Good-bye and thank you, Mr. John McGale, for your musical heritage!

Bambi just read that Mr. John McGale is no longer with us. He died suddenly yesterday night at age 66, in a car accident. What a LOSS to all his loved ones and to the music world in our country, especially Offenbach.

Who knows? Maybe Mr. McGale is hanging out now in heaven with his late friend, the unique Mr. Jerry Boulet ( To honour him, Bambi will post a few of his songs, some with his peers from Offenbach, including Mr. Boulet.

Thanks to him for his great talent and work ethics. Indeed, he was highly respected by his fellow artists. May his memory be eternal…

Isn’t Ms. Bonnie Swift’s platform, as a candidate for Tantramar Mayor, refreshing and promising?!

First and foremost, thanks to the Warktimes for keeping us informed ( Mr. Wark’s recent article is about a highly promising candidate for Tantramar Mayor:

Remember her name. It is Ms. Bonnie Swift, P.Eng., MBA,CPA,CMA.

Ms. Swift is a candidate in addition to the the incumbent Sackville Mayor, Mr. Shawn Mesheau, and the incumbent Sackville deputy Mayor, Mr. Andrew Black.

Bambi was so happy to read Ms. Bonnie Swift platform ( It is impressive to say the least. Yes, it is rigorous, practical, and oriented toward open governance and problem-solving. Ms. Swift reports being “a firm believer in Parkinson’s Law. It is all about efficiency. It is the concept that work expands with the time allotted. That extra time costs money. You get can more done when given less time and money to complete a project“.

Most importantly, her platform shows both responsibility and accountability. For example, she seems committed to ending secrecy and reports believing “that the press should have adequate access to information“. Of note, she is “vehemently against cancel culture“. She does not seem to be afraid of naming a spade a spade. For example, her platform clearly states that “it is pure meanness in the guise of virtue but there is no virtue in cancelling someone’s paycheck or medical benefits because of something they said that you deemed inappropriate“. Thanks to Ms. Swift for being not only pragmatic, but also principled and honest. Bambi was particular happy to read that, like her, she believes in the diversity of thoughts and freedom of expression. Our towns, provinces, country, and perhaps entire world need to re-embrace this value or principle. Yes, we badly need a change of this toxic culture of the urge to censor or silence politicians and citizens when we do not agree with their expressed opinion. We need to feel free, respected, and heard, as citizens. Enough of self-censorship out of fear of being cancelled. Enough of political correctness. Let’s just simply speak our mind, to better communicate, in order to facilitate collaboration and solve problems.

Recently, Bambi bumped into Ms. Swift for the first time of her life, although they both live in the same small little town. She discovered a charismatic and smart woman. She seems to be a natural leader (a commander type of personality, we learn from her platform). She is highly educated, trained, and skilled. She is both a civil engineer and an accomplished entrepreneur. She also has substantial experience in successfully managing large teams and leading them toward the success of their projects.

Of note, Ms. Swift is an environmental scientist. Environmental issues, including climate change, are important to her. The Warktimes article and her platform show us her critical sense when it comes to these matters.

Also importantly, Ms. Swift is attached to local history and culture. She is active as a volunteer on this front. Bravo and thanks to her because an attachment to our local culture gives us a shared sense of belonging to and pride in our communities. As for local history, it provides us with a connection with previous generations and a sense of continuity with future generations. Is there anything more grounded than that in life?

To conclude this post, Bambi would like to wish Ms. Swift best wishes! Thank you for running for Mayor and for sharing your inspiring ideas with us, the citizens of Tantramar. In addition to being a high calibre candidate, you are giving us hope.

BBC: Ms. Ettie Higgins “says” UNICEF “has warned of a cholera outbreak for the past year”

Bambi’s heart is deeply sad after reading this BBC article about Lebanon ( Indeed, her birth country has failed itself and its citizens, despite any leftover good intentions, or unknown efforts, to solve its multiple crises.

As per the BBC, Ms. Higgins’s organization, UNICEF, has warned the Lebanese authorities of the risk of a cholera outbreak for the past year. Yes, poor Lebanon was dealing with a Covid-19 pandemic like the entire planet, in addition to the preceding crash of its banking sector under the weight of corruption (and mismanagement of public funds?).

Lebanon has been struggling to rise above its economic tragic situation. Is this an excuse for not preventing problems whether health-related (cholera) or safety-related (Beirut blast)? Bambi is saying this, even if more than once of this blog, she has saluted the Ministry of Public Health work over the past couple of years (regardless of who is in charge of it).

If she may, Bambi would like to echo the thoughtful and powerful words of Mr. Mohamad Akl (a cholera patient cited in the BBC article): “There is a Nobel prize for peace? Lebanon deserves the Nobel prize for failure. All of our politicians are corrupt. It’s no surprise we got to this situation.” To conclude this post, once again, Mawtini [my country] comes to her mind. It is interpreted below by Ms. Talia Lahoud. It is subtitled in English.

How can the destruction of the world’s beauty improve it?

How sad to see destructive behaviour in action, as shown in the videos below from out of Europe.

The world is already sensitive to environmental issues. So why are these young people acting in an non-strategic and violent way? Won’t they lose their allies like that?

And, beyond vandalism, what solutions are they proposing?

What would the Pope and some Canadian MPs learn by re-visiting historical literature on the Armenians, the Holocaust, Rwanda, and even the 29 Lebanese civil war massacres?

How sad to see words being emptied of their real meaning again and again.

Why don’t we respect the Indigeneous people/tragedy more by using more precise words? Don’t they/their suffering deserve such linguistic rigour?

A “cultural genocide” is HORRIBLE in itself. Does it need to be made even more horrible by calling it “a genocide“?

And would calling “a cultural genocide” a “genocide” change the SAD reality of systemic assimilation? Most importantly, how will it better serve the Indigeneous cause and bring justice, healing, and concrete solutions (not just words)?

Bambi is writing the above, title and post, after reading a CBC article informing us of the following ( “Members of Parliament gave unanimous consent Thursday in favour of a motion calling on the federal government to recognize Canada’s residential schools as genocide. Leah Gazan, the NDP member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, introduced the motion following Question Period Thursday afternoon. Gazan brought forward a similar motion in June last year, but it did not receive unanimous consent.”

You may or may not agree with MP Gazan. Bambi does not… and no, she is not encouraging colonization by writing so. She is just asking for linguistic accuracy.

Canada: Why should shelters for women, victims of domestic violence, be segregated by religion now?

This post will raise one question, as per its title: Why should shelters for women, victims of domestic violence, be segregated by religion now in Winnipeg, Canada? Is this a good thing in our societies in general and for these women in particular?

Bambi will spare you her questions and thoughts, hoping this post and the video below will encourage you to think and make your own opinion.

To end this post on a musical note, and out of solidarity for ALL victims of domestic violence, in Canada and abroad, Bambi will end this post with two beautiful songs: The first, entitled “Khalas” [“Enough” in Arabic] by Ms. Karol Sakr (subtitled in English) and the other, entitled “Chanson pour Marie” [“A song for Mary” in English] by Mr. Nicolas Ciccone (subtitled in French).

Lebanon-Israel’s historic deal: Mabrouk & Best Wishes for the promising economic news!

Will gas bring peace to the Middle East?

First and foremost, bravo to Lebanon for working on the demarcation of its maritime borders with Israel (deal signed today), Syria (delays on this front), and Cyprus (likely an easier one) in order to facilitate gas extraction in the future (

Bravo to both neighbouring countries for putting their respective economy first, not ideologies or, may God forbid, any future war(s).

Bravo also to the Hezbollah for endorsing this deal, even if Bambi has mixed feelings here. Indeed, deep inside, she cannot help not to wonder what guarantees did the US and France give to this group (or indirectly to Iran) in return.

This being said, a big bravo to the US Biden Administration (i.e. Mr. Hochstein) for making this deal possible. This is a big diplomatic achievement, even there was no official signature in the same place (or on the same page even!), no pictures, and no champagne or sparkling wine cocktails.

To conclude this post, best wishes to both Lebanon and Israel, and especially to the Lebanese people. They BADLY need an economic miracle to get them out of their country’s fiasco. Best wishes also to Europe, which would eventually benefit from the promising gas to survive its colder days. All in all, this is most likely the happiest news of the day… AFTER Bente’s birthday, of course 🙂 (as per the earlier post shown below).

An earlier post on this topic:

“Gelukkige verjaardag” [Happy Birthday] to Bente!

Happy Birthday, Bente, from Bambi, her spouse, and their/”your” entire family in Beirut, Montreal, Dubai, Paris, and London!

Bambi loves you and misses you a lot ❤️ (along with your/”our” dear family)! She wishes you a wonderful new year filled with beautiful discoveries, exciting projects, and continues successes!

To make you smile, Bambi silently sends daily “Greetings from the Netherlands” at her workplace [hint: coronavirus] :).

To conclude, and for fun, here are a few songs for you, hoping you will enjoy them :).