The Telegraphed Gazette: Column. 3 February 2013
Hello there folks:
This week I thought I might do something a little different with my gazette. Over the past six days or so there has been little worth writing on, so I felt it was appropriate to spark a new section of the gazette titled “column.” Exactly like other newspapers out there, this column shall be a somewhat frequently occurring section of the gazette with in-depth thoughts related to only a couple of stories as well as some personal thoughts on various issues and/or topics. Now I am aware that the gazette itself contains my opinions on various stories; however when it comes to the column, it will be a few select topics in which will not be directly linked to a particular story, but towards a greater picture. Examples include overall thoughts on Bill 101 in Quebec, the defense strategy for Canada, and how consumer-friendly practices can and will benefit game developers in the long run. Now without further delay my readers, in the column for this week: an understanding of Bill 101 and its’ purpose, a broken water main in Montreal’s sewer system and the sad state of affairs, and a quick analysis of Django: unchained.
Now in the past week or so I have come to understand the purpose of Bill 101 in Quebec, and what is was intended to work towards. National unity – in respect to Canadian Federalism – can only be sustained if the populace speaks a set of common languages. The population in Quebec overwhelmingly speaks French: 95% to be exact. The result is the majority will want to have their linguistic demographics preserved, and rightfully so. Like English, French has official language status for a reason: to ensure that those who wish to reside in the area can communicate with the larger population, and in turn enter into the greater society. Quebec is not trying to deter people from coming, much like how Canada is not trying to deter others from coming; rather the province – and the country – have linguistic requirements in place to ensure that the newcomer can at least – the bare minimum – communicate with others in the province. If everyone came here and spoke whatever dialect they wanted to, the society would fragment, and our diversity would in turn not be our strength, but rather our weakness. Ultimately what I am trying to say is I understand why Quebec has Bill 101, and subsequently the OLF. The only true problem I have with the OLF in particular – and this goes with any government agency – is overzealous inspectors. Quebec – like the rest of Canada – cannot assimilate others into the greater society without being at least a little bit selfish.
I suppose now that I am on the topic of Quebec I should shift the attention towards Montreal, and a water-main that broke earlier this week. Long story short, the main busted, in turn flooding downtown Montreal along with McGill university’s downtown campus. Finger-pointing aside, it is clear that the infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Sadly what we are seeing now is a political battle in city hall of which the new mayor, Michael Applebaum, is accused of corruption: specifically ties to the mafia. The end result will be this once again: we will see a stall of projects as the councillors debate long-term solutions to what has been plaguing Montreal’s municipal politics for a few years now, in turn giving little to no attention towards the aging infrastructure. Not surprising, the provincial government is also engaged in its own political battle as Marois tries to play petty politics with Ottawa, all the while attempting to give the Scottish independence movement in the UK some support – to which they declined – when discussing their upcoming independence referendum. Both the municipal government and the provincial government are playing games, and the populace are left out to dry so to speak. This sad state affairs seems to have no end in sight, but at least city hall is engaged in a 10-year, 4.6 billion dollar project aimed at upgrading the city’s aging water structure specifically. What I find interesting is the politicians are like university students in the middle of their semester. They are looking at their course outlines and going: “Eh, we’ll deal with that later.” The end result is that when exam period comes – in the form of the people being upset over the fact that they did little to fix problems in the province such as deficit, broken infrastructure etc – they will probably receive a 50 to 39% grade on their “exams.” Thus they will be forced to either “re-take the course,” or “drop out.” Personally, I would like to see the PQ “drop out” and not attend for at least a few years. Hopefully by then they will truly be the Parti Quebecois in that they are interested in working towards improving the province, not playing silly games and dreaming of independence like some ideologically-motivated child who has a very sheltered view of the world. Grim state of affairs ladies and gentlemen, the link to related stories is in the address below this paragraph.
This week I had the pleasure of going to see Django Unchained: a story about a slave who is bought by a bounty hunter, released, and then offered a partnership in which the story then spins into a rescue/revenge story. Now Quentin Tarantino did an excellent job of character creation, as well as portrayal of the Southern, slave-owning states in the US during the antebellum years before the civil war. The brutality during those times is shown in the film, in short but very shocking, and graphic scenes to which it delivers a degree of “believable realism” – as I like to term it – which helps in the overall storytelling. Before I go on, any of my readers have children, do not, ever, bring them to see this film if they are under 17 years of age. It is graphic, racial slurs are used – though in context with the timeline it is set in – and there are some scenes which are just utterly disgusting. Now with that out of the way, let us enter into the critique side of things: Jamie Fox does an excellent job with his character Django. The story is – in essence – a revenge story and Fox does a superb job with the facial expressions as well as the dialogue and injecting emotion into the lines in which he recites. Leonardo DiCaprio is quite the “nasty sonofabitch, southern plantation owning gentleman,” and his delivery of his character: Calvin Candie. The accent, as well as the elitist attitude in which most plantation owners are famous for back then, is all present in DiCaprio’s performance and line delivery. There was one part where the concept of incest was hinted towards, and to which DiCaprio was able to make the scene believable. A note to my readers before going on, there is no actual incest in the film, it is only implied.
Now the Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz does an excellent job with his character Dr. King Schultz, to which I must confess I found his performance to be the most memorable performance of the entire film. Schultz is supposed to be a dentist, but is in reality a bounty hunter, with a few quirky elements in his character: something that – in my opinion – Christoph Waltz executed perfectly. Samuel L. Jackson as usual is at his best, with his character portrayal of Stephen fairly entertaining and memorable at the same time. Overall if you are out with just the misses, friends, cousins, or co-workers (without children I might add) go see this film.
Right, we are finally at the end of this – sort of – pilot edition of the column for the telegraphed gazette. I apologize for the delay in publishing this piece for the blog: my Saturday was spent catching up with a long-lost friend, and the end result was I had completely forgotten about the Saturday publishing date. This past week was interesting to be polite: running nine, ten hour days is taxing, and running about town digging up information and attending various events can leave little to no room for personal writing work. That said however, I will try to keep the schedule as best as I can, but when the spring semester filled with various events ranging from career days to meetings, to class, to work: pieces could wind up being published on Sunday rather than Saturday. Adding to this dilemma is the issue of a lack of news stories for the months of January: as you are all aware January is a very slow month for news from any source, aside from international affairs. Hopefully February will be filled with news in which I can harvest my “specimens” and create my gazettes for all of you to enjoy. Tune in next week on Saturday, February 9th for another addition to the Telegraphed Gazette. This has been Vince, and I will see you next time.