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Domaine Johannsen rolls forward as work begins on the $40 million dollar project in Mont-Tremblant



MONT-TREMBLANT, October 5, 2022 – Anna-Isabelle Morency-Botello, Louis-Philippe Therrien and the Harden family welcomed 120 guests on site to introduce the project as well as premiered the plans for the community and renderings of the 54 lots. The project, which includes lots of over an acre each starting from $89, 000, is nestled perfectly between two peaks in the Laurentians and just 12km away from world-renowned Mont-Tremblant.  

“We are thrilled to be unveiling the plans and details of this site today,” says Anna-Isabelle Morency-Botello, owner of a real-estate management company. “This has been a project which blends business and passion for my partners and myself.  We are thrilled to partake in a project which brings to life a community that is based on a common lifestyle, values, and an environmentally friendly core.” 

Rooted in the deep family, human and ecological values of the local area, this subdivision project is a sustainable real-estate development project that will contribute to the local and international reputation of the Town of Mont-Tremblant.  

“Harden is thrilled to partner on a project which will house 54 stunning homes,” says Chris Harden, Co-Chief Executive officer at Harden. “We are committed to doing projects which are beneficial for the community, and this is the epitome of that goal as we get to build a community around these values.” 

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For more detailed information on this development project and to view the newly launched designs and plans, visit  


About the project’s partners 



Established in 1985, Harden is a second-generation family-owned real-estate company whose primary objective is to own and operate commercial, residential, and industrial properties in numerous communities throughout the provinces of Québec and Ontario. Its vertical integration allows it to specialize in all facets of the real-estate development process, including development, construction, leasing, and property management. 


For more information on Harden, visit 


Anna-Isabelle Morency-Botello and Louis-Philippe Therrien 

Anna-Isabelle and Louis-Philippe are owners of a property management company that owns 60 units in Montréal.  

Anna-Isabelle holds an MBA from HEC Montréal as well as a master’s degree in Life Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Law from Université de Sherbrooke. She is also a real-estate management consultant for a firm with over 500 units. She held the position of CEO for Québec-based flagship company Canus after working as a business lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada for 5 years.  

Louis-Philippe has made his way through the ranks of elite-level downhill skiing. He was a member of the Mont-Tremblant competitive ski team for 10 years and won a gold medal at the Junior Ski World Championships in 1999. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa, Louis-Philippe now has a brilliant career in business development and property management.    


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Civil rights group says Vancouver has at least one secret Chinese police station



A Spanish civil rights group says Vancouver has at least one secret police station operated by Chinese authorities.

The group Safeguard Defenders said in a report in September that there were Chinese police operations around the world, including three in Toronto, and the updated report names another 48 locations.

Safeguard Defenders, a not-for-profit human rights group, said two of the new locations are in Canada: one in Vancouver and the second unknown.

The group’s previous investigation looked into the expansion of “long-arm policing” and transnational repression imposed by the Chinese government.

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Its latest report, titled “Patrol and Persuade,” gathered more evidence on how these police station function and their “persuasions of return” strategies, the group said in its report.

“Patrol and Persuade also documents the silent complicity of a number of host countries, instilling a further sense of fear into targeted communities and severely undermining the international rules-based order,” Safeguard Defenders said in an online statement.

Its previous report alleged employees from the overseas police system use intimidation and threats to enforce the “involuntary” return of immigrants back to China for persecution.

The group claimed that between April 2021 and July 2022, Chinese police “persuaded” 230,000 claimed fugitives to return to China.

No one from the Chinese Embassy was immediately available for comment on the new information, but it has previously described the offices as volunteer-run service stations to process things like driver’s licences.

The report said the newly documented Vancouver-based police station is being operated by authorities from Wenzhou, a port and industrial city in China’s Zhejiang province.

It said most of the newly documented stations were set up starting in 2016, directly refuting the government of China’s previous statements that the operations were started in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“New information shows at least one illegal ‘persuasion to return’ operation run through the Wenzhou station in Paris, France; and at least 80 cases where the Nantong overseas police system assisted in the capture and/or persuasion to return operation,” the report said.

The group claimed their work prompted at least 12 countries, including Canada, to launch investigations into local police stations.

A series of recommendations have been listed by Safeguard Defenders for all governments to consider, such as educating local law enforcement on the methods used by the operators and imposing costs on entities and individuals involved in the repression efforts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month he raised the issue of interference directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Indonesia.

Xi later berated him for informing the media about their conversation.

The RCMP said in early November that it is investigating the issue, and officials told MPs in early October that they were aware of the claims by the group.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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Personal Loans with the Lowest Interest Rates



Personal Loans with the Lowest Interest Rates

Need a loan quickly? With the loans that Canadian lenders provide you, starting your dream company or even paying your bills is made easy for you.

Only individuals are eligible for personal loans in Canada, and most banks and lending institutions impose restrictions on how and why you can use one. Personal loans can be of different types, such as secured, unsecured, and credit-building loans. Lenders may have different terms and interest rates for personal loans. Some lenders require you to provide your credit score, while others do not.

If you hope to find rates that won’t affect your credit, you have come to the right place. These lenders give quick loans with interest rates as low as 3%. Let’s discuss some of these lenders and how they stand out:

  • Loans Canada

Loans Canada is one of the best lenders for Canadians who need to borrow money for almost any cause. You can trust that the terms of any quotes you’re pre-approved for are the conditions you’ll receive, thanks to Loans Canada’s great reputation and broad network of financial institutions. With funding for some loans available in as little as 24 hours, lenders often offer interest rates as low as 1.99%, but the rates go as high as 46.96% on amounts ranging up to $50,000.

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There are lenders on the platform who cater especially to those with bad credit, and there are no credit or income requirements stated on the site. The loan term varies from 3 to 60+ months for borrowers to pay back.


  • LoanConnect

LoanConnect is an entry point to numerous lenders via a single application, not a direct lender. The lenders on LoanConnect offer short-term, unsecured loans, some of which are available to borrowers with bad credit or a history of bankruptcy.

A competitive 5.99% APR is the starting rate for LoanConnect lenders, but some can go as high as 46.96% APR, depending on the applicant’s credit history. To be eligible for this loan, you must be a citizen of Canada and meet certain age requirements.

Prospective borrowers can submit an online loan application in just a few minutes, receive loan approval in about 5 minutes, and typically receive their funds the same day. There are no additional fees for applying.


  • Borrowell

Borrowell offers a range of financial services and is one of Canada’s top providers of personal loans. With over 50 financial partners and seven years in operation, Borrowell has created a strong network to assist you in finding unsecured loans that meet your requirements.

You can borrow between $1,250 to $10,000, and you have 36 to 60 months to repay the loan with regular payments. The interest rate is 19.99%. The platform is free, but there’s a one-time origination fee of 1% to 5% that you must pay.

You must meet the following requirements to be considered: a credit score of at least 660; a minimum annual income of $20,000; solid credit history and credit utilization; and a manageable debt service ratio. Also, you should obtain a free Equifax credit score, review the offers that correspond to your credit profile, and select the best offer to accept.



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China to firmly protect lawful rights of domestic firms following U.S. ban



China will take necessary measures to firmly uphold the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies in the wake of the recent U.S. move to ban imports and sales of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese firms, said a Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokeswoman on Thursday.

Shu Jueting, the spokeswoman, made the statement at a press conference in Beijing, responding to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s latest ban on the imports and sales of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese companies under the pretext that these companies pose “an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security.

The U.S. side has time and again overstretched the concept of national security and abused national power to maliciously suppress Chinese companies, Shu said, adding that China is firmly opposed to such moves.

Such practices on the part of the United States will not only harm the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese firms, but also hurt the interests of U.S. companies and consumers, undermine the international economic order and trade rules, and are of no good to either side and the world at large, Shu said.

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The United States should immediately correct its mistake, stop politicizing and weaponizing economic and trade issues, and treat all enterprises, including the Chinese ones, equally, Shu added.

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