Two Lebanese-Canadians get seats in Canadian parliament

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Lina Mitlij and Patricia Philippe are the first Lebanese-Canadians to win such seats. Both are originally from Bcharreh.

Two Canadians of Lebanese origins won seats in the parliament of the Nova Scotia province in Canada, reported the National News Agency on Monday.

Lina Mitlij and Patricia Philippe Arab won the seats in the elections that took place last week.

NNA said that it was first time that any Lebanese expatriate wins a seat in such elections.

Mitlij and Arab hail from the Bsharre town of al-Diman and they are in constant contact with Lebanon and the Maronite Patriarchate headquarters in their hometown, it added. They dedicated their victory to Lebanon, stressing their loyalty to their second home Canada. They also emphasized that they seek to serve Canadian society and bolster Lebanese-Canadian ties. [Source]

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Tripoli Teacher “Madame Eugenie” Fired After Asking Students to Beat Up Their Classmate

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I posted a couple of days ago about the 12 year old who got beaten up brutally by his teacher and his classmates. As you can see in the report, Elie hasn’t attended his classes all week and his parents are considering moving him to another school.

The good news however is that the Minister of Education Hassan Diab decided to suspend the teacher for what she has done, and she might even have to pay a fine. She shouldn’t be allowed to set foot in a school anymore.

A National Day Of Mourning For The Loss Of Wadih El Safi

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The chairman and members of the Lebanese musicians union called on Saturday the President of the Republic, Michel Sleiman, and outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati, to declare a national day of mourning for the death of the great Lebanese singer Wadih El Safi.

There is no doubt that Wadih El Safi is one of Lebanon’s greatest singers and actors, and that he has given the Lebanese song “its identity by developing folk and country singing, stirring homesickness to country and countryside in expatriates”, but does that mean that we should have a national day of mourning following his death?

The answer is yes! We should definitely mourn this great man but at the same time, we need to cut down on the drama. If the Lebanese government mourned a Syrian President for 3 days, and a Saudi King for 1 day, it doesn’t mean they were right to do so, and we shouldn’t request a day off for Safi based on this logic.

Wadih el Safi is a singer and not a politician (He’s way more valuable than our politicians) and a national mourning day should be an expression of grief not a symbolic gesture. This being said, I think the best way to mourn this great man is to have the flags lowered to half-mast for one day or more, organize a proper funeral and hold events in his memory at schools, universities and cultural centers, as well as ask Lebanese TVs to dedicate one day for remembering Safi etc …

We need to let the younger generations know who Safi was, his songs, his plays, his talent, how well he represented Lebanon all over the world, and how loved he was by the Arab world. We need to let people know more about him, not give the Lebanese a day off to go out and have fun.

What the Lebanese Musicians Union requested is also reasonable, that is declaring Sunday a mourning day, but it’s too late now as Sunday has passed. Speaking of which, I wonder why Prime Minister Mikati didn’t answer back like the President did. It’s a very simple and rightful request and would have taken less time than the 3 tweets he wrote to mourn Safi.

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