Thursday, January 05, 2006


My GOD? It will be one year ago that I came face to face with Tim Smith. I would have never guess that we would become close friends. This is the story that I wrote one year ago. Enjoy!!!


Yesterday afternoon, I noticed someone walking with signs behind his back and in the front!

The guy name is Tim Smith and he’s from Saint John!

He’s against the VLT’S in this Province. He told me during the last ten years, that he has lost $140,000 in these machines and he knows a close friend who committed suicide because of these dreadful
addictive machines.

He’s in his forties and at first, I guess he wanted to chained himself in the hallway of City Hall but he woke up one morning and decided to go at the Legislature.

He has two daughters at home and he has been on a hunger strike for two days!

There’s only one itty bitty problem with this protest!!!

IT’S COLD OUT THERE!!!!! BRRRRRRR…..I just had a chat with the guy and my toes are still cold!!!!

He’s lucky because he hasn’t felt the cold Northern winds in front of the Legislature.

After chatting with the guy, I quickly went to the media and told them about the protester.

They answered - What kind of idiot is out there now Charles? I told them that this guy seem like the real Macoy and they should check his story out.

He showed me some emotions and he did the same with the media.
Last evening, he slept over at the Shelter and I went over to see if he was ok? He told me that his feet were cold so I bought the guy a nice pair of wool soxes which was given to me by someone during my protest!

I noticed in this morning paper Telegraph Journal <> His story is in that paper with a huge picture of him!

Now? I phoned the local talk show this morning and asked the host this question?

I was protesting in a tent for 50 days until the Irving Newspapers covered my protest! This guy protest for six hours and he gets the publicity????
What’s wrong with this picture anyway? Is he better looking than me???? ,,,,lol


But I’m glad for the guy! Ok…he wears a pair of earmuffs and a couple of sweaters.

I’m a pretty good judgement of character and he sounds very determine in his fight!

He told me that he has died ten times over during these last 10 years and he’s not afraid to die! He just doesn’t want to become just a another statistic for the Government.

He could go and blow his head off but he has two young daughters at home.

I told the protester where he could use the washroom at the BeaverBrook Hotel. He told me that once the sun hides behind the clouds? It’s very cold!

I told the guy that I know all about it!!

Last night, he told me that Rolly McIntyre < Liberal MLA > came to chat for him and he’s going to invite the protester inside the Legislature and introduce him.

Hey? This is good because I sure wasn’t invited inside during my protest but I reminded the protester that it was the Liberals who first introduced these machines in the 80s?
This morning, Rick Doucet an MLA from Charlotte County! <> walked by and I shouted that he should chat with the protester! Of course, the guy noticed that I shouted at everyone who walked by! I
can’t help myself because I’m an huge agitator!!!…

Don’t forget this area was my home for six months so therefore I know a lot of people!

Rick Doucet came to chat with the protester and I reminded the young MLA that it was the Liberals who began this mess!

He told me - Yes, it is true but we can still try to find some solution to this very emotional problem!

One suggestion Tim Smith said was these VLT’S should be shut down on Sundays and during the month of December!!!

Sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe just maybe that if a person don’t play these addicted machine for one day? He/she would maybe kick this very expensive habit????

Tim said - It’s like the Government won the Super 7 every Friday evening! The Government collects 2.5 million dollars every week from the less dreadful citizen. He says that the Government is collection 125 Million dollars every year from a population of only

Something is very very very wrong with this picture!!!

The cash is flowing but something must give in at the bottom! Some families are really hurting because of these machines!!!

I noticed while he chatted with the MLA? He began to show some emotion while he was speaking about his kids at home.

I might admit that this act really touch me and I notice that the MLA was also touch!

He told me the story of a guy in Saint John. He collects empty bottles all day long and at the end of the day he walks close to two miles at a bottle exchange to get his money.

He quickly runs to a machine and loses his money in 5 minutes! Works all day collecting empties and loses everything in 5

But gambling has been around for centuries but it seems to be worst these days!

If I was this protester? I would have pitch an winterizes tent! At least, he would be away from the cold Northern winds!

I wish that he wouldn’t go on a hunger strike because his body surely wouldn’t stand the cold weather!

But he’s a very determine individual! Someone came over this morning from CBC and he was wearing a Irving winter hat.

I told the guy to get rid of that hat! He quickly changed his hat inside out! He gave a number to the Protester to told him to phoned CBC collect in Saint John.

The protester asked me if I knew the guy because I ordered him to change his hat and he did!!!


I told the guy that I didn’t know him but he knew me!!!…

I would shout at the politicians who’s running inside the Legislature to come and chat with the Protester!

Especially the P.C.’S! I told the protester that he should stay on the right side of the Legislature because this is the area the politicians goes outside to enjoy a smoke!

Sh@t over 1,000 words already! I got more issues but they will have to wait in the morning! Ok…if you have some nice winter boots or a winterizes Jacket?

Drop it over or lend it to the Protester! I gave him my radio but he only has a small bag with him and he hates to carry a radio around!!!

He’s genuine and I’m certain that he won’t accept the help but you never know????

Please excuse the grammar of this update because I wrote this one in a very fast manner! Send this to all your friends on your list so they can continue reading the going on within the Province of New
Brunswick! BYE BYE

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