October 30, 2014

Bernard Bujold ( – 
I just finished reading the autobiography of Jean-François Lépine: ON THE LINE OF FIRE. 
A book that tells the story of Radio-Canada since 1971 using the path as a journalist of Jean-Francois Lepine who was one of the pillars of Radio-Canada for forty-two years. 
One could compare Jean-François to Anderson Cooper of CNN as their story has so much in common. First, the two lived at the beginning of their career, the suicide of their brother from who they were very close and the two have become after symbols of international journalism. One might assume that the suicide of brothers influenced the careers of two journalists. 
But the story of Jean François takes a good view at Quebec and the transformation of Radio-Canada in the last decade. One has to clearly understand that the company is now “dying” and that we can question its existence in the medium term. Lépine wants a shift that would save the CBC and that would bring it in its leading role of journalism in Canada but there are questions about the objectivity of Lépine when he obviously loved and still loves deeply his old employer. The book of Jean-François is an interesting chronicle of his career but also his end career. The chapter on the rejection of his candidature by the president Hubert Lacroix to replace Sylvain Lafrance is particularly illuminating on the management style of CBC and this chapter opens questions about the real plans for the future of the CBC. 
Personally I knew Jean-François in 1977-78 at the National Assembly of Quebec while we were both parliamentary correspondents and his story reflects well the years I knew him. 
It was the old good time … 
PHOTO 1; Jean-François Lépine;
PHOTO 2; Cover of the book;
PHOTO 3, 4 AND 5: CBC Montreal;


October 27, 2014

By Bernard Bujold ( –
The TV host OPRAH WINFREY has just published a new collection of her thoughts under the title: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE.
The book is filled with reflections on the meaning of life, the habits of society as consumption or health and other topics of human behavior. The book is a sort of collection of the best chronicles she wrote over the past 14 years in her magazine.
A book to read and keep on a bedside table!
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2 and 3: Oprah Winfrey;


October 25, 2014

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
Ottawa shooting highlights more than ever the parallel existence of evil with good. 
Late Tuesday afternoon, October 21, 2014, following the efforts by the former journalist Roger Sylvain and the distribution Friday, October 18 of a letter-press release, the Brebeuf College confirmed that he had done wrong and offered to rehire Professor Jacqueline Laurent Auger fired for making movies naked in 1960. All the Quebec media have recognized the fault of the college and if there is a hero in this story it is that Roger Sylvain because of his goodness and greatness of soul as he had taken the case in hand and launched a cry for help to his friends journalists. Something he has also done very often in the past for other artists he considered to be in a moral, financial or physical need. One could say that the event at Brébeuf had very little importance in the world and this is absolutely true, but this small gesture became great later when all of Quebec began to morally support the Professor. For the space of a weekend, the spirit of good dominated in the minds of Quebecers. 
The day after the conclusion of this small gesture of Roger Sylvain, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, the Ottawa gunman killed a soldier by firing two bullets in his back and then attacked the Parliament of Canada to be shot by the Sergeant-at-Arms during the shooting in the lobby. This event was bigger than the one at Brébeuf but with the same result. The feeling of the event (this time the feeling of evil) lived in the mind of an entire population, all around in North American if not all around the world. 
The obvious conclusion is that Rogers Sylvain represent the forces of good while the crazy killer represent the forces of evil. But what is less obvious is how to recognize the forces of good from those evil before the action take place? The question is impossible to answer and you just have to hope that the “forces of good” will eventually overcome the”forces of evil”. 
The society of today has become very large and universal. There are no more borders because of the internet and communications are thereby been rendered democratic more than ever in history. If once we could physically identify the different political or religious ideologies by country and people, this is no longer true today. But do not mistake either. It was not easy to handle the good and evil in the last century. The history books show us that even a Hitler, in a very low-tech era when communication was by radio and print newspapers, had several allies who saw him as a kind of economic savior of Germany. His autobiography Mein Kampf published in 1926 was a best seller in many countries of the world and the number of copies distributed is estimated at 10 million. One may wonder what Hitler would have done that if he had lived with the Internet as a tool… 
It took the war for the forces of good to take over over and after 1945 the world was able to live a few years of peaceful life. But it did not last because there was then the Vietnam War and many other wars and tragedies like the September 11, 2001. The evil has often taken the role of leader of the struggle. 
The conclusion is that good and evil have always co-existed and always will co-exist. One day, the good dominates while another day it is evil. You just can hope that your individual destiny is more privileged by the gods of good and one must make every effort to recognize and encourage the “angels of good” as Roger Sylvain, Kevin Vickers (Sergeant-at-Arms of the Canadian Parliament) and other individuals like them when we have the chance to discover their existence. 
For the “angels of evil”,  beware of them!
Photo 1: Entrance to the Canadian Parliament;
Photo 2: Adolph Hitler and his autobiography Mein Kampf;
Photo 3: Kenvin Vickers and Roger Sylvain;
Photo 4: Backpack the murdered soldier Nathan Cirillo;
See Mein Kampf history;


October 22, 2014

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
Brebeuf College leaders have fallen flag to the dismissal of Professor Jacqueline Laurent Auger and if they reconfirmed their decision about the dismissal on Monday morning, they changed their mind late Tuesday afternoon (October 21) and they admitted their wrong. The College apologized for unjustified dismissal and offered to resume Jacqueline Laurent Auger. The consequences could have been worse and dramatic because after her dismissal, the professor and artist who is 73 years old had considered suicide because of the injustice she lived. Her reasoning: she was no longer needed on this earth… 
If however there is a hero in this story it is the former journalist and himself an artist, Roger Sylvain. The latter is a kind of public protector of artists whose careers are now out of the limelight but who knew the hours of glory. Congratulations and admiration for his efforts should go to Roger Sylvain. It was through his encouragement and advice that Jacqueline Laurent Auger was defended. Roger was like the guy in the schoolyard who rises to protect and defend the weak than other bully. 
Firing a professor is a small event in itself but this event is an example of abuse and injustice for which a good Samaritan comes to transform the situation. Roger and Jacqueline were also lucky because their story could have, and should have, died early. However, four factors have influenced the opposite outcome: 
1. the many contacts of Roger Sylvain in the media; 
2. important and historic reputation of Brébeuf College in Quebec; 
3. the scattering power of social media; 
4. pure luck that there was few media events during the weekend of October 18 because if the news release of Jacqueline had been issued, for example, the day of a shooting at the Canadian Parliament, attention to Brébeuf would has been nonexistent. 
The personal story of Roger Sylvain is that of an artist and journalist from Quebec who is constantly very passionate! If he is 68 years old, one feel him to be a young first who wants to change the world. His autobiography is exciting and available on the internet. 
A chapter on Brébeuf College will now have to be added!
PHOTOS 1 and 2: Roger Sylvain;
Photo 3 and 4: Brebeuf College;


October 19, 2014

Bernard Bujold ( – 
Negative reactions towards the Director of Brebeuf College in Montreal and his dismissal of the professor and former actress Jacqueline Laurent Auger continue to occupy all the Quebec media, conventional as social. The least we can say is that the College is experiencing its worst public relations crisis since the time of military conscription and political battle between General Lafleche and Jean Drapeau in 1942 while the former actress Jacqueline Laurent Auger has now become more popular than ever! 
One will have to wait and see in the coming days if the director resigns, or if the College recommit Jacqueline… 
The problem is not so much the firing of Jacqueline Laurent Auger as a person who was an unknown 73-year-old before this weekend of October 18, 2014, but the scandal is the firing by an institution of scale as Brebeuf College who fire a professor because she was an actress and had made ​​nude films in Paris in 1960.  
The story is worthy of Paris Match, because let’s not forget that all the great Quebecois characters have studied at the college Brébeuf from the Trudeau father and son (Pierre E. and Justin) to Peladeau also father and son (Peter and PKP)… 
A perfect story involving sex, stars characters and a great legendary institution in Quebec. It also combines the historical past to the present with a touch of Paris. 
To take the weather speeches, here we have the perfect storm! 
To be continued! 
Photo 1: Jean de Brébeuf College;
Photo 2: Michel April Director;
Photo 3: Jacqueline Laurent Auger;
See text LA PRESSE

The College has published a press release Monday afternoon to the media over the return of Jacqueline Laurent Auger. The director of the institution maintained and defended his position early Monday morning on the site of the College but management changed its position late in the day on Tuesday October 21….



October 18, 2014

By Bernard Bujold ( – 
People ask me if I support Pierre-Karl Peladeau in his political mission? Many tell me that I should absolutely support him because I was the assistant of his father… 
My answer is not no, neither yes! 
Pierre Peladeau father was a great entrepreneur but not necessarily a great independentist. 
Proof, one of his best friends was Brian Mulroney. René Lévesque was also a great friend of Pierre Peladeau. The founder of Quebecor does not dislike Canada, but he hated specifically Pierre E. Trudeau because he had known him in college. 
Pierre Peladeau’s dream was to expand his empire across the country and around the world much like Paul Desmarais, Rupert Murdoch or even Conrad Black in newspapers. He was most proud of his printing plants in place in the United States and France. 
PKP is something else. First he is an heir which is the opposite of his father who was a builder contractor. PKP manages a legacy as a financier. 
Personally, I left Quebecor after his father’s death and I never spoke again to PKP directly thereafter. I had kept in touch with her sister Isabelle who recently died in a strange and tragic way. 
I am neither for nor against PKP although I know him very well, having worked with him for several years, but I’m not his friend in any way. By the way, I know better Julie Snyder. My best woman friend was also the best friend of Julie for almost 20 years… 
Do will I vote for PKP? I will vote for the best candidate running in the next election, according to my convictions. Do PKP is a good politician? According to me PKP was an excellent manager at Quebecor and his strategy to divest from printing to develop VIDEOTRON was brilliant. Is he a good politician? Still according to me, I think the love of politics by PKP is a kind of leisure and he tries his luck as one will do at the lottery. Does can he win? His father had always refused to do active politics and he would not seek government contracts. Too many questions and no freedom of action explained to me the founder of Quebecor! 
To be continued… 
Photo 1: Pierre Peladeau;
Photo 2: Pierre-Karl Peladeau and Pierre;
Photo 3: Pierre-Karl Peladeau, Julie Snyder and Jean Neveu;
Photo 4: Pierre-Karl Peladeau and Julie Snyder;
Photo 5: Pierre-Karl Peladeau ;


October 8, 2014

Bernard Bujold ( – 
The small city of Jerusalem covers an area of just 200 square kilometers, has just under a million people and it is not particularly pretty because it is no more or less old ruined walls with old buildings installed on a large rock. Jerusalem, however, is considered the center of the world at the religious and historical level, in addition to being the emotional stakes of this war between Palestine and Israel. 
The foundation of the city dates from about 5000 years B.C. and would have been completely destroyed twice, invaded 23 times, attacked 52 times and to be captured and recaptured by the various armies in history. For geographic comparison, a city like Quebec, founded in 1608 (404 years), has an area of 454 sq km for a little over 500,000 inhabitants. Twice the territory and half the population. 
The Montreal Science Centre has managed a very good move by choosing to show the film JERUSALEM on an IMAX screen starting on October 10, 2014. 
The film is not the trial of the war around Jerusalem but rather presents unique images shot on location in 3D format. To create a sort of story, three teenage girls from three different religions (Jewish, Muslim and Catholic) and who live in the holy city are visiting while explaining their respective love for their town. In a sense, they become with their family the stars of the film, after of course the city which is at the center of the story. 
Note that the film was made over a period of 5 years so political and religious permission to film the scene was complicated to obtain. 
The film JERUSALEM is very well done and he offers us a closer look at this city and most importantly, it helps us to question about the value of motivation, if there is value, surrounding the war that is raging again in this region of the world. 
Photo 1: Shows and Daniel Ferguson – director of the film;
Photos 2, 3 and 4: Images of the film;
Photo 5: The three teenage girls in the film;
Photo 6: Montreal Science Centre;