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The Blanche Report: Dhaka, Tremblay & Flight Attendants

We have not needed the barf bag for a while. Today we needed it when we heard about Loblaws putting out a public letter of condolence to the families in Dhaka Bangladesh. That’s where a huge building collapsed, killing at least 200 hundred people. That building housed many different factories, one of them doing work for the Joe Fresh line of clothing.

What happened there is years in the making, beginning right here in our own city. The governments –  provincial and federal – can take a bow together for destroying the textile industry in Canada. Yes, the unions took over and the cost of doing business here became prohibitive. But the government had a large hand it the destruction and does to this very minute. Seems they are not done yet and will only be happy when there is nothing left here.

We are the furthest thing from a bleeding heart liberal, but there’s something wrong with purchasing t-shirts that cost about $10 or $12 each. They are called ‘throw-away’ clothes. Literally. Worn a few times and thrown away. The makers of that clothing in Bangladesh and other Asian countries earn about 23 cents a day or $37 a month. Did you know that China is now outsourcing to Bangladesh because their salaries have become to high?

There is no easy answer here, but putting out a letter of condolence to the families in Dhaka nauseating. It was done purely  to keep people buying their line of clothing. What do you say – will the people in Dhaka read that press release? Pass the barf bag.

Beginning today, Montreal’s ex mayor, Gerald Tremblay is testifying at the Charbonneau commission. He said he’s not naive, did not know what was going on all around him vis-a-vis the corruption from top to bottom and trusted those to whom he gave tasks to do. He probably didn’t know that every person around him was corrupt. So then he can’t say he’s naive. He can’t have it both ways. Didn’t he find it strange that overpasses were collapsing, the infra-structure was crumbling, St. Laurent blvd was being re-done year after year? Come on…

Here are some things flight attendants won’t say to you: It’s pretty simple. The lavatory door is not rocket science. Just push. I’m not your maid. Put your carry-on in a full overhead bin, leave it sticking out six inches, then take your seat at the window and wait for someone else (me!) to come along and solve the physics problem you just created. We love this one: Guess what? You’re not alone on the plane: Just in case you hadn’t noticed, there are other people on the airplane besides you. So don’t clip your toenails, snore with wild abandon, or do any type of personal business at your seat. Pay Attention to What’s going on around you: If you hear us paging for a doctor, or see us running around with oxygen, defibrillators and first aid kits, that’s not the right time to ask for a blanket or a Diet Coke. Doink. No surprise here. The brothers in Boston had decided to go to New York to wreak more havoc and destruction in Times Square. Not sure when they were going to do that as they didn’t leave Boston right after the marathon bombings. Not the brightest chips in the box – thank goodness.

The parents were interviewed recently. Ever hear of the saying the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Seems to apply here. The mother is either a total nutcase or is taking advantage of her five minutes of fame. She wants to come to the states but is debating whether she should travel to the US because she faces federal shoplifting charges. She then went on to say her sons are innocent. Maybe someone should enlighten her that the younger one already admitted his guilt.

The father says he’s going to America in the next day or two but never bought a ticket. Maybe someone should get him a carpet to fly on. Oh, wait a minute, he already has a carpet.

If you happen to be on the subway in New York, here’s a little piece of information. Your cell phone will work in Manhattan from 14th to 96th street. It won’t work in Queens and mid-town east. If you’re on the train in those places, you either read a book or look at all the beauties around you.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk

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