Tag Archives: Quebec

Risky Transit

Very risky transit by couple in kayak on wind swept choppy "white cap" water of Lake Saint Louis in September.

Couple’s very risky transit in kayak on wind swept, choppy, “white cap”, water of Lake Saint Louis on bright,
sunny,  Sunday in September off shore from Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire.

Kayaker’s very risky transit on wind-swept water of Lake Saint Louis thankfully ended landing on north shore in Pte.Claire, Quebec that bright sunny Sunday in September.

As the photo clearly shows only one occupant of the small watercraft is wearing a life preserver while paddling on open, choppy, “white cap’ populated, already cold, deep, water  perfect for hypothermia.

I watched this couple from Stuart Hall on north shore taking this long-range digital image as they paddled towards shore on picture’s hidden right side near where a picturesque old Catholic church stands at top end of a small crescent-shaped bay.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”RISKY”.

Kiddie Show Launch

Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day on outdoor stage in Montreal's West Island.

Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island, cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by excited, happy, parents.

Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island filled with cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by their equally excited, happy, parents.

Funded by $millions in hard-earned taxpayers money that the Quebec government generously doles out to municipalities to allegedly celebrate province’s patron saint, the day filled with merriment, music, and all sorts of fun for citizens and visitors.

The former peaceful religious feast day celebration morphed into a secular holiday during 1970’s when the chain-smoking former journalist Rene Levesque led separatist Parti Québécois government legislated it into “La Fete National” to prepare Quebecers for the infamous sovereignty referendums to break up Canada that followed later.

Quebec has since evolved from a majority French-speaking Christian Catholic society into one lost in the shuffle, where adoring celebrities and excesses of material wealth has replaced worship of God.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”LAUNCH”.

True Believer Grit

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as diehards enjoy great music nobody else would.

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

True believer grit evident on Saint Jean Baptiste Day in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

This year, 2017,  Quebec’s patron saint’s celebration began as an overcast day with lots of rain drizzle most of the time wetting the spirits out of many however,  just prior to the customary fireworks around 10 PM it all miraculously cleared up.

Around 8:30 PM another minor miracle happened, whole families many with small children suddenly started showing up for the annual festivities and their children participated prepared games that the site provided that day and everyone also hung around to enjoy the excellent fireworks.

The scene depicted is mid-afternoon during a slight lull in the drizzle and you could count the audience by the fingers of your two hands.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GRIT”.

Confused Message

A confused message, if it exists, given by these worker's gloves showing number eight may be just a joke.

A confused message, if there ever was one, given by these blue worker’s gloves shows number eight may be just a worker’s prank.

A confused message, if there ever was one, given by these two blue colored worker’s gloves seems to indicate the number eight judging by the number of glove fingers pointing straight up.

Perhaps it means eight more hours or days before the Quebec annual construction holiday period, which would coordinate with the time when I took this picture then again, it may mean nothing at all just a prank some worker did for a joke.

I took this picture during the beginning of the summer holiday construction workers take each year and this work site was certainly devoid of any activity for that whole two-week period.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CONFUSED”.

Punishment Executed

Punishment executed following court-martial against ordinary citizens, rebels against British Imperial colonial rule.

Punishment executed following court-martial against ordinary citizens, Quebecers, rebels against Imperial British colonial rule abuses.

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Punishment executed following a court-martial session however, these were not against military personnel instead against ordinary citizens, Quebecers, who rebelled against the order imposed by the imperial British colonial government of the time.

Almost buried in time this large obelisk stands alone overlooking a small hillside tucked in corner of the huge Notre Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery encompassing the west side of Mount Royal Park in Montreal. The monument honors some of the “Les Patriots” rebels, who were either hanged or shot by firing squad and others exiled to Australia, then a British penal colony.

Although most of the names are francophone there are also Anglos including English, Irish, Scottish etc., who rebelled against the crown for a similar reason Americans did, taxation without representation, corruption, and abuse of power et al. It’s fascinating Canadian story worth checking out heck, our cousins the Americans are not the only ones who have an interesting history full of scoundrels and heroes.

I came across this monument a few months ago when visiting the cemetery to see the graves of members of my family and also friends buried here.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PUNISHMENT”.

River Depth

Ottawa river depth is influenced mostly by seasonal and weather conditions and hydroelectric dams.

Ottawa river depth averages 58 meters influenced by seasonal and weather conditions and hydroelectric dams.

Ottawa river depth varies from 12 to 119 meters deep just below the Parliament block according to one chart however, because of various man-made dams, locks, etc water levels average about 58 meters. That bridge which is nearby, most probably crosses a more shallower part of river however, I can only guess.

This river meanders over a lot of territory and even forms a sort of border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in one area.

It’s source is Lake Capimitchigama, in the Laurentian Mountains of central Quebec after which it flows west to Lake Timiskaming and onto the inter-provincial border area mentioned.

Most of the river is in Quebec, about 65%, and the rest in Ontario, with an overall area covered of 146,300 square kilometers ending at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and Saint lawrence River at Montreal, Quebec.

The deepest part of this river is at the town of Deep River( the name derived), Ontario where a recorded natural depth is 123 meters(402 feet). The town is directly across or opposite Quebec’s laurentian Mountains.

The water levels change continuously because of seasonal and weather conditions as well as hydroelectric dams on this waterway.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”Depth”.

St. Catherine Street Charmer

 The St. Catherine street charmer playing his instrument and nobody noticed.

The St. Catherine street charmer sat at street corner playing his instrument nobody paid any attention.


The St. Catherine street charmer sat at street corner playing and nobody paid any attention meanwhile, the serpent emerged from case.

The king cobra swayed its head rhythmically from side to side because it was enjoying the nice tune while being basked by the intense rays of the warm sun of early afternoon in downtown Montreal.

Originally, from a small town in India the serpent was now trying to assimilate into this new culture in Quebec after getting into Canada under the relaxed immigration rules that the recently elected Trudeau Liberal government passed.

Heck, immigration was the easy part thought the serpent what’s needed now is a job to sustain oneself so when friends suggested panhandling this seemed the way to do it.

Bonhomme Excitement

Bonhomme excitement apparent in photo of parade with jovial Quebec mascot Bonhomme Carnaval.

Bonhomme excitement is apparent in photo taken on Saint Catherine Street during Montreal Santa Claus Parade.

Bonhomme excitement is apparent in this photo taken a few years ago on Saint Catherine Street in downtown Montreal during the annual Santa Claus Parade.

It was a rather chilly morning that Saturday however, this did not dampen the spirits of thousands of Montrealers and visitors composing the long lines along the route. I snapped this image as the float carrying the jovial Quebec mascot was passing by, hope you like it.

Each year Quebec has a Winter Carnival that is world famous and the Bonhomme Carnaval is the huge snowman celebrity ambassador and undisputed master of his winter wonderland kingdom in Quebec City. He does after all, have the keys to that city during the duration of the festivities given him by its real mayor. Bonhomme is a real celebrity recognized by over 90% of Quebecers and many Canadians and visitors from across the world.

The Carnaval is a multi-day festival during most of the month of February featuring Bonhomme, his entourage of young Quebec beauties, parades, snow sculptures, ice castles, and outdoor sports drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Despite the cold folks hoot loudly all the while taking in as much of the exciting things that happen all the time.

Some of course will strengthen their resolve by imbibing a bit drinking traditional potent “Caribou” an interesting mix of brandy, vodka, sherry and port which conveniently will come out from their Carnaval plastic canes.

Our hero, Bonhomme is a marketing creation dating to 1954 to spread “joie de vivre” during this festive time. He is a symbol of Québec City and Québécois society. His frost inspired pink cheeks, floppy red hat and sash dates back to the 19th century and the time of Les Patriotes.

Deficits Final Solution

The Deficits Final Solution by new federal Liberal Trudeau government is austerity and deficit financing.

The Deficits Final Solution translates as austerity and deficit financing by the new federal Liberal Trudeau government.

The Deficits Final Solution translates as austerity and deficit financing by the new federal Liberal Trudeau government complimenting those of Canada’s Liberal provinces like Quebec, Ontario, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

Austerity and deficit financing are the new norms used to get things done and as usual health care and education are two areas that suffer most so that the politicians, their friends, and the international banks can gorge on massive profits that they expect the Canadian taxpayer to pay after all, they agreed to the promises offered and voted for it.

At the turn of the last century just before 1920 a couple of influential Germans, Karl Binding, a law professor, and Alfred Hoche, a doctor, published “Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life”. This book defined a person’s worth to society employing an outside agency to be allowed to question his worth while he proved he was. They reasoned that society would be much stronger when they cull the weakest from the herd.

“Eugenics” is the terminology used to describe a human hierarchy where the lowest level consists of the mentally handicapped and the disabled. Binding and Hoche negated the sanctity and value of human life therefore trashing the Hippocratic Oath tradition entirely.

In contrast, the Hippocratic Oath never questions an individual’s worth in terms of their contribution to society. These two Germans acted as substitute gods regarding who was unworthy to live and deemed those with terminal illnesses, the disabled, and the mentally ill in that category.

Their summation provided two distinct benefits for Germany, racial purity and huge saving in government funds some of which could be redirected to the ‘worthy’ something that the influential doctors, intelligentsia, and later most of German society accepted as a great idea. When Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf published half of Germany’s doctors joined the new Nazi party thrusting it into power in 1933.

The Aryan Master Race was readily accepted by many Germans due to the sly propaganda about the merits of “merciful” euthanasia. The Nazis quickly enacted the required legislation for voluntary euthanasia telling the public that the legislation included many safeguards against abuse. This nevertheless was vigorously opposed by the churches forcing the Nazis to temporarily shelve the law for a more opportune time.

Meanwhile, six months later they created “Heredity Health Courts” to sterilize an estimated 350,000 Germans and this program only ended in May 1945.

Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels skillfully indoctrinated Germans with state-controlled media persuading enough Germans that euthanasia was a humane social policy needed badly. The propaganda ministry used graphic images and films portraying the mentally ill and disabled as “subhuman”. One such popular, powerful film called “I Accuse”, depicts an attractive woman suffering from multiple sclerosis being gently killed by her loving husband.

The nazis also incorporated their vile propaganda into schools where German children studied math calculating how many services and resources such as bread, butter, jam, and other necessities of life saved when killing ‘undesirables’ like the chronically sick and crippled is practiced.

Hitler’s secret directive issued in 1939 permitted murdering children born with disabilities became the norm involving willing cooperation of doctors and midwives, who reported every birth of a child with disabilities to the authorities. The child was immediately sent for ‘treatment’ where a brief report sent to Berlin’s panel of three doctors (‘experts’) determined it “unworthy of life” and killed. Cause of death was always “pneumonia” and the body returned to family minus its brain.

As always exclusive and influential, the New York Times reported on Nazi plans for euthanasia with the headline: Nazis Plan to Kill Incurables to End Pain; German Religious Groups Oppose Move -Associated Press

“BERLIN, Oct.7, 1933: The Ministry of Justice in a detailed memorandum explaining the Nazi aims regarding the German penal code, today announced its intention to authorize physicians to end the sufferings of incurable patients..

In insisting that euthanasia shall be permissible only if the accredited attending physician backed by two experts who so advise; the Ministry believes a guarantee is given that no life still valuable to the State, will be wantonly destroyed.

The legal question of who may ask the application of euthanasia has not been definitely solved.

The Ministry merely has proposed that either the patient himself shall “expressly and earnestly” ask it, or “in case the patient no longer is able to express his wish (like the modern “living will”), his nearer relatives, acting from motives that do not contravene morals, so request.” (Source – New York Times, Sunday, October 8, 1933)”.

Hitler gave secret orders in late October 1939 for the T4 extermination program to begin and families received falsified death certificates after the murders that happened in he “showers” of special converted hospitals.

Starting with the chronically ill and deformed the categories of victims evolved to include whoever looked sick, or deemed a problem. They were put on a list and transported to the killing centre (to be gassed with Zyclon B(cyanide gas)) in the ‘showers’. Since there were insufficient numbers of doctors and those available either too busy or did not care, a selection of nurses and attendants were recruited for mass murder. Some of these later worked in the infamous death camps.

The “Euthanasia” Program, in all its phases, is estimated taking over 200,000 innocent people’s lives however, its derivative, the ‘Final Solution’, stole millions of innocent lives in many countries saving Hitler’s Third Reich billions of dollars worth in government expenses.

In Canada, in the province of Quebec, the Liberals passed Bill 52, allowing euthanasia, in early June of 2014, by a 94-22 vote now in 2015, the law gives the government and doctors ‘carte blanche’ immunity to legally kill. It allows adult Quebecers medical help dying, as long as they have “an incurable serious illness” or an advanced, irreversible decline near end of their life constantly in unbearable physical or psychological pain that drugs can’t help out.

In a very similar way almost mirroring Dr. Goebbel’s propaganda ministry’s infamous “I Accuse” film, Canadians were shown by our mass media a video depicting Dr. Donald Low dying and pleading for physician-assisted death and this created a nationwide conversation on it.

Low was once Mount Sinai Hospital’s famous microbiologist-in-chief at press conferences, poised and explaining how Toronto was battling the SARS outbreak and therefore, well-known to most Canadians. His story follows several others, less known or famous persons including Ms Sue Rodriguez, Ms Carter and Ms Taylor.

Just like the Germans, Canadians are assured by our governments, our death culture mass media ‘talking heads’, and panels of ‘medical experts’ that all required precaution is taken to assure that ‘only’ those poor suffering people are “helped” ending their lives and this is safeguarded by strict law.

We will not slide down that slippery slope that other places have because our laws are obeyed and we can sleep easy tonight knowing nobody will stick a needle into your arm, asphyxiate you, dehydrate you, poison gas you, or even starve you, honestly..wink, wink, nod, nod. This program has nothing to do with saving the government money because we honestly wish you the best life you can possibly have if you have lots of cash!

Then again, we do have these figures to migitate in the austerity and deficit financing governments’ final decision or is that ‘final solution’ :

The cost of drugs for assisted suicide $35.00 while the cost of proper health care is $35,000-40,000..hmm?

Explosif Issue

Explosif issue is whether metal container empty because terrorists got contents.

The explosif issue is whether the metal container emptied by terrorists for contents.

The explosif issue is whether the metal container was emptied by terrorists for contents or by project site workmen.

Everyday we hear of some sort of terrorist event that happens somewhere on the globe and because Quebec had its moment when bombs were going off almost daily we worry seeing this image.

During the early 1960s and into 1970s at least 70 bomb explosions happened because a group called the FLQ, Front de libération du Québec used bombs as their terrorist method in their attempted insurrection against Canada. Bent on succession or separation of the province of Quebec from Canada they believed terror was their fool-proof way for attaining their goal.

One of the methods these terrorists got their explosives was to raid construction and mining sites and steal any explosives stored at
these locations. These same explosives would later be used to bomb targets that included Canadian Forces armories, a Canadian Army Recruiting Centre, the Montreal Stock Exchange, RCMP headquarters, Department of National Revenue, 11 different mailboxes in the city of Westmount , and even a shoe manufacturer’s office.

This wave of terror’s end began in October 1970 during the ‘October Crisis‘ with the kidnapping of the British Trade Commissioner, James Richard Cross, and the kidnapping and murder of Minister of Labour and Vice-Premier of Quebec, Pierre Laporte.

Shortly after this happened the Pierre Eliott Trudeau Canadian Liberal government dusted off the old War Measures Act resulting in mobilization and entry of the Canadian military into major Quebec cities (Montreal and Quebec) and the nation’s capitol, Ottawa, to secure various strategic landmarks.

Meanwhile in Quebec, mass arrests of hundreds of suspected “Felquistes”, members and sympathizers of the group were happening many in the dead of the night. Most of those detained were totally innocent and everybody denied their civil rights including the right to have a lawyer. Only a handful were ever charged with anything however, all detained released later without any reason given them.

It all ended in 1971 with swift police arrests of about two dozen FLQ terrorists however, in July 1980 police finally arrested the remaining sixth member of the Cross kidnapping group. This perp, Nigel Barry Hamer, a British radical socialist and FLQ sympathizer, belonged to that terrorist cell called ‘Liberation’.