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And…the cause has been hijacked.

This was a great article – right up to until the last sentence which, to me, negated the importance of the message and sent out another, ridiculous one.

http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/column-female-desperate-vulnerable-indigenous-and-human/wcm/e7b9e096-b2d6-4a07-8acf-655194ee60e1

There is a horrifying issue with the women of Canada’s indigenous population. Too many are lost to drugs, prostitution, premature death and murder. It is a real issue. One that absolutely needs to be addressed. I thought this article was a good one until the reporter ended the piece with: “What I hope changes is attitudes that would see these desperate women as any less worthy of life, or generations of men believing they are more entitled.”

These murders have nothing to do with men feeling entitled. This has everything to do with psychopathy. The men outlined in the article are psychopaths – they are serial killers. Just as Robert William “Willy” Pickton was a serial killer. This isn’t about men feeling entitled – this is about mental illness.

The current “bad boys”, (pardon the pun), of the media are men – usually white men. The public shaming of male malefactors, who seemed to feel themselves above societal norms, and engaged in sexual harassment, assault and rape, absolutely, deserve everything coming to them but there is the elephant in the room and if you discuss that elephant, you find yourself pilloried by the rabid left.

That elephant is women and our own behaviour.

While on my way into the office – there was an exchange between a female co worker and a male. The male made a simple comment about the weather and how cold it had become; the female responded with a crude comment regarding her nipples. I was stunned. Imagine had the male co worker made a comment about the impact of the cold on his penis…he would have been, metaphorically, tarred and feathered.

While men are now learning that they are no longer immune due to political or social stature, from rightful charges of inappropriate and/or criminal sexual behaviours toward employees or those over whom they hold authority/power;  women have some way to go as well.

Dress like a sexual object and don’t be surprised when we are treated as such.  Let’s be honest – we don’t wear spiked heels and tight clothing for their comfort.  They are worn to attract attention and we don’t have control over whose attention we attract.  The message is sent out – publicly.  “Look at me!”

Indulge in crude language or comments and don’t be surprised when you lose the respect of your peers – male and female.

Keep your hands to yourself; while it is inappropriate for men to touch, hug or massage a woman without her permission – clearly expressed? The same goes for women. Keep your hands to yourself. Hugging, touching or massaging a male co-worker is unprofessional and inappropriate. The motivation may well be different but that does not matter. Keep your hands to yourself.

We all have a responsibility regarding establishing and maintaining a healthy environment and it really isn’t that difficult. Sex, sexual innuendo and invasion of personal space is not acceptable in a place of work. Ensure that any message you are sending out is, clearly, understood by all parties. Better yet – don’t send any “message” out, at all. You aren’t being paid by your employer to enhance your social or sexual life. You are being paid to do a job. Workplace affairs or flirting is the best way to land all parties in trouble. Don’t put yourself in that position. Remember why you are, where you are.

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Social Engineering 101

I was never one for conspiracy theories and even this, it isn’t a conspiracy theory – this is based on observation and a knowledge of history, of humanity, and psychology.

Just as the poor farmers and citizens of Ukraine were not the enemy of Soviet Russia, just as Judaism was not the enemy in World War II, people of colour – not the enemy of the U.S….Islam is not the enemy of global peace.

The enemy sits in government – the enemy sits in corporate offices, engineering the movement of society. Removing the focus of what they are doing, using media, using the internet and using the need for the dull witted to find a cause of their poverty, of their feelings of helplessness. Pitting one man/woman/child against another; fueling hatred and fostering ignorance all for their own protection from the masses.

The only time that true chance comes to government and it is always temporary change, is when the masses have reached their breaking point – when the masses realize who and where their true enemies hide – when the masses take to the streets and threaten to dismantle the seats of power. Then there is change but we get complacent very quickly and the disease that is greed, megalomania returns like the cancer it is.

The success of the recent social engineering is no different. Islam is not a threat to anyone – the threat comes from the various seats of government – the main tumours, the center of the disease is in Russia and the U.S, from the oligarchs, to the corporate offices in New York and L.A. Society has turned on each other, from Black Lives Matter to the White Supremist to the Isis camps. The enemy is not found in the suburbs, the enemy is not in Pakistan or in a one room apartment in Moscow – the enemy is right in front of us, playing us like chess pieces.

This world is a small place – it gets smaller with every keystroke on a keyboard – with every Tweet – with every online comment. Anger, fear, poverty and disease are not your fault, these are not the fault of some man trying to survive in Afghanistan. The fault is on your flickering television screens and monitors – the faces you elected. The faces of the boards of directors of those corporations who drive our economy, telling us what we need to be happy.

It is time to open our eyes and minds – to use common sense and to understand that we have been hoodwinked. People are dying because of the monsters who we appointed to protect us. Liars, cheats and killers all. Should war break out? It won’t be their sons and daughters ordered to the slaughter. It will be yours.

Change happened in the sixties and early seventies BECAUSE the great unwashed, the serfs – common every day people, took to the streets and burned that motherfucker down. They are afraid of us and work, very hard, to maintain division because united? We are their worst nightmare.

There isn’t much time left before we have been completely brainwashed – it is evident every time we open our computers. Men aren’t the enemy – women are not trying to destroy men; black people are not a gang of murdering drug dealers and Muslims are not terrorists.

Take a moment and think of who benefits from this divisive society we have become; it isn’t you, it isn’t me – it isn’t your Muslim neighbour or native on a reserve. The people who benefit are the ones who sit in seats of power and have chosen to misuse it for their own end. We’ve been suckered…again.

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Hypocrisy and #METOO

#METOO – (If you are not going to read the entire blog; don’t waste my time with a comment.)  It is vital; the world must come to grip how widespread actual sexual assault, harassment and rape is, in our culture. It is prevalent in every section – nothing is sacred, not churches, temples or mosques – not our schools, not our workplace, in some cases, not even our homes. There is no denying the statistics. There is no denying the importance of facing this dark secret in order for women to contribute to the best of their abilities, without worry about being cornered by a co-worker or worse, an individual with the power to promote and to fire.

We all know or have known a “grabby” individual, whether at work, school or in social settings. I remember “grabby” teachers back in high school. A high profile case of a principal, a man with authority over elementary school children, sent to prison for molestation. The appalling thing about his arrest and ultimate conviction, is that his behaviour was well known was he was just a teacher, back in 1987. Parents talked about him and his inappropriate behaviours, reports had been made, yet nothing was done.

I have spent a lifetime dealing with unwanted sexual advances and more than one actual assault. This was before the current “victim” mindset had taken hold in my gender. I always saw the incidents as reflections of who I was dealing with, not how I was dressed or how I behaved. It was something my mother had taught me from a young age; it was on the man, not on me. My mother was a front runner as a woman in a man’s domain; she was the supervisor of an office of engineers, back in the 50’s. She dealt with sexism, with harassment and never let it reflect on her. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. In the 50’s, she had the type of figure that is still in vogue – she was fit, she had a wasp waist and was a natural beauty. She was also drop dead intelligent. We often talked about the hurdles she faced back then, we talked about the men, the obstacles to getting ahead in a man’s world. Never, not once, did she fall into the victim trap. She knew that the harassment was a complete reflection of the individual with whom she was dealing. If it meant, in order to be safe, to not go into a supply room alone, to not enter an office and have the door closed – she simply wouldn’t do it. It was a no-brainer to her. Was this fair? Please, stupid comment…of course not but life isn’t fair.

I remember seeing a meme, “Teach your sons not to rape” – seriously? As if parents teach rape is a-okay. It is a stupid meme. It is a pointless meme and in this case, stereotypes young men. It is not acceptable.

This is all about personal responsibility. This is about not only protecting ourselves – men & women but above all else, our children. Society is now in danger of trivializing the issue. A grope is not sexual assault. It is inappropriate and unacceptable, but it isn’t sexual assault. We all must take responsibility for ourselves, protect ourselves and stand up for ourselves.

Unlike 20 years ago; most HR departments are well equipped to deal with these issues and yes, it does come down to he said/she said or she said/he said but the guidelines, the regulations are there. Best believe that after a report, while the perpetrator may not be fired, the company and that employee will be on guard. Are people fired after reporting an incident? Of course but again, there are options. It is time consuming and upsetting but that’s life. It ain’t easy. The more of us who stand up and report incidents, the easier the road will be. Does anyone think that the early days of the drive for equality was easy? In the case of minorities? People died for equality. In the drive for women’s rights, women went to jail, were beaten and raped in order to further their fight.

It pains me to see the whining from all sides, instead of affirmative action. The Weinstein affair is a prime example. Let’s be brutally honest – this guy was a well known pervert. What he did was criminal. He should have been arrested years ago but no-one saw fit to call him out. Not until now…decades later. One woman stood up and then the sea of his other “victims” suddenly surface.

Personal responsibility. When did this become irrelevant? This is a really controversial and uncomfortable topic. When is it up to us to protect ourselves?

We are told to teach our sons, our brothers, our male friends that is not okay to treat women as sexual objects. Absolutely. No question or sentient argument about that but by the same token, what about our daughters? Our sisters and female friends. If one does not want to be treated as a set of tits, legs and ass? Then it follows that we should not be portraying ourselves as such. The internet is overflowing with duck faces, photoshopped images, sexually suggestive selfies – asses in tight jeans, asses in thongs and in some cases, bare asses. This is not okay. This is a wrong that needs to be addressed, in addition to the millions of cases of assault, harassment and rape.

As a woman, I find these images disgusting and completely contrary to everything that we fought to achieve years ago.

Is it wrong to blame a victim? Another stupid question. Of course. No one deserves to be assaulted. The problem here, if possible, transcends assaults – the problem is within the very fabric of our society. No, women are not sexual objects. Women are not toys with which to be played HOWEVER, it is up to us to ensure that this image is not perpetrated through the various forms of entertainment, of media, the internet and personal behaviour. We have a responsibility to our daughters, to teach them that when one walks like a duck, behaves like a duck, it is only logical to assume that a duck is in front of us.

When an incident happens; it is important to dissect it. Look at all the angles and rather than blame, point out what could have been done to avoid it. Deal, learn and move on. This is not a terminal illness; we can all move past it with the right tools. We can all learn how to avoid these situations and not be a predator’s next prey.

Whether we like it or not, sociopaths and psychopaths are out there. Someone who takes advantage of a drunken or somehow vulnerable individual is a sociopath, a predator and in the worst case scenario, a psychopath. You aren’t going to teach them to behave. It is a disorder. There are no drugs, no amount of therapy is going to teach these people empathy or responsibility. They are expert at disguising themselves as empathic, just all around nice folks – there is no mark that appears to warn us that we are dealing with a sociopath or psychopath. There are no neon signs on their foreheads that tell us that we are dealing with a predator. No amount of good parenting would prevent this kind of disorder. Their brains are wired differently; we don’t know why. If we did, they wouldn’t be out there, would they? But they are out there, and we need to ensure that we are all armed with the weapons we need to ensure we are not their next “mark”.

This means we need to teach our kids not to get stumble drunk; there are enough videos of the outrageous and disgusting behaviour of drunk teens and young adults online, to help provide visual aids for any parent. Some are totally inappropriate, in a normal sense, to allow young people to view but as inappropriate as they may be, they are necessary to illustrate the danger of intoxication, whether drugs or alcohol, truly is. The infamous school breaks and the out-of-control behaviour seen – parents gave their permission. PARENTS, in many cases, paid the way. It is okay to say “No” to our kids. Placing them in situations that they are simply not mature enough to handle is bad parenting. Not holding offspring accountable for bad decisions simply re-enforces the concept that personal responsibility is relative and something “grown ups” do.

Handing out cell phones to kids and not monitoring content is irresponsible parenting. The parent is NOT teaching responsibility if there are not checks and balances. Putting computers in the rooms of kids and not using filters/net nanny software is irresponsible parenting. Allowing kids to wear inappropriate clothing, whether boys or girls, out in public, is irresponsible parenting. It isn’t gender bias, it is common sense – it is the duck argument.

Our problem is an ingrained vein of hypocrisy within our society and the women’s rights movement. If we want equality, if we want to be seen as more than tits/ass and legs, if we want to be secure in our workplaces, our schools and our social worlds, then we need to take a stand, we need to accept personal responsibility. This isn’t victim shaming, it is common sense which seems to be bereft in our social systems. We need to teach our kids that regardless of who it is – NO ONE has the authority to threaten, intimidate or encroach on their bodies. We need to hold our institutions accountable when it happens. No one is going to do this for us. Forget Big Brother Justice or Authority, that flies in the face of the whole equality concept. We need to, all of us, stand up and call situations out. We need to call out inappropriate behaviour, whether by a potential predator or by the images we are told we must attain to be “perfect”. We need to call out hypocrisy wherever we see it and that includes being told that we are victim shaming when someone has absolved themselves of personal responsibility.

We are all in this fight – men and women. The only way we manage to keep ourselves safe is by looking long and hard at what has been created by the perversion of the equal rights movement by neo-feminists and neo-equalists. It isn’t enough to hashtag. The time to confront our mistakes in now before another Weinstein or Wadsworth claims another victim.

I have no doubt that the enablers will hate this blog and I don’t care. It is time to face what we have wrought through apathy and the need for “blaming” someone else for our mistakes. It is time to own the #METOO and understand why this is happening.

 

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Blessed Samhain

Right, I have had my fill and then some of the politically correct movement, pseudo (neo) feminists and that disgusting Cheeto laying waste to the office of president (the capitalization of the “p” is deliberate).

For the next while – I am avoiding the nonsense that is passing as conversation on Facebook, the half-wits who can only manage 140 characters on Twitter and e-mails telling me my uncle in Nigeria/Benin/Kenya has died and left me millions.

4 more days until Samhain; yes – I am an atheist and yes, I do honour my ancestors as often as I can, but Samhain allows me to take a special day to honour them. A specific day to thank them and meditate on their strength, their character and their zero tolerance for bullshit, which is rampant in my DNA.

I’m getting a little excited and I may just do a ritual if only for tradition’s sake.

Blessed Samhain to all – time to assess the year that has passed; bury the mistakes you’ve made and get ready to plan for the New Year’s arrival on Yule. We all make mistakes, no point in dwelling – correct them if possible and if not possible, vow not to repeat ’em.

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Inappropriate Behaviour vs Sexual Assault

A wannabe actress has accused 93-year-old, wheelchair bound, afflicted with Vascular Parkinsonism, of sexual assault for patting her ass. Sexual assault. Groping and that would be pushing it, might be assigned to this. Unseemly behaviour, is closer to it. Anyone who has dealt with the elderly or spent any time in a facility housing the elderly, will attest that this kind of thing is absolutely common and is distributed equally between female patients and male patients but, understanding this would negate press coverage so the point is moot, I gather.

A pat on the ass by a 90 year old invalid is NOT sexual assault. Was it entirely inappropriate – without a doubt, however, by going to the press as opposed to dealing with this issue in an adult manner, these three individuals are trivializing sexual assault for the millions of women who have suffered actual assault.

This should have been dealt with by addressing Mr. Bush directly or by speaking to his wife. Vascular Parkinsonism causes “mini-strokes”; mini-strokes cause behavioural changes – not always immediately noticeable.

The Twitter harridans are out in force, spewing their ignorance and lessening, by extension through affording these claims any sort of validity, the real impact of sexual assault on men and women.

This is an extremely elderly man – with a debilitating condition, in a wheelchair. Even on his best day, he couldn’t be accused of sexual assault unless the accuser is looking for a payout or yellow exposure.

In case anyone is unclear on the definition of sexual assault? Let’s go with Wikipedia as this is seems to be everyone’s tome of reference:

Sexual assault is a sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or non-consensual sexual touching of a person. Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence, and it includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration or drug facilitated sexual assault), gropingchild sexual abuse, or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.[1][2]

Sexual assault is this: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/10/27/weinstein-scandal-complete-list-accusers/804663001/

Sexual assault is this: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/new-details-emerge-la-vernia-high-school-hazing-scandal-article-1.3012538

Sexual assault is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Cashel_Orphanage

Sexual assault is this: https://youtu.be/PwWux5BAczk

Just so we’re clear, so no – a pat on the ass by a 93 year old man is NOT sexual assault, simply inappropriate but what is even more inappropriate is victimizing a sick, elderly old man.

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Weinstein, Trump and Clinton

Unless you are living in a cave, the current uproar over Harvey Weinstein and his assaults on women, is making the news. The hypocrisy is almost, not quite but almost laughable. The president elect – Donald J. Trump has been accused and has paid off his victims, I would guess scaring others into silence. The Jeffrey Epstein connection is the most troubling of all, connecting Trump to the assault of a 13 year old girl. Clinton was accused, then there is Bill Cosby. Lou Pearlman, Jeffrey Epstein and the list goes on and on and on. Look to the glass towers and the boardrooms are, more than likely, filled with clones of these gropers and rapists.

If you are without power, looking for work or in fact, working? You are a potential victim – male as well as female but the odds of being molested and/or raped if you are a woman, are far higher.

You aren’t safe in the workplace, you aren’t safe in the streets and you aren’t safe in the religious building of your choice. Why? Nobody will believe you. Or, your career, your livelihood, your family will be punished for your audacity at standing up for your rights as a human being.

I’m sure there are millions upon millions of people with their own survivor story. More than likely, more than one instance, by more than one perpetrator. These people are innocent until proven guilty but their victims are guilty until proven even more guilty. These bottom feeders should no longer be protected by their toadies and sycophants – in fact, maybe the people who protect them should be charged as well. They are just as culpable, just as guilty.

The survivors of these file room gropes, hotel room assaults and frat-like party rapes make up a formidable army. It is time to bring these people down. Time to make them accountable for their actions. No more half-assed Ben Affleck style apologies; these acts are criminal acts and should be treated as such, regardless of who-is-who. Power and wealth is not license to molest. Regardless of what the “pussy grabber” in the White House opines.

Bosses, supervisors, colleagues need to be held accountable. Human Resource departments need to start doing their jobs and enforcing the law.

An example? After a particularly nasty assault in a copy room; I reported the individual and I was told to “Forget it. They will fire you before they will fire him. He’s a supervisor.” As a single mother, I was scared into…well, not exactly silence but I did let the assault drop. My boyfriend, at the time, luckily for me, worked in the same facility and made it quite clear to the supervisor that any further behaviour, of that nature, would not be a healthy choice.

Not the only example but in each case, I had to call on a male friend to obtain rough justice. There were no other options available. A victim is guilty until proven even more guilty.

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/10/the-world-is-full-of-harvey-weinsteins

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Revenue Canada Fraud/Scams and Other Bottom Feeders

Much to my chagrin, I realize that I was far too flippant, with regard to scammers and other such low lives. I treated a serious topic a little too lightly, yesterday, on Facebook.

I do forget that many people do not have my background when it comes to the internet and computers. I admit, I did have a great time laughing at the scammers but a friend brought something to my attention – she knew of someone who had fallen victim to these bastards, the end result being a fraud in the thousands.

What we need to do, as friends, neighbours, co-workers is to get the word out, particularly to older Canadians, new Canadians and friends who may not be as scam/fraud savvy as ourselves. Talk – open a conversation – discuss it – explain the types of scams and how to avoid them. Keep the dialogue going.

Here are some resources: https://www.canada.ca/…/security/protect-yourself-against-f…

While it isn’t income tax season; the scammers who called me yesterday used Revenu Canada as their masquerade:

https://globalnews.ca/…/rcmp-warn-of-canada-revenue-scam-a…/

https://globalnews.ca/…/canada-revenue-agency-email-scams-…/

http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/…/index-eng.…

It isn’t just the individual at risk; while working, I ran up against a number of scams. There was the toner scam – where a fraudster would obtain the type of printer used in the office – a seemingly innocuous question and then obtain the name of an employee, an invoice would then be sent, using the employee’s name as the reference for the order. Luckily, our company had a strict purchasing policy and as I was the purchaser for most of the supplies/equipment used in our locations, I knew that the toner was not ordered and the fraud uncovered immediately. Some companies do have a more laissez-faire attitude toward office/warehouse supplies and this is where the fraudsters win and they win big.

The other fraud that I ran up against targeted the highly competitive sales market; there is an offer for a “directory” of sales leads. This comes in the form of a CD, an almost entirely useless compilation of businesses that is easily, and FREELY available online. This company managed to fool an employee and the CD arrived. It was sent back immediately but that didn’t stop harassing phone calls for payment, that went on for months.

There is little that law enforcement can do; these scammers are insulated and sometimes, as is the case with the Revenue Canada crooks; they are not even based in the country. A Canadian area code is not an indicator of the location of the call. For example: the call I received yesterday was from area code 705 and the full number was 705-530-9783. According to my little investigation, this is a landline phone number operated by Fibernetics Corporation and is located in the city of Alliston, Ontario. This means nothing however – the number and area code have been hijacked either unknowingly by Fibernetics or with their complicity. I don’t know. I reported it to Fibernetics; it remains to be seen if anything is done. There is big money in defrauding the unsuspecting and if Fibernetics is simply being duped? There are other telecommunication companies more than willing to take over.

So how do we fight back? By being vigilant. By checking and then double-checking and then triple checking credentials. By discussing the issue, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, in coffee shops, at the bus stop, in doctor or hospital waiting rooms; by bringing up the conversation at family events, community events – sharing with friends, with friends of friends.

Banks should be asked to post fraud information as our elderly and the newer Canadians may not be online savvy.

There needs to be more attention focused on these crimes – while I found the attempt by “Officer Greg Williams” hysterically funny; it is only because of knowledge spread online. It was through notification and an understanding of how government works, as well as how fraudsters work. I am fortunate – thousands upon thousands of Canadians are not.

Open up the discussion – get the information out there and drain the scammers pool of unsuspecting victims!!!

Be aware, be vigilant, share what you know, the scammer landscape is ever changing as they look for more ways to steal your money.

http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/index-eng.htm


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REVENU CANADA SCAMMER 1-705-530-9783

1 – 705-530-9783  SCAMMERS!!!   Not Revenu Canada.  Call them if you like and have some fun; ask for Officer Greg Williams.

Please remember – Revenu Canada does not make calls like this nor do they send you e-mails if you owe money.

NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR VIA EMAIL – not your phone number, not your date of birth, not your social security number, nada.  NEVER.  Just don’t.

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Uber vs Montreal Taxis – Uber wins hands down

   http://montrealgazette.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/quebec-superior-court-rejects-cabbies-demands-rules-deal-with-uber-legal/wcm/761ddbb0-ad17-4662-9bee-b050b3546e82

   “It argued the pilot project created two parallel systems of taxis in Quebec that amounted to “unfair competition” against traditional drivers and permit holders.”

   Then, perhaps it is time to remove the tradition method because the traditional method sucks. Unfair competition? That is a load of lies. How many permit holders allow friends, relatives and some dude they hired through Kijiji to drive their cars? Individuals who have not gone through the week’s worth of “orientation” or worse, criminal background checks. The Montreal taxi industry is an expensive version and dangerous (to the user) version of Uber.

Had the industry been responsive to the safety and needs of the consumer? Uber would not have been as successful as has been, in Montreal.

Personal anecdote: on the way to a hockey game, while passing through NDG, we were the victims of an aggressive and dangerous taxi driver on Sherbrooke Street. He hit us and my husband motioned him to pull over; the taxi driver, was obviously at fault – he hit us from behind when we slowed due to traffic. He sprang out of his car and began to attempt to verbally assault my husband. I also exited the car, initially to view the damage but when I heard what this animal was saying? I told him to watch his mouth, he told my husband to “shut his woman up”. It was at this point my husband informed him that he would be calling the police. The driver of the taxi said “Call the police! Call the police!” My husband told the driver to pull ahead so that we could remove our vehicles and not block/endanger other drivers. We returned to our vehicles, while we pulled ahead, to park in a safer area – the taxi driver took off. Luckily, we had another passenger, in our vehicle, who had the presence of mind to jot down the license number. It was now a hit and run. As it turned out, the driver was not the holder of the permit and was simply someone hired to drive the vehicle.

This isn’t an unusual occurrence. How often does the permit, displayed in the vehicle, not reflect the driver of the cab? It is virtually impossible to track down these guys should something happen, an accident or as in this case – a criminal action.

https://globalnews.ca/news/2062959/accused-taxi-fraud-duo-appear-in-court/

For almost a year, I took a cab to my office so I was able to get a pretty good overview of the level (lack thereof) of this “profession”. Often the vehicles were filthy, with the stench of body odour. The stench, on more than one occasion, stayed with me, long after I had exited the cab. Time and time again, I had to instruct the driver with regard to the directions; my office was on a main thoroughfare – there was no labyrinth of streets to navigate. I had one completely ignore my directions or he simply did not understand them, in French or in English. It is necessary, in this city, to understand one of the two languages. I always gave the directions in both, just to ensure that we were on the same page.

Drivers on cell phones; I had one get pulled over, by the police, and issued a ticket for the offense. I was late for work, as a result. Thank heavens I applied for and received my driver’s license so that I no longer must submit myself to this crapshoot. In fact, should anything happen to my vehicle – I will or would prefer to call Uber. At least I am assured of the cleanliness and security of having a safe ride. Security is a major issue for women and something that is not offered by the Montreal taxi pseudo-monopoly.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-woman-taxi-driver-sexual-assault-1.3637395

This is not an unusual story – any woman who has taken taxis in Montreal probably has her own story of inappropriate comments, lewd suggestions and as in this case, outright assault. Due to the practice of renting out or lending vehicles by Montreal taxi permit holders, there is virtually no way of knowing who is driving the cab. At least with Uber, the driver’s personal information is on file, with the company and should there be an action against a user; the information is readily available to police.

Uber uses the credit card system; another convenience for riders that the Montreal taxi industry took far too long to implement. In fact, even now, some drivers refuse to permit the use of debit cards or credit cards.

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/cash-only-taxi-customer-says-cabbies-often-refuse-cards-1.3535440

I think it is pretty safe to assume that drivers are refusing credit/debit cards, in order to hide income.

The Montreal taxi industry is out of control and if the only way a rider can be, relatively, assured of his/her safety and security is Uber? Then rather than hold riders hostage; its time for the taxi industry to scrap their current system because the consumer doesn’t want it and the traditional model, obviously, doesn’t work anymore.

The taxi industry has no right to infringe on the consumer and their choice to obtain a superior product.

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We Failed Them.

We failed our kids, we failed our grandkids. For all our rhetoric, demonstrations and even riots for change; we failed. Las Vegas, another example of our failure. Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando – all of them, glaring examples of our failure. The election of that giant Cheeto to the south of us. The election of that privileged Gen X-er in our parliament. Further examples of failure.

What happened? Did we get too busy trying to achieve that suburban dream? We wanted our kids to live in a world of peace, of brotherhood. Did we come to accept, albeit, bitterly, that this was an unattainable pie-in-the-sky ideal?

Why are we still fighting for equality of the genders, of race, of creed, of religion? Why are our veterans, our elderly suffering and dying due to lack of funding? Why are there aboriginals without access to clean water? Why are there children going to bed hungry in countries of such massive excess? Why is there a debate or even a question regarding equal taxation?

Because, we failed. We tried, we wandered off and ultimately failed. The United States, once the beacon for the world, has fallen, with lightspeed, into a global joke. Relegated by a giant Cheeto to the junk food aisle in the global marketplace.

Canada is lead by a pretty boy, with no notion of what Canadians want and need to move ahead. He’ll go, next election – with his million-dollar smile and vapid comments. Then what? Who is there with the economical and social savvy to govern? Insert the sound of crickets. There is no one. There are no more leaders of true social change; if there ever were. Time has a way of colouring memory.

Why do my children feel that they require firearms? What happened? When did it get this bad?

We failed, my friends. We became tired, we became preoccupied with attaining the media dream of that house with the fence. We fell for the image and we walked away. We failed and now, our kids are paying the price.

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