Le Journal de Montréal is dead (1964-2011)

February 28, 2011


Locked out employees from Le Journal de Montreal have accepted the offer from their employer Quebecor and they voted to return to work. However, on a total of 252 employees initially, only 62 will be recalled, the other being discarded by a protocol of financial compensation. Bernard Bujold known very well Le Journal de Montreal as he was an assistant to the President and founder Pierre Peladeau, from 1991 until his death December 5, 1997.
“In a sense, Le Journal de Montreal will be dead under “torture” inches by inches. It would have been better to apply from both sides (employer & union) the scenario of Gesca – Power Corp., the great competitor of Quebecor and former direct rival of the founder of the Journal de Montréal, Pierre Peladeau. Employees of La Presse had to choose between a radical change of structure or closure but with only a few hours to decide. They chose to pay the claim of kidnappers but they have been spared!
To prolong a conflict for over two years is like killing a prisoner under the slow torture. It’s painful agony and screaming! Better to be seriously injured and start his life again then dying unnecessarily. Unfortunately, there is no second chance for a recovery scenario!
Péladeau is probably sad in the other world but he is also concluding that all things in life pass away and it is the same with his Journal de Montréal. He would also add if he was alive: “The adventure at the Journal is a story of the past. It was fun, great fun, but now what’s next goal! ”
It would also say: “Rue Frontenac is a damn good site and it looks a lot like me…”
Photo 1 and 2: Pierre Péladeau;
Photo 3: Bernard Bujold in Paris (2008)
See Biography Pierre Péladeau ;
Link to website Rue Frontenac ;

Anderson Cooper with Gloria Vanderbilt and interesting reading…

February 25, 2011


Two books to read during a week of skiing, holidays in the sun or the period of spring break: Anderson Cooper: Dispatches from the Edge; and the biography in pictures and text of his mother: The World of Gloria Vanderbilt. Two wonderful books and very well written. Two books which are also very inspiring in front of the obstacles of life!
Must read!
Picture 1: Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt ;
Picture 2: Bernard Bujold with the two biographies.
Link Anderson Cooper :
Gloria Vanderbilt link :

Julian Assange lost the first round…

February 24, 2011


Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, lost in first round his fight to cancel the order for extradition to Sweden where he is accused of rape. The lawyers will appeal the decision of Justice UK within seven days and the final decision might not be known before June. Moreover, even if Julian Assange was extradited and condemned, already several sites comparable to Wikileaks have emerged and it is clear that the processing of information will never again be as before Wikileaks creation. In this sense, Assange has been a pioneer and this despite the possible disappearance of his website.
To be continued …
Photo: Julian Assange in London with one of his lawyers;
Photos 2 and 3: Julian Assange in London;
See story The New York Times ;
See story The Wall Street Journal ;
See story The Globe and Mail ;
See site Wikileaks ;

Spring 2011…

February 21, 2011

The official arrival of spring is almost on our doorstep because we are exactly one month from March 21, 2011!
To be continued …
Photo: Tulips in front of the spring sun by Bernard Bujold
See definition of spring;


The music of Montreal High Lights Festival disturb residents of Old Montreal…

February 20, 2011


Residents of Old Montreal are used to the quiet and charm of the neighborhood but they had the surprise of their life when in full Saturday night the area was invaded by loud music from Mistress Barbara accompanied by a noisy crowd celebrating the event in Montreal High lights.
The Saturday night dinner for several residents and their guests had to canceled and replaced by disappointment and many headaches.
Misstress Barbara and the Montreal High Lights have their place in the cultural Montreal but not in front of the private residences of Old Montréal.
Hope the rest of the year 2011 be calmer!
Photo 1-2-3: Montreal High Lights in Old Montreal
See story and photos noise in Old Montreal ;


Julian Assange and the future of Wikileaks…

February 18, 2011

 

 

 
Part of the future of Julian Assange will be played next Thursday (February 24) before the Justice in London but the character has already made history. 
The journey of the founder of Wikileaks is also reminiscent of that of people like Wael Ghonim or Anderson Cooper. Defenders of freedom of the people beyond the traditional powers. 
Several books provide insight into these characters and particular Assange and Cooper. There is a very obvious resemblance between the autobiographies by Julian Assange and Anderson Cooper and the two books are both fascinating and very enlightening. We note in particular that their mother played a significant role in their childhood. Physically, one could almost believe that Assange and Cooper are twins so they have the same face! 
Anderson Cooper is a respected journalist who has been proven. What will happen to Julian Assange? To be continued!
Photo1: Julian Assange;
Photo 2: Anderson Cooper by Getty Image for CCN;

The paper book is in danger according to Borders Books…

February 18, 2011


According to the actions by Borders Books, it is clear that the paper book is condemned to a slow but obvious loss to the eBook.
The announcement of the signing of a protocol for protection against its creditors by Borders Books came to the demise of this great dédailllant book which must increasingly give way to Amazon and Google Books.
It will obviously remain the public library but they also bring electronics. Conclusion: The paper book is in danger!
Photos 1, Borders Books New York;
Photo 2 and 3: Bernard Bujold at the Grande Bibliothèque du Quebec in Montreal;
See The New York Times interview ;
See Amazon ;
View Google Books ;
See website of the Grande Bibliohèque du Quebec ;