samedi 28 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS - THE CITY IS IN A STATE OF WAR



THE CORONAVIRUS - THE CITY IS IN A STATE OF WAR 
By Bernard Bujold -
We can say that the City of Montreal is like a city in a state of war! 
In fact, the mayor of Montreal declared a state of local emergency on Friday (March 27, 2020), but she hastened to say that for the moment the prospect of a "quarantine" or "confinement" of the metropolis is not under consideration. "If one day this were to be the case, it would be at the request of the Quebec government and Public Health" ... 
Never has the city of Montreal been so empty and lifeless! The situation is very worrisome, but above all, it is sad to tears! 
Good luck... 
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jeudi 26 mars 2020

LE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IS CONSIDERING BANKRUPTCY


LE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 
By Bernard Bujold -
The famous Cirque du Soleil, Quebec's flagship, is said to be on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. Debts amount to more than $900 million. 
SEE STORY THE NATIONAL POST 

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE WARTIME PRESIDENCY OF DONALD TRUMP


           
THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE WARTIME PRESIDENCY OF DONALD TRUMP 
By Bernard Bujold
The President Donald Trump is fighting a war against the Coronavirus and one could say that he is a "Wartime President". 
It is not easy, for any politician in the world, to fight a war, any war, as his decisions will have a life or death consequence. 
In the case of Donald Trump, 60% of Americans approve of the job he is doing in handling the crisis while 38% disapprove of how he has done (source the Gallup poll March 13-22, 2020). 
Recently asked if he regrets to have asked for and win the job as President of the United States, Donald Trump answered that it cost him dearly financially but at the end the question is: "so what?". 
He realizes that he lost a lot of money, billions of dollars in the last three years (before the Coronavirus crisis) that he would have been able to make with his private enterprises but he did not regret it at all to have given up his former life to be the President of the United States. 
He is deeply proud to be fighting for his country and be a leader in this time of war. 
One could love or hate Donald Trump, but all have to admit that the whole planet Earth is facing a very strange and dangerous situation. Close to 200 countries are in this 2020 Coronavirus War! The challenge for all the political leaders is one of life and death. 
Personally, even if I am deeply scare about the Coronavirus situation and the damage it is doing to our world civilization, I am comforted to be living this hard moment in history, and of my life, knowing that a Donald Trump is fighting with all his soul and like him, I hope for the best, in a near future! 
It is not "my death" that scare me but to live "a life" in a world where survival is without rules in abandoned structures (buildings, roads, public places, etc.). 
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mercredi 25 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE MUSEUM


CORONAVIRUS AND THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
By Bernard Bujold-
In spite of its closure following the Coronavirus crisis, the Museum of Fine Arts continues to be accessible through its website where the exhibitions are presented, virtually with photos and comments. 
On the MMFA's Facebook page, we are asked what is our fondest memory of our visits to the Museum? 
Personally, in addition to OCTOBER by James Tissot, which I love, I have two other favourite works hanging at the Museum and they are: 
1. Henri- Joseph Harpignies - CLAIR DE LUNE (1889); 
2. Georges Michel - LANDSCAPE(with navy) 1820-1830. 
At each visit, I look at these paintings and they inspire me Life! 
I would need to see them again in these times of the Coronavirus... 
Note: Ulysses and I miss our friend "October" very much! Will we ever see her again?   

SEE MUSEUM WEBSITE 

SEE PAGE FACEBOOK MUSEUM 

SEE PICTURES MONTREAL GHOST TOWN 

mardi 24 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE MEDIA


CORONAVIRUS AND THE MEDIA 
By Bernard Bujold -
I have always been passionate about the media and my first job was as a journalist. It was the best time of my life! 
With the Coronavirus crisis, the media is considered an essential service, but even before the virus, the media was in a moribund situation. 
How will they cope with this period? 
They have two challenges: 
1. Survive economically as their advertisers shut down and eliminate their advertising campaigns. The collapse of the economic structure is also the collapse of the media.
2.The second challenge is how to maintain the independence of their role from the state. A journalist is not the messenger of governments but his watchdog! 
Good luck in the storm... 

SEE STORY LE DEVOIR 

SEE STORY LA PRESSE 

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ASTERIX AND OBELIX - THE DEATH OF ALBERT UDERZO


         
ASTERIX AND OBELIX 
The cartoonist Albert Uderzo, creator with René Goscinny of ASTÉRIX ET OBELIX, died Tuesday (March 24, 2020) at the age of 92. The comic strip had been created for the first time in 1959.  
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lundi 23 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE CLOSURE OF BUSINESSES


CORONAVIRUS AND BUSINESS CLOSURES - 
 HOW LONG CAN POLITICIANS KEEP DOING IT? 
By Bernard Bujold -
President Donald Trump has said he wants to open the economy as quickly as possible and is considering relaxing social distancing guidelines to get the economy moving again. 
"We can't let the cure be worse than the problem itself," Trump tweeted. " 
 There has been tension within the federal government's coronavirus team for months between health experts looking for scientific ways to stop the crisis and economic advisers looking to protect the economy as much as possible. 
Larry Kudlow, the White House's top economic adviser, expressed concern about the economic effects of ordering Americans to stay inside. "At some point, you have to ask yourself whether the closure is doing more harm than good," he said. 
SEE STORY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

dimanche 22 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND STAR TREK


CORONAVIRUS AND STAR TREK -
By Bernard Bujold -
Just before the closing of my favourite bookseller Indigo, I got my hands on the new science fiction book "STAR TREK: PICARD - The Last Best Hope". 
The new mission of Jean-Luc Picard is to save by evacuation the planet of the ROMULAN (900 million inhabitants) which is threatened of destruction by a SUPERNOVA (implosion of a planet) ). One could compare the challenge to that of the Coronavirus on Earth. The Romulan is a very secretive people (like the Chinese) and kept the threat of Supernova on their planet hidden, which would have been a danger to other nearby planets. 
The story of the book is also the introduction to the new series Star Trek: Picard broadcast on CBS All Access web subscription television. 
Planet Earth may need a Jean-Luc Picard to fight the Coronavirus, which is our reality... 
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samedi 21 mars 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE ELDERLY



CORONAVIRUS AND THE ELDERLY 
By Bernard Bujold-
Older people are at risk not only with the Coronavirus itself but also because of the other people around them in society. Here in Quebec, not only are we refusing to let them into the Société des alcools by telling them that people 70 years of age and older are not admitted, but now younger citizens are violently calling out to them in the street, shouting at them to go home! 
Good luck to the elderly! 
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