Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Concerned Conservative CEGEP Student

It has come to my attention recently that several of the posters and announcements displayed around the campus are not entirely appropriate and may even be offensive to some.
There are a few examples in particular which I would like to bring to your attention as perhaps not being unanimously acceptable. Firstly, I have seen a number of announcements near instructors’ offices which are decidedly pro-Palestinian and that cite an "Israeli Apartheid". While I fully understand that Marianopolis justifiably prides itself on freedom of speech and opinion as any educational institution should, I would also remind the instructors in question that the College has a substantial Jewish population and that words should be chosen carefully. What may seem perfectly acceptable to some can easily be offensive to others.
While the previous example is a concern, it is less so due to the fact that it expresses the opinion or view of an individual and not the College collectively. It is my understanding that any poster or message that is posted around the College needs to first gain some form of approval. For this reason, the following instances are much more concerning. For example, posters promoting a school trip to Cuba which are plastered all over campus bear Che Guevara’s image. While he has undoubtedly become a cult figure of sorts, with many wearing shirts and such depicting him as a hero, the truth is that Guevera orchestrated the deaths of thousands during his "revolution". Given this point, using pictures of him depicted as a sympathetic activist to promote a College-organized trip is, in my opinion, deplorable and offensive. I am not aware of who created these posters or more importantly who approved them, but to me this represents either a grave error in judgement or a fundamental lack of knowledge.
Furthermore, there are posters on campus which call for a halt to the deportation of American war deserters to the United States. To be clear, these are not "draft dodgers", but voluntarily conscripted soldiers who consciously broke the law by deserting their corps. Most recently, I noticed a new poster which was basically a manifesto claiming that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were devised and executed by the American government, in other words asserting that the Bush administration intentionally murdered its own citizens. Once again, these seem to me to be clear oversights which, though they may cater to the agendas of those who felt it necessary to promote them in the first place, are simply insensitive and offensive.
As a student at Marianopolis, I would like to nevertheless declare that I am proud and content to study at what I believe to be a first-rate institution. I am simply attempting to point out a trend which I believe to be worrisome. I am not seeking to bring some kind of censorship to the College, as this would defy my deep belief in the principles of free speech. As I mentioned, I believe faculty and students alike should be able to voice their opinions freely. Hopefully, what can be avoided is the situation becoming extremely one-sided, in which case I believe some could infer that the College itself may have a particular political agenda. What is troublesome to me is the fact that many of the posters and such that I have mentioned are approved by the College and to a certain extent this signifies an endorsement. What I would suggest for the future is that anyone who is involved in creating or approving these messages ensure that they have practiced some form of due diligence. This should include being fully informed about what exactly is being approved as well as ensuring that it is acceptable, if not necessarily agreeable, to everyone on campus.
Thank you for your time. Should you wish to contact me I have provided my address however a message through Omnivox is likely more convenient. I appreciate that you are certainly very busy and realize that a response may not be immediately possible, though any reply would be appreciated.

Monday, February 2, 2009

U.S. allies already up in arms

One of Obama's campaign promises was that he was going to ensure that countries around the world, U.S. allies in particular, would look upon America favorably once again.

Now, during the Bush administration many U.S. relationships with foreign nations did very well; when Canadian Prime Minister Harper was elected, Canada's relationship with America strengthened, Italy has always had a very strong relationship with the Bush administration, as did Great Britain, Israel and even Pakistan.

Despite the Obama cutouts that were being burned in the Middle East during the Israeli-Hamas conflict, the media in the U.S. did not report it in great detail, if at all. This is a pattern we are seeing in the mainstream media, and a topic for a future post. This past week has perhaps been the most interesting for Obama as he has single handedly put all of the U.S. allies on the brink of a trade war with his administration. Obama's attempt to turn his protectionist ideas into policy has sent Europe and Canada into a frenzy.

It has been less than 2 weeks and Obama is set to severely dampen the strong ties the U.S. has had with these nations over the last 4-8 years. The media would have you believe differently, or not informed at all.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I can't wait to be stimulated

I'm feeling a little down today, but wait, stimulus packages across the board!

Billions of dollars that we're all going to have to pay for, going to, for the most part, companies who pissed away everything they had to begin with due to bad management, greed and entitlement, groups who are corrupt and radical and of course to other left leaning constituencies loyal to the Democrats and who endorsed Obama.

It will for the most part, evaporate and the citizens will be left with a tab, worse off than they were before or on par with how they are now.

Canada and Britain are doing the same; it's the flavor of the month. First it was elections, now it's stimulus and the majority of people couldn't care less or those who claim to care, think it's a great idea.

People are getting dumber by the day,
I think Adam Smith just rolled over.......
Those of you with a brain, read this article!!! http://spectator.org/archives/2009/01/28/good-morning-suckers - in a nutshell, it is saying that this package will not stimulate the economy at all, if anything, it will make it worse and bleed what little is left completely dry. Like pigs to the slaughter, we're letting our economies get turned into pork chops.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Right vs. Left: Derby of Politics and Sport

Scandal investigation motivated by a political bias
Tuesday, May 30, 2006

There remains only 10 days before the world comes to a standstill to watch 32 of the very best national soccer teams go head to head in the most prestigious and challenging tournament in sport. Among the favorites to win the World Cup in Germany this summer are the 23 men called up to play for the Italian national team. However, with the recent match fixing scandal to emerge just a month before the pride of the nation is to take the field in Germany to try and win their first International trophy in over 20 years, their morale could very well be drained and their focus completely shaken. Undoubtedly, the work of the magistrates and Judiciary to tackle this recent emergence of corruption is vital to cleaning up the sport and instilling confidence in one of the sports most respected domestic leagues. However, Italian society is never as one sided as either party would want people to believe and although those who have done wrong should be punished, questions must be raised about the motivation behind the committee set up to administer these punishments
Fabio Capello, the coach of the condemned Old Lady of Italian football – Juventus, made an interesting comment during an interview with journalists for La Gazzetta Dello Sport. "This situation can be compared to the bribesville scandal of the 1990’s, as Juventus is just like the Italian Socialist Party of that time and are being targeted for similar offences." It is unclear what Capello truly meant by his comments as some argue he was simply stating the obvious correlations between the cleanup operation of corruption that was taking place in the sport to that of the political one 16 years ago while others suggest he was hinting of some sort of political bias as the true motivation behind the crackdown. It should be made perfectly clear that the world of soccer has condemned Luciano Moggi, Juventus and anyone else who has been involved in the scandal and rightfully so. However, there are indications that the team assigned to hand justice down and make soccer a fair playing field once again are involved in much more than the upholding of simple ethics.
The political scandal of the 1990’s was an epic time in Italy as the grip certain politicians, businessmen and criminals had on society was beginning to unravel and in doing so exposed an alarming network of secret dealings, payoffs, pressure tactics and widespread corruption that was out of control even for Italy’s standards. Benito Craxi, leader of the Italian Socialist Party which was in power at the time was accused of helping prominent businessmen, such as Silvio Berlusconi, who would go on to become Prime Minister of the country twice, in gaining additional access and use of government media networks which helped enrich Berlusconi considerably. The list of additional accusations is quite long but suffices to say the investigation found that there was significant involvement of members of organized crime and that the corruption was truly embedded in all areas of Italian society. The investigation, called the clean hands campaign was initiated and carried out by Milan magistrates and led by a prominent member of the Judiciary at the time, Francesco Saverio Borrelli. No one can deny the importance of the work carried out by Borrelli and the Milan magistrates during the scandal but it has been argued, more acutely by members of the business community and certain right wing political leaders that there was a slight bias to the investigation
Italy, as we know is a relatively young country. In 1948 in signed its present constitution and thus is somewhat new to the democratic principles of government. In addition, the animosity that exists within the country is still a very prominent problem; north, south, east, west, even the small town a few miles away, the differences Italians project have political, cultural and social implications. As a member of the G7 and strong ally to the Untied States, it may come as somewhat of a shock to learn that there is still a strong communist contingent in the country and strong support for it. Men such as Craxi and Berlusconi represent the right wing mentality of Italy; devotion to the individual, to business and to continued productivity. They argue that men such as Borrelli and the Judiciary have always been politically bias towards the more conservative voices of Italian society even though they are given total independence to do their own work. The investigations 16 years ago did target Berlusconi and many other politicians and businessmen but at first glance it would be hard to prove the Judiciary was out to get them. However, a man at the forefront of the accusations such as Berlusconi argued with some degree of accuracy that the government’s regulations which the Judiciary was indirectly defending prevented him and anyone else from pursuing a perfectly justifiable business venture. The Judiciary seemed to care more about his involvement with Craxi which was justifiable but they did very little to deny Berlusconi’s accusations. The possibly of a political bias was fairly weak then but today, the suggestion is much more potent. It has been cleverly dubbed the clean feet campaign and once again at the forefront of the investigation is Borrelli. In addition, the man appointed to take temporary control of the Italian Football Federation after the resignation of Franco Carraro is Guido Rossi, another prominent Italian lawyer but more interestingly, a former senator of the Italian Communist Party
Perhaps the most striking element of this investigation, in addition to Borrelli and Rossi being appointed, is the timing of the scandal’s release to the public. Italy, in past world cups have not done as well as many expected but in all fairness, expectations were somewhat unrealistic as they simply have not been able to field a team capable of dominating on the world stage in the last decade or so. This year however, is much much different. Youth, charisma and self belief have eclipsed the inconsistency and doubtfulness of the past. Six of the starting eleven players have never been to a world cup, and their starting attackers have scored a combined total of 48 league goals in this year’s Serie A campaign, a remarkable feat which has rarely been matched. Francesco Totti, the boy king of Italy and named the best player in the world by Brazilian legend Pele has recovered in time from his broken foot and pundits, for the first time are positive that Marcelo Lippi, Italy’s head coach will abandon the traditional defensive approach to the game they’ve applied in recent years and go for an all out attacking formation. With all this confidence emitting from the training ground, the country and the world suddenly expected Italy to do so much better this summer. It was at this peak that the Judiciary decided to release wire tap evidence they had accumulated over the past year or so and humiliate the entire Italian domestic league at a time when the eyes of the world were focused on the sport and in particular Italy’s chances of success. In addition to the obvious ramifications the scandal has had on the morale of the national team, as the son of Lippi has been put under investigation and star keeper Buffon was questioned about illegal betting, it is once again men of business who are being targeted. Three team presidents are under investigation for match fixing, fraud and tax evasion and a number of players, while training for the world cup have had their homes raided by financial police. The issue is not whether they deserve this treatment or not, because if they did wrong then naturally they should be punished, whether it be fraud, match fixing or any other crime. The timing and obvious lack of interest in the humiliation this scandal has caused certain members of the national team as well as the manager is enough to question the true motives of the investigative team headed by Borrelli and Rossi. Their eagerness to imprint their ethical muscle on the sport has blinded them from the consequences the potentially harsh penalties they will hand out will have on Italy’s national sport. Three of the teams that finished in the top four in this year’s domestic league are being targeted and many believe they will feel the brunt of the Judiciaries will to make an example out of them. Retrocession to Italy’s second division is the harshest penalty they can enforce and those in charge of the investigation seem quite keen to make it happen to all three clubs. If these teams were to get sent down a division, Serie A would effectively collapse for a year and the financial ramifications would be devastating while worldwide support would crumble.
Once again, the experience these men bring to the matter is not being questioned nor the work they are trying to do to clean up the sport in order to discourage corruption in the future. Perhaps stiff penalties are the only way to go. However, the unprofessional and nonchalant attitude they have taken in regard to how much they may be indirectly affecting Italy’s chances for glory this summer in Germany and the pompous attitude to what Serie A and football means to the country both financially and culturally warrants a certain degree of constructive criticism. Old habits and bitter rivalries die hard in Italy, while the potential for national unity and celebration die easily in its shadow.

CBC - Communist Broadcasting Corporation Part 2

To continue, the CBC’s favoring of the left in Canada has done wonders for its survival. As was already mentioned, Canada is typically a socialist minded nation but one must wonder; is it because Canada is typically socialist that the CBC does well or is the other way around? All Canadians have access to the CBC in one form or another and millions take advantage of this fact. If someone does not wish or cannot afford to purchase cable, they can still watch the CBC; there is no “cover” charge that the BBC requires. Now on the one hand, this certainly can be seen as a positive; the CBC does provide its viewers with continual News updates, domestically and internationally and has a variety of sports, comedy and dramatic television and radio programs that we can watch and listen to. The problem begins when this nation wide voice contains at times, vehement disregard for the political, social and cultural right. The CBC can typically be seen advocating for global warming (now climate change) awareness, a skepticism of private healthcare, anti-American sentiment, larger government (it would mean more money for them) and scorn at the right wing element that exists in Western Canada. Evidence of this fact is available by simply looking through their programming schedule; David Suzuki is perhaps their most popular figure and is a firm environmentalist and close friend of Al Gore. Shows such as Rick Mercer talks to Americans entailed the aforementioned host going around America interviewing “dumb Americans” who seemed to know nothing of Canada and finally one of the CBC’s in depth programs called, “The Passionate Eye.” This is perhaps the most angled and narrow minded program the CBC can offer. Their storylines are tailored to a specific audience and there is no attempt to present a balanced view point. It is here that the CBC attempts to convince the viewer of human rights violations in relation to terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay and in Canada, about the fast approaching climate crisis and about how evil America is in general. Now, what should be noted is that these programs have nosed dived in the ratings. Canadians are not interested in what the CBC has to offer; they enjoy American television shows as well as programs from Canada’s other media networks. And what is particularly shocking is that Canadians have absolutely no say in what the CBC airs, produces, writes and yet without the hard earned taxes of Canadians, it would not exist. How is this fair? How is this democratic? One of the things the CBC prides itself on is that it is dedicated to local programming; but it does not allow local Canadians to voice their interests or concerns. Rather, it is the CBC who decides what local Canadians will enjoy; obnoxious to say the least.
It is incomprehensible that this institution is not held accountable. It is important to highlight the CBC’s despicable attempt to solidify its place in Canadian Broadcasting by fending off the competition. Recently, when a vast number of Canadians demanded that they be allowed to have the opportunity to purchase FOX News Channel, the CBC was up in arms. They proclaimed that it was not democratic to allow such a biased network into the homes of Canadian viewers. Now, allow me to point out the hypocrisy as well as the sense of entitlement here. The CBC, proven to be heavily favored to the left, is accusing FOX News Channel of being biased; that’s rich. Secondly, the CBC feels that it is in a position to choose what Canadians will enjoy and not enjoy; the sense of entitlement and elitism here is shocking. What is worth mentioning at this point is that Canada has an agency called the CRTC which is a regulatory agency that oversees what is put on the air and what media is allowed into the country; socialism at its worst. The CRTC is behind this second point I am about to make. Italians in the Toronto region of Canada make up the second largest community of Italians outside of Italy. There are other Italian Canadians in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. It was not long ago, that the CRTC refused to allow RAI into the homes of these Italian Canadians. Why? Because Canada had its own network called, TLN (Telelatino) which was supposed to be adequate enough for Italians in Canada who wanted to watch Italian news and programming from back home. Amazing! Here we have the CRTC implanting the full weight of their power to prevent RAI from entering Canada. After uproar from the Italian community during election time, the Liberal Government, already deeply out of favor with the public, demanded that the CRTC allow RAI into Canada but at a price. Those who wanted to purchase RAI were forced to purchase TLN as well; once again the seeds of socialism continue to blossom. So those who argue that the public was able to convince the government and its agencies must be careful; this was only allowed because of the fear the Liberals had of not being re-elected, and not because they felt that this CRTC regulation infringed on the rights of their citizens.
As I write this the CBC continues to produce shows no one will watch and continues its attempt to undermine George W. Bush and propagate Barrack Obama on the CBC pedestal. With the re-election of a Conservative minority government, the CBC is safe from any attempts to have it reformed. When the Conservatives were elected a few years ago, many argued that they would try to destroy the CBC by cutting its massive funding. However, even with a Conservative majority, the CBC’s power and influence spans across the country and runs deep into the fabric of Canadian society. Even if their programs are not all that popular, when many Canadians hear that the CBC may be destroyed (as the CBC puts it), they panic. They do not want to see such a beloved Canadian institution changed. However, this is what Canadians do not realize; the CBC is not supposed to be an institution. It is no longer even an extension of the government. It may get all its funding from the tax payer but because no one would dare question this funding, the CBC receives what it needs financially every year and does what it wants without fear of repercussion. It is in a world of its own and there is no sign that it will change.

CBC - Communist Broadcasting Corporation Part 1

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently celebrated 70 years of broadcasting, making it the oldest broadcasting service in Canada. It offers radio broadcasts, television series, National news, Foreign News as well as a comprehensive website available to all residents of Canada. While its basic package is “free”, it has also made strides into cable television, offering subscribers various television and radio options with additional features. Many have placed the CBC in the same category as the BBC, suggesting it has reached a dominating place in the broadcasting world. I write this piece with one thing in mind; to offer a view of the CBC that is rarely ever exhumed and discussed. The CBC is not just a broadcasting service but a dominating and powerful institution that has had a profound effect on Canadian politics, culture and society. While many may view this role as a positive, the reality that this piece will attempt to reveal involves a vehement scrutiny of this institution. This piece will focus on the negative influence the CBC has on Canadian society, its left wing political bias as well as the lack of accountability surrounding its financial structure.
Perhaps the best way to start would be to demonstrate how unique the CBC is in comparison to other public broadcasting services. The first troubling sign is how it receives the public funding it needs to survive. Unlike PBS in the United States, the CBC does not depend on personal contributions from its viewers; not directly anyway, this will be addressed shortly. Also unlike PBS, the CBC receives a massive amount of money from the Canadian government; more specifically they receive close to 1 billion dollars from tax payers which is essentially deposited into their account and left for them to do what they like with it. These financial statements are available for the public to see but they do not make it easy to obtain. One has to travel deep into their website to pull these PDF files from their system. Once these files are found, yet even more troubling signs can be revealed. While the CBC receives a massive influx of tax payer’s money every year, they also have advertisements which ensure even more financial contribution. When Canadians watch their beloved hockey games they are bombarded with commercials in between periods and referee stoppages. While they watch Tim Horton’s or Labatt Blue ads, they should come to the realization that their taxes are also being provided to the CBC. Even the BBC, to which our national broadcasting service is continuously compared to, has notable differences. The first is that while they also receive funding from the government, residents of Great Britain still need to pay a small charge in order to have access to BBC broadcasts. So theoretically, if someone does not want to contribute they do not need to. In Canada, no one has a say as to how the CBC is managed, how their money is spent or who gets hired and fired. Secondly, while the BBC has public funds at their disposal, they arguably put it to good use. The BBC has always had renowned and award winning television programs and series, notably Top Gear, a witty and intelligent program dedicated to the scrutiny of some of the worlds most expensive and luxurious automobiles. The show captures audiences and is consistently inviting celebrities, public figures and notable athletes to test drive their cars. In addition, notable shows like The Office, Couples and The Thick of It have all had success in Britain and in many other nations. The CBC on the other hand has had falling ratings for the last 5-10 years. Their television programs and series have not faired well in comparison to other Canadian networks and imported American television shows. That being said, it is close to impossible to justify the amount of money the CBC receives from the tax payers and to add insult to injury, the CBC has commonly held the view that their current budget is just not enough to compete with other networks and therefore needs even more funding, hence the argument for receiving advertising dollars.

The bulk of this piece however, centers on the political bias the CBC has within itself and the way in which they propagate that into the minds of millions of Canadians every morning, afternoon and evening. While the way in which the CBC is structured financially is cause for concern, it is nothing compared to the realm I am about to discuss.

It is no secret that the CBC has a left wing political agenda; studies at major Canadian Universities have shown that there exists a left wing bias within much of the CBC’s programming schedule and political analysis. These studies have shown that a nation wide broadcasting corporation, paid for in most part by Canadian tax payers has within its structure, a mentality that favors the economic, social and political left. Inevitably the question then arises; why is this not questioned or examined further? To an American, this question would have considerable weight because the United States has within its roots a right and left wing contingent. For conservative minded Americans, this issue would be of paramount importance due to the strong conservative backbone that exists in American culture. This particular root does not exist in Canada. Canada has always been, with the exception of Alberta and various parts of Ontario, a socialist nation. Environmentalism is rampant on the west coast, Ontario is where the NDP was born and continues to thrive and Quebec has never hidden its strong socialist traditions. The Maritimes would vote for just about anyone who isn’t a conservative and the Northern parts of the country are too disjointed from the rest of Canadians (for good reason) to care enough to take sides. So what am I trying to suggest here? The history of Canadian politics, culture and society has not allowed for a conservative base to develop and therefore, there does not exist a strong enough conservative element to voice their concerns; until now. In actual fact, putting my own politics aside for a minute, this particular issue with the CBC would be just as troubling had it been a conservative bias that they exhumed. The CBC and its problems are in a league of their own and while much of this piece will criticize the left, it is the CBC that deserves the bulk of the scorn.

Left wing agenda kills Formula 1

Delusional, ill-informed and overbearing; this is how I would characterize the hard left....and they just killed Formula 1.

The average Montrealer is a huge fan or Formula 1, or used to be, given that we no longer have a race but that aside, it is not difficult to be enamored with the sport. For many it's the machines; rockets packed with some of the world's most luxurious and powerful engines. For others it's the noise, the speed, the risk. Some enjoy the festivities that a race brings to the city and others simply like Montreal being at the centre of the world press for the week in which a Grand Prix is held.

But the hard left and its agenda has changed all that. Now, I wasn't pleased when I went to buy a bottle of wine at the liquor store and was told I had to pay extra for a plastic bag but I told myself, I could live with that. (Where this extra pay is actually going is a question left unanswered but I won't pursue it yet) Then, those of us who have houses, were made to buy a recycling bin at about 120 $, but I was able to live with that too. Why you ask? Because the things that I cherish the most in my life (alcohol is nice but it's not essential) were not being attacked by the cooks on the left. That's all changed now.

Formula 1 as a sport has had to undergo massive changes to their structure because of pressure from a delusional public, ideological governments and desperate corporations. The public have been made to believe that Formula 1 is destroying our planet, the governments act on this concern by pressuring Formula 1 executives to make changes or risk losing the chance to race in their countries and finally, Formula 1, being a sport dependent on massive investment, the corporations involved in the sport do not want to risk their brand being damaged and as a result acquiesce to these demands.

Now, let's go through for a minute what the hard left sees as so environmentally and socially damaging. They claim 1) that 20-22 cars travelling a distance of 300 km on average at speeds of up to 330 km/hr burn an excessive amount of fuel and that this is much too damaging to the environment. 2) that cigarette advertising should be banned completely and that there should be limits on the advertising of alcohol.

These two points represent the bulk of the complaints by the hard left and they don't even realize how delusional they are on both.

1) The obsession they have on the amount of fuel that is being consumed is misplaced. A 747 Jumbo Jet Airliner, burns more fuel on a trip from New York to London than Formula 1 does in an entire season. For clarity, I am referring to the entire sport of Formula 1, meaning every single car and for those who do not know, a Formula 1 season consists of 17-18 races a year and this number continues to rise. Ironically more and more races are being held in Asia and the Middle East, perhaps a sign of Formula 1's loss of patience with the mantra of the more Western nations. So the fact that Formula 1 is attacked by the hard left on this platform is ridiculous. Formula 1 is a sport, yes, but it is a business and it is a source of incredible revenue for those cities who are fortunate enough to hold a race. On this note, I move to the second point.

2) Many cried foul when Montreal lost the Grand Prix, claiming that the greedy executives of the sport cared simply about money and did not care about the loyal fan base that exists in the city. Local, provincial and federal governments tried to intervene but to no avail. This intervention coupled with public outrage makes me sick. The double standard is striking. On the one hand, Canada, along with another left wing nation like Belgium was the most vocal about banning cigarette advertising. Now, I won't get into how ridiculous the banning of cigarette advertising is in this post, but I need to reveal how hypocritical the public and the governments are in this matter. By banning cigarette advertising, Formula 1 teams and more importantly their sponsors, lose a great deal of revenue and are less likely to want to race in such a place where these sponsors are banned. And yet, the same governments are crying foul over the Formula 1 pullout of Montreal by suggesting the city will miss out on the biggest injection of revenue this country had in a given year. And what is more, the public are backing the government's efforts and are voicing their own discontent, ignorantly claiming that Formula 1 executives and the teams are just greedy and want more money. These are the same people who buy into the ban on plastic bags and who buy into the notion that if a plastic bottle is mistakenly thrown into the trash can; the world will turn into a fireball.

This left wing agenda has consumed and twisted the minds of the public and has made all levels of government seem completely incompetent in their decisions and public announcements.

Just as an added bonus, the team most vocal about a green revolution in Formula 1, Honda, has since pulled out of the sport.......

It saddens me that a sport and event that is loved by so many can be destroyed by a combination of lies, hype and exaggeration. I may have been born in Montreal and I may have loved Formula 1, but good riddance to the country, the city and to the fans because they have no one to blame but themselves for the loss of the Grand Prix. It was a long time coming.