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Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequences on the entire industry. It is feared many bar owners will not make it and will have to close permanently.

In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequences on the entire industry

With little room for creativity, some bars are doing their best to trudge through the pandemic and, hopefully, still be around when things show some sign of returning to normal. One such establishment is The Wheel Club in Montreal.

The Wheel Club (in French Club La Roue) is a not-for-profit live music venue featuring excellent performances in a vintage room that will take you back to its unpretentious origins as a veterans social club.

Craig Morrison – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party

I have often pointed out that writing a blog does not make one a journalist. I am not a journalist. However, in true journalistic transparency I must admit that, although I have been aware of The Wheel Club for decades, I have never set foot in the establishment. It is located west of me and I tend to head east – or downtown – when seeking a beer or two.

What, then, is a music venue to do when it has to toe the line and shut its doors? The wise folks at The Wheel Club have turned to the Internet

What, then, is a music venue to do when it has to toe the line and shut its doors? The wise folks at The Wheel Club have turned to the Internet. In an effort to pay the bills, a hefty schedule of events is available online, with the opportunity to donate via PayPal. No audience, only the minimal number of technical experts, and the performers.

This coming Wednesday, December 16, 2020 the band is Craig Morrison – Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party. I have seen this group before, an off-shoot of Morrison’s Vintage Wine, and can’t recommend them highly enough. If you like a bit of vintage Rock & Roll, R&B, Blues and even swing, then you’ll love this. In addition you can help keep things afloat financially.

Here’s the link. Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.! Drop by!

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Birthday Fundraiser

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Donation Difficulties

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I currently find myself with a number of pieces of furniture and several boxes of perfectly usable kitchenware that I would like to donate to charity. There are no antiques, no heirlooms, just decent bits and bobs that someone could certainly use.

All I needed was an organization to come by and pick up the goods. Well, you’d think I was asking for the moon.

We often hear about refugees and immigrants settling in a new country. There is no shortage of organizations and associations seeking donations of clothes and home furnishings for these folks, many of whom are fleeing horrific conditions.

So I packed up the utensils, cutlery, small appliances, and flatware. I turfed out the unusable furniture and readied the sturdier pieces. All I needed was an organization to come by and pick up the goods. Well, you’d think I was asking for the moon.

Evidently none of the traditional charities, the ones that used to be pleased to come and get your donation, offer this service anymore. The Salvation Army said no, as did several other local agencies. But the worst was our neighbourhood Habitat for Humanity; when I called them they assured me they still offered the pickup service, but it would cost me $50.

What part of donation do these folks not understand?

I am perfectly willing to donate pieces of furniture … But I’m certainly not going to pay to do so.

I am perfectly willing to donate pieces of furniture that will either be sold, proceeds going to charity, or given to needy people. But I’m certainly not going to pay to do so. I find it absurd that in this day of economic adjustment for the many deserving refugees arriving in Canada that charities try to put a squeeze on potential donors.

I am a regular blood donor. but if they started charging me to donate, I fear I would have to reconsider.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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PTSD Push-Up Challenge

My good friend Chris Klink is undertaking a Facebook challenge to raise awareness of the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on emergency workers and veterans.

According to Chris, in the United States, 22 veterans and first responders die from suicide due to PTSD every single day.

In an effort to bring this staggering statistic to light, Chris has vowed to do 22 push-ups a day for twenty-two straight days. He will post a video on Facebook each day, assuming he remembers to press record on his smartphone. In addition he will challenge others to do their own 22 day push-up tribute.

Years of bursitis in my shoulders rule out push-ups for me, but I am pleased to help out by promoting Chris’ admirable undertaking.

From Facebook

From Facebook

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Hey Canadian Tire, ‘Wanna’ Is Not a Word!

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Canadian Tire is a big company that makes a point of giving back. They sponsor a variety of community events and causes. But evidently grammar is not their forte. Currently the company is running a campaign to get kids out into the fresh air, away from computers and video games for a little fun. Great idea.

The problem is that throughout the ad they refer to ‘two little words’ that can make a difference in a child’s life. “We want to show Canada how two little words can bring us all together.” What are the words you ask? None other than “Wanna Play?” I get the idea, ‘wanna’ is a commonly used expression, an unofficial contraction of ‘want to’, but it just is not a word.

Had they not referred to them as words I’d be fine, if they had said “We want to show Canada how one little saying/request/expression can bring us all together” I would have no gripe at all. But please don’t teach kids that ‘wanna’ is a word. Please.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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Fundraiser for Victim of Montreal Train Accident

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In early December Sarah Stott went out one night with some friends. As she was returning home she decided to take a short-cut through a train yard. Perhaps it was because she was using the detour for the first time, but she didn’t see nor hear the freight train that hit her. The details of her ordeal can be found here. She lost both legs  as well as most of her fingers due to severe frostbite.

Ms. Stott was a well-liked waitress at Montreal’s Irish Embassy Pub. On a few occasions I had the pleasure of being a customer of her’s. News of her accident traveled quickly and far, even Britain’s Daily Mail carried a piece on it. In an effort to do what they can, her colleagues at the pub are having a day-long fundraiser for her this Wednesday, February 11th, 2015.

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“I know there are a million cases like this, but she’s part of our family,” said Joe Cannon, co-owner and general manager of the bar. “She was always bubbly and friendly and smiley, which isn’t always easy in this business.”

If you’re in Montreal, please drop by and have a jar. If you’re not around, there are other ways to help out if you can, including http://www.gofundme.com/sarahjo.

Thanks.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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‘CBC Your News’ Rejects Terry Fox Fundraiser’s Story for ‘Unknown Reasons’

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Writers get rejections all the time – or so I’m told, I of course have never tasted the bitter sting …sorry, got carried away there. But this one has me flummoxed. Recently I blogged about a man who has been raising money for various causes by running. His name is Carl Andersen and he is about to top 100,000 miles run. He has received numerous citations for his charity work, and in 2005 he received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. At the age of 78 he shows no sign of stopping; in fact he will pass this milestone while running in the annual Terry Fox Event.

Since posting this piece several media outlets have shown an interest in the story, and have contacted either Carl or me to arrange a chat. In an effort to raise as much money as possible through sponsorship, I passed along the information to CBC Your News, a site seeking local input. I included a link to my blog and a photo of Carl Andersen.

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The Terry Fox run is an annual event that raises money right across Canada. It seemed to me to be a no brainer that CBC Your News would post this item. But they chose instead to “reject” it.Yet even the email states that the reason for rejection is “unknown”.

Pity.

 

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Terry Fox Run: Montreal Fundraiser Carl Andersen Set To Pass 100,000 Running Miles

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Carl Andersen  PHOTO: Deegan Charles Stubbs

If all goes according to plan, on September 14th long-time Montreal ultra-runner Carl Andersen will, like thousands of others across Canada, run 10 kilometres in the annual Terry Fox fundraising event. What makes Carl stand out among these runners isn’t just that he’s 78 years old, but that at about the six kilometre point in this run he will pass the 100,000 running miles point. That’s 100,000 miles, not kilometres. He has been running – including 95 marathons – and logging his miles for several years. That’s a whole lot of running!

Realizing that when it came to running he was hooked for life, Carl decided to put his passion to good use, and in 1986 started raising funds by getting people to sponsor his running. He has been going strong ever since. After a career at BELL Canada he opened a running equipment store in west-end Montreal, selling it in 2009. At his peak, Carl used to undertake an annual fundraising run around the circumference of the island of Montreal, a journey of over 120 kilometres!

In April of 2005 her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor General of Canada, presented Carl with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in appreciation of his fundraising efforts.

Over the years this ultra-runner’s pursuits have raised almost $1 Million for several charities including breast cancer research – Carl lost his mother and two sisters to this disease –  multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

For many years Sheila, Carl’s wife, handled travel arrangements for the company I worked for. I spoke with her on an almost daily basis, yet had never met Carl. One day in April of 2005, Sheila sent me an email informing me she would be out-of-town the next day. She attached a news release stating that her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor General of Canada, would be presenting Carl with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in appreciation of his fundraising efforts.

Carl J. Andersen, Montreal, Quebec
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Carl Andersen has been volunteering since the 1950s and, since 1997, he has collected funds for breast cancer treatment, education and research by running an ultra-marathon of over 120 kilometres. This is a grueling challenge for anyone, and it is particularly arduous for a man in his sixties living with arthritis. Without any corporate support, Mr. Andersen has inspired individuals to donate more than $250,000 for the state-of-the-art Cedars Breast Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre. Mr. Andersen’s mother taught him that we always have time to give to others and his efforts honour her memory and the memory of his two sisters who died of breast cancer. At the same time, he has brought hope to numerous women facing the prospect of breast disease.

Ever the overachiever, rather than looking back he focused on what is ahead, and replied “… please help an old man achieve his goal of $15,030 in support of Terry Fox. Thank You”

Recently I asked Carl how he felt as he approached this impressive milestone, if he has any particularly fond memories that stand out from his years of running. Ever the overachiever, rather than looking back he focused on what is ahead, and replied “I hope to one day get to 100 marathons, but for now please help an old man achieve his goal of $15,030 in support of Terry Fox.”

Please consider sponsoring Carl in this year’s Terry Fox Run and be part of history. You can easily do so at this website.

Good luck Carl!

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Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Labour Day Event: Digby, Nova Scotia Rally Short on Stevedore Rodents!

For the tenth consecutive year the town of Digby, Nova Scotia has hosted its Labour Day Wharf Rat Rally. The event features motorcyclists from far and wide descending upon the small town in droves –  some estimates put the number at 25,000.  If you were looking for an event into which you could enter your stevedore rodent, this isn’t it! Unless of course he or she also rides a bike. The rally pumps some $9 million into the local economy.

Photo by Jonathan Riley - Digby County Courier

Photo by Jonathan Riley – Digby County Courier

Photo by Karla Kelly

Photo by Karla Kelly

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Montreal Bloggers

Here’s my ALS challenge to Montreal-based bloggers, including What’sReallyGood.com, Coolopolis and Fagstein!

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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