, to meet with my sense of humor,
    My point of view is the thought of a better or try !

    Good luck ,


    tur dynjoja.pacom

  112. Elsa Galica on February 8th, 2010 10:59 pm

    I lexova komentet e mesiperme, dhe e kam te veshtire te besoj qe i/e parafundit eshte me te vertete shqiptar dmth ndoshta eshte i/e lindur e rritur ne Shqiperi, por SHQIPTAR/SHQIPTARE brez pas brezi, s’me besohet.

  113. Igli on February 8th, 2010 11:03 pm

    shqato nqs ti e pranon se qa tha ai (se nuk mundem as emrin me ja than )ti ndoshta i ke te gjitha ato qe per mendi ndoshta ti ke ken ai dordoleci por ta dish se na shqiptarte nuk jena

  114. Genc on February 8th, 2010 11:21 pm

    There is no doubt that this article has been written being imprisioned by the deepest hatred possible. The worst message doesn’t come from scarecrowns or Teddy Bears, which are so popular here in Canada as well but, from the fact that here in Canada which is the model of multiculturalism and reciprocal respect, we still can find racist voices sticking around.

    Fact: The people look a bit peculiar, such as the guy on the bus who looks like Mel Gibson circa Lethal Weapon with massive mullet and all, crossed with Sylvester Stallone at the end of a Rocky movie once he’s had his face punched 200 times.

    Fact: A trivia question: Who is the only Albanian you’ve heard of?
    Answer: Mother Teresa. They even named the country’s largest airport after her.
    What do you mean when you use the word “even”.Should albanians have asked you before doing that ?! Or propably you are going to say that you don’t really care for Mother Teresa? OK! It’s your choice. She is a symbol not only for the albanians but for the whole world.

    Fact: ….a squat, short-necked man with an Elvis-like lip –……….
    I am very sorry if that happened but I think that it’s not his neck’s fault that you are dumb in math. You even had a slip in your hand. That sucks!

    Fact: “Right, let’s go kick his ass.”
    Do you think I am picturing you in this moment as a journalist? You are more similar to a spoiled and a conceited person. Probably you experienced bulling throughout your childhoodand but that’s what we don’t know. What we already know is that whatever you have written in this article is negative, evil-minded and ill feeling. You are not used to see both sides of reality, what is in the foundation of journalism. Nobody is saying that Albania is perfect. It has its problems but for sure it’s not what you have told people about it.
    Do you understand what I am talking about?! If not, it’s just too bad.

  115. Elsa Galica on February 8th, 2010 11:23 pm

    O Zot, sa njerez fodulle e mendjemedhenj ka ne kete bote, qe kujtojne se i dine te gjitha e qe jane shume lart, e s’e kuptojne se faktikisht jane shume me poshte se ata te cilet i kritikojne per gjera qe s’ia vlen te besh kritike. Te dish nje gjuhe te huaj eshte shume mire, por ama te gjithe e dine se nuk don “tru” shume, e nese nje person eshte llafollog s’do te thote qe eshte i zgjuar, e aq me teper s’do te thote qe ka miresi ne shpirt. Fodulleku e mendjemadhesia tregojne vec shpirtvogelsi e s’ta rrit vleren vec ta ule ate.

  116. Maksim Gjerazi on February 8th, 2010 11:37 pm

    Dear friends,
    I am from Albania, too, and let me express a few thoughts on this issue.
    Whenever we go back to our country we see a lot of progress and we are happy and proud. But we also see a lot of problems, and this makes us unhappy.
    James Morrison writes a short piece about his impressions in our country. Whether we like it or not, the piece is funny. It could be a little more positive, but I personally do not find it negative or offensive. He writes about “dordoleca” – and so what?
    And certainly he writes about his money exchange experience, which in a sense was funny, because it showed how inexperienced he and his wife were, but it was also not funny, because it told us that the Tirana police had better things to do rather than engage itself in the investigation of an innocent “bureau de change”.
    Now, I have the highest respect for the Tirana police and I want them to be effective, and not waste their time and resources by assisting someone that didn’t even need any assistance.
    I am glad we are all proud and hard working citizens of our new countries. And we see that Canada is a good country, where people protect the environment, buses run on time, the medical system works, schools are good, etc.
    Well, Albania is a much smaller country and with lots of natural resources. And, to tell the truth, I am glad Mr. James Morrison did not see the garbage, which is almost everywhere; or the former pristine Adriatic beaches, which have now disappeared are under concrete; or old historical castles turned into restaurants (check out Petrela Castle, for example), or trains and railways that need urgent upgrading, or forests that are disappearing, or the air quality in Tirana, that makes you sick.
    Therefore, my friends, take a deep breath. James Morrison is not at fault here.
    There is no bias or anything against us or our country in his piece. Instead of criticizing him, I suggest you write to Berisha and Rama and ask them govern for the betterment of the people and not of their own interest.

  117. Arthur on February 8th, 2010 11:55 pm

    Miq te mire ,
    zoteria ai i yni,e kam fjalen, me duket mua,ka bere nje nderhyrje shume profesionale dhe aspak emocionale.
    Beni mire ta ngrini nivelin e shqiptareve, nuk eshte mire te leme name ketu me kenge patriotike.

  118. Elsa Galica on February 8th, 2010 11:57 pm

    Desha te bej nje sqarim te vogel. Komenti im i mesiperm s’eshte per Z. Genc e as per Z. Igli. Jam shume dakord me gjithcka keto dy persona kane komentuar.

  119. Ana on February 9th, 2010 2:01 am

    Zonja/Zoti/ Sh.Qato
    Meqenese ju flisni nje anglishte jo “lame” perktheja dhe Gim Morrit keto vargje.

    Shoke, kemi ne mest tene
    Shum’ armik’ e trathetore!
    Popo! mos u qofte thene!
    Vec qe s’kane gje ne dore.

    Harruane memedhene
    Dh’ e lane kombine tene
    E nje tjatere na gjene!
    Popo! mos u qofte thene!

    Lane zonjen e levduar
    E zune nje kurve shtrige,
    Te ndyr’ e te mallekuar,
    Te felliqur e te lige.

    Lane memen te xhveshur
    Dhe mundohene per bote,
    Pa dhe bota duke qeshur
    U thote: mundohi kote!

    Qysh u bene Efialte
    E nuk e njohin te miren,
    Uthullen pandehin mjalte
    Edhe drite erresiren!

    Buk’ e memedheut zente
    Tradhetoret e pabese!
    Dhe Zoti derrmen u dhente,
    Kurre mos pacine pjese!

    Miqt’ armiq i kane bere,
    Armikete miq i zune,
    Qysh jane fyell te tere!
    Ç’eshte kjo e madhe pune!

    Fajn’ e math kur do ta njohin
    Njerezit e mallekuar?
    Dritene pse nuk e shohin,
    Apo jane te verbuar?

    Jane se gjithash te marre
    Dhe te liq me te vertete,
    Memedheut bejne varre,
    Po do te biene vete,

    Se mbreteron e verteta,
    S’del kurre genjeshtr’ e shkrete
    T’ish ashtu, qe prishur jeta,
    S’kish mbetur gje e vertete.

    Ata turpine fitojne,
    Nder’ e tyre posht’ e hedhin
    Dhe armikete gezojne
    E ne erresiret bredhin.

    Nuk eshte kurre haruar
    Dh’e mira dh’e lig’ e shkrete,
    Te gjitha jane paguar,
    S’ka mbeture gje ne jete.

    Lerini, pa do ta gjejne,
    Te verteten do ta njohin,
    Se tani s’e dine c’bejne,
    Jane te verber e s’shohin.

    O, popo c’turp kane marre!
    Jane bere tradhetore
    Dhe s’jane me shqipetare,
    Se nga kombi hoqne dore.

    Me te huajne u bene,
    Me armikn’ e Shqiperise,
    S’duane gjuhene tene
    Armiket’ e Perendise!

    Ndjej, o Zot, se nuke dine
    Se c’bejne, jane mahnitur,
    Rrahin te prishin shtepine
    Pun’ e lig’ edh’ e merzitur.

    Te gjoret jane ne gjume,
    Te vertetene s’e dine,
    Do te mundohene shume,
    Pasdaj mentte do t’u vine.

    Vellazerin’ e harrojne
    Dhe kombin e memedhene,
    Dhe armikete degjojne
    Edhe s’dine se ku vene.

    Hiqni dore, hiqni dore!
    Mblithni mentt’ e tuperohi,
    Mos u beni trathetore,
    Se pasdaj do te pendohi.

  120. Zhan Boci on February 9th, 2010 2:19 am

    I don’t know why my previous post has been removed. I have used only the same words that Mr. Morrison has used in his articles.
    My issue with Mr. Morrison’s article wasn’t his opinion about Albania, rather than misrepresentation of facts.
    When you look at his past blogs ( you’ll understand that this is not something unusual for him. He’s from New Zealand – that’s why he loves cricket and C.B. Fry – and time and again between his drinking escapades and low budget travel all over the world his has made one thing clear in his blogs. He’s very self centered, with an astonishing lack of general knowledge and common sense, a bit arrogant and a cheap skate – the only people that he likes are the ones providing him free service. He is also a little bit Peculiar with a P, just like the idea he once had to visit all European cities starting with the letter P. When he left Italy he proclaimed he was going back to civilization, because he was moving away from a country of beggars and thieves and the Mafia country. He calls Bratislava (one of the most beautiful European cities) “the armpit of Europe”. He has traveled surrounded by “stupid Americans“, etcetera, etcetera, and etcetera. So nothing unusual in his writings about Albania – just the same old Mr. Morrison. Sorry, but I don’t think he is worthy of an ongoing discussion.

    And Mrs.Shqato – If you really think “a transaction is carried out based on mutual trust” you are really out of your mind. A transaction is a legal contract – there is nothing based on mutual trust – you like what you get you enter the transaction, you don’t like it you walk away. When you dispute an item you are essentially bringing the legal contract on the table – the receipt. And that guy at Western Union had his exchange rates published, that’s why no “ass-kicking’ took place. If his exchange rates were one for one or one for ten that is his legal right – you like it you enter the transaction, you don’t you find a better deal. One more thing – I am sincerely happy you have made it and obviously reached a great status – but please, try not to look down on your compatriots. Even making the minimum wage, they are still paying for a PC and interent access and keep themselves informed and stand up for their homeland. Mrs. Shqato – Duaje emrin tend!


  121. Elsa on February 9th, 2010 2:27 pm

    Just perfect the above comment.

  122. Aida on February 9th, 2010 2:47 pm

    Hey James,
    First of all you should spell check before you write ;)

    There is nothing to apologise for. – written by you, a few posts above.

    While there might be nothing to apologise for – believe me, there is a lot to apologize for.

    P.S. You’re not the firs, nor the last mediocre journalist who wrote about a country.

  123. Aida on February 9th, 2010 2:50 pm

    Oops – I meant to write “first”. I guess your misspelling is contagious.

  124. MARIO on February 9th, 2010 3:47 pm

    Great comment Zhani. You are absolutely right…cultural racism is guiding this foe journalist’s heart.

  125. Anton on February 9th, 2010 4:46 pm

    Chill down my contrymen. The author, James Morrison has given his impressions from a visit in Albania. Right or wrong we can’t misjudge him but look into the reality of Albania today: the corrupt politicians, administration, great poverty, hatred, crimes, prostitution, dust, dirt, the many migjenian “Lul te vegjel” everywhere in Albania and everything. There is more to say but I will stop here for not making the whole picture worse.

    This has nothing to do with the great qualities of the albanian people: their bravery, vitality, hospitality, openness, lack of cultural shovinism.

    This is Albania today, the “shining beacon” on the shores of Adriatic sea and we must look into this reality with great courage to accept the truth. If some have a revolt here, let them go and contribute in changing this reality of Albania in Albania itself instead of “grinding” the author here with their anger.


  126. Geraldina on February 9th, 2010 5:22 pm

    Oh yes , google translater,

    arent you cool shqato ; )

  127. Erblin on February 9th, 2010 6:32 pm

    Dear Dolce Publishing,
    I would like to express my dissapointment in reading the above article on your magazine. I found it offensive, biased and not based on facts. I have read your magazine with pleasure until now and often based some of my buying decisions on comments or editorials from your team. I will stop doing so in the future. My decision is not only based on the fact that the article was poorely reflecting of reality but most importantly on the very poor way you handled the voice of concern from the Albanian community in Toronto.
    A reader you have lost for life

  128. Andi Bega on February 9th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Hi, I am an Albanian living in Albania. First, the ragged dolls on half built houses are a real fact. Not in every house, but in a lot of them. A supersticious tradition that makes people put ragged dolls on the half built houses so that they absorb all the evil, and the house grows up blessed.
    It’s just a kind of modest blessing tradition, like some Canadians might use something borrowed when they marry and we don’t.
    But I don’t understand why he has seen it as a “macabre cultural idiosyncrasy?” Was the doll in a macabre position? Was it with blood, like the Halloween dolls and masks they use in Canada? Was it in a pornographic position, like those wonderful Canadian ladies that you can download on the internet? What made him say those harsh words?
    And then, when he says that James Belushi was born in Albania, when everyone knows that he wasn’t born in Albania but in Chicago, but his father was born in Albania… just tells that this is just an amateur writer on an amateur magazine, who doesn’t have even the simpliest common sense of the least experienced writer… to check the facts.
    I’ve never been in Canada but obviously this is an amateur magazine with amateur writers. I guess it must be a magazine that you can take for free, can’t be something that actually sells copies. The fact that he’s been in a poor hotel tells even more. So, there’s no reason to give him all this attention. I’m sure he doesn’t represent all the Canadian writers. I mean… Canada is supposed to be an high-standard country… can’t have writers and magazines like this.

  129. Andi Bega on February 9th, 2010 7:32 pm

    Why has he made all the figurative parallelisms of everything else with negative things? Why can’t he just give the facts like they are and say just “cops with a face that looked tired from a hard life” but he has to compare the faces of our cops with a “beaten Sylvester Stallone”, cops who seem to have offered him a great help. How dares he make fun of other people’s suffering?
    Are all Canadians like him?

  130. shqato on February 9th, 2010 10:44 pm

    Boci said:

    “And Mrs.Shqato – If you really think “a transaction is carried out based on mutual trust” you are really out of your mind. A transaction is a legal contract – there is nothing based on mutual trust – you like what you get you enter the transaction, you don’t like it you walk away.”

    Boci, my dear, I’m sure you know that what you’re saying is wrong. And those who read you know this, too. But, any argument would work for the crowd, as long as it feeds its “hyper super duper nationalism”. Let me give you an example. Suppose you have “gorrica” from your grandma’s garden in Ziçisht to sell and your price looks decent. I think you are a great guy, and I pay you for 3 kg “gorrica”. As I am talking to you about the beauty of Ziçisht, and the lovely people there I don’t pay attention to how you are using the scale. As a good businessman that you surely are, you give me a receipt. I put it into my pocket, or throw it away and I go home. I figure out later that you have only given me 2 not 3 kg. What just took place between us, dear Boci, is a transaction -not a legal one – and I don’t think I’d send you to court over it and please rest assured, no legal action will be taken. I wouldn’t bother to write an article for the Ziçisht newsletter, either. Probably I may venture to let a couple of ziçishtarë know… I’d likely be upset for a minute or two and decide that I will never buy “gorrica” from you again. Our trust is breached. And this is what is going on in Albania. There’s no people-state trust, and vice-versa. People do as they please, and they take matters that should be handled through law channels and public institutions, into their own hands.

    Boci further writes:

    “One more thing – I am sincerely happy you have made it and obviously reached a great status – but please, try not to look down on your compatriots. Even making the minimum wage, they are still paying for a PC and interent access and keep themselves informed and stand up for their homeland. Mrs. Shqato – Duaje emrin tend!”

    I am not sure, Boci, why you believe “I look down on compatriots”. Stating opinions and criticizing “standing up for homeland” for the wrong reasons is not looking down on compatriots. And I do respect compatriots who earn their living through work, regardless of their ability to afford or not a PC and Internet access.

    And what makes you think I don’t like my name?

  131. Nebi on February 10th, 2010 12:45 am

    Respekt per te gjithe komentuesit per shpirtin patriotik qe tregojne.Lutem mos e ktheni problemin me komente si ne gazeten “shekulli”.Problemet e brendeshme te familjes nuk dalin ne pazar.

  132. Gentjana on February 10th, 2010 1:09 am

    Here is a different opinion from that of Mr. Morrison’s “article”. LA Times about Albania-February 7, 2010,0,5443952.story


  133. Neritana Begaj on February 10th, 2010 9:06 am

    I was reading the article kind of differently. Yes, there were facts mentioned there. One could interpret them as per his own wish. I am giving myself the right to interpret them realistically, given that I have spent all my life in Albania:

    • Goran entered Albania freely and having no problems, deciding in the last minute to visit Albania. In other countries, one might need a visa, many documents and a salty invoice, perhaps problems at customs, etc.
    • Yes, there are many half-built houses in the process of completion, that’s a sign of vitality and dynamism of the people after the communism collapse in 1991.
    • Western Union, an international company is present in Albania, in addition to many other international foreign investors (Canadian too); Western Union has its own policy, why argue about that? Personally I have never argued in any country…neither in Canadian banks, nor in Denmark as another example where you have to pay a 10% tax on every exchange…
    • Yes, there are old buses. That’s an opportunity for business, any Canadian company wanting to do a business in the bus transportation sector in Albania? Still, anyone has the option to choose good quality buses and transportation in Albania; they simply cost more than old buses.
    • Country’s borders were shut to mass tourists during communism time (1944-1991), but not to mass tourists after 1991, neither to Kosovo population kicked out by Serbs in 1999 from their homes and welcomed to Albania, neither to Jewish people when Nazists were prosecuting them, etc.
    • Online hotel accommodation missing for many 3-star hotels, again a business opportunity for IT people and others…
    • Dinner in Tirana. Doesn’t seem like an experience for the ‘writer’. One suggestion for dinner for his next time would be Sofra e Ariut, a traditional excellent restaurant where President George Bush and his wife ate dinner a couple of years ago when visiting Albania.
    • The remaining 6,400 Albanian leke equal today to some 67 CAD and not 80 CAD. Are we sure the ‘writer’ is good with numbers? Is he properly sure how much he gave to the waiter? How come he did not make the check immediately after exchange transaction? If the whole thing came because of 80 CAD lost somewhere, then it’s a numbers discussion and it would be better the ‘writer’ to check and be 100% sure with numbers before he writes a maths article.
    • Policemen take seriously their complaint. In fact, it is not a common thing in Tirana to have people go to police for such issues. The police find it very serious that an exchange office might do such thing, not to mention that we are speaking about Western Union, a very reputable company that would never do such thing and risk its reputation and license. By the way, exchange currency activities in Albania are regulated by law. I have never experienced or heard or imagined of any theft from them. Locals stopping to look at the commotion, forming a small crowd prove also the wonder we in Albania have for such complaints.

    I agree this article is based on a personal experience, but if I would be a journalist I would think three times before giving a strong opinion for a country, independently of my anger from a ‘negative’ experience. That would be professional but also fair towards culture diversity. Plus, i think there are no negative experiences, but there are negative reactions to experiences.

    And if I would be a tourist, I would prepare myself beforehand and would try to enjoy the most out of a trip and enrich myself with a different perspective of how people feel and behave and how things can be different from what I might be used to. There is never something wrong and something right. There are simply different things and we can change them in the construction or destructive direction.

    Neritana Begaj

  134. Artur on February 10th, 2010 11:17 am

    Last Christmas, I was travelling around Europe with a friend. We had no plan, no map and nowhere to stay… I think everybody should experience to go somewhere without any plan and expectations. Spending the last money for beer, missing the last bus, hitchhiking, meeting different people… It seemed like they can only happen in the movies like road trip. However, it can really happen and I’m sure you will have the time of your life.
    By the way, Paris was great!
    It was the last stop of our trip!
    We count our money and with a carefully thought-out idea, could happen any surviving .I dreamed having dinner in a Paris restaurant. We stopped by checking prices –no way. I got a sandwich- finally. It tested so bad .Who cares, I was starving. Filling a Diarrhorea, I was looking for a public washroom. Nobody liked to speak English .Stupid city. Checking my pocket, lucky me… still my returned ticket was there.
    At this point of view, I hate Paris!
    I’m glad getting back to Canada.
    Did you get me?!


  135. Zhan Boci on February 10th, 2010 1:58 pm

    It is snowing quite a bit here on the northeast USA. Nowhere to go, so I read some more from the famous James Morrison. If you ever thought about PILFERING or FREELOADING here are some wonderful tips from the master himself, Mr. James Morrison. He has left is trail all over the internet. And to think that someone has hired this man to write for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. Zhan Boci on February 10th, 2010 4:03 pm

    Mrs. Shqato wrote: “80 dollars is no trivial amount of money (especially having in mind that many of you who joined the discussion earn perhaps no more than $10 per hour, not to mention that some might even be on welfare – but hopefully not)”. You are just assuming, just like you are assuming, oh no supposing that I have “gorrica” to sell from my grandma’s gardens in Zicisht. Don’t you think it is a bit ironic someone manages to sell YOU “gorrica” and on top of that skims you in the process for roughly 33% of the value? That’s the same as being able to “sell the whole bridge on this side of the pond, except one third of the supporting legs”. Now, the cognitive capabilities of anyone that even think about buying “gorrica” in Albania or “buy a bridge for sale” in USA should be subject of a professional evaluation. And being emotionally deprived like you seem to be, calling me “dear”, I could have accepted “payments in nature” from you – (based on the assumption of J.Morrison about Albania – “Maybe they don’t even use money here and prefer the traditional barter system) – but I have a gut feeling that I would look the other way if I were in front of you! – (

    You are assuming, heck, you have it already fixed in your mind, that most of people here earn perhaps less than $10 an hour so may be not worthy to post and express their opinions. You can ramble all you want about buying and selling in Zicisht, but that doesn’t change the fact that whatever happen at the WU money exchange was legal just as this joke of a journalist accepted at the end of his article. No one was taken advantage of like you assumed.

    As they say ……….assumption is the mother of all screw ups (you can substitute the last verb if you feel like)

    By the way – where is Zicisht?


  137. BENN on February 10th, 2010 5:27 pm

    A ka ndonjeri te me shpjegoje se si ka mundesi qe dy shqiptare inteligjente si Zhani dhe Shqato humbasin kohen duke u kapur me njeri-tjetrin dhe nje legen nga Zelanda e Re arrin te botoje plehrat e veta?

  138. Andi on February 10th, 2010 5:44 pm

    ALBANIANS of BYTYM DYNJA, UNITE under the leadership of the albanian councellor Genc Tirana with 25 yrs experience in mediocre journalism and of Ilir Lena, a self proclaimed TV producer !!! Someone is offending us and our country that is a great example in everything for all the region. What a sacrilege !!!

  139. Flora on February 10th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Mr. James Morrison,

    I have a question for you.
    Are you sure you were in Albania?

    The way you were whining about monetary problems gave me an impression that you were not paying attention to Albania and its Culture, because I am one hundred percent sure that they would help you and treat you with the utmost respect.
    Regarding the man you saw on the bus, I suggest you take a ride on the TTC of Toronto.
    I see homeless people on the streets of Downtown Toronto everyday, but we all know that we can’t blame Canada because it offers them food and shelter.
    So please don’t skip to conclusions.

    I wish you better luck on your next trip, and here’s hoping that your editor will give you a bigger budget next time.

  140. shqato on February 10th, 2010 10:50 pm

    Hi, Boc,

    Qetesohu te lutem. Nga patriotizmi i flakte e i nalte tani po ulesh drejt e ne sheshin me balte te pallatit per t’i bere xhamat e dritareve cope me llastiqe, ose per te qelluar harabela ngaqe s’ke tjeter c’te besh e c’te thuash. S’eshte per t’u cuditur… mejdanet patriotike nuk mund te mendohen pa te tilla precipitime .

    Perndryshe une vete e kam lekuren te trashe, dhe nuk tutem kur ne vend te argumentit nis gjuajtja me sacme te tipit “pagese ne natyre” e me the te thashe… (keshtu shpeton edhe Morrisoni dhe Michelle nga shenjestra, se u lodhen edhe ata te shkrete, ndersa nderkohe ky artikull kryeson listen e leximeve aktive ne saje te “garbage in garbage out”.)

    Ti natyrisht qe e kuptove shembullin tim. Por nese jo, ose nese ben sikur s’e more vesh, atehere me lejo te them:

    S’te pelqejne gorricat? Po mire atehere, ndjehu i lire, i dashur, t’i zevendesoh me nje tjeter frut te zemres. Si te duken fiqte ose ftonjte? Nuk e ke qejf mashtrimin me 33%? Po mire, e ndryshojme. Si te duket 25, 20, 15, 10 ose 5%?

    Sa per shembullin tend te krahasimit te gorricave me uren, nuk kam fare c’te them. Nuk do ta kesh patur mendjen aty, me siguri. Sepse nuk di se sa mund te krahasohet pesha me gjatesine. Thjesht njesi te ndryshme matjeje.

    P.S. Zicishti? Si keshtu, une te dija se te kishim pe Zicishti… E pranoj, e kam ditur gabim.

  141. Zhan Boci on February 10th, 2010 11:59 pm

    Qato bije,

    Mesa duket e paske edhe mendjen sic ke lekuren. Nqs gorricat jane frutat me te cilat je ushqyer, me fal. Nqs mendon se askush tjeter nuk e kupton simboliken e gorricave te tua, gabohesh rende. Ne te njejtin kuptim simbolik ishte dhe shembulli i ures. Nqs ti e kuptove po nuk ke c’te thuash dhe mbush faqen me derdellitje femijesh, nuk ta ve re. Nqs nuk e kuptove – sorry, “you can’t fix stupid”. Eshte e qarte qe dhe per ato qe kujton se i di je plotesisht e gabuar, lere pastaj per ato qe ti “assume or suppose”. Qe te qetesohesh – asnje nga prinderit nuk eshte nga krahina e Korces. Une vete jam lindur e rritur ne Tirane – dhe nuk flas me theks pe Korce. Emri qe sheh ketu eshte emri im i vertete. Nuk kam nevoje te fshihem pas pseudonimesh si ty

    Do te te isha pergjigjur me shpejt, po sa mbarova se pari nje film shqiptar ” 14 vjec dhender” Ti cupe, per c’fiq e ke fjalen?


  142. Ana on February 11th, 2010 12:54 am

    Mos ke qene gje profesor/eshe a je akoma ti Z/Znj Qato a Shqato?!!!!!!

    Dukesh sikur ke nje nje grup nxenesish perpara dhe po i korrigjon menyren e te shkruarit dhe te shprehjes se mendimit. Mjaft me banalizimin e ketij problemi.
    E dime qe nuk je patriot i flakte sikurse jane shumica ketu. Do besh mire qe ato mendimet e tua per vendin tend e bashkombasit e tu ti shprehesh diku tjeter.
    Meqe ra fjala dikush u terhoq nga gara per bashkine e Torontos sot. Mund te shkosh e te kantidosh. Ke mjaft shanse per treguar aftesite e tua korrigjuese…..

  143. Anetar on February 11th, 2010 2:33 am

    Ju lutem lerini keto komente te sterzgjatura dhe pa ndonje dobi te madhe, si furtune ne nje gote uji. Neve nuk i ndalojme dot te huajt te komentojne cte duan, por le te tregojme ate cfare eshte ne doren tone kulture ne komunikim, dashamiresine dhe deshiren per te ecur perpara keshtu ja ngrejme imazhin Shqiperise tone.
    Ne 18 shkurt 2010 kemi festimin e 2 vjetorit te Pavaresise se Kosoves nje nga trevat e shkeputura padrejtesisht nga trualli shqiptar, le ta festojme te gjithe se bashku sic jemi ketu ne blog mbase mundet te ftojme edhe Mr. Morrison qe te shikoje dicka nga kultura e tradita jone.
    Shoqata e shqiptareve te Torontos organizon nje mbremje festive, lexoni me shume ne:


  144. shqato on February 11th, 2010 9:15 pm

    Megjithese s’ka dyshim qe e kam kot, po e marr mundimin edhe nje here.

    Une zgjodha fjalen “gorrica” sepse me duket e lezetshme, ndoshta edhe sepse mund te kem te pakten nja dy dekada pa e perdorur. Edhe m’u duk se Zicishti, ose po te duash Bilishti-Hocishti-Hotolishti (ato vise te Shqiperise qelloi te kisha ne mendje), i shkonte me shume sesa te themi Vicidolli, por nuk ngul kembe edhe aq.

    Ti me pyete me shaka nga bie Zicishti (sepse sipas mesazhit tend te fundit del se e dije mire). Edhe une po ne te njejten fryme shakaje t’u pergjigja se te kujtoja prej Zicishti. Prandaj, te lutem shume Boci, mundohu te mos vish ketu me kostum e xhakete te kopsitur deri ne gryke. Nese mundesh, te pakten liroje pak kollaren edhe mos u tensiono kaq fort duke e marre gjithcka krejt literalisht. Sepse une s’kam nga ta di e as me intereson ta di se nga je, e as nuk i ka hije kujt te merret me hollesira te merzitshme, sikurse origjina gjeografike, pavaresisht se mua me behet qejfi vertete te mesoj tani qe qenke lindur e rritur ne kryeqytet.

    Une nuk kam etiketuar kend ketu, edhe nuk me duket se eshte e hijshme qe kur te mungojne argumentat, t’u kthehesh “gelbazave virtuale” e cilesimeve si “mendje e trashe”, “e deprivuar emocionalisht”, “stupid” e skicimit te portretit moral e psikologjik. Nuk me ke prishur ndonje pune, thjesht nuk i hyjne kujt ne pune peshtyma te tilla.

  145. Zhan Boci on February 11th, 2010 11:50 pm

    Ti vazhdon te etiketosh dhe te stigmatizosh njerezit, duke filluar me ata qe paguhen me me pak se10 dollare ne ore, zicishtaret, e ata qe e mberthejne kostumin deri ne gryke. Kur te shkruajta “Duaje emrin tend” s’besoj se e kuptove ku e kisha fjalen – emri i dikujt nuk eshte thjesht nje emer ne pasaporte. Emri eshte edhe qyteti, krahina, vendi ku ka lindur, kontributi ne familje, shoqeri e keto nuk jane hollesira te merzitshme. Eshte respekti per te tjeret me te cilen te bashkon gjuha, packa se disa nuk shkruajne Anglisht aq mire sa ty, packa se e mberthejne kostumin deri ne gryke dhe mund ti kene cizmet me balte. Nqs e do emrin tend nuk fshihesh pas pseudonimeve. Do te doja te te jepja nje pergjigje per c’ke shkruar me siper, por PER RESPEKT te te tjereve qe kane shkruar ne kete bord po e mbyll me kaq.
    Mund te shkruash c’te duash, nuk do te te kthej me pergjigje.

  146. shqato on February 12th, 2010 12:14 am

    Shume mire qe nuk do te pergjigjesh me.

    Po mire more mik, ku e sheh etiketimin dhe stigmatizimin?

    Ka plot nga ne qe paguhen me jo me shume (nuk kam thene me pak) se $10. C’stigmatizim gjen ti ketu?

    Po, e permenda Zicishtin. E cfare pastaj? Ku e gjen etiketimin ti ketu, i dashur?

    Me sugjerove ta dua emrin tim. Me c’te drejte? Une t’u pergjigja se s’kam problem me emrin tim. Fundi ma kane vene, nuk ia kam ngjitur vete vetes. Eshte emer si gjithe te tjeret, as me i keq as me i mire. Ku e ke hallin?

    C’hyjne qyteti, krahina, vendi, kontributi ne familje e shoqeri ketu? Nga Shqiperia jam, edhe as me ka penguar per gjesendi ky fakt, as nuk kam patur arsye ta fsheh a ta mohoj.

    Nga e nxjerr perfundimin se s’me pelqejne ata qe i kane cizmet me balte? Perkundrazi, s’me pelqejne fare ata qe kane kapitale ne memedhe e gjetiu, por ketu kane rrojtur ose rrojne me welfare duke u kapardisur gjithe diten e naten para TV ne kanape. (Mos ki merak nuk e raportoj kete te Morrison-i).

    C’te hyn ty ne pune nese une perdor psudonim apo jo? Bujrum, merru me ato qe them, jo me mua vete si person.

  147. Nika on February 12th, 2010 12:30 am

    Dear Mr. Morrison and City Life,

    I have not read every comment posted, so perhaps what I’m about to say, may have been said already. I do not know your credentials or your intentions with this article. You continuously state, in the comments that what you have said is factual, and perhaps some of “facts” or information you have delivered may be factual, but it is misrepresented. To start off, yes Mother Teresa was born in a place that is now part of Macedonia, but in 1910, the year she was born, it was Albanian territory. Once the Albanian territories were separated, her family moved to Shiroka, Shkoder. Also, the scarecrows, are a superstitious tradition, in remote villages, and that is not so different from lets say dream catchers that we seen in Canadian houses, schools, and cars, used to ward off evil spirits. How about wiping the number 13 from all buildings? That seems a bit “peculiar”, especially that a modern day country what do such a thing. Don’t get me won, I love Canada, but a lot of things are peculiar, but labeling a the people of a country you know nothing about by it, does not seem appropriate. As for stating that this article was intended to show how Albanians are so willing to help others, tourists. That seems a bit of a cop out to me

  148. Nika on February 12th, 2010 1:18 am

    continued (posted by accident)….

    When you wrote “This is very serious,” he declares, while we try to keep a straight face.” Was this the way you show your gratitude to those who attempt to help you? Were you attempting to keep a straight face because the person had a funny accent? Were you keeping a straight face because that person thought that a tourist being ripped off was a “very serious problem”? Perhaps it was hard to keep a straight face when they bent backwards to help you? To help a person who assumed they were robbed? When in fact it was your own fault for not reading things properly. You also fail to differentiate between things you see in a remote village, and Tirana, the capital. You transition your experience back and forth, making it seem like those scarecrows were in the capital. Judging by your pictures, which none are from Tirana, especially that police van, if that is the van you reference when you write, “the cars screech to a halt right in front of us and another seven or eight police officers burst out, like circus clowns out of a Mini”., you better check your sources, because that van (check the liscence plate), is from a different city, not even close to Tirana, and would never be in Tirana. And referencing to people trying to help as clowns, sure makes me think of the helping part more then the clown part. It is true that some perhaps overreacted, but such a reaction is also understandable. It is not a matter of whether what you wrote is true or false, its a matter of the way you represented it, or should I say misrepresented it. It is an article, in my opinion, based on stereotype. I do not understand how this fits under “Travel” as you say nothing about the country, but simply about the fact you got ripped off at western union; cause we all know how rare it is to be ripped off at an exchange office. Also, if Mother Teresa was the only Albanian person that is know international, it would be enough for any country to be proud of, but unfortunately we have many more (especially for such a small “peculiar” country). To name a few: Ismail Kadara, writer, who was considered for a Nibel Prize a few years back. Gjergj Kastriot, his name is enough, no need for credentials. A certain doctor, who has changed the pharmaceutical industry completely, especial in North America, with his initial find of nitric acid effect on blood vessel, no need for his name as I am sure you know his product, by the way he won a Nobel Prize too. Also to Jim and John Belushi, add Eliza Dushku, and Reggis who has some Albanian ancestry. Again, a few of many, many greats. I’m not a fan of wikipedia, but since you are not a fan of checking sources, wikipedia is a good start to learn something about Albania, although it would be after your unsuccessful attempt to write about it.
    Please let me emphasize; the people that are rightfully outraged, are not denying statements made, they are simply denying that they exist in the way you presented them, completely wrong.
    Just because it is cold in Canada, it doesn’t mean Canadians live in igloos, if you know what I mean, eh? (Stereotypes are easy. Neutral, factual writing is hard)

    LR Nika

  149. Nika on February 12th, 2010 1:28 am

    PS. To posters, please do not clog the comment section with comments unrelated to the article, or in Albanian, as this serves no purpose. Comments should be for the writer, the magazine, and perhaps other comments related to the article.
    Please and Thank You!

  150. GEST on February 12th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Good job Nika, 100% suport

  151. Nik on February 12th, 2010 9:28 pm

    I read this article and that’s his opinion… I’m planning on a trip this summer to Europe and Albania is on my list… Please share with me the hot spots!!

  152. shqato on February 13th, 2010 10:48 am

    Of course, Nika, did a good job! The chances of receiving at least one apology from the author of “Scarecrows and Teddy Bears” are obviously improving, fast approaching a perfect probability of one, had Nika not missed a huge golden opportunity here.

    He, knows all too well – as the rest of us fine people here engaging in deep thinking do – that it is celebrities who shape and make our brains. How could he miss the fact that Morrison and most of City Life’s gang are huge fans of “Dancing with the stars”? And… yes, you are absolutely correct to see now where I’m heading to: Tony Dovolani is their favorite! (Nika didn’t include him in the list, did he or did I miss it?) This is how you influence and persuade people. If you could get Dovolani come and help out here, it would be better yet. It wouldn’t be a bad idea either, to have everyone sign a petition as well. It simply works. It’s fast, easy and simple. Undoubtedly, a good tool to win a cause.

  153. Gloria on February 14th, 2010 3:11 pm

    Wow, sir.
    If you weren’t so terribly involved in all of the money, you could have learned something. Those police-men were fine gentlemen, trying to help you. You, on the other hand “trying to keep a straight face” are a joke.
    Just so you know, your trivia question is very out of date.
    If you cared enough to watch the Olympics you would see, Albania, second on the list, with one Athlete Erjon Tola!

  154. Stephen on February 15th, 2010 5:06 am

    Hardly can i understand the comment of my Albanians compatriots. M. Morrison’s aim was not to make a ” good biography” of Albany but to give a picture just as he had felt. And is a good description. But Albanian people, even though most of them are steeled in Canada, their mentality is clearly flooding in the “socialist ” pictures of values.

  155. Fredi on February 15th, 2010 7:32 am

    Titulli i artikullit mund te mos ishte prolem nese autori sdo fliste per kulture makare !

    Ne cdo vend te botes ekzistojne besime, tradita bestytni etj etj dhe ska absolutisht asgje te keqe te thuash qe ka neper shtepija dordolece etj etj ! Ka njerez qe besojne ne magjira te zeza etj etj qe e bejne kete , or shumica nuk e ben !
    Dhe se kuptoj ku eshte e keqja e nje zakoni te tille !

    Por nuk mund te cilesohet kjo si kulture makaber : kjo eshte idiotllik total biles eshte fyese per shqitaret !

    Personi qe na ngjaka me nje kryqezim te gibson stallone : element pa pike interesi per nje artikull ! Dhe une qe sjam gazetar sdo e beja kete ! Mendoj qe zoteria ska dit te shkruaje dhe e ka mush artikullin me gjera pa interes!
    Po do ishte interesante te na jepte nje foto te ketij sozise se gibson stallones !

    Per pershkrimin e policise ( tre makina , terrorizem , sirena – dyqani mbyllur) eshte e kote te shkruash per kete dhe eshte e sajuar !

    Per 80 dollaret : Gazetari qe vajti ne bureau de change : kishte perpara vetes te gjitha tabelat ne anglisht me te dhenat ! Duhet te kishte kapur gabimin nese pati qe ne fillim dhe jo me prapa! Por do ishte mire sikur te vinte ne ketre faqe nje kopje te lexueshme te fatures se ex change ( mjafton ta skanosh ) !

    Sepse duhen prova apo jo !

    Duke ditur qe kane qene dinare per ne leke : ka mundesi mos kete pas fare gabim ne konvertim ( dinari eshte monedhe teper e ulet, flasim me miliarda dinare per 100 leke mos gaboj )

    Por nese me te vertete ia kane futur me 80 dollare : kjo eshte turp biles me shume : vjedhje dhe ne skemi pse ofendohemi per kete por duhet reflektuar dhe sduhen lejuar keto gjera te pandershme jo vetem me shqiptaret po dhe me shume me te huajt !

    Ska te beje me vleren or me parimin : cdo gje ka nje cmim: paguaj cmimin as me shume as me pak !

    Cmimi i hotelit apo i darkes qe u dyfishua : me vjen keq por ka praktika te tilla qe ekzistojne sidomos me te huajt : he se kane pare keta dhe gjejne njerezit lkloj lloj pretekstesh per tua rritur cmimet !

    Dhe njehere keto jane reale ne vendin tone dhe duhen korrigjuar se shqitari pak nga pak dhe po e hum traditen e mikpritjes : buke e kripe dhe zemer te bardhe !

    Gjithsesi artikulli eshte shkruar me nje fryme teper negative: ose cdo gje qe i ka ndodh Morrisonit i ka ndodh me verte ( ka nga ata qe u vete ters gjithmone), ose i ka shpikur pa shku ne albani fare ose eshte ndonje fare gazetari me origjine te dyshimte e shkruan gjera negative per neve !

    Por eshte e cuditshme ama qe sgjen dot asgje pozitive ne kete artikull : plehra , vjedhje , polici qe sdi anglisht dordolece etj etj !

    E gjithe kjo per te thene qe eshte turp qe gazetaret te shkruajne kaq negativisht per nje vend nisur vetem nga eksperienca e tyre personale !

    Nese do e kishte shkruar ne Bloggun e tij do ishte e pranueshme por jo ne nje reviste !

    Pershendetje te gjithe shqiptareve te kanadase , dhe te gjithe botes !

  156. shqato on February 15th, 2010 3:44 pm

    At first it seemed redundant, unnecessary or awkward to talk about, analyze or otherwise clarify each of the elements in the story that got people so worked up. Well, after 99 comments, and repeated complaints on “macabre cultural idiosyncrasy”, I think some clarification may be necessary, after all. What was it that seemed to throw people over the edge?

    Morrison wrote:

    “The other strange thing is the Albanian half-built houses that are all adorned with either a scarecrow or a teddy bear that has been impaled on a protruding metal rod or lynched to hang limply from the roof. This macabre cultural idiosyncrasy is apparently intended to bring good luck to the home.”

    I haven’t been in Albania recently, but have heard of “dordolec/ë” used for the reason described above.

    One would not have picked exactly the words that Morrison chose, but I don’t think he is wrong when he says “macabre cultural idiosyncrasy”. Now, you can argue about and get supersensitive over the use of word “macabre”, but I feel it’s even worse to censure and dictate over what words one is allowed to use and not use. To me this is fascism, and I think this is more dangerous than the words someone decides to pick, regardless of how extreme they are. And if they are inappropriate, then it’s always possible to criticize and reveal this inappropriateness and possible implications.

    Teddy bears, symbolically and culturally, represent objects of comfort, softness, and love. They are especially associated with children, who often play and go to sleep hugging teddy bears or similar objects, feeling safe, loved and protected from the unknown evil, fear of darkness, including nightmares, scary dreams and thoughts.

    Now, using “teddy bears” as “dordolec” – wouldn’t you agree with me? – is changing entirely their symbolic meaning and function, from items that suggest comfort, love, security and sweetness, into objects that are used to scare off the ill-intentioned creatures, bad luck, evil thieves, vampires and what not. Now, I hope you’d agree with me, that this is an example of a perfect “cultural idiosyncrasy”, and, yes, changing the nature of something from positive to negative, from good to evil, is not very far from a symbolic macabre act – because a child, might get scared and start crying, when faced with a teddy bear transformed into “a dordolec”, “a witch” or “a scarecrow”.

  157. costa on February 15th, 2010 7:57 pm

    To James Morrison,
    Too much cynicism to title the article about a country with scarecrows and teddy bears. Just take a look what any farmer does to keep birds away from their wheats and dare to name a country after that.

    It is very sarcastic and shows how miserable you are when you describe people who tried to help with a problem that you pathetically caused in the first place.
    It is always your responsibility to check when changing money. If you ever forget that, try in downtown toronto to send a wire-transfer and see how many times 80dollars will fly off your handle.

    And that -no way Goran- where did that come from? How is that related to the article or the country? Are you gypsy?

    In any case, next time you visit any country don’t forget your pills.

  158. Mishel on February 15th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Dear Mr. Morrison,

    While I am sure you did not intend any insult to Albania or Albanians, that is the exact result of your shallow and unprofessional reportage on Albania.
    Keep in mind that Albania and Albanians belong to that part world that craddled the western civilization while your ancestors where still in caverns.
    If you took the time to make a simple research on Albania and it’s history you would have found that Skopje (Shkup in al.) was part of a much bigger state at the time when Mother Teresa was born, and the so called state of Macedonia was “born” 50 years after Mother Teresa was born.
    What leaves me without words is that you consider people who have some kind of superstition as uncivilized. Well… in the building where I live in Etobicoke they have lost the entire 13th floor, also the 13th appartment is missing in each floor.
    I think Canadians are wild and uncivilized, or are they??

    Yours Truly

    Mishel Gjata

  159. Hiya ;) on February 15th, 2010 9:43 pm

    lets try this again ,
    how about u take another trip to albania AND WRITE A BETTER ARTICLE!

  160. shqato on February 15th, 2010 11:10 pm

    Mishel wrote:

    “Keep in mind that Albania and Albanians belong to that part world that craddled the western civilization while your ancestors where still in caverns.”

    If what you’re saying is true, it doesn’t put us, Albanians and that part of the world where we come from, in good light. What matters is not what we were in the past and what our ancestors were capable of accomplishing (we don’t even know who exactly our ancestors are, because all Balkan countries claim deriving from the same ancestors). Nevertheless, what matters is what we are accomplishing today, while (following your logic) “the people still in caverns” are now so far ahead of us — of us, who once “craddled the western civilization”! Why are we so busy glorifying the history, instead of being busy catching up?

  161. agron zeqo on February 16th, 2010 11:47 am

    WOW…!!!!! Let’s keep it cool guys, Mr. Morrison has left already the scene of the debate. He knew from the beginning, what kind of reaction he would have got from albanians and canadians. The fact that he doesn’t have any professional remorse, tells a lot. Today, any decent, professional and inspired writer tries to find, even in the darkest spot of this world the color that gives life and hope.
    But, in my comment, I am not going to punish him; I want to help him to be a different and wanted as a writer.
    Mr. Morrison, please start read something about the place, country or region, before you take off and leaving on professional, historic or touristic trip. If you don’t apologize, don’t do it..but the next article of yours will definitely be different if you take my suggestion.

    agron zeqo

    plans examiner

  162. GEN-X on February 16th, 2010 12:01 pm

    O Sh qato …

    Ta kemi lene ty o plehre qe ta “catch-up” historine dhe te gelltisesh gelbazat e tua….Pasi nuk ke me cfare te merresh ke filluar e qan me ze te larte qe te gjesh mbeshtjetjen e dikujt… Ato vargjet qe lexova diku me siper ne kete blog besoj se bejne nje pershkrim perfekt te moralit dhe antishqiptarizmit tend te ndyre. Sado qe shan e turfullon je Shqiptar, qe mos qofsh me mire.

  163. BJ on February 16th, 2010 1:41 pm

    I haven’t been to Albania but some of my friends have. When they came back, one of the things they said they noticed was the teddy bears (and other doll-things) impaled on the houses. It’s funny that you Albanians have never seen them. Perhaps you just don’t notice them …

    They also commented on the garbage, the corruption, the lack of tourist infrastructure, and other things that this guy (the author) didn’t even mention. Maybe you Albanians only see your country through rose-tinted glasses.

    Every country has problems – Canada certainly does – but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about them. Does it?

    I can’t believe how sensitive you guys are to what I, as a neutral reader (I’m British), thought was simply a funny, light-hearted travel story.

    Have you noticed how many non-Albanians have complained about the article? None!

    The main problem, I think, is that you don’t understand what “tongue-in-cheek” means. This article was clearly tongue-in-cheek and anyone who did not have a dog in the fight would have noticed this.

    Are the factual errors, such as where John Belushi was born, etc, really that important? Ask yourself this – would you have been crying like babies over these mistakes if the article had said only complimentary things about Albania? Of course not.

    You are upset because someone dared to criticize your golden country. In fact, he didn’t even really criticize it, he just said some things that weren’t flattering.

    You even get extra upset when a fellow Albanian (shquato) disagrees with you, basically calling him/her a traitor. Surely people from Albania – a country where free speech was outlawed for so long – would be more open to differences of opinion.

    Your crazy comments have done way more damage to Albania’s reputation than this article. I would have visited Albania after reading the article but if it is full of people like those commenting here, I don’t think I’ll bother.

  164. Grant Bray on February 16th, 2010 3:19 pm

    Fabulous show,Really like Ricardo, and his talent. I’ll be in Montreal this summer and I was wondering if Ricardo has a Restaurant there.I’d like to sample his cooking first hand


  165. GEN-X on February 16th, 2010 3:23 pm

    O Sh qato…
    Kujton se stili yt i te shkruarit eshte i padeshifrueshem. Ti po perserit ato mendime qe ke shprehur diku me siper, se te mbaruan argumentat si dhe gelbazat e helmet qe leshove nga goja. Gjeja me e habitshme eshte qe te huajt sikurse pretendon ky (ti) mesiper, paskan marre persiper mbrojtjen e kauzes SH QI TO duke bere nje perkthim te fjales tradhetar. A thua keta te huajt jane kaq te etur per te mesuar ship???!!!!
    Kthe ndonje pergjigje sikur je me origjine nga Zelanda e Re tani. Behu bashkepatriot me James se Shiptaret te kane bere te qash. Bota eshte e rrumbullaket dhe ngado qe te shkosh po aty ku je nisur mberrin……….Megjithese nje PLEHRE si puna jote nuk i duhet kujt.

  166. Jacky on February 17th, 2010 11:25 am

    I am a member of Paramount Fight Club and have not been using the facility because they have lied to be as a client. When the facility first opened up, I was told that Hot Yoga would be provided as a service so I eagerly jumped on the chance to sign up because that it was not only conveinent to the location I reside at but that I can do Hot Yoga along with their women’s kickboxing classes. It has been 6 months since the facility has been opened and they STILL have not provided hot yoga. I have asked the Sameh Kablawi repeatedly to give back half my money but he has constantly refused. As a business owner, he has lied, false advertised, hasn’t taken any leadership in providing good customer service… and that’s all fine- I will be taking other actions to get my money back.

  167. Jane Bossin on February 17th, 2010 1:37 pm

    Dear Kimberley

    I watch City Line TV, and enjoy seeing you on the show. My sister and I were wondering if you are planning another group trip to Paris this year? Please E-Mail me if you are and when.

    Sincerely Jane Bossin

  168. agron zeqo on February 17th, 2010 2:24 pm

    GEN-X, I don’t even think, that Shqato is albanian.

    This is for Mr. B.J.

    Mr. BJ, I am that old, I have seen a lot of the stuff that J.M. described in his article.
    As I have seen a lot of the opposite. The problem is not that it doesn’t exist, or we try to deny it. The albanians fight every day with that part of reality to improve it.
    There are a lot of changes, as there are still tons of problems. In an article a reporter, publisher, writer can help, can kill or can be neutral. If you can’t help, be neutral at least. Being neutral means (as far I do understand), taking in consideration many facts, events, stories to create a good balance and somehow real of the environment, you’re writting of.
    But, something tells me that you must be JM, trying to justify something that you don’t need to. Being oneside writer it is up to you and the the publisher pays you. If it does work, good for you, but don’t tell us how to react. Any good canadian citizen would react louder, higher, if a foreigner reporter describing the Downtown Toronto, gives to the rest of the world the twisted impression that there are only homelesses and some ugly shacks.

  169. nisi on February 17th, 2010 2:37 pm

    James, I think this article does not portray the country of Albania, and this is certain from someone who is not Albanian and has visited the country for the first time 1 year ago. It shows I guess how unprofessional and shallow you really are. First of all I’m not sure what this article is about….the scarecrows or this transaction which you have devoted half of the article on. I would be very interested to know in how many places you actually went in Albania to be calling this article as such. Personally im from Germany and once I visited I found it to be a very enjoyable. Of course the language is a barrier but that is your problem and not theirs, you are the one that visited not them. Before even tempting to write another article please sir do yourself a favor and try to think before writing something down that has very little to do with anything. This is a bullshit article that tries to hit the nerves of some Albanians I guess…butt I think you are the one who will come to realize the fact that simply because you lost 80 dollars because of information YOU did not pay attention on, you can put down a county like this. This is lame. Please never write again. Thanks :)

  170. John M on February 17th, 2010 2:40 pm

    Hi James, your analysis of certain things are very inaccurate. It must come to your attention that your incompetence of doing your job properly is making a lot of people angry. First point. Albania has more culture and history then the place where your are from(whatever that may be). The Albanian prince “Skenderbeu” and his army of honest men fought for many years and helped Central Europe gather enough strength to defeat the Turkish empire. I am assuming the place where you stayed was maybe not the best place but that happens in every country, Take North York (Toronto) for example and i am assuming you know where it is, if you don’t then i would suggest you start and study your geography again. Try and stay at Jane and Finch for a day or so and you will witness some things that you would never see anywhere else. I rest my point and i suggest that next time you do an analysis on a country please do it proffesionally and focus on area that matter and do not write “stupid” comments like you just did in this article.It is offending to a lot of people. you should apologize for what you said. I hope you have enough education to continue your future studies in what ever topic.

  171. Redi on February 17th, 2010 8:12 pm

    Shame on you jamestone
    while albanians were building the civilisation your ancestors were hanging from trees like monkeys. yes thats right, you didnt even had caves to sleep on.

    i wonder what kind of a publishing newspaper are you citylife magazine, what is sure that you arent a serious one to have such incompetent writers on your ranks.

    dhe shqato dicka ta kesh per perkthim sot.

    ate motren nese ke nje te tille shkaperdhat.

  172. Altin on February 17th, 2010 9:27 pm

    shqato wrote:

    “If what you’re saying is true, it doesn’t put us, Albanians and that part of the world where we come from, in good light. What matters is not what we were in the past and what our ancestors were capable of accomplishing (we don’t even know who exactly our ancestors are, because all Balkan countries claim deriving from the same ancestors). Nevertheless, what matters is what we are accomplishing today, while (following your logic) “the people still in caverns” are now so far ahead of us — of us, who once “craddled the western civilization”! Why are we so busy glorifying the history, instead of being busy catching up?”

    Boy u must be joking.

    first of all let me tell you couple of things.
    our ancestors are the illirians and no other balkan or europian country claims deriving from them. try and use little bit google if you arent that good in history at least.
    now let me explain about the civilization thing. ancient greece craddled the civilization 1.1k years b.c but today the modern greece is the same place and they are in economic crisis. even the word democracy is derived from ancient greece.
    egypt another place of ancient civilization 3.2k years ago. today?
    china, another one. today?

    no tell me about ur background and we can talk with facts about ur homelan.

    Proud to be albanian.

    i will be calling and asking different tv channels and my MP about the discrimination from james morrison and the news paper publishing these innacurate publishing these kind of articles in our “multicultural citty of toronto”

    and last but not least forgive me for my english. is my 5fth languange.

  173. shqato on February 17th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Were we having this type of communication at a table or at a coffee store, bullets would have blown my head off by now. GEN-X, as a true GEN-Y gang lead, with Kalashnikovs in both hands shoots on the left and on the right, not knowing what to do with his/her anger and emotions, sold as love and care for Albania.

  174. shqato on February 17th, 2010 10:47 pm

    Altin said: ‘i will be calling and asking different tv channels and my MP about the discrimination from james morrison and the news paper publishing these innacurate publishing these kind of articles in our “multicultural citty of toronto”’

    The MP replied: Altin, I am sorry you feel this way. As an MP in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive country, I just cannot force Jimmy to like Albania or not, at least not the same way as you do. By the why, Altin, why did you decide to leave Albania, the cradle of western civilization, in the first place?

  175. ANNMARIE RAMBHAROSE on February 18th, 2010 6:38 pm



  176. Mishel on February 19th, 2010 3:28 pm

    Shqato-shkerdhato sa mire te kane shkolluar atje ne Serbi. E qan edhe anglishten edhe shqipen.

  177. shqato on February 21st, 2010 12:18 pm

    Mishel, in his previous message has signed by the name of MISHEL GJATA, which looks like a real name.

    As Internet houses all of our foot prints (practically our lives), through a quick and simple search on google, I found that Mishel is apparently an individual who like many other respected citizens in Etobicoke, Ontario, resides in a certain apartment of a 10th floor of a certain building. He seems to be a well educated person, who advertises his resume, address and phone numbers on the web, in search of translation or other work opportunities. He claims he knows an impressive number of 7 languages, 4 of which excellently and 3 on a basic level. He has a university degree in mining and has held a number of respectable jobs in Albania, including News story producer, interpreter and translator for investigative TV reporting crew. In Canada he has helped passengers in the airport with information and customer service, and has as well translated engineering notes and specifications.

    Therefore, I find it strangely but mostly sad, that the same individual writes here with such filthy language and rage, fit for ordinary teen delinquents.

    And the type of language he chooses to use in this site is here for everyone – his fellow Albanians, including potential employers (not to mention potential tourists or Albanian admirers) – to see, along and side by side with his resume.

  178. GEN-X on February 21st, 2010 5:08 pm


    Ate te sharen qe te paskan bere e ke pak. Ti me siguri do kesh qene nga ata qe i ka ngrene kurrizi shkop ose ke pare birucen me sy ne kohen e Enverit. Nese kjo eshte e verteta, e paske merituar. Njerezit cinike jane zakonisht njerez te pakenaqur me jeten dhe ti je nje i/e tille.
    Po Google search-in kush ta mesoi Enveri ne burg ……

  179. shqato on February 21st, 2010 7:36 pm

    You cannot use any other language but Albanian to express the cultural excrement above. It’s understandable, because your English is too superficial and thin to convey the filth you inherit from the totalitarian culture. This is why you get pathologically overwhelmed by even a light, ironic and harmless piece such as “Scarecrows and Teddy Bears”.

    No, Enver Hoxha, didn’t have time to deal with me. I was too young, just a kid when he died, and very unimportant to catch his attention. But I know very well what he did to Albania. And the reason he managed to do whatever he did is, because there were too many people like you, Gen-X et al, narrow-minded, prisoners of ideology and myths, not difficult to be kept under the thumb. People like you carry on the same mindset wherever you go, because you can only change the geography and geometrical location, whereas the mind and thinking remains stuck in the past. And no wonder Albania remains stuck in the mud too.

    Otherwise the day was lovely and hopeful. The sun shined and the sky was clearer than ever.

  180. Dhimitraq on February 21st, 2010 7:40 pm

    Mr. Morrison

    I recently came across your article on the Internet, and I have to say that I was appalled. Even though these facts may be true (as it can be true in any other country, Canada included), I find it “interesting” that you only talk about three facts that all happen to be negative. This tells any reader that you had a clear negative agenda when you visited Albania. The fact that you know only 2 things about Albania, doesn’t mean that Albania has only those two things to offer, it only means that you are an ignorant man when it comes to Albania and it’s history. My advice to you is that you should educate yourself on your next visit to another country.
    How would you feel if an Albanian visitor wrote only negative things about Canada?
    An Albanian man like you had visited Toronto on the 26 of December a few years ago and he decided to write an article about Canada, here are 3 facts that he might have written about.
    · Anytime I stopped in traffic lights in Toronto streets there were at least one or two “suspicious looking” beggars asking for money.
    · When I drove downtown I saw that the streets were filled with homeless people and garbage surrounding them, some of them were drunk.
    · When he passed by the subway station, a gang fight broke out and bullets started to fly everywhere. People started to run for their lives and later he discovered that an innocent young girl was murdered at the scene.

    Do you think the article would be fair to Canada and Canadians?
    Guess what – NO, Canada is a wonderful country with wonderful people, Canada has more to offer. The same apply to Albania as well; Albania had more to offer to you, but you chose to dwell on the negative instead of embracing the positive.
    I can read between the lines your happiness to question her Albanian roots. You say that Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia – let me educate you – more than one third of Macedonian population is Albanian, and one of them happen to be Mother Teresa.
    There is so much anger and negativism in you, you most probably you don’t fill good about yourself and your life.

  181. Elena Skavica on February 21st, 2010 9:59 pm

    Mr. Morrison,
    I know my English does not fit to Mr. shqato and your ears but don’t worry and don’t need to assume. It is my second language, and I am not ashamed of this fact. This does not make me and my people less patriotic to Canada, to this great country we are proud to call homeland as much (maybe more) as you claimed so before us. I am not going to tell you if you are right or wrong on your article because this is obvious, but only to tell that English is none more than e derivate of Albanian language.
    Don’t you forget that were Albanians (known as Pellazgs) who occupied England (back then they were known as Romans-there was no Italy who was formed by an Albanian named Garibaldi). Albanians (pellazgo-romans) who brought in the daylight of Christianity on this world, who formed Scotland and Ireland (why they have Albany name? – Simply because Albanian king Alban after the Armenian-Greek invasion left the motherland and headed north and captured English canal). Was Mother Teresa an Albanian since she was born in Skopje is your questionmark? Certainly you couldn’t distinguish the fact that Skopje is not Macedonian but rather Albanian city. History has played games with our people, with our motherland and with our own history…even some “Great nations” have peculate and make our own entient history their own history…even the greatest history belong to us, pellazgs, the Homer language – pelazgus language was diminished and vanished to be displaced with Armenian new Greek language…not mentioning the squeeze of our nation by Slavic disastrous invasion.
    I am sorry to bring so much information on your mind, something you have had no chance to hear about….not to pretend to have learned in school.
    What advice do I have for you? Read Lord Byron, read Mathiew Aref, read the only code of honour in the world known as the ancient constitution…and you will see next time in Albania an ancient people, ancient history, the only and greatest trunk of all world history. Read and dig deeper and you will find that great country in the world that not only fought Nazi invaders during the WW2, but also the only one to have stop the Nazi adventure against the Jew people. We took them in gave them home, but also we are the only and first country to be invaded by the nazi-fachist invaders during the WW2. And I am a proud daughter of a WW2 hero who fought for 6 years not to liberate his country but neighbours as well. Though, you will have maybe a chance to learn that there are over 70% of Greek population known as decent Albanians in Grece – afraid to say so, over 90% of Macedonian (FRM) population as decent Albanians in Macedonia – frightened and exploit by slavic minority tyrans, over 40% of Italy are decent albanians too. Albania stand for the only country to have stand in guard of Christianity for three decades during 15th centry’s Turkish invaders…a price we paid by blodshed and lost identity, by forcefully and largely becoming muslins in 17th century, a faith which to albainians is not their true believe. We are the only and the one who brought Christianity in Europe, defended it to our last drop of blood when others were building castels and parks – our catels were being destryed. We are the only people who have Christianity in our hearts…no matter how you portrait us. Hope one day you will learn that the biggest scientist that world has known, Robert Einstein, survived only by his albanian citizenship. The last thing I want to mention to you is that your luck of losing $80 to loansharking well known Western Union does not give you the right to portrait our country as country of “Scarecrows and Teddy Bears” a country who stand proud to Christianity and its people, the country who George Kastriot Scanderbeg, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ali Pasha Tepelena, Kollokotroni, Suliotet, Bubulina, Garibaldi the founder of Italy, mother Teresa, many Papas of Vatican have proudly called home, a country who have brought life to many other nations. Are we touched by this article? Certainly! Why? Because we have given everything to and for the world, and it forget who it is mocking off! Why didn’t you move five steps away off loansharking Western Union to a western Bank or to a modern exchange shop? Because you crossed Albania (hopefully you had the chance to pass the government terror against tourists) after visiting Macedonia, a country found over our ancient history blend with their Slavic culture!
    Hope all this misinformation and rancour didn’t come to you by losing $80, a fact that made your eyes becaming grey…
    Make your homework and don’t rush in concussions…esoecialy dont misinform for something you have not the right education and culture to do so.
    Seems you didnt see a city largely build in marbles…but found a dirty buss station! Pity you!

  182. Pina Bruna on February 23rd, 2010 12:32 pm

    I was very disappointed with the help i got choosing a colour. They do not sell Benjamin Moore anymore due to problems in the store and they wanted to sell me some paint they make themselves that i never heard of. It was a high pressure sale and my husband was upset and the Fred guy told us to leave and go to Lowe’s if we weren’t happy with his poor service. I guess business is so good they don’t need anymore business. We went to the other Benjamin Moore store on langstaff and they were a great help.

  183. John on February 24th, 2010 11:46 am

    Paramount Fight Club… More like, Paramount Flop Club! Sameh Kablawi knows nothing about running a business, let alone how to talk to clients! His constant lying and manipulating of people is disgusting…
    I’m not sure who he thinks he is, but I can’t wait to see him push the wrong person! It’s too bad really, the club could of been something to brag about as a client, but the reality is… It’s just embarrassing to even mention where I work out.
    Sameh walks around with his sunglasses and designer shirts, not sure what movie inspired him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks he’s Tony Montana… Sameh, you’ll never be the man! You’ll always be a punk!

  184. Jonny on February 24th, 2010 1:48 pm

    As a simple westerner, the main thing I took from this article is that I want to nominate Tirana for the Most Uncorrupt Police Award.

    All these angry comments though remind me of when the movie Borat came out. The Kazakhstan government took out full-page advertisements and TV commercials explaining that the country was not really like that, when no one even believed Borat was real anyway.

    The only thing I remembered about Albania was that it bordered on the Adriatic, and I only knew that because it was part of a song in Cheers oh so many years ago (thank you, Google: I don’t think any Albanians need to worry about this article, certainly not from my (ignorant western) point of view. Heck, I want to buy a ticket just so I can say I’m flying from Lester Pearson to Mother Teresa. : )

  185. Jonny on February 24th, 2010 1:52 pm

    Moderator: please change my link to this if you can…


  186. shqato on February 24th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Elena, instead of worrying about your English (no one cares much to grade your English aptitude), I think you should worry about the fairy tales you’re telling about “Albanians (known as Pellazgs) who occupied England”, and “Albanians (pellazgo-romans) who brought in the daylight of Christianity on this world, who formed Scotland”. Now, these are things I’d be worried about, if I were you.

    Where on earth did you learn such balderdash (nonsense)? Your dreams are fantastic…

    But, even if they were not, what does “Albania – once the center of universe” have anything to do with traveler experiences today with buses, drivers, policemen, currency exchange agents, scarecrows and teddy bears and so on and so forth?

  187. Otaqsh-i on February 24th, 2010 10:44 pm

    Zoti profesor Shqato,

    Me qellim ose jo, erdhe ne qender te vemendjes duke luftuar me shqiptaret si Don Kishoti me mullinjte e eres. Qe nuk e do Shqiperine e nuk je patriot nuk ka asgje te keqe per mendimin tim. Edhe fjala patriotizem prandaj ka dale , qe te dalloje njerezit qe e duan vendin e tyre nga ata qe nuk e duan, dhe po e perseris edhe nje here, eshte krejt normale. Fillon te qelbet pak kur ti e vecon veten nga shqiptaret. Besoj qe edhe mamin adhe babin e ke shqiptar, keshtu qe nuk shpeton dot nga kjo e keqe ose e mire. Te gjithe shqiptaret ketu (ne canada e kam llafin) e dine kush ka qene e kush eshte Shqiperia. Disa prej tyre edhe parashikojne te ardhmen se si do te jete. Por rralle ndodh qe flasin me neveri sic flet ti. Qenja jote shqiptar eshte nje gje subjektive, keshtu qe ti nuk ke pse ke frike ose neveri. Nuk eshte faji yt. Edhe qe e shan, deri ne nje fare shkalle, nuk shikoj asgje te keqe. Por nuk mund ta mohosh sepse mohon veten mamin, babin dhe gjithe librin e shtepise.
    Kam vene re se te gjitha replikat na permend anglishten tende te perkryer. Bravo te qofte qe nje anglishtshkrues i perkryer, good job. .Por kete mos na e trego ne shqiptareve. Kete tregojua canadezeve. Sa provime te kane kerkuar te japesh per te mbrojtur anglishten, qe duket se e di edhe me mire se canadezet? Sa kokecarje te kane dhene? Dhe per gjithe keto ti kujton se ta kane fajin shqiptaret. Shiptaret nuk kane asgje te bejne me problemet qe ke pasur ti ne Canada, nuk eshte faji i tyre. Por duket se anglishtja jote eshte si 80-dollareshi i Jim Morrison ne Tirane, qe humbi 80 dollare e botoi nje pacavure per te relaksuar veten e per te te vene ty ne pune.
    Kam vene re se ti ke problem me shqiptaret qe marrin nga 10 Can per ore (packa se kinezet ne downtown toronto punojne edhe per 5 Can ora), ose ata qe jetojne ne ndertesa shumekateshe. Une nuk shoh gje te keqe. Dikush jeton ne ndertesa shumekateshe ne Etobicoke, dikush tjeter ne ndertesa shumekateshe ne Scarborough. problemi qelbet kur kalon ne te dhena personale te njerezve duke shfrytezuar ndonje moment sinqeriteti ose etike profesionale. Kjo eshte shume e keqe. Duhet te kesh qene ne momente te ngarkuara familjare dhe prap kalove ne origjine-per inat te sime vjerre fle me mullixhiun.
    Cheers proffesor Shqato.
    Hera e pare dhe e fundit qe shkruaj. Te me falin lexuesit qe disa here kam folur ne shumes.

  188. shqato on February 24th, 2010 11:40 pm

    Otaqsh-i shkruan:

    “Edhe qe e shan [Shqiperine], deri ne nje fare shkalle, nuk shikoj asgje te keqe. Por nuk mund ta mohosh sepse mohon veten mamin, babin dhe gjithe librin e shtepise.”

    Prej cka gjendet e shkruar ne kete vend komentesh, une po perpiqem te kundershtoj ato qe me duken te paverteta ose qe jane brockulla te pavertetueshme. Kjo nuk do te thote se po mohoj Shqiperine (lere pastaj mamin dhe babin qe s’hyjne hic gjekundi ketu). Ate e dua sic eshte, me gjithe vuajtjet qe ka hequr e po heq, por s’kam aspak nevoje te rrah gjoksin e te mbuloj diellin me shoshe, a te them gjera te paqena, e aq me pak kur keto s’kane asfare lidhje me temen.

    Shkruan me tej Otaqsh-i (mbrapsht Shqato):

    “Kam vene re se te gjitha replikat na permend anglishten tende te perkryer. Bravo te qofte qe nje anglishtshkrues i perkryer, good job.”

    Nuk e ke vene re aspak, sepse nuk e kam permendur ndonjehere nje gje te tille (edhe sepse thjesht nuk ekzistojne gjera te perkryera). Mjaft me kete avaz. Edhe jo s’me ka dale fare shpirti duke mesuar anglishten, as me ka detyruar kush. Ne fakt me kenaqesi jam perpjekur e perpiqem ende ta mesoj sa mundem se bashku e krahas me shqipen.

    Shkruan prap po Shqato mbrapsht:

    “Kam vene re se ti ke problem me shqiptaret qe marrin nga 10 Can per ore (packa se kinezet ne downtown toronto punojne edhe per 5 Can ora), ose ata qe jetojne ne ndertesa shumekateshe. ”

    Po ku e ke vene re more zotni i dashur? Une s’e kam fare problem qe disa shqiptare marrin 10 dollare ne ore. Vetem vura ne dukje nje fakt te tille dhe arsyetova se kush merr 10 dollare ne ore s’duhet ta kete te lehte to leshoje 8 ore pune (pa llogaritur taksat) veresie vetem e vetem sepse na i qenkerkash fyer sedra patriotike. Ne fakt jo 10 dollare ne ore, por edhe ai qe merr cilindo shumefish te 10 dollareshit, s’duhet ta beje as ta thote nje gje te tille sa arrogante aq edhe fallco. (Njerezit ne memedhe po ia kepusin njeri-tjetrit me plumb ballit per nje cope gardh…, por kur vjen puna per patriotizem e per t’u dukur para te tjereve, jo 80 dollare s’jane hic gje… Cfare, mos do te me thuash tani se s’e dua Shqiperine ngaqe po permend nje fakt qe te gjithe e shohim rendom ne shtyp?) Po ne vend qe t’i shesesh mend Morrison-it, coji ne Shqiperi ato $80, falja shkollave, shtepive te jetimeve, grave te keqtrajtuara, pensionisteve, spitaleve, familjeve fatkeqe te Gerdecit.

    As me te dhena personale nuk merrem. Une po merrem me gjera qe jane vendosur ne Internet per gjithe syte e botes per t’i pare publikisht, prej njerezish te rritur e te pergjegjshem. Une nuk po them ndonje sekret, qe te tjeret nuk e dine ose qe pengohen ta dine.

  189. Artur on February 25th, 2010 3:38 pm


    Instead of my own words I got a story, from somewhere else…


    My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment.
    She cooked for students & teachers to support the family. There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to Say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me?
    I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, ‘EEEE, your mom only has one eye!’ I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear.
    I confronted her that day and said, ‘ If you’re only goanna make me a Laughing stock, why don’t you just die?’ My mom did not respond…
    I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger.
    I was oblivious to her feelings. I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her.
    So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts, Then one day, my
    Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.
    When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at
    her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, ‘How dare you come to my house and scare my
    Children! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!
    And to this, my mother quietly answered, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,’
    And she disappeared out of sight.
    One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity. My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

    ‘My Dearest Son,
    I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.
    I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.
    You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.
    I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

    With all my love to you,
    Your mother

  190. RHONDA BLYTH on February 25th, 2010 7:13 pm

    Please tell me if i qualify for this harmonized sale tax cheque, that is supposed to be coming up this year in July.i am on Ontario Disability Support Plan, and i also have a 12 yr old daughter that lives with me and also a single parent

  191. shqato on February 25th, 2010 8:57 pm

    What a story!

    I showed it to a kid and this is what the kid said:

    I think this story is not intelligent. Did this mother and son ever communicate with each other? Where was the father? Were they divorced? What was the mother trying to prove? What was her goal? Surprising her son by waiting till the end of life to finally tell him the eye truth? Why? What for? I thought people hide bad things, because they are either too ashamed to admit what they have done wrong, or they intend to keep it a secret, so that they keep doing it. What’s the purpose of hiding information about a good thing? Do people have to hide good things? Wasn’t the boy ever curious that there was something strange about his eyes – the color did not exactly match or the shape was not the same, or they felt and looked funny? And then, did the mother simply have a hole where one of her eyes should have been? That must have been a scary look… Didn’t she get a fake eye, or at least some dark glasses? Weird story… Who authored it anyway? Where did you get it?

    I didn’t tell him that the mother was supposed to be “Mother Albania”, who gave me “the eye so I could see a whole new world” and that I was so ungrateful till the day she died (God forbid)!

  192. Anetar on February 26th, 2010 2:57 am


    Nje tregim mjaft domethenes dhe prekes.

    Ky blog qe po vazhdon gjate tregon se sa shume shqiptaro-kanadeze jetojne ne Toronto e rrethinat. A nuk do ishte me mire qe te gjithe neve te kontribuojme ne nje ceshtje me te rendesishme sic eshte ajo e: Familjeve te permbytura ne zonen e mbi Shkodres?

    Shoqata shqiptaro-kanadeze po zhvillon nje fushate per te mbledhur nje fond ndihme qe do te dergohet nepermjet Kryqit Te Kuq Kanadez ne Shqiperi.

    Per me teper lexoni:


  193. Vanessa on February 27th, 2010 3:10 pm

    I am a member of Paramount Fight Club and I love it!!! I was told YOGA would be coming….and it hasn’t…..which sucks….but I do everthing else and the classes are fun and challenging!!! The members are awesome, and the staff is upbeat and friendly!!! Although I do believe the customer is always right…..I have to wonder what the member’s might have done to piss off Sam or any other of the employees there to the point that they would be unhelpful…..a pancake has two sides :) lol…..and there’s always to sides to every story

  194. BENN on February 28th, 2010 1:57 pm

    ky forum eshte bere si ato muret e haleve te plazhit (kush i mban mend) ku sharjet pasonin njera-tjetren, por ngjyra e germave ishte gjithmone e njejte: kafe

  195. Giovanni on March 1st, 2010 12:09 am

    What a great place! The food was great and the service just wonderful!
    I will be returning!

  196. Joey on March 15th, 2010 6:16 am

    Looks like the club has shut down?

  197. Shawn on March 15th, 2010 9:49 am

    Well if your looking for a martial arts club that DOES NOT have negative drama , check out Bravado Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Woodbridge. They are in their 10th year (so you KNOW they will stay open) and they offer top notch instruction in Gracie / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. The Staff and Students are really friendly and its more like a close knit family.

    And another thing ALways do your reseaech on choosing a club best suited for you! I did my home work on many clubs (including PFC) and Bravado for me was my fit! Check them out

  198. Lisa on March 15th, 2010 4:54 pm

    There is also another mixed martial arts facility in Woodbridge. MATADOR MMA has been open for only six months but the instructors at this academy are top notch and have been in the industry for many years. They have a World Champion Brazilian Jiu jitsu black belt and a top striking and conditioning coach that work very hard to see that the students achieve all their goals. They offer BJJ, K1 striking, Extreme conditioning, Women’ s only kickboxing, Mini Matadors KIDS program, and fighter conditioning. They are respected members of the Ontario Jiu Jitsu association, CASK amateur kickboxing association and compete on national and international levels.

  199. Steve Harrigan on March 16th, 2010 11:55 pm

    I’m not surprised and in without a doubt agree with your comments. What you might not be aware of, is that in 2004, Sameh Kablawi was arrested and charged for drug offenses,… he came across our path and was of interest during that time period. It’s interesting to see that he still has not changed and is repeatedly involved in despicable, disreputable, and illegitimate practices. I wouldn’t be surprised after hearing your comments that he would be charged with fraud offenses. In light of the fact that he is out of the Toronto jurisdiction, it would now be the responsibility of the OPP or York Regional Police.

  200. Jennifer Li on March 17th, 2010 1:37 pm

    I’ve had run-ins with Sameh Kablawi also. I just read a posting at…/paramount-fight-club-sameh-kab-d5e69.htm
    What you should know is that Sameh has tried to take advantage of one of my friends, Chanel, she went to the hospital after drinking something Sameh gave her (SPIKED HER DRINK). After reading the, I realized that she was not the only one. PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE, AND WATCH YOUR DRINKS AROUND HIM.

  201. Mike on March 17th, 2010 11:32 pm

    The club and Sameh have dissapeared Houdini style since they were locked out by the Sheriff for being in arrears ($4K ) in rent on MAR 11th!! (As per note on the PFC door)

    Leaving many of us members wondering what happened. No notice, email or phone call(talk about no love) specially for those of us with kids in the BJJ class which the kids really liked. Matt McDonald was a great instructor at the BJJ classes which is too bad.

    The club had great potential with a great location close to everything in Vaughan, modern facilities and solid variety of disciplines but you still have to run a business like a business where customers are a priority. Too much drama and inconsistencies.

    With all due respect to Bravado times have changed but they haven’t changed with the times. Descent place but limited variety of disciplines offered as shown on their website. Can’t speak about Matador but a number of PFC people went back to their Victory Club roots to Matador in the past few months so that is a good sign about a club.

    Nowadays you have the following choices to train:
    - “McDojos” plenty of Karate, Taekwondo cheap start but pay for every little thing after and very traditional mostly focus on kids. They avoid MMA like the plague.
    - “Fighter Stables” which focus on developing fighters but not for the average joe. Not many around and you have to be prepared for the intensity. Big names know these places well.
    - “Converts” – old traditional Martial Arts places that are transforming to the MMA way and run it like a business but still few out there and their locations usually suck.
    - “Who am I” – Those places in transition looking for their niche in the MMA world and the bushido way
    - “Wannabes” run by egomaniacs who can’t pass by a mirror without looking at themselves which is fine as long as you deliver the services in your club and grow the sport. You classify if you have more than 4 pics at your site from the MMA Expo with a UFC fighter.

    So the day that somebody opens something that has the a customer driven approach, with great instructors, accesible locations not in the industrial area armpits, access to health(psysio, chiropractors, massage, nutrionist), clean facilities, choice of multiple disciplines for young, old, men, women, kids at a reasonable cost then finally MMA will move to the masses but until then the ongoing drama at martial arts places wanting to attract the legion of new members will continue.

    Shame on you PFC for getting our hopes high!! Another one bites the dust…..but time will tell if the rest learn from others mistakes!!

  202. Bobbie on March 21st, 2010 8:50 pm

    Excuse me times have changed but Bravado hasn’t? Last time I checked a punch in the face is a punch in the face and broken nose is all the same in 1920 or 2010. It’s all about attitude an approach and Bravado has got it hands down. That’s what separates a Brazilian jiu jitsu place from a submission wrestling one. There is a huge wresting and judo component to the instruction at Bravado so don’t be so quick to discount it to two disciplines. Besides I had a guy teaching me 5 disciplines at one time and felt like a crusader, but realize now that it was really somewhat of a false sense of confidence. I had some moves and speed. Give me a knife and I’d rip it up but I’d be going to jail for life too, not practical! In any case it’s not the number of arts it’s the methodology of training, it has got to be a contact sport firstly and to really learn you’ll likely get a few injuries. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in the best shape of my life. Bravado is the way to go and its one big family there. The tight BJJ is with the crew at Bravao.

  203. Jenny on March 22nd, 2010 1:03 am

    Good day Mike,

    Totally agree with the characteristics of gym you mentioned ( McDojos, fighters stable, Converts, Who am I , Wannabes). However characteristics are simply generalizations to the main context of what you’re trying to point out. Each gym/ dojo’s has something greater to offer. Therefore it is up to the individual to find the characteristics of each of those 5 categories of gym/ dojo’s and maximize the strengths instead of the weaknesses to fit into their training and fitness goals. Finding the right instructors are like dime out of a dozen ( ie men , jj) the right instructor will compliant your strengthens and assist you to develop your techniques, strength, conditioning and mindset to become the martial artist and /or fighter YOU”RE aspired to be ( ie a life time partner ( that’s if you take your training serious, also depending on what you’re looking for).
    As a results, I have to contrary your statement in regards to Bravado. Your statement was the following “With all due respect to Bravado times have changed but they haven’t changed with the times. Descent place but limited variety of disciplines offered as shown on their website. “ in which it contradicts what you said about the 5 types of gyms.
    #1 changing with time??? Yes we all evolve with time. I am not quite clear with the point that you’re trying to make? All great martial artists and/or fighters who are inspired to compete train in many different forms of marital arts (bjj/ muay thai / kick boxing/ boxing / wrestling/ judo.. etc…. all of which comes from a fundamental form of martial art… Every marital artists and/ fighters come from a traditional backgrounds and different variations of martial art forms. So what is changing with time? I believe that’s a statement that is up to the individual if they want to take their training into the next level where they can develop their own strategies, techniques and find their fit in the martial arts world. ultimately change is up to the person to make.. not your coach , not your instructors, not your training partners. They are all systems to assist with the changes YOU want to make and better you as a fighter and/or martial artist.
    #2 websites only tell so much…. Maybe you should come in and check out the facility sometime… again it’s what you want to gain out of YOUR training…
    In all, I am a true and proud member of Bravado, not only have the instructors and fellow students have created a safe environment for me to train in , the facility and opportunities to learn and grow has open a whole new world to me. I’ve been with this gym for less than 2 years , and it has created a better physically and mentally martial artist. I gained opportunities that helped further my growth and journey in bjj, which I will continue to follow. I am now a competitive female Bjj martial artist who is still and will be developing my skills with Bravado Jiu-Jitsu’s continuing tradition of producing martial artists & champions( 10 years and going… …)

    Hope to see you around some day mike.

    Jenny xoxo

  204. Bobbie on March 23rd, 2010 12:15 pm

    Well said Jenny from the block and when you have a lot of trophies they’ll know where you came from! Hope to see you on the mats at Bravado Mike. Give Dan a call he’ll set you up. He always has an introductory promo going on as a trial to see if it for you and kids really love his classes too!

  205. Ralph on March 23rd, 2010 3:08 pm

    I have to say, I wasn’t surprised to see PFC close down right around the time to start paying rent (they had 8 months free rent to begin with).
    I wish I could go back in time and punch Sameh in the face, when he decided to bully me about my membership and pull the tough guy routine! However, looking at it now it’s probably best to let karma settle this… Looks like it has, PFC has closed down!
    A training facility is a matter of preference. The people and professor/instructor really dictates the environment. I could care less for the flashy posters and ‘octogon’ or the douchebag who ran the club!
    Whether it’s Bravado, Grantbrothers or Matador, do your homework! I myself train out of Matador, and I can assure you I’m more than happy to promote this facility!
    Great people, great environment made up by great instructors!
    Be good to eachother,


  206. Roger Smith on March 31st, 2010 4:36 pm

    Scammers – Once you give your money its gone for good!! – No Refunds

  207. Lance B on March 31st, 2010 4:40 pm


  208. Dan on April 1st, 2010 2:05 am

    This is an overly defensive diatribe that attempts to buoy our spirits with the prevailing notion of optimism and a rehearsed “let’s blame the media” punditry. I liked the Toronto Life article and feel it exposed a good deal of the insider-dealing, cronyism, and partiality to developers, rather than citizens, which has plagued Vaughan for some time. It sensationalized, but the core facts – those being the undeniably duplicitous actions by certain officials – are clearly outlined. Bawk all you want about the harsh tone it employs, the facts tell the story. Oh, I wonder why Vic De Zen didn’t opt to comment? Maybe because he’s working on a statement for his April 20th trial? If the mere notion of justice exists in this province, that man will spend the rest of his life in jail.

    “Yes we have some issues with our government, like ANY city does, it is really unfortunate that all the amazing things that have been done by council members have been overlooked becuase of many of the outrageous comments made throughout the media.”

    Really? Every city deals with incumbent councilors who pay for their Benzes off through insider dealing and conflicts of interest? What’s in the news today, but good old Pete dealing with yet another Vaughan conflict of interest scandal. But just like the rest of the councilors, he “didn’t know” he had a financial stake in a company he helped reward a contract to. Peter Meffe, Joyce Frustaglio, Di Biase, Jackson? A who’s who of political opportunists that have used their authority for their own ends of blatant corruption. This city is run by developers, the more media attention the better, because until the citizens wake up and oust them from office, this cycle will continue.

    I’m from Vaughan, born, raised, and embarrassed. I have since moved away and couldn’t be happier.

  209. Jennifer Li on April 1st, 2010 2:07 am

    Sameh has scammed so many people, let alone being known for g-ing out girls and taking advantage of them. Good ridance… he’s gives all MMA venues a bad name and considering that there trying to legalize MMA in Ontario, he’s has brought the sports down in disgrace.

  210. Torotno photographer - Mariusz Lasocha on April 8th, 2010 11:06 am

    The Olympics went amazingly well except one technical glitch and the unfortunate death of Georgian skeleton man.

  211. Caroline on April 10th, 2010 8:55 am

    Karate is known for it’s simplicity & Effectiveness… One also learns to apply patience, discipline, co-ordination and balance in balance with the delivery of correct and effective karate techniques.

    These techniques can produce very effective results….

  212. erblin on April 12th, 2010 9:05 pm

    i am from albania and i`m only 8,and i know that`s not nice to say,so next time,
    THINK TWICE,dude

  213. Maria Barbieri on April 13th, 2010 4:09 pm

    Just wanting to let David Rocco know how much the success he has attained means to my family, since he’s been such an inspiration to my older son, Luca. It took David Rocco’s “simpatia” and skills in the Kitchen, combined with the superb idea of touring thru our “homeland” bringing us back to our original roots, to motivate my son to “the stove” and away from the tv remote control. Congrats on doing the near impossible and even further congrats and continued success to David, his family and Television crew.

    Maria Barbieri
    Bradford, Ont.

  214. Tim Burrows on April 14th, 2010 8:09 am

    Thank you so much for giving such an open view of the consequences that we witness in our daily lives. RIght of way is not something that should be assumed, it has to be available to take.

  215. Rob on April 16th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Fred Vecchio didn’t pay his bills! I’ve seen on the front door of the Maple location a notice of the outstanding Lease for over $42,000… This guy is a crook!

  216. Duke Smith on April 22nd, 2010 6:29 am

    Well it seems to me that you visited Albania but did not see it. Like many treasures of the world, you must look a little deeper than the surface. Albania is a wonderful country full of incredible people. Because of communists government the people may not have much, but what they have they would freely give, unlike most of the rest of the world that is concerned with only taking or filling their pockets.

    Albania is considered the most hospitable country in the world. My experience has been if they are not, they certainly are at the top. If you go back, let me know and I will contact a few that will really show you Albania!

    P.S. Those are eagles…not crows…

  217. Sebastian Carubia on April 26th, 2010 3:02 pm

    Hi Lisa. Remember me. Your vice-principal from Don Bosco. I am very proud of your accomplishments!!!! I recently retired in June as principal of Don Bosco and I am enjoying the new freedom I have acquired!! I would like to meet you to congratulate you and to intoduce you to my new business which will increase your sales in real-estate. Do you have time to listen to a person who has been always forward thinking and visionary? My number is 416-476-5478


    Sebastian Carubia

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  219. Bill on May 27th, 2010 4:26 pm

    Are they in business anymore ?
    Are both stores closed ?

  220. AlbMichigan on May 31st, 2010 2:30 am

    Yes, we are eagles and is not good to hear that for my country and my people… :(

  221. Jimmy on June 7th, 2010 9:24 am

    I’ve been in Lisbon for a bit, and I was extremely impressed by the environment and the whole local beauty.

  222. Shawn on June 16th, 2010 1:19 am


    Obviously you have made your assumptions just by viewing a website? So i guess your the guy who looks at a website and decides then!! Well my friend you got duped at PFC!! Found a place to train yet? Bravado is still there going strong!! Just ADDED classes to keep up with demand!! Aside from learning from great instructors! Did you know we have some of the Top BJJ competitiors in the country training there? Pan Am BJJ silver medalist? Ontario open Brown belt champ? World masters champ? We have them here!

    So please before you “know” what an academy has to offer you, check them out, try a class and be careful… you may actually think you may make the best decision in the world…. join!

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  224. Richard Massey on June 18th, 2010 6:24 am

    This Dr. was my friend many years ago, he even introduced me to my wife. She was his office manager. He took great care of my mother and father! We used to camp, go hicking, BBQ, hell my family even watched his beutiful baby Nicki. We were close, He was a Big Brother I never had. Then one day he got very sick and changed, I was told he was Bi Polar and would not stay on his medication. All I know is he was mean to his family and mean to my mother and his friends. He lost everything and went to prison I hear. Then they deported him back to Canada! Now he’s in trouble again! George you were a great Dr, and man when you were well! I will pray that you will get the help you need and stop hurting your family, friends, patients, and mostly yourself! You know who I am and I still care!
    Bro. Hiram Abiff

  225. Bob on June 29th, 2010 11:48 pm

    What is the name of the card holder clip. I can not find it on the website.. jeez. you put the website but not the name.

  226. alfredo on July 6th, 2010 8:48 am

    egr. signor devo fare un reclamo ma prima voglio sentire la vostra risposta.
    abiamo comprato dodici pacchi di fettuccini misura, levando l’etichtta degli incredienti abbiamo visto che la pasta e’ scaduta dal duemila otto, prima che io vadadall’ispettore desidero sapere perche di questo imbroglio’ mi scrva al piu’ presto immodo di regolarmi x quello che dovro’ fare. la saluto cordialmente, alfredo

  227. Steven & Laura Gobbatto on July 14th, 2010 11:18 am

    Our family just celebrated my daughter Julia’s first communion at the Royalton. Words can not express our thanks to Mario and his staff. Mario helped us select a fantastic menu that was enjoyed by all of our guests. The food and overall setting of our venue was wonderful. The service was outstanding. I highly recommend the Royalton to all my friends and family.
    Thanks again from the Gobbatto’s.

  228. kimi on July 16th, 2010 11:13 pm

    hi everyone from an albanian, what happened to that guy wile visiting albania i see as a normal thing, i really thought that we albanians are a lil bit tough but when i got to visit the world, i realized that albania was the paradise i have been looking for even though i lived there i didnt realize, and i understand the guy about his experience in tirana, but the same thing happened to me when i got in new york for the first time when i wanted to exchange euros to dollars, and i thought that this would not happen in albania but everywhere u go ur gonna be seeing good and bad things, my bag was stolen in new york’s subway, and when i visited canada i lost my wallet, but still that doesnt say anything about canadians or americans same as this article doesnt say anything bad about albanians even though is seen not with a good eye, however go in albania with a plan, there are a lot of wonderful thinkgs to see, its a pitty u missed them, anyway i dont understand why ppl visit e place and miss the beautiful paert of it, or may be u went as an agent lolz, take care, and wellcome back to albania but this time look for the good and interesting things that albania is unique about, cheers

  229. kimi on July 17th, 2010 1:25 am

    and SHQATO u sound to be smart for ur self, i like ur idea of prosperity, but i dont understand where to place u? u have confused me, not that i care that much but i just wanna know where ur roots are placed, if u have any! i can see ur good in english and albanian but is absolutely useless in the way ur using it, u sound like a spy dude! i dont know if ur feet stink or if u have bicycle but i know for sure ur not albanian, and this breaks my heart lolz( not really). no seriously u seem to be a wise man but i think ” KABLLAT TU KAN PERZI” . kastravec mos mshit kopalla ktu

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    5Stars to it!

  232. Manni on August 1st, 2010 10:41 pm

    I do not know if I am contacting the right office. I have an idea but have no way of building my idea and have no money. I think my idea is great and will be used by many people. I have not seen anything like my idea any where. I do not know where to start and who to contact. Thanks for your time.

  233. lloyd ramraj on August 6th, 2010 12:57 am

    After an oil change at Honda, I decided to take a look at the condo. I was very impressed. I took two friends and we bought three condos. Hope this is the new downtown Toronto.

  234. Deidre Heindl on August 10th, 2010 3:35 pm

    Truer words were never spoken.

    It is my understanding that the oil rigs in europe are required to have a shut off valve installed. If America were to adopt that policy as law, we would at least be taking a step in the right direction…Although, ridding ourselves of our dependency on oil is the the ultimate goal.

  235. Steve Brnjac on August 17th, 2010 12:38 pm

    What can you suggest to help get my invention the Hide A Hook (HAH) to get selling better.

    I have had alot of expensive non help from the sales people at a TV station, a radio station and a newspaper.

    I have signed up with Invent Help and after over 2 years of their service, very little sales or response.

    I need someone who knows what to do and am willing to partner up as I have invested over $35,000 in this idea to date. I have an injection mold made and have 4,500 packaged HAH’s ready for sale.


  236. Steve Brnjac on August 17th, 2010 12:40 pm

    Would like to speak to someone about this invention. I have trusted experience marketing people in the past and have spent thousands for very little in return.


    Thank you

  237. Bill Vanclief on August 17th, 2010 3:06 pm

    I am the father of Chris Vanclief, after seeing what my son has gone through over the past 8-9 months and the numerous tests he has endured. I am tottally shocked the our so called medical system and Canadian government still refuses to admit that we have a problem with Lymes disease here in Canada. It is unfortunate that we have to travel outside of our country for accurate tests and proper medical diagonses. I challenge our medical profession and politicial leaders to step up and ensure that we all have the proper medical care we need when dealing with this dreadfull disease. Don’t take this disease lightly it is very serious. I want to thank all the people who have helped my son and please continue to pray for his full recovery.

  238. Carmen Pawliuk on August 21st, 2010 11:57 am

    As a parent of a child who continues to suffer from chronic Lyme disease as a result of denial by our government and medical system, I am sickened by the years of denial and unaccountability while they attempted to hide it’s existence in Canada. Even now that some actual warnings have been made recently public by provincial governments, they still continue to grossly downplay the seriousness of this horrific disease, and how widespread it is. Innocent lives are being destroyed and for what reason??

    Thank you for printing this article and bringing this matter to the attention of the public. No one has a clue how bad this disease is until they themselves or a loved one are inflicted. Then add all the hoops you have to jump through to try to get acknowledgement and treatment.

    The reality of Lyme itself is a nightmare which is made even worse by our government restrictions and uneducated medical providers, most specifically our Infectious Disease “specialists” who deny that chronic Lyme even exists.

    Thank you to all doctors who are willing to think outside the box and help us despite the disapproval of your peers. The lives you are saving are very grateful.

  239. chris Powell & nicole Bottles on August 24th, 2010 2:21 am

    The media is doing an excellent job of bringing much needed attention to Lyme Disease and the lack of knowledge in this country.
    When will the medical community wake up? When will the flawed Elisa test be tossed since it has been found in studies to be less than 50% accurate?
    When will Canadians be diagnosed based on clinical symptoms which every health agency website says doctors are able to do?
    How many more Canadians have to suffer before we say enough?
    Thank you for this well researched article.
    See the well researched Canadian documentary produced by CTV W5 entitled ‘out of the wild’. It is available online to view.
    For those readers with more questions see the US documentary, ‘Under our Skin’. It explains the controversy, the corrupt system at the IDSA and how people are affected by the decisions made by insurance company cronies and archaic guidelines. Canadians would do well to question why we use a system from the US in the first place since it is indeed all about the money, not the patients well being that truly counts.
    I believe a lawsuit that illustrates how Canadians are being denied their charter of rights by being de-insured will get the attention of the medical community and our government. Every single doctor or bureaucrat who has uttered words like ‘the tests are highly sensitive’, or ‘i am adamant that none of these people have lyme’ or ‘lyme is rare’ or ‘go home and take some advil’ will be called upon by the courts to answer for their negligence and indeed their abject ignorance.
    My daughter is getting better slowly having graduated from high school this past june WITH HONOURS, something that would not have been possible without the care of doctors in the US treating her for lyme disease and 2 co-infections. Doctors here in Canada to date have NO diagnosis to offer but are adamant she does not have lyme disease. Must be the ‘placebo’ effect that Dr Henry from the BC CDC speaks about so fervently. I would suggest some truth serum for Dr Henry and the other naysayers or perhaps a infected tick bite might bring the truth to light more quickly.
    A tremendous debt of Thanks to the lyme literate warriors like Dr Murakami and Dr Kropp who fought for what they believed in. They are true heroes.

    “Sometimes the seed falls upon the path and is trampled under the feet of ignorance.”
    Vanitha Sankarin

  240. E. Raven on August 24th, 2010 5:52 am

    What is it going to take before the government, Health Canada, and the CDC step up and do what’s right. I have suffered from Lyme Disease for three years now and can honestly say that I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. The pain that I live with every day is almost as bad as the ignorance of the severity of this disease. I was told I had everything from MS and Lupus to it all being in my head. I am now having serious issues with my heart, and hope that I won’t be the next Lyme fatality. People need to be educated, and doctors need to listen to their patients.
    Thanks for this article, knowledge is power, and we need to get the public informed.

  241. David Fluss on August 27th, 2010 1:56 pm

    It is interesting to see the candidates viewpoints but I never see their qualifications to provide proper accountability. I am a seasoned professional with many professional designations. If anyone can clean up the city it is me.
    I am seriously considering getting involved in the mayoral race as I will do more justice to the people of Vaughan and have proven so to hundreds if not thousands of clients throughout my career.

  242. Peter & Madeline Di Paola on August 29th, 2010 3:05 pm

    To Lina and Silvano.
    Peter and I would like to thank-you for the tray of lasagna and veal cutlets in the sauce. that you made for our picnic on Aug15th. Everybody enjoyed it to max. Peter has been taking your food home on Saturdays when he has been working for Maple Toyota. We hope to be able to deal with you again for other occasions.
    Peter & Madeline Di Paola

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  244. Aluc on August 31st, 2010 6:20 pm


    All these years later, only to read about this lowlife ‘Sameh Kablawi”

    I knew this guy back in 1998 – 1999, and even back then he would scam people in his teenage years. Lying and backstabbing others.

    What a total piece of trash!

  245. Lisa on September 3rd, 2010 4:45 pm

    I just went to L and J Bridal Boutique a few days ago and was very surprised by the service. The lady looked at our budget and judged us based on that. Never going there again, and I don’t recommend other brides either. They only cater to the upper class.

  246. Ashlee on September 7th, 2010 11:32 am

    Bought my wedding gown 2 years ago from L and J Bridal and was very pleased with the service. The consultants were very helpful and knowledgeable when it came to finding the right gown for my figure. I felt like a princess on my wedding day!

  247. Jimmy on September 8th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Excellent products!!

  248. Brigit on September 11th, 2010 11:38 pm

    Are these dresses available in Toronto?

  249. Cat on September 22nd, 2010 3:18 pm

    I have an invention idea and am looking for help to get it to the market – it’ll fit in all age groups and for all genders. No products on the market like it yet. Please contact me if we can work something out. Thanks in advance for your time.

  250. Ann Clarke on October 7th, 2010 9:42 am

    Good morning,

    I submitted a completed questionnaire on August 18th and forwareded same to your site.

    Would you kindly advise when I may be hearing from you so that I might be able to forward additional information to you, or better still present the product (PetBib) to you for consideration.

    Thanks you in advance.


  251. Margaret dandrea on October 14th, 2010 8:56 am

    hi there
    love your work! J ust wondering if you could let me know a little bit about the vanity fabrication in the Aug issue of H & H. Is that a Celtic knot and does the fabric come in other colours?
    thanks for this
    Margaret D

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  253. Maynard McKay on October 16th, 2010 3:37 pm

    Ricardo, my name is Maynard McKay, I left Montreal in 1972, the one thing I miss the most, is those Monteal Steamer Hot Dogs especially the ones at the Montreal Pool room, St. Catherine and St. Lawrence..Could you please tell me how they make that chopped cabbage topping they put on their dogs..I would like to make my own here in St. George New Brunswick…I always make steamed hot dogs, but I don;t have a good topping other than Mustard and Relish..Thank you ever so much…Maynard

  254. Audrey Frati on October 17th, 2010 1:47 pm

    Your address should be on the webpage, and phone number!

  255. nick on October 18th, 2010 9:38 am
    These people are the biggest thiefs in toronto. They will steal your deposit and never return it. They run, but they cant hide.

  256. nick on October 18th, 2010 9:40 am

    Joe Santaguida = to Alfrado Clayton
    Tina Moniz = Tina Clayton

    who are these people and why do they change there names so much?

    these people and the limo buisness is a front to steal your money

  257. Rose Sergio on October 18th, 2010 9:23 pm


    I was very interested to read your article on Elio Madonia because he is a very dear friend of mine and I admire him for the great work he does in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer.

    Michael, you have captured the true meaning of the dedication Elio has in reaching out to the poor and providing their needs through building homes, schools, medical centres and churches. Elio’s last 23 years of retirement have been totally dedicated to help the poorest of the poor and it is refreshing to see that your article is acknowledging what he has accomplished through many sacrifices, dedication, determination, compassion and love.

    My husband and I had the opportunity to join the New Life Mini Mission team on that trip to Puerto Plata last summer and we experienced first hand the value of volunteering our time to help others. The pictures shown in the article express well the various activities we’ve done as volunteers and i hope many people will be inspired to be part of this great work Elio does by volunteering or donating to the Samaritan Foundation.

    Rose Sergio

  258. Ksymena Rzepinska on October 19th, 2010 12:52 pm

    I would like to thank you for the Mille Lire suggestion. I have been told by an LCBO consultant that it should be coming out in the next few weeks in general list at the LCBO. I tried it at a private party recently. We were all asked to guess the price of the bottle by secret ballots. At the end of the night, the average retail price that people put down as a guess as to how much the wine cost was 17.95. The agents told us that at the LCBO in a few weeks, it will be 11.95. I am in for a case for sure.

  259. Mike D on November 3rd, 2010 11:28 pm

    I have used Bancheri Bros 2 years ago and they did a great job. I had my driveway completed in interlock (after they convinced me rather than using concrete) and completed my backyard patio and walkway. They really are a great company.. I can’t say enough about them and have recommended them in the past. Surprisingly they finished everything in 1.5 days which my wife loved.

  260. todd ring on November 8th, 2010 2:28 am

    nice article…NOT!! Too bad you didnt research the company. They are running a PONZAI SCHEME with potential ROUTE OWNERS, Bounced their staff payroll several times now, 80% of their produce is from South America, Spent all their customer’s pre-payment funds…..


  261. Denise on November 8th, 2010 3:50 am

    Beautifully written interview…I really love interviews that concentrate on GSP more as a person than a fighter, he’s such a great fighter, because of the great person that he is.

  262. shqato on November 16th, 2010 9:50 pm

    OK, I thought this discussion ended a long time ago…

    “kastravec, mos m[e] shit kopalla k[e]tu” – semundje shqiptare kjo, qe tregon se ne hesapet s’i mbylim dot pa grushta, shqelma e peshtyma. Fundja shiko c’behet ne parlamentin shqiptar… Valle c’te presesh me shume nga kimi?

    Why do you need to know where to place me? Why would you be so worried about my roots? I am not a plant! Let me remind you the discussion is not about me, but about what a Canadian’s travel experience in Albania was like. So, stop using your sick pride, use instead your mind!

  263. Small joe on November 30th, 2010 2:47 pm

    Absolute bullocks, this foundation has done nothing to help the less fortunate and everything to encourage the founders “friends”. It’s a little girls party for her friends and nothing more.

  264. Joe Miniaci on December 1st, 2010 11:08 am

    Dear BioBake, I understand that you sell wholesale only but could you provide a list of local stores that sell your spelt products please. I live in Richmond Hill and work in Woodbridge and used to come to the store there. It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide the name of a couple of stores that carry your spelt products so I can buy them for my wife.

    Joe Miniaci

  265. Nadia Cappelletto on December 1st, 2010 8:03 pm

    Ida Caruso! Its Nadia Cappelletto! Ive been trying to get ahold of you honey! Ive been thinking about you for years! How you doing? Hows Enzo and the kids! Id really appreciate it if we could talk some time! I live in Barrie now please get in -ouch with me bella, 705-321-8158

  266. Lucia on December 3rd, 2010 12:26 am

    I creat my own soup that erases wrinkles and frikles away, just with a gentle daily wash, no botox need, cost me $10 a month.

  267. Ashy on December 3rd, 2010 12:23 pm

    anyone know where i can find Sam Now i would love to pay him a visit please let me know

  268. Nik on December 4th, 2010 9:31 am

    Great, great article… Keep up the go work educating people.

  269. Isabella on December 15th, 2010 4:29 pm

    This the the WORST limo company to deal with! EXTREMELY unprofessional. Once they have your money they will take it and run!!! DO NOT USE THEM — they are currently working out of the on of the Le Parc banquet hall locations — they seem to move around and change names!!!

  270. Athena on December 18th, 2010 5:49 am

    I adamantly agree with Denise! This interview was beautifully written.
    I fully enjoyed it!

  271. Saba on December 30th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Hi Ricardo, I want to thank you for teaching me how to cook and changing the way I feel when I do. I absolutely adore the passion and culture you portray in your show and I respect you very much for doing so. I am very anxious to have an opportunity to meet with you in person . I live in Toronto, ON but I am very willing to drive out to QC for a chance to meet you. All those who have been honored with your presence all have great things to say about you. Please let me know if you will be going on a tour etc.

  272. anthony on January 1st, 2011 8:49 pm

    Andrew Mizzoni is a wonderful man, you have mine and Kahuna Powersports Support.

  273. a on January 2nd, 2011 7:22 pm

    Worst service I have ever had. food was good. waiters walk around with food in thier mouths, do not check in to see how everything is.

  274. kari carter on January 3rd, 2011 7:01 pm

    Dear Tatiana
    I love your show and think you are amazing. I watch your show the one you find your space to lease. You say meny times how your a bad mother! please never feel that way as you are doing tall this for your kids. I think you are strong and I look up to you! again love your show!

    Kari Carter
    Mother of 3
    Canadian forces 12 years

  275. yep on January 6th, 2011 5:04 am

    850 sheppard (sheppard and bayview) apt ph07

  276. tomm on January 14th, 2011 5:21 pm

    how am i not surprised. this guy makes people feel sorry for him and then rips them off. surprised at how long its been going on though

  277. tripodi on January 19th, 2011 1:27 pm

    zero to 20 they did not have many 1st communion dress in size 10. They also were trying to sell communion dresses we were not interested in. The dresses that my
    daughter did want they could not even make for us. It is basically what you see is what you get. I was not happy. They had nice dresses for girls that were in a size 4 to 6. They did not listen to what we were looking for.

  278. Faria on January 21st, 2011 9:00 pm

    I heard about Zohrali Couture, one day after the grand openning I went there to check it out, first of all the dresses were not custom made. You can find these tyope of dresses every where. I was looking for unique type of dresses that no one had it in Toronto or other cities.

  279. david fairweather on January 29th, 2011 9:04 am

    It’s a wonderful thing to see such active efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness, a condition that an estimated 44% of Canadians will struggle with at some point in their lives.
    Professional Psychotherapists of Ontario are currently in the process of government legislation (The College of Psychotherapist and Mental Health Professionals of Ontario) which should make access to assistance far simpler for those seeking help with a wide variety of cognitive and emotional struggles.
    To read about the new college, check out the transitional counsel’s website
    Bell is also launching their “Let’s Talk” campaign, a 5 year program aimed directly at the reduction of stigma
    I have been a practicing Psychotherapist offering psychotherapy, couples counselling and hypnosis in Vaughan for several years now, and I have had the pleasure of witnessing a definite change in our populations interest in and acceptance of these kinds of services.
    It’s high time we recognized that we are as psychologically vulnerable as we are physically to injury or illness, it is certainly not a sign of weakness to seek help, quite the contrary. I believe it is an immense sign of strength.

  280. James on February 7th, 2011 3:41 pm

    I have not heard about this movement before. Thank you for posting this. I will check it out.

  281. Kathleen Crawford on February 7th, 2011 4:03 pm

    Could you please provide me with retail locations in the Toronto/GTA area where I would find your products. I use to come to your store front to purchase your muffins and would like to know where I can find them now.

    Thank you

  282. Nadia Cappelletto on February 7th, 2011 9:33 pm

    hey Ida! I sent you a message before, but im pretty sure i gave you the wrong email address! so here it is!, Id really love to hear from you and chat, so please email me or call 705-321-8158

  283. klem on February 11th, 2011 9:30 am

    “The thousands of dead birds in Arkansas”

    It’s funny how the dead birds were found at the foot of wind turbines. I’m sure it means nothing.

  284. joseph foldi on February 13th, 2011 9:29 pm

    i think it is so wonderful how you help other people out…i once asked a good friend of mine how he made all his money and to my surprise…he said that he did it by helping other people….keep up the good work and i hope you will continue to have fun with your program and the real estate market for a very long time…


    ps i have and aunt that lives for many years in montreal who is in the hair salon business…she’s a bit like zsa zsa and every bit as smart and hungarian.

    good luck

  285. O on February 17th, 2011 9:42 pm

    Do you all see how he came from Macedonia ,he was there first he took all the hate from there and put his mouth on his cheep pocket and start writing things from his empty brain.Mr. Morri wrote this article and made some pictures just to show his boss that he pased through Albania so he can get some money back.He did not impress anybody , he did not show the truth or neither he went to our museums or any cultural centers .I hope he did not get payed from any Serbian to write what he did .It look soo because he had only dinar money and no Canadian.Where is the credit cards ????? not a good credit to have one or you are a looser trying to make a few pennies by insalting our Country and our coulture . Very impresive Mr.morri (translate)Burn in Hell mr.Morrison !! How about that have you heart about a bad Albanian wish to you…You better appoligize to all these people and their country.

  286. O on February 17th, 2011 9:48 pm

    Sorry but my English is not that good I am new here.Thanks to all my Albanian friends for their good coments exept a few.

  287. Shelly on February 23rd, 2011 9:13 am

    Hello Tatiana,
    I love your spunk, you have made yourself known country wide.
    Do you think you will open The Property Shop in the London Ontario area?
    I am considering becoming an realator, and would love to be part of The Property Shop team.
    Thank you Shelly

  288. Jenn Andrew on February 24th, 2011 12:37 am

    GREAT photos – LOVE the lighting…fun…character…Who was the photographer for this story on W. Brett Wilson? Merci!

  289. Mrs Judy Casey on February 24th, 2011 8:58 am

    I’m looking to purchase Agnesi product “Chifferotti Rigati”, I can no longer find it in the Ottawa area, can you help. Mrs. Casey

  290. Editor on March 3rd, 2011 10:22 am

    CITY LIFE Magazine has removed from this spot two posts about the services provided by Frank Cacciola and My Accounting Department. The posts were not clear enough about their concerns to let readers judge for themselves whether their comments were valid. We try to ensure the posts appearing on this blog are constructive and helpful to readers. The Editor

  291. Gary Jones on March 4th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Is there a way to get a proposal directly to Mr. Wilson? From what you have said in your well-written article I think my proposal meets all of his criteria. I have spent years trying to get this before the “big boys”, like Microsoft, Google and Facebook, but without success.


  292. Carmie on March 7th, 2011 2:49 pm

    Good Afternoon Tatiana,

    You Are a Great Person and don’t let anyone tell You otherwise! Live Your Dreams to the Max!I Don’t let any Negativity in My Life.Always do Your Best and You Will be Very Successful! I’m becoming a Realtor and I will be starting classes tomorrow at The College D’ immobilier Du Quebec (Laval Campus)! I am looking forward and extremely excited!I would Love to be part of The Property Shop Team one day! Keep up the Great Work!!!


  293. Michelle on March 8th, 2011 2:44 pm

    Hey Tatiana,

    I love your show, which also means that I love you and admire you, cause the show is about in the REAL ESTATE BUSINESS. Congrats on your success and wishing you the BEST OF THE BEST in all your future endeavors.

    I wish you do open your office in Toronto, Ontario and as soon as I finish my exams and get my license, I will join your office.

    You ROCK!! Don’t ever change who you are cause “You’re the BEST”.

    Always Michelle

  294. Bil MacKinnon on March 18th, 2011 9:14 am

    A show about drivers who ignor the Quebec Highway Traffic Act could use a lot of footage from this show. Money means more to her than the safety of anyone on the road near this woman.

  295. Colin Chapman on March 25th, 2011 10:31 am

    Right now your show is the most exciting show on television and you have me seriously thinking of trying to get into the business.Keep up the good work and may you have much success.

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    Everything I ate that evening was delicious from start to finish. The pappardelle with rabbit ragu was simply to die for. My mouth waters everytime I think about it.

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  301. Belinda Manuel on April 12th, 2011 5:52 pm


    My husband and I watch your show ALL the time. You are an inspiration. Even though I am not an agent or even thinking of getting into the business. I am a hair stylist LOL. I just admire your strength and your admiration to teach others. You are soooooo amazing Mikey is awesome too. He makes us laugh sooooo hard (love him). We are wondering when you are going to air new shows?????? We can’t wait! Keep up the amazing work!!!!


  302. Joe DiStefano on April 20th, 2011 7:21 am

    I started a comment and it was submitted prematurely….here is the complete comment…

    Your article clearly communicated the dedication to customer service and exceptional quality. What it didn’t communicate, because there were no customers voices, is that Billy and his exceptional team actually DELIVER on these commitments. They are outstanding, by any measure.

    Regards from a very satisfied customer
    Joe DiStefano

  303. nausheen on April 20th, 2011 8:16 pm

    when will it be ready t move in if i buy today…interested in 1+den 2 washroom (1.5) atleast…can de den be used as sec bedroom??? price please..also de price f 2+2 ..will it be a builder purchase?

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    I have had this idea for some time,it is to do with the plumbing industry.I’ve done moulds of my idea using plastic bags melted in vegetable oil and it worked,but I need help perfecting it,
    . Any help would be helpful. Thank you, Glen

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  308. Josh Ward on May 22nd, 2011 12:30 am

    I have a Great idea and I would like to contact someone but I can not find where to contact IBC

  309. Paul on May 22nd, 2011 3:53 am

    how do I submit an idea?

  310. fariborz on May 22nd, 2011 7:54 am

    hello. i have an idea. i have not seen anything like it on the market to this day. it is a major improvement for a product thats already out there.
    i have no money as i am an aviation student. please help. i think it is a very good money maker. i dont know who to go to. and i dont trust any organizations with my idea. they want to question it out of me over the phone every time i call some company.
    778 340 4480.

  311. Todd Gray on May 22nd, 2011 8:25 am

    To whom it may concern,

    I have had an idea for a few years now and don’t know how I would get it out there.I think this idea would benefit every age young and old and has to do with daily oral hygene.
    I would appreicate the opportunity to have you take a look at my idea.

    Thank you,
    Todd Gray

  312. Wendy on May 22nd, 2011 8:30 am

    I would like some direction to a web page or email address where I can submit my idea.
    Thank You

  313. Matthew on May 22nd, 2011 12:06 pm

    I know many inventions, that i am working on from day to day use to homes and airplanes. i need someone’s help to get these idea’s out into the world. Trying to get an idea patented and finding a company build it can be alot of work. currently i have about 12 + idea’s if interested please e-mail me thanks.

  314. Edward McKeogh on May 22nd, 2011 1:17 pm

    I have completed concept and design work on a certain type of toothbrush that brushes teeth the way dentists say they should be brushed. It has an induction charging stand with UV sterilizer light. I’ve run into a sourcing problem regarding the mini cylindrical brushes I require. Frankly I’m amazed that none of the big suppliers of this type of product have come up with this design. None of the present electric offerings do the job quite right according to dentists I know. There is a lot to it but I’d guess that any well equipped and staffed shop could turn one out quite quickly. Can you help me?

  315. Rajiv Tandon on May 22nd, 2011 1:59 pm

    I have just learned about this website through online news and I am very excited to know that now simple ideas can be turned into useful products. I have couple of ideas too which can turn into products if they get proper support .

    I hope that somebody will contact me for the same.


  316. Ken on May 22nd, 2011 2:12 pm

    I have a invention that would not only create revenue but more importantly save lives.

  317. Randy on May 22nd, 2011 4:25 pm

    I have an excellent product concept. Would like to talk to someone at IBC about it. can call 780-805 1239

  318. William Michel on May 22nd, 2011 6:35 pm

    I have an idea and a working prototype, that I have tested and works. it’s a fishing item that allows shoreline fishermen to fish off shore , that would permit one too troll without the need for a boat. easy to use in any place that has a slight current. no need to fish from a bridge.

  319. Isline Stevens on May 22nd, 2011 6:56 pm

    i have an invention that i think is great for retail and help poeple a lot, i had it for a very long time now but didn’t know where to go with it. you help and input would be greatly appreciated.

  320. dennis somers on May 22nd, 2011 7:06 pm

    i have a few good ideas that i would like to put to market. i have invented many things for my company to make are work less labour intensive. i know my ideas will make money but dont have time to do all that needs to be done. thank you

  321. Terry McKay on May 22nd, 2011 7:23 pm

    I have a sports-related idea that I’ve used in hard copy. It does work very well, but now it needs computerization.
    A computer instructor told me that if I could computerize it, it would be worth a lot of money, however, she didn’t have the necessary expertise to help me develope it further.
    The players that I have used it on, have always looked forward to this drill, it made practice a good thing.
    I even coached a team of 7 players, where 10 is a minimum to run a good pratice.
    This ststem will give a player confidence, develope teamwork, technique, and with computerization, it will be portable through distance and through time.
    Stats will be recorder in hard copy, then can be transferred to CD.
    These stats can be compared to the rest of the team for that practice session.
    They can be used to track a player’s progress, or lack of. Then, a coach can suggest different techniques to improve the stats.
    If a player moves to another city, he/she can bring the stats on a Cd to the new team.
    Coaches can keep track of a player’s stats from a thousand miles away.
    I am just like many other inventors, I don’t have the money to develope this plan. One place would develope it for $15,000 – $20,000, money that idon’t have

  322. Denis Cayer on May 22nd, 2011 8:04 pm

    Hi I have a terrific idea, made a prototype of it and I was really amazed by the outcome and I am sure you will as well. It can be used by children, Moms and Dads, Grandparents, actually, anyone in the world. I did go see a patent lawyer about 8 years ago but I am stuck right here. Your advice would be very much appreciated.

    Thank yhou


  323. Jeannine on May 22nd, 2011 8:43 pm

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I have two product ideas that I would love to have you take a look at, please. They are designed to make using a laptop safer and easier for people to use, especially men.

    I hope to hear from you very soon.

    Thank you,


  324. Walter Gulka on May 22nd, 2011 10:15 pm

    I am very pleased to see your website as i have a plastic umbrella stand which i would like you to look at. Please contact me as the product is ready to go into production. Walter

  325. City Life Staff on May 24th, 2011 11:56 am

    City Life Magazine greatly appreciates your interest and comments. Noticing that several of you are trying to get in touch with Kevin Harrington, we’d like to provide you with some contact information that you might find useful.

    As far as new product inquiries go, TV Goods Inventor Center has an Invention Submission form which you can find here: For any other questions/comments you can email Kevin Harrington’s executive assistant Ashley Bowden at

    Also, if you haven’t read Dolce Vita Magazine’s profile on Kevin Harrington, you can check it out here:, and watch interviews from the IBC Canada launch on

    Thank you.

  326. J.D.Hunter on May 24th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Would like to know if you could have a look at my idea. tks.

  327. Anne on May 26th, 2011 12:49 pm

    I was tested for Lyme disease yesterday. I have been extremely ill for 9 years. I have been diagnosed with dermatomyositis, poly RA, APLA, watermelon stomach, trigeminal neuralgia, hemicania continua, depression, cognitive impairment, to name a few. My doctors do not all agree on the diagnoses since they are all somewhat atypical. My illness started with a rash, fevers and a wierd flu. The rash began at my cottage about 45 minutes south of Algonquin park. I Live on the shore of lake Ontario. The fevers started in November. My rheumatologist said that November was to late and there is no Lyme where I frequent. He never tested for Lyme. Not even when I became completely paralized after steroid treatment. Not even when my CK enzymes were zero and my CRP was off the chart high. I am having a symptom remission now. If is is Lyme disease is there any chance that the lyme titer will come back positive? My neurologist is running the test and I’m not really sure what he knows or doesn’t know, at lest he believes that it is a possiblity. It seems to be that having one typical diagnosis makes more sense than having ten atypical diagnosis with a few inconvient diagnoses left over. Thanks for letting me rant. My son is thirteen and I was in bed for most of his childhood. My rheumatologist suggested Lyme disese the bvery first time I saw him and then never tested for it because of very tiny details. I really feel betrayed.

  328. Jose Carvalho on June 6th, 2011 1:18 pm

    I need to contact Mary Aitken, to talk about a project I am leading at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    I would appreciated her contact e-mail or phone.


    Jose Carvalho, MD, PhD
    Professor of Anesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto

  329. Hye on June 8th, 2011 10:58 pm


    I have invented a product. I have paid loth’s of money to a big well know American Organization to build the proto-type. I have paten pending on my invention. This company is trying to get my invention licence. they have contacted one manufacturer for licencing which turn down my invention. They are now targeting another Company for perhaps licening.

    I feel that my product is a great product that will do well on the market. I have a contract with this company and I am hoping that the target Company will like my Idia and licence it. Anyway, I have some other great idia’s that I would like to try and invent my self. I was wondering if you could help me with these great idias that are wanted on the market.

    please feel free to drop me a line and let me know if your Organization will be able to assest me!!! Thanks a great deal

    creatively yours, V,

  330. jamesmelnychuk on June 9th, 2011 3:46 pm

    i have three inventions that i would like to see on the production line,when i was employed i was a const. millwright for 25 years my mechancal ideas are quite sane.the one that is most exciting is a portable fire hydrant that can be used to wet down an area of 1500 hundred feet radius to drop in a river and and drench the immediate area to stop fire from advancing when you look at an aerial view of the rivers you can use to put up a firewall.the hydrant would have to be transported by helicopter and then put into operation by remote control,this is a very notable part of this invention a pump is not needed which would weigh 2500 lb.with a p.s.i. of 1750 the gross weight would be 1500-2000 lb.and the dept.of lands and forest choppers can lift this much.i have submitted this plan to three provinces and received compliments but they were not willing to begin production…advice or financial backing is being sought after. thankyou for any response. jim phone info in vancouver

  331. Rita on June 11th, 2011 7:43 pm

    Frankie recently discussed the pruning of “Mums” but I can’t remember exactly what he said. I’d be ever so grateful if he could tell me again. Something about cutting them down to half their size but I’m not sure when he said to do it.

    Thanks so much.


  332. Ajmeri on July 2nd, 2011 9:53 pm

    how can i have a glowing and fair skin
    in both ways products and home remedies?

  333. frank ferragine on July 4th, 2011 8:42 am

    Pinching or pruning of Garden mums should be done in Mid July, by cutting the plant back up to half the size you will increase bloom while creating a nice firm plant. Happy Gardening!!


  334. Jan Farrell on July 16th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Having just read the story of St. Andre who was canonised the same day as the 1st Australian Saint, St. Mary of the Cross Mckillop I wondered if I could have prayers for a desperate situation. My great grandson Paul who is nearly 3 weeks old has a heart condition. He has already had 3 operations, and it looks like he will not survive. Could I ask everyone to pray for this little boy that he will be healed? Thank you.

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  336. Sasha on July 18th, 2011 10:32 am

    Hi Anna, did you ever find out what colour/brand was used in the model home? I was only able to find out that it is from the “Benjamin Moore Heritage” collection (which I am assuming is the historic collection) from one of the employees at the model home. If you happened to have found out, please let me know as well. Thanks.

  337. Sasha on July 19th, 2011 1:38 am

    Hey Anna… found out the colour. It is Benjamin Moore AF685… Thunder! Good luck!

  338. Sasha on July 21st, 2011 12:25 am

    Hi again Anna. FYI, the colour used in the model home is NOT by Benjamin Moore after all. I got a call back from Beaverhall homes informing me that the colour used in The Rose is actually by PARA PAINTS. It is called “Double Click Right” P5222-44. I went back to the model home to inquire and although the girls went tout of their way to find out for me, they were wrong. I had left a message at Beaverhall Homes inquiring about the colour some days prior to this and luckily they got back to me before we purchased the paint. It is definitely the one by PARA PAINTS.

  339. Luigi on July 26th, 2011 8:40 pm

    The sweetest explosion of flavours, i found here,in Dolce Bombe Cafè, they are the best

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  343. wafaa Kassamani on August 15th, 2011 1:39 am

    Dear julie
    You will not remember me I started working with MAC cosmetics back 1994.In LA .CA
    We met in very small encounters i do not expect you to remember me .the reason i’am writing to you is to ask where abouts Frank toskan, your brother whom i met at the MAC PRO in LA 1997.and lost contact His presence and great spirit is something i will always remember.I really hope he is doing well and starting something As big As what he started back in the 1984 MAC . I owe my experience to him as an Artist . And would like to know more about what he has been working on .

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  345. Matt @ City Shopper on August 24th, 2011 6:52 am

    It’s good that you’re raising awareness – not enough people recycle but then, they don’t often have the facilities to do so. I live in the city and there are very few places near me to recycle – my apartment block should have a bin for recycling but it doesn’t!

  346. Amanda on August 26th, 2011 2:02 am

    Innovation is the norm for this blossoming fruit basket company. Now with over 1,000 stores worldwide, the Edible Arrangements brand is continuing to reinvent and entice with creative new products. Themed arrangements WOW and personalize each delivery and add special flair.

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    Dear Jeanne Beker,

    We at Jewel Laurel focus on colored gemstones, especially the Ceylon Sapphires and we bring this to our clients at reasonable prices. I would love to discuss the boutique in detail with you. We have locations in the UK, France, Australia and now in Canada. We welcome custom designs, our designs are handcrafted and the gems are directly from the mines allowing the customer to put their unique stamp on it.

    At Jewel Laurel, our vision is to reach out globally to discerning consumers, men and women, in every city. We exercise great care in maintaining the trusted credibility of our brand name, while we bring to our clients world class, quality jewellery of their custom preference and taste along with a highly efficient, professional and customer friendly service that is simply unbeatable.

    I hope you will give me an opportunity to show you some of the pieces we have. I truly am passionate about colored gemstones and our pieces are of superior quality.

    Thank you.

  350. Joanna on October 4th, 2011 11:04 pm

    I wish I was one of those women! I’d love a free makeover.

  351. Clarity Jew-El Cohen on October 7th, 2011 9:24 pm

    Shalom Ricardo!

    My husband tells me he won for me a dozen chocolate macaroons for me made by you personally! Thank you!

    I do so appreciate your gracious presentations with emphasis on family, and friends.

    Blessings to you and your family, Clarity Cohen

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  353. joanne on October 15th, 2011 7:54 am

    will you be at the toronto raw vegan festival in december. thanks

  354. carmen on October 15th, 2011 10:55 pm

    is on the boulevard in klienberg?

  355. carmen on October 15th, 2011 10:57 pm

    where in klienberg is the real estate on the boulevard as seen in the Residence magazine, october 2011

  356. Neal on October 25th, 2011 9:13 am

    Great article! Well written and to the point!

  357. Lynn Riopelle Jackson on October 29th, 2011 12:34 pm


    God had it right when he created you man. Such an angel you are.. Beautiful soul, beautiful voice and lyrics. So thrilled to have met you at Algonquin College Campus. You truly touched my heart with your inspiring spirit. Hope to see and hear you again soon.

    Warmest Regards

    Lynn Jackson

  358. Yvonne on October 29th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Excellent article. Very well written. Thank you Martha.

  359. Sylvia Finnegan on October 31st, 2011 2:55 pm

    I live in Vancouver and visit my family in Toronto usually twice a year.
    I have been going to Salon Massimo for 6yrs whenever I am in Toronto and would not even think of going anywhere else. I am so impressed with the way Vivian does my hair each time. She is a master at cutting and colouring, I feel like a model when I leave.
    The new Salon Massimo at 1101 Rutherford Rd, Unit 7 (Rutherford/Bathurst) is state of the art!

  360. Lauro Monteiro on November 1st, 2011 1:28 pm

    A sincere note of gratitude to all those that have called as a result of the article and the offers of donations and volunteering. We sincerely appreciate in the interest in the men and improving there quality of life.

    Lauro Monteiro
    Director of Operations

  361. Luci Sozio on November 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm

    I just want to say how sorry I feel for all the people that have and are still suffering from this illness. After reading this, I have a strong belief that there may be millions of people infected with lyme in Canada alone.
    I say we start a petition or petitions nation wide in order to force all that are involved to do the right and human thing in this country. Why should any canadian go out of Canada for tests and treatment when we have everything here?

    The people in charge and responsible at the medical centers and government officials should truly be ashamed of themselves for restricting all Canadians of their right to live a healthy life too just as they do. Shame, shame, shame

  362. ron dubreuil on November 19th, 2011 8:17 am


  363. MaryAYAYA on November 26th, 2011 8:00 pm

    I went to the reveal party. Trish looked gorgeous and I got a Botox discount :)

  364. Nancy Lee-Colibaba on November 30th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Hello Frankie
    I’m just inquiring to see if it might be possible to have you come to the RBG to talk.
    Please let me know your cost, availability etc…..
    I think it would be fun to get you out of Toronto for awhile.
    My number is 905-527-1158 Ext. 510
    Looking forward to your reply.

  365. Kathleen Betts on December 8th, 2011 2:48 pm

    WOW!! Thank you CityLife!!

    This list is an awesome tribute to people around us who can’t help but inspire good will in admirers when we see what these social changemakers accomplish out of the goodness of their hearts.

    What an epitome of karma it is that you have Eva Karpati, founding editor and publisher of Good News Toronto, on your list here. Your recognition of her heartfelt endeavour echoes and amplifies the very defininite purpose of Good News Toronto, that is to recognize and celebrate the everyday heroes among us.

    Thank you to the writer and to all the everyday heroes on this CityLife list for delighting and honouring us with the good fortune we have to admire what you do and to be inspired too.

  366. Roseann Spooner on December 12th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Just wanted to know how much vanilla to put in the Flippin Fritters it doesnt say in th recipe. Thank You

  367. VICKYMOORE on December 14th, 2011 11:15 am

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  368. Richard Berry on December 17th, 2011 7:47 pm

    I understand that your company will be providing transit service to the Town of Fort Erie starting in 2012.
    I have property and a shop that you may be interested in leasing for the duration of the contract.
    I am interested in leasing the property and shop which has the proper zoning and happens to be on the very bus route that you will be running on.
    Please contact me directly at (905)894-1979.
    Thank you, Richard L Berry

  369. Kate on December 20th, 2011 10:16 am

    Having experienced doctors and nurses is essential in this business and Skin Vitality has the “magic ingredient”.
    Even if perfection is hard to achieve, no one says we can’t try, and that’s exactly what Skin Vitality staff are trying to do.
    The Botox treatment I had there changed my life. They helped me regain my self confidence that was lost somewhere around the time when the first forehead line appeared. That to me is more life-changing than winning the lottery.

  370. Rhonda on December 21st, 2011 7:55 am

    I don’t necessarily want to look 10 years younger but I definitely don’t want to look 10 years older than I am. What I loved about the Botox treatment I had at Skin vitality was that it didn’t changed my appearance, only got me rid of wrinkles.
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  371. Judith on January 4th, 2012 10:29 am

    When my best friend convinced me to try laser hair removal, Skin Vitality was the only option because when I want something I search for the best provider and this clinic is the best place to have a safe procedure in a professional environment.
    My experience here busted the myth that said laser hair removal hurts….it’s not true. Maybe the handy technician that performed it is the reason but I felt no pain during all 7 sessions I had.
    I’ll definitely come back for more this year.

  372. Rosa on January 5th, 2012 10:11 am

    I hope to win the contest this year…if Skin Vitality organizes one.

  373. Fadia on January 6th, 2012 4:28 pm

    been to your Maple location last week and really liked what I saw. I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a prosperous new year with several St. Philips to come.

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  374. Richard Young on January 10th, 2012 2:46 am

    WOW! 2 years ago i was bit by something but not sure what. in Vernon BC. i had a rash with white center that i presented to my GP … did he send me to a specialist? he didn’t even know it was a bug bite. I showed a co-worker and she said it was an infected bug bite. the reason i first saw my doctor is that i had the worlds nastiest fever. soaking my clothes over and over. 3 baths a day to cool off. and my muscles so tight. first time in my life on Muscle relaxants.

    So, my friend tells me its a bug bite so i schedule another appointment with my doctor. by this time i can’t eat. drinking boost only. he puts in his chart “general malaise” and says to rest. well i keep getting worse so i start typing m symptoms in Google. by now several weeks have past. i come up with Lyme. classic case, to the book. nothing else fits. i schedule urgent appointment as now i’ve had to keep my business closed for too long. they test for Lyme, NEGATIVE RESULT. I continue to go down hill and all my friends think im going nuts. feels like something is eating my brain. when i tell my doctor this he gives me 10 days of antibiotics. the symptoms subside.

    here i am 2 years later typing in symptoms of what seems like MS and one doctor even sent me to urgent neuro who will now give me an MRI. so im on-line typing in my symptoms: blurred vision, trembling jaw, stiff neck, headache all day every day and only i notice this bcs i have moments with no headache and realise that my head has been in a fog for weeks in pain. my brain “skips” , hard to explain. also, i write and put the letters in the wrong order but im not so far gone not to notice. now i have glasses too. eyes and forehead and arms twitch. insomnia. and alas another infection of the Tonsils, 2nd in 6 months. when i google these maddening symptoms … late stage Lyme seems to be the best fit.

    So now i ask, why did a Dr. who saw the sight of the bite with tell tale rash. witnessed the flu like symptoms followed by malaise. saw the emergency report from the day i had a seizure in front of my terrified children and sent unconcious by ambulance to the hospital. … not just treat me for Lyme? because that stupid test i had done came back negative.

    I have a scheduled blood test for this Thursday again. this has been a hell for years and my poor family saw a man who could conquer the world become a weakling who is lucky to do well enough to barely pay our monthly bills. feel well enough to think and type only because i just completed 10 days of antibiotics which seems to give me a few days of lowered symptom effects. what i need is real treatment and wish i could have had proper treatment when first hit by this.

    Richard A. Young, Calgary AB Canada
    (believe infected at Ellison Park, Vernon BC, Canada while Camping)

  375. queen terry on January 16th, 2012 6:04 pm

    Love this

  376. SHANTALA on January 25th, 2012 9:28 am

    David Rocco’s style of cooking I love it.

  377. Victoria Elsons on January 26th, 2012 12:17 am

    I applied at this company as bus driver for York Region because you got the contract today.It makes me feel much better to go work for a company that respects people who pride themselves in their work no matter what class.
    I have had the previledge to get a wide range of work over the years and have found driving and communication with the public a very chalenging and rewarding experience.I look forward to meeting Mr.Tokmakjian and hope to work for him soon.

  378. michealya on January 30th, 2012 3:47 pm

    um hey everyone!! i love this show me and my mom watch it everyday even if we are busy we find time out of our day to watch cake boss…… at the moment we are in the middle of watching the next great baker! thanks everyone at calos’s bakery

  379. Rocco Tanto on February 16th, 2012 3:17 pm

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  380. jay on March 3rd, 2012 6:12 pm

    I have multi idea , relative pet, automobil, ext

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  381. Mary D. Banks on March 9th, 2012 9:13 am

    On April 19th you will be in Philadelphia, singing for Inglis House a residential home for disabled. My son is a resident there and he is really looking forward to hearing you and is already inspired by your story. Damon has muscular dystrophy and survived 8 weeks in the hospital for pneumonia and it lead to his becoming a resident at Inglis House.
    God gave us a miracle, he almost died, but he lived to have a better fuller life and now he has learned about you and can’t wait to hear you and hopefully meet you.

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  383. Kim on March 28th, 2012 4:05 pm

    Hi Frankie, I have a pink saucer cup magnolia , for the first time in 5 years it had beautiful flowering buds. We had a few night of -5 temps and all the bud went brown and soft. There are more little buds on it , should i cover the tree at night, I just hope it will still have some flowers , that the cold has not killed.

  384. eliza on March 29th, 2012 10:18 pm

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  388. Ruth on May 2nd, 2012 3:35 pm

    Frank….what was the name of that new or early orange and black butterfly that people have been seeing..?? Thanks..

  389. Reg on May 10th, 2012 6:36 pm


  390. Josephine Vaccaro-Chang on May 12th, 2012 1:14 am

    To: Simona Panetta
    Calling for Resignation of the Hon. Deb Matthews re: Lyme Disease





    Minister of Health & Long Term Care

    The growing Lyme disease epidemic in Ontariohas been repeatedly ignored and dismissed by the Ministry of Health leaving millions of Ontarians in danger of contracting a debilitating and deadly illness without the institutions in place to provide them with proper treatment. We therefore demand that Health Minister Deb Matthews resign due to her negligence and her failure to provide Ontarians with the “finest healthcare” that Premier McGuinty has promised us.

    On Nov. 30th, 2011 MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) tabled a petition endorsed by over 100 Ontario Municipalities representing more than 3 million Ontarians (2006 statistics) calling on the Minister to enact immediate changes to the way Lyme disease is tested and treated:
    1) Include all currently available and scientifically verified tests for Acute and Chronic Lyme Disease diagnosis;

    2) To do everything necessary to create public awareness of the disease;

    3) To have internationally developed diagnostic and successful treatment protocols made available to patients and physicians

    The Minister responded to the petition on March 19th, 2012 by stating that the government is “committed to protecting the safety of all Ontarians and their families from preventable vector-borne diseases.” However, her response failed to address the major issues outlined in the petition and ignored Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s warning that “If left untreated, Lyme disease can progress to an early-disseminated disease with migraines, weakness, multiple skin rashes, painful or stiff joints, cardiac abnormalities and extreme fatigue. If the disease continues, arthritis, along with neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, numbness and paralysis can occur.” Given the magnitude of Ontarians asking for change, it is beyond belief that such a simplistic response could be given.

    It also was both shocking and discouraging to see that there was no commentary regarding the present testing regime which has failed so many Ontarians. Rather the status quo would be maintained without any change, expansion or even review. Nor was there any suggestion of inclusion of access to testing which many Ontarians have sought from international labs.

    Ontario doctors follow a two-tiered testing system for Lyme disease. The first screening test is called an ELISA test. When ELISA test results for Lyme disease are positive, doctors prescribe appropriate antibiotics. In 2006, The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, a world-renowned body, said that “The ELISA screening test is unreliable. The test misses 35% of culture proven Lyme (only 65% sensitivity) and is unacceptable as the first step of a two-tier screening protocol.”

    When ELISA test results are negative, doctors can not prescribe antibiotics and inOntariodoctors rarely order the second, more reliable, Western Blot test.

    The longer it takes for a patient to be diagnosed, the worse their condition becomes, and the greater the financial and emotional toll on the patient and their family.

    Many doctors including infectious disease specialists know very little about the growing threat of Lyme disease (and the scandalous lack of treatment for those affected) inCanadatoday.

    Ontario’s health system is rapidly deteriorating, i.e., the recent ORNGE fiasco, the issues with eHealth, the insufficient number of family physicians in the province, etc. If indeed a cabinet minister is responsible for the inaction of their ministry, then Deb Matthews has crossed the line one too many times. She has demonstrated astounding negligence in the case of the growing public health threat of Lyme disease.

    The members of The York Region Lyme Alliance demand the Minister’s immediate resignation and plead with the Premier to replace her with someone who is committed to providing Ontarians with the finest health care.

    Linda Kelso for The York Region Lyme Alliance


  391. A. on May 17th, 2012 1:25 am

    Yeaahhhh right they don’t over-eat in Italy.

  392. Ellen Nichols on May 31st, 2012 11:15 am

    Thanks for getting back to me regarding my request for help with the Springtide Resources project. But most of all thank you for the recognition and promotion of the importance of instilling a dedication to altruism in so young people. I loved the article. Congratulations.

  393. Gentil on June 6th, 2012 5:13 pm

    Wawww what an amazing inspirational act, this is what should be the headline of all news. Recognizing the work that these wonderful people are doing, it inspires the rest of the world to go in this direction. Good job serge and the rest you are a hero to so many.
    Love you all

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  396. Frank D'Urzo on June 26th, 2012 6:59 pm

    How do you get in, I would love to enter and like my chances.
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  397. alice on July 1st, 2012 1:00 am

    me and my family went to zizi trattoria for dinner and we had the best food there with our drinks and desserts.
    The place was excellent to have the family/friends together.
    The best part was the prices were fantanstic too.

  398. Bill Reno on July 16th, 2012 12:01 pm

    Tony is absolutely the best! The care, the concern, the personalization, the selection, the attitude of perfection – it’s all there. I have finally found the place to go for the clothes that make me look my best. I found House of Rome through a word of mouth referral so I am trying to amplify that. You will never regret paying mnore for a suit that people notice fits you perfectly.

  399. Faye on July 29th, 2012 11:06 pm

    I too have been searching for Ricardo magazine . Unfortunately , it is only available in French. What a pity… Someone should let him know that the “Anglais ” would love to have it back….

  400. Chrisa on August 1st, 2012 4:04 pm

    Just wanted too know if you deliver in nobleton

  401. nyah hall on August 9th, 2012 6:28 am

    xixixi..thandie’s answer very funny…

  402. Dante on August 13th, 2012 10:33 am

    Nice units. But who in their right mind would want to live in this area?

  403. Alisha on September 6th, 2012 10:21 am

    Harnoor, well done, for all your hard work it makes us very proud to be Canadian and to have kid like you to inspire and ignite the spark. May you continue with this good work!! You have been doing these philantropic acts for so many years and you make us always proud of you. We pray that you do much greater similar acts in the future. Your mission of helping humankind in all ways is truly appreciated. You have achieved a lot in your previous lives and now you have been blessed to carry on these most noble acts for the betterment of all humans, and generally, life. my best wishes are for you. Keep spreading the word and keep making peace!

  404. Pruthi on September 6th, 2012 10:23 am

    Wow…..good job Harnoor. Remember, you are greater than your circumstances and the greatest power is within you. No doubt that you are a great role model for our youth. And together we can make difference in this world!! Thank you for sharing. Hugs

  405. Anna on September 6th, 2012 10:32 am

    Harnoor, well done…you are indeed not only the youth volunteer leader of our community, but a great role model………!!
    Keep up the good work, and be grounded and you will achieve your dreams…………!!
    Always remember where you come from and your journey and may you always be under his guidance and shadow to fulfil your dreams. YOU rock at “this ” time of this 21st century! Many blessings

  406. Blakey on September 6th, 2012 10:34 am

    Hey Harnoor, I am just learning this now in my life thanks to a dear friend whom i love deeply. This article expresses so many lessons i hope to never forget as i live in the NOW, appreciate all around me, Just be, and allow the Universe to unfold and to contribute to my community!! I’m honoured I enjoyed your words. Peace and love…

  407. Sarah on September 6th, 2012 10:36 am

    Congartulations for being such a great kid!! Wonderful, victorious, and triumphant…we all can be and we can GO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!:)

  408. max zago on September 11th, 2012 3:01 pm

    please make me in contact with Anne Marie Loparco

    this is Max, Nike, Italy ford grand torino,…………………remember me?

    please write to me

    Max Zago

  409. Duri Naimji on September 24th, 2012 10:54 pm

    ‘ There would be massive overtreatment with medications that are unnecessary, expensive, and often quite harmful’ says Allen Frances of DSM-4 Task force. Drug money has come to dominate psychiatry and Children Aid Societies. Unfortunate children, very sad or worried, weakened by lack of sleep, lack of nutrients, lack of skills to cope with stresses, misfortunes, losses, poverty,.. are given harmful psychiatric drugs by health helpers. These create further psychotic troubles, and more drugs are given to deal with those new troubles. The psychiatry and CAS industries do their best to treat patients with drugs as these bring in more funds from health insurance, than treatment without drugs.. They hardly seem to put the unfortunate children’s wellbeing first and centre. Intimidation, misinformation, pretending to be experts on the brain,.. they go on to harm children who fall into their care.
    This is a piece of advice to bear in mind:’Before you decide to take your children for psychiatric evaluation or treatment for possible medication, you need to know whether or not the drugs can make children worse, and even psychotic and violent.’ There are very high rates of drug-induced psychoses. Yes . To have money, or to have insurance pay for you, is a misfortune. Poor countries, says Whittaker, R., in “Anatomy of an Epidemic’, have far more of their mental illness patients recover than insurance paying countries. So massive spending on health helpers is not benefitting the unfortunate patients. It is more adding to the fortunes of so-called heath helpers, who have mastered the skills of billing, and pilling without healing. Patients need to complete evaluation sheets of the people who treat them, and have a say about how much to pay a health worker.

  410. Duri Naimji on September 25th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Yes, sir, what is your expertise to offer advice on psychiatry? I have none. I use the expertise of genuine, proven, research experts. One is Dr. Peter R. Breggin, psychiatrist, researcher, a proper physician, not obsessed with lucre: not a ghost writer or a medical sorcerer. Books such as “Brain Disabling Treatment in psychiatry”; ‘Your Drug May be your Problem, “Medication Madness” among others, give me the advice to pass on to any who may be/ or is connected to unfortunates, and who has misplaced trust in prescribed psychotropic drugs
    We read about, hear about, see very many unfortunate children misdiagnosed, mistreated, labelled, stigmatised, virtually ruined with prescribed drugs by ‘helpers’.Believe it,or not. Infants, young children, teens, .many of them, are made doubly unfortunate! Many will agree million$ are paid to harm the little and unlucky ones seeking help!
    That, my friends,is my view. Who can speak and do something for the helpless. Why not Do so?.

  411. Grace Enea on September 30th, 2012 3:49 pm

    I just love his family his life of cooking and I how he enjoys life and help out with cancer awareness too!! I wanted to know when is Nina due…? And does he ever go the the states.? Please let me know thanks grace Enea

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  413. Susan Clemens on October 3rd, 2012 10:38 pm

    My daughter is one of the many children in Ontario who are protected through Sabrina’s Law. Every day, as she heads off to school, I am so thankful. I know that all of the staff at her school take anaphylaxis seriously and have been trained to recognize and respond should a reaction occur. I truly wish that I could say that all Canadian children are protected this way, but sadly this is not the case.
    When will we ensure that all Canadian children are provided with a safe and free public education? How many more Sabrina’s need to die?

  414. madlen shalit on October 4th, 2012 12:49 pm

    what happens if you do not have a general pract. family doctor ?

    thanks – maddie

  415. Martina on October 5th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Dear Tatiana,

    I am 24 and I use to be unemployed. I watched your show religiously. I admired your outlook on life and your amazing personality. I just have to let you know that because of you I am making my way up in the Real Estate industry. I am starting off as an Administrator/Executive Assistant to learn the industry and become more mature for future clients to take me more seriously before I take all the necessary steps do become a full-fledged Agent. You are a great inspiration on me and my future. I just needed to thank you for being such an amazing person and a great role model.

    Thank You,


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  418. Maurizio Mucciarone on October 8th, 2012 7:51 pm

    Every parent should get there hands on this book, Its not easy for a someone to express them self especially when negative thoughts become habitual thinking. All it takes is for someone like Francesca to raise awareness through this book, and I’m sure she is not stopping there. Its not easy to talk to someone because the person will think of a negative feeling of weakness and not worthy. But something so easy as changing there thinking pattern by telling them that “they are perfect in so many ways, God only made one of you and there is no one out there like you”, or if a person has no idea how to approach this situation, just listening is more then enough. You have my support!!

    P.S. Simona I love your articles :) keep up the good work!

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  420. Ron & Sheila Coombs on October 10th, 2012 11:29 am

    Yes, we have been there, done that and we are now serving with Youth With A Mission and loving it. It all started with taking teams to Mexico to build houses and we realized we didn’t need as much material possessions but could help others who had little or nothing. Our hearts were changed as we saw the joy it brought to others.

  421. Lisa on October 11th, 2012 6:25 pm

    I am so proud of you mom…you said you would do something to help and you never gave up. I look at you and now believe you when you use to say to me “Lisa if you really want something you can have it!” No matter all the obstacles and negativity you had in your life you always stayed positive…you are true inspiration. This book will make a difference.
    Words can never describe the immense love I have for you. I know in my heart Tony is also so proud…we are both so lucky to have you as our mother.
    Forever and ever till the end of time!

  422. Bachelor Blogger on October 12th, 2012 8:50 pm

    So happy that the wonderful Jillian Harris found love! She is a great gal!

  423. Dora on October 31st, 2012 12:01 pm

    Francesca, you are one of the nicest person I have met. Along with your husband.

    I look forward to coming to your book launch on Nov 13th.

    You are an inspiration, Your loss is great an no words can heal your wound. But hopefully your book will make a difference.
    Tony is looking down at you with a big smile, I am sure.

    God Bless you

    Your friends
    Dora & Salvatore

  424. Patricia Radocchia on November 8th, 2012 12:33 pm

    I would love to get a copy of this book, when is it available…want to give it to my good friend and co-worker who lost his son due to suicide


  425. Sante Pisani on November 12th, 2012 1:50 pm

    Ciao Gesualdo mi auguro rammenti di me compagno di adolescenza. Avrei voluto vederti in Rosarno (tuo fratello mi aveva informato della tua venuta) ma eri già volato via.
    Valuta la possibilità di attivare la possibilità di acquisizione di prodotti agroalimentari italiani. Posso farlo per parecchi prodotti.
    Un abbraccio

  426. Anna on November 13th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Richard, I hope you got help, a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had Lyme and two co-infections for over 15 years and started treatment with the doctor in Plattsburgh 6 months ago, I am doing really, really well, and even though ‘elderly’ I do believe I shall recover enough to be able to enjoy life again. I wish you all the best.

  427. Phil Aiello on November 13th, 2012 11:33 pm

    Francesca , your Determination , will , persistance , will help the fight against
    Mental illness .

    Keep active, Keep Well

    Phil and Friends

    Fontana Gardens Banquet Halls

  428. David on January 17th, 2013 10:57 pm

    We haven’t been able to contact Studio Sposa for months. There is no answer by phone, nor do they return our phone calls Their voice mailbox is full and the store across the streets says they are out of business!

    I fear we have lost thousands of dollars from the deposit and worst yet the dress of her dreams. Is there any way you could help us get the dress back?

    Please help us,
    David & Stephanie

  429. Heidi Brown on January 21st, 2013 2:18 pm

    Anthony is a good friend of mine, with many people who love him. Please come and support him as he embarks on this journey to find a match! This is a man who loves his friends, and would do all he could to help those if they were in his situation. He although he is sick still continues to support those he knows who are also sick, this is why he has a heart of gold. He needs us! Please give generously if you can, and also please remember that this is only the beginning for him. He has a long road ahead, so please keep him in mind, if you know anyone who would like to be tested to be a donor, please let us know.

  430. Donnie Jewell on January 22nd, 2013 10:12 pm

    I would Love to get in contact with Emanuelle Gattuso. My Mother passed away from cancer….Thankfully with donations like hers I had extra years with my Mother who I talked to every day and miss every day. I would appreciate to know where to send her a message.

    Thank You

    Donnie Jewell

  431. Arlene Beaudin on January 23rd, 2013 12:16 pm

    What a great thing you have done!!! I went through breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 53 and was treated next door to Princess Margaret at Mt. Sinai, it is one of the scariest experiences which we are not prepared for.
    Thank you again.

  432. Lynne on January 23rd, 2013 1:55 pm

    Do you realize that you have now doomed countless animals to cruel, horrible experiments for the sake of cancer research & that a cure was found in 1935 but was not allowed to be used because pharma would lose billions of dollars.
    You think how wonderful you are, but many animal lovers disagree vehemently.

  433. Elly De Winne on January 23rd, 2013 2:03 pm

    I just read your article about the work you do for breast cancer patience.
    What a wonderful lady you are – you really make a difference – in thousands of women’s life.

    I have a friend who just has gone through the MOST discuptive period in her life. Double mastectomy because of cancer. My heart bleeds for her and then I read about you and the work you do, for cancer patiences,this really lifts my spirits that there are people out there to help other people to help them for a better chance of live.

    May you stay healthy and know that you make a difference !

    Kind Regards,

  434. Tara on January 23rd, 2013 6:58 pm

    I am not understanding why after billions of dollars of donations to cancer “research” there is not much accountability, as in where does the money go? Also, I rarely hear about how Vitamin D is a big deterrent to breast cancer. I do not hear anything about what in the world is being sprayed in our skies, constant chemtrails (good footage on utube), I am not hearing about the cancer link in GMO foods that are poisoning us all; I am not hearing about fluoride in our water, I am not hearing about the pesticides that are assaulting us.

    Where does the money all go in cancer research —could it be that cancer is a huge, lucrative big business and in certain interest groups not in their specs to find a cure?? I have heard how the Cancer Society itself closes studies that are finding affirmative information to fight the disease. I believe there are so many alternative “cures” that are not mentioned by mainstream media and Doctors. Wake up people, don’t believe everything the Cancer interests tell you!!!

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  436. Jackie Drewry on February 18th, 2013 9:37 am

    Way to go Mary Morganelli ! In addition to caring for your Dad you have also found the time and energy to go above and beyond in a meaningful way ! Kudos to you and the best of wishes for your family in the days to come.

  437. Linda Ferreira on February 20th, 2013 9:07 pm

    Every time I’m at my grocers I see Ricardo’s magazine but it is only in French. I too would love it if it was available in English as it used to me. I have his cookbooks but did enjoy the magazine. I hope he would consider putting one out in English again Thank you

  438. Samantha on February 20th, 2013 10:58 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful experience. Cant wait for my next appointment. You Rock!! see you soon..xo

  439. Lisa on March 10th, 2013 5:40 pm

    My Mom was recently put on the transplant list for a double lung transplant. She was in Toronto Friday March 1st for a followup appointment. No issues and she was on the list. On Tuesday March 5th just a few days later she was taken to St Catharines General Hospital having difficulty breathing. She needed to be put on the vent to help assist her breathing. We were told by the ER dr that they contacted Toronto and that she would have to be taken off the list if she is put on the support. We had no choice but to put her on support, she was strugling to breath. She did not have an infection, her lungs just got worse. How does her lungs getting worse take her off the list and not move her up the list. We are being told that until she is mobile she cannot have new lungs, and when she is mobile she can have her spot back on the list……..without those lungs she is not going to be able to be mobile. The longer she is on support the worse she is going to get. This does not make any sence to me! She needs lungs to live and spent years of testing and appointments to get approved for the tranplant. And now that her lungs are getting worse she is told no. Please help me get my Mom the help she deserves

  440. Kelly McManus on March 30th, 2013 1:57 pm

    Anthony and I were childhood friends and I was deeply saddened when I heard this story. I want to get checked to see if I could be a donor. Where do I go and what do I need to have to be a good fit. My prayers are with you Anthony and I am so sorry that this is happening to you,you always had a heart of gold.

  441. Margaret Gianna on August 12th, 2013 4:31 pm

    I heartily agree with Michael Hill’s article in the August/September issue of City Life. We DO NOT need a casino in Vaughan.

  442. Neena on August 13th, 2013 10:40 am

    I am so touched by your story and totally agree with you that the pain of losing our child never goes. I wish to get in touch with you in order to make a documentary highlighting the selflessness and generosity of donor families. Becoming an organ donor is a very personal decision, and I wish to make this documentary as an eyeopener to people who are still contemplating becoming donors.

    Kindly send me your phone number. I would love to talk to you more about Ryan’s story and whether you would interested in the documentary.

    Thanks & regards

  443. Andrea Hatzis on August 13th, 2013 10:47 am

    Excellent article!

  444. Belle Yuan on August 13th, 2013 11:24 am

    Can’t agree more with this article…well said!

    As clearly expressed in the article, “Casinos are sought by cities that either heavily rely on tourism or face dwindling industry and income. Vaughan doesn’t need to resort to such desperation. It doesn’t need to suck more money out of its residents and neighbours by embracing such an infamous vice to prosper.”

    I only see GREED in the works at the complete expense of the residents of GTA.

    For the 5 members of Vaughan council who blatantly disregarded the wishes of the Vaughan citizens at the May 28th public meeting (Mayor Bevilacqua, Alan Shefman, Tony Carella, Gino Rosati and Michael DiBiasi) and pushed through the 5-4 vote at 3am supporting the casino, they should NOT be re-elected for failure to act in the best interest of the people they were elected to serve. Only chance they’ve got now is to reverse their bad decision now before we go to the municipal polls in Nov 2014.

    Thank you for this poignant article!

  445. John on August 17th, 2013 4:37 am

    It’s nice to see great masters drop by a local dojo while they are in Toronto doing a seminar. What this article leads readers to believe is that these two karate Masters Hokama Tetsuhiro and Shiroma Kiyonori, both 10th dan masters are part of Northern Karate, a Shotokan style school. In fact they are of a different style of karate called Goju Ryu.

  446. Julia Ippoliti on August 19th, 2013 8:05 am

    Totally agree with article. As citizens we need to come together and be heard. We have to at least “HOPE” that the Democratic process exists….although our inner voice tells us that Democracy is only a facade! “Greed” has definitely taken over. If we could take money out of life’s equations it would be a different world. There were two questions that summed up the article for me.
    “Why does a city with so much growth, with such bright economic prospects, with all the tools to build a community that is the envy of its neighbours, feel the need to inject gambling? Is the city that greedy that it’s willing to sacrifice its integrity to further line its pockets?

  447. Mary Apps & Jack Apps on August 20th, 2013 5:59 pm


  448. frank gentile on August 20th, 2013 9:56 pm

    Build a casino in vaughan. The people will decide with their feet whether or not they want to support it. That is the way business works. Those who do not want it don’t have to go.

  449. Giovanni Mercuri on February 13th, 2014 9:26 am

    Carissimo Gesualdo,
    Ti avevo pregato di fornirmi la mail della Meddis ma non lo hai fatto
    Devo inviarti un messaggio ma non in questo sito E’ un messaggio strettamente personale Ti prego fornirmi un indirizzo dove invarlo.
    Se hai quello della Meddis ancora meglio

    Ti abbraccio

    Tuo amico di sempre

  450. Giovanni Mercuri on February 13th, 2014 9:31 am

    Trust Numage and the honest self made man owner Gesualdo my friend
    Really it sells best produced the italian one
    Believe me

    Jo Mercuri

  451. GG on February 16th, 2014 2:23 am

    Hey Richard I sure hope you got some help
    I too have been suffering for over 3 years with this God awful Lyme !!
    I couldn’t hold my head up let alone my body for over 7 months, was sleeping over 23 hours a day, dropping weight, issues with oxygen levels, heart rate, felt like complete crap and honestly thought way too many times I was going to die and there where days that would have been a blessing. Sad thought but true, no one could figure out what was going on I had symptoms comi g out the ying/yang but the blood test came back negative So as far as Alberta doctors are concerned NOPE CAN’T BE LYME!!!
    One infectious disease doctor of all of about 30years told my husband & I that ” there has never ever been a case of human Lyme in Alberta-EVER”. And we have been told they are the only doctors that can treat it!!!!
    I was very lucky I was reffered to Naturpath in Edmonton who worked ata clinic where one of the doctors had been treating Lyme for over 10 years at the time.
    I asked them to do the test & they sent it to Igenix & it came back positive so thru they’re help I believe is the only reason I am still alive. I had the test run again last fall & again positive but with a few changes as well as markers for Chronic Lyme
    So I am now seeking a NP in BC at the request of my Alberta NP only be wise I need anti biotics now if I hope to get better & our Alberta NP’s do not have prescription rights yet BC ones do!!!
    So I just want to say do not give up!! Stay strong, and get a good NP at least the good ones don’t treat you like a stupid child or like it’s all in your head, because we all know its not
    Good luck

  452. ronburns on April 6th, 2014 6:13 pm

    i dont know wether or not this message will reach remo but i wanted to congratulate him for achieving his business goal of becoming a very important part of canadian automotive history and presence. always hoped that good things would hapeen for remo and his family and glad his dreams were fulfilled. he may not know who i am but i have followed his successes with interest. couldnt happen to a more deserving guy.
    best regards ron burns

  453. Janna on April 21st, 2014 12:36 am

    I almost never drop responses, however i did a few searching and wound up here
    Travel Destination: Albania | City Life Magazine Vaughan Woodbridge.
    And I actually do have a couple of questions for
    you if it’s allright. Is it simply me or does it look like some of the comments come across like written by brain dead individuals?
    :-P And, if you are posting on other online sites, I would like to keep up with everything
    new you have to post. Could you make a list of every one of your community sites like your
    linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  454. Bob on April 22nd, 2014 4:47 pm

    what a joke

  455. louis gregoris on April 24th, 2014 9:08 am

    Well done Robert!

  456. Linda Delgado on April 24th, 2014 4:56 pm

    Phony , phony, phony.

  457. james on August 12th, 2014 9:33 am

    its gr6

  458. Jean Louis Autret on August 12th, 2014 10:24 am

    My name is Jean Louis AUTRET, named in your paper… I was the first businessman arrested by the “new” Raul’s team in 2009 … After 10 days of investigation initiated by french administration, they knew that i was completely clear of charge as the french justice did it… But at the same time they discovered that they cannot go back, because in this case they will create doubt in the regime justice and police, and also that they can make a lot of money arresting foreigners businessman… first seizing asset, second putting their own men in charge of the part of market liberated by your imprisonment. After me it’s dozen of business men who were arrested… And that’s true that all these business men were closer than Fidel administration than Raul’s… with a long experience in the island. They cleaned part of the market and gave it to their “friends”.

    Cuba new rule come directly from their Mentor (Ex East Germany-DDR) :” If exist a doubt, you are guilty! if you are arrested, you are condemned!”

    I spent 5 years in the hell of “La Condessa”, and one year with Cy, we spoke a lot about the reason, and how could we be so blind, our error was to not see the change between Fidel and Raul… look like same but there are huge differences… Fidel was ethic, moral… He controlled personally all the file. Raul gave huge power to police and security department, completely incompetent in economy and free of any ethic! Bad faith, incompetence and no control create absurd, ridiculous theater trail!

    Is Raul really aware of the this level of incompetence and bad faith? does he really know that cuban investigation departments are so “miserable”? does he gave, order to steal for the revolution (or some people?) or just gave power to the wrong people without control? does he effectively control or not, because too much confident? does he really drive the country or just playing with a steering wheel reading synthesis with a blind confidence in his teams?
    Strategy of changing team to their own, seizing assets… Cuba now is really dangerous place for business… You can be arrested for any reason, and if no reason they will create!

    Cy is and incredible human being, with a strong health an character, but he is 74, and Canada NEED to move to bring him home… for his family, for the respect of canadian citizen abroad and particularly in a country which received so much canadians. Only the economic pressure touch the new cuban administration; that’s “The” new value of the Cuban revolution… and it’s heart because, Cy like me, really, sincerely, loved this country, this people and some of their realization and we were proud of our work.

    Personally i was sustained by a 8000 members committee, and up to this, by politics of both side, at the highest level, and an incredible embassy team… My country knew that I was innocent and never forget me … and now i am back home.

    Cy doen’t deserve that, at any moment, HELP HIM, Move your people, move your politics… An honest CANADIAN BUSINESS MAN, a family man, a friend is in danger… and you Canadian have the key of his jail , it’s a problem of determination.
    Just do it !

    Jean Louis AUTRET

    PS sorry for my “poor” english…

  459. shady on September 26th, 2014 3:57 pm

    Your rehab is some what racist catered to Italian .You take donated food from the families for yourself and staff and leave your clients with garbage. The food they eat is expired some canned food is expired over 3 years so really what do you do with all that donated money and all the money you receive from O.W .

  460. Stacey on October 9th, 2014 9:55 pm

    Why can’t a healthy 40 year old donate????

  461. Shirley Stonehouse on October 10th, 2014 12:47 pm

    a wonderfully well-written article that brings to life someone I’ll never have the chance to meet in person. I look forward to seeing Shemar in this new venture. Thank you for the great article Amanda.

  462. Patti Shaw on October 10th, 2014 1:35 pm

    Can’t wait to read this!

  463. t @ Happy Soul Project on October 11th, 2014 8:23 pm

    I’m so glad Sarah is rocking our Happy Soul Project cape- We are all thinking of her and her family…Fight on Little one…Fight on

  464. Simona Panetta on October 14th, 2014 5:05 pm

    Hi @Stacey, thank you for your inquiry. The short response to your question is that the age bracket of 17-35, and especially young male donors, provides patients with a higher rate of success after transplant. If you would like to help, an alternative is donating blood, as cancer patients do require many transfusions through their course of treatment. If you have anymore questions, please feel free to contact the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network at Thanks for reading City Life Magazine.

  465. Sam De Caprio on October 16th, 2014 3:49 am

    Antonio is one of the most talented tailors I have ever met on this side of the Atlantic. Tony has a keen memory for the most subtle details that a client will ask for when designing and making a suit. He is a perfectionist and will not let a garment leave his shop with a suit that is not yet perfect. You cannot be inspired by this man’s commitment and passion for his art. However, if you’re not prepared to invest the same passion and effort to work with Antonio to get your suit to meet the high standards of quality and detail, I suggest you save yourself and Antonio the grief and shop at Moore’s. But if rolling lapels, surgeon cuffs, the finest horse hair canvass mean something to you visit Tony. Chose one cloth (Cerutti is a good start) have him make a pattern for you and be prepared to work and do your part so you may own truly own of a kind suit that will shape your body like it’s everybody’s business. After all you will make a public statement with a suit which you will build with Antonio from star to finish.

  466. judy mcnally on October 16th, 2014 3:19 pm

    my son had his unrelated bone marrow stem cells infused today! many thnx to selfless donor!! his name is adam poehlmann[my son] and he has been living with cancer for 6 years. first diagnosed at 16 and now 22 yrs old. this is his hope for a cure! onematch is a wonderful registry. thxn for bring attention to it. my thoughts are with that wonderful and strong family.

  467. Christine Waltrip on October 26th, 2014 5:36 pm

    I need to dirty ice a 12 in round cake. Do not believe I need as much as the above recipe says. How much would I need?

  468. Cesi on October 26th, 2014 8:21 pm

    Can you please tell me where, in Toronto, I can purchase your pizza dough. I previously purchased it at Cataldi but, as you know, it has closed down.
    Thank you