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  • admin 21:49 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    The island’s five school boards are collectively more than a billion dollars in debt.

  • admin 21:40 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    More talk again about fast trains to New York and Boston – would they stop for hours at the border like Amtrak’s Adirondack? Or would we have to be depth-searched before boarding, like a plane?

    To quote Craig Sauvé, “I don’t wanna see another article about this unless the track is actually getting laid.”

  • admin 09:02 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    Guardian UK interview with Rufus Wainwright about his mother’s death and other things.

  • admin 08:47 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    Black Montrealers are accusing the STM of racial profiling after harsh security responses to black metro riders who could not present tickets.

    Physically overpowering passengers should not be allowed in cases of suspected fare fraud. It’s ridiculously disproportionate to the “crime”.

    A Gazette writer comments on the recent news of increased transit use, but all the PR in the world won’t work if the STM can’t control the goons it calls its security guys. (I think it’s unlikely the STM has a racial profiling policy, but if their security force has an ingrained racist attitude, as seems likely, that’s worse because it’s harder to pin down and eradicate.)

  • admin 08:30 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    Metro is beginning a series this week looking at the four boroughs that elected new borough mayors in November, and how they are doing.

  • admin 08:17 on 2010/02/22 Permalink  

    The sudden reappearance of the Outremont convent condo conversion on city hall’s agenda is expected to be contentious this evening, because the same project was submitted to the public and roundly criticized before.

    Looking at the picture you can see it’s a massive although not especially beautiful building. What occurs to me, though, is that in coming years the Quebec government is going to need a lot of space to warehouse the horde of aging baby boomers that are coming with demographic inevitability. It should be snapping up buildings like this and getting them ready; instead, it will wait till the existing system is overwhelmed, waffle on building vastly expensive new “green” buildings, fidget endlessly over public vs. private funding, and by the time the buildings are built it will be too late.

    (I went to high school in a building which had been enlarged with the worst of Quebec 1970s brutalist concrete architecture in response to the baby boom surge – about ten years too late. Government, gotta love it.)

    La Presse also has a look today at the many churches and convents that are no longer needed here for their original purpose. I maintain that those buildings should be regarded as at least partly publicly owned, because the public subsidized them for so many years. At least some of them ought to be turned into facilities for the public good.

    Later note: Nathalie Collard also has a blog entry today about keeping Mount Royal public, and not turning over major installations to private owners.

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