mardi 29 janvier 2013

NCIS reached 25 million of viewers...

The show NCIS is the leading entertainment on TV in the U.S. with 25 million viewers for the program of last January 15, 2013. 
The series is broadcasted every Tuesday - 8 pm on CBS .
Photo 1: Scene NCS;
See Viewing figures
See official website NCIS ;

The story of a family... Bachar al-Assad!

Appearances are often deceiving... This photo gives the impression of a nice, happy and honest family ! However, it is the worst dictator in the modern world! 
The wife of dictator Bashar al-Assad would be pregnant with their fourth child... 
Photo 1: President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma;
See Paris Match story;

Montreal under water...

The city of Montreal has been the victim of leaks that have transformed Ste-Catherine Street in a real river... 
Photos 1 and 2: Flooding in downtown Montreal;
See story La Presse;

Sunday Winter Moonlight in Old Montreal...

Photos of moonlight on a winter Sunday evening in Old Montreal... 
Photo 1-4: Moonlight in Old Montreal (by Bernard Bujold - January 2013);
See site photos ;

Conrad Black will be on television...

Conrad Black will co-host a weekly TV broadcast across Canada. 
Photo 1: Conrad Black;
See story The Globe and Mail ;

samedi 26 janvier 2013

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the two best friends! See interview Sunday evening (January 27 2013) on CBS 60 Minutes. 
Photo 1 and 2: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton;
See report CBS - 60 Minutes ;

Long live to the ski mountain...

The intense cold is gone ... Welcome to the ski mountain! 
Photos 1 and 2: Bernard Bujold ( on the slopes of Mont Tremblant;
See official site of Mont Tremblant ;

Stephen Harper and hockey

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, will soon publish a book he wrote personally and which tells the story of ice hockey in Canada since its creation. Stay tuned! 
Photo 1: Stephen Harper playing hockey ;
See story The Montreal Gazette ;

mardi 22 janvier 2013

Brian Mulroney is back...

Maclean's magazine published a report highlighting the current popularity of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Title: Brian Mulroney is back... 
Photo 1: Brian Mulroney;
Photo 2: Canadian Parliament in Ottawa;
See Maclean's report ;

lundi 21 janvier 2013


The 57th inauguration ceremony of U.S. President was conducted officially Monday, January 21, 2013 in Washington. 
Photos 1,2 and 3: Opening Ceremony;
Photo 4: Barack Obama; à
See official website of Washington;

GARAGE WINTER SALE ... or urban stories!

by Bernard Bujold ( - 
To take advantage of the beginning of the new year 2013, a personal woman friend decided to get rid of some furniture that she was storing for many years in a locker downtown Montreal. 
It must be said that in addition to a resolution of the new year, the action was also motivated by increased rental as the supplier has decided to change its billing and applying blocks of 4 weeks rather than monthly blocks . In accounting, it has the direct effect of adding an extra month of income in a year (13 months) and of course, an increase for the tenant... 
A locker costs on average $ 150 per month, totalling almost $ 2,000 per year after the increase. Furniture storage never take enough value to offset the rent, unless it be antiques, which was not the case for objects of my friend. 
That being said, together we decided to organize a virtual garage sale and announce the furniture on a classifieds ads site online. We had a couple of replies to our listings, but either the buyers wanted to negotiate the price down by half; receiving the furniture delivered to their homes; or, in one case, the buyer wanted to visit the home seller... 
The latter is, however, unclear and this may be an individual wanting to spot for home invasion! This individual was interested in the least significant objects, a radio with speaker and at my suggestion (I was acting as a direct liaison with potential buyers) to pick up the radio directly to the storage locker, he suggested rather to come to our residence. I explained to him that all items for sale were in the warehouse and he accepted this procedure. But the next morning he called me to suggest again that he would rather come to our home instead of the storage. While I explained again that it would be easier for him to go to the locker located in the middle of downtown, I added that we would prefer not to receive private home buyers since we do not really know all these people, he finally said that it was too complicated and he declined the purchase... 
A retired policeman friend is convinced that this is probably an organized network of flights home with identification of target areas for action. But do not panic! 
Conclusion: no success with the sales on the internet! My woman friend will make some calls to charities by the end of the lease of 31 January and there is good chance that the Salvation Army will be benefiting of the old furniture... except that radio that she will keep as a souvenir of this garage sale in 2013! 
Photo 1: Centre ville de Montréal ;
Photo 2 et 3: Casier de rangement ;
Photo 4: Bernard Bujold ( ;
Voir album photos ;

dimanche 20 janvier 2013

Richard Garneau (1930-2013)

Richard Garneau, journalist and famous television presenter, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 5 hours 30 am. 
Photo 1 and 2: Richard Garneau;
See story La Presse ;

vendredi 18 janvier 2013

Lance Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey...

By Bernard Bujold ( - 
The interview of the century between Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong is in fact a confirmation of the talent of Oprah more than repentance by a champion cyclist. Armstrong is a highly skilled communicator but one retains most of his message is that he lied during his career, but he did not realize the scope of his lies at the time. The champion does not regret having lied but regrets not having realized the extent of his actions on his entourage. If he had known the importance given to his behavior, he would have acted differently... 
Both interviews are total of 5 hours of television and all media around the world have talked about it... Conclusion: the event is a great success for Oprah! 
Photo 1: Lance Armstrong and Oprah;
Photo 2: Lance Armstrong;
Photo 3: View of the registration;
See Oprah website ;

LA PRESSE and her future...

La Presse may experience difficulties with its unions. 
Management plans to reduce its workforce and transform its operations just as did the Journal de Montreal after a long conflict with journalists. It will be remembered that the direction of La Presse in 2009 had threatened to close the newspaper definitively if union did not accept an increase in their working week. Employees had quickly accepted the request... 
The threat is now back again. Stay tuned! 
Photo 1: Logo La Presse;
See story about La Presse ;

mercredi 16 janvier 2013

Claude Benoit, Director of the Old Port of Montreal will leave on February 28...

By Bernard Bujold ( - 
Claude Benoit, Director of the Old Port of Montreal, has finally been officially thanked for her services and she will leave on February 28th. The search for a replacement is officially launched. The spokesman for Canada Lands Company has confirmed the decision by press release today on January 16, 2013. 
Recall that the Old Port of Montreal was dissolved on last November 29, 2012 and it is now the Canada Lands Company which runs the facility. Local director Claude Benoit has been criticized for her spending as a manager and several saw the elimination of local board as an automatic replacement of Madame Benoit, which did not happen. 
Some employees of the Old Port seem to have their own opinion on the subject because during the holidays ( January 2, 2013) while Bernard Bujold ( was walking near the ice rink in the Old Port and as he chatted with attendants on site, the guy on the Zamboni had called Claude Benoit: "F. ......", while his colleague at security added more politely: "Unfortunately, the dictatorship of Madame Benoit is not over, despite what the media reported... " 
Their wish is now realized!
Photo 1: Claude Benoit;
Photos 2 and 3: Old Port of Montreal;
See official website of Canada Lands Company ;
See story about Claude Benoit ;

vendredi 11 janvier 2013


by Bernard Bujold ( -
While Jean Charest announced his new role as a lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault, and just days before the beginning of the five public debates between candidates for his succession to take place on 13, 20 and 27 January and 2 February, respectively, in Montreal, Quebec, Gatineau and Rimouski, the journalist Patrick Lagacé of La Presse published a summary of his dinner with three Liberal candidates in the race. Recall that the Liberal convention will be held at Verdun on 16 and 17 of March. There is much to be expected once a new leader in office, that the Liberals will want to quickly overthrow the current government of Pauline Marois and trigger a general election in Quebec. 
To be continued... 
Photo 1: Jean Charest, Pierre Moreau, Philippe Couillard and Raymond Bachand;
See story La Presse
See official website of the Quebec Liberal Party ;

mercredi 9 janvier 2013

NCIS on CBS - The best of television...

NCIS series on the American television continues to be the best! The audience for the NCIS episode of Tuesday, January 8, 2013 featured on CBS peaked with a total of 20.9 million viewers! 
To be continued next week! 
Photo 1: Scenes of NCIS - CBS;
See official website of NCIS
See NCIS TV audience ;

mardi 8 janvier 2013

Quebec Mayor Régis Labeaume is elected 4th best politician in the world ...

The mayor of Quebec City Régis Labeaume elected 4th best politician the world... 
Photo 1: The mayor of Quebec Régis Labeaume;
See story La Presse ;

The case Gérard Depardieu: comparison between Pauline Marois and François Hollande ...

The real issue in the case Gérard Depardieu is a matter of greedy policy in terms of taxes. Excellent analysis published in La Presse that compares the policies of François Hollande with those of Pauline Marois. 
Photo 1: Pauline Marois and François Hollande;
See story La Presse ;

lundi 7 janvier 2013

Montreal St-James is fighting the Quebec tax...

Hotel St-James in Montreal wants to deduct tax against his yacht which Revenu Quebec refuses... 
The owner of the Hotel St-James in Montreal Lucien Remillard is often in fight against Revenu Quebec including tax for a transaction between him and his two son... 
Photo 1: St James Hotel Montreal;
Photo 2: Lucien Remillard;
See story La Presse ;

vendredi 4 janvier 2013

Gérard Depardieu in Russia...

The great actor Gérard Depardieu is now a citizen of Russia... He returned his French passport and now you can call him: "The Great Russian actor ..." 
French journalist Katia Chapoutier has presented an excellent report about this story on Radio-Canada. (see link below) 
Photo 1 and 2: Gérard Depardieu;
Photo 3: Cartoon of Gérard Depardieu as Obelix in Russia,;
See Radio-Canada report by Katia Chapoutier
See open letter by Gérard Depardieu to Russia ;