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A Special Mass for the Family


MgrLepine.jpgMost Reverend Christian Lépine will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

In the wake of the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, and as Quebec Family Week is about to begin, our Archbishop, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

All families are welcome, as is anyone interested in the future of the family in our Church and in our society!

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Sharing The Message

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

Question: How do we go about sharing the pro-life message?
Answer: Trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us when and with whom.

Holidays are propitious times to share the message of life to family members and friends. Yet, as part of a family in which my siblings have had their own children and grandchildren are sprouting therefrom, our family gatherings have become memories and our household a stopover to visit the family matriarch.

Yet, the Holy Spirit continues to work unimpeded by circumstances to foster and promote life, as I recently experienced.

During one such stopover, my sister came into the kitchen as I was cleaning up after a late lunch. To my surprise she brought up the topic of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion and in almost the same breath, labelled this activity as militant and extremist as the brutal events of the previous week in which 34 were killed and many, wounded in Brussels.

Stunned, bewildered, I managed to say that our aim is to promote the respect of life from conception to a natural death. This statement did not elicit any reply. Rather, I was then the recipient of a series of statements which, I don't doubt, many of you are familiar with in which nary we have a chance to respond: “A woman has a right to choose,” “all the women I have spoken with are of the same opinion on this issue,” etc.

The Death of Dialogue

This interaction made me wonder whether civil discourse on this issue is possible. Of course, it is. Witness the recently concluded 40-day prayer vigil, in which I and many who came to pray were blessed to share our message of life in a civil manner with genuinely interested persons, men and women, of all ages.

Yes, we also met many who expressed themselves in the manner similar to my sister or worst – i.e., impetuously expressing their opinions without any desire to listen to another view, whether similar or not.

Why is this?

Author, philosopher Peter Kreeft offers insight in his dialogue “Between Heaven and Hell,” involving C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley. Lewis at one point responds to a statement by Kennedy to the effect that people are more content living with lies because the truth would be too painful to admit and, so, we do not always want it.

Angelica_on_Truth.jpgAnother advocate of truth is Mother Angelica who died this past Easter Sunday. The foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network is known for not mincing her words. One quote appears in the photo and another states: “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

May our reward in this life be that we follow in Our Lord’s footsteps, and his alone.

I wish to thank you for your on-going support in promoting a culture of life. It is truly a privilege to share the pro-life message, by dialogue and other means that we at the Quebec Life Coalition are doing.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. Our court challenge to affirm our right to pray outside abortion facilities continues. As a result, expenses are incurred and so your support in paying our legal fees would be most helpful. Thank you.

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Impacting Montreal and Beyond

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

I have some exciting news. Your support of our work is impacting the Quebec legislative process! More about this below.

As we begin the Easter season, the Quebec Life Coalition has been preparing for this special time of year as we have been doing since 2009, bringing the message of life to the streets of Montreal.

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Our 40-day prayer vigils for the end of abortion have defined us not only to Montrealers but also to all Quebecers, and its impact is felt throughout the province in several tangible ways.

First, the vigil draws people from not only the Montreal area but also province-wide. NDG, Laval, south shore Longueil, RDP, ville d’Anjou, and LaSalle, and further afoot, participants from as distant places as Ile Perrot, Granby, Ottawa, Quebec City, and even as far as Franquelin; you may need to Google this, have also come.

Second, the spiritual impact of our prayers also extends beyond the borders of Montreal. The weekend of March 5 & 6, our pregnant help service received an unprecedented 6 inquiries, one of which coming from our provincial capital.

A third way our prayers have had an impact is seen in the opposition we are getting. On February 23, 2016, Parti Quebecois MNA Carole Poirier, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, deposited a private member’s bill aimed at establishing a buffer zone around the 47 abortion facilities in the province. She states that doing so will eliminate the problem of accessibility and security which now plague such centres.

What problem of accessibility and security?


Over the past 25 years, there has been NOT one incident of violence at a Quebec abortion facility.

Yet, Mme Poirier is of the opinion that our precious legislative process should be used to curb a non-existent problem.

Bill 595, or the anti-Brian bill as a friend of mine has called it, aims to restrict the work that we at the Quebec Life Coalition have been doing to help women and men.

We have gone to abortion facilities in the Montreal to peacefully offer alternatives and comfort to women and men thinking of aborting their children. We have also gone to abortion facilities to also offer post-abortion comfort to these as they deal with the aftermath of their ill-fated decision.

Bill 595 will only exacerbate the harm done to women and men on a daily basis by eliminating an important source of truth – the services we at the Quebec Life Coalition are offering.

Action Item


So, please contact Minister Lise Thériault, the minister responsible for the Status of Women, to ask her to oppose bill 595. Her contact information is as follows:

  • Postal address: 205-7077, Beaubien Street East, Anjou H1M 2Y2
  • Office numbers: (514) 493-9630; FAX (514) 493-9633
  • Email address: ltheriault-anjou@assnat.qc.ca.


So, let us not remain silent in denouncing this grave injustice to members of our society and the misuse of public time and funds.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

P.S. The National March for Life is set for Thursday, May 12, and as in years past we will be chartering buses for many to attend. Please consider joining us or else supporting this project with a generous gift so as to have your voice and others heard by our elected officials in Ottawa.

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New Year - New Ambitions

Dear Friends of Life,

I would first like to wish you a good and holy New Year ! May God give you, throughout this year, the strength to bear witness by your actions, your thoughts and your words that Life always wins over death.

And as it is customary at the beginning of each New Year to make resolutions, I am sharing those of Quebec Life Coalition for 2016.

First, it is our intention to launch a broad-based popular instruction movement on fundamental topics, such as: 1) the rules of thinking, argumentation, logic; 2) the existence of God, of the immortal soul and free will and consequences that flow therefrom; 3) the arguments in favor of life and of marriage and against abortion, euthanasia and other attacks on the sacredness of life. That's why, from the beginning of this year, we will focus on the development of simple and short presentations we can do with various groups on these topics. Next, we plan to produce videos of these presentations which will be accessible to a wider audience.

Second, it seems to us extremely important to seize the opportunity provided by this Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis to address the issue of post-abortion pain and healing and forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ. In a letter published on the occasion of this Year of Mercy which began Dec. 8, Pope Francis writes:

I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. Therefore, we propose to all the representatives of Christian communities who are willing to develop with us a pastoral plan for women and men wounded by abortion to contact us.

Third, we will continue to work tirelessly to advance the promising project of a center for pregnant women in difficulty in Montreal. Located in the rectory of a parish in the Mile End district (near the site of our prayer vigils for the end of abortion), this project is making great strides. This month (January 2016), we expect to set up an interim board. A team of volunteers is in place and the renovation of the premises is already underway. Especially at this time we ask your prayers for this project. We will keep you informed of its progress throughout 2016.

Click here to give today to the Quebec Life Coalition.

Fourth, here's a 2016 project close to my heart, but particularly difficult to achieve: the creation of a political option that is fully pro-life and pro-family for the 2018 elections (provincial) and 2019 (next federal election). We wish to develop, of course with the help of many others, an electoral option which, although it cannot reasonably hope to win an electoral victory (or even, in the short or medium term, elect one MP), would still represent a decent choice for people of good will, the other political parties being too deeply compromised. The first third of 2016 will be a period of reflection and consultation to find out which track to take to present to the voters of Canada and Quebec an electoral option which is pro-God, pro-family and pro-life in the next elections.

There are many other events and projects in sights for 2016: the court trial to recover the right to be present outside of some abortion mills of Montreal will continue; the National March for Life 2016 will be held in Ottawa in May and we will promote it, like last year, organizing charter buses; our website which in 2015 was visited by over 2 million people will continue to be updated with articles translated by a team of over 25 translators. And much more!

However, all our achievements of last year and those anticipated for this year are only possible through your generosity. We hope that you will continue to support our efforts both materially (with your gifts, your volunteer time and your advice) and spiritually (prayers, masses, etc.).

May 2016 be a year full of Life for you!

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Georges Buscemi, President, Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. We have been receiving a lot of mail these days. Be assured that we read each letter even though we do not always have time to answer them quickly. Thank you for your support!

 

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Christmas 2015 Fundraiser

Our Christmas fundraising campaign begins today. Our goal is 5000$. I know we can do it.

I ask a few moments of your time to explain why you should consider giving a special gift to Quebec Life Coalition this Christmas.

Quebec Life Coalition works day-in day-out, to make abortion and other attacks on human dignity unthinkable. We do it because God calls us to do it, full stop. We have accomplished much with your help, and plan to do more next year. But more on that in a moment. For now, let me tell you what we did together this year:

This year we ... 

  • Helped more than 80 pregnant women in need find housing, food, baby items, babysitting services, etc. through our toll-free hotline (1-855-996-2686);
  • have begun work on converting part of a parish rectory into a pregnancy care centre (a very promising project, the fruit of our prayers and our patient work of the past years - we certainly will keep you posted on this in the future!);
  • led two 40 Days for Life prayer vigils where, with the help of volunteers, we held vigil for 12 hours a day, for a period of 40 days, in front of abortion mills in the city of Montreal;
  • fought court injunctions brought against us, in order to maintain for all Quebecers their right to pray outside abortion facilities - the legal process is still pending;
  • maintained a French-language pro-life news website (www.cqv.qc.ca/blog) which so far in 2015 has been visited by more than 2 million people (that's a lot when you consider the relative size of the francophone market in comparison to the anglophone);
  • participated in the Synod on the Family of October in Rome along with an international team of seasoned pro-lifers, to try to have a positive influence on the deliberations of the Synod fathers;
  • promoted in Quebec the National March for Life in Ottawa, including arranging transportation by charter bus from Quebec and Montreal;
  • promoted pro-life candidates during the federal election;
  • organized various events, such as LifeChain and abortion Defunding events;
  • worked on the establishment of a post-abortion healing ministry in Montreal;
  • intervened in the major media about abortion, euthanasia, sex education in school, etc.;
  • participated in planning, strategy and networking meetings with pro-lifers from English Canada and other parts of the world.

All this would have been impossible without your regular and generous financial aid. Could you take a moment to give today? >>

As for next year, we plan on building on this year's achievements by :

  • Further developping the pregnancy care centre that is currently in the planning stages;
  • Developping a center for post-abortion mourning and therapy;
  • Introducing provincial legislation that will make it mandatory that women be told of the health risks of abortion before the procedure, which will hopefully reduce the number of abortions in this province;
  • Work towards establishing a real pro-life provincial party, so that pro-lifers have a place to put their provincial vote come 2018 -- also working with the CHP or others to make more pro-life candidates available in Quebec during federal elections;
  • continuing to promote the national March for Life in Quebec, by organising more buses to the March.

We thank you for your support - and we hope, especially with the holiday season, that you'll be able to show us strong support with a special year-end gift.

Give now to Quebec Life Coalition >>

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Thank you for continuing to give us the means to defend these children and so to bring the joy and hope of Christmas in the homes of this province.

Donate today to Quebec Life Coalition >>

God bless you !

 

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Georges Buscemi, president, Quebec Life Coalition / Campagne Québec-Vie

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Prayer: Our Ultimate and Unconquerable Weapon

Dear Friends of Life,

This past Wednesday, August 20, Superior Court Judge Chantal Lamarche (pictured below) rendered her decision in the case involving our prayerful presence outside three abortion mills and as many expected she ruled in favour of the three plaintiffs against us.

Chantal_Lamarche.jpgI write “expected” because during the hearing of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Madame Judge showed her bias against our side in varying ways.

One moment in particular I will remember for some time to come. Addressing the charge that our presence on the sidewalks of Montreal is tantamount to accosting clients of the buildings in which the mills are located, our lawyer Me. Robert Reynolds, compared our presence with the all too familiar scene Montrealers face daily entering and leaving the city’s Metro stations.

Many of you undoubtedly know what I mean. There, commuters are “greeted” by peddlers handing out copies of free newspapers.

No sooner had Me. Reynolds made his point that Montrealers are inured to this type of behaviour that Judge Lamarche interrupted him, quipping sarcastically of the absurdity of comparing the actions of these peddlers to what we were doing outside the mills.

The judge’s intervention stunned me. The reaction would be more consistent with an outburst from the attorneys of our opponent rather than from Madame Justice, whose role, I thought, would be to sit impassively listening to both sides, taking notes in preparation of her decision. Yet perhaps her decision had already been made.

So, the order stands; we are not to approach within a city block any of these three mills. (Read her fourteen-page judgment here.)

WHAT NOW?

The first order of business is prayer. We need to remember Madame Justice Lamarche and the other persons involved in this misguided butchery; to pray for their conversion to the culture of life.

Second, do remember us in your prayers. We need to decide on the next course of action in this matter, whether judicial or otherwise. As always your financial support will be greatly appreciated.

MillsBerri2.jpgChildren continue to die at an alarming rate within these mills. According to the Montreal French daily La Presse of this past August 20, 2015, days, these three mills account for close to a third of the yearly abortions performed in all of Quebec. The daily cited that over 25000 abortions are performed annually in Quebec, though no records were produced to substantiate this value. (We believe that the figure is closer to 30 if not 35 000.)

Prayer also includes participating in our next 40-days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. This is set to begin Wednesday, September 23, 2015 and run through to Sunday, November 1. To date, over 300 locations worldwide have registered – a wonderful testimony to the importance of praying, fasting, and advocating for the cause of the unborn and their mothers.

As we are forbidden to be outside these abortion mills, we will return to our familiar site on Saint Joseph Blvd. East. Though the Morgentaler clinic moved from this location November past, it had been performing its ghastly deed in its seventh floor offices since 1995. Thirty years of abortions year in, year out. As the court documents indicate that they do 3000 per year, these premises have been the site of 90 000 abortions!

Consider joining us on Saint Joseph Blvd. East to render just homage to these senseless deaths much as other memorials worldwide – Auschwitz, Dachau, give fitting tributes to barbarous acts of inhumanity.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition

 

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No Ringing the Bell About Abortion

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It has taken years, but the once taboo topic of mental illness has generally found acceptance in society. From a topic spoken about in hush tones and whispers often with malaise decades ago, today it is treated openly enough in the popular media and civil society.

What has not followed suit are discussions about mental illness arising from having procured an abortion. Aside from an increasing documented evidence in scientific peer-reviewed literature correlating abortion with depression, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, and suicide, popular media and civil society continue to shun such talk.

Deborah Rankin develops this point in a blog available on Ville Marie Online.

No Ringing the Bell About Abortion offers a Canadian perspective of this issue, noting how a corporation is willing to champion mental health but draws a line when it comes to examining the role that abortion plays in this illness.

The author continues her Canadiana tour with an examination of the political landscape. Justin Trudeau appears to be a favorite target, and rightly so. He epitomizes much of the Canadian denial and schizophrenic syndrome around the issue of abortion by on the one hand advocating for a woman's choice and forbidding his party peers to vote otherwise, and on the other denying his mother's much publicized abortion and the grizzly death of his sibling.

Other articles by the same author on the topic of abortion include:

 

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Choose Life at the Ballot

The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, this past Sunday, August 2, 2015, called Canadians to the polls for this October. For additional coverage on Election 2015, click here.

In mid-June I traveled to Niagara Falls in order to attend a conference dealing with the impact of abortion on men. Not only was this good opportunity for professional development but also to meet old friends. I had met Lynn and Scott two summers ago, separately, on the other side of the country while attending workshops dealing with the impact that abortion has on families.

Miller2.pngLynn lives in the Hamilton area and is doing graduate studies in psychology. She brings a passionate perspective to the topic of abortion in that as an adopted child, she vehemently encourages me to do my utmost to help mothers keep the child they are bearing.

Scott, seen here with me, is a Pentecostal pastor and addictions counselor in Winnipeg. His own experience of abortion lead him to start a ministry whose focus is to bring men to fuller restoration in the various areas that abortion has affected them.

An important area of his work came about unexpectedly. He began prison visits, sharing with the detainees his faith as well as his life experiences, including his part in the abortion of his child. To his surprise, his testimony resonated with many. He subsequently learned that many men have a personal experience of abortion, having coerced a woman to abort or standing passively quiet as the woman aborted their child. Many men remain wounded from the experience.

A month later, I was able to renew other ties, this time travelling to Chicago to attend the fifth annual National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium. Two years ago I participated for the first time when it was held in the Minneapolis/Saint-Paul area, meeting Fr. Frank Pavone, founder of the Priests for Life ministry and Mr. David Bereit co-founder of the 40 Days for Life prayer movement for the end of abortion, persons committed to ending abortion.

At that time I had traveled with Enza Rattenni, the director of the Toronto Aid to Women pro-life organization operating in Toronto. It was a blessing to see her again this year in Chicago and to share about our respective battles to defend life.

AUGUST OUTREACH

As to the next gathering I didn't have to travel as far. Our yearly and quite popular corn roast was on Sunday, August 16 at 12 pm at our offices (3330 Rivier St. Montreal, H1W 3Z9), on the grounds of St-Émile church. This yearly event consists of partaking on some fine fare, sharing stories, and listening to a conference. On this latter point, the Rev. André Blais will shared his reflections on the topic of the upcoming Synod of the Family set for later this year in October. His thirty minute presentation was appreciated and after a dessert break we reconvened for a question and Answer period.

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I wish to thank you for your on-going support. Doing so helps us to network with other groups and persons across the country and in other countries to build a culture of life.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

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We have yet to hear from Judge Chantal Lamarche. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, her honour presided the judicial hearing to determine whether an injunction will be set concerning our sidewalk counseling ministry. As Judge Lamarche did not render a decision on that day, she has up to six months to do so. Please invoke Saint Michael on her behalf as undoubtedly she is under a lot of spiritual and worldly pressure to decide according to the ways of the world.

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Mother Russia has it Right

Top scientists meet in Moscow, tell Russian government: Fetus is human. Ban abortion.

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This headline appeared atop an article written by LifeSiteNews writer Steve Jalsevac about a conference he recently attended in Russia.

The purpose of the conference attended by persons from about 16 countries was to show that "science overwhelmingly confirms the humanity of the unborn child from the moment of conception – and to demand that prenatal infanticide be banned in the country."

As Russian penal law states that "the moment when life begins should be determined by the best scientific evidence," two dozen scientists from around the world gathered to give reasons why life begins at conception.

The symposium proceedings will presented to the Russian government.

The LifeSiteNews article may be read here.

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Savings Lives: From the Courthouse to the Phone Line

Dear Friends of Life,

You may have heard that we were at the Montreal courthouse this past Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Quebec Life Coalition President Mr. Georges Buscemi, our lawyer Me. Robert Reynolds, and I spent the day defending our position – we have the right to be on the sidewalk - the public right of way, so as to offer alternatives to women and men who are thinking of aborting their unborn child.

Three Montreal abortion facilities had petitioned the Quebec Superior Court this past spring for an injunction barring us from being outside their establishments.

It was quite a learning experience - listening to the proceedings, witnessing the application of the rule of law, testifying. By day’s end, I felt drained.

OUTCOME

The presiding magistrate, Judge Chantal Lamarche, ended the day by ordering us to stay away from these abortion facilities until she submits a written judgment. She has six months, maximum, to render her decision.

There are several judicial outcomes. The June 16 proceedings were to determine whether a temporary injunction be set. A second trial shall be held to determine if a permanent injunction be applied. Following this second hearing, either party can appeal; and then after, if I am not mistaken, the Supreme Court, if it deigns to hear the case.

So much for the judicial process.

MEDIA RESPONSE

As you may have thought, our efforts to save lives upset many in our society. The very next day, an article regarding our day in court appeared in the Montreal French daily La Presse on its front page. It was sensational, disparaging and biased.

Consider its headline: Abortion Clinics Seek Protection. From the outset we are presented as a menace, one requiring protection.

This theme of needing “protection” runs through the twenty paragraph article, as the writer attempts to associate us with those who have acted violently in the name of saving life.

The first 3 paragraphs recount an incident involving a man entering the clinic hooded and making intimidating demands to the point where the employees felt the need to call the police. The writer then subtly links us to this intruder, both as menaces to the operation of this facility. One wonders how we who are praying outside on the pavement similar to this intruder !

Then the article misquotes QLC President Georges Buscemi. When asked to comment about the violence done against abortionists, Mr. Buscemi stated “I am against all violence against abortionists, as I am against the violence done to women during the abortion as well as violence against the unborn child.” Yet, the reported quote misinterpreted the second and left out the last of these three. Our society, including the media, is quick to delete any reference to life in the womb.

Finally, the article ends as it began, attempting to associate us with the violent. The journalist gives statistics on how abortionists and their facilities have been the object of some violence over the past 20 years. Hence, we who are praying on the sidewalk and offering alternatives to abortion are portrayed as being guilty by association. “Blessed are you when you are reviled and persecuted for my sake ...”

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--Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

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Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins

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