Climate change mantra in Sackville resonating in Bambi’s mind whilst reading Dr. Freeman Dyson’s obituary

Sackville is a small town. From your house or your office (unless your office is in your house), you can hear if demonstrators are on the streets shouting through a microphone or singing slogans, etc.

Yesterday was Friday February 28, 2020. It was a big event in one of NB prestigious universities located in Sackville (Bambi will name Mount Allison University ?). It was open house day where potential students, and their families, come to visit the campus and town. They meet with university staff, professors, and students. They spend a whole day at the university to get a flavour of what to expect, if they chose this place for their undergraduate studies in the coming year.

From a promotional perspective, this day is definitely one of the most significant ones to charm and recruit new students.

It is on such a day that a group of environmental “crusaders” chose to pressure the school with their divest from fossil fuel passionate activism. This is likely not very appealing to visitors (perhaps quite attractive to some others, who knows?).

Bambi could hear the: “Keep it in the ground” chant (in referral to fossil fuel or oil). It was like a loud mantra repeated over and over to the point that Bambi thought to herself: “Thank goodness, I do not have kids to send them to our Canadian schools nowadays” (yes, there is a good side to everything, including childlessness).

Why is Bambi saying this? Not because she does not think that it is noble to take care of our planet/environment. Not because she does not think highly of those students or professionals with them who want to feel congruent in their lifestyle (with their morality). On the contrary, we do need people who stand up for their values and who keep our political elites accountable on the environmental front. Thank you for this. However, it is a different story when environmentalism becomes too radical to the level we are observing nowadays in Canada and in the Western world by extension. Bambi would not be surprised even if in the next few years, we may see a new form of terrorism, an environmental one (a little bit like the FLQ or Northern Island militias of the past or Islamism or any form of radical movement, independent of the noble cause underlying it).

It is with this spirit that Bambi woke up this morning to news of the death of a great scientist and apparently wise man, Dr. Freeman Dyson:

Many of our town’s loud activists will likely dismiss Dr. Dyson altogether or won’t stop to listen to his insights and understand the nuance he is bringing to the climate change (or global warming) popular narrative.

If you are like Dr. Dyson, someone who does not accuse people who do not agree with you of being traitors, you may wish to listen to this interview with him, conducted in 2015.

Rest in peace Dr. Dyson. Thank you for your long career, your contribution to science, and for your common sense.

Is political correctness our collective insanity? The answer in Mr. Mathieu Bock-Côté’s article entitled “Let’s trash Félix Leclerc”[‘À la poubelle, Félix Leclerc!’] and Mr. Yannick Lemay’s cartoon

A cartoon by Mr. Yannick Lemay (Journal de Québec, February 27, 2020) showing a mother upset that her kid is learning a song of Mr. Félix Leclerc: “There is no way that I will let the school expose my beloved son to such things!” N.B: Please watch what type of game her son is playing?

The irony behind the cartoon above is that this story is not a fiction. It truly happened in one of Montreal’s schools yesterday.

Here is a translation of an article by Mr. Mathieu Bock-Côté who was himself the target the political correctness’ absurd mob:

Mr. Félix Leclerc, a picture appearing in the article above with the following text written under it: “The censors are infinitely stupid!”

“The news took those who hadn’t completely lost their minds by surprise: at a Mile End school in Montreal, Félix Leclerc’s song “The 100,000 Ways to Kill a Man” [Les 100 000 façons de tuer un homme] was taught to students.

I write “taught” because it is no longer being taught. Following a complaint from a parent who said he/she was offended by the representation that was made of people on social assistance, the teacher and the administration of the school decided to remove the song from the program.

Better! To erase even the trace, the students had to tear the page on which it was written from their Duo-Tang to put it for recycling! In the trash, Félix! In the garbage!

Some will only see this story as an exasperating news item. False! It is indicative of the immense stupidity of our time.

The Song

Everything is there.

First, the hypersensitivity of a parent, who wants to censor a text that triggered him/her.

Then the cowardice of the establishment, which lies down before the quarrelsome parent out of fear of seeing the controversy swell and explode. The dissatisfaction of a person pushes the authorities to bend the knee. What to do in front of such invertebrates? We also understand that teachers are suspicious of the excessive presence of parents in their classrooms.

Finally, the lack of culture is combining with the anachronistic spirit. To treat a classic song from Québec, which evokes the moral universe of the old world and the old French-Canadian peasantry, as a vulgar political manifesto, is to offend culture and literature.

In the name of the spirit of compromise, I heard good people proposing that this song by Félix Leclerc be replaced by another.

But which one?

Around the island? I can already hear a neo-feminist being offended that Félix speaks with suspicion of the miniskirt!

The angry lark? This time, I can see someone being offended about Félix Leclerc’s sympathy for the indignation which led certain young people to join the FLQ.

The night of November 15? Especially not! He sings about independence!

Wait for me ti-guy? No! It excites populism and anti-parliamentary politics by saying bad things about politicians!

There are all the ingredients that make our time so indigestible. Political correctness pushes our society to neurosis.


Besides, this event was not isolated. When writing these lines, a story comes to my mind that took place in a school in Sorel in 2013. Back then, a teacher who had put in the program “The Hymn to Love” by Edith Piaf had to amputate the last lines, because there was an evocation of God bringing together those who love each other!

Scandal, we talk about God in a song, two or three militant atheists will be upset! On that account, we will no longer be able to teach or admire anything.

Félix Leclerc is a classic of Québec culture. You must enter his work and not put it in the garbage. The fact that such obvious facts should be recalled tells us well which chasm we have fallen into.”

Reuters: “Hezbollah says it opposes IMF management of Lebanon crisis”

As reported in the article above, Hezbollah opposes the IMF bailout, which assists countries that are on the brink of failure or bankruptcy, in return of implementing specific conditions meant to put government finances on a sustainable track and restore growth.

It is disappointing, yet not surprising, that the Hezbollah would refuse the conditions of reforms and accountability attached to the IMF rescue plan. Instead, it only gave the green light for a “technical help/financial counselling” by this international organization.

If you were part of an organized militia and/or a political entity like the Hezbollah, whose funder (i.e., Iran) is under economic sanctions, would you accept external barriers imposed on potential sources of funding of your activities?

Of course not.

Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese fabric, true. It is perhaps no more corrupt than the rest of other Lebanese political leaders. However, it is clearly the most powerful (and potentially destructive!) force in the country.

Sad to see how far it has pushed Lebanon in the direction of war and warrior mindset, both on the military and economic levels. It has taken Lebanon hostage of its own radical political agenda. The latter is rooted in its loyalty to its external funder, and ideological master, that is the Iranian regime.

In the article above, we can see a picture that is quite symbolic and read under it: “An Iranian carries the Iranian and Hezbollah flags during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Tehran, Iran February 11, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency)”—“via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY”.

We can also read the following statement within the text:

“We will not accept submitting to (imperialist) tools … meaning we do not accept submitting to the International Monetary Fund to manage the crisis,” said Hezbollah’s Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the heavily armed Shi’ite group.”

The word “imperialist” is obviously directed at the United States.

Two comments here: (1) What about the Iranian imperialism in the region? Why is OK to submit to it and not to the tough conditions of the IMF? And (2) How funny that the language used by the Hezbollah is comparable to the style of language of our domestic radical left (this is for another post ?).

To come back to Lebanon, what is next for this heavily indebted country?  

Some, like the President of the Lebanese Republic, are excited by the recent drilling off Lebanon to finally begin the exploration of oil and gas, after years of delays. He even called this day “historic” (he may be right, even if he often seems to live on a different planet called “Hezbollistan”):

Clearly, the country needs to diversify its economy; now that its banking sector was hit hard by the crisis.

Perhaps this new economic sector carries hope indeed?

In a bankrupt country, such new development is usually a piece of good news that could perhaps eventually help lift the population out of poverty.

In the case a Lebanon that is resistant to change and reforms, what does all this mean, especially that past behaviours are known to be the best predictor of future ones? This applies to corrupt actions as well.

Anyhow, even if the future of Lebanon will be brighter because of this drilling, whom will be benefiting from a potential source of richness? Will it be the same entity/ties who benefited from a pervasive corrupt system coupled with a crying lack of accountability?

Joseph Facal: The evaporation of Justin Trudeau [L’évaporation de Justin Trudeau]

Taken from the Journal de Montréal

It is particularly disturbing for an old immigrant, who has recently witnessed her birth country dive deeper into its economic crisis, to see Canada shattered like this and our economy being paralyzed and gradually being destroyed in the longer term. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Bambi expects the next decades not to be promising, unless we collectively wake up.

Anyhow, on a more personal joyful note, Bambi feels proud of herself because she did not vote for a second Trudeau’s mandate. One was more than enough for her (as we say in her mother tongue, “we can guess the content of a letter from its title” ?).

Below is a translation of Mr. Joseph Facal’s article published today in the Journal de Montréal:

“It is not a collapse, it is an evaporation.

At the rate at which Justin Trudeau’s leadership is going up in smoke, there will soon be no more moisture on the ground.

No one knows what the consequences of the Aboriginal crisis will be.

But whatever these consequences, Justin Trudeau will not recover from the last days.


This crisis will have been the ultimate revealer of its radical shortcomings, visible for a long time to those who refused voluntary blindness.

It is not said that he could not win another election. We never know.

But he is sure and certain that he will only be strong now out of the weakness of his opponents.

He will be in power, but he will not really exercise power. For that, you have to be respected and, to a certain extent, feared.

He will no longer be either.

He is like these boxers who no longer know where they are and stand up by reflex.

These days, we were wondering if the Prime Minister, by a kind of bewildering overthrow, was not… the leader of the Bloc.

Modern politicians are often criticized for being self-conscious.

This is a somewhat unfair reproach insofar as the politician who does not care about his image is condemned, in a society where everything is publicized, to fail.

The supreme skill is to build an image of a guy … who does not care about his image, which François Legault, for example, has succeeded very well so far.

The important thing is to know if, behind the image, there is a content, a basic solidity.

Behind Justin Trudeau’s image, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, except a little machine for making tears and looping apologies and empty sentences.

Obviously, the more you put on the image, the harder the fall.

We had a spectacular demonstration of his shortcomings in the SNC-Wilson-Raybould affair.

Today, there is no longer any doubt: this now naked, spectacularly hollow man is an authentic empty shell.


Worse than empty, this man also turns out to be a coward.

To “toss the ball back in the court” of provincial governments is to pretend that the aboriginal question is not a federal jurisdiction.

It is as if inter-provincial freight transportation is not a federal responsibility.

It is as if Canadian energy policy is not ultimately a federal responsibility.

There is something deliciously ironic in the fact that the current crisis concerns both the aboriginal issue and the energy issue.

It was on these two issues more than any other that Justin had wanted to establish his alleged difference from “old” politicians.

On these two issues, he has drifted from one pitfall to another for five years.

He cannot even invoke surprise. Who had not yet understood that the aboriginal question is a match near a barrel of powder?

How much longer do we have to endure it?”

What lesson can we learn from Québec’s mistake? The answer in Mr. Mario Dumont’s article: “Victims of unreasonable accommodation” [Victimes d’accommodements déraisonnables]

Taken from the Journal de Montréal (Saturday, February 22nd, 2020)
“Two ex-Hasidic Jews accuse the government of having abandoned them by leaving them in a religious school, which neglected basic subjects.”

This story is about two victims who happened to be former students of an ultra-orthodox Jewish school (illegal yet tolerated for years, in the name of reasonable accommodation).

According to Bambi, the victims could have been from any other religion. Who knows? Maybe also from secular yet cultic-like movements, even when they can radicalize minds in apparently different (perhaps more socially acceptable?) ways.

Anyhow, Bambi will stop here. Here is a translation of Mr. Dumont’s article:

“It’s a trial that has been going on for two weeks. Yochonon Lowen and Clara Wasserstein attack the Québec government for failing to protect them by providing them with adequate education.

Providing a good quality education to all children, at least up to age sixteen, is indeed a legal obligation in Québec.

This man and woman, who fled the ultra-Orthodox Chassidic community of Boisbriand, consider that the government has failed in its responsibility with regard to a fundamental right of children: the right to education.

You understand that they went to school… but in a religious school, where education was given in Yiddish, skipping a lot of the basics. French and English? Not necessary. Sciences? Dangerous. Geography and history? Only notions related to the religious history of the Jewish people. This is what their lawyer argued in court.


The couple in their forties say they are having considerable trouble integrating into Québec society, and especially into the job market. They ended up on social assistance. One can easily imagine how their lack of education deprives them of the basic tools to hope to position themselves on the job market.

Live isolated, live in poverty. The questions asked by these two people are very important, and unfortunately remain very current issues. Are the Québec government, the Ministry of Education and the DPJ [Youth Services] really jointly responsible for looking after the well-being of the children of Québec?

Compulsory school attendance is enshrined in law. It is not just a wish. School attendance also implies that the school offers a true, complete education, which prepares for life and allows access to higher education.

The option of educating your children at home must be framed and marked to ensure a follow-up of the program. This option should not be used to justify the absence of the child from a regular school in order to better wedge him/her in an illegal religious school camouflaged in a basement.

More news

The government defends itself by citing progress made under recent laws. There is truth. But examples of illegal schools are still in the news today. If you’ve seen the reports of the J.E. TV show on the Mission of the Holy Spirit, you understand that there is still work to be done.

Orthodox religious groups seek to fall through the cracks to keep their children locked in a strictly religious lap and to deprive them of the broader knowledge that school has to offer. These children did not choose to give up education.

Religious schools were tolerated — as a reasonable accommodation. As long as normal school subjects are covered, they can be qualified as well. But when they deprive children of basic education, when they ruin the future possibilities of young citizens, they become the most unreasonable accommodation. A shame not to be tolerated.”

Did climate change become the new religion of globalism? The answer in this video produced (funded?) in Dubai

Is climate change the new religion of globalism? You may wish to watch the video produced (funded?) by Dubai, published in the Guardian, to make up your own mind.

For Bambi, especially after watching this video, climate change seems like the new religion of the world, at least as featured in this production.

Like a religion, it has truth (along with absurdity), good/inspiring deeds combined to hypocrisy, cute kids, “armies” of Saints/Angels, and an expanding educational form of fanaticism, which is instrumentalizing innocent children in the name of a noble faith… with accreditation by the UN (watch until the end).

A song to Mr. Justin Trudeau and an article by Mr. Jonathan Trudeau

First, here is Dalida and Alain Delon’s famous song entitled “Paroles, paroles, paroles” (“words, words, words). Bambi was able to find a remix with English sub-titles. It has been on her mind for two weeks now, since the beginning of this crisis. It is about empty love words.

Second, here is Mr. Jonathan Trudeau’s article (Journal de Québec, February 22, 2020). A French text entitled “Trudeau and empty words” [Trudeau et les paroles creuses]:

Now, here is the English translation of this article:

“Justin Trudeau has only himself to blame for the gravity of the current situation.

It was he who led the country into a crisis with as many and dramatic repercussions. Politically, economically, socially. It’s his fault.

I mention that I usually hesitate to personalize my words excessively during political crises or tragedies. Having worked in this environment for years, I can testify to the burden that falls on women and men who direct the destinies of our society.

I normally prefer to talk about the institution, the government or the function.

But in this case, the responsibility of the one who is supposed to rule our country is so convincing that one cannot help but name the obvious.

Justin Trudeau is weak. Disorganized. He has no leadership and his judgment is flawed.


Across the country for the past two weeks, voices have been heard denouncing the soft attitude of the government and its leader.

Had to hear from the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon. From empty sentences to empty sentences, he tried to be firm but never succeeded in formulating a clear and convincing message.

At one point, he mentioned that from the start, he feared that government action would worsen the situation and make it even more explosive.

Yet that’s exactly what he did. By being unable to show firmness while fostering dialogue, establishing clear boundaries while demonstrating flexibility, he effectively made the situation worse.

So much so that the whole country holds its breath. A country that is already suffering the consequences of incompetence whilst wondering when and how to end this crisis.

This country that will remember that its head of state dropped the ball. Across the board.”

The mayor of Louiseville, Québec, blocked a railway to protest against Trudeau’s lack of leadership

Merci Monsieur le Maire (trop drôle :))–coup-declat-du-maire-de-louiseville-1

In the article above (Journal de Montréal, February 21st), we can read the following (and watch an amusing video :)):

“Exasperated by the rail blockade that continues in Canada, the mayor of Louiseville, Mr. Yvon Deshaies, blocked a railroad in order to protest against JustinTrudeau’s lack of leadership.

Mr. Deshaies installed himself on a railway line that crosses the municipality of Mauricie with a sign. On the latter, the mayor asked the First Nations if they could “adopt him into their family” so that he could advance his own claims at the federal level.

With this coup, the mayor wanted above all to show the demonstrators how to follow the laws when the authorities ask for the lifting of the barricades.

“Right now, from coast to coast, people are suffering,” he says. It doesn’t make sense what we’re going through. I can’t believe there’s nothing moving.”

His demonstration lasted about an hour, after which the Sûreté du Québec asked Mr. Deshaies – who was acting as a citizen – to settle next to the railway. The mayor packed up and left afterwards, he who had meetings at the town hall in the afternoon.”

Picture of the day (or eve): “Saint-Lambert: copies of the injunction given to the demonstrators”[‘Saint-Lambert: des copies de l’injonction remises aux manifestants’]

Picture taken from La Presse

The sign of this “illuminated” young man who has been blocking the CN railways in Saint-Lambert on the South shore of Montreal reads as: “Strike for the climate” in Swedish.

Not surprising as Greta Thunberg (or the entity or person managing her twitter) supported this movement twice within the past two weeks (Bambi checked that account for fun over the past few days). Anyhow, even without this recent public endorsement, years of “indoctrination” by this movement have already brain-washed our brains and the brains of our youth.

It is one thing to be conscious of environmental problems or to want justice for all, and especially to our First Nations people, but it is another thing to be blinded by the climate change cause to the point of blocking busy railways/intersections in the middle of a freezing -20 degrees Celsius ?. One must be really too passionate to do so.

One must also be too naive in order not to wonder which external force (or country or entity) would be benefiting from the self-destruction of our energy sector in the longer-term.

Another question that begs itself: Which energy company will dare to invest in our economy after all this circus? One wonders if this is not the real purpose, instrumentalizing “natives” whilst doing so?

The contradictions of radical activists

Bambi’s mother-in-law is a smart lady who can be sarcastically funny sometimes. About 30 years ago, a group of ecological young activists were loudly demonstrating in Montreal in front of McDonald’s. Why? They were calling for the boycott of meat products. Sounds noble to you and quite contemporary? Well wait to hear the end of the story. Bambi’s mother-in-law approached one young girl and took her jacket between her fingers gently whilst asking her” “Nice outfit. Is this made of leather”? The young girl naively said: “Yes, thanks”. The sarcastic yet accurate answer back to her was: “Do you know from what leather is made of? Silence followed the latter question. “From cows”, said Bambi’s mother-in-law. Oups ?.

Today, we have a group of activists who are “illegally” preventing our trains from moving. In their overzealous social justice/ecological activism, they did not stop to think about all our first nations people (i.e., Wet’suwet’en in BC) who could benefit from this project by becoming richer, and thus, perhaps even more independent from the government. They also forgot about the rest of us (including first nations), taken hostage by all this Canadian drama. An economic blockade does not distinguish between people. We are all in the same boat, as we cannot be in the same train yet.

Today, Bambi learned that there is a company in this Wet’suwet’en community of BC that would have been doing business with the natural gas Canadian company in question. Our activists who walked out of university campuses (e.g., McGill University in Montreal and perhaps Toronto as well) forgot about this reality, just like the young lady in the 30-year-old story above.

Pushed to the extreme, we can even argue that their “anti-colonial” activism is now falling into a new form of colonialism, to use the words of journalist Richard Martineau (today’s article): the one that is keeping our first nations people (and in a few years, keeping us with them, Bambi is adding) stuck in an economically under-developed place (to save our planet). Plus, in their particular case, some seem to be fantasizing about keeping them in a certain romanticized stereotype. Regardless of all this, how sad when we, voluntarily or not, forget about diversity in groups (there are so many different native communities, including the Cree Nation who just 3 days ago signed a 30-year-economic deal with Québec!). In addition, it is a shame when we do not politically address governance issues for real, not just in empty words.

Another example of a contradiction in activism came from the Middle East today (i.e., Lebanon). It seems that Mr. Nasrallah, the Chief of the Hezbollah, called for the boycott of US products. However, he forgot that in one of the public pictures, his own son is seen wearing a T-shirt made in the United States. Lebanese people went on social media to mock this contradiction ?.

Even worst than that, in the name of justice for the Palestinian people (in relation to the “deal of shame” of Mr. Trump in the Middle East), Hezbollah’s supporters produced a video, as part of a large movement of so called BUP (“Boycott US products” by Muslim countries, like Pakistan, etc.).

Bambi was able to locate the video on FB:

Needless to add that the video is disturbing to Bambi for two reasons: (1) It seems (even if that was not the purpose) anti-semitic, mocking (Orthodox) Jews. Mind you, Bambi does not use this term lightly as she finds that people jump on this word too fast whenever someone criticizes Israel (and she is one of the first people to do so). Anyhow, to come back to these people who are disguised as so-called Jews in the video, the producers of the video were probably thinking of Israelis or observant Jewish-Israelis (the idea is to “boycott American products so these folks do not come to you”). However, the men in the video may have been Canadians from Montréal’s Avenue du Parc or Van Horne Street. They may have been Jews who also fight for the same cause, who knows? They could have been the owners of Saint-Viateur’s, the delicious bagel place in Montreal? Or closer to Beirut, they could have been perhaps Jewish-Lebanese (if they still exist in any significant number?) or Jewish tourists/guests or international journalists and (2) In all the three languages used in the ads (Bambi can understand two of the three), they are shaming people for using US products. We can see the reactions of the drivers: “Who are those freaks?”, they seem to be silently thinking. Perhaps they were on their way to their banks to spend a few hours to get US$150 for this week in the middle of Lebanon’s financial crisis? Or maybe they were eager to go home to use their iPhones and maybe WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook? Or to watch their Netflix or wash their Jeans? Aren’t all these US products?

Whether in Canada or in Lebanon, human beings are full of contradictions, Bambi cannot help not to think to herself. Deer too for sure, make no mistake ?… but on the topic of imposed train blockades, Bambi clearly thinks that this should stop, regardless of the protesters, including those with noble causes. As for boycotts, Bambi is of course for free self-boycott (eat what you want or listen to the music you like!) but, for God’s sake, do not impose it on the rest of us and do not shame us if we are not interested in embarking… OR if we think that you are being stupid, despite your (so-called) noble intentions.