Thursday, March 10, 2005
what the HELL is happening in my country??
Chaos in Canada!

Last week in Alberta, 4 RCMP (Mountie) officers were killed in the line of duty, rocking the country in a way that I don't quite comprehend. My father was in China at the time and he said the news of this was splashed all over the front page of the newspapers there, as it has been worldwide, in fact. While I agree that this was an incredible tragedy and loss, I am wondering why this is receiving such huge attention... sadly police officers are killed in the line of duty more often than we know. And for the record I don't believe this had anything to do with the fact that it was a marijuana grow-op. The man responsible was known to be violent... he was a ticking time bomb that finally went off, and unfortunately took 4 good people with him. My prayers go out to the families.

This Sunday in Toronto a man took his 5 year old daughter up on top of a highway overpass and threw her off it into the traffic below. Apparently he was on the phone to his estranged wife threatening to throw the girl off the bridge, which he eventually did and then proceeded to jump from the overpass as well. He died and the girl is in the hospital in critical condition.

This Tuesday morning, at 7am, a man wielding a knife taunted police to shoot him during a standoff in the middle of downtown Toronto. The man was quickly surrounded by cops and eventually pinned by a police car against a pole and then disarmed. The footage of the incident was all over the news for the rest of the day.

Yesterday a man went crazy in a rental truck, ramming police cars that were surrounding a protest in downtown Toronto and then eventually set himself ablaze. For some of the most bizarre and disturbing footage of the incident click here. Be warned, it's graphic.

And I am not the only one wondering what the hell is going on. This article reads:
"A man douses himself with gasoline and sets himself on fire.
A father grabs his helpless five-year-old and throws her from an overpass, before jumping to the highway below.
A knife wielding suspect holds police at bay, as cops close in.
A stranger invades a woman’s home and shoots himself in the head, as a murder victim lays dead in a van outside.
What in the world is going on? You can't blame G.T.A. (Greater Toronto Area) residents for wondering if their city has gone mad over the last two weeks. It’s not just the level of violence that’s disturbing. It’s the way those scenarios have played themselves out that’s simply bizarre."

Bizarre indeed.