Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hostage Taking!

So what a day I had today, At 11 o'clock I turned on the T.V. to watch The View as I am a huge time Whoopi Golberg fan! The T.V. cuts to a newsflash that there has been a Hostage Taking downtown at
The Workers Compensation Board. There are over 700 people that work in that building alone. Apparently an upset gentleman came in with a weapon, fired it into the ceiling and grabbed some hostages and proceeded to the conference room on Floor Eight!
They showed the police getting everyone out of the building all day long and at about eight negotions had stopped  and the police were ushering the man from the building.All I have learned is that he had been denighed for wcb benefits. he said the doctor damaged his knee further.. this had been going on for five years. Apparently his wife is suing for custody. I have no more details than that...
First of all I am so thankful that no one was physically injured, and that the situation did not escalate into more serious of a situation!

I myself have dealt with insurance companies, and sometimes what they put you through is absolutely amazing, and I do not mean that in a good way. Very seldom is your first application approved and often, denied, denied, denied will come back. I believe what they try to do is to wear people down so that there is no fight left in them and from reading nine out of ten cases are dropped before going to quart.

SO, I absolutely do not agree with what he has done, I do wonder what has happened to push someone to making such a poor life altering decision, with no thought as to the outcome or the innocent people in the situation. I sometimes wonder about our hard economic situation, with cutbacks, etc,
Tomorrow I am sure we will here more,Apparently he wanted to talk to the media to have his story told!
It gives you a very strange feeling to have these things happen so close to home.

Other than that I have been trying to fix my computer problems as I can not get on all my blogs, I think the next thing I will do is going to fix the problem.
Note to self, if it does not work shut off the computer, call it a night!
It is my bedtime, I think I need to unwind a bit.
maybe a hot tea before bed.


  1. That poor man. He must have felt he was at the end of his rope. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have insurance but really most of the time I am okay with not have any. Fortunately I do not have a major health problem. I think you are really great on your computer. You make changes to you blog and put your photos on your blog and you are able to walk through problems and fix them.

  2. media frenzies drive me crazy....but when it's close to home, you can't help but sit and watch and wonder....

    I'm sending you good computer karma...

  3. hope today is a better day!!

  4. TechnoBabe, I think he must have been at the end of his rope, which is quite sad, I have not heard anything today. We finally have some sun, so I am off outside for a bit! I think the computer glitches are Blogger. Take care.

    Thanks Beth, Media frenzies that is about it, first time I remember anything like this happening here. Hopefully won't again. The sun is out just beautifully today so I am off soon for an adventure walk. Hoope you have a great day.
    Char, it will be, the sun has come out strong. so I am off outside. I think I have been a bit housebound lately. Take care.

  5. I agree with TechoBabe and think he must have been in such distress and felt like he was at the end of his rope!
    It's good the hostage taking ended peacefully.

    I've had a few problems with editing in Blogger so bet it's Blogger that is the problem.

    Hope your day was a good one.

    Take care, Cinner


  6. Thanks Margie, yeah I think the trouble is with blogger,,I have done everything I can possibly think of without standing on my head. lol. Big Hug.

  7. oh goodness! what a day. please enjoy your tea.
    i send you love~

  8. Hi Cinner, since this hostage taking happened here in Edmonton, I was glued to the TV set all day....everyone they interviewed about this man said he was a very nice, quiet person who has fallen on hard times....said he wouldn't hurt a fly.....such a sad situation. I hope it all works out for him, what he did was wrong for sure but I don't feel he is a criminal, just a man who is feeling very minunderstood and hurt at this time. He has been charged with 18 offences, so, so sad. I think WCB is very hard for these workers to receive compensation but the workers are only doing their job, they don't make the laws, they only follow the legislation. No one wins in a situation like this.
    Hope you are well my friend.....:-) Hugs

  9. I agree with you Bernie on how sad this situation is. Maybe WCB will change some of thier policies, however that is doubtful. I am glad that nobody was physically hurt. Hope you are well. take care.

    Christina, OH goodness is right. I am really starting to like tea, and I used to be such a coffee drinker. Thanks for earlier today. You are a love. Take care.


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