I am late for my blog so please excuse the style and grammar because it is indeed going to be a quick one.
Before I begin, I wish to send my prayers to my favourite Priest. He's in Moncton for a surgery and lets pray that everything will be fine. It's nothing serious but a person never know.
I didn't see any bureaucrats or Politicians around the Legislature today. One bureaucrat did come out of the building and quickly ran to his vehicle before I could tell him of the poor pregnant who's five months pregnant and living under the stairways of the Soup Kitchen.
I will confront more people in the morning because the Legislature will be open!
I saw the poor woman last evening and she's eating a lot so what does that tell ya????
Hey? I heard a good one a few hours ago! Did you know that J.D. Irving himself visited the Premier the day before the Budget was announced?
Did the Premier have to receive the ok from J.D. Irving before giving out the budget? Who know? You tell me????
Speaking of the Irvings! Home Depot is going to build a new store in Saint John and that's great because they sure can compete with Kent's < Irving Company! >
The sad part is that the Irvings bought a truss company in Lorneville name- ShamRock! < I think that’s the name? > Who are the people you asked? They run a Its a truss company firm so therefore Home Depot could not go to them for help!
You see the Irvings have a very racist company name - Gulf Operators to run the trucking business in Saint John! They hurled Rocks for their costumers!
Hey? Don't forget? Spring is here and if you buy from Gulf Operators? It means that you support Racism!!!!!!
I wonder how Home Depot are going to move their materials around because I don't believe that the Irvings will give the competition a helping hand?
Do you want to have a look of how many companies the Irvings own.
Here's the list and there might be many more? If I missed some? please send me a email!!!
2-Master Packaging Inc.
3-Selecta Brand Toilet
4- Paper Acadian Lines Ltd.
5-Irving Oil Stores Ltd.
7-Cavendish Farms Indian River Farm Ltd.
8-Bus Lines Midland Courier
9-Majesta Brand Paper Products
10- Irving Oil Transport Ltd.
12- Atlantic Advocate University Press, N.B.
13-Island Fertilizer Ltd.
14-Malpeque Fertilizer Ltd.
15-Atlantic Speedy Commercial Equipment Stores
17-J.D. Irving Ltd.
18-Georgetown shipyard, PEI
19- Daily Gleaner, Fredericton
21- Moncton Times Transcript
23-Riverdale Foods Ltd.
24-Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd. West
25-Isle Farm Supply Ltd.
26-Irving Equipment Irving Personnel Plus Inc.
27-J.H. Irving Ltd. Saint John
28-Shipbuilding and Drydock
29-Irving Steamships Ltd.
30-Halifax Shipyard Ltd.
31-Irving Glen Shipping Ltd.
33-Midland Transport Ltd.
34- Kent Shipping Lines Ltd.
37-Kent Building Supply
39-Kent Hardware Stores
40-Irving Forest Products Ltd. Saint John
42-Ocean Steel Ltd. (OSCO) Steel and Engine Products Ltd.
43-Marque Construction Ltd.
44-Irving Forest Service Ltd.
45-Irving Tissue Sales Ltd.
46-Atlantic Towing Ltd.
47- HarthStone Homes
49-The Home Centre Maritime Tire Store outlets Custom Fabricators and Machinists
50-K.C. Irving Ltd.
51-Russel & Swim Ltd.
52-Phillips Feed Engineering Consultants Limited
53-Superior Propane (PEI)
Of course we could add the Worker's Compensation Board or the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission on this list!
Speaking of Human Rights? I heard there's a Priest who’s going to appear in front of the Human Rights Commission in Alberta to explain his views against same marriage? Can you imagine that one?
The Irvings are allowed to hunt down and assault minorities in this Province and get away with it! Out West or Nova Scotia? You say a bad word against a minorities and the Commission will defend you?
What's wrong with this Picture anyway!
Speaking of the Irving Empire! My Column on the poor will not be printed in the Daily Gleaner! This was told to me a few hours ago!
It was supposed to be printed but the day before it was going to be in the Paper? Peter Huggart < is that how you spell his name > came to the Capital to be the new Publisher of the Daily Gleaner.
He stopped me from writing my views in the Telegraph Journal and now he's doing the same action in the Capital! Give me a break!
Let me know your views on this column that was suppose to be printed in the Daily Gleaner????
Here's the story-
Two different Cities but two different Countries?
In the late 80s, I began to work at the shipyard in Saint John. It was 10 years of good money and a very high standard of living. A few workers would take the bus
to work and we would say - You take the bus??? With all that money you make??? I remember a few workers couldn’t understand the reason that some of our taxes
would go towards the welfare system!
The good old days came to an abrupt end on July 19th, 1996. The Shipyard
closed its doors and many workers received a rude awakening call. Carolyn McNaulty at Romeo House < Soup Kitchen > received many phone calls from many former
shipyard workers in need of help. It was a very difficult financial adjustment. The days of going to the restaurants were over and months afterwards, many
would instead go at the Soup Kitchen.
Saint John always had their share of poor citizens but after the closure of the Shipyard? The amount grew much larger.
On June 17, 2003, I began my six months tent protest in front of the Legislature and I would quickly learned there’s a big different in attitude between the City of Saint John and Fredericton. The Loyalist City has a Blue Collar attitude therefore more open minded than the Capital.
During my first evening, I heard someone shouting towards an individual. The
reason? He was going through a garbage Bin collecting empties. Of course, in Saint John this would be a normal picture and no one will condemn this act.
On July 2nd, I decided to go at Officer’s Square to watch the morning sunrise. While walking near a dumpster someone popped their head like a Jack in the box. He
had a cardboard box over his head. He was collecting empty bottles from the celebration of the evening before. He told me that he only makes $264.00 an month
therefore that’s not enough to survive on. He came by my tent and told me that he collected $92.00 in bottles and went home happy!
It’s called –Survival!
I would soon found out there was a Soup Kitchen located in the Southern Part of the City. Every evening, I would make my little walk to this needy place. Once
there, I notice that the volunteers were very friendly and George Pierce is really in charge of the going on around the Kitchen.
They served two meals a day and I might add you can eat all your stomach can take. While in Saint John, The soup Kitchen would serve you one meal a day between 10:00am and 1:00pm! Even poor people do get hungry in the evenings. I might add that
the St-Andrew-St-David Church serves dinner once a month and the place is full of poor people. Many would ask for seconds to bring home.
I remember in the summer of 2003, I read in the paper that Shirley McAlary announced that the opening of the Harbour Passage was a huge success because they gave away 500 to 800 hotdogs!
Excuse me? PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY!!!
Why do some poor families goes hungry in one City while the other is full? That’s the emotional question?
I would soon find out the Shelter and the Soup Kitchen are the area of the less Fortunate. The poor souls can do their little or alcohol around the building. No
one will bother them as long they stay in that area!
Compare to Saint John, this is a good idea. It’s their property and the Police won’t bother anyone.
I would soon find out that the Transit system is very bad in the Capital compare to Saint John. I heard a sad story of a young girl who wanted to have an interview for a job but she couldn’t because she had to wait 3 hours for the next bus! Of course, the attitude must be the same of my shipyard days?
They must say - You take the bus??? What’s wrong with you? Don’t you have any
bureaucratic friends? The bus system is much better in Saint John.
The Food bank in the Capital is located in a high class neighborhood. In Saint John these helpful locations are located in the area of the poor population. In the Capital, the homeless have no place to go so they can escape the cold winter winds.
In Saint John, the Salvation Army has a place where these poor individual can have a coffee or play some pool! Once a person is evicted from a mall? There’s
not too many place a person can go.
The Salvation Army in Saint John would charge $7.50 a night for accommodation compare to the Capital who will take someone free of charge for a few evenings.
In the Capital, if a person is down on their luck, They have to lower their pride and asked the Government for assistance. They have open cubicles at the Family
Services building where everyone can hear your personal business compare to Saint John were these private conversations are done in a private atmosphere!!
I could go on and on.
Yes! We do live in two different Cities and we have our different way of
the matter the poor are too be treated but from the point I see it? It sure looks like we’re living in two different countries!