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Mercredi, 15 juin 2016

Binary Beware

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"You mean you don't want to earn $25,000 a week?" he kept saying. "Don't hang up on me when I'm just trying to help you!" His tone was, well, bullying. This was the fourth phone call from him, after my friend had admitted he'd never traded online before. There was a pregnant pause, like the instant after you realize you've got a big one on your hook. Then the harassment began, as he tried to reel his sucker in.

Before, I'd never even heard of binary trading. Now I've seen it called online betting. It's about the riskiest investing possible.
"A binary option is a financial option in which the payoff is either some fixed monetary amount or nothing at all," says Wikipedia. "Though binary options sometimes trade on regulated exchanges, they are generally unregulated, trading on the internet, and prone to fraud."

On one site, I saw a message from someone who'd been suckered out of $40,000. He had a raging death wish against, who he said refused to refund his money. If only he could find them: Their head office is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; their financial transactions are made from England; they deal in American dollars. They have not answered my friend's phone, emails or chat windows.

So it seems my friend opened an account at, and deposited $250. Then, inadvertently, he deposited another $250 at BinaryBrokerz, thinking they were the same company. That totals $674 Canadian. Finally, trying to withdraw the money, he contacted yet a third company, Binary Book. That's the one that was trying so hard to sucker him into giving them some money, too.

But twice burned, once shy.

Now, how to get the money back from the other two Binary companies? The friendly credit card representative ascertained he had the right to withdraw all monies deposited because he had not yet done any "trading." He duly performed the withdrawals online, and instructed that the funds be refunded to his credit card account. "Pending," said the screen. And a week later, still pending.

The Sawyerville Hotel is now the Complexe hotelier Ramana. It's grand opening is Wednesday, June 22, at 4 p.m. It will have a bistro equipped with an espresso machine. The new owner Jean-Sébastien Bachand promises soya milk for latté lovers who are lactose-intolerant. It's a "Bistro santé," says the new Facebook page (hotelramana), offering delicious meals with a thousand flavours. But don't panic. Besides "la nouvelle cuisine," the Bistro will still serve alcoholic drinks, said Bachand.

There's more coming. A clinic offering care for back pains. Weekend sessions in movement, metamorphosis, and more, offered by the University without Borders. A place for weddings and celebrations, and yes, it's still a hotel.

If you can't make it on the 22nd, you can come any other day that week after 4 p.m. Questions? The Hotel has the same phone number, 819-889-2967, and if you insist, I suspect it will still answer to the same name. But it has an espresso machine, the only bistro-sized one this side of Lennoxville.

Eaton Corner Museum is now open for the summer. The A Tale of the Townships exhibit lives in the church building. The reserve collections, including genealogy files, are stashed in the Academy. The new welcome centre and temporary exhibits inhabit the Foss House, as do prints of Denis Palmer's artwork for the Tale of the Townships show. His original paintings were used to create the screens in the church windows that depict our region's history, and prints of these are now for sale. Also available are books about the history of Eaton Corner and beyond, DVDs of historical plays, DVDs of interviews with local elders, notecards and more.

The main displays and archives are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In June, the museum is open weekends only. In July and August, it will be open Wednesday through Sunday. In September, it's back to weekends only. In October to May, visits are by appointment. Admission fee: Adults, $8; seniors, $6; youth, $4. Family rates available for 2 adults and 2 or more children. The museum is at 374 Route 253, Eaton Corner. Info: 819-875-5256, or - and on Facebook. They like to be liked!

Saturday, July 2: That's the date of the first Sawyerville Village Market at the Sawyerville Community Garden, 90 Randboro Road. It's planned for Saturday mornings, July to September. Info: or 819-889-3196.

United: A special anniversary service is planned for the East Clifton United Church on Sunday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. It's to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the little church on Route 253. After the service, a potluck luncheon (finger foods please) with anniversary cake and beverages is to be in the St. Isidore de Clifton Community Centre, 36 rue Principale in St-Isidore-de-Clifton. All are welcome. On June 26 at 10:30 a.m. is a Sunday service in Bishopton with Shirley Knutson. On July 3, at 10:30 a.m. is a Sunday service in Cookshire with Al Marshall. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).

Anglican: The Rev. Canon W. Lynn Dillabough's farewell party is on Sunday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Danville. That's her last day on the job, before leaving the area to pastor the St. Paul's Brockville Church in Brockville, Ontario. The summer schedule starts June 19, with Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire. Holy Eucharist is the first and third Sundays of the month, and morning prayers are the second and fourth Sundays. Info: 819-239-6902.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French.

Info: 819-239-8818.Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by June 27 for publication July 6 and by August 1 for August 10.

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