When Jean Drapeau instituted Canada’s first state lottery in 1968 he was honest enough to call it a voluntary tax. Then somehow this happened: the Supreme Court declared the lottery illegal, yet Quebec opened Loto-Quebec shortly afterwards and somehow that wasn’t illegal – or, if it is, it manages quite well anyway.
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QA has TV animatrice Christiane Charette today talking about missed opportunities in the sense of eyesores we get used to and forget about. I’m so totally in agreement with her about the service station/fast food emporium at Park and Mont-Royal (I wrote about it, among others, five years ago on urbanphoto.net). She is right: we sort of stop noticing these flaws, we become numb to their ugliness.
Easy to live in Montreal in English says the Journal’s headline – but they hired a unilingual journalist from B.C. and brought her here expressly to cover this story. Since she had a job already, it makes her atypical. No journalist can really work here if they can’t speak to people in French.
Meanwhile La Presse finds that new, unilingually anglo immigration commissioners sent here by the Harper government are ultra strict about refugee applications and may not understand documents in French.
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The city’s soon going to launch an app to let people pay their parking from their iPhone. Providing they have one.
Some outstanding detective work by the Gazette’s Linda Gyulai demonstrates that the paper trail from the 2005 aquatics fiasco meanders around, visits the sponsorship scandal, and points to the mayor’s brother. It’s an epic of shifting corporations and unaccountable loans and grants of public money.
The offices of the education ministry on Fullum were painted red during the night – police won’t blame the students, interestingly – and the strike continues with students getting more determined as Jean Charest continues to dig in his heels on the tuition issue.
Sunday’s demo was a wonderful satire with many inventive placards to make a counterpoint.