My day probably began a little less pleasant that yours. It was just 0645, when some criminal element of fraudsters decided to make the typical illegal call to me to falsely tell me that they has just discovered a fraudulent double purchase on my credit card, (not saying which one of course) and that by pressing the number one I could immediately speak to an investigator to get the matter resolved.
The creep of course did not bother to note that chances are, at 0645, such offices would not be opened, nor would they be on a legal holiday.
Surely it is time that a stop to these calls be made... not just adding the number to a blocking list. Such may prevent calls from THAT number, but they have hundreds, if not thousands of others to use.
It is time a class action law suit is filed against every telephone company who's line these criminals are renting, and one used for illegal purposes. The law should also be changed to forbid any phone company from providing services to any party who then blocks the number they call from, without justifiable and verifiable evidence that such blocking is needed. Further, it should be an offense to make the call from a number, that when you try to follow up on, only produces the lie that the line is not in service. When, in today's case, just a few minutes earlier it obviously WAS in service.
Perhaps a few multi-million dollar fines might get these providers to better police those whom they rent their lines to. At law, the provider of such services is an accomplice in the crimes being carried on ever day by their aiding and abetting these criminals.
Surely somewhere data bases exist as to what numbers are being used for these purposes as a result of citizen complaints. Following up on these, would lead to the phone companies who gave the tools to the criminal to perform their crimes. Just a thought!
And to this list can be added today's number... 1 (902) 083 1917. The number is assigned to Nova Scotia/PEI.
The culprits in this situation are damaging the fabulous reputation of the majority of great folks in both of these Canadian provinces. And while using such a line, they could still be calling form another jurisdiction, or worse yet another country.
So happy birthday to all from coast to coast to coast and those Canadians elsewhere in the world.
The charcoal depiction was destroyed in a terrible fire at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa in 1916 and redone in 1967 for the 100th anniversary of Confederation. While depicting PEI, if you look though the windows it actually depicts Quebec.
At front near the center of the image is a lone Father standing. His name was Charles Tupper and was from Nova Scotia, and indeed one of its Premiers. He would later be the first ever President of the Medical Society of Canada and ever so briefly was also the Prime Minster of Canada.
My family members are in his line of descendants.
He ran away from home at age 16 and within a few years became quite an accomplished pianist and bugle player. Possibly for a $300 bonus he was lured into signing up in the US Civil War with a Rhode Island infantry regiment.
His job was a that of a bandsman. But soon he was in the thick of things as a stretcher bearer during the Battle of Antietam, the worst of all battles apparently in the history of the US. Many Canadians fought in this battle and went on to later... or earlier... earn Medals of Honor. In the first 2 hours of this battle more troops were lost than on D Day. In about 12 hours some 23,000 had been killed, wounded, missing or captured. That's about ONE CASUALTY EVERY SECOND during the battle.
It should be noted that when the Civil War began, about 1 1/2 years earlier, the US Army only consisted of 16,400 men. And from those you can subtract 25% who left to join the Confederate forces.
After becoming wounded in either the hand or leg, sources differ, and a recovery period this fellow, now a Lieutenant, was released from the military. Years later he would return to his home.
This being in Quebec were, among other things, he took up writing music for songs. One of these you will hopefully recall. It was, and to this day, is called Oh Canada, and as Canada's nation anthem, you probably have heard it more than once today.
His name was Calixa Lavallee, though his surname seems to have been misspelled in this.... his pension index card. The surname ends with an...ie.. and others even have it spelt ending in...ey.
The line... We Stand on Guard For Thee, is repeated several times. How ironic, as Calixa Lavallee did just that in the Fall of 1862. As did about 50,000 other British North Americans during the war.
Much more about these men AND women will appear in the next blog that will be posted this Sunday.
Once again... Happy Birthday Canada!
The 4th is when our friends south of the border will celebrate their birthday. Though with the troubled times south of us, there will probably be little in the way of celebration this year.