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Richard Gage and David Ray Griffin in Montreal: HUGE SUCCESS!Richard Gage and David Ray Griffin in Montreal: Huge Success!

By JF Ranger

World for 9/11 Truth (World911Truth) presented Richard Gage, AIA and Dr. David Ray Griffin in Montreal on May 3rd, 2010, at the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM). This was the first public event organized by World911Truth. The success of this one-night conference was beyond our wildest expectations.

Full House: 730 Seats

The University hall “Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie”, capable of 730 people, was full. This turned out to be the largest crowd ever for Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), and the second largest for Dr. David Ray Griffin.

We’ve worked very hard to get the message out and to reach out to as many people as possible. And what really made the difference, was the unprecedented mainstream media attention that we received for this event.

These numbers don’t lie. Canadians, including Montrealers, are hungry to learn more about 9/11 truth and to see, with their own eyes, the evidence of controlled demolition of the 3 World Trade Center towers presented by AE911Truth. This amazing increase in 9/11 curiosity was first palpable in the streets of Montreal as we started talking with people and handing out flyers. We knew then that something was different and that the potential for success for this conference was higher than ever.

Unprecedented Media Attention

In November 2009, CBC’s The Fifth Estate aired a documentary entitled The Unofficial Story in which they revealed that a majority of Americans and one third of Canadians believe the Bush administration knew about the 9/11 attacks and somehow let it happened. A French version of this documentary also aired twice at the beginning of 2010 in Quebec, on Radio-Canada, the French arm of CBC.

These statistics, coupled with a controversial article in French newspaper La Presse which revealed that some University professors at UQAM were upset the institution was being used for the event, calling the speakers “liars, impostors and conmen” was enough to spark the most important 9/11 truth coverage in Canadian history so far.

La Presse‘s article was published on Friday April 30th. Starting very early that morning, we’ve received dozens of calls from journalists from different mainstream media outlets, all hungry to interview us and get our reaction to these incendiary comments, and to know more about the event and 9/11 truth information in general. Mainstream radios, TV and newspapers in the province of Quebec all reported on this story, making it “THE” news story of the week-end almost.  Unexpectedly, a huge 9/11 truth cat was out of a controversial bag, and there was nothing to stop it.

In fact, after a few hours only, this cat literally transformed into a “9/11 truth cheetah”, running around the entire country, creating a coast to coast mainstream media storm of 9/11 truth information.  The Canadian Press, a syndicated national news agency published a very good article entitled “U.S. skeptics to speak of 9-11 cover-up at three Canadian universities” which talked about the controversy surrounding the Montreal event at UQAM, and gave details of the May 2nd Toronto presentation with the same speakers.

Thousands of journalists around Canada were then exposed to the information about our conference. Even the most distributed newspaper in Canada, The Toronto Star, republished this article over the week-end.

Did we received a fair and balanced coverage from most media outlets? Of course not. Why would mainstream media suddenly stop dropping propaganda bombs on the 9/11 truth movement? Although we did receive arid and beyond suggestive coverage from journalists whose jobs should be to report on events objectively, this unprecedented media attention exposed millions of “hungry for 9/11 truth” Canadians to AE911Truth, Dr. David Ray Griffin’s work, NYC CAN and World911Truth. And that’s the important part.

Sometimes, out of a media propagandist stew, also comes out fair and balanced articles. We want to underline this article that was published in the Montreal Gazette, one of the most popular English newspaper in Quebec.

Our efforts in Canada have brought real change. Soon, a majority of Canadians will support our call for a new independent 9/11 investigation. Journalist will have no other choice, then, to report on the real reasons why the 9/11 truth movement keeps on growing worldwide.

The “Most Stupid Question” Award Goes To…

This goes to show the type of mediocre work from several journalists of important mainstream media outlets.

The award for the stupidest question ever from a journalist goes to a CBC reporter who was present at the conference. He was the only CBC journalist there. Instead of covering the evidence presented by Richard Gage, AIA, who is now supported by 1,200 professional architects and engineers, the CBC journalist was going around the place asking people questions.

He came to me at some point and asked me the most incredible question ever:

“I see some people here wearing black shirts and t-shirts… is this a new color for ‘truthers’ ?”

As you will see in the pictures below, people were dressed in blue, white, orange, yellow, green, etc… and black. In fact, all colors were represented. No discrimination here. No special theme. We didn’t asked anyone to “dress in black”. There was 730 Montreal citizens sitting in a room for nearly four hours to hear Dr. Griffin’s latest and excellent lecture and Richard Gage’s worldwide acclaimed presentation in which he lays out solid evidence for controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7… and the best question this CBC reporter could come up with was about the color of some people’s shirt?

Kudos to this journalist and to CBC.

Reaching Out to University Professors, Journalists, Students and Beyond

During the organization of this event, we have sent our press release to over 1,500 journalists and other media professionals of the Montreal area.

We have also invited over 2,500 university professors who all teach anything from architecture, engineering, physics, mathematics, and all other relevant sciences.

Our goal of reaching out to university students was clearly met. Apart from having a special admission price of $5 only for students, we’ve reached out to thousands more, distributing our flyers outside the most important universities. We’ve even rented a booth inside UQAM itself, for three consecutive days, to distribute our flyers to students directly. Our professional flyers mentioned the work of AE911Truth, the collapse of WTC Building 7, the existence of Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, the nano-thermite findings, our list of free 9/11 documentaries and more.

Why was this strategically important?

Because the first few journalists we spoke with here in Montreal all had one thing in common: they didn’t know anything about WTC Building 7. We’ve then modified our final press release, before sending it to all journalists, and included an educational paragraph about WTC Building 7. We’ve even gave them a link to a video compilation of the improbable collapse.

Every journalist who took time to read our press release now knows about WTC Building 7. The same goes with university professors and students.


We are currently working on the video of this conference and we will release it for free as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, you can watch Richard Gage’s multi-media presentation here and Dr. David Ray Griffin’s latest lecture here.

Other Canadian Cities: Toronto, Ottawa and Walkerton

Although we did not organize these other Canadian events with Richard Gage, AIA and Dr. David Ray Griffin, we want to salute the effort of local activists who made these venues possible.

Special thanks go to Toronto activists who also delivered a full house of 496 seats at the University of Toronto for Gage and Griffin on May 2nd.

What’s Next for Canada?

We have big plans for Canada at World911Truth to keep building on this incredible coast to coast momentum.

We cannot reveal what’s coming yet, all we can say is stay tuned for more!

Many Thanks

We want to finish this article by thanking all our supporters who helped make this event possible. Your donations and support made this conference possible. Without it, there wouldn’t have been any conference in Montreal. So again, many thanks to you and keep on supporting us when we need it most!

We also want to thank Prof. Michel Chossudovsky and who generously helped make this event possible and who remarkably chaired the Montreal conference.

Thanks to all journalists who published fair and balanced articles about our conference and to those who worked behind the scenes to make it happen. To the university professors who came out to defend our right to free speech.

Finally, many thanks to local activists in Montreal who helped in the organization of this event, and of course, to each of the 730 people who attended this historic conference.


Here are some pictures of this event. We plan on posting more soon.

World 9-11 Truth Conference in Montreal

World 9-11 Truth Conference in Montreal

World 9-11 Truth Conference in Montreal

World 9-11 Truth Conference in Montreal

Your Comments

  • Brian Lee

    We love you Richard 

  • Erik Kamfjord

    What a wonderful event. Wish I had the opportunity to attend.

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