Montreal, or Home, is always calling
It is a normal sensation for me to miss home these days. What I mean is I really wish I could be back in Montreal, hanging out with friends, and working on the causes that matter to me back home. I love what I am doing, but there is no place like home, right? My true home is Montreal.
What I learned last week really concerned me. Recently, reports emerged that the Canada Lands Corporation (a crown corporation of the federal government) sold land, where allegdly over 6000 people are buried, to Hydro-Quebec.
These people died during the famine years of the 1840s, where thousands upon thousands arrived from Ireland. These people were suffering from diseases stemming from the famines in Ireland.
Hydro-Quebec wants to develop the land for a power station for the upcoming light rail system in Montreal. It is absolutely disrespectful to build upon land where people are buried, specifically on the graves of the famine victims.
I took some action. I’ll tell you a bit about it later on.
This was Victoria Day! I had the day off, as everyone surely does. I’m lame so as I remember, I worked on blog post numero uno of my trip in Winnipeg. I also learned about what happened in Montreal, concerning the land sale.
Tuesday was an interesting day to say the least. Since Monday was a federal holiday, I could not call the constituency offices of local Montreal Members of Parliament.
I spent some of my day contacting the constituent offices of David Lametti, Marc Miller, Dominique Anglade (MNA), and Thomas Mulcair.
Every single office got back to me in some form or another. However, I was impressed with Tom Mulcair. Mulcair got back to me three hours after my first call. He called me directly. We had a good conversation about a wide range of subjects such as the burial site issue, my life, what I’m doing in Winnipeg, and more.
He was the only MP that took time out of his day to talk to me. I was really impressed!
I don’t like the Pittsburgh Penguins. Go Senators.
My friend, Rita, had her birthday. We went to a sports bar and had food and drinks. Happy birthday, Rita! I got the chance to check the southern part of Winnipeg before seeing her.
I took it easy on Sunday. I saw reports come out on what happened at the March to the Stone, and was happy to see what transpired. It was learned that Hydro-Quebec wanted to work with the Irish community. Basically, a working committee is being set up in order to allow the Irish community to have a voice. This is a big step!