Conseils pour “lutter” contre la routine pendant le confinement!

  • Créez une routine spéciale dans votre maison; l’heure de dormir; le temps de se réveiller, de manger, de prendre des plats à la maison … évitez de confondre le temps et la paresse.
  • L’exercice à la maison; à côté de ses bienfaits physiques, il ravive l’esprit.
  • Promenez-vous à l’extérieur si vous le pouvez.
  • Soyez créatif pour vos activités familiales à domicile; ne soyez pas passif.
  • Donnez-vous de petits projets simples et réalisables.
  • Si vous êtes adepte de la foi, soyez constant et persistant dans votre connexion spirituelle.
  • Accordez-vous du temps pour la réflexion et pour faire les choses que vous aimez faire.
  • Gardez les connexions sociales, même à distance. Parlez à vos amis et à votre famille.
  • Aidez les autres, même à distance. Il existe de nombreuses façons de contribuer au bien-être de la société.
  • Soyez très bons et attentionnés avec vos enfants, votre conjoint, votre famille et vos amis.
  • Soyez optimiste et ne vous abandonnez pas au désespoir.
  • N’ABANDONNEZ JAMAIS
    Samer Majzoub

Tips: fighting routine during lockdown!

⁃ Create a special routine in your home ; time to sleep ; time to wake up, eating, home take. Avoid time confusing and laziness.

⁃ In door exercise ;beside its physical benefit, it revives the spirit.

⁃ Have a walk outdoors if you can .

⁃ Be creative for your family in-home activities ; do not be passive .

⁃ Have yourself small and simple achievable projects .

⁃ If you are faith follower , be constant and persistant in your spiritual connection.

⁃ Give time to yourself for reflection and to do things that you like to do.

⁃ Keep social connections, even remotely. Talk to friends and family.

⁃ Be of a help to others , even from a distance. There are numerous ways where one can contribute to the welfare of the society.

⁃ Be very lovely and beautiful to your children, spouse, family and friends.

⁃ Be optimistic and do not surrender to despair.

⁃ NEVER GIVE UP.

Samer Majzoub

Corona’s ordeal: Trudeau, the man of this point of time, or what?

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Separate from the culture of blind political bias, the Canadian homeland, like the nations around the world, is dealing with a threat the likes of which the country has never seen since the establishment of the Confederation in 1867.

This kind of special circumstance requires a special kind of leadership to manage the situation that Canada has found itself in. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the federal government are being watched under a microscope by the nation that is assessing how they manage the details of this exceptional situation in all its political, financial and social security aspects.

With the lack of reliable information about the spread and seriousness of COVID-19, the bitter truth knocked on Canada’s doors and the epidemic began to spread steadily and quickly across the country. This led to a state of fear among Canadian citizens, and severe pressure on the medical systems administered by the provinces, which served to increase the state of tension.

At that moment of time, the federal government agencies mobilized with all of their ministries and departments to deal with the situation, which had not even been considered in the most difficult scenarios that governments plan for. The first surprise was the necessity that Prime Minister Trudeau be forced into confinement after his wife was infected with the virus after returning from a visit to Britain.

In light of these special and general circumstances, Justin Trudeau rose up to lead the stage with the utmost calm and confidence. He began appearing daily in front of millions of Canadians, addressing them in a tranquil tone, depending on the transparency of the information provided. In addition, his appearances have always been beneficial in keeping citizens informed of the latest details, medical guidelines, and required preventive measures.

In addition, Trudeau’s plan involved the continuous offers of billions of dollars in financial aid, aiming firstly at the employees who lost their jobs due to the mass closures and then expanding to many segments of society also involved in the economy. With this plan, the prime minister tried to ease the anxiety that has affected so many in the country.

Political sophistication and talent are strongly required in dealing with the Canadian provincial governments because of the diverse political backgrounds of all the parties that govern them. Requests from provinces continue to pour in, especially in terms of urgent medical materials to deal with the spread of the epidemic. Furthermore, the federal government showed a lot of flexibility in dealing with the opposition and some of its requests to review and amend laws that had to be passed unanimously because of their importance.

No one can deny that the self-confident dialect that characterized the prime minister, the daily appearances, the support of a strong team and experts in the field, and a culture of respect helped Canadians psychologically deal with this deadly, indiscriminate pandemic. Certainty, the measures taken by the federal government eased the Canadian people’s frustration and despair and reassured them that there is an authority that will look after them and address their fears.

*Samer Majzoub

Quick reading on the historic decline in the price of American crude oil!

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The historic decline in the price of American crude oil to a negative value means that something that is inconceivable has occurred. Matters have reached to a point where the crude oil exporters are ready make payments to potential buyers in order to withdraw the existing quantities of oil to their depots. This as a precedent occurrence has not come from vacuum for the observers and the experts in the field for several reasons.

⁃ the sudden and unexpected global economic recession, factories around the globe stopped production operations and tens of millions of people stayed in their homes for weeks due to the health concerns as results of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has brought long-term demands on American crude oil to their lowest levels.

⁃ the fact that oil contracts were not concluded as a result of the lack of clarity in the vision of the timing for the return of the global economy to its normal course of movement and production. Furthermore, the crude oil producers feared the limited areas of stores, at their disposal, to absorb the quantities of newly extracted oil and the lack of spaces to store them. This concern prompted the producers to find quick solutions to empty the current stock.

⁃ Contributed to this drop in oil prices, the sharp disagreement within OPEC, the price struggle between its members, and the failure of quick solutions to try to fix their differences, which left its shattering negative effects on the oil industry.

Such drop in oil prices may not remain for long period of time due to its catastrophic fall over the global economies of countries around the world, especially the” big” and “rich” ones. Having said that,  it is clear that many facts are no longer under control, but rather the developments and fate of the Corona virus crisis have its big say over how things will evolve in the coming days and weeks.

Perhaps the positive point in this turmoil is that the cheap international oil prices may help economies in many countries to quickly return to their activities and at costs that reduce the burden of returning the production movement to its previous era.

Samer Majzoub, Financial Consultant.

قراءة سريعة فى الانهيار التاريخي لأسعار النفط الخام الأميركي!

الهبوط التاريخي لأسعار نفط الخام الاميركي الى دون الى قيمة سالبة يعني قد وقع ما لا يمكن تخليه؛ هو ان يقوم مصدري النفط الخام بدفع مبالغ للمشترين لكي يعملوا على سحب كميات النفط الموجودة الى مخازنهم . و هذه السابقة بالنسبة للمراقب و للمتابع لم تأتي من فراغ لعدة أسباب.

⁃ فحالة الركود الاقتصادي العالمي المفاجىء الغير متوقع و توقف المصانع حول المعمورة عن عمليات الانتاج و بقاء عشرات الملايين من الناس في منازلهم لأسابيع بسبب الحظر الصحي أوصل طلبات طويلة الأجل على النفط الخام الأميركي الى ادنى مستوياتها٠

⁃ حقيقة عدم إبرام عقود نفط طويلة اجل نتيجة عدم وضوح ألرؤية حول عودة الاقتصاد العالمي نحو الحركة و الانتاج اخاف منتجي النفط الخام من ضيق مساحات المخازن من استيعاب كميات النفط المستخرجة حديثا و عدم ايجاد اماكن لتخزينها . هذا قلق دفع المنتجين الى ايجاد حلول سريعة لتفريغ المخزون الحالي .

⁃ ساهم في هذا الهبوط لاسعار النفط الخلاف الحاد داخل أوبك و صراع الأسعار بين أعضاءه و فشل الحلول السريعة محاولات إصلاح ذات البين حتى اللحظة مما ترك اثاره السلبية المدمرة على صناعة النفط .

قد لا تبقى الأمور على عليها لنتأجها الكارثية على اقتصادات الدول و خصوصا الكبرى و “الغنية” منها . و لكن من الواضح ان الكثير من المعطايات لم تعد تحت السيطرة و إنما هي تطورات أزمة كورونا و مآلاتها .

لعله النقطة الايجابية في هذه المعمعة هو ان رخص أسعار النفط العالمي قد تساعد الاقتصاديات في كثير من اللدان على سرعة في اعادة نشاطها و بتكاليف تخفف عنها عبء اعادة الحركة الإنتاجية الى سابق عهدها٠

سامر مجذوب

قانون 21 أبعاد مختلفة ، الشعبوية و القومية المتشددة و البعد الانفصالي

يأتي قانون 21 ، حظر ما يطلق عليه “الرموز الدينية” في بعض الوظائف العامة في مقاطعة كيبيك الكندية، تكملة لمحاولات سابقة قامت بها حكومات المقاطعة المحلية في أوقات زمنية مختلفة مستهدفة بها شرائح مجتمعية كيبيكية تنتمي لخلفيات ثقافية و دينية و لغوية مختلف

  في كل التجارب السابقة إضافة الى القانون 21 الحالي ، كانت الحجة مبدأ علمانية الدولة ، و التي لم تعد تقنع حتى أصحابها ،هي العملة المستخدمة لتبرير حالة  الحرمان و التمييز الفجة التي تؤدي إليها مفاعيل هكذا تشريعات على مواطنين من المفترض أنهم يتمتعون بحقوق المواطنة كما أقرانهم في مقاطعة كيبيك و باقي اجواء الوطن الكندي

لم يعد يخفي على أحد أن مبدأ العلمانية لا يعطي حق لأي سلطة كانت بإجبار أو فرض مفاهيم الحاكم على أي فرد من أبناء المجتمع . وخصوصًا مع اقتناع الجميع من سياسيين و مؤسسات حقوقية ونشطاء المجتمع المدني و حتى القضاء أن أكثر المتضررين بمفاعيل قانون21 وأكثرهم استهدافًا بشكل لا يخفيه ولا ينكره حتى من قام بالتشريع المذكور هم عنصر النساء و الفتيات الكيبيكيين ممن اختاروا لباس معين نتيجة قناعات ذاتية قاعدة عقائدية هنّ مقتنعات بها

هنا يأتي سؤال “المليون دولار” مع سقوط حجة العلمانية كورقة التوت التي يخفي وراءها آخذي القرار قانون 21 الأسباب الحقيقية لهم للذهاب إلى حد استهداف المرأة المواطنة الكيبيكية في صميم إنسانيتها و حريتها و حقها بالعمل ، ما هو المحرض و الدافع الحقيقي لهكذاحالة تطرف شديدة من قبل سلطات تدعي الديمقراطية و الدفاع عن حقوق المرأة و الإنسان ؟

بالتأكيد أن العالم يشهد حالة من الانفلات أدت إلى تبني سياسات شعبوية متطرفة غير مسبوقة من قبل حكومات في أوروبا والشرق الأقصى و شبه الجزيرة الهندية و حتى أمريكا الشمالية دفعت إلى تصاعد مخيف في الكراهية و العنصرية والإسلاموفوبيا ومعاداة السامية بدرجات عالية لم يسبق لها مثيل

في هذا الإطار ذكر الكثير من المعلقين على قانون 21 و مفاعليه أن الدافع وراءه هو الرؤية الشعبوية للحكومة المحلية في كيبيك . وأضافوا كدليل آخر : استهداف الناطقين باللغة الانكليزية في المقاطعة جملة من التوجهات الحكومية و القرارات التي تؤثر على حقوقهم بشكل مباشر. إن حالة التعجرف و الفوقية التي تتعامل بها الفئة الحاكمة مع تلك النتائج الظالمة لهكذا توجها تؤكد للكثيرين من المتابعين البعد الشعبوي للسياسات المتبعة لهؤلاء

يأتي عنصر آخر إضافي ألا وهو البعد القومي ، و الذي يصفه الكثيرون بالمتشدد ، والذي يتبناه الحزب الحاكم في كيبيك كأيديولوجية ثابتة في كل أدبياته و سياساته. هذا المفهوم يتعارض بقوة مع التعددية الثقافية الي قامت عليها الدولة و مفهوم المجتمع الكندي بشكل رسمي من سبعينيات القرن الماضي . هذا الفكر القومي المتشدد يسقط من حسابته مفهوم المساواة و العدل بين أبناء المجتمع الواحد و لا يعنيه التمييز بينهم و جعلهم طبقات مجتمعية متنافرة فيما بينها على أسس عرقية و لغوية و دينية و ثقافية مختلفة. وهكذا تأتي التشريعات التي يخرج بها بغض النظر عن نتائجها وتأثيرها على حقوق المواطنة في كيبيك

و لعله من التأثيرات التي بدأت تظهر للمراقبين لقانون 21 هو ازدياد حالة التوتر بين حكومة كيبيك المحلية من ناحية والحكومة الفيدرالية والمقاطعات الأخرى من جانب آخر . بالرغم من محاولات الحزب الحاكم في كيبيك أن يدعي أنه ذو بعد قومي فقط و لا يدعوا إلى انفصال كيبيك عن كندا ، أقله في الوقت الحالي ، ألا إن و كما هو معلوم أن رئيس الوزراء في المقاطعة هو نفسه خدم كوزير في حكومة سابقة من دعاة الانفصال و جعل كيبيك دولة مستقلة . و هو يتميز بدعم قوي من حالة الانفصالية فى المقاطعة

إضافة لا بد من الانتباه أن المستهدفين بقانون21 هم بالأصل كنديين الانتماء للوطن ، هذا يفرض تدخل الحكومة الفيدرالية أو القضاء الفيدرالي بطريقة أو أخرى حاليًا أو فيما بعد للدفاع عن هؤلاء المتضررين و عن حقوقهم الإنسانية بالمساواة و العدل . و بالتالي إثارة حالة  النزعات القومية و العصبية في كيبيك تصب في مصلحة الحركة الانفصالية في المقاطعة في نهاية المطاف . و هناك قول مشهور إذا كانت هناك صعوبة لجعل كيبيك تخرج من كندا ، لم لا يكون السعي لإخراج كندا من كيبيك

و هكذا تتضح الصورة الأعمق لنص هكذا تشريعات معروفة النتائج والتأثيرات على أفراد المجتمع و حالة المظلومية التي تصيبهم و تقوم على التفرقة بينهم بينهم خدمة لأجندات سياسية و قناعات فكرية يحملها الحزب الحاكم

Canadian federal elections; what’s next!

Oct 22 2019
There is no doubt that many political analysts would wake up this morning to try to analyze the results of the federal elections that took place throughout the vast Canadian homeland. The outcomes drew expectations of political alliances and negotiations between the parties concerned to form the next government. Especially, since the victory of the Liberal Party, a solid minority, needs partnership so that it can form the next government. The liberals have the burden of carrying responsibilities and implementing promises given during the elections, which lead ultimately to enormous challenges.
To begin with, it should be pointed out that, despite the fact that the right and the nationalist political currents, which are accused of adopting populist and discriminatory policies, have received significant votes according to the election results, Canadian society has proved time and again that the majority of its people believe in openness and rejection of animosity and hate against their fellow citizens.
The logical scenario for the formation of the next government is an alliance between the winning Liberal Party and the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) since the two parties share or converge on common ground on many matters; political, social and even economic issues. In the final days of the election campaign, Mr jagmeet singh, NDP leader, has signaled his willingness to ally with the Liberal Party to form the next federal government.
There is no doubt that governing through alliances is hard because of the complexities of decision-making. It is customary that the minority governments life expectancy is usually two years, after which, a new general election is called. Of course, this is not definitive, and it is ultimately due to the desire of one of the parties involved in the government to drop it for considerations that it deems in its interest.
The short period, usually, of the minority government, and the attempt to please the allied parties, makes the implementation of promises and platforms, especially economic ones, which are the most important concerns of Canadian society, not easy and are faced with the impediment of short duration of government and the agreement by the partners of government.
Law 21, adopted by the Quebec CAQ’s government, which implications proved to be a process of subjugation and dissemination of hatred and legitimization of discrimination, especially against Quebecers’ women played a pivotal role in the election results in the province of Quebec. Its noted that such a piece of legislation, law 21, has not been seen in North America modern history at all. In this regard, many observers associate the decline in the number of seats of the Liberal Party in Quebec is due to Mr. Trudeau’s clear position during the election campaign for his general rejection of Law 21 and his willingness to face it in court and politically if he wins. The Bloc Quebecois, which calls for an independent Quebec, having been on the sidelines of the political map for a long time used the Liberals’ position on the law to revive itself by winning about half of the seats reserved for the province in Hill.
Thus, although many expressed their satisfaction with the results of the federal elections held on October 21, but it must be said that the next stage will face many difficulties, challenges and obstacles that require wisdom in managing the political process in the near future.

Samer Majzoub

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Notes on SNC Lavalin controversy, as controversial it would be!

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-The defaults agreed upon by all sides, no political interference and pressure should be on any judicial decision.
-There might be a need to have another look at having to separate the ministry of justice and the general attorney posts. For A:) it’s not relational that a minister who is part of a team acts without respect to the reflection of his/her chief and consideration of the directions of the group he/she is one of. The minister is not a separate entity, it’s a part of a whole government that works to implement its policies. B:) general attorney position is the highest profile job in the judicial class and needs to be always at far distance from any conflict of interest possibility.
-Lot of emotions around the subject matter cleverly used by the opposition and turned to be a hot media product .
-So far based on what has been reported, no judicial decision on SNC Lavalin had been reversed or obligated the minister to overturn.
-clear lack of crisis management at political, media and public opinion levels .
-SNC Lavalin as a Montreal, Quebec based huge body of 9000 employees nation wide and 32000 world wide ; Who would be responsible of loss of such an international Canadian very well established company in case it moved out from the county or closed its doors . Canadians have not heard from neither any figure nor any opinion what could have been the best way to save the thousands of jobs while applying justice on those who break the rules.
-The fact that only one interpretation version of what has been exchanged around the controversy has been heard up this moment of writing these lines. Furthermore, the long delay to get to hear other version(s) made the first one “as the truth nothing but the truth “in the minds of majority of Canadians.
-The vulnerability of the public opinion to the wave of media festival over the subject  has been clear in the latest polls coming out recently.
-there were many attempts to categorize the controversy under the titles; sexism and a race discrimination because it happened that the minister in question was a woman and a native at the same time .
-One very troubling note that the populists around the country cherishing and  jumping into the shouting match taking advantage of the political storm to express hate and bigotry, settling, in their minds, an account with a government because of what they consider its inclusive approach to Canadians from all backgrounds.

Samer Majzoub

Article: Canada’s Islamophobia Problem Won’t Be Solved By Denying Its Existence.

Francois Legault

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samer-majzoub/francois-legault-islamophobia_a_23663492/?ec_carp=7296529241646880069

It should be acknowledged matter-of-factly in order for us to begin tackling the complicated parts of it.

The responses to the premier came from all sides of society: politicians, journalists and community figures. The hours that followed witnessed a half-hearted retraction from Mr. Legault’s office — a press aide later clarified that he meant there is no undercurrent of Islamophobia in Quebec — but the damage was done. Legault’s statement was like salt on a wound, souring the provincial government’s relationship with its many cultural communities.

There has certainly been no decrease in prejudice in Quebec, Ontario and the rest of the country. A 2018 Statistics Canada report shows that hate crimes reached an all-time high in 2017, based on incidents reported in both Quebec and Ontario. Quebec reported a 50-per-cent increase in the number of hate crimes in the month after the massacre in the mosque, mainly towards Muslim Quebecers. Ontario witnessed a 207-per-cent increase in hate crimes against Muslims, an 84-per-cent increase in crimes against Black people and 41-per-cent increase on incidents against Jewish people.

Taking into account that a good number of hate crimes are not reported for various reasons, these statistics are more than enough to be a wake-up call for Canadians to tackle a dangerous attitude contaminating our largely inclusive, peaceful and diverse country.

Bigotry has entered the public discourse, normalizing hatred and xenophobia.

Politicians and media outlets have fanned the flames of animosity, contributing to an atmosphere that promotes hate in extreme individuals. On some occasions, the authorities have arrested people who went public with hate speech against Muslim citizens. Bigotry has entered the public discourse, normalizing hatred and xenophobia. This will lead to the same violence that was demonstrated in the Quebec City mosque.

Political leaders are building platforms around division, developing an us-versus-them mentality targeting Muslims. The provincial government’s planned bill banning “religious symbols” from certain public jobs, including education, is one example. In a very strong statement published in Le Journal de Montreal, the head of “La Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE),” a teachers’ union in Quebec, called the proposed bill what it is: a “hijab hunt.”

The list of actions that further alienate Muslim Quebecers and other cultural communities goes on. Quebec’s newly appointed minister responsible for the status of women added to the already heated climate in the province by stating that the Muslim hijab is “a symbol of oppression.” A Gatineau city councillor told a newspaper that “Islamophobia is a problem invented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

At the federal level, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer was called out for falsely claiming the UN Global Compact on Immigration that Canada expressed its readiness to sign onto would allow foreign governments to dictate our country’s immigration policies. In many of his appearances in the media, Mr. Scheer does not hide what is considered to be a harsh position on immigration and migrants coming into the country.

Instances like this challenge Premier Legault’s insistence that Islamophobia doesn’t exist. It’s alive and well within the province and Canada.

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As populist and far-right movements take root across the country, it is more important than ever to renew calls to recognize January 29 as a day of action against Islamophobia. Both the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) have launched a joint campaign to request the implementation of a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, which could be an important tool in the fight against all forms of discrimination through systematic efforts that are officially recognized and supported.

There is clearly a problem with Islamophobia in this country and it should be acknowledged matter-of-factly in order for us to begin tackling the complicated parts of it. Without a doubt such a deep social problem will not be solved by hiding or denying its existence. Open dialogue, strong political will, inclusive policies and human values can and should be used as strong tools used to fight any and all form of hate and bigotry.

Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF)