In the week since I started my personal boycott of Bell Media properties and my once-favourite radio station CHOM-FM in Montreal — to protest against their layoffs across the country — I’ve been getting reacquainted with my collection of albums.
Thanksgiving is not a major holiday here in Quebec, but it is an important holiday for many Americans — I had the opportunity some years back to enjoy an American Thanksgiving with the family of a friend in Vermont. It was as special as some of those Hallmark TV programs make it out to be.
No matter how you feel about Russia’s stance on Syria, I think you have to agree that Vladimir Putin made some good points today, after Turkey shot down a Russian plane and then soldiers on the ground shot and killed he pilot as he parachuted down — a violation of the Geneva Convention apparently. Stilll, the United States defended Turkey’s actions . . .
It makes sense: keep the fighters stoned, and they’ll be desensitized when they commit barbaric crimes against innocent humanity. And they will feel that they are invincible. And they won’t feel the hunger pangs and sleep deprivation that comes with being in the trenches. In short, they will be robots.
The Toronto Star has a good report today by Mark Bulgutch with the headline: How much profit does Bell really need?
Indeed. That’s something a lot of us have been asking recently, after parent company BCE reported a net profit of $791 million for Q3 and then slashed 300 media jobs across the country, including our beloved Rob Kemp and Ronny Mack at CHOM-FM in Montreal.
I was heartened when watching CBC News Montreal at 6 this evening to hear that the city is considering using the old Royal Victoria Hospital to house some of the almost 6,000 Syrian refugees coming next month. It’s a great idea from Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and company.