Sunday, October 24, 2010

Philipina Schergevitch

If this isn't a crime, I don't know what is!  This Vancouver Sun article relates how an old lady is in threat of eviction because she smokes. Rich White, author of Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco has written a letter to her housing association.  If you wish to b a signatory to this letter email him at richwhite (at)  I think we should let the Bishop O'Byrne Housing for Seniors Association how we feel!


Letter extract:

Dear Ms Morgan,
We the undersigned appeal to your conscience and common sense to reconsider the eviction of Philipina Schergevitch for her smoking habit.
Philipina is a long-standing tenant of a decade, during which time the Francis Klein Centre has become her home and she has provided the Bishop O'Byrne Housing for Seniors Association a lot of money to live there. At 88 years of age, the stress alone could cause the demise of this lady who has done nothing wrong to deserve such treatment. While the association states smoking is permitted in designated areas outside, it must be recognised that subjugating an elderly woman to the harsh weather conditions Calgary experiences is unacceptable and her human rights must be considered. The argument for the ban is of health, but that is clearly not the case because no harm is posed to other tenants by her smoking and a direct, large and immediate health threat is posed to Philipina through the extreme weather conditions of winter. It is startling to note that the Bishop O’Byrne Housing for Seniors Association deems it acceptable to put tenants at risk of pneumonia, flu, unprecedented stress and the possibility of attack from passers-by under the pretence of “health” and care for other, non-smoking tenants. The Calgary Herald reported in January 2009 the case of Juliette Bombardier, who died outside the Kamloops, B. C. seniors care home the day after Christmas as she went out for a cigarette and got locked out. This was a preventable death and yet the Bishop O’Bryne Housing for Seniors Association is fully prepared to run the risk of its tenants suffering a similar fate.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Anti Smoker Bites the Dust

By Blad Tolstoy.

Another rabid anti smoker bites the dust aged 53.  Yes, you all know it, health maniacs are supposed to live longer.  As has been demonstrated many times, it's a lie, they don't live any longer than anybody else taken in the round assessment of the population.

Here we have Senator Jenny Oropeza kicking the bucket at 53. This one was big on smoker persecution as you may read in the article at the accompanying link:

Am I sorry she's gone? No, I should be, but I now detest these people so much that I say to the devil:

Drive her fast to her tomb!