Outbreak of the coronavirus in Restigouche: Why aren’t we revealing the physician’s name to protect the population?

From this article from a media from Québec (not even in NB), Bambi learned that the clinic of the irresponsible physician in question is on “Village Avenue” in Campbellton.

From a quick read of the media, we can learn that this physician seemed to have lied to the authorities about his travel reason. Upon his return from Québec, he did not respect a rule ALL the citizens are supposed to respect upon returning from “essential” travels (14 days of self-isolation). This physician completely forgot that, as a health professional, he should know all this better than the rest of us. For whatever reason, he did not. Perhaps he was too eager to return to his service. Perhaps he thought himself above the virus (and the rules).

A quick English translation:


From the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick’s public website, when we search, we can find the following table:

If the table above is up-to-date and the physician is truly a “he”, as it has been referred to him in the media, he would be one of the following: Dr. Ngola Monzinga, Dr. Ahmad Khatib, or Dr. Fuzesi Gabor. If the physician is a female, the only name seems to be Dr. Catherine Benoit.

Bambi was curious to find the name, hoping secretly the physician would not be of her same origins. Luckily, he isn’t (even if he would be the one with the Arabic name).

NB has been doing an outstanding job in the pandemic from Day 1 (if not, Day zero!). It is still doing great now, thank you, except perhaps for the following: Too much political correctness (especially in pandemic times) can literally kill.

As far as the nursing home that is infected is concerned, Bambi hopes they will learn from the experience of Québec in dealing with the patients (transporting the so-called “red” patients (those infected) elsewhere, which seems to have been done, bravo. In addition to this, the “orange” residents (those who could be infected) must not get in contact with the “green” ones (those clearly tested negative). Perhaps this is easier to implement in this nursing home due to is architecture.


People have all the right to be upset and to express their anger, whether in person or on social media. Mind you, Bambi is not on the latter but, from the article above, she understood that people may have circulated a picture of the physician and expressed their frustration. It is normal of municipal politicians to call for calm and remind people of the service of this physician to the community. However, people need to vent in life AND to share information that may have not been shared in the media or the authorities. Why making them feel guilty/badly for doing so?

We can also argue that we should perhaps consider providing the name of the physician for the sake of the other ones (his colleagues whose behaviour did not include the silly act).

Yes, the health authorities will thoroughly help trace the contact of the physicians over two weeks. However, wouldn’t it make more sense to make the information fully public, so no one may be forgotten by inadvertence?

It is Bambi’s hope that everyone will be safe at the end of this story, including the (suspended) physician and his daughter, May this outbreak be successfully contained as much as possible. Best wishes to Restigouche/Campbellton and all of NB!     

Bambi’s spouse is right, the silence of the police officer’s peers is perhaps the most disturbing part of the homicide of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis

During eight LONG minutes (+ 46 seconds!), a police officer had his heavy foot/weight on the neck on an unarmed man lying on the ground.

How come no one stopped to tell this guy: What are you doing? STOP. Remove your foot off his neck?

It does tell you something about the TOXIC culture of the police division/station in question.

It is sad to witness once again the deep racial problems in the otherwise beautiful country of our neighbours, the Unites States.   

This police officer may have been one individual cruelly/criminally acting like that until the death of his client during his arrest BUT what about his colleagues, at least those who were with him at the time?

Why didn’t they denounce this brutality (criminal/racial abuse of power)?

Rest in peace, Mr. George Floyd… Bambi can only imagine one drop of the sorrow/anger of your loved ones.

May peace and respect prevail in this city.

May love, unity, and common sense triumph over injustice, violence, and hatred— not just in Minneapolis but in the rest of America… and in the world.  

Bye Bye Romina

Her name was Romina.

Her life ended at age 14.

No, it was neither due to an illness nor to an accident.

Her own dad killed her… during her sleep AND in the most horrible way possible (i.e., decapitated, can you imagine?!).

It seems that she ran away from home with a man 21 years older than her (boyfriend?).

O course, any dad (or mom) would worry about his daughter dating a man more than twice her age… But, make no mistake, this is not the issue here.

The main issue is a murder of a young girl disguised in a tribal cultural tradition.

As explained in the following BBC article, the reasons may be refusing “to enter into an arranged marriage”, being “the victim of a sexual assault or rape” or having “sexual relations outside marriage, even if only alleged”. However, “killings can be carried out for more trivial reasons, like dressing in a way deemed inappropriate or displaying behaviour seen as disobedient.”:


Bambi has posted about this topic earlier (Israa’s sad story):

How can someone cruelly and coldly kill one’s own daughter because she is perceived as having brought dishonour/shame to her family?

Why would a so-called honour of one’s family be valued more than loving or forgiving one’s daughter (for real, perceived, or suspected undesired behaviours)?

It is hard to imagine. It is shocking to read about every time.

Although honour killing is more cultural than religious, religion can act as a carrying vehicle for it.

Indeed, as per the BBC article cited above, Iran’s Islamic penal code reduces punitive measures for fathers and other family members who are convicted of murder or physically harming children in domestic violence or ‘honour killings’. If a man is found guilty of murdering his daughter in Iran, the punishment is between three and 10 years in prison, rather than the normal death sentence or payment of diyeh (blood money) for murder cases.”

Honour killing may have occurred in Ancient Rome, of course in a different form. As described in Bambi’s earlier post, it keeps occurring in some Arab (e.g., Jordan, Palestine) or Muslim countries (e.g., Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan) as well as in India, Ecuador, Brazil. Mind you, it has occured elsewhere (e.g., Canada, France, the UK…).  

As long as societies remain patriarchal (for real/to the extreme, like in many of the countries cited above), as long as punishment of the crime is minimal, and educational programs are lacking, we will hear about a future Romina and another Israa.

Bambi will always strongly condemn this violence against girls/women… and she will keep dreaming to live long enough to see an end to such tribal criminal practices!

Bambi thought the Mayor of Montreal was acting silly with her new rules and public servants’ training to “attack masculine supremacy over the feminine in the French language” until she read about the Mayor of Toronto’s “Menstrual Hygiene Day”

Here is the news from Postmillennial:


Here is Mayor Tory’s letter from his own Tweeter account :)):

Bambi does know this Mayor. He may be competent but he seems to want to be into equity and inclusiveness (to all groups/genders, etc.) so much that he totally forgot about biology… and women (as per the article above, using the term “people who menstruate”).

With all due respect, he sounds absurd (if not silly), even he may have intended to be welcoming to all whilst being keen about menstrual hygiene.

Mind you, why should we have a day for every single matter in life OR every single group, whether the latter considers itself “a marginalized community” or not?

Why do we always have to think in terms of victimhood? What about pride/dignity in life? What about joy or free will, etc.?

Most importantly, what about biology?! Once again, we seem to deny it when we push our illuminated ideas a bit too much.

In the end, declaring a day for this or that will become like Saint days; there is one for each to the point that it is hard to remember all of them, even if we know they are meant to be good folks (to whom some pray for protection or inspiration). In addition to these days, we also have an All Saints Day on November 1st. Perhaps not famous in North America as much as Halloween (the night before). It is still a big holiday in Europe and in Lebanon.

Talking about this day, does it mean we can take it off work to either celebrate it or to take care of oneself because of it? Or would that count now into the 10 paid days of sickness during the pandemic :)? If you think Bambi is exaggerating, Lebanon still has such a day off, if she is not mistaken.

Anyhow, menstruation day or not, Bambi prefers to think of May 28 as the Wedding Anniversary of her parents and the birthday of Ben, a friend who turned 2 today :)!

To conclude this post, below you can find an earlier post from Bambi on Mayor Valérie Plante:

The blessing of love

May 28 is the wedding anniversary of Bambi’ parents (# 54).

How can she go to bed without highlighting this day?!

Congrats/”Mabrouk”! Bless your inspiring love.

Thank you for having shown Bambi (and her sisters) the greatest lesson in life: Love.

A love built on respect and trust. First comes the respect. The trust naturally follows.

Love that is pure.

Love that is flexible to go through discovery, passion, and friendship.

A lasting love to go through life stages and hardships, sometimes with humour.

Love that is solid to survive losses, wars, and pandemics.

Love that is human and simply simple. Yes, with ups and downs but also with wisdom and freedom. After all, love is a constant re-choice…   

Your love has been fruitful with children and grandchildren (despite any loss, along the way).

You always chose to move forward in life. You gave your children roots and wings. For this, Bambi will forever be grateful.

To end on a lighter note now, Bambi will never forget two moments from her trips, visiting you:

The first moment took place a few years ago. Bambi must have been jet-lagged and using her time to work on a project of some sort. Her dad was still awake, editing a family video. In doing so, he must have wanted to chose pictures for his artistic creation. At one point, Bambi saw him looking at her mom’s picture for a long time. He then took his head out of his screen to tell her: “Look at your mom Bambi… how beautiful she is!“. Indeed, her mom is a very beautiful woman and it is cute how her dad has remained a man in love after all these years ?.

The second memory is an older one. Bambi was in her early twenties. She recalls asking her mom on their wedding anniversary: “Mom, what is the secret of your long union, tell me?” Very wisely, her mom said something like: “Love is beautiful at all stages but I guess the key is to accept that it will change with time… Perhaps less of a passion and more of a deeper bond, like a life friend“. Well, Bambi must have been quite silly back then (let’s blame it on her young age ?) as she replied something like “well this is nice…but if this it, I refuse to accept it!“.

Well, after 17 years in love with her spouse, she is convinced that her mom is one of the wisest women she has met in her life!

To conclude this post, Bambi would like to offer you two songs: The first is one of the most beautiful love songs of all times and maybe languages (mom, you can guess it…). It is: “Ne me quitte pas” (of Mr. Jacques Brel) interpreted by Ms. Hiba Tawagi at a concert in Byblos, Lebanon (2015). Finally, the second song is lighter. It is also by Hiba Tawagi, “Les moulins de mon coeur” but in Arabic.

Thank you, mom and dad, for being whom you are and for raising us the way you did. Bambi loves you (are you surprised to hear it ??) Happy wedding anniversary!

Mr. Mario Dumont: “Billions that pay off” [“Des milliards qui rapportent”]

Before translating this article, one must remember that any high amount of money is meaningless without purchasing power, as the citizens of Lebanon have been learning way before the start of the covid-19 pandemic.

Of course, it is both nice and necessary to have a helping hand from the state… However, all this money is borrowed, and we will have to pay for it in the future (us or likely the future generations of Canadians).  

Keeping this in mind, here is Mr. Dumont’s interesting article published today in the Journal de Montréal:


Now, here is a quick English translation:

Justin Trudeau’s popularity suffered at the start of the coronavirus crisis. He has been accused of overly lax decisions in border management and the quarantine of travelers.

Things have changed. Today, Justin Trudeau’s popularity is on a solid upward trend, in almost all parts of Canada.

In Québec, the recovery was particularly spectacular. This is where the grumbling against border management was heard most harshly. The rise of Mr. Trudeau and his party is therefore particularly remarkable.

The leader

If an election were held today, one might think that Justin Trudeau would win the most seats in Québec. And he would win a majority government across Canada.

Let’s do an exercise. Let us draw in our heads the popularity curve of Mr. Trudeau for three months. And let’s draw the curve of the billions spent for the same period. Sorry, tens of billions spent.

It’s still striking to see how these two curves would go together in perfect harmony. As if at the rate of these daily press briefings during which billions in aid were announced, the Prime Minister regained the hearts of voters.

No one will deny that government support was necessary. Emergency aid was needed so that households who lost their income could pay for groceries and rent. Lifebuoys were needed to prevent restaurants, shops, and other businesses from sinking.

So easy

That said, there is a growing impression over the weeks that Mr. Trudeau gives a lot of money, and quite easily. So easily that the incentive to go to work has gone out of the window. The CERB [Canada Emergency Response Benefit] for students is also criticized by small and medium businesses, farmers, municipalities, in short by all those who would like to hire students.

Throwing 100% borrowed money wholeheartedly, to the point of demotivating people to go to work, is not a great recipe. Justin Trudeau is severely criticized in economic circles for this.

But on the political level? To distribute money to everyone with very few conditions and restrictions. Did you think it no longer works? This is not what the pollsters seem to be measuring in the field.

A deficit of two hundred billion, two hundred and fifty? This could cool voters. But it looks like a deficit, even out of proportion, becomes less horrible if you have received checks yourself. This is the beauty of this money distributions signed by Justin Trudeau: there are not many forgotten.

This week, the Liberal Prime Minister killed two birds with one stone. He announced another generous piece of good news: ten days of paid leave for all! And at the same time, it is cutting the grass under the feet of the NDP [New Democratic Party], which was promoting this idea.

How much does it cost? Who pays? Secondary questions. Because politically… it will pay off!”

Bravo Mr. Levant!

A judge of the Federal Court has accepted to fast-track Rebel News lawsuit against Mr. Justin Trudeau.

This is good news for democracy, regardless of the colour of our government and regardless of the name of our PM.

This is also encouraging as it shows that independent judges do exist.

Good luck for the July 13 hearing, regardless of the outcome.

This is how we lower the scientific and intellectual calibre in a society

Sadly, Dr. Saad is right. At the end of such a slippery slope, political correctness can kill the scientific approach and lower the calibre of science in Canada.  

Is this what we want for our scientists?

If we keep down this path, science will lose. Ideology will prevail.

Too much ideology, with little critical thinking, can lead to collective stupidity.

Is this what we want for Canada?

As the Mayor of Canada’s most infected city, instead of fighting the coronavirus, Ms. Valérie Plante “attacks the supremacy of the masculine over the feminine in the French language”

First, here is a Radio-Canada (French CBC) article in French, followed by its translation:


And here is a quick translation:


For those who do not know Ms. Valérie Plante, she always seems to follow the latest fashions of the UN. For instance, its new recommendations/rules for languages, supposedly meant to make our world more “inclusive” and more equal, etc. Earlier, she offered the key of Montreal to Greta Thunberg. She is also a globalist in her mindset, just like our PM. However, we can give her the credit of having been wiser than him at the very beginning of the pandemic. Indeed, she understood faster the dangerous times ahead. In addition to collaborating with Mr. Legault, she did not hesitate to send her own public health staff to the airport when our PM was stubbornly still reluctant to close the borders (just like the Liberal government of Nova Scotia).

Of course, Ms. Plante is the mayor of a large and populated metropolis, which logically has a different geo-ethno-socio-health reality/needs than the rest of the more semi-rural parts of the province. We all know that. However, she is also too much into her globalist mindset that she seems to “forget” sometimes that Montreal is still part of Québec. Specifically, she completely forgot about Bill 101 (French being the official language of her province).

To give you a meaningful example, she delivered her first speech as a Mayor… in English. No single word in French (her mother tongue!). As a Francophile (+ phone), it is shocking for Bambi. Imagine how this must have offended Québeckers. To justify this political mistake after the fact, she reported not realizing which language came out of her mouth.

Bambi can partly understand the above (if true). She herself speaks four languages (likely all badly!). When she is either jet-lagged or too sleepy, she finds herself speaking the wrong language with the wrong person. However, Bambi is not a Mayor. Thus, her mistake does not affect populations… just her spouse or close ones who may laugh at her ?.  

To come back to globalization as a political agenda or ideology, there is a limit to it: It is called self-knowledge or self-respect. Knowing one’s root and identity (or chore part of all the identities that shape us to make us whom we are) makes us better prepared to reach out to other civilizations and humans (our brothers and sisters from the global village).  

How ironic that it is the same Ms. Plante who “forgot” to speak in French in her first official talk as a Mayor is the politician who “intends to have a regulation adopted to train elected officials and employees in “gender-neutral (or epicene) communication”, as quickly as possible”.

One must keep in mind here the following: Each language is unique. Each language has its beauty.

Contrary to the English language, French is more defined in terms of its grammatical rules (gender, etc.) that have been around for centuries. For instance, in addition to words specific to this language, grammatically speaking, the masculine includes the feminine.

Another example is the charming German language, which includes the masculine, feminine, and neutral (grammatically speaking). This has nothing to do with any new fashion.

We can even think of the beautiful Arabic language, which has a beautiful term, “El Insan”, which is neither a male nor a female (likely both). Perhaps “human kind” (or would that be “peoplekind”?) would be the closest.

To come back to Ms. Plante’s regulations, she intends to spend public money, in difficult economic times, on the immediate training of Montreal public servants. Is this really the top priority now?

Is Ms. Plante a bit too “illuminated” or is she just flirting with a certain minority of the electorate who are so much into political correctness? The UN lately came up with such language, as reported above. How odd to see an international organization so much into political correctness, even in the middle of a pandemic.

As a conclusion to this post, Bambi would like to echo the comment of one reader, Ms. Marianne Longfield:

“I love the French language. Thus, it saddens me to see our wonderful language abused like that by people who invent a convoluted “political correctness”, that is sometimes unreadable, sometimes inaudible, depending on whether we read or listen to their speech. Their message becomes incomprehensible because they keep adding so many useless words or deleting useful words. We reach the end of the sentence by wondering “what exactly did they say?” [“J’adore la langue française, et ça me désole de voir notre merveilleuse langue ainsi malmenée par des gens qui inventent un “politiquement correct” alambiqué et tantôt illisible, tantôt inaudible, selon qu’on lit ou qu’on écoute leur discours, lequel, à force d’ajouter autant de mots inutiles ou de supprimer des mots utiles, en vient à rendre le message incompréhensible. On arrive en bout de phrase en se demandant “ils ont dit quoi, au juste?”].

Is singing trauma cathartic?

Bambi worked today listening to her favourite internet radio station from Los Angeles, called Radio Mount Lebanon.

A community radio station with much music and no advertisement. From time to time, they have shows with entertainers located in Dubai. They interview artists from Lebanon.

They are a truly inclusive radio (not in the politically correct sense). For instance, today is the Eid. They highlighted it. By the way, Bambi would like to wish “Eid Mubarak” to all her friends in Canada, Lebanon, and everywhere! They also celebrate catholic or orthodox Easter, Virgin Mary month, etc. Really not much, just a few sentences, or songs, here and there.

Sometimes, we can guess the original political preference of some entertainers. Very rarely yet regularly, they play songs from war. Every time Bambi listens to one, she spontaneously turns her volume down. She has never been into this particular political side, let’s say. Perhaps she also does not want to awaken the ghost of war in her memories…

This being said, Bambi has always thought that, in a long civil war, fighters from all sides had blood on their hands but they are victims of their times, especially younger people. They all loved “their” Lebanon in their own ways. So, she does not have resentment or residual anger toward anyone.

She is saying the above, even if she has witnessed scenes of horror more than once in their neighbourhood, like her sisters. Her family lost close loved ones (like so many people). Plus, one cousin got injured in his school and lost his best friend. In addition, some of her neighbours were kidnapped. Some even killed by people from the “other side”. During the last year of civil war, the fights became more fratricidal… These are Bambi’s last memories before immigration.

Anyhow, this post is not to talk about these memories but about what do with them. Specifically, a guest on today’s show is a renown actor, Mr. Badih Abou Chakra:


One of the topics discussed was his war-related artistic concert (in addition to being an architect and an actor, he sings to!).

To put things into perspective, Lebanon does not teach the recent civil war in its official curriculum yet, it seems. However, Mr. Abou Chakra, took a professional risk for a project that meant a lot to him. He decided to compile all the war songs (of all sides!) and put them into a concert in Beirut. Most, if not, all of his colleagues discouraged him from doing so. They thought it may be risky because war may have not ended in 1990… perhaps it just took a different form. Why the risk?

Well, he believed in his idea, convinced that it would be cathartic. His concert of one night only lasted for two years! He described how people knew the songs of all the sides and started singing with him. At one point, they joked. One table standing up to sing their “own” songs louder. In turn, other tables started the same game and so on. No one fought. All laughed.

The entertainer, Ms. Abir from LA (a pharmacist who volunteers at this community internet radio), told him that she is sorry but, after many decades in the USA where she is happy to live safely, she is still reluctant to listen to war songs.

The artist was very thoughtful in his reply to her. He explained that for him, it is all about putting oneself in the shoes of others. Seeing the other perspective makes us see more of the truth.

The other entertainer, Mr. Vatché, shared memories of his childhood were young people used to listen to the radio to capture the songs of the other side(s). They knew them by heart, just like their own.

To conclude this post, back to the title’s question: Is singing trauma cathartic? From the reaction of the Lebanese audience, over two years, the answer is obvious. From a clinical psychological perspective, one must confront his/her fears and phobias to overcome anxiety. Ironically, this seems to be out of fashion in Canada nowadays where everyone appears to be “triggered” by something. Our society has become a bit overprotective. Sadly, from time to time, some of those triggered seem to be acting like bullies.