VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL IN JULY 2018

July 20, 2018


VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL IN JULY 2018 –
By Bernard Bujold – 
What is the most difficult to live? A crowded hospital waiting room or an empty room just waiting for you… 
The atmosphere of an empty room can sometimes be disturbing because “calm in an urban setting” (especially in a hospital) is also a sign of “lack of life”! 
A few years ago, I had to stay at the Hôtel-Dieu for a health problem that is now fully over. After my stay, in the years that followed, I returned to the Hôtel-Dieu to meet my specialist doctor to check the situation. This year, on the occasion of the final visit, I was surprised to find the calm of the waiting room usually full of activity. Two years ago during my visit, I even met a TV star and a well known museum director who were waiting at the same time as me… 
This year, some “quidams” and two attendants in addition to the doctor with his list of monthly appointments. 
To make a short story, some premises of the former Hôtel-Dieu continue to be used by doctors to meet their patient but there is no more care. Within 4 years, these offices will be built on the site of the former St-Luc and everything will be grouped under the banner of the CHUM.  
Obviously, it will be a little less calm for visitors… 
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CONSTRUCTION CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE 2018

July 19, 2018


CONSTRUCTION CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE 2018 – 
By Bernard Bujold –
After the destruction, comes the construction! Work began on the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack in Montreal and the construction crews replaced the demolition one for the old garages. According to officials, the new “paddocks” will be beautiful! I loved the old ones but I will have to see…. 
To be continued! 
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THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2018

July 17, 2018

  

THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2018 –
By Bernard Bujold –

“BURN THE FARM RATHER THAN ABANDON IT TO ATTACKING INVADERS…” 

-The founder of the Montreal World Film Festival (FFM) Serge Losique is once again fighting against all odds to present his event edition 2018. 
The 87-year-old has lost none of his energy and spirit despite the abandonment by the Quebec film establishment! 
Serge Losique is reminiscent of a captain who continues to stay at the helm despite the flight to the sea of his crew. 
Serge Losique, like all those who have created an exceptional work and who, as he ages (the creator) sees his work coveted by others, defends himself for his survival. There are several other such cases and the example that comes to mind is Steve Jobs with Apple when Steve Scully (whom Job had recruited to assist him) wanted to take his place. Scully had even fired Job out. Subsequently, a few years later, when Apple was facing bankruptcy, Jobs had agreed to return to save Apple but on one condition: that Scully be out … Steve was in his prime age and he was successful to avenge the injustice and revive the Apple empire that we know today. 
In the case of Serge Losique, the Quebec establishment, with Alain Simard (Jazz Festival) as leader, wanted to take his project in 2005 but the group failed. The “deep state Quebecois” then cut the government subsidies and the FFM never recovered. The problems of the FFM began with the cutting of subsidies. No cultural event or institution (museum, orchestra, theater) can operate without a grant. In the history of the FFM, the absence of subsidy lasts for 13 years…
Serge Losique and his team sincerely believed all those years that they would be able to find back the grants and Losique financed the event with his own money while reducing year after year the scale of his Festival to arrive at a model like the last year in 2017 and like what will be the 2018 edition. 
The coveted treasure of Losique is the exclusive license of the festival which is a like a hockey franchise. The only license for a world-class “A-Class” film festival for Canada is at his name. The FFM was established in 1977 and is part of a small group of competitive festivals recognized by the F.I.A.P.F. (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) such as Cannes, Berlin or Venice. The World Federation has never accepted the many demands by the Quebec establishment to remove the franchise of Losique and give it to another group. Even Toronto despite its great success with their film festival has only a non-competition license. This is also the reason for the failure of the project of Simard’s group, it had no license category A.
Over the years, the crew of the FFM “jumped” to the sea and Serge is now the captain of an abandoned ship. 
The 13-year-old “war” totally destroyed the festival and neither of the parties: Losique on one side, and the “deep state of Quebec’s artistic milieu” on the other, did not want to give in and everyone believed that the other would give way. Eventually the coveted loot was damaged to become a deformed object and a sort of broken pot that is no longer worth it. My prediction: Serge Losique will die with his Festival in a few years and the category A franchise will just leave Montreal to never be renewed with any other organization of Quebec cinema. The World Film Federation does not need to have a Festival in Montreal as such. 
This is called “not having a winner in a war! 
Losique felt “raped” and “stolen” by the establishment in 2005 and, given his personality, he will never give up the FFM. 
One thing is certain regarding Losique. He is not in for money but for honor, honor being the survival of his film festival with him at the helm. If he had been a mercantile, like Gilbert Rozon for example with Just for Laughs, and even Alain Simard with the Jazz Festival, Losique would have sold his franchise in 2005 when the event had a great monetary value and he would have finished his life on his farm in the Eastern Townships to contemplate the trees. 
Losique is a kind of kamikaze hero in his thought of life: “Burn the farm rather than abandon it to attacking invaders!” 
To conclude, I continue to admire Losique in his fight. If anyone else had created a life project that would have been stolen from him, I would admire him just as much! 
The 2018 FFM will run from August 23rd to September 3rd. 
To be continued… 
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DONALD TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN MEETING OF JULY 2018

July 16, 2018


DONALD TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN 
The Summit of July 16, 2018 was a success according to the two leaders.
The question now: “What is next?”
To be continued
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LA PRESSE IN 2018

July 15, 2018


LA PRESSE IS NOW A FOUNDATION – 
By Bernard Bujold – 
LA PRESSE officially became the property of a foundation and joins the ranks of the newspaper Le Devoir in the race for donation requests. We can assume that if a sponsor gives a donation to one, the other will hasten to ask for the same generosity… 
The question is: “Will La Presse have to reduce its size and the number of its employees to survive? To be continued! 
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BOAT RIDE ON THE LAKE

July 13, 2018


BOAT RIDE ON THE LAKE – 
By Bernard Bujold – 
The summer season 2018 is beautiful and nothing like to enjoy the month of July than a little ride on the lake around the cottage! 
Long live the summer of 2018! 
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GOODBYE GILLES VILLENEUVE – 2018

July 10, 2018


GOODBYE GILLES VILLENEUVE – 2018 
By Bernard Bujold –
Those who have known the beautiful years of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit until the race of 2018 will have to say good bye to the old installations that are now only memory. Indeed, the demolition teams have completely razed the old garages on the ground. Of course there will be new garages but I am a romantic and I loved the old paddocks… 
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