Posted by: pafmurray | September 12, 2015

If You Wish To Save 1,000 Trees in Cote St Luc Please Act FAST

September 12, 2015

Hydro Quebec intends to cut down as many as 1,000 trees very shortly in Cote St Luc. It has to do with high tension wires.

Here is the story on CJAD:

  • In order to stop this we ask everyone to write to MNA David Birnbaum and ask him to do whatever he can to stop this! Here is his email address:

    Please share on Facebook, email it out, send via Twitter, etc.

    Posted by: pafmurray | March 9, 2013

    Is This A Sign of Intelligence? :o)

    There is a video below, in which a borough mayor shows exactly what politicians are in Montreal. Are you impressed or are you sickened?

    A couple of weeks ago, Dorval asked Velo Quebec for a letter welcoming all charities to piggyback upon the events of Velo Quebec, and use them as vehicles by which to raise funds.

    Westmount and TMR may be asking for the same. I have been asking the Borough of CDN-NDG to request such a letter of Velo QC for over 18 months. Montreal gave Velo QC $1 million during the last year that I checked. In the same year Montreal charged charities $170,000 to stage athletic events that actually raised funds for worthy causes.

    If Velo QC provided such a letter, their events would have more participants, and Velo QC would make more $$$.

    Sound good?


    This is QC, the worst province by far for both charitable giving and voluntarism. The per capita contribution for cancer research and every other area of research is 50% of what it is in every other province. The reason why charitable giving in QC is as high as it is, is because not everyone in QC is Quebecois.

    Quebec has major sociological problems and “NO” the reason for the low level of giving is not because of taxation/being poor. Quebec is not the poorest province, and we are no longer the highest taxed.

    Advance the following video to 83:10 and watch another politician do the exact opposite as he swore to do.

    If you find his response sickening, please feel free to tell him so. His email address is

    It is long overdue for the Quebecois to give to charities at the same rate that the provinces poorer than Quebec do. The people of Quebec fund medical research at only about 50% of what the rest of Canadians do. Here are the most recent stats re charitable giving across Canada. Note how low Quebec’s median is, and NOPE, we are not the poorest province nor the highest taxed anymore:

    The problem is sociological and Mayor Perez, Mayor Applebaum, Marvin Rotrand and almost every other Montreal politician is helping to perpetuate the dubious distinction.

    See the following post (video) of Mayor Michael Applebaum, recipient of Montreal’s Hypocrite of the Decade Award

    Posted by: pafmurray | February 13, 2013

    A Portrait of a Hypocrite (Mayor Michael Applebaum) :o(

    The following is in the personal opinion of the author, and the facts are self evident.

    On Feb 12/2013 I attended the Borough of Ville Marie Council Meeting and asked Mayor Michael Applebaum to do less that he himself had asked Mayor Pierre Bourque to do 13 or more years prior. (Video is below)

    To me, his behaviour is the height of hypocrisy BUT unfortunately it is what we in Montreal have been experiencing over the past 11+ years from those associated with Gerald Tremblay, the previous disgraced Mayor of Montreal.

    The oath of office that Montreal city councilors swear to, mentions; “to do fully what is in the best interest of the public”.

    In Montreal, witnesses of the Charbonneau Commission into Corruption have accused Union Montreal (Applebaum’s party until a few months ago) of accepting large kickbacks for years!!!

    What Montreal’s politicians swear to do and what they actually do bears no resemblance in the overwhelming majority of cases.

    In the first question I asked Mayor Applebaum to acquire a letter that has the potential of helping hospitals, medical research, the less fortunate and every other worthy cause.

    Listen to the answer to the second question and how Applebaum obfuscates. For what good reason does Montreal help out Velo QC financially, while charging charities, for what is given to Velo QC for free?

    Nothing has improved in Montreal as a result of the retirement of Gerald Tremblay. Of the reported kickbacks, what percent went to charity? :)

    Montreal now has an English speaking and Jewish mayor!!! WONDERFUL!! Marvelous!! Yahoo!

    I simply look forward to the day, when Montreal will have a respectable one, no matter what their first language is, or what their religion happens to be! :(

    A couple of months later, Velo QC finally capitulated, after 21 yrs. They advised Dorval that they would add an optional fundraising component to their events. I have yet to see it BUT I trust that they will keep their word.

    Only one sitting city councilor (Mark Andre Gadoury) tried to do something to help. He cycled in a Velo QC event and raised $$ for charity. All of the others sitting on council deserve to be ashamed of themselves as not a single one lived up to their oath “to do fully what is in the best interest of the public”.

    The only shining light over the years was ex-councilor Jeremy Searle. He lived up to his oath of office while in office, and while not even holding office!

    I am suing Montreal for not being allowed to ask questions at city council, unless I apologized to a city councilor who lied about me to the entire city council. I told him to “Kiss mine.” Montreal later relented, as I suspect that they realized their mistake. I had told them that under no circumstances would I apologize to a liar.

    My decision, should I win. “Which charity should I give the $$ to minus my expenses?”

    Posted by: pafmurray | April 13, 2012

    When Will Marvin Rotrand Actually Tell The Truth? :o)

    In mid-2011, both Marvin Rotrand and Mayor Tremblay told me that if I changed my tactics, perhaps people would listen to me. With that in mind I changed my tactics for about 6 mos. :)

    What a total waste of time that was. If liars could fly, Montreal City Hall would be an airport!

    Here are the recordings of my questions of Marvin Rotrand (June and Oct council meetings) along with his replies. OOPS! The recordings have seemingly a limited lifespan on Sound Cloud and will have to be uploaded when our IT volunteer finds the time.

    What Rotrand said that he would do and what he actually did really bear no resemblance to each other.

    The letters from the 2 NYC events (June question) could only come from the executive of the events, and not from “underlings” that Rotrand decided to approach. The paper that I tabled for Marvin (June) gave the names and contact info of the 2 presidents, both of which offered to respond to such a letter sent from Montreal. Rotrand never contacted either of them. Did he honestly expect that “underlings” would send him a letter explaining what the pros and cons were of having an optional fundraising component in their event(s)?

    The type of letter that I requested of Velo QC (October), via Rotrand, was never conveyed by Rotrand to Velo QC, as he said that he would.

    In an end-Oct Tweet when I asked Rotrand if he had sent what he had agreed to send to Velo QC, requesting that specific letter. Rotrand replied in a Tweet a couple of days later; “Yes I did.”

    No; He did not and I have a copy of  the letter that he actually sent from Access to Information. (If you wish to see it request it in a comment upon this blog.)

    Marvin went through the motions, but did nothing resembling what he said that he would do.

    There is no other way that I can describe Marvin Rotrand, than to say that he is a liar when it comes to doing whet is in the obvious best interest of humanity.

    Here is a recording from the April/2012 CDN-NDG borough council meeting:

    Note how Rotrand cannot respond directly to my question. :)

    Now Marvin does not want me to ask questions of him, but note how receptive he was back in June and Oct. Please note that any person present at any council meeting in QC has an equal right to ask questions at those meetings, no matter where they reside. This is in the Cities and Town’s Act. Also note that while Montreal supports Velo QC to the tune of $1 million/yr, it charges charities and other NPO events that raise funds, what Montreal gives for free to Velo QC.

    Here is the video of my first appearance at city hall after I was banned from asking questions at city hall.

    Please note that when I was banned Council President Harout Chitilian said that I had to apologize to Marvin Rotrand in writing in order for him to lift the ban. In the end, after I was able to show that Marvin Rotrand lied in the Tweet, I did not have to apologize to Rotrand. I told Chitilian that I would never apologize to a liar and I filed legal action against Montreal for having inconvenienced me for no justifiable reason.

    While Marvin did read what I had written, he conveniently left out two lines of what I wrote that essentially changed the perception of what I wrote. He also lied when he mentioned the part about smaller letters. Nope! The letters were actually about 4X the size of the rest of the letters in the email.

    Why did I say; “Kiss mine”? Marvin had lied to me twice and here he was misrepresenting what I had written to him to the entire city council (not that they have, or deserve much credibility).

    Much to my surprise, yesterday I read an article in The Suburban about someone who was awarded $$ for inconvenience in a Small Claims Court decision, so I am quite confident that I will do well in the case against Montreal.

    Should I win, the funds (minus expenses) will be used to encourage people to run, cycle, etc. in Montreal events and raise $$ directly for their favourite charities

    Marvin Rotrand’s email is: .Please feel free to ask him if/when he ever intends to keep his promises.

    I actually like Marvin BUT I would have respect for him if he kept his word and stopped trying to do Tremblay’s bidding for the extra $63,000/yr that he receives over and above what a regular city councilor receives.


    Breaking News: Marvin Rotrand caught lying in Twitter message to Murray Levine.

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    Montreal has backtracked. They have advised that I do not have to apologize to Marvin Rotrand for telling him to: 

    “KISS MINE!” (after he lied about what I wrote to the entire city council).

    My lawsuit against Montreal for infringing on my fundamental right to freedom of expression will continue though.

    In order to be allowed back into the city council chamber, I have to apologize to the President of the council. I will do that. My first questions of Mayor Tremblay and Marvin Rotrand will be:

    “When will I have your written apologies for making pledges to me in public to do what is in the best interest of the public, and then both not honouring your pledges? If you do as promised I will withdraw this request for apologies. Will you both now do as promised or will you simply be apologizing in writing?



    Please see this link for the latest statistics on charitable giving in Canada and just how terrible the stats are for Quebec.

    In this video Murray Levine is escorted out of a city council meeting after Marvin Rotrand misrepresents himself. (The previous blog post expands on that.) Rotrand left out two sentences of what Levine wrote and what he referred to as being in small letters was actually in much larger letters.

    In Levine’s personal opinion, Marvin Rotrand is a politician in the worst possible sense, and is no longer a person. It has reached a point where Levine says that he actually finds Rotrand to be pathetic. :(

    In this video Murray Levine is refused the right to ask a question.

    A mise en demeur has been signed for by Montreal and Montreal may be sued for infringing on my legal right to ask a question, as is guaranteed by the Cities and Towns Act.

    All are strongly encouraged to forward this blog to Marvin Rotrand and ask him why he makes promises to do what is in the best interest of all of us, and then reneges on doing so.

    The following is exactly how things went down and anything written/said to the contrary, is not the truth!

    An open letter to Marvin Rotrand, City Councillor; All of the following is in Murray Levine’s personal opinion, and the facts are the facts. Anything to the contrary is BS. Please note that Murray Levine is a FULL TIME volunteer, loves what he does, and does not get paid a single cent for either his activism or fundraising.

    Dear Marvin,

    As you are aware I am a volunteer fundraiser and activist. I have actually been one since 1988.

    Ideas that I have had have raised countless millions of dollars per year for charities. If people in your political party had brains, hearts and integrity, far more would be raised every year!

    Years ago, Jack Herrity, a Vice President of the TD Bank wrote to me; “Two words that you must be very familiar with are tenacity and perseverance, for they are an embodiment of your character.”

    For the past 19 yrs., as you are very aware, I have been on the case of Velo QC, as they will not add a fundraising component to their events. Years ago you supported the goal but I never asked you, or for that matter anyone, to support my methods. Remember, I am an activist. When logic does not prevail, I embarrass people into doing things that they should have happily done, without being embarrassed. While I would much prefer that people listened to reason, and did what is in the best interest of all, unfortunately the overwhelming majority do not.

    You are now a perfect example of that. In June, at the CDN-NDG borough council meeting, I asked and, you agreed to WRITE (emphasis added) to the presidents  of the NYC Marathon and Bike NY. You were to ask them for the pros and cons that their events have experienced by raising $$ for charity. You were then supposed to send the letters received to Mayor Gerald Tremblay, to Velo QC and to myself.

    At the October meeting you agreed to ask Velo Quebec for a to whom this may concern letter, welcoming all charities to piggyback upon Velo QC events, in order to raise funds for their own charities.

    You did not fulfill either of your pledges.

    You advised at the October meeting that you had called the NYC Marathon, had spoken to an underling who directed you to their website, and then YOU decided without doing as you had pledged, that the presidents of the two events would not write such letters!

    You later changed your story, and mentioned that you had left phone messages (but not for the presidents) that were never returned.

    Both of those presidents (and I have never spoken to either) replied favourably to me when I asked if they would write to Mayor Gerald Tremblay, if he asked them the same questions that you were supposed to ask them both. The two presidents replied affirmatively within 18 hrs of my sending them the emails.
    Mayor Tremblay refused to do as I asked him to do, after you reneged on both of your pledges.

    A week ago I received from Access to Information a copy of your letter to Velo QC. There was no mention in it whatsoever of what you had pledged to ask them for. While you mentioned that you allowed the letter to be released to me via Access to Information, we both know that since the letter was not private correspondence, the letter was available to anyone upon request.

    Both of my requests (that you agreed to) were made verbally, and printed copies of the two requests were handed to the borough representative at the two council meetings. There was no question of forgetting what the requests actually were.

    You have sworn an oath to do “fully what is in the best interest of the public”. As it is in the best interest of the public to see that more funds are raised for charity, especially in QC, whose median annual receipted charitable contribution (from those who donated) in 2010 was a disgusting $130, while in poorer 9th place New Brunswick it was $300. in my personal opinion you have broken your sworn oath of doing what is “fully what is in the best interest of the public.*

    In full view of this you tried to discredit me publicly at the last borough council meeting. I find your behaviour repulsive and I only have rachmunis (pity)for you.

    You belong to a political party that saw Velo QC, receive $974,000 (that I am aware of) in funding and support from the Ville de Montreal/STM in 2009 or 2010, while charging charities and NPOs staging athletic events that actually raised funds for charities, $170,000 at Parc Jean Drapeau alone! That is not a very good example of doing “fully what is in the best interest of the public.*

    Above and beyond your position as a city councilor, I have been told that you earn another $63,000 from the public treasury for doing jobs that Mayor Tremblay appointed you to. Is an additional $63,000/yr the difference between doing what is in the best interest of the citizens, and what Mayor Gerald Tremblay dictates to you?

    Last summer, both Mayor Tremblay and you mentioned that if I changed my tactics that perhaps people would support my efforts. I did as you both asked and as a result all that you have done is waste seven months that could have been put to far better use.

    All who are in a position to help solve any of Quebec’s numerous sociological problems, deserve to be deeply ashamed of themselves, if they do nothing. IMHO both you and Mayor Tremblay, should be deeply ashamed of yourselves.

    Do you ever intend to live up to your oath of office and do “fully what is in the best interest of the public”?

    Murray Levine
    “Social Activist/Consciousness Raiser/Charity Activist”

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