Today ,October 22,2014 will go down in  Canadian history as a day of infamy. It’s a day which would herald the loss of innocence for Canada for sure. Just 2 days ago,through a hit and run maneuver, a Canadian soldier by the name of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec by a radicalized Canadian citizen(Martin Couture-Rouleau). Today,at Canada’s national capital(Ottawa) in Ontario, a soldier reservist by the name of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,a native of Hamilton,Ontario was shot, injured and eventually died from gunshot injuries in-hospital by 1 of apparently 3 gunmen at the National War Memorial where Cpl. Cerillo was working as a sentry.The incident occurred around 9:52 am EST and minutes later, mass shootings occurred at the nearby Parliament Hill building(the seat of Canadian government).

Amidst the scuffle inside Parliament Hill, the Parliament Sergeant-at-Arms(Kevin Vickers, a native of Miramichi,New Brunswick) shot and killed 1 of the gunmen—Michael Zehab-Bibeau,a 32 y/o natural-born Canadian citizen  from Quebec who was a recent Muslim convert and with a prior history of drug abuse as well as a recent revocation of his passport because of prior dubious international trips.

As a result, the city of Ottawa was and still placed on lockdown at the present time since a massive manhunt for the other gunmen are still  at large.

Sadly, this is the new normal now in this current situation of fighting the war on terror.

In a way, it’s like our own Sept. 11 event.

Killing a soldier who was guarding our own Canadian version of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier speaks only of the  horrendous, attempted desecration by the terrorists of our view in honoring the sanctity of the courage and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.

I say attempted because honor for the soldiers will never die in spite of today’s event.

In the coming hours and days, hopefully, we would all know the details as to why such a horrendous event had happened here in Canada. Also,hopefully, we will learn from this and take the necessary steps/changes  to improve Canada’s  homeland security system. Let bureaucratic heads roll if necessary.

God help us all!

Josie

 

Robin Williams, a very famous  American comedian extraordinaire with a versatile flair of going and switching through different acting genres(drama,comedy, musical,standup,etc) had died at the age of 63 in his California home on August 11,2014. Cause of death as determined by the coroner was asphyxiation secondary to hanging from his bedroom door with a necktie.

Such a man who spreads laughter and fun to his audience was actually crying inside his heart. It appears  that it was his way of dealing with his problems by not letting anyone into his musings and blocking it out by exhibiting comedic overtures. Such a maneuver can make false impressions that even a naïve bystander think that he’s just joking and a good friend thinking that he’s dealing with his problems quite well. Also bear in mind that he was also a very good actor so his portrayal of  general appearances can potentially be misleading as well.

The reality of depression is often dismissed or downplayed for fear of social stigma since it’s a mental health problem. It’s actually a real medical problem which is a brain disease but definitely on an abstract level which requires observation,inference and intervention. When this is done, it will prevent utter tragedy since suicide is the ultimate result if the depression isn’t handled well nor promptly.

I hope that Robin Williams’ plight will bring into focus the reality of depression and substance abuse which is also a coping mechanism to deal with depression.

In spite of his constant seeking of treatment for his problems, I guess that his depression was so severe that the emotional pain became so unbearable for him that he took his own life to end his emotional suffering once and for all.

R.I.P. Robin Williams! You took our  human hearts by greeting us Nanu-nanu as Mork, the lovable alien. You’re now free like your  Disney character Aladdin’s genie from the bottle and now perching up there with the stars in the galaxy. Knock them dead up there with your comedic flair.

You will be missed and never forgotten!

Josie

 

Yesterday, it was reported that the RCMP(Royal Canadian Mounted Police) had already completed their investigation on the Campbellton Python Incident and had already submitted their findings to the Crown  Prosecutor’s Office . From there, it will be determined if  any charges will be made.

No public comments were made by the RCMP in light of this latest development.

It should be noted that the 1st anniversary of this case is fast approaching,that is,Aug. 5th.

More details to follow once available.

Josie

 

For further reference: My prior blogs on this case:

8/10/13–2 Little Boys and a Python

8/17/13-Update on the Campbellton Python Incident

12/13/13- 2nd Update on the Campbellton Python Incident

5/23/14-3rd Update on the Campbellton Python Incident

July 17,2014 will go down in aviation history as the date when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 aka MH17( flying from Amsterdam towards Kuala Lumpur)had flown over Ukrainian air space amidst an ongoing war zone between  eastern Ukraine and Russia. The airline unfortunately became collateral damage when alleged pro-Russian separatists shot the airline down, thinking that it was a Ukrainian plane,resulting in the sudden loss of lives of 295-298 lives(both passengers and crew),all because of politics and secession issues in the Russian/ eastern Ukrainian landscape. In my opinion, such a tragedy is a war crime.

Ongoing bickering and fingerpointing between Ukraine and Russian authorities/politicians naturally came out. This is a Shakespearean tragedy of utmost proportions with ensuing geopolitical implications as well as possible aviation changes in terms of flight rerouting and resulting airline navigational costs which probably will make the ongoing debate of the logic of flying over a war zone feasible/logical worth the cost of saving the airlines some money. Penny wise,pound foolish?

For Vladimir Putin, the tragedy of MH17 will  unfortunately be part of his legacy and it makes me wonder if he’ll ever survive or even talk his way out of this. It reminds me of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Waterloo. His notoriety will only be reinforced especially if he continues to support those pro-Russian rebels for his own political aspirations and survival. With his reputation as a political bully, I wouldn’t be surprised if this former KGB agent remains stubborn and defiant.

For Malaysian Airlines, its future in the aviation world only became more tenous with this current tragedy. It hasn’t solved the mystery of the still missing MH370 since March 8,2014. Being hit twice with 2 high-profile tragedies in the same year is really too much for this airline. Its reputation with a now wary flying public isn’t too good nor promising unless specific rectifying measures have been implemented to ensure future patronage or else,face probable financial demise.

For the families and friends of the deceased, it’s an unfortunate,senseless  and unexpected event which they will carry and mourn forever.

How all the governments of this world (especially for the various passengers of different nationalities and citizenships) will deal with this tragedy,we’ll only know in the coming hours,days,weeks and even months. Just watch out how the United Nations and the diplomatic corp of various countries will deal with Russia in the coming days.

For the European countries who have tight economic ties with Russia, it remains to be seen if they’ll have to reconsider if they’ll follow the United States’ initiative  for economic sanctions with Russia in light of this tragedy especially if it’ll be proven that  pro-Russian  separatists were really involved.

Hopefully, recovery efforts will not be affected in that ongoing war zone so that even the investigators and rescue/recovery team’s lives will not become casualty figures as well. In addition, I hope that no tampering of forensic evidence from the crash site will occur (for purposes of a coverup) since that’s now one hell of a crime scene.

My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased. Hopefully , something good and substantial will come out from this and that they didn’t die in vain. I hope that justice will prevail. They were all just going about their daily lives and have no connection nor desire to get involved with Russian/Ukrainian politics before their lives were unfortunately snuffed out.

Josie

 

 

Early this morning ,12:10 am (Atlantic Standard Time—1 hour ahead of EST),Justin Bourque, the hunted gunman  responsible for shooting to death , 3 RCMP officers has been apprehended in a backyard of a home in a residential neighborhood near my place. Press conference to follow at 7 am EST.

Big sigh of relief around here . Congrats to RCMP for a job well done. Life comes back to  normal for us again! Time to grieve and honor the 3 fallen RCMP officers. May the gunman get what’s due to him for his crime.

 

Josie

Last night , I constantly heard an unusual large number of police sirens running by my street. It was soon after when I got the news that 3 RCMP(Royal Canadian Mounted Police Office) officers were shot dead and 2 others wounded by a lone gunman ,24 y/o Justin Bourque here in Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada. The shooting happened in the neighborhood next  to my place.

Justin Bourque, a former Walmart employee,was reportedly known as an avid gun fanatic,anti-gun ban believer and has a great dislike with police figures as evidenced in his Facebook page. Witnesses reported that he left the crime scene calmly,wearing camouflage clothing,holding 2 hunting rifles,some knives and a crossbow. Reports that he’s hiding in a nearby wooded park (Pinehurst Park) has prompted the Mounties(popular monicker for the RCMP) as well as neighboring police jurisdictions to come in and provide police reinforcement. The manhunt is still ongoing as I’m writing this blog and a police press conference is due at 9:45 am EST today to inform the public of any updates. The city of Moncton is still on partial lockdown. I now see a good number of police cars patrolling my area often since this early morning. I have been glued to the TV and online to get the latest news as well.

The repercussions of extreme caution already came into play since last night and even up to this morning so far as long as the manhunt is still ongoing. It’s quite obvious that Justin Bourque,a Monctonian just  like me,is quite familiar as to which hiding place he can go to for the past 12-14 hours.

Buses were taken off the streets. Mail delivery was suspended today to ensure the mail carriers’ safety,Businesses ,schools and other non-essential services are suspended today until further notice. The public was advised to stay indoors and keep the doors locked as much as  possible. If anyone has spotted Justin Bourque to please call 911. Any other info on this heinous crime, to call Crimestoppers(a local crime fighting task force in coordination with the RCMP). The public was also advised not to disclose any police operations on social media in case the gunman has access to social media so as not to preempt any advanced tactic from the gunman.

I’m pretty good where I am(right here at home) with a well-stocked pantry and praying that this crisis will finally end . It just goes to show you that you never know what life can throw at you. You’ll just have to swing it and make the most of it. It makes me rethink what my real life priorities are right now.

I just want to let my readers and followers know  that the city of Moncton is a very friendly place with a very low crime rate. This heinous event isn’t a real reflection of the entire city. I guess that there’s always a lunatic in any place in this world. Just the thought that the crime literally happened very near to me in a very safe part of the city just goes to show you that there are no real guarantees in life.

This whole incident reminds me of the shooting deaths of 4 RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe,Alberta by  a lone gunman  on March 3,2005.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 3 deceased RCMP officers.

My thoughts also on the RCMP trying to do their job in getting the culprit as well as dealing with grief for their fallen comrades. Not only are they doing this for justice but I’m pretty sure that it’s quite personal for them too.

 

Josie

Yesterday and today’s news update on the Campbellton Python incident reports that the reptile shop owner Jean-Claude Savoie’s lawyer had voiced out his side , claiming that the RCMP(Royal Canadain Mounted Police) had told him that no criminal charges will be filed on his client. This is in regards to the strangulation death of 2 young boys,Connor and Noah Barthe from a prohibited python species owned by Savoie,while having a sleepover at Mr. Savoie’s home(which is located above the reptile shop)..

Apparently,this lawyer had made this comment in light of reports that the lead investigator of the case was replaced with  a new one. The RCMP reports that the investigation is still ongoing .No other details were given. Even the mayor of Campbellton,New Brunswick supported the RCMP’s slow yet thorough pace of the  investigation considering the gruesome nature of the crime.

Will keep everybody posted for new developments.

 

Josie

P.S.   For further reference:  my 3 previous blogs—-8/10/13—Two Little Boys and A Python

8/17/13-Update on the Campbellton Python Incident

12/13/13-2nd Update on the Campbellton Python Incident

 

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