— A fourth Canadian soldier in a week has died in an apparent suicide.
The body of Master Cpl. Sylvain Lelièvre, 46, was discovered at CFB Valcartier on Monday.
Lelièvre was a member of the Royal 22e Regiment (the “VanDoos”) who served in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
An investigation continues.
Another soldier told Canadian Press that the moment the Canadian military told him in November he was being discharged because of his post-traumatic stress disorder, he felt his live was over and he attempted suicide.
Many people throughout the world have been following the scandal revolving around the mayor and wondering, “How could the voters not have known about the type of person Rob Ford is?”
The answer is, “Because they weren’t paying attention!” This little piece of video, filmed almost a decade ago, showed that our mayor is a bully with severe anger management problems. His sudden rages are most indicative of crack addiction and alcoholism.
Most revealing is the weasel at his elbow. the one who pushed just the right button to set Rob Ford off. All bullies have these people hovering around them. “Hit ‘em, Spike! Did you hear what he called you?”
Sad sack of shit, and his rise shows that cheap populism works here in Canada just like everywhere else.
A lesbian couple in Kingston, Ontario, received threatening letters from people claiming ‘Christianity’ as the motive.
Sigh. Must remember my mantra.
To be angered by evil is to partake of it, stupid. - Phrases of Import and Salvation, Chapter IX, The Book of Universal Truths and Other Humorous Anecdotes
The death toll is now five after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Quebec early Saturday morning. The blistering explosion destroyed a town center, and officials say the ongoing fires are keeping rescuers from searching the rest of the area.
Police aren’t saying how many other people are missing, but warn there may be more deaths to report.
Meanwhile, The Montreal Gazette says 2,000 people have evacuated the picturesque town of Lac-Megantic, about 160 miles east of Montreal and bordering Maine and Vermont. The explosion sent a huge fireball hundreds of feet into the air when the 72-car train plowed into the downtown area.
Four of those cars were carrying 30,000 gallons of crude oil from North Dakota, NPR’s Dan Karpenchuk reports, destroying dozens of downtown buildings — in an area that was crowded with party-goers. Reports vary, but the Gazette puts the number of people missing at 40.
Police have said they expect more people to be found dead after a runaway train carrying light crude oil exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic.
The blast sent a fireball and black smoke into the air, killing one and forcing the evacuation of 1,000 people.
Dozens of buildings were destroyed in the town, about 250km (155 miles) east of Montreal.
They include a bar full of customers. Police are trying to account for dozens of missing people.
The train’s cars reportedly uncoupled from a parked engine and derailed early on Saturday.
On Thursday, the Senate gave third and final reading to Conservative MP Brian Storseth’s private member’s Bill C-304 to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, striking a much appreciated blow in favour of freedom of expression.
More: Russ Campbell’s Blog
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford’s much-publicized conflict of interest case—and rightly so in my opinion. No reasons for dismissing the appeal were provided by the court. The dismissal, however, did not seem to surprise legal experts who reportedly say the court only accepted 12 per cent of appeal requests made last year.
The recent resignation of Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber from the Conservative caucus highlights once again the opening of small fissures in the once rock-solid public face of the federal Tory party. From this we are reminded that a prime minister who expects intelligent, educated men and women to offer unquestioning adherence to strict party policy year in and year out is probably setting himself up for a major disappointment—and unnecessarily so.
More: Russ Campbell’s Blog
In a recent interview, Justin Trudeau spoke about looking for the root causes of home grown terrorism when asked what he would do if an event like the Boston Marathon bombing happened in Canada. Apparently that was a mistake. So the Canadian right tells us.
They went ballistic after his comments and are now using his response as validation of their previous claim that Trudeau isn’t mature enough to lead the country. What they really mean is Trudeau isn’t violently right wing enough to lead the country. In their eyes, to be right wing enough means to shoot without asking questions because asking questions about root causes precludes the ability to shoot. The PM of Canada, Stephen Harper, went so far as to condemn the act of ‘committing sociology’ when it comes to terrorist attacks.
The new Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau has demonstrated he’s as ineffective and maladroit as were Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff when it comes to making public comments at the wrong time and place.