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  • admin 21:04 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The new language law is going to institute massively larger fines for breaking sign laws. A lot of signs around Montreal contain illegal languages so I’m taking note of this; it’s a short piece but I hope there’s some provision for issuing warnings before assessing the kind of fine – $20,000 – that could put many small enterprises right out of business.

     
    • Marc 23:46 on 2010/06/03 Permalink

      I wonder if CJAD, and other media for that matter, actually read the text of the bill. It states: “13. Section 205 of the Charter is amended by replacing paragraphs a and b by the following: (a) to a fine of $600 to $6,000 in the case of a natural person; (b) to a fine of $1,500 to $20,000 in the case of a legal person. The fines are doubled for a second or subsequent offence.”

      By reading the CJAD story, you’d have to believe that the new fine is $20,000, period. Dishonest reporting on their part.

    • Isabel of Montreal 10:12 on 2010/06/04 Permalink

      Marc, you’re right. Even though CJAD’s last paragraph says “up to” 20K, it’s not clear. As a former Journalist, I would call that a misleading piece. I’m not surprised, though. News outlets regularly use marketing techniques over old school news these days. Remember that simpson’s bit? the tv announcer says “One of the foods in your dinner tonight may be KILLING YOU. More after the commercial break.”

  • admin 18:16 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s an open house this weekend at the Biosphere to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the environmental museum built into the Bucky dome.

     
  • admin 18:10 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  


    City health czar David Levine says he’s prepared to discuss plans for the Inuit centre intended for the old Chinese hospital building on Saint-Denis at Faillon – and that he should’ve been forthcoming with details earlier, before neighbourhood resistance to the project began to build. Yes, he should. Image above clipped from Google Streetview.

     
  • admin 17:59 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    TMR mayor Vera Danyluk, a longtime veteran of municipal politics, has handed in her resignation. She’s ill, but her family will give no further details.

     
  • admin 17:57 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Having nothing better to do with their time, I suppose, police carried out simultaneous raids today on several compassion clubs which distribute marijuana. I find it bizarre that in the 21st century we’re still wasting efforts suppressing the consumption of a plant which has well-known medicinal value and – used sensibly – few negative side effects.

     
    • naftee 20:23 on 2010/06/03 Permalink

      You can thank the Americans for our pot laws :(

    • Tux 09:40 on 2010/06/04 Permalink

      When they’re not beating people up, inciting violence at demonstrations, breaking traffic laws for no good reason, unevenly enforcing municipal law, or harassing minorities, they’re fighting crime that harms no one. Things are in bad shape when if you see a group of cops standing in a public place you feel intimidated instead of safer.

  • admin 07:55 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Wildlife protection guys have stopped a trade in fish from the St. Lawrence being illegally caught and sold to Chinatown restaurateurs where the whole fish sitting innocently on the plate may have been be a hot property lightly spiked with ginger, garlic and river contaminants.

     
  • admin 07:46 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Jacques Villeneuve is coming home, although he’ll be racing in late August in the NASCAR race on the course named after his father, and not in the Grand Prix.

     
  • admin 07:43 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    AC Milan played the Impact last night in front of a massive crowd at the Olympic stadium and apparently the game was enjoyed by all even though the home team went down 4-1 and received, as Le Devoir puts it, a football lesson from the more venerable club.

     
  • admin 07:38 on 2010/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    MUTEK has begun – this time with a veer towards a poppier public face – and so has the beer festival and the Fringe. Yep, festival season’s really arrived.

     
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