Ms. Natalie Elgrably: Jordan Peterson Case: Protecting Individuality [“Affaire Jordan Peterson: protégeons l’individualité”]

When Bambi left Beirut airport a few days ago, the last scene she saw right across from her gate was Dr. Jordan Peterson’s books on the shelves. A refreshing scene of intellectual diversity, and thus social health. With all due respect to Canada, she doubts she may see this diversity of books displayed in the small university town she lives in. If she is wrong, please let her know so she can correct herself and apologize to bookstores managers or owners, whether on campus or outside. Thankfully, just ten minutes away from us, in Amherst, NS, you can see Dr. Jordan Peterson’s books. Why can’t our university town be as open-minded?

A picture taken by Bambi in Beirut airport (Lebanon) on January 6, 2024

Upon her arrival home, she was moved when she opened her mail. Guess why? She received Dr. Peterson’s book in the same format as the picture above. What a thoughtful and generous gift from a dear friend abroad!

A picture taken by Bambi of a Christmas gift from a beloved friend ,and reader of this blog, from another part of the world

As shown at the end of this post, Bambi has at least one older post on Dr. Peterson’s latest saga with his legal battle with the College of Psychologists in Ontario. Let’s be clear here upfront, you may personally agree or disagree with Dr. Peterson. It is your right. Same for him: it is his right to publicly express his opinions. Up to us to decide whether we agree with him or not about this or that topic. Only the frontal lobes of our own brains are supposed to support us with the latter. We do not need anyone to tell us what opinion is socially acceptable or not. For instance, you may have the utmost respect (and gratitude!) for Dr. Peterson, like Bambi or you may hate him to death, not just his ideas. You are free to hold different opinions or even to be allergic to his character. So is Dr. Jordan Peterson, especially in a so-called democratic country. However, we have been living lately in collectively insane times in which Canada looks more like authoritarian states instead of the historically vibrant, even if imperfect, democracies.

Regardless of the above, it is surely not the job of a professional organization, an employer, or a union to act as the “Big Brother” of the Thought Police like in the GREAT Orwell’s book, 1984, which she is currently reading (as Christmas gift from another dear friend). The job of a College of Clinical Psychologists is to protect patients and to regulate, and ideally facilitate not harm, the work of clinicians in order to be able to support their patients to the best of their capacities.

This being said, Bambi will shut up now as she is eager to share with you a quick translation of a column (with thanks to her friend, Mr. Google Translate) written by a clever journalist from Québec, Ms. Natalie Elgrabry. This column was published in the Journal de Montréal on January 13, 2024 ( It is food for thought for all of us… and especially and hopefully for Canada’s Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau.

Jordan Peterson is one of the most influential intellectuals in Canada, if not in the Anglo-Saxon world. He is a clinical psychologist, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, best-selling author, and a social media celebrity with 3.7 million followers on Twitter.


Recently, Peterson was ordered by the College of Psychologists of Ontario to undergo social media “training” at a cost of $225 per hour, at his own expense, for an indefinite period of time. Failure to do so will result in the suspension of the licence.

The College does not allege any professional misconduct on the part of Peterson. No patient has ever complained. On the other hand, some cyber-woke people denounced his personal interventions on social media. The College, as a vassal of the new inquisitors, disapproves of Peterson’s tweet of support for Poilievre and make some caustic comments about Trudeau.

This “training”, ostensibly reminiscent of the political re-education camps of the Maoist era, raises a crucial societal issue: do a professional order or an employer have the legitimacy to impose a political orthodoxy and proclaim itself the thought police?

The answer should be a stinging and emphatic “No.” A “No” that sounds the death knell of the cancel culture to which we have clearly given too much latitude. A “No” vote that rehabilitates freedom of opinion and expression and condemns intimidation.

This “No” should be declared by Justin Trudeau!


Last February, Trudeau tweeted: “Canadians have the right to protest, to disagree with their government, and to make their voices heard.We will always protect that right. The Peterson affair is an opportunity for Trudeau to prove that he is a man of his word.

And if he had the courage to tweet, he would propose a policy to stem political discrimination in the workplace. After all, significant efforts are being made to prohibit discrimination against discrimination against the public”.

Ms. Isabelle Boulay: what a great singer from Québec, Canada!

Bambi is biased since she is a fan of Ms. Isabelle Boulay ( This is why she is highlighting her talent in today’s post.

Of note, Ms. Boulay’s first performance is with another gifted Canadian singer from New Brunswick, namely Mr. Roch Voisine. For your convenience, if you wish to take the time to listen, most of the YouTube videos shared below are English sub-titled.

What is remarkable about Ms. Boulay is her genuine, and very unique way, of delivering the songs’ underlying emotions. It moves Bambi’s heart each time she listens to her.

Mounir Sughayar: Good-bye and thanks, dearest friend!

Good-bye Mounir, “habibna”. May your memory be eternal

If posts could be written with silence and tears, this is how the current one would have been expressed.

If solidarity with Mary and with Rana, Dima, Jad, and Jeff (as well as with Khaled/Amale et al. and all your loved ones in Lebanon, Canada, and the USA) could be fortified with “dam el kaleb” [the heart’s blood in Arabic], Bambi would have bled just to show them increased care, along with her shared grief.

If prayers could be expressed with silent tears only, this is how Bambi’s prayer for Mounir would have looked like. Indeed, this is how it was yesterday night when she lit a candle for him after she received the tragic news. She could neither speak, nor sing. Only tears, broken by moments of silence, formed her so-called prayer. The first word she heard herself whispering was: “thank you, Mounir“.

Yes, thanks Mounir for having been part of her and Louis’ lives, for having touched them and inspired them in so many ways, which remain hard to put into words. What a sweet, generous, loving, accomplished, smart (i.e., intelligence of the heart and mind!) and cute friend you have been to all of us. What an inspiring dad and what a loving spouse. Above all, what a courageous man!

Bambi remains speechless since yesterday evening. She still cannot fully grasp yet how you are in heaven from now on, after she had the privilege and honour to see, hug, and kiss you. It was just a few days ago. It feels like yesterday. Despite her concern back then, when she saw you while in Beirut, she did not know that it would be for the last time. Life can be too brutal at times, as it has been on yourself and on your family.

Prior to this last and less joyful visit, Bambi had wonderful memories with you in Moncton and Sackville during older and more recent visits, including the latest in 2023. As per an earlier post shared further below, from July 2022, she keeps vivid memories of your lovely balcony, which oversees Lamartine’s valley in Lebanon (thanks Doudou and Roula for the lift). You, Mary, and her talked and laughed together. Of course, you mentioned Louis and how much you loved him (and he loves you a lot!). Bambi also knows how much you cared for her as well. The last time she saw you, she expressed her love to you.

One of the most unforgettable moments of care you showed to Bambi and her family was when Mary (who was grieving her own mom!) and yourself came to the funeral of her mother. It is hard to believe that this occurred less than five months ago. You supported Bambi’s dad. You were present for the entire family, not just her. Once again, you spoke highly of Louis, your good Canadian friend. Your caring words for him will always resonate in Bambi’s mind. Those words also touched her nephew Michael who had just said good-bye to Louis in Athens at the end of his wedding. Those beautiful words are echoing in Bambi’s mind right now, as she is writing this post. Yes, she can hear your unique voice, expressing them, while imagining your lovely baby face.

Of note, your baby face had been a mirror of your beautiful soul. Indeed, you had been a sunshine of open-mindedness, love, friendship, vivid intelligence and a sharp critical sense (much needed in today’s world). As for us, we have been honoured to be called friends by you and to have you as our friend.

Of course, It is hard to say good-bye to dear friends, even if we know that they are in a better place, without aches or worries. Resting with the eternal love of God, you will be watching over your lovely family from out of heaven. As for Bambi, all what she wants is to cherish your memory until her last own breath. She also sends Mary et al. her continuous love, hoping this tribute to Mounir will pay justice to his high calibre. God knows how much she would have loved to honour him in person and be with you, especially tomorrow.

To come back to you Mounir, please forgive Bambi because she is likely being clumsy with words. She will just thank you again while promising to be the best friend she can be to your LOVELY Mary and your adorable children (her friends too). May God know how to comfort their hearts, especially tomorrow.

May your memory be eternal, dearest friend of both Canada and Lebanon. Fly and rest in peace. You may be dead now, even if part of Bambi is still in denial. Yet you will forever live through your families’ values and multiple talents. The most meaningful of the latter being the talent of humanity and friendship. We are family, not just chums. Trust that you will remain alive in our hearts… until we bump into you again following our own mortality. Until then, we have lots of shared memories to cherish. Count on us for that!

Mr. Mounir Sughayar’s obituary

Dalida and Bambi’s dad: what do they have in common?

It is already January 17 in Beirut. Thus, it is officially the birthday (as well as the name day) of Bambi’s dad. All the best to her dearest “baba” or “papy” Antonio (she means Antoine or Tony)! May Saint-Anthony always protect him. Same warm wishes to all the dear Tanios, Tonys, and Antoinette of the larger “tribe” of family and friends in both Beirut and Montreal :). Blessings and love to everyone!

Now what does Dalida have to do with Bambi’s dad, you may wonder? Well, first and foremost, he is a a big fan. He and his beloved Robine even drove all they way from Beirut, in the middle of a raging civil war, to enjoy her concert in Damascus, Syria. Recently, during her last visit to Beirut, while co-enjoying fun puzzle time and a Dalida’s song on the radio, Bambi asked her dad about his memories of this concert. She was so amazing, he said.

Last but not least, and this is what explains the title of this post, Dalida was born on a January 17 ( Indeed, she would have turned 91 had she been alive today. Instead, she died too young, namely at age 54. Bravo and thanks to her for the eternal musical legacy. This post will end with some of her songs, which are all dedicated to Bambi’s dad… with MUCH love!

Québec/Canada, psychiatry, the world of radio and of horses will no longer be the same without you, Dr. Mailloux!

Bambi was deeply sad to learn that Dr. Pierre Mailloux is in heaven now ( What a loss for his family, patients, audience, society, and country!

We live in a world of fakeness and falseness. Dr. Mailloux was unapologetically whom he was, whether we liked him or not. Bambi has the utmost respect for such a unique and courageous character. He was one of the first to push back against cancel culture. He was a model of resilience.

In this post, she will share a refreshing, and surely inspiring, French-speaking biography that Fred sent to her. Clearly, Québec is no longer the same without Dr. Mailloux. May his memory be eternal. Much love to his family, co-workers, patients, and loved ones.

A wedding proposal on MEA Airlines: Lebanese people can be very romantic

“Mabrouk”: Congratulations to MEA board agent Abeer and her fiancé :)!

When Bambi arrived to Lebanon, her sister witnessed another proposal on the ground of the Beirut airport by a young man in love asking his girlfriend, who landed on board of the same flight as Bambi, to marry him. Unfortunately, she did not have the chance to shout Mabrouk to them as she was busy with customs : ). To come back to the current story, in the An Nahar video below, you may wish to watch the scene with its hot question in the English language. The video which was public at the moment of writing this post is now private. Thus, you can consult it here: (under the Arabic An Nahar news article).

For Bambi, it is refreshing to read about happy incidents ( when touring the news about sad and absurd regional wars, unilaterally imposed by some on their entire populations. Innocent people, caught in the middle of the fire, just want to live in safety while moving on with their personal lives like in this romantic video.

This being said, as usual, the post will end in music with Mr. Ramy Ayyash’s Mabrouk song.

Double standard: why is Mr. Erdogan “providing documents for genocide hearings against Israel” while still denying Turkey’s genocide against the Armenian people?

The world is full of hypocrisy. Today, Bambi read that Turkey is “providing documents for genocide hearings against Israel” ( Mr. Erdogan even expressed his belief in “the justice of the International Court of Justice“. What about the justice for the Armenian people for their own genocide over 100 years ago? The latter is estimated to have eliminated 1.5 million Armenians (along with other Ottoman genocides, including 950 000 Greeks and 750 000 Assyrians; .

Birds of the Netherlands through Salome’s lens!

Those of you who regularly read this blog may remember Salome’s rich insights and heartfelt comments to Bambi and her family.

Today’s post is made possible, thanks to Salome’s talent in photography. Indeed, she managed to capture a majestic view of birds flying in the skies of the Netherlands. She did it both with a beautiful picture and in a brief yet breathtaking video recording.

Some of you may know a bit more about how much Bambi and her spouse are fond of Salome, her sister Bente, their parents, and of their relatives too. Their family and Bambi’s family are united in love and continuous care. Thus, it would be only fair to describe this treasure of life as one family across the ocean.

Of note, with much anticipation, it is Bambi’s dream to share with you one day Salome’s songwriting and singing talent. This post’s birds would be intimidated and touched by her unique voice. Please Salome keep appreciating beauty around you. Most importantly, keep being part of our world’s most lovely beauty, both inside and outside.

What an awesome picture taken by Salome in the Netherlands!
Dank u well Salome for your captivating brief video of birds in the Netherlands!

Mses. Jane Torjeman and Noel Kharman: bravo for your beautiful Fairuz medleys!

Today Bambi discovered two highly talented singers. The first is from France, likely of Algerian heritage. The second is a Jordan-based Palestinian singer/songwriter. If you wish, below you can listen to their amazing and soothing Fairuz medleys (with English subtitles). Bravo to both of them and long live Fairuz’ eternal music!

Canada: why is a journalist arrested after asking a question to a top politician?

In a Banana Republic, freedom of expression is highly restricted

The world is upside down. Bambi just returned back home from Beirut, the capital of a non-sovereign yet beautiful country, which increasingly looks like an Iranian colony. Yet, even there, journalists seem to still be able to ask independent questions (when they are not being killed in wars or silenced forever). Ironically, in Canada, a journalist from Rebel News was arrested after asking a question related to Iran. Does this make any sense? Shame on Canada for this troubling incident of abuse of power, which took place on the sad anniversary of the downing of a commercial flight by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Cops (IRGC). Bravo to Mr. Davis Menzies for continuing to report in such unacceptable circumstances. May the memory of all those who were killed in Tehran on board of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 be eternal. Of note, many of them were Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Iranian heritage.