Monthly Archives: December 2009

Prorogue’ing parliament

My aunt wrote a great letter to the Governor General explaining her beliefs why she should not accept Stephen Harper’s wish to prorogue parliament. I agree. If you do too, copy and paste the letter below and send it Governor General Michaelle Jean at: info@gg.ca

Your Excellency,
I am writing to you on an issue of such importance that I am suspending my holiday activities in order to write in time: with all due respect I must insist, as a citizen, that Your Excellency not comply with the Prime Minister’s outrageous request to prorogue Parliament until after the Winter Olympics are over.  To do so would mean that Parliament would not resume sitting until March, and that all its committees, including the one recently struck to investigate the government’s complicity in the torture of Afghanis, would have their work stopped until then as well.
There is no good reason to stop Parliament’s pursuit of the nation’s business at this time, especially for so long a period.  It appears to be a purely self-interested political move, and shows a deep disrespect for our customary way of governing ourselves, and not for the first time.
Most importantly, party politics aside, it sets a very dangerous precedent if a sitting government, of whatever stripe, can shut down Parliament when faced with the prospect of uncomfortable publicity.
I must therefore insist, as a citizen, and with all due respect, that Your Excellency not let the Prime Minister get away, once again, with trampling on the insignia of what little his tenure in office has left us of our democracy, by complying with his anti-democratic request to prorogue Parliament.
Thank you.
Respectfully,
your name here

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Radio Live Hit

For one of my radio room assignments, I went out to cover an event and called in to describe what was going on. Obviously, it was a slow news day. Here is my “Live Hit” from a coin unveiling.

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My radio appearance

I’ve been covering the Jean-Talon–Namur Revitalization project for Actualites CDN-NDG (read articles here and here) and CBC’s Daybreak decided to devote some of their show to the issue. I was called in as a resident of the borough (error there because I’m actually in Westmount) but primarily as a journalist who has covered the project’s development extensively. I have edited the 11-minute segment to include only my parts—the other guests were Peter McQueen, the city councillor for NDG, and Charles Hammer, the owner of Uptown Volvo which is currently right in the middle of the project area. Enjoy my first foray into professional radio! (Apologies for the initial static, goes away after a couple seconds)

Click here to hear the segment in full.

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Olympic Torch Relay in Montreal

Yesterday was a busy day! After seeing Hulk, I made my way up to the Plateau to visit Dooz and Eugenia and to see the Olympic flame go by. Some say torch, some say flame…which one is it? We bundled Doozy up in his hilarious snowsuit and braved the cold and snow with the stroller. It was hard work. Plus it was windy. But it was all worth it to see the flame. It was so festive and fun and I was so proud. I can’t wait for the Olympics. I am a fiercely patriotic Canadian. I hear from the Globe and Mail in a few days about that contest, fingers crossed.

Here is a clip of the flame going by!

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The Montreal Screwjob…Hogan-style

Hulk Hogan was in Montreal to sign his new book “My Life Outside the Ring.” He basically did a blitz of Toronto and Montreal, appearing on Q and the Hour and then jetting to Montreal to sign his book. Big turnout in Montreal.

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HAPPY 6-MONTH BIRTHDAY!

On December 11, it will be a joyous, wonderful, marvelous, stupendous day! My little nephew, Suraj Theodore Robin Leavitt Carvery or Doozy for short, will be SIX months old!!!!

Big accomplishments to date? 1) Lifted his head all on his own, 2) Smiled revealing the cutest of dimples on his left cheek, 3) LAUGHED! He loves it when his auntie dances like a fool, 4) Rolled over onto his stomach and now back onto his back, 5) Grabs for things or hair…I could go on but those are the bigs things. He is also very successful at holding his auntie prisoner while napping (he he) and spitting up on my clean shirts. I LOVE YOU DOOZY!

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Canadiens Streeter

That’s me on the Habs Centennial night. Yes, I’m a bit of a loser. I couldn’t get tickets that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I wore all my Habs apparel (those are official Canadiens pyjama pants) and watched at home…I even live-tweeted the event.

To bring that celebration to school, I did a streeter—went out on the street and asked people on the street—for my radio class. Interesting responses. Here it is:

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