Remembrance Day and the days surrounding it have been marred by several incidents  in Toronto I can only describe as disgraceful.  I suppose I should take these in chronological order as best I can determine since it isn’t known exactly when one of them occurred exactly.

First, on the evening of Saturday November 10, someone broke into a home in northeast Toronto and stole the medals of the homeowner’s grandfather from World War I and father from World War II.  That someone stole the medals in the first place is bad enough, but to do it on the eve of Remembrance Day moves it into the “disgusting” column.

Next, as near as can be determined, sometime during the night of November 10 or early morning of November 11, some person, believed by many to be Muslim, and by some Muslims to be someone trying to blame the Muslims, desecrated a memorial in west Toronto by writing “Canada will burn Praise Allah” on the concrete.  Immediately upon being advised of this, the City of Toronto had a man out there with cleaning equipment to remove rhe offending words.  From the news video I’ve seen, the gentleman was successful.

The two minutes silence during the Service of Remembrance was also the scene of a disgraceful display on Sunday.  Two young Muslim girls disrupted the silence by shouting anti-Canadian slogans, and they unfurled a banner condemning one operation in Afghanistan in which the Canadian troops were involved.  According to a column in today’s online edition of the Toronto Sun, the two girls, to recruit others to their demonstration, set up a Facebook page which prominently featured the sentiment “F**k the troops”, although apparently they didn’t use asterisks in their posting.  According to a this column, when people tried to stop their protest, one of the girls referred to those people as “a bunch of old white men”.  Not only disrespectful, but racist as well. In the comments following the item that originally described the incident, most of the comments were of the “if you don’t like it here, go home” variety, or along the lines of “try that in Afghanistan and see how long you live”.

Finally, Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto is the veterans’ hospital in Toronto.  I can’t recall all the details, but they had some campaign running to fill the front lawn of the hospital with little Canadian flags.   On Remembrance Day, a couple visiting a nearby cemetery observed a man deliberately kicking over the Canadian flags on display.  From the photo, this was a white guy, head shaved clean and when he noticed the couple taking photos, gave them the finger before leaving.  A bit later, the couple observed this man on Bayview Avenue, where the hospital is located, again kicking down flags.  The couple also reported they noticed an older gentleman replacing the flags.

Obviously I can’t speak for you, but personally, I find these acts of disrespect disgraceful, disgusting and any other negative adjective you can think of.  This is the day when the country gathers together to honour the memories of those who gave their lives so we could have a country in which we have the freedom of speech to so insult our brave warriors.

Support our troops who are still serving in foreign lands and pray they all return home safely, and soon.


Bring him to justice – more media questions

On the 13th of August, the Toronto Police Service issued a Public Safety Alert for one George Flowers, aka “Mr Flowas”, wanted for aggravated sexual assault.  This man, according to that Alert, has been HIV positive since 1996, but never told his sexual partners.

You would think something like this might rate some attention from the media.  Except for one mention on CP24 which is a local all news television station, and one two inch single column item in a local paper, there was nothing.  Radio stations do have this on their news websites, some local, two on the Prairies that I saw, and CKNW, which is in New Wesminster B C.  As I have written before, I know people who dated this man, some of whom have since tested positive, so I’ve written several blogs on this man and the search for him.  When I started, I had thought my words would supplement the coverage in the mainstream media.  However, I had several people tell me I have been the only source of information on this matter.

Today, the Toronto Police Service issued a new Public Safety Alert, this time advising they had a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest on 11 charges of aggravated sexual assault. As I wrote earlier today in “Bring him to justice – a victim speaks”, Global Television Toronto spoke with one of his victims.  Here’s the link the item and interview: www.globaltoronto.com/hiv+positive+man+wanted+for+aggravated+sexual+assault+charges/6442727205/story.html.  Listen to this lady’s words as she describes how her life has been turned upside down by her positive diagnosis and the callous attitude George Flowers displayed when she told him.

I’ve checked the news sites again tonight.  In addition to the news radio sites, I find mention of this in the online editions of both The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star, for print media and as well as the Global coverage, CITY TV, a local station and CP24 for television.

My question for the media, who now seem to be all gung-ho about covering this story, is this: Why weren’t you doing this back on August 13 when the first Alert was issued?  Why did it take the issuance of a Canada-wide warrant to get your attention?  The tag line on my site is “one lone voice calling in the wilderness”, and in the case of the search for George Flowers, for the past seven weeks, that’s what I’ve been.  I hope that after today, rather than a lone voice, I’m merely part of a chorus.

If you know George Flowers, aka “Mr Flowas”, please contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers.  Help get him off the streets.


Update on “Is there anything they won’t smuggle?”

According to an article on today’s news site for The Toronto Sun, a Niagara Regional Police officer and two other men have been charged with smuggling about $200,000 worth of cheese into Canada.  The constable’s charges include conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and breach of trust under the Criminal Code of Canada and Customs Act violations, including making false or deceptive statements, having illegally imported goods and smuggling.  The other two were charged with conspiracy to smuggle goods, breach of trust and three other Customs Act smuggling-related charges.

A spokesman estimated their profit at $165,000.



Glad I don’t live there

In my posting of earlier today, “They can’t be serious”, I talk about a Toronto District School Board study into launching a “queer-centric” school, a school where LGBT staff and students can feel safe.

Shortly after posting that, I came across the following article in today’s online Toronto Sun:  http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/24/warmington-serious-gender-bender.

I am really glad that I one, don’t have children in the Toronto School system; and two, don’t live in Toronto.  What on earth are the people on the Toronto District School Board thinking?  Or are they?

What message are these educators trying to send to children?  The school years are times when children are very susceptible to ideas.  These posters could, in fact I’m almost tempted to say would, influence some children in ways their parents wouldn’t want them influenced.  I like the quote from an advertising manager the columnist spoke with “We have to get the educator’s heads out of the underpants and start looking toward the moon again, and beyond”.

Who are these people on the School Board?   Where are they getting their ideas from?  The messages contained in these postings belong in high school – but not until grade 11 – not in public schools.  Grade school children don’t need to be told cross-dressing is fine, or that it’s all right to be in a same sex relationship.

And before you think I’m just some prude hiding behind a keyboard, I’m transsexual.  Big  deal.  I also have red hair.  Again, big deal.  And my friends love me just as I am.