jeudi 28 février 2013

THE NEXT POPE: Georg Gänswein ...

By Bernard Bujold ( - 
Benedict XVI officially retires Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8 pm (time Paris-Rome). He leaves then by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo. 
My prediction on who the next Pope will be: Georg Gänswein. Why? Because the resignation of Benedict XVI is caused by crises at the Vatican and they need a Pope very strong. They say Gänswein he is not afraid of anything and he is very loyal to Benedict XVI. In addition he very familiar with the Vatican. It was he who discovered the plot of the recent stolen documents and he confronted the thief, the former butler of the Pope. In addition, several important member of the Church, as for one Mgr Jean-Claude Turcotte, said that the next pope could be someone other than one of the 117 members of the Conclave. The table is set for a candidate like Gänswein. 
According to me, Benedict XVI has resigned with the plan to be replaced by his faithful DON GEORG... 
A real novel like Dave Brown and his Da Vinci Code. 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1 and 3: Benedict XVI and Georg Gänswein;
Photo 2: Vatican City;
Photo 4: Georg Gänswein;
See the Vatican website
See website Dan Brown ;

mardi 26 février 2013


By Bernard Bujold ( - 
It felt like at the bottom of the slopes of Mont Tremblant after an afternoon of spring skiing but it was rather a gathering held in downtown Montreal and it was a student protest... 
If there is one conclusion to be drawn it is that the change of government in Quebec Parliament has done nothing to eliminate student discontent and there appears the return of spring maple, version 2013! Another conclusion is that the police do not have a sense of humor and do not like to be throw snowballs... 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1,2 and 3: Student Protest February 26, 2013;
See photo album ;

Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte left Montreal to Rome...

Archbishop Jean-Claude Turcotte leaving today (Tuesday 26 February 2013) to Rome to participate in the election of the new Pope. 
To be continued... 
Photo 1.2: Mgr Jean-Claude Turcotte;
See press conference ;

The McDonald's week!

This is the week of free coffee in McDonald's! A war to end the competitor Tim Hortons ... 
Stay tuned! 
Photo 1.2: McDonald's;
See McDonald's website
See site Tim Hortons
See story The Globe and Mail ;

lundi 25 février 2013

OSCARS 2013 - The celebration of American cinema...

The Oscars 2013 has been the party of American cinema. It is even the wife of the President of the United States who presented the top award of the event. 
For Montrealers, this evening recalls the heyday of FFM (Montreal World Film Festival)... 
Photo 1,2,3: Oscar Night;
See story The Wall Street Journal
See story The New York Times
See The National Post ;

dimanche 24 février 2013

Ice Canoe Racing in Old Port of Montreal

Total of 37 teams participated in Ice canoe Racing in Montreal presented Saturday, February 23, 2013 in the Old Port of Montreal. This competition is an endurance race very popular between Québec and Lévis. It was a return of the race to Montreal after 20 years of absence. 
Photo 1, 2, 3,and 4: Ice Canoe Racing Old Montreal ;

mercredi 20 février 2013


by Bernard Bujold ( - 
If there is a finding following current Charbonneau Commission hearings on the construction industry in Quebec is the obvious lack of knowledge of Italian culture by Commission officials! Anyone who has known Italians recognize in the speech of Nicolo Miliotto the original flavor and the typical old Italy. For an Italian, all life's problems can be solved over coffee or a meal and you should never ask too many questions, because for an Italian, to be discreet is a feature that comes with birth. Some call this behavior Omerta... 
Is the witness lying? The old Italian saying responds well to the question: "To live a little, you have to cheat a little ..." 
The Commission has made a strategic error by questioning the witness in French rather than Italian. Because the witness does not speak French well, you lose all the color and true thought. But it may also be the witness who chose this language for just, to cheat a little... 
"Per vivere un po, si deve imbrogliare un po." 
"Buona giornata a tutti e viva l'Italia" 
Photo 1 and 2: Nicolo Milioto;
Photo 3: Commission Charbonneau;
See website Charbonneau Commission
See comment La Presse ;

The Charbonneau Commission

You'd think it's a music or hockey star! Judge France Charbonneau is displayed everywhere on giant billboards placed for Radio-Canada on the edges of highways to attract the attention of motorists from Montreal... 
The problem is that the Commission is serious and we should be away from the "star system". But also another problem, all other media also broadcast the audience live... 
Photos 1 and 2: Poster advertising the Commission Charbonneau;
See Commission website ;

lundi 18 février 2013

GAETAN FRIGON - The art of selling

by Bernard Bujold ( - 
Gaétan Frigon has just published his autobiography. We can say about the star of the french TV show DANS L'OEIL DU DRAGON that he had previously been the best president of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and never, neither before or since, this company had a manager who was as knowledgeable and skillful as seller. 
This is actually what is holding the autobiography of Gaétan Frigon: he is a natural salesman and his success clearly demonstrate it! 
You cannot compare Frigon to a kind of entrepreneur like Pierre Peladeau or Paul Desmarais because he did not have the same kind of personality or character. Peladeau and Desmarais are killers at heart while Frigon is a salesman at heart. An entrepreneur wants to dominate his opponents and he takes pleasure in winning as does an athlete in competition. A seller wants to attract the public and convince it to buy the product he is offering. 
It is interesting to read the path of Gaétan Frigon since his time at Eaton through the SAQ and Loto Québec until his recent broadcast on TV as investors-dragon. You can see a summary of the book on his personal website.
Photo 1: Cover of the book;
Photo 2: Photo Gaétan Frigon ;
See website Gaétan Frigon ;

vendredi 15 février 2013


The spring of 2013 is fast approaching ... 
Photo 1: Old Montreal by Bernard Bujold;
See Flickr ;

The real music according to ROBERT DELONG

by Bernard Bujold ( -
I'm usually a fan of Cecilia Bartoli or Gregorian chants but now, I'm also a fan of the music of Robert Delong! 
This young singer-musician is basically what I think is the real music and poetry. I discovered him on David Letterman when he presented a song from her new album: JUST MOVEMENT. 
An artist to discover... 
Photo 1: Robert Delong at David Letterman;
Photo 2: Robert Delong;
Photo 3: Cover new album;
See David Letterman passage
See website David Delong
See biography and album David Delong ;

mercredi 13 février 2013

Geneviève Sabourin and Alec Baldwin...

Geneviève Sabourin will return to court on next April 8 (2013) against Alec Baldwin, but she hopes to settle the case out of court by then... 
To be continued... 
Photo 1: Genevieve Sabourin;
Photo 2: Alec Baldwin and his wife;
See site Facebook
See report from New York ;

lundi 11 février 2013

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican...

by Bernard Bujold ( - 
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is a complete surprise and it was influenced by three possibilities: 
1. A calculated strategy of public relations; 
2. A plot of internal politics that forced the resignation; 
3. The Pope is really tired and destroyed following recent betrayal by his inner circle. 
According to me, this is option 1, a public relations game to attract attention but also demonstrate openness of the Catholic Church facing modern society. The resignation would be in the momentum of the registration of the Pope on Twitter. 
It takes some courage to disturb traditions and in a sense Pope Benedict XVI has always been an intellectual and therefore open to questioning traditions. 
The question now is who will replace him? If the theory of public relations is good, it is reasonable to infer that the next pope will be colorful. Many talk about Cardinal Ouellet who is a student and protected Benedict XVI. 
The answer by Easter. 
Photo 1-5: Benedict XVI at the Vatican;
See Paris Match report ; 
See story The New York Times
See story The Wall Street Journal ;

vendredi 8 février 2013

The youth of politicians....

By Bernard Bujold ( - 
The scandal surrounding Senator Patrick Brazeau is dramatic for the political world, but especially sad for the young people. How can a young Senator of 38 years old can break a career and destroy an institution indirectly with him? 
Youth is not an excuse, but obviously the lack of seriousness is the cause. 
Other young politicians took advantage of their youth and of unexpected opportunities of life. Consider the case of Ruth Ellen Brosseau MP, 28 years old, who has seized the opportunity presented to her and make it, to date, a success despite the predictions. 
The Senator is a disgrace and he should resign to make way for other young people, especially as Brosseau. There is no other solution to the problem!
Photo 1: Ruth Ellen Brosseau;
Photo 2: Patrick Brazeau;
See Ruth Ellen Brosseau site Facebook ;

mercredi 6 février 2013

Daybreak in Old Montreal...

Spring 2013 shyly but surely approach to Montreal! 
It will be at the appointment on 20 March... 
Photos 1 and 2: Lifting of the day in Old Montreal;
See photo album ;

lundi 4 février 2013

Facebook Anniversary

The social network Facebook was officially created on February 4, 2004. Mark Zuckerberg could be proud of his success. Happy Birthday... 
Photo 1: Mark Zuckerberg;
See site Facebook ;

Baltimore won the Super Bowl in 2013

The Baltimore football team won the Super Bowl in 2013 by the account 34 to 31 against San Francisco. An excellent strategic match and impossible to predict until the very end of the game. There was even a power outage in the stadium... Beyoncé animated the show of half-time! 
Photo 1-4: Super Bowl 2013;
See official website Super Bowl ;

Barack Obama loves guns

In an interview with The Republic magazine, Barack Obama unveiled his love for the rifle. A photo was even published on the personal President site Flickr. 
Photo 1: Barack Obama;
See story The Republic
See Flickr Barack Obama ;

Ed Koch (1924-2013)

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, died Friday morning, February 1, 2013. He was 88 years old. 
Photo 1: Ed Koch;
See story The New York Times;

China hacked american newspaper...

China has hacked the computer systems of the New York Times as well as the Wall Street Journal. 
Photo 1: The New York Times;
Photo 2: Prime Minister of China ;
See story The New York Times
See story The Wall Street Journal ;