vendredi 20 octobre 2017

THE INDIAN SUMMER 2017 AT THE COTTAGE




THE INDIAN SUMMER 2017 AT THE COTTAGE -
BY BERNARD BUJOLD -
The Indian summer 2017 in Quebec is beautiful and even more at the cottage ...
The season of colors will not have really happened this year but, nature is always exceptional!
Have a nice Indian summer to all ...
SEE PHOTOS (October 18, 2017)

DEBATE MAYOR OF MONTREAL 2017 - VALERIE PLANTE AND DENIS CODERRE






DEBATE MAYOR OF MONTREAL 2017 -
By Bernard Bujold -
The debate in French between Valérie Plante and Denis Coderre Thursday, October 19, 2017 as part of the race for the mayor of Montreal clearly highlighted the difference between the two candidates but without any of the two succeeding into bringing down the opponent. 
If Denis Coderre proposes the continuity of the administration of the last four years, Valérie Plante proposes a vision of change for an orientation towards the citizens and the families rather than the big companies. 
The two candidates were respectful to each other and the moderator François Cardinal proved to be an excellent moderator of debate... 
SEE PHOTO ALBUM

jeudi 19 octobre 2017

GILBERT, ERIC AND THE OTHERS...


GILBERT, ERIC AND THE OTHERS... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
In the space of half a day, two giants of the Quebec entertainment industry have fallen to the ground completely! 
First Eric Savail Wednesday morning, then early in the evening it was the turn of Gilbert Rozon. 
Personally I do not know Salvail and I only met him once in my life while he was working for Julie Snyder. Since I'm not a homosexual and I was a good friend with Julie at the time, the contact did not work between Eric and me, beyond the usual greetings, at the Montreal Ritz... 
In the case of Gilbert Rozon, the situation is very different because I know him very well! I met him in person dozens of times and I even discussed possible work for me with him while I was actively looking for a job after the death of Pierre Péladeau in 1998. I also attended several of his performances back stage or been at private events including one of his birthdays organized by one of his vice-presidents who knew me. 
If I liked Rozon, he never liked me and I soon realized that the character, either feared me or did not like my style... 
I had confirmation of this the day one of Rozon's three sisters, with whom I was very close, offered to ask Gilbert to hire me while my job search was stalling everywhere. Gilbert's sister told me that he was able to help me and that she would ask him to find me a job in his vast empire. However, a few days later, very uncomfortable, she was telling me that she had spoken to him but he had told her that there was nothing available, for the moment! I was not surprised because six months before, I had been selected for a communication job in the Festival by the director of the English section, but when Gilbert had seen me in the office of his manager, I was  contacted the next day and told that the process was stopped because of budget issue ... 
To say that I am sad for the woes of Gilbert this Wednesday evening of October 18, 2017 would be lying, on my part... 
In my opinion, Just For Laughs will be sold to Evenko by Christmas ... 
What will be next for the entertainment world? First it is obvious that the two stars of Wednesday are completely out of play for life! But the worst is that there will be more in the coming weeks. Characters like Eric and Gilbert are still in the game, not just in entertainment... 
The question is who will be next? 
I have five or six names in mind but I will not make predictions. I prefer to stick to political projections ... 
To be continued! 
SEE REPORT THE PRESS

mardi 17 octobre 2017

THE END OF A MONTRÉAL TRADITION ...


THE END OF A MONTREAL TRADITION... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
Cyrille Estève (65), one of Montreal's most famous street musicians, is about to retire. 
Indeed, after playing a wooden spoon for 20 years in front of the department store Ogilvy on Sainte-Catherine Street West, the musician will cease his activities at the end of October 2017! 
SEE STORY LA PRESSE

BOMBARDIER GIVES FULL CONTROL TO AIRBUS


BOMBARDIER GIVES FULL CONTROL TO AIRBUS -
By Bernard Bujold - 
Bombardier sold 50.01% of its assets in the C SERIES project to Airbus. 
While some are delighted by the rescue of the Quebec company by a European giant, other observers fear the same fate for the jewel in Quebec as that experienced by Alcan ... 
The new limited partnership controlled by Airbus will continue to operate with the Government of Quebec as its third largest shareholder. 
And to circumvent the trade block with the United States, Airbus is committed, once the transaction is completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018, to transform its plant in Mobile, Alabama, into the assembly plant of the C Series. The aircraft that will be assembled there will be considered as US aircraft and will thus be able to escape US countervailing duties. 
The strangest clause of this surprise transaction remains the two options granted to the two largest shareholders of the new limited partnership, Airbus and Bombardier, which they can each exercise at their convenience. Indeed, seven and a half years after completion of the transaction, at the end of 2025, Airbus will have the option of making an offer to acquire all of the shares held by Bombardier in the C Series at fair market value . Conversely, by the end of 2025, Bombardier may require Airbus to redeem its entire interest in the C Series at its fair market value. Beginning in 2023, the 19% interest that Investissement Québec holds in the C Series may be acquired by the limited partnership, and ultimately by Airbus. 
In other words, Bombardier clearly intends to dispose of all its shares in the C Series once the program reaches its alleged full production rate by 2025, leaving Airbus the sole prime contractor for the program. 
SEE STORY THE GAZETTE

jeudi 12 octobre 2017

DOES GOD EXISTS?


DOES GOD EXISTS? 
by Bernard Bujold- 
The universal questioning: Does God exist? The two fundamental questions by humans facing God: "What is the origin of the universe and how life began on earth; and the most important: where do we go after our human life?" 
The debate about God is divided into two groups: those who believe in an eternal god and those who believe in pure science. 
Dan Brown's new novel "ORIGIN" uses this questioning between God and science to develop the story of his book. 
In fact, his novel focuses on the advances of the computer vis-à-vis humans, in particular the voice recognition. The many chapters of the book on artificial intelligence are profoundly captivating for technology lovers, but will terrorize the humanists and those who believe in the supremacy of the human. 
The novel does not offer a definitive answer to the questioning of God but Dan Brown shows us an obvious fact: the machine is already capable of replacing the human and even do better! His narrative is serious and reflects the current scientific reality but the text is also romanticized to the flavor of a polar as only Brown is able to do it! 
Also, the place of his novel is totally in the news since most of the action is happening in Spain...  
Personally I am not a believer of any religion even though I have several friends in the Catholic religion. Since I grew up in a presbytery while my aunt was the servant of the parish priest in the Gaspé region, I have always retained much affection for the atmosphere of the churches of the Catholic religion but I consider that all religions are community-based organizations that are very useful to society but are politically managed and have nothing to do with God as such. Besides, we may question, assuming that the religious god exists, what religion is it? Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, or other? And if we push the question even further, what about the devil? 
If for many, life is a creation of an all-powerful god, there are many other who coldly believe that the universe and life are the work of pure science. And if religions place the world at the center of the universe, science places the earth as a simple particle among the infinity of stars and solar systems. A theory even wants that the machine (the computer) will totally replace one day human life in the universe. If the machine succeeds in reproducing itself, it will then become eternal. 
As far as I am concerned, I believe that God is in each one of us who are at the same time in our soul: god and devil. The universe is a sum of energy and this energy rests on a scientific equilibrium. This energy includes light, fire, planets, stars, our sun, etc. Each of us is surrounded by this energy and, through our interaction with our small near-universe (the planet earth and its components), we become sometimes god (good) or sometimes devil (evil ) according to our current decisions and actions.  
Evidently this is a hypothesis, as for life, like as for God, both remains a mystery for each of us, myself included! And a mystery is sometimes the best value! 
When I was a teenager, I remember one night watching the stars in the sky while I was lying by a lake. After a moment I was seized with giddiness in my gaze at the infinite depths of the stars and I had stopped watching so much the fear of losing myself took hold of me. 
Conclusion: The mystery is more pleasant if one ceases to want to solve it and if one simply accepts the present moment of life! In addition, in my case, I love the machines ... 
SEE ALBUM PHOTOS

jeudi 5 octobre 2017

CHRISTYNA PELLETIER IS BACK IN TOWN


CHRISTYNA PELLETIER is back in town 
By Bernard Bujold - 
Former restaurateur Christyna Pelletier (SOUPÇON COCHON), and one of my friends on Facebook, had to close her excellent restaurant a few months ago. 
I have just learned that she is now involved in development and public relations for "Parrainage Civique  Montreal", a self-help group that supports people with intellectual disabilities in their integration and participation in society. 
Christyna is organizing a first fundraising evening under the theme ZOMBIES on Friday, October 13th! TV host Chantal Lamarre will be in attendance as well as Italian singer Marco Calliari, who is also the compagnon of Christyna ... 
The evening will be in partnership with the Expression Italia dance school and more than 20 members with intellectual disabilities will perform a choreography adapted from Thriller (Michael Jackson) in order to charm the team of judges of the evening. 
DANSE.O.TOWN aims to raise public awareness of the cause of adults with intellectual disabilities. Having chosen dance as an engine of stimulation and gathering, it is an event of integration, human gratification and personal development for members with intellectual disabilities. 
All profits from the event will go to the self-help organization. 
The details of the evening on the Facebook page. 
Good luck Christyna and congratulations for your return to town!
FACEBOOK PARRAINAGE CIVIQUE MONTRÉAL