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  • Kate 19:03 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    The beautiful outdoor staircases of Montreal, one of the features people rave about, have been declared hazardous by Canada Post – at least in part of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve – although I’m curious whether there’s something missing here about snow or ice being a problem.

    • Faiz Imam 03:08 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      After a 100 years now they’re complaining?

      easy solution would be to mandate a letterbox at the bottom of the stairs, but the way Canada post and the union have acted thus far, i’m not hopeful for a intelligent process.

    • Steph 03:16 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      I want to respect unionized workers but that’s just ridiculous. The demand for their service is rapidly decreasing and they have the audacity to keep cutting corners. I’m sure it won’t be long before these mail escorts need to find a new line of work.
      – On the other hand – is mail delivery access regulated by La Régie du Logement like adequate plumbing and electricity?

    • walkerp 09:15 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      So this had nothing to do with uncleared snow on the stairs? I know some neighbours don’t clear their stairs in a timely manner and if there is enough snow it can become like a slide. Otherwise, this just seems ridiculous. There must be something else going on in the backstory, some kind of political fight that we’re not hearing about. And where’s the communication? The delivery stoppage goes on for weeks and they don’t even send out a note or anything?

    • Marc 10:13 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      Such a thing only happened to me once, back in 2000, and it was just my place. The mail stopped coming just like that. So I phoned Canada Post and was told that my de-icing job wasn’t good enough. I de-iced as best I could and told them about that. Then the next day a big pile of mail was there all bundled together in an elastic band. Seems this has always been their way of letting you know that there’s a problem.

    • Kate 10:55 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      Marc: I have all of 4 stairs up to my place but was once issued a postal warning (they have a standard form that sticks on your mailbox) and it was OK once I cleared them off.

      walkerp: I agree, there’s definitely something going on behind this story that we’re not privy to. Warnings should definitely have gone out if the individual letter carriers were unhappy about snow or ice on the stairs. No question, those spiral stairs have got to be cleaned up properly to be safe.

    • Robert J 11:43 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      I would tend to put up a sign saying, “Bring me no mail.”. I get everything by email. The post only brings bad news anyway.

  • Kate 17:35 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite modern security measures, someone has carried out a wave of bank robberies in Montreal and Laval since Christmas.

  • Kate 17:33 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    A hundred new traffic cameras will be installed on traffic lights over the next few years to better manage the flow of gridlock throughout the metrop.

  • Kate 16:08 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mirror looks at the condo conversion problem in the area variously known as Alexandra-Marconi and Beaumont, and Mile Ex. As one of the people quoted says, “When does it stop being cool? When it’s just condos?”

  • Kate 10:57 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Skip over the first half of Anne Lagacé Dowson’s column this week and read Tommy Douglas’s Mouseland fable. The man knew his Canada.

    • walkerp 11:00 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      Yes, that was great.

    • qatzelok 13:19 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      @ Tommy Douglas: “They even got one government made up of cats with spots on them – they were cats that tried to make a noise like a mouse but ate like a cat.”
      This sounds like the NDP.

    • Kate 16:07 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      qatzelok, maybe you can enlighten us how anyone can get elected without being a politician, because that seems to be your beef.

    • qatzelok 20:20 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      It’s a beef that doesn’t only belong to me. This is why many young people don’t vote: because they know the system is rigged. Pretending it isn’t rigged doesn’t make you a better citizen.

    • Kate 21:03 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      You can’t cope with voting for the least of several evils?

      Is it naive of me to ask how you and the other “young people” would organize things so they would reflect the will of the people more accurately?

    • Faiz Imam 03:10 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”

      -Winston Churchill

    • walkerp 09:07 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      The system may be “rigged”, but that is not the reason most young people don’t vote. Most of them don’t vote because they don’t care, don’t know, have other priorities, etc. Only the teeniest percentage of non-voters actually deliberately choose to abstain. Let’s not pretend the lazy idiots (literally, look up the origin of the word) are taking some kind of stand here.

    • Stefan 09:58 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      how can one determining one’s living conditions in society, i.e. vote, become a non-priority? only through the feeling that making an X on a piece of paper every 4 years or so won’t make a dent in the things that one needs to change.
      i think it’s like this for many young and also many older people, only the latter have been successfully instilled some kind of duty that it is only be these means one can request change.
      the current political machinery, pretty anywhere in the ‘western’ world, has made it almost impossible for someone not conforming to its style of politicians promising bread and games, to enter the political stage.
      the generation which sees the possibilities of networking through the internet, and recognizes very well the inadequacy of the current political system, which is actually more and more steered by the needs of large corporations, expresses itself already through different movements, e.g. occupy.
      finding a recipe to represent well the needs of the people is clearly not easy. but the two means of change are through the system, or from outside of the system, if it ignores pressure for too long.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2012/03/09 Permalink | Reply  

    The education minister is fining Concordia $2 million as punishment for handing out too many sweetheart severance deals to fired administrators, but does it actually make sense to bleed the university of even more money?

    Also today, universities are scrambling for a piece of the Grand Nord pie. Is this why students need to pay higher tuitions?

    And speaking of tuitions, this Gazette piece… I just have to quote Devin Alfaro on Facebook, because I don’t think I can link to it: “Just when you thought the Gazette couldn’t suck any harder Karen Seidman strikes again! A thoroughly researched article about how tuition has no effect on accessibility. The two sources cited: the Concordia provost and some consultant from Toronto who gets paid to tell universities how to run more like private sector companies.”

    Worth reading on this topic today, Patrick Lagacé, who says he’s often pushed to defending the police for doing a difficult job, thinks they’re going too far in using violent tactics against student protesters: “Parce que c’est plus facile de varger sur une étudiante en philo que sur des crottés qui lancent des briques?”

    • Jack 11:15 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      Way to go Line Beauchamp, seriously seeing the former Vice-Chancellor Judith Woodsworth back at the trough after taking a $700,000 severance package is unconscionable. Do Academics have a shame filter?

    • qatzelok 13:23 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      Calling the professional money-skimmers who work the backrooms of Concordia “Academics” is really straining the definition.

    • JaneyB 19:36 on 2012/03/09 Permalink

      Yeah, it’s kind of a mixed manoeuvre but it’s a start. I’d prefer firings. It’s pretty incredible that universities want to raise tuition when they squander what they get. UQAM and its Ilot Voyageur $400 million mess also need punishment. I’ve worked in university admin and I assure you: in terms of waste, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Doobious 15:54 on 2012/03/10 Permalink

      Am I the only one who gets a laugh out of hearing a provincial government minister toss around words like ‘transparency’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘rigour’? Yeesh. Talk about yer kettle-callin’ pots…

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