Ontario Provincial Police officer serves and protects Canada Geese family across busy 401 highway (CTV video –and video transcript)

May 31st, 2012  

While we’re on the topic of police…. Special Thanks to CTV News.

Ontario Provincial Police officer helps Canada Geese family across busy 401 highway (Credit CTV)  (0:56 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[Special Thanks to CTV NEWS.  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Paul Bliss Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Reporter CTV News Toronto

Another wildlife in the city today. This time on the 401 this morning.

Traffic volume from the morning commute was still high when a family of geese wandered off the grass, onto the side of the highway around Midland Avenue, coming dangerously close to passing cars.

An OPP officer came to the rescue using his cruiser to block traffic and escort the birds down the shoulder.

But then they got away, running out in front of the police car and crossing all the eastbound lanes of the busy highway.

Having been outmaneuvered in the car, the officer turns into a foot-chase mode and with the help of a passing trucker he gets traffic stopped so he can herd the birds to the other side.

And finally, a few minutes later, at the end of the guardrail, they make it back to safety.

All in a day’s work for one provincial police officer. And a trucker.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

What follows are comments left by YouTube viewers in response to the OPP/Canada Geese video.

  • Nice catch! Love these moments in time.
    Cheers to all.

thebigstir 2 days ago

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Ontario Provincial Police officer helps Canada Geese family across busy 401 highway (Special Thanks to CTV News)

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Graffiti Mississauga Report: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing?

May 28th, 2012  

What follows is a long long overdue MISSISSAUGA graffiti report.

Graffiti Mississauga: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing? (7:48 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

It is Friday May the 24th or 25th, I forget. And I’m coming back to a site that I had discovered a few days ago. All I can tell you about this site right now is that it is one of my graffiti sites.

And oh, in the Fall, the entire area had been completely buffed and erased. I mean completely obliterated. All the graffiti.

And on a hunch I returned last week and discovered quite a bit of it, including this particular truck. And of particular interest to me at that time was “FTP”. “FTP”. “FTP” —which means “Fuck the Police”.

And I didn’t recognize this tag here, but I think it might now be one that I noticed yesterday in a different location. But I’m not sure.

On this particular truck alone, you’ve got one, two —and I think that’s an “FTP” too. And then an “FTP” here.

So that’s, gosh, just in here alone, quite a few “Fuck the Police”.

And this is something new. Anti-police messages like “FTP” just isn’t part of Mississauga graffiti. And then it just kind of explodes on the scene right here.

Now you’ll recognize this as the side of the truck. But it’s also here with a tag and and an “FTP” right there.

Although just so that you know, I consider this one incident. Even though there might be six “FTP”s there. I consider it one event.

Now I just drove that way to check some of the other buildings where this material had been sprayed. And I swear it was this week —this week that I documented this—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 22, 2012

It is Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 and I’ve returned to one of my graffiti study sites here at the City of Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

—and it’s already erased.

And that’s why I say it’s really important for me to videotape and document graffiti as quickly as I see it because it can be erased as quickly —and it’s happened, as quickly as 24 hours later.

But I want to talk a little bit too about something that I noticed yesterday and I already put up on the Internet. There’s a different tone now to the kind of graffiti that is re-emerging after what I call “The Big Erase” which occurred back in the Summer of 2011.

So it’s taken a long time for example, for this area, to have the graffiti come back.

And what’s interesting and I cannot explain is to have so much “FTP”s —”Fuck the Police” here. Because that’s one of the things that made Mississauga/Peel so extraordinary compared to, for example, the graffiti in the City of Hamilton.

[photograph inserts of anti-police graffiti from the City of Hamilton September 13, 2009]

At the the City of Hamilton, my God, there was [sic] “FTP”s down one entire road, every telephone pole had “FTP”, every utility box.

And not just “FTP” but “FUCK THE POLICE” on sidewalks, on picket fences, it was everywhere!

And by contrast, you just didn’t see that here at the City of Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from another undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

Okay. Here’s the other one. Let’s show that to you.

And I’d mentioned there’s the interesting message, “FUCK THE WORLD”. And about the only thing that I will say is this is within a two minute/three minute walk from where we just were, where there were all those “FTP”s for “Fuck the Police”.

There just seems to be at this point, and I’m not sure, but there seems to be right now, a difference in tone, in the kind of graffiti that I am seeing re-emerge after what I call “The Big Erase of Summer 2011”.

So. I guess the only other thing I want to talk about this difference in tone—

—is we’re seeing protests emerging. And I’m looking at the anger that’s still out there for G20 which happened in June 2010.

Here it’s almost June 2012 and people are still upset about police-protester interaction and the arrests and the abuse of authority.

And I’m now following the Quebec student protest and the remarkable footage by CUTV —Concordia University livestreaming. Its fascinating and superb job that they’re doing —pretty much citizen journalism.

Traditional Media —forget about it.

The best commentary and coverage I’m discovering are such things like CUTV or TimCast in Chicago, who is covering the NATO protests.

It’s right on the ground and it’s real. and I can tell you it’s real because—

—I was providing video coverage of the G20 on, I think it was June 26, was it? And it’s real when you’re right there and you’re actually removed from the site and so on.

But I guess what I want to document and report on is: Will the nature of graffiti change as more young people and youth become more restless?

Will you get more messages like “FTP” and “Fuck the World”? I don’t know.

However, there is one site that I haven’t looked at for a while. And it turned out back in April 2009, when I first decided I was going to research graffiti.

It was actually the first site that I had —the first true graffiti wall. And I was so excited about it. That I actually found something. Anyway, let’s go there right now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from yet another undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

A tree got in the way. It says “ACID”. So that’s new —but again, that could be the name of the tagger.

This is new. “FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —look at this. I’ll just take that here. [throws car into Park]

“FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —a change.

As I said, we’re starting to get messages.

There’s something different happening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FREEDOM" documented May 27, 2012
Additional Resources

A related Mississauga graffiti video —May 24, 2012. Just for the record.

Graffiti Mississauga: “Fuck the World” (undisclosed location, Mississauga)  (0:56 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

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An old cat came back, Chicago NATO, CUTV Montreal, Freight Train graffiti –and stonewalled –again!

May 23rd, 2012  

I’m painfully aware that I haven’t posted a blog since May 13th, 2012. And things haven’t changed: Energy and spirit low. And I don’t feel like writing.

All I’m interested in is researching.

That said, I do have new videos to share.

My dad’s old cat, “Mooch” made a full recovery from his latest Feline Chronic Renal Failure crash. I learned a lot about euthanasia… like it’s easy to be philosophically for it when you’re not facing that decision!

Feline Chronic Renal/Kidney Failure –Dehydration Crash. Facing Euthanasia –The Cat Came Back!  (28:05 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Don’t know about you but I’ve been following both the Chicago NATO protests and the student protests in Montreal. Not through traditional media, mind you; via on-the-ground citizen-journalists live streaming events as they happen. Specifically in Chicago, I followed Tim Pool’s TimCast at: www.ustream.tv/user/Timcast and Concordia University’s CUTV Montreal.

Having been to G20 —as in videotaping right at Bay and King when Black Bloc lit up the police cars, I much prefer the real of citizen video versus traditional media.

On May 20th, CUTV took forever to go “en direct”. Were they having technical problems? Camera? Connection? Finally CUTV began live streaming and it became clear that Montreal police had “attacked” the CUTV crew and equipment several times during that evening…

CUTV Montreal to Montreal Police, “Who made the call to target CUTV?” (3:13 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And last, on May 22nd, I realized just how much I missed doing a graffiti run.  So I parked beside the CPR track and a graffiti-covered freight train trundled by. Set the video to 15% actual speed. Add Music “Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)” by Artist: Major Lazer….

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA. Once Upon a CPR Freight Train: Offeesah! Offeesah!  (3:54 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Last, on April 30th, I sent a simple email asking a City of Mississauga employee to identify him/herself. I waited a reasonable two weeks for a reply that never came. On May 14th, I repeated my request. Today, four Mondays after my first request, I repeated my request again.

In my interview with Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Corporate Security, I told him directly to his face that “City Staff LIE”. They also stonewall —and hide.

Lie Stonewall Deny: MYTHissauga’s “Brave Bold Future” stays true to its “Lie Stonewall Deny” Past.

UPDATE: May 23, 2012. Just got this tweet:

CUTV News@CUTVnews

SPVM Riot police trying to disconnect our livestream at last night’s #manifencours http://goo.gl/rxQuM #cutv

Retweeted by anonymous

CUTV linked to this video and it’s really quite something.  The CUTV crew is courageous —tenacious. And it’s bound to get them in trouble with police.

May 23rd: Police Attack CUTV’s Journalist & Kettled Protesters (11:22 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Just want to echo this comment left by ben0976 :

“Merci CUTV pour votre travail exemplaire.”

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"Anarchy" in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario
“Anarchy” in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario

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Peel Police Day 2012: Peel Police Tactical Unit rappel, Pipe Band, Weapons and Peel Police Package Dodge Chargers

May 13th, 2012  

It’s been a long time since my last blog. Energy and spirit low. And I don’t feel like writing.

Peel Police Tactical Unit rappel PEEL POLICE DAY May 12, 2012 (2:03 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And this year I felt ickier around the weapons than even last year.

Peel Police Day 2012: TASERS, GUNS, RIFLES (1:33 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Peel Regional Police Pipe Band practice on Peel Police Day 2012 (2:24 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And special thank you to the kind police officer who let me park my 2006 black Dodge Charger R/T beside his 2012 Peel Police Package Dodge Charger so I could take photos.

2012 Peel Police Package Dodge Charger and 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T (Police Day)  (3:49 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Peel Police Day: 1974 DODGE FURY Police Car (interior)  (2:22 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And here’s some photos of the MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 black Dodge Charger R/T with Peel Regional Police Package Dodge Chargers. Note. ALL Dodge Chargers are MADE IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO!

"It's pretty embarrassing when a police car looks more BADASS than me!" 2012 Peel Police Package Dodge Charger and 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T

MISSISSAUGAWATCH's 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T with 2012 Peel Police Package Dodge Charger and Peel Police 1974 Plymouth Fury. Police Day 2012

MISSISSAUGAWATCH's 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T with Peel Police Package Dodge Charger.  Police Day 2012

And for those who’ve been wondering, we spent four intense days tending to our beloved cat. Mooch is very old and has Feline Chronic Renal Failure. After three days of barely eating and vomiting up what he did eat, we’d reached the torturous decision to euthanize him.

Then miraculously, The Cat Came Back!  Video to follow!

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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My dad’s old cat is very ill. Our futile battle against Feline Chronic Renal Failure: Saying Good-bye one day at a time.

May 3rd, 2012  

"MOOCH" is old and very ill. Feline Chronic Renal Failure, May 3, 2012. MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now MOOCH_WATCH

Just over a year ago, my parents could no longer take care of their two cats. So we adopted them.

One, Mooch, was my father’s devoted companion.

Mooch is very old and has required lots of medical attention. In the last two weeks nothing seems to be helping.

He’s now on sub-cutaneous fluids twice-a-day and my father’s cat has become our priority.

Until further notice, MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now MOOCH_WATCH.

Will leave you with this one word: STAY.

 

May 5, 2012: Our futile battle against Feline Chronic Renal Failure: Saying Good-bye one day at a time.

Feline Chronic Renal Failure, "MOOCH" is old and very ill. Today though he's a bit better. May 5, 2012. MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now MOOCH_WATCH

May 5, 2012. Day 5 entry

Mooch is much more active today. We suspect this is because of the appetite pill we administered yesterday. Still. We could only entice him to eat a little bit. He certainly isn’t getting the calories he needs to sustain him.

Have tried repeatedly to get Mooch to accept a treat with a Pepcid embedded in it. No taker.

100 ml subcutaneous injection in a.m.
Check breathing with stopwatch. Just slightly elevated.

Bowel movement in a.m. and large amount of urine excreted early afternoon.

Managed to eat a tiny amount of warmed chicken liver, chicken and broth Baby Food, and a tiny amount of tuna juice. Later in the afternoon we tried some cat milk.

Spent much of the morning sunning himself. Much more alert, perks up head when someone enters which he did not do at all yesterday. But alertness likely an artifact of his appetite pill.

2:05 pm. Now back to resting in his bed. Am offering food/drink at least every half hour.

2:30 pm. My sister dropped by to visit with Mooch. She brought him eight cans of Fancy Feast. He did eat a tiny bit of the Classic Tender Liver and Chicken Feast. She also administered Pepcid using eye-dropper.

We took Mooch for a very brief walk in the sunshine. Very brief. Afterwards he went straight to his bed to rest. Both Mooch and Lucky now totally zonked and sleeping.

Sister and I are agreed. We can not let Mooch die of starvation…

But we vow to STAY with him.

10:53 pm. Mooch just threw up. The entire day of trying to get him to eat every half hour —most often refusals pretty much wasted. Vomited pretty much everything I fed him. Also litter box shows he peed a lot.

How many calories that actually made it into his system to sustain him? No idea.

Funny. You start feeling like maybe he’s getting better, maybe we can pull him back, and then his stomach won’t keep the food down. Poor Mooch.

Feline Chronic Renal Failure, "MOOCH" is old and very ill. We try a variety of foods to entice him to eat. May 5, 2012. MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now MOOCH_WATCH

Signed,

MOOCH_WATCH

 

If, like Mooch, your aging cat has been diagnosed with Feline Chronic Renal Failure, please see the superb website, Tanya’s Comprehensive Guide To Feline Chronic Kidney Disease:

www.felinecrf.org

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