Τετάρτη, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2016

The Art of Making Spoon Sweets, Marmalades and Jams!

Fruits, their flavors and the recipes of traditional spoon sweets and jams will have a feast day at the culinary event organized by the Lyceum of Greek Women of Montreal in collaboration with the nuns of the convent of Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary Consolation Lachutte, Sunday December 4,  2-5 p.m. at the hall of the Annunciation Church (Evangelismos).
That Sunday the Greek Orthodox nuns under the blessing of Gerontissa Thekla will reveal all the small and big secrets of the manufacture of spoon sweets and jams based on the wonderful fruit produced in Greece and in Quebec.
These sweets, pure and healthy, inextricably linked with the Greek tradition, are suitable for a modern diet with rich flavor and useful calories.
Our nuns with full respect for tradition will teach us how fruit instead of being discarded at the time of their production, can be transformed into preserves and jams, keeping the scent and the flavors live a long time in our cupboard .
In the  event coffee and Greek pastrieswill be offered by the ladies of the Lyceum of Greek Women of  Montreal.
Also, attendees can purchase the wall calendar of Greek Women Lyceum 2017 with recipes for spoon sweets and jams, illustrated by the talented painter Katerina Mertikas.
The original works of the painter will be sold at a silent auction.
They will be sold jars of traditional sweets and jams made from the nuns of the Monastery of Our Virgin Mary of Consolation.
Sunday, December 4 2p.m-5 p.m , Evangelismos Hall,
777 St-Roch Montréal, Québec H3N 2K3.
Tickets $ 20
For information and tickets please contact Mrs Villy Fasoula, tel. 514-261 5504

Πέμπτη, 3 Νοεμβρίου 2016

When Assault Is Not A Fact!

It came as a total shock to hear that Gerry Slavounos, the Member of the National Assembly of Quebec of Greek origin, was forced to resign fροm the Liberal caucus following alleged charges of sexual assault.

Apparently, Alice Paquet, a 21-year old participant at a vigil for victims of sexual abuse at the University of Laval, took the floor and announced, in dramatic fashion to a stunned audience, that she, herself, had been a victim of sexual abuse by a sitting member of  the National Assembly.

The very next day, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard accepted the resignation of Mr. Sklavounos from his caucus, who is now sitting as an independent MNA, while Ms. Paquet was invited to make the rounds of numerous radio and television programs, telling a story filled with gaps and contradictions.

At first, she claimed that, after the initial incident, which occurred in 2014, she went to the police, who, allegedly, discouraged her from filing a complaint because Sklavounos was a public person and she would not be believed. Shortly afterwards, she altered that story line, saying that it wasn't the police but, rather, her friends and family who discouraged her from proceeding. In the meantime, the police had already issued a statement in which they stated that they had repeatedly tried to reach Paquet, to resume the legal process and confirm the details of her story, but that she never responded to their calls.

Paquet noted that she willingly went to Sklavounos’ room but claimed, although they were kissing, “that foreplay is not a contract for sex.” She also admitted that she could not remember if she had said “no” and that she had returned to have sex with him again two weeks later. “I’m a little masochist,” she said. “I can’t say I said no clearly. I don’t remember. But I know very well I didn’t say yes. If a woman doesn’t feel free to say no, she is being raped. If she feels uneasy, it’s rape.”

Miss Paquet’s interviews are filled with so many gaps, inconsistencies and ambiguities that, taken as testimony, are likely insufficient for the pressing of charges, let alone the conviction, of assault. Regardless, Gerry Sklavounos languishes without a caucus seat and has been pilloried as an
“aggressor” in the media of Quebec and Canada.

As a woman, I fully respect women’s rights and I strongly support those who have been the victims of rape, even verbally, as it is their inalienable right, even their obligation, to denounce all rapists who must be severely punished.

However, when a young girl, such as Alice Paquet, accuses a public persona of sexual assault, the worst form of violence, and proceeds to overturn, one after another, the scenarios of her personal narrative, then I wonder how the media can so effortlessly embrace a story without proof or investigation, socially condemning someone without any regret.

Importantly, Alice Paquet’s claims have the effect of weakening the position of women who have experienced sexual violence. Instead of solidifying the case of women who have actually suffered the horror of male violence, she weakens it, fomenting suspicion in future cases. In fact, such unsubstantiated stories have the effect of ridiculing complaints of sexual violence.

Before the castigation of anyone, there must be a thorough investigation of the events. It is irresponsible of our society, whether it be represented by politicians or the media, to accept, at face value, any unsupported complaint, in effect turning the twisting and falsification of events into an iconic reality .

Silence and shame are unacceptable when it comes to women's violence but lies and unsupported accusations weaken every assaulted woman’s position.

Δευτέρα, 28 Μαρτίου 2016

International Press Coverage of the Greek Debt Crisis !!! An open lecture


On April 8, 2016, journalist and writer Justine Frangouli-Argyris, a weekly blogger for the Huffington Post and until recently the Athens News Agency correspondent for Canada, will deliver a talk on the international press and its coverage of the Greek debt crisis.

Drawing on her extensive experience in print and digital media, Ms. Frangouli-Argyris will examine the—in her view, decidedly harsh —portrayal of Greece in the international media from 2010 to the present. An open discussion will follow her talk.

The lecture, organized by the Research Institute of Hellenic American University, in cooperation with Hellenic American College, will be held on Friday, April 8th at 19:00 at the Auditorium of the Massalias 22 building.

The lecture will be given in English.

Ms. Frangouli-Argyris, a native of Lefkada and graduate of the University of Athens Law School, is a journalist and writer. She has been living and working in Montreal, Canada since 1989. She is the author of several best-selling novels, including High Heels for Six and For the Love of Others, as well as several works of non-fiction, among which her authorized biography of Spyridon, former Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America.

Ms. Frangouli-Argyris is currently a Huffington Post blogger (USA Edition) and a columnist for various Greek-Canadian and Greek newspapers and websites.