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Never Leaving

December 14, 2006 at 1:22 pm (Uncategorized)

  Although a report came out this week stating that the US should leave Iraq, they will not leave any time soon. George W and his cronies will stay there a long time. They have not understood that it is time to cut their losses and run like hell.
    It is obvious that they will never win Iraq. I have written about it before and do not want to get to repetitive here but they should get out before more lives are lost on both sides. The Iraqi deaths will still keep happening whether the Americans are there or not.
  I read two interesting articles on the Iraq war/conflict last night. One article was about the Iraq Study Group report by James Baker and all that it implies. The other article was about the huge embassy(104 acres) that the US is building instead of helping the Iraqi people, no wonder they are not liked.
   The embassy that the US is building is proof that they are setting up for a really long time and that they are turning Baghdad into a major base  of operations, from which they will control the region and the oil, these guys are not leaving.

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Freaky Weather

December 14, 2006 at 10:34 am (Uncategorized)

  The weather is quite springlike in Montreal today. Something is not right when it is seven degrees on the fourteenth of December. Some people will say that it is good, but definitely not right.
   Everyone likes warm weather, I am no exception, but I believe that something is messed up with our climate. Where is the snow, we need it for the holiday season at least. A nice storm for Christmas would be nice but the long range forecast says not much snow on the horizon.

   We can not ignore global warming forever. It is warm all over the place, last week it was so warm in London(UK) that they had a tornado. Mr. Harper and his government are just ignoring the Kyoto Accord.      
    People should send Mr. Harper an e-mail asking him what he thinks about this unnatural weather. I am not sure that he will write back, but if enough people annoy him about Kyoto, he may step up and do something.

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Remembering Tragedy

December 6, 2006 at 10:22 am (Uncategorized)

    Today is a tragic anniversary in Montreal, a day that should not be forgotten. On this day seventeen years ago, a madman went on a shooting rampage at a Montreal engineering school killing fourteen women.

   The killer’s actions were calculated and he selected the women because he was an anti-feminist. He was also very angry at the world and blamed women for all that failed in his life. It was a real sad evening that I remember very well.

      That night I was going with some buddies for a coffee when the news bulletin came on the radio, we sat in the car in shock as we listened to the number of victims. We could not believe it when the announcer said that there were more than a dozen victims. It was shocking to us all that such violence could happen in our city. When we later realized that all his victims were women, we were even in more shock. Why would he just choose women like that, it did not make sense.

  The senseless violence of that evening lead to stricter gun control in the country but still not strong enough as we saw a few months ago at Dawson College.  The government should not get more lax on gun control, human life is too important.

  We should never forget such tragedies. I fear that if we forget such events they risk happening again. I will list the names of the victims as a tribute to them below. The shooter also died that day, he turned the gun on himself, his name is not important, I will not put it on the list.

For a good article in a Vancouver based magazine on the anniversary see this link and for information on the events of that tragic day see CBC archives.

The murdered women were:

Geneviève Bergeron, 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28;
Annie Turcotte, 21.

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Dion Effect

December 6, 2006 at 8:12 am (Uncategorized)

     The Liberal Party Of Canada made a wise choice on the weekend by selecting  Stephane Dion as their new leader. The choice was surprising based on the polls that always seemed to place Mr Dion in fourth place but polls do not mean much during leadership conventions.
   The party selected the man with the most experience on the federal political scene as opposed to the other candidates that had little or no experience. The choice was very strategic I believe. It is a move in the right direction for the party since Mr Dion has always been viewed as a man of integrity, someone that stands by what he says.   

    Mr. Dion is also someone that stands for the environment. He was and is a believer in the Kyoto Accord and has been the minister of the environment.  The only issue with him is that he was not liked by the Quebec Liberal establishment but he has turned them around since Saturday and most have rallied behind him.
    Let us now hope that the rest of the country sees the vision of Mr Dion and makes the right choice  and gets rid of Mr Harper in the next election. The Harper government is just giving Canada a bad name  on the international scene and making a mockery of all that Canada stands for. It is time for Mr.Harper and buddies to go, they have been there long enough.

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