Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Small Victories

You would almost think that someone reads my blog and took my request to heart.

Have a quick peek back to these two blogs for a refresher about this.

The place where nightmares are made - April 13, 2009

I swear I was out of town - March 21, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised last week when I heard on the news and read in the paper that New Brunswick's Supply and Services Department rolled in and flattened the vacant buildings at Kingsclear Central Reformatory.
It only took them one day to smash them to the ground.
I wish I had known it was going to happen. I would have liked to see that.

As you know I have stated publicly on many occasions that this should be done.
Kingsclear Reformatory is a horrible place that will haunt the province's soul forever.
Many boys were molested by those charged to watch over them and help turn their lives around. Instead lives were destroyed.
For many years the buildings had sat vacant and looming over the Saint John River valley as a reminder for everyone who passed by.

I saw no way that a good use could ever be put to the buildings when such horrible things took place here.
The buildings had to come down.

Now they have except for that large white boarded-up house. I'm not sure what they are thinking in keeping that. They should just finish the job and rip that place down as well.

I had to see for myself and so I scooted out there last Thursday and took a few pictures of the great work.

This was the way it looked before the demolition.

A much better view now, wouldn't you agree?

In a coincidence and related news I read a couple of weeks ago that the world's slimiest slimeball Karl Toft was released from custody on May 4 after being charged with breaching the conditions of his recognizance order.

For those just tuning in dirtbag Toft was a major player in the whole scandal and was convicted of molesting more than 200 boys in the 1980's while working in Kingsclear Reformatory for three decades.

I suppose I've said enough in my other blog posts to show how I feel about this lowlife.
He was released from jail in Edmonton in 2001 and stayed there after realizing that returning to New Brunswick would likely be detrimental to his health. (You know what I mean.)

It appears that Mr. Toft was seen in a fast-food restaurant. However, his recognizance order forbids him from being anywhere that might be frequented by children. Fast food restaurants are frequented by children so this scumbag will have to learn to buy his food and prepare his meals at home.
This is a minor inconvenience when you consider his luxury of living among free citizens. I do not believe that he deserves that luxury.

This is the first time he's been charged with breaching his order but I'm betting it won't be the last.
We're watching you Toft. Very closely. If you think this freedom thing is ever going to be easy, think again.

I wish there was more that we could do to make Toft's life totally miserable but this will have to do.
For now.

Stay well,

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm very happy that you agree Boston, Thank-you

Wow, how time "flies". Hehe.
I didn't realize until last night that it was exactly 40 years ago that the best hockey player who ever lived scored the goal that I was just mentioning recently.
I was sitting in a meeting last night and Cheryl sent me an e-mail of the anniversary. I think it came up on TV just before the Montreal/Pittsburgh playoff game.
When I arrived back home I happened to catch the segment on Don Cherry's Coach's Corner about it. I know that some people don't always agree with the things Don says but he and I share the opinion that Bobby Orr was the best hockey player to ever play the game.

I found this great cartoon by illustrator Jim Hunt of the goal. I love it.

40 years! I can't believe it.
I know that I had just recently blogged about it and rambled on about the famous goal but the time didn't hit me until last night.

You certainly wouldn't know it by looking at Bobby Orr.
Look at this guy. He's a grandfather and barely looks like he has aged a day since that game 40 years ago!
The best news I had yesterday was that the city of Boston unveiled a large bronze statue commemorating the moment with Bobby at the ceremony.

I'm seeing something when I watch the videos and read the news about the unveiling. It's exactly what I expect.
As always, every person who has ever known Bobby tells what an amazing guy he is and that their lives have been enriched by knowing him.
And as usual, Bobby is as humble as anyone could ever be and so gracious to be honoured in this way.

In some cases lives have been saved by knowing him.
His teammate Derek Sanderson sunk into alcoholism after his hockey career and it was Bobby who spent his own money to check him into rehab and help Derek get his life back in order.
Derek was on hand at the unveiling as were many of Bobby's past teammates and coaches.

By the way, I have started a group on Facebook named "Bobby Orr for Governor General". I hope that if you haven't yet, you will join it. We have 175 members already. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=114482145250401

I figure that Canada could use a break from the CBC bred mediocre foreign journalists and have a true Canadian hero as a representative. Please join and spread the word.

This was in the Boston Herald.
“When you start playing this game you hope and dream about playing in the NHL, and you hope and dream of playing on a Stanley Cup team,” Orr said. “But you never think about having a statue in front of the rink. For this to happen, I’m honored. Harry Weber (the artist) did a wonderful job.”

Whether he likes it or not, there’s never been an athlete more deserving of an honour than Bobby Orr.

Stay well,