MONTREAL — Montreal police moved quickly Saturday to crack down on an annual protest that has a history of getting out of hand.
A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a busy north-end subway station to denounce police brutality.
It was the same location where, this past January, an officer was captured on video telling a homeless man he would tie him to a pole for an hour in the freezing cold if his behaviour didn’t improve. The officer was disciplined for his actions.
The man who filmed that incident, Adis Simidzija, was on hand for the protest.
Simidzija, a 25-year-old university student, said he’s still disturbed by what he saw, and the way police handled the student marches during Quebec’s so-called Maple Spring two years ago.
“We’re here to protest against the police brutality we saw in the 2012 student protests, and that we see every year,” Simidzija said.
Organizers said they wanted to bring awareness to what they described as racial and social profiling, along the targeting of homeless people.
But the demonstration didn’t last long.
Using a loudspeaker, police declared it illegal within minutes because they weren’t provided with an itinerary, as required under a municipal bylaw.
Helmeted officers on bikes and horseback, and later in riot gear, forced many of the protesters onto a side street and surrounded them.
(But, this time the cops didn’t need to club or kick anyone,  folks! -Ed.)

More than 280 people were detained and each was given a $638 ticket for breaking the “illegal assembly” bylaw!

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How’s THIS for poetic justice!

untitledA man in London, England, went down to the docks to jump in the river and commit suicide!
Just before he was about to kill himself some other guy slipped and fell into the river, so guy #1 had to jump in and save him!
The suicide has been put on hold for now!


If Quebec should decide to hold a referendum and the Quebecois vote for leaving Canada, the fun starts.
1.   Aboriginals will refuse to give up their traditional territory.
2.   The St. Lawrence Seaway is jointly owned by Canada and the United States; Quebec has no claim to the lands set aside for the Seaway.                                        3.   Montreal is an island in the St. Lawrence and may not be part of a new Quebec.
4.   All federal facilities (and English speaking employees) in Quebec would have to relocate.
5.   Air Canada could not continue maintenance operations in a foreign nation.
6.   The Port of Montreal would wither as Canadian companies would have to find an Canadian location for
imports and exports.                                                            7.   Airlines would cease landing in Quebec until they could negotiate landing rights with the new nation.
8.   The Canada Space Agency could move from Saint-Hubert to Calgary.
9.   Federally licensed financial institutions (all banks, for example) could no longer operate in Quebec.
10. Bilingual courts and a bilingual federal civil service would be history.
11.  The Official Languages Act would be history.
12.  Thousands of translators we pay for would be out of work.
13.  We would have 78 fewer Members of Parliament to pay for.
14.  We would have 24 fewer Senators to pay for.
15.  The NDP would lose 57 seats including Mulcair’s;
16.  The Liberals would lose 8 seats including Trudeau’s.
17.  The Conservative party’s majority would increase from 52% to 67%.
18.  We would save about $20 billion annually in federal transfer payments – which could be used to pay down
the federal debt.                                                            19.  We could save another $543 million in funds currently earmarked for bridges over the St. Lawrence and in and out of Montreal.                                                   20.  We would no longer support Bombardier.
21.  All military aircraft work contracted by Canada would have to leave Quebec.
22.  Goodbye to the CBC French language networks.

The REST OF CANADA would want to annex the “SOUTH SHORE” of Quebec to give us a land connection to the Maritimes! (They could have labrador!)
Go Pauline Marois……………………, go take Quebec out of confederation – —- and soon!
The most popular photograph in the City of Toronto Archives is a strange one. In it, a white horse is plunging head first into the still water off Hanlan’s Point. In a second it will crash below the surface, swim to the top, and do it all over again a short time later.
toronto diving horse

The horse in the picture was named either King or Queen and was one of a pair owned by J.W. Gorman, a travelling American entertainer who appeared at amusement parks in Boston, New York, and other parts of New England, as well as Toronto.
At the time these photos were taken, Hanlan’s Point was home to a popular amusement park that featured a wooden roller coaster, merry-go-round, athletic field, and water shows. The diving horses, a popular form of entertainment, would walk up a ramp to the top of the diving platform and either jump or be dropped through a trap door.
It’s not clear whether the horses enjoyed performing the stunt but it’s hard to imagine the show maintaining its allure if the animals had to be poked and prodded to the top of the ramp (though that does appear to have been an issue in later years in the U.S.) They clearly weren’t injured by the fall, either – King and Queen performed several times a day.
A diving horse act in Atlantic City, possibly the first of its kind, inspired the 1991 Disney film Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, which was based on the memoir of Sonora Webster, the co-owner of the Steel Pier show who continued to dive despite being blinded in a fall.
toronto diving horse

According to Patrick Cummins from the city archives, the picture, one in a series by by prolific photographer William James, is by far the most popular among the massive collection of hundreds of thousands of Toronto images.
Though numbers aren’t available for the number of times it has been requested or viewed digitally online, since being uploaded to the city archive’s Flickr page it has been accessed more than 6,500 times.
“It is fair to say that this is our most popular image,” Cummins says. “As to why the diving horse image is so popular, I really can’t say.”

A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died.
_73597396_73596670Glenn McDuffie died aged 86 at a nursing home in Dallas on Sunday, his daughter said.
McDuffie’s claim to be the man in the famed VJ day photo was supported by a police forensic artist’s analysis.
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the image as the news of Japan’s surrender filtered through New York’s Times Square on 14 August 1945.
McDuffie had told US media that he was changing subway trains when he heard that Japan had surrendered.
I was so happy. I ran out in the street,” said McDuffie, who was then 18 and on his way to visit his girlfriend.
untitled“And then I saw that nurse,” he said.

“She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face… I just went right to her and kissed her.”
Edith Shain, who worked in a nearby hospital, claimed to be the nurse in the photo.
She died in 2010, shortly after they took this photo
AND FINALLY:   David Brenner died yesterday as well!