How can a Health Minister possibly utter this terrifying nonsense? He needs to be tossed out of cabinet – on his ear. I won’t vote Liberal if he is still a part of the party. Such lack of compassion has no place in the Ministry of Health.
I am the nightmare viewer of television producers everywhere. I am a binge watcher, worse than that – I am a binge watcher who streams with a box. It is the only way I can watch television; I don’t have the time nor do I have the patience to wade through absurd commercials with dancing housewives and talking appliances.
This weekend my binge was “The Strain”, looked promising; it was co-created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, filmed in my country. Granted it was Toronto, the “New-York-Wannabe“, of the north; my guess is that Montreal and Vancouver were probably booked.
Back to The Strain – it wanted to be an interesting mix of Walking Dead/30 Days of Night/28 Days Later, so I queued it up, settled into my side of the couch and began my binge.
First season was as expected – the premise was being established, actors were looking for their groove and the writers were exploring the recesses of their minds, trying to find their most horrific of muses, (made slightly easier by the filming location). Sentient parasitic worm, sent out by, what we are led to believe is, a vampire of Eastern European origin. The victims, don’t actually “die” in the accepted “worm-farm”state of non-being; they undergo a sort of metamorphosis, poorly described using the very old and very tired caterpillar analogy, early on.
The script starts off with acceptable moments but then begins to take frequent nosedives into shoddy writing.
Whining by cast member and employee of the CDC, Dr. Nora makes you wish she would be the next victim and then the inexplicable, totally unnecessary appearance of her chain-smoking mother with dementia; after about 10 minutes of the mother’s confused mental state and nicotine fits, you can’t help but sit there and ask yourself, “W.T actual F does this have to do with anything??”
Dr. Nora is supposed to be of Argentinian origin and speaks of the “Disappeared”….the problem? The Dirty War in Argentina would have been before she was born and has absolutely no bearing on the story or situation at hand.
These are the small details in a script that can cause viewers to lose interest. Yes, the premise asks us to suspend reality for an hour but small bumps like this have a way of turning into a show cancelling tumor.
Dr. Goodweather or “Eph”, one of the protagonists and the writers don’t seem to be sure if he is key or not, is a monumental pain in the ass. We are shown that he’s an ex-alcoholic, his marriage broken, perhaps beyond repair….or perhaps not but due to the lack of actual character development – you just don’t give a rat’s ass.
His kid, Zach? Needs a firm butt kick and by the end of season one, you are wishing that he becomes one of the infected and shuts, the hell, up. We should be sympathizing with the kid but we can’t…because? The writers turned him into an obnoxious little jerk.
There are other characters making up the merry band of humanity’s saviours…Vasiliy, Jim, Gus, Dutch and of course, Professor Setrakian (the show’s Van Helsing) but they, really, don’t matter and you really don’t care one way or another if they bite it. There will never be a “If Vasiliy Dies, We Riot” t-shirt. There is no emotional investment for the viewer. The writing, the plot, once again, falls flat.
It is, painfully, obvious that del Toro and Hogan were trying to create the same viewing experience as what occurred with “The Walking Dead”.
The Walking Dead had subtle but brilliant character development; each show had a stunning plot, the music, the settings – everything was melded together to offer the viewer a totally enveloping entertainment experience. The Strain? Completely missed the goal, in fact, “The Strain” should have been scrapped after Season 2.
This is going to make ‘Murica’ great again? This low life? This racist, misogynistic, piece of crap? A man who can’t even adhere to a marital vow is to be trusted with a Presidential pledge??? Look at him. That isn’t a president. He looks exactly what he is – a son of inherited white privilege. A lout who got his leg up from Daddy. While American sons died in Vietnam, he was a bought and paid for, 4F. Duyah may never have seen combat but at least he joined the Forces. This scumbag sat back and enjoyed the fruits of his daddy’s labour while kids his age had their limbs blown off. Or died from torture, starvation at the hands of the enemy.
No. He is NOT going to make ‘Murica’ great again… Because…’Murica’ was never great, unless you were a rich, white dude – in which case, yeah – ‘Murica’ was and is nirvana.
I thought Americans knew this but, apparently, I had given them far too much credit. The snake oil salesmen are alive and well in the US – in fact, one was just voted in as president..
Someone said to me (an American, by the way),
“Surely you aren’t surprised..this is the country that gives the world ‘Honey Boo Boo’ and the Kardashians. This is the same country that brought the world the Watts riots, the Rodney King riots, Oklahoma and Sandy Hook. The same country that made the Memorial Wall necessary. I’m surprised that you are surprised.”
He’s right. I was using my Canadian experience as a frame of reference. I forgot the appalling education system, the nationalism at the expense of the truth. I was unaware of the virulent level of the racism and ignorance. Twinkies, Big Mac and two servings of xenophobia.
Yes, yes…Canada has its racists as well but at least, for the most part, we make an active effort to curb it and to shame its advocates. We acknowledge that we are all immigrants, every last damn one of us. None of us simply popped out of the Prairie ground or rose from the primordial ooze of a Tundra bog.
What I see, living north of the border, looking at the States, is a sad country, longing for a past that never existed. Longing for greatness but unwilling to accept the responsibility and the level of dedication, as well as hard work, that would be required. Too many Americans are willing to let immigrants lay the foundations while they reap the profit of being “Massa” – then act surprised when immigrants tell them to shove it where the amber fields of grain are expelled.
None of that is even relevant anymore; there will shortly be no United States – oxymoron or no.
I also see, from my perspective and in my opinion, that Putin has taken the United States without so much as a shot across the bow. He simply bought it. He picked the most corrupt, the most easily manipulated and least moral American he could find, showed him the money and Putin became the shadow President of the United States. Stalin must be ecstatic, wherever he rots. Putin is an evil, evil man but you can’t slam his brilliance. A simple solution – buy the president.
United States – an oxymoron; not since the civil war has the country been so divided. Or perhaps it has always been an oxymoron at worst…a pipe dream, at best. Either way…it may be wise to learn the words to the potential future national anthem of New Russia.
Can’t believe what happened. Some mistakes can’t be fixed. Life is not a reality show and when Putin is happy with your elected choice? You are in deep shit.
Соединенные Штаты; Новая победа Путина.
I don’t want to be that grumpy old gamer who chases the kids off his lawn and yells at them about how things were back in his day, but… well, brace yourselves. The cane and rocking chair are comin’ out.
Good piece but on the other hand? This has been going on for years. Should the “Mo’ Money” types be able to crank up their juice without earning the status? To each his own, Mr. Tilley – to each his own. These are the same idiots who think a Man Bun gives them style cred or a beard makes ’em a hipster. Nah – posers all.
I am the old gamer but I won’t waste my gaming time being grumpy; I’m having too much fun playing. Team with stand up gamers, Steve-O. If you have gamed for a while, you know how to pick off the fanboys and girls.
Game design is business; they aren’t in it for us – they are in it to make money. Let them rake in cash from the boneheads who don’t quite get it; no skin off your nose.
Go on, have fun; craft/transmorph the cane into a Staff of Reckoning and your rocking chair to a Griffin. You’ll be fine.
I’ve seen the same meme on Facebook; a stupid meme, a pointless meme, a meme that perpetuates stereotypes and disallows for the acceptance of progress. And makes me mad enough to spit nails.
Here it is…in all its ignorance. I’m tired of all of the woes of the world, of all the woes of women, being blamed on men. The woes are the result of the behaviours of people – what is in their under-drawers doesn’t determine their character for good or for ill.
Don’t let anyone fool you – this is not a harmless little meme about raising good boys. This is yet another anti-male piece of propaganda.
I know slimy people and the one thing that does not determine their level in the gutter, is their gender.
I know women who use their looks, use their boobs, ass and legs to get what they want and then are shocked when they are not treated with respect. I know guys who have used the fact that they are physically intimidating to get what they want and then are shocked when they are not treated with respect.
I know women who manipulate their men through behaviours – through tears, through the withholding of sex. I know men who manipulate their women through withholding affection and money. Both are primordial ooze in my opinion.
Women – if you want respect…here’s a thought – earn it through your behaviour as an ethical, moral and intelligent being.
Men – if you want respect…here’s a thought – earn it through your behaviour as an ethical, moral and intelligent being.
Instead of sharing the ridiculous meme above? How about this one instead?
If you feel you need to ask that question? Go back to your parents and demand a do-over because you’re a fail.
“Why is there a Gay Pride parade, why isn’t there a straight pride parade??” I heard that today. I actually heard those words come out of someone’s mouth. Brain cells were involved…okay, weeny-tiny mutated cells but brain cells none the less.
I’ll try to keep this short and the words as simple as possible.
- Straight people did not have their bars and social clubs busted by police with the patrons beaten to pulps and arrested for who and how they loved. Not because they were selling drugs or beating on passers-by but because of with whom they chose to spend their free time.
- Straight people don’t get beaten up on the street when they hold hands with a loved one.
- Straight people don’t lose jobs, opportunities or shelter because they are straight.
- Straight people don’t have to prove their worth day after day.
- Straight people don’t have to prove they are not pedophiles on a daily basis.
- Straight people are not the favoured target of the religious nutbags.
- Straight people didn’t have to fight for the right to get married.
- Straight people are not thrown out of their families for being straight.
- Straight people do not have to fight discrimination based on their “straightness”.
- Straight people are not the subject of derogatory jokes based on their sexual preference.
Montreal is holding a Pride Week and in my opinion, it is an important event. It is an event promoting solidarity and community. It is a joyous celebration of acceptance. Of the dream of total equality, without fear of violence and injustice.
I was asked how I can tolerate the young men wandering around nude or in ass-less chaps. Didn’t I find this behaviour disgusting?
Well, frankly – if I see something that I don’t like? I look away. I don’t like girls with their ass and tits hanging out; so I don’t look. I DON’T LIKE IT – that isn’t the girls’ problem, it is on me. I don’t like going to the store and standing behind a woman hiding a gallon of cottage cheese on her thighs, underneath Spandex stretched beyond human belief. I either change lines or play Candy Crush until it is my turn at the cash.
So some of the dudes are naked; are you so dense, so shallow that the message eludes you? They do this because they CAN do it now. They have that level of freedom. If you want to wander around naked with them? Go for it. Give me some warning so that I might duck into the nearest pub but hey…feel free.
What is it that really bothers you about gay pride? Is it that you are worried that you’ll leave the dance by yourself?
Gay Pride is important; it is important to the gay community and it is important to society at large. This is a monumental step forward toward a society that is equal for all. Not a difficult concept.
This is the photograph that has been blasted over the internet and media.
What’s this? The photo was provided by Simon-Pierre Canuel (aka Cipi Kanuel on Facebook)? The “alleged victim“? Seems a little contrived, the more cynical may see this as an orchestrated attempt to elicit sympathy for a lawsuit.
Keep in mind, the only way the press would have their wind up on this is if Canuel or someone under his direction, contacted the press; that, alone, casts all sorts of doubts on this guy’s veracity. In addition – it appears that a Simon-Pierre Canuel obtained a certificate in an arm of health science at La Cite Collegiale; wouldn’t it be poetic if this were the same guy? A certificate in health sciences would certainly raise the personal responsibility and due diligence bar a few notches.
In later stories, it was reported that this “severely allergic” and the correct term is “profoundly allergic” individual left his Epipen in the car. Right. Yet another claim by this guy that must be taken at face value and I don’t value his face, so I don’t believe him. I call BULLSHIT. He left his Epipen in the car…can it even be proven that he had one in the vicinity? Nobody but an irresponsible jackass leaves a temperature sensitive medication in a vehicle when, knowingly, entering a situation that is inherently hazardous. So yeah – bullshit.
He further claims to have told the waiter, “numerous” times that he was allergic to seafood. Well, first – if I believed him and I don’t, what kind of proof is there? Again, if he was so concerned about his allergies to have told the waiter “numerous” times? Why was his Epipen in a hot car?
In addition, a 22-year-old waiter is not an Ichthyologist and would not have known that salmon is seafood. Most 22 year olds, living in Sherbrooke, Quebec – far from any ocean would assume, based on what they’ve seen on television or learned in their classrooms, is that salmon swim UPSTREAM in FRESH WATER. Those are the facts that stick with most people; upstream – fresh water.
This narcissistic son of a bitch had a 22 year old kid arrested and his home searched because he, Simon-Pierre Canuel is a self-indulgent example of the worst of his generation,.
The kid didn’t make the tartare. He places the order and returns to pick it up. He then serves it. If Simon-Pierre Canuel cannot tell the difference in the scent of Salmon tartare and Beef tartare, then he should be eating at MacDonalds and saving society the headache.
This kid, this waiter, has probably been profoundly impacted due to Canuel’s irresponsibility as well as the minimizing by Canuel in his discussions with the press, his personal negligence.
How can I be so mean to this “poor victim”? Because the real victim is the waiter and by extension, the restaurant.
This Canuel is just your garden variety irresponsible idiot who should not be eating in better restaurants.
I can be so mean because I am profoundly allergic. I am profoundly allergic to shellfish, to tree nuts, to many types of legumes and as a result,
I take the responsibility of MY allergies. I have had “incidents” and I certainly didn’t blame the restaurant or the caterer. I know I am profoundly allergic and I base my life style decisions on those allergies.
I hope these charges are dropped without another second of delay and that this Canuel gets sued into tomorrow for defamation and wrongful arrest or whatever it is called.
And in addition? Show support for this poor waiter and the restaurant. If you are ever in Sherbrooke? Have a meal or a drink at: http://www.bartapageur.com/
ADDENDUM – the English media is lazy with its reporting…here is what appears in the French press: « Je ne m’attends pas à ce que le serveur fasse de la prison, poursuit-il. Moi, ce que je veux, c’est qu’il soit condamné pour le geste qu’il a posé. Il aurait pu me tuer, et dans les faits, il m’a tué puisque j’ai fait un arrêt cardiaque. Je réclame aussi de l’argent pour le stress que ma famille et moi avons subi. » Translated? Quel SURPRISE!!! He is also demanding money for the stress he and his family have suffered. Bastard.
Here is the story as it appeared in the Montreal Gazette;
Man arrested for serving fish to customer who was severely allergic
Published on: August 4, 2016 | Last Updated: August 4, 2016 2:42 PM EDT
Police arrested a young restaurant employee in Sherbrooke Wednesday after he served salmon tartare to a customer who was severely allergic.
The 22-year-old was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date. Sherbrooke police say a man ordered beef tartare at a local restaurant and specified numerous times to a waiter that he was allergic to both seafood and salmon.
A short time later, police say a plate of salmon tartare was brought to the table and the patron took a bite, unaware of what he’d been served because the lighting had been dimmed.
The client fell ill and was hospitalized for several weeks, even falling into a coma for two days and suffering cardiac arrest.
Martin Carrier of the Sherbrooke Police says he realizes the case is an unusual one, but notes the definition of criminal negligence in the Criminal Code allows for an arrest if there was carelessness or lack of action to ensure the health and safety of others.
Carrier says the waiter allegedly didn’t take any notes and the victim repeatedly warned the staffer about the allergy to ensure there wasn’t any cross-contamination in the kitchen.
They also searched his home on Wednesday in Sherbrooke, about 150 kilometres east of Montreal.
Police are recommending a criminal negligence charge, but Carrier says it will be up to Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions to determine whether charges will be laid.
Sherbrooke police opened an investigation on July 28 after receiving a formal complaint.
Please! STAY OUT OF QUEBEC. KEEP YOUR TOURISM DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKETS. If you do not understand French – this is the mayor of Quebec City. He has declared pit bulls outlawed in the city and boroughs as of January 2017. Owners of pit bulls have 6 months to get their dogs out of the city or risk having them destroyed. This is not a place that deserves your or your money. Go to the Maritimes, go out west, if you must visit Canada – stay out of Quebec and send Maitre Lebeaume an e-mail explaining why you are spending your money elsewhere.
So the family – while visiting in Florida – threaten the hospital with media exposure. Well, they got their wish – media exposure. They have been exposed as narcissistic, self-centered low lives, more concerned about themselves than the welfare of their elderly grandmother. Personally, if it weren’t for the grandmother, I would love to see their names. A little public shaming may be just what the doctor ordered.
Perhaps equally as disturbing are the comments found below the story. Lots of blaming the system and whining about how nobody understands the burden caring for an elderly relative can be.
Well, I understand. I understand a generation that puts themselves first. A generation of selfish narcissists, who feels that the government and this means, you and I, as taxpayers are in place to solve their problems.
This doesn’t take much of an I.Q. to figure out; but apparently, younger members of the population, lack the I.Q. or common sense to understand that family members age and as they age, they may not be in a position to “plan” ahead.
Family is responsibility; it means looking ahead and understanding that there may be a time when an elder relative will need care – constant care perhaps. Nobody plans to break a hip, to suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating illnesses. Family should have a plan in place for the eventuality.
Lives will have to change. Work full time? Well, then – a change in job may be necessary in order to provide care for the family member in need. A change in lifestyle – scaling back. Selling a home in order to find something more suitable to this new reality. Florida vacations put on hold.
The elder relative is not society’s problem. The elder relative is the new life path for the family. It is no secret that long term beds are at a high premium. We have all known this for decades. We all know that outside help is expensive and hard to come by and so contingency plans are required. Family called in to help. It shouldn’t be an option.
I know, damn well, what it is like. My husband and I took it as a matter of course that one, if not all, of our parents would be our responsibility. In the end, there were only two that required any special care; my parents. My Dad required constant monitoring by a local hospital – blood transfusions, help around the home – then came dialysis and appointments at various hospitals and doctors. He passed before it became necessary for him to move in with us. His passing left my Mother alone; she could not be left on her own. We made the decision, with her, for a move to our home.
Was this something we dreamed of, the three of us? No. Our kids had moved out; for the first time, in our married lives, we were alone, as a couple. We saw ourselves living without the responsibility of caring for other human beings in our home. We envisioned dinners out, vacations away from the city in which we live. We were anticipating freedom. This was not to be and that’s life. My Mother needed a secure environment. She was not yet ill but she was depressed and grieving. She took a nasty fall in her home and no one was there. She put her home up for sale, my husband and son went about building a place for her in our home, something that would afford her some measure of independent living, yet security should anything occur.
We adapted, all three of us. My vacation time was eaten up by doctor’s appointments and other needs that surface when dealing with an elder relative. This went on for 3 years – Mom became very ill and I had to take off a great deal of time from work. There were no vacations away, there were no worry free dinners out. There were middle of the night calls for an ambulance. There were hours spent sitting beside her gurney in emergency rooms. There were days spent running back and forth from my job to hospital. But she would have done the same for me. We were family and this is what family’s do. It isn’t up to the hospital, to the nurses, the doctors and it certainly isn’t up to the government or taxpayer to care for a family member, a “presumed” loved one who sacrificed for us.
Had my employer objected to the time off I needed to care for Mom – I would have left the job. It was a contingency plan. But they hung in there, luckily and Plan B was never required.
So to all those commenters railing against the government and the health care system? What is wrong with you? What part of your nasty little brains does not understand personal responsibility? Plan for it – plan to have an elder relative as part of your nuclear family core. Plan to look after them and plan for the eventuality of long term care. Step away from your perception of being the center of the universe – step away from thinking that you have the RIGHT to a carefree vacation or personal life. You don’t. Your responsibility is to family, first. That isn’t up to me or up to the tax dollars that I pay to government. There are a lot of seniors in care facilities who could, very easily, be cared for by a family with a handle on the definition of humanity.