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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Romantic city in Canada/ Family photo helps drug addicts

Dec. 8, 2015 Romantic city in Canada: I was checking out Yahoo and it mentions which is the most romantic Canadian city.

Me: Montreal.

I got that one right.  lol. 

Dec. 28, 2015 Family photo helps drug addicts: I cut out this article in the Edmonton Journal on Sept. 18, 2015:

An Ohio woman whose husband died of a heroin overdose has shared a photo with her children by his open casket to highlight what she says was a preventable death.

Eva Holland said her husband, Mike Settles, 26, died on September 2 after a recent relapse in Cincinnati. The father-of-two had been released from rehab 'a new man' around Christmas, having sought treatment for the heroin addiction he developed after becoming hooked on pain medication.

Following Settles' funeral last week, Holland made the unconventional move of posing for a photo with her smiling children, Lucas and Ava, by her husband's coffin and then posting the picture to her Facebook and Instagram with a lengthy explanation.

'I'm sure this photo makes a lot of people uncomfortable it may even p--s a few people off but the main reason I took it was to show the reality of addiction,' she wrote in the photo caption. 

The Facebook post with the casket photo has been shared on Facebook almost 250,000 times and has received around 100 comments.

The comments are overwhelmingly positive.
'I am a addict too your story breaks my heart it took so much courage to do this i'm so sorry for your loss but it makes me sure I want to keep my recovery may God be with you,' Tammy McLeod Ivey wrote.

Another person, Sherry Kincaid, wrote: 'She's a Blessing from God. A Messenger for those in despair. To save the lives of all that we care about. Praise you Eva Holland'

Jan. 25, 2016 The Brick closing Edmonton call centres: I found this in the Edmonton Journal today.  I have met a woman a few months ago where she worked at a call centre for Boston Pizza (?)  I can't quite remember.  She said it was taking orders at a restaurant.  It closed down.

Meaningful job search: I am still trying to find a meaningful job.  I read the newspaper and look at ways to help people. 

Feb. 5, 2016 Charity and teens: I remember when I was working in the Soup place.  A teen girl and 2 teen boys come in.

Boy: Hi, do you have any pop cans and bottles you can donate to us?
Tracy: What's this for?  School?
Boy: No, it's for the Mustard Seed. 
Tracy: Oh yeah, I've heard of that charity before.  Sure.

Tracy goes to give them pop cans and bottles in the back.

I remember I was in Student Council in gr. 8 and 9 and we did fundraising for charities like sell popsicles so elementary kids can have breakfast.

Though teens and people in their early 20s may not have the education and skills to like have careers in charities, they and anyone else can help people in their own small way. 

Feb. 10, 2016 "Probation for crime inspired by movie": I cut out this article by Tristin Hopper in the Edmonton Journal on Oct. 2, 2015:

Family described the boy as a “good and happy child,” a middle-schooler of “gentle demeanour”, with no drug problems and no mental health issues. He was a talented drummer, a dedicated soccer player and an all-around “loving and considerate person” who took care of his younger sister.

This made it all the more shocking when he tried to stab the girl to death in their Prince George, B.C., home.

The sister had been calmly getting ready for school when Tim, not his real name, “suddenly, and without any provocation” began plunging a large kitchen knife into her back.

The girl. only a child at the time, was slashed on her back, arms, hands, legs and face as she desperately fled the attack.

Only by escaping from the house and flagging down a school bus was she able to receive medical attention for the wounds that, given only a few more minutes, would almost certainly have killed her.

It was a terrifying scene right out of a horror movie and, indeed, that was the point. As a blood-splattered Tim would soon tell police, he had pinched the idea from the film Halloween

Tim pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the September, 2013, attack. In a recent decision, a B.C. judge decided he would receive no jail time — even as the judge openly mused he might very well try to kill again.

“Is he just a confused and troubled youth who acted on a fantasy induced by watching and re-watching a movie or is he a yet to be diagnosed sociopath who will act violently again if the opportunity presents its self?” reads a recent decision by B.C. Provincial Court Judge Michael Brecknell.

“Only time will answer that troubling question.”
Halloween, which was released in 1978, centres on Michael Myers, an escaped psychiatric patient who systematically murders the occupants of an Illinois home.

However, the film’s opening scene shows a six-year-old Myers killing his sister by stabbing her in the back.

As court documents noted, Tim had watched the stabbing scenes “over and over again” in the months before the attack.

“It was not a spontaneous ill-informed reaction to a set of circumstances,” wrote Brecknell.
“(Tim) formulated a plan, enhanced by his repetitive watching of a certain movie, to act on his anger towards his family members.”

Tim and his sister lived in a broken home. Their parents separated when Tim was seven, and as a child he had often witnessed verbal and physical abuse between them.

One time, the fighting got so bad police and officials with the Ministry of Children & Family Development were called.

“As a result of that incident (Tim) was referred to and attended the Children Who Witness Violence Program,” read court documents.

Aside from that, he showed almost no warning signs.

He didn’t run with a rough crowd, he did well at school and is described as a “hard worker.”
Even after the attempted murder, he said his memory of the crime was “somewhat vague” and expressed concern for his gravely injured sister.

As for motives, all Tim said was his sister “annoyed him from time to time.”  He had originally fantasized about killing his father, but chose his sibling when his dad wasn’t home.

Psychiatrists and mental health officials all reported a failure to identify a “genesis or catalyst of (Tim’s) criminal behaviour,” and none were able to say whether he is a risk of doing it again.

Tim’s only punishment is three years of probation, under which he will be subject to more than 30 conditions.

“It may be difficult for members of the general public to understand how a person, no matter their age, who came within moments of killing another person, could even be considered to receive punishment that does not include a term of imprisonment,” wrote Judge Brecknell in his Sept. 30 decision.

Although jail time would be legally “defendable” and wouldn’t interfere with any rehabilitation programs, Brecknell concluded it was “not necessary or appropriate.”

As for the sister Tim tried to kill and the father he had wanted to kill, the court said it didn’t have enough information to make any sentencing arrangements that might assure their “future safety.”

The Prince George stabbing is not the first time that a horror movie has inspired a suggestible individual to carry out an act of brutal violence.

In 2004, British paranoid schizophrenic Daniel Gonzalez murdered four random people, citing inspiration from the movie Nightmare on Elm Street.

The movie Scream inspired the 1998 murder of a 37-year-old Los Angeles woman by her son and nephew.

“They admitted to homicide investigators that they killed the mother after getting the idea from the movies,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Stoneman told the Los Angeles Times.


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