May 16th, 2010
In our January 12, 2010 Blog,“Special thanks to the Fifth Estate and CBC. Plus reader comments on Ashley Smith’s “nightmarish place” we shared a report by the CBC.
In our January 30, 2010 Blog, “(Dedicated to Ashley Smith) TO ASHLEY. AS PROMISED”, I made Ashley Smith this promise.
When I find the time, I’m aiming my car for Kitchener, Ontario —hopefully before this month is over. I’m going to park on the shoulder of Homer Watson Boulevard directly opposite the Grand Valley Institution for Women.
I’m going to set up a tripod and select self-timer on my camera. Then facing Ashley Smith’s “nightmarish place”, I will raise my arms skyward and stab both my middle fingers towards her tormentors.
And dedicate that photo to Ashley!
I’ve already got the Directions!
That’s why today’s Blog is called “TO ASHLEY. AS PROMISED”
My only regret is that I only had two arms and two middle fingers.
And I kept that promise.
While raising both middle fingers at the “hellish” Grand Valley Institute for Women, I made one more promise. That on my next trip to Ottawa, I’d deliver the same defiant “F*** YOU” message right in front of the Parliament Building to ALL the politicians and bureaucraPs who failed Ashley Smith!
Here is the short video —a promise kept. Just wish I had more middle fingers…
Video: TO ASHLEY SMITH AS PROMISED (MISSISSAUGAWATCH RAISES TWO MIDDLE FINGERS TO PARLIAMENT)
MISSISSAUGAWATCH (in front of Parliament building May 1, 2010):
It is May the 1st, 2010. I’m here at [sic] Ottawa and I’ve just had my say here at the Federal government. And with full knowledge that there’s RCMP about, including over here —and likely on all manner of Security cameras. And I don’t care.
And I have one more and it is (raised left hand in full middle finger salute) this for the Liberals.
And I’ll switch over (raised right hand in full middle finger salute). This for the Conservatives. And unfortunately I can’t flip two birds without dropping the video camera.
And now we’re going to go to the Canadian Federation of Municipalities.
Turning camera off.
[DIP TO BLACK and POEM BY ASHLEY SMITH]
My life I no longer love
I’d rather be set free above
Get it over with while the time is right
Late some rainy night
Turn black as the sky and as cold as the sea
Say goodbye to Ashley
Miss me but don’t be sad
I’m not sad I’m happy and glad
I’m free, where I want to be
No more caged up Ashley
Wishing I were free
Free like a bird.
Ashley Smith, 18 years old
October 1, 2006
The Mississauga Muse