On April 23,2018, a white van (driven by an incel enthusiast Alec Minassian) ploughed through Toronto’s longest street Yonge Street, killing mainly female pedestrians and bystanders (10 in total) on a sunny spring day here in Canada. The entire crime scene encompassed 2 kilometers in length. A  makeshift memorial site for the victims was set up at the junction of Finch Street and Yonge Street(Olive Square specifically).

The culprit was successfully caught without being shot by a nearby police officer who confronted him.

Because of this, safety precautions have already been set up around the city of Toronto(Canada’s largest city–located in the province of Ontario) as if a potential terrorist attack would strike anytime.

Even other parts of the country, such similar security measures are up in case any copycats would try to do so.

Canada’s innocence has gone. Other  similar van attacks which happened in Europe sprang from terroristic aspirations.  Here in this Canadian van attack, it sprung from Mr. Minassian’s  extreme misogynistic views and his hate for women who rebuffed him which led to his deprivation of his sexual needs. He also idolizes another incel enthusiast —Elliot Rodgers who served as his inspiration for the Toronto van attack.

An editorial cartoon drawn by our local Maritime cartoonist–Michael De Adder depicts 2 boys sitting on park bench ,their backs to the readers, each holding a hockey stick and their jerseys emblazoned—the taller boy had HUMBOLDT and the shorter boy had TORONTO on their respective jerseys .

It depicts the prevailing mood that Canada still hasn’t recovered from the Humboldt  Broncos bus attack in April 6,2017  and now, Toronto has its own tragedy.

It’s the new reality indeed.

My thoughts and prayers to all affected !!!

 

Josie

 

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Last night, the hockey team  Humboldt Broncos’ vehicle collided with a semi-trailer unit (transport truck) while en route out west within their home Canadian province of Saskatchewan  , to a playoff game in  a town called Nipawin. Majority of the players are within the 16-22 age range. Accdg. to latest reports, 14 are dead and 14 are wounded(3 are critically wounded). The critically wounded are reportedly being airlifted to the nearest big city which is Saskatoon(approx. 2 hour drive between Humboldt and Saskatoon).

The love of hockey is a big part of the Canadian identity. Any disastrous event like this bus crash cuts through the core of the hearts of Canadians–whether hockey fan or not.

 

My memories of Humboldt years back was a small friendly town made up of folks, primarily of German descent which explains the town name–Humboldt. It’s located northeast from Saskatoon. It’s a known hockey town among local Saskatchewaners.

My thoughts and prayers to the teams’ family and friends.

Full report from the RCMP(Royal Canadian Mounted Police) has yet to follow at this time.

 

Josie

After the Valentine’s Day massacre at the Parkland High School( aka Mary Stoneman Douglas High School) in  Parkland,Florida(one of the safest U.S. cities), one would think that apathy and indifference would come up again with regards to possible gun control/regulation.

Well, in light of the recent #MeToo movement, it was refreshing and uplifting to see the students and residents holding rallies calling out for gun control, challenging the US politicians especially the Republican Party from the White House to Congress to stop hiding behind the coattails of the NRA(National Rifle Association) who has been giving out political donations to them. Hopefully, such rallies would continue and not only in Parkland but everywhere else until they’re heard and  definite change comes.

The Fire & Fury at Parkland is a starting point. Its about time. Too many shootings already.

What will invoke change this time? A decisive vote in the polls or a bullet into the head of the son/daughter  of a politician?

People’s lives matter. Guns don’t die. People do.

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day celebrating love but with the tragedy at Parkland High, it became a day of hate and a sad anniversary to everyone affected.

My prayers to the victims and their families.

 

Josie

The people of the US State of Alabama had spoken in  last night’s special state senatorial elections. They voted for a decent,respectable man in the likes of Doug Jones even if he’s a Democrat instead of Roy Moore, a highly unsuitable Republican who has extreme radical views as well as being accused of molesting teen-aged women when he was still in his 30’s.

The choice of a good and decent person to represent the values ,beliefs and attitudes of the State of Alabama at the US Senate in Washington,DC was imperative and still reflective in this situation..

Alabama has set an example to the rest of the USA and to the world to emulate.

I have never lived in Alabama but if I do or ever did, it would make me proud for what happened last night.

Sweet home,Alabama,indeed!

 

Josie

 

 

From a throwback to the movie title “When Harry Met Sally”, majority of the folks in London were thrilled with yesterday’s engagement  announcement of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

Ms. Markle represents a  modernizing change to the Royal Monarchy in England,considering her social background(which I do not need to mention anymore since the press has played it to the hilt).

Prince Harry himself has been a nonconformist and living his life on his own terms since his early years though as he matured later on, he took on his royal duties and advocacies with great heart and zeal.

This couple obviously share similar views and likes in life as well as realistic expectations as how their life together will be as time goes by.

What’s important will be their continuing devotion to one another which will help go through the good and not so good times to come their way.

When Prince Harry met Meghan for the first time, he said that he knew that she is “The One.” And the rest as they say, is history.

When Harry met Meghan,indeed!!!

Best wishes to both of them!

 

Josie

 

 

 

 

For all of US President Donald Trump trying to tweet away every alibi,explanation and statements regarding his crisis management of the US colony Puerto Rico which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, all I can say is that this will be part of an awful page of his political legacy if he doesn’t  use all of his so-called expert business management skills to pull this out very successfully.

Yes, Puerto Rico poses as a geographical challenge for all but this will be no different for the US state of Hawaii if it happened there as well. And to top it all, Hawaii is at least a good 3 hour flight away from the US state of California. Just a food for thought.

Being the political pessimist that I am, I wonder as to why the slow response to helping out the US citizens who live in the US colony ? Is it because Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the US general election but only in the primaries, therefore he doesn’t get any political advantage unlike Texas and Florida(both US states also ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma respectively and received prompt government  crisis management response)?

Whether he likes it or not, he will be forever connected to Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico so if he wants to make this part of his political legacy great, the time to act assertively and convincingly is now.

The Puerto Ricans aren’t  looking for perfection. Just  to start rebuilding their lives. They’re trying to help themselves but the government can give a helping hand.

Government is there to serve the people.

Actions speak louder than words!!!!

Josie

On a belated note, the recent death of  81 year old country music icon Glen Campbell who had been struggling with dementia (specifically Alzheimer’s Disease)is a pivotal moment for him who wanted to leave a mark in this world and to say goodbye in his own way. He did it his way and I applaud him for that. He was able to do it while his mental faculties were still intact at that time and savoring every moment of it with the support of  his family,friends and fans.

I could see him now with his big white horse,wearing his studded cowboy outfit(rhinestones of course) and riding towards the heavens with the musical backdrop of his great hit—Rhinestone Cowboy.

Josie