Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (October 13 - 19, 2019)


A quotation of Pope Francis on 'the election of a pope
does not make him less sinful,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
(To read the quotation on a larger format, please on the above image)

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (October 6 - 12, 2019)


A quotation of Pope Francis on 'a person without hope
 is unable to forgive,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (2018)

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Colourful Autumn Is Here In Toronto


The Autumn season is already in Toronto
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (Sept. 26, 2019)

Colourful trees are the signs of the Autumn (also called the Fall) season in Canada. These changing colours from the green to reddish, yellow, and pink are a sight to see and enjoy. 

Please see the following photos in your heart's content to enjoy the colours:



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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (September 29 - October 5, 2019)


A quotation of Dale Carnegie on 'doing one's best without
letting criticism affecting oneself,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Shouvik Mikhail D'Costa (Toronto: 1999)

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Toronto Participates in the Global Climate Strike Today


Climate strike protesters gathering 
at the Queen's Park, Toronto 
Strikers are entering the Queen's Park

Posters on a wall outside the Queen's Park TTC Station

Strikers are distributing literature on 
climate change and their demands

A poster demanding 'system change, 
not climate change'

A striker distributing posters 
at the Queen's Park compound
A poster on the ground

A stall distributing literature on climate change

A poster asking for making a choice and being
courageous in taking action for climate change

A student holds out a poster 

Two student participants
in the Queen's Park climate strike

Another striker against the ill-effects
of the Canadian oil pipelines 

Father-son participants
in the climate strike in Toronto

Photos (Climate strike protest at the Queen's Park, 
Toronto: Sept. 27, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa 

Thousands of men, women, students, and children took to the streets of more than 80 cities and towns of Canada today participating in the global climate strike protest that's being held all over the world. 

More than 15,000 people took part in it at the Queen's Park where the Ontario provincial Legislative Assembly is situated, reports CTV News. They carried protest banners, posters, and signs condemning government inaction or inadequate action and demanded immediate action for reducing the global warming for the safety and security of the future generations.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (September 22 - 28, 2019)


A quotation of Dr. Jerome C. Harste on 'the social practices of
working-class neighbourhood schools vs. affluent neighbourhood
schools,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa


Artwork by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (Toronto: 2016)
(You may click on the artwork above to read it on an enlarged format)

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (September 15 - 21, 2019)


A quotation of Pope Francis on 'using God and religion
for violence and oppression,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design: Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

PhotoSpeak: Support for Veganism


A car in Toronto openly supporting veganism
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (July 24, 2019)

(Click on the above photo to see an enlarged version)

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (September 8 - 14, 2019)


A quotation of Pope Francis on the need of mercy
(for all), compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork (A wretched child) by Mary D'Costa (Toronto: 2018)

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Sign of the Time


A signboard in front of Tim Horton's Restaurant
on Caledonia Street, Toronto
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (August 2019)

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (September 1 - 7, 2019)


A quotation of Benjamin Franklin on 'being a friend to one
and enemy to none,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Ujjal Peter D'Costa

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (August 25 - 31, 2019)


A quotation of Albert Einstein on 'living a worthwhile life,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (The skyview-ceiling in the dining section 
of the Scarborough Town Centre mall: August 2019) 
© Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (August 18 - 24, 2019)


A quotation of Neil deGrasse Tyson on 'evolution, creation, and
scientifically illiterate people,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Iron dinosaur sculptures in a small park 
in Scarborough, Toronto: June 30, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

(Click on the photo to read the quotation in an enlarged format)
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (August 11 - 17, 2019)


A quotation of Martin Luther King, Jr., on 'injustice anywhere
is a threat to justice everywhere,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Toronto courthouse premise: May 30, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

(Click on the photo to read the quotation in an enlarged format)

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Father Dominic Vlanmanal Claims Parents' Mortal Sins Cause Their Children's Autism!


Father Dominic Valamanal of Kerala, India
Photo courtesy: Facebook Home of Father Dominic Valamanal

Father Dominic Valamanal, belonging to the Eastern Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, “is a Catholic priest under the diocese of Kanjirapally and serving as the Director of Marian Retreat Centre Anakkara Kerala.” He leads healing and deliverance (charismatic) retreats in different parishes in India and some Syro-Malabar Catholics in diaspora abroad.

“Alcohol, cigarette, beedi [Indian rolled-leaf cigarettes], narcotics, Pan Parag [chewing tobacco], adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, porn; if you are addicted to these, I say to you in the name of God…when you get married and have children, there is a high possibility of bearing these types of children,” he preached in Malayalam language in Kerala and available on Youtube (the CBC television of Canada independently verified the English translation of this).

Father Valamanal continues, “The young men and women are not filled with the Holy Spirit anymore. Afterward, they lead an animal-life. They copulate like animals. They bear children like animals. Therefore, those children will be like animals.”

Father Valmanal also said he “cured” a boy with autism during a visit to Ireland. He had said in the boy’s home: “I bind the spirit of autism and hyperactivity that has infested this house. I banish it. Banished to the foot of Jesus’ cross.”

His ‘fire and brimstone’ preaching in these retreats attracts some but repels others. Some diaspora Catholics requested their local bishops to cancel these retreats. As a result, retreats due to be held in Canada, Australia, and Ireland have already been cancelled.

According to the www.webmd.com, autism is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors. Because of the range of symptoms, this condition is now called autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

How is autism caused? “Some genetic mutations seem to be inherited, while others occur spontaneously. Environmental factors. Researchers are currently exploring whether factors such as viral infections, medications or complications during pregnancy, or air pollutants play a role in triggering autism spectrum disorder.”

In this scientifically enlightened modern-day, Father Valmanal blames parents’ mortal sins for their children’s autism, as some Old Testament writers mentioned sins of the parents for their children’s physical and mental problems. Let’s see what Jesus said on the same subject: “As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-3)

If this priest’s words were correct, let’s ask him what sins cause high blood pressure and stroke, heart attack, cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, ebola virus attack, influenza, etc.

We also need to ask this self-righteous priest what sins of parents caused so many Catholic priests and bishops engage in different types of sex abuses all over the world. He mentions of demons possessing autistic children, but what about demons possessing clergy sex abusers? He should go among these sinful priests and heal them of masturbatory demons, pedophile demons, homosexual demons, heterosexual demons, and other types of demons.

His pure judgmental, condemning, and punishing attitude may further his cause and prestige as a ‘forthright speaker,’ but he is using these autistic children and their parents in such a way that it tantamounts to blackmailing – making the parents feel ashamed, demeaned, pathetic, and worthless. He claims to have cured a child or two miraculously. If God works through him, why cure only a few, why not all autistic children of the rest of the world? Why not go among Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and other religionists and non-believers and cure them all using such a language?

Priests need to be careful about defamation when speaking or delivering their sermons. “Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone’s reputation, and published ‘with fault,’ meaning as a result of negligence or malice. Libel is written defamation, and slander is spoken defamation." If an affected or disgruntled person files a lawsuit, a priest may fall into a real problem.

 A priest or bishop, who speaks in such an accusing and condemning language, needs to get reorientation on the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (especially, on the place and role of the laity in the Church, and that priests and bishops are there to serve the laity religiously and spiritually and they are not to rule over them – they are to practise servant leadership,); teachings of Pope Francis (love, compassion, and mercy – including the evil effects of clericalism).

Bishops who allow such priests to go around and speak in accusing terms and charge high fees (about $400 per participant of retreats abroad) become complicit in their ‘sins.’ Participation in other’s sins is an important teaching of the Catholic Church, although many religious superiors, priests and bishops forget about it in real life.


For more on Father Dominic Valamanal, please read the following: 





(Updated on August 9, 2029)



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Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (August 4 - 10, 2019)


A quotation of Steven Weinberg on 'good people
who use religion to do evil,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (The evil condition of a tree in Toronto, July 2019)
 by Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (July 28 - August 3, 2019


A quotation of Naval Ravikant on 'achieving true
rewards of life,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa 
Image design courtesy: from a Canbe Foods shopping bag, Toronto

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (July 21 - 27, 2019)


A quotation of Melanie Fiona Hallim on 'multiculturalism of Toronto,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (The CN Tower in Toronto: July 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, July 19, 2019

The Many Colours of Dying


Design by Jerome D'Costa
Death is a certainty for all life-forms, including mankind.

In the past, people died of diseases, accidents, natural disasters, self-willed actions (suicide), and aggressions or attacks from other human beings or animals. 

In the modern world, with the proliferation of education and knowledge, changing legislation, improved science, attitude change, and demand for personal rights, the death scenario has changed dramatically. Now people die and get buried in a variety of ways.

The Walrus, a general-interest magazine of Toronto, has been publishing a series of write-ups on this modern-day phenomenon. You may read them by clicking on the following:



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (July 14 - 20, 2019)


A quotation of Albert Einstein on the 'art of the teacher,' 
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (July 7- 13, 2019)


A quotation of Massimo Faggioli on 'the faithful can restore
the integrity of the Catholic Church,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A wall in a mall in Toronto) © Jerome D'Costa

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CINEPLEX MAGAZINE: A Publication of Toronto


Cineplex Magazine - a publication of Toronto
An eight-times-a-year heavily-illustrated entertainment magazine -- published by the Cineplex Entertainment of Toronto -- provides news, features, articles, and views on films. "It features exclusive interviews with many of the Hollywood's biggest stars, beautiful photos, behind-the-scenes movies scoops and movie release schedules." 

Email contact: cineplexmagazine@cineplex.com

It's also available online at Cineplex Magazine

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (June 30 - July 6, 2019)


A quotation of Margaret Mead on 'changing the world,' 
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Image design courtesy: from a shopping bag of 
Uncle Tetsu's Shop, Toronto

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Your Death And Your Social Media Accounts -- What Happens?



Design by Jerome D'Costa (June 2019)


Billions of people in the world use different forms of modern social media. These media are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and more. Presently, Facebook alone is said to have more than 2.38 billion active users (meaning, users who logged in Facebook in the last 30 days). Among them, about 8,000 users die every day!

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) analysts predict that in the next 50 years, the dead will outnumber the living users on Facebook. They say that by 2070, the dead users could outnumber the living ones. 

So, the question arises as to what to do with the social media accounts of the dead users?

The social media companies are coming up with their own ideas and solutions. 

For more on the topic, please read the following:


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

THE WALRUS: A Publication of Toronto


Walrus -- a magazine from Toronto
It's a 10-times-a-year general-interest magazine that provides news and articles on arts and culture, Canadian politics, economy, business, society, education, health, media, music, television, theatre, film, immigration, crime and punishment, travel, security, environment, language, poetry and short stories, energy, justice, science and technology, urban affairs, sports, and more.

Email contact: info@thewalrus.ca

It's also available online at The Walrus


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ANANDA KANTHO: A Publication of Toronto


Ananda Kantho -- the Bengali-language entertainment monthly 
It's Bengali-language print magazine covering Bengali community in Canada, Bangladesh, and the world by offering news, features, articles, and viewpoints on language and socio-religious festivals, entertainment, literature, personalities, food, health, sports, and more.

Email contact: anandakantho@gmail.com

It's also a sister publication of the Probashi Kantho, published from Toronto. 

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Monday, June 24, 2019

SCARBOROUGH: The Sign of the Time


'Scarborough' signage in the compounds
of the Agincourt Mall in the intersection of the
Kennedy and Sheppard Avenues, Toronto
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (June 12, 2019)

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (June 23 - 29, 2019)


A quotation of Lao-Tzu (or Lao-Tze) on 'knowledge and prediction,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artworks by Ujjal Peter D'Costa

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Signs of the Times





Signs hanging on a building on the Danforth Avenue of Toronto

Photos © Jerome D'Costa (June 2019)



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Thursday, June 20, 2019

CATHOLIC TEACHER: A Publication of Toronto



It's a five-times-a-year magazine, published by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), for the Catholic teachers. 

It "provides editorials, professional development news, teacher profiles, legal advice, bargaining updates, and feature articles that deal with a variety of educational, social justice, and political issues." 

Email contact: contact@catholicteachers.ca

It's also available online at Catholic Teacher


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (June 16 - 22, 2019)


A quotation of Margaret Mead on 'children's thinking,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Ryan Andre D'Costa (Toronto: March 24, 2019)

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Raptors of Toronto Wins The 2019 NBA Championship


Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard gives his victory lap
after the Finals win yesterday
Photo courtesy: Getty Images via www.theglobeandmail.com/


The Raptors -- Toronto’s basketball team -- in its 24-year existence, won the first NBA (National Basketball Association) championship yesterday defeating California’s Golden State Warriors by 114 – 110 points. The Raptors were led by the head coach Nick Nurse.

Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard received the NBA honour of being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James had received the same title in the past.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

YOU ARE UNLTD: A Publication of Toronto


YouAreUNLTD -- A magazine from Toronto
This magazine is for consumers and caregivers aged 45 to 70, as well as for healthcare professionals, manufacturers, and innovators in lifestyle, aging, and care. Its mission is "to change the way we talk about aging and care through the power of media." 

It also encourages "Canadians to live life optimistically, with passion and celebration. We want to convince our readers that despite the many hurdles they may face, their world has just as many doors waiting to be opened. Even though our bodies may weaken, our spirits are unlimited."

Email contact: editorial@youareunltd.com

It's also available online at: YouAreUNLTD

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (June 9 - 15, 2019)


A quotation of A. W. Richard Sipe
on 'Catholic clergy sexual abuse,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design © Jerome D'Costa (2019)

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

PhotoSpeak: A Bird, Its Eggs, And Its Birdlings


A bird incubating its eggs in its nest 
near a house doorway in Toronto
 Photo by Jerome D'Costa (May 2019)

These three eggs being incubated 
by the above-mentioned bird
 Photo by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (May 2019)

Newly-hatched birdlings eager 
to meet their hunger for food 
Photo by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (May 2019)

Birdlings are growing up
 Photo by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (June 2019)


Birdlings are more mature now,
they are about to fly out of their nest
  Photo by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (June 2019)


Birdlings have already left their nest
for the open world
 Photo by Joachim Romeo D'Costa (June 2019)

(Updated on June 18, 2019)


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