Saturday, March 31, 2012

Photos from Friday Night's Stand

Here is a link to my photos from Friday night's stand at Norman Bethune Square in Montreal.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stand in solidarity of Montreal victims of Assad's Shabeeha's

This Friday at square Norman Bethune, there will be a stand in solidarity of Montreal victims of Assad's Shabeeha's. The event is from 6 to 8 pm.

Here is the link for the event.  Here's a link to a french article about what happened on March 17th.

Canada is in a National Emergency!


Canada is in a National emergency, that's the truth. The Harper government has declared the Canadian people to be enemies of the state and most people don't even know it.

Enemies of the State:
It seems hard to imagine today that a Canadian government would approve a plan to round up thousands of law-abiding Canadians and lock them away simply because they were perceived to be a threat to Canadian democracy.
CBC Fifth estate:

The government of Canada has been hijacked conservatives re-brand the Canadian government in Stephen Harper’s name

Harper Government broke the law when dismantling Wheat Board: Federal Court, This will allow corporate GMO companies to take over Canada:

Harper Government labels environmentalists "terrorist threat" in new report

Under Harper's government: CSIS and RCMP equate Greenpeace and PETA with terrorists

Under Harper's government Natives decry military's comparison of protests to terrorism

Harper government’s muzzle on federal scientists

Harper's public safety minister Vic Toews said 'Your With us or with the child pornographers' if you were opposed to bill C-30 which is spying on ALL Canadians including your internet access and cellphone records all without warrants. source:

Harper's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced a new anti-terrorism strategy that identifies as threats eco-extremists, animal-rights radicals and anti-capitalists. source:

Macleans Magazine: Harper's promise: a warrantless online surveillance state source:

CBC News: Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother Section 34 gives Orwellian powers to government-appointed 'inspectors'

Toronto Sun: Say hello to Big Brother Harper Government

Stephen Harper breaks election rules, campaigns on radio on election day

Conservative Party fined for breaking election laws

Conservative Party may have broken election law

Stephen Harper's closest advisor Bruce Carson was convicted on five counts of fraud -- three more than previously known -- and received court-ordered psychiatric treatment before becoming one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's closest advisers. And his lawyer told The Canadian Press that Carson disclosed his entire criminal record during a security check that was required to become a senior staffer in the Prime Minister's Office.

Can't forget Harper's $1Billion dollar security summit which hijacked Toronto..

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hoarding, therapy and amusement.

I've been seeing my therapist for over a year, possibly close to 2 years, and he specializes in children with learning disabilities though he will treat adults that fit in that sub category as well, just he has more children patients.  I've been finding it amusing at times and not so amusing at other times, how often my appointments get moved around or shifted. 

We agree on an appointment and 2 or 3 weeks later his assistant will email me to ask if my appointment can be changed. Sometimes like the session in February, it was cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances on his behalf. This turned out to be a godsend since I was in bed sick as a dog! 

I went to see him last night for the first time in 3 months,  and he calls me in, but the people in the waiting room ask if he wasn't supposed to see them.  I know my appointment was confirmed the night before and he called me in so I know I'm the person booked, but apparently he was double booked. He told me somewhat embarrassed that it wasn't the first time.  I joked with him, it's not so bad to double book so long as you don't do it to the same patient more then once :P

Therapy has been very helpful this time around. I finally have the best understanding of myself. Knowing I have ADHD is so helpful. It permits me to be less harsh with myself and more forgiving. It's normal for a person with ADHD to make a lot of mistakes and to be distracted. If I don't beat myself up over it, then I'm a lot less angry. The important part is to catch the mistakes, not to be hard on myself.  Next session I find out if it appears that I have co-morbidities with it. I mean other then OCD which I'm been aware I have since I was fairly young.  So long as I watch my diet and take care of myself the OCD stays well under control. 

Also my last fear, the fear of becoming a hoarder, might pass because I'm slowly getting rid of things instead of hoarding.  I'm hoping my friends with the new apartment take some of the extra furniture I have.  The less stuff there is in my house the more cathartic it will be for me.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dusk near Riviere-des-Prairies

Dusk on Riviere-des-Prairies from Chemin de la Rive Boisee

Interesting photo taken at Student protests in Montreal

I'm just re-posting, this is not one of my photos.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Another possible departure

It's not enough that both daughters are going to be gone from Montreal for a year starting this Spring for one and summer for the other, now one of my best friends is possibly moving to New Brunswick to follow her hubby that just got posted to Gagetown. She has a week to decide if she is going or not. 

If I was looking for signs about what to do with my life, this is a clear sign that staying in Montreal is not necessarily in my cards!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More information on the knifing in Montreal on March 17th, 2012

Sabeehat Al Moujrem attacked 5 young mans waiting for the bus close to their demonstration ONLY because one of them had an independence flag scarf! One of the 5 was hit with a knife by shabeehas and had 17 stitches as you can see in the video, the young man is Tunisian suportive of the Syrian cause.

The incident happened on the 17th, when both opposition and menhebakjiyeh where demonstrating. Menhebakjiyeh's demonstration attracted around 140 person while Freedom for Syria's demonstration attracted more than 1000. A friend from the Tunisian group that helped Montreal  Syrian Coordination in the mobilization for this huge demonstration told us that a Tunisian Lawyer volunteered to take the case criminal court.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Evil bill passes very quietly.

Repost from Occupy Canada. 
In the midst of the con's Reform Party RoboCall Scandal, another very sad day for Canada happened without enough noise, the evil CON crime bill got passed although no sane person wanted it. They are actually forcing crime rates to rise to fill those jails. they are also punishing pot growers longer than child rapists.

Its time to remove crime minister Stephen harper and the cons for election fraud, all bills passed under their illegitimate majority harper government shall now be considered null and void. They hijacked the government of Canada that's the truth, We have to save Canada for the future of our children and society as a whole who's with Occupy Canada?
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Sources/References: All fact checked

Feb 14, 2012 Legalize pot, say former B.C. attorneys general
B.C. 'lost its war with the marijuana industry,' says letter.

Harper Punishing pot growers more severely than pedophiles.

"I was offered a joint once and I was too drunk" - Stephen Harper

Americans shocked Harper crime bill gives more time to pot growers than pedophiles

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin set out the grim
reality. "We have wonderful justice for corporations and for the wealthy," she told a Toronto conference. "But the middle class and the poor may not be able to access our justice system." source:

Watch Video#1 Harper's Creepy Crime Bill Street Quiz

Watch Video#2 on the crime bill Bill C-10 that was passed last week.

The omnibus crime bill is a crime

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973
Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. source:

Canada's homicide rate declines to 44-year low
Public safety minister pleased, but says Tories won't change crime approach

**Omnibus Crime Bill: Mental Illness Not A Consideration.**
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson ignored questions Thursday about how a massive new crime bill will deal with Canadians living with mental illness, including young offenders who find themselves being sentenced as adults. source:

Controversial crime bill to cost Canadians $19 billion: study

Conservatives To Spend $9 Billion For New Jails plus the $19 Billion for the new crime bill implementation/funding

The cost of the federal prison system has risen 86% since the Harper government took over in 2006, government reports show. Prison costs soar 86% in past five years: report- By 2013-14, the cost of the federal penitentiary system will have almost doubled to $3.147-billion, according to budget projections.

Keeping a male inmate in jail per year cost tax payers $109,699 according to a 2009 corrections Canada report: in 2011 it rose to $113,974 a year.

Recent government reports on the cost of Canada's jails show costs rising on all fronts. For instance, the cost of keeping a male inmate in prison rose from $88,067 per year in 2006 to $109,699 in 2009, according to the most recent data from Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview.The cost of staffing Canada's federal prisons has also increased significantly, with 5,745 more staff hired at Corrections Canada since the Conservatives took power. Staffing numbers have risen from 14,663 in 2005-06 to 20,408 full-time equivalents in 2011-12, according to Reports on Plans and Priorities.

$312 per prisoner, per day in Canada.

**Texas conservatives** reject Harper's crime plan
'Been there; done that; didn't work,' say Texas crime-fighters

Crime bill unfairly targets women, aboriginals, critics say

The Ontario government says the omnibus federal crime bill will cost the province's taxpayers more than $1 billion in increased police and correctional service costs.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shocking news - there was police brutality at the March against police brutality!

Like most years there was police brutality at the March against police brutality. The thing that bugs me is that I wonder how much it's a small group of people who like to break things and attack people or even if it's police infiltrators that cause the rock throwing to give police excuse to come in with the riot squad. One of the police cars that was attacked by protesters was left unattended by itself as if to incite people to do things. 

I overheard from a third party that this person had found  during a march  a couple of years ago an unattended police car with keys left in ignition. He was able to pop the trunk and run off with something that was in the trunk of the police car. I mean it's not cool if the police incite the violence as a means to prove to the city that there is violence and we need more police.

I find it interesting that the march against police brutality had lots of police brutality. I can tell you that Saturday's Rally in support of the Syrian people will NOT have any. The organizers gave the police the trajectory and the police will just act as escorts during the length of the rally. 

To read more about the march against police brutality go here:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Overheard today...

"March against police brutality might as well be organized by the police because it will end up with police brutality. "

I hear that the SQ and the RCMP will be on hand to assist the SPVM.

If you want to participate in Montreal in a march against police brutality, the info for event is here:

I stand in support of those marching but I never stand in support of gratuitous violence.

Excited utterance!

My eldest daughter called me last night because she was really excited that she got her 1 year contract on The Moncton, the ship she wanted to sail on.  Originally the contract offered started in late March, but she managed to get it moved to late April to be able to finish off her last course at Concordia University.  She's going to be moving to Halifax in April for a year.

The ship she will be on will most likely sail the Great Lakes so will be docking in Montreal twice over the summer, so I'll get to visit the ship.

Here's hoping my youngest daughter gets her wish to go teach in England next year. Though I will feel very alone with both daughters in different locations....

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rally against RoboGate on Sunday

I was disappointed with the turnout for the rally against the Robogate and election fraud. There was way too few people. Not sure how come a whole segment of the splinter groups of Occupy Montreal who were not aware of this event.  I'm talking about the ones who come to all the marches - especially the anonymous mask wearing ones.  I did end up taking photos.

Here's the other thing, there are events or marches almost every day these days. It gets overwhelming the volume of events.  In Montreal the students are on strike in many universities and CEGEP's so there are plenty of student protests.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rally for Syria March 17th, official promo

Everytime an Enjoy leaves Syria...

The Syrian government sees it as a sign to finish off the protesters. In the past 2 days the bloodshed has been horrific and has not been limited to Homs but also Idlib. New tactic I was reading about in one of the Syrian groups I'm in on facebook - they shell, bomb a neighborhood and then send people in to finish off those who were injured by the shells by knife. They rape the women in front of the men, who they then kill off. Sometimes they just kill everyone they find. They also loot everything still usable. 

When the various enjoys sent to broker peace in Syria say they want both sides to lay down arms and open a dialog, do they not realize that it's like telling the opposition to negotiate while at gunpoint? I can barely read what goes on in Syria anymore, it's just more then I can handle in terms of horrors of war.  This morning's report from Al Jazeera.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SPVM recherche des victimes potentielles...

Interesting choice of words from a tweet from Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal, especially when translated into English. Check out this blog :)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Monitor repair company has never heard of displayport!!!

I had a BENQ monitor whose displayport input died.  We shipped it to get fixed to the monitor repair company in Montreal that handles BENQ. The technician calls us to tell us that the analog and DVI work, but he cannot test displayport as he has nothing to test it with, besides it was just turned off in the menu so it should work!!!

Turned off in the menu? No, the menu offers autodetect or you can choose which port is going to be the main focus, but you cannot TURN OFF a port.  Does he think that a company that specializes in graphics cards would not know when a port is dead? Besides this would not be the first LCD who's displayport  port dies but the analog and DVI port still work fine.  What's the point of having 3 ports if one of them is dead?

I cannot believe that 2 years after displayport LCDs have been on the market that a company that repairs monitors does not even have a displayport cable or a displayport card to be able to test them!!!!

Personally I would ask to speak to the big boss and suggest that if they consider themselves a serious company they should not call the client to ask for cables and cards, but should get them themselves. Also worth noting BENQ does not ship with displayport cables, so I would not ship it with one!!!! And I have a 2nd monitor exactly the same that works.

EDIT 10-03-12: On my 2nd BENQ monitor, that was displaying graphics in displayport, we did notice in the menu "DP autodetect"  and it was at OFF. Yes...  the port works regardless and you can use all 3 sources at once and cycle between them even if DP autodetect is at off!!! I still cannot believe that tech was that incompetent.

Happy International women's day to all women!

This is Google's doodle for this years international women's day.  Happy woman's day to all :)

The current edition of the Occupy Montreal publication is for the women's day and is using two of my photos :) 

Student loses an eye in protest

Yesterday there were reports of police brutality at the Student protest in front of the Loto Quebec building. One student will lose an eye due to having received some form of projectile launched by the anti-riot squad.

Students had a vigil later that night in support of the student who lost an eye. They were about 50 and they were chased by hundreds of anti-riot squad police and just brutalized without provocation.  Even a teacher who joined the students in the vigil was brutalized by the police despite asking repeatedly if this was an illegal assembly because if it was he was leaving, and the police who brutalized him refused to give him their badge numbers or names or let him leave peacefully.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Would you be pissed to realize your significant other is an UNDERCOVER POLICE officer?

Several activist women in Canada, the US, Great Britain and I'm sure other countries wake up to realize that their boyfriend is nothing but an undercover cop and their entire relationship has been a scam to monitor the activities of an activist group. Even worse when they FATHER CHILDREN with these women. Read more.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Is Assad losing his Iranian allies?

VERY IMPORTANT: "The Iranians are weighing in the situation in Syria very carefully. One must read beyond the public statements of the Iranians, especially ayatollah Khamenei. Both Khamenei and Ahmadinejad have concluded that Asad's regime cannot be rescued. It is perfectly understood that the regime in Damascus will fall along lines similar to the Libyan model. There will have to be a coup in Damascus, be it a military or political one."

"The breaking point will come when the military establishment realizes that Asad must go. There are signs that the military establishment is beginning to disintegrate. I talked to [ME1386] and he told me that Alawite officers and enlisted men are beginning to join the ranks of the FSA. This represents a major development. Alawite officers are divided since many of them are unhappy about the use of excessive force against Sunni protesters. Alawite officers are aware that Asad is trying to find an asylum for himself and his family should his regime become unslavageable. This is upsetting many Alawites who are coming to realize that Asad will abandon them. If so, they reason that it would be suicidal to continue to win the wrath of the Sunnis. Walid al-Muallim offered to resign but Asad turned down his request. This is a clear indicator that many of Asad's men are realizing that they are putting a vain fight against the burgeoning uprising."
Check wikileaks for more insight

Monday, March 05, 2012

Canada sees the light and closes it's embassy in Syria

Several articles say that Canada has closed it's embassy in Syria. I thought this might cause problems for the Lebanese as in the past, as when hubby came to Canada he needed to pick up his VISA from Damascus, but it seems that there is now an Embassy in Beirut - which will handle what was being handled in Syria.

Now when will Canada kick out the Syrian Ambassador to Canada???

Protest to commemorate one year of Syrian revolution - March 17th

There will be a protest march in Montreal starting from Norman Bethune Square [Corner Guy/de Maisonneuve] on March 17th at 1pm that finishes at Philips Square [On Ste Catherine in front of the Bay] at 3pm. 

Please join in support of the Syrian people that they may finally get rid of the murderous regime of Bashar Al-Assad.  Here is the link to the Facebook event.

This march is one of many - There will be marches worldwide, anywhere there are Syrians opposing the regime. 

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Friday night vigil photos - Solidarity with Baba Amr

Here are my photos from the vigil on Friday night in front of St James the Apostle Anglican church on the corner of Bishop and Ste Catherine in Montreal.  Here are hubby's photos.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Elections Canada faces 31000 complaints in robo-call probe

Re-post from Occupy Canada page 
The ballot watchdog reported that as of Friday morning it had registered 31,000 "contacts" or messages from Canadians regarding the 2011 federal election campaign and the use of fraudulent, misleading or harassing calls designed to suppress votes. The number vastly outdistances grievances lodged after previous general elections.

Stephen Harper Stole 2011 Election?

Measuring the impact of robocalls in the 57 ridings allegedly targeted

cbc news: photo posted to Facebook by (Robocalls) RackNine CEO Matt Meier, in which he noted that "government does pay"

Link Between Racknine President Matt Meier and the Harper Government , personal facebook photos of Racknine President Matt Meier released.

A slew of former employees at a call centre in Thunder Bay, Ont., revealed on Monday they were using a script to make live calls on behalf of the Conservative party direction voters to goto wrong polling stations.

First election scandal casualty: Democracy

February 27th 2012- The word is "script." And we're not talking about the Oscars here. source:

February 27th 2012- "I made misleading election calls for the Tories: Call centre workers speak out." source:

February 27th 2012- CBC News- Robocalls : **Confirmed** Conservative Party linked to calls directing voters to different polling stations.

February 27th 2012
Conservative scripts misdirected voters in 2011 election, say call centre

Conservative staffer "thrown under the bus" resigns amid 'robocalls' probe

Harper didn't "win" by much (6201 votes is the sum of the closest 14 margins of victory in those ridings) and the cons we now know cheated...

The Conservatives won their majority with 166 seats. That's a margin of 11. That means the legitimacy of the Tory majority is in question. It's simple math.

Easy to read list of the affected ridings.

Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Rona Ambrose and Tim Uppal amongst those whose campaigns paid for RackNine's auto-dial services.

Misleading election campaign robocalls linked to company that worked for Conservatives

Harper, CFC and RackNine

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Protect your Charter rights. Support the Liberal amendments for judicial oversight on electronic surveillance.

The Conservative government has introduced an Online Surveillance Bill that could violate your Charter right to privacy — unless you act now to stop them.

This bill would force internet service providers to track, preserve and hand over your personal subscriber information, including your email and IP addresses, upon request without a warrant.  Forget creeping your Facebook.  Stephen Harper’s people would now have the legal right to monitor your emails and track your every move online without any kind of judicial oversight.
The government is on the defensive following a public outcry.  They will be sending the bill to committee and said they’ll consider opposition amendments.  But with a majority government they can oppose any fair, sensible amendments we propose unless we demonstrate an overwhelming show of public support.

The Liberal Party’s Public Safety Critic Francis Scarpaleggia has studied the work of experts like Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart and Canada Research Chair Michael Geist to craft amendments that strike a proper balance between privacy rights and public safety.  We need you to sign our petition promoting the amendments, and then share it as widely as possible before the committee meets.  

With your support we can force the government to hold open, televised committee hearings and stop them from using procedural tactics to limit debate and ram the bill through Parliament to avoid further scrutiny.

Support the Liberal amendments calling for judicial oversight on electronic surveillance. 
Sign the electronic petition and also ask your friends and relatives to do the same:

 Hon. Jim Karygiannis, P.C., M.P. Scarborough-Agincourt
Tel:  (613) 992-4501   Fax: (613) 995-1612 Email:    

Almost one year later Assad's goons still killing

Tonight there will be a vigil in front of St James Apostle Anglican church on the corner of Bishop and Ste Catherine in Montreal from 7 to 9 pm in solidarity with Baba Amr, Homs.   This is the area of Homs where many of the defectors of the Syrian Army would end up, to join the Free Syrian Army.  Until yesterday, they were in force in this part of Homs. As of yesterday, they left so the civilians still stuck in this area of Homs could get medical aid and supplies. 

Nonetheless I stand in support of the people of Baba Amr and the Free Syrian Army. I realize that they probably aren't as snow white as the Syrian activists would like them to be, but they are trying to save their people from the abuses of the Syrian regime.

Here's an interesting article from the CBC on Syria   Here is another interesting article, this one from the Gazette on Syria Last but not least from Al Jazeera this morning - the red crescent prepares to enter Baba Amr after 28 days of shelling. 

As my daughter commented on a previous entry on Syria - the Syrian people are strong and they will overcome their oppressor. Now let's hope they do something good once Bashar is gone.