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  • Kate 16:32 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Student groups rejected Line Beauchamp’s offer of more and better student loans Friday as protests continued, some people using Good Friday imagery to make their point. The Journal says a big cross fell on a passer-by’s head in Côte-des-Neiges.

    • Antonio 17:18 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      Wow, the students are really cranking up the idiocy.

    • Kate 17:54 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I wouldn’t put it that way. I find they’re détourning old symbols in interesting ways.

    • tommy 21:30 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I agree with Antonio. They lost. It’s over. Endlessly wandering around in groups won’t change anything.

    • Kate 23:57 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I think I hear dinosaurs bellowing to each other.

    • Alex L 00:58 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Roarrr! Students vs. Dinosaurs.

    • ant6n 04:15 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      arm-chair non-activists just know its over… oh wait

    • Robert 08:03 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Superb use of name calling as a debate strategy, Kate.

    • Kate 08:49 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Let them argue if they have a point. If they just throw in one-liner snipes I’m not going to get out the big polemic guns.

    • No\Deli 09:08 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      That was pretty superb, actually. Good call Robert.

    • Antonio 09:23 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Kate, with all due respect, your “big polemic guns” are in fact chintzy water pistols.

    • walkerp 09:41 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Classic case of somebody starting off a sentence with “all due respect” and then showing none at all.

    • Kate 10:04 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      It’s so nice to have such loyal fans.

    • Antonio 10:31 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      I’d say it’s as respectful as being labeled a “dinosaur”. Double Standard, anyone?

      But getting back to the original topic, apart from the fact that their cause is ill-founded, apart from the fact that their misappropriation of symbols of workers struggles from 19th Century and early 20th Century symbols (red flags and those stupid-looking red square derivatives) are deeply offensive, as is their misappropriation of religious symbols of Christ’s Passion, these yahoos didn’t have the sense to adequately secure their ridiculous prop such that it fell on a passerby’s head causing her to bleed profusely.

      If the students want to continue their boycott of classes and forfeit the semester, then they should be charged the full cost of the lost semester.

    • Kate 11:48 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      What symbols do they have a right to, if not the symbols of revolution and the religious symbols common to Quebec’s history?

    • ant6n 12:47 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      What just happened here? You call students idiots, then you’re offended if somebody calls you a dinosaur? You use reactionary one liners, then complain about Kate’s “debate strategy”? You complain about students using socialist/working class symbol to attempt to advance their leftist cause?

    • mdblog 13:37 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      @Kate, you’re absolutely right to characterize this as a generational divide.

    • walkerp 07:20 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      I don’t know if this got covered, but there was a pretty neat display on Mont-Royal. All along the pathway going to the lookout, there were cardboard 2-D red eggs, numbered consecutively from 1 at the bottom to 1650 at the top. In the middle of the look out was a nest and a 4-foot papier-mâché egg with the words “nous attendons l’éclosion des négotiations”. I learned from another curious regarder that éclosion means hatching. It was quite clever, but unfortunately the grey weather meant not a lot of people up on the mountain.

    • Kate 08:49 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      walkerp, I’ve seen no reports of that. Thanks for describing it – did you get any photos?

    • Hamza 11:07 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      since ppl like antonio & tommy have been saying ‘it’s over, go home’ to the students since the beginning (and even prior to) this campaign of disobedience , somehow, I doubt their words have had any significance on the situation

    • tommy 23:17 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      Kate, you fell victim to the students’ spin. There was no offer. The government announced increased student loans, that doesn’t constitute a negotiation of any sort and they have reiterated that they are not negotiating a thing.

    • Kate 23:50 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      I seem to have attracted a small swarm of angry rednecks here.

      I did not “fall victim” – Beauchamp made an offer that she hoped would placate the students and they saw through it right away. The students are going to give in eventually – they’ll have to – but I give them my respect for seeing through it when they’re being given the old flim-flam, not buying it.

      I was struck by this piece in Esquire I saw linked today. Not usually the most radical source. But the writer points out that the tendency in the United States in recent years has been to completely funnel money from the young to the elderly, and has numbers to prove it.

      The situation here may not be as bad, but young folks now are right to ask why they should have to tighten their belts to pay for deficits being run up so old folks can live beyond their means.

    • Ian 05:13 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      While I think that intergenerational finger-pointing is usually a diversionary tactic to make people forget it’s really class struggle that’s the issue, this is a great series of short articles – thanks for the link, Kate. If people don’t have sympathy for today’s crop of twenty somethings, maybe they can scrape together a bit for their own children, or more abstractly, show some basic civic pride and think of the greater good of society. One really must wonder how the schools and province are so broke we need to increase tuitions when evidence of waste and corruption are paraded before us every single day whether it’s huge severance packages in the universities, free loans to university administration, government money being poured into bread-and-circuses projects, duplication of services, government roadwork contracts that mysteriously have to be redone over and over again… Productivity is up – according to many economists, our economy could afford a 21 hour work week – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_time. Wages have been relatively flat since the 1970’s. Our society should be wealthy enough to provide post-secondary education for free – where’s all that extra productivity going other than lining the pockets of a select few? Banks and universities have record profit year over year and you’d better believe the children of even provincial government functionaries are well taken care of. When I see people writing things like “it’s all over, go home”, what I take away from that is “sit down, shut up, and get back to work – and for the love of God don’t look behind the curtain”.

    • Kate 08:30 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      Beautifully put, Ian.

    • Chris 11:02 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      The F-35 price tag alone could pay for everyone’s education!

    • ant6n 11:32 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      “where’s all that extra productivity going..”

    • Antonio 14:31 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      ant6n: the idiocy to which I referred was the use of the Cross, for one. Remember that these students are not being asked to bear a cross on which they’ll be crucified but rather to pay a relatively small supplement to the pittance of a tuition that they already pay. The next bit of idiocy to which I referred but which no one seems to have picked up on is that they’re ridiculous prop (the cross) was not securely positioned and was toppled by a gust of wind and injured a bystander. Thirdly, the students’ rhetoric has a leftist flavour but to make the analogy between workers’ movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries and this tuition hike unrest as the students do with their red squares would be hilarious if it wasn’t so offensive.

    • Ian 15:11 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      Antonio, you think the students should stop defending access to education because their production values are too low, and because other people had to fight harder? That’s ridiculous. If you don’t think the protests are effective, get involved and help organize, sniping helps nobody – so far the only person agreeing with you in this comment thread is tell-them-to-stay-at-home Tommy.

      @ant6n – boomer CEOs & their ilk, more like. I still think blaming the generation instead of the economic structure is playing right into the hands of the people that are the real source of the problem – to find out who committed a crime, simply look to who profits.

    • Antonio 16:54 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      Ian: I am not a baby-boomer and I benefited from low tuition fees in Quebec. I took that subsidy and used it to pursue a course of study that increased the chances of my landing a lucrative job and career because the skills that I acquired are in demand. I’ve landed that great career and am now in the highest income tax bracket earning income in the Province of Quebec, which means that I’m paying back that subsidy which helped put me through school. The problem, I think, is that there are many students pursuing courses of study for which there isn’t a high demand and by keeping tuition fees artificially low for programs in which there is a glut of students only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, young people are eschewing careers in the trades, for instance, at a time when there is a shortage in tradespeople who would otherwise be paying a large chunk of income tax. Young people eschew these trades because they believe that the only way to get a good job is with a university degree. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy because, due to the glut in BA recipients, employers demand BAs for jobs that clearly don’t require them. I think there is a strong correlation between this situation and keeping university tuition artificially low. This has been going on for years and none of the “leftist-of-convenience” bullshit rhetoric is going to solve it. Nor is calling people who don’t agree with you “rednecks” or “dinosaurs”, which is different from calling attention to the idiocy being practised by a group without calling them idiots.

    • Ian 17:50 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      Well, now you’re presenting a cogent argument that is worth discussing. I’m middle-aged (i.e.; not a boomer, but not school age) and while I too have a (fairly) lucrative white-collar career I did my undergrad & grad in “useless” degrees , on student loans as an out-of-province student and paid back that 30k over 10 years working low-end white collar jobs. I was fortunate (?) enough to come from a very poor family so I could go to university, though I did work throughout. I can pretty much categorically state that my prospects only improved with education – I spent 10 years after graduating as a wage slave, but would be there forever were it not for my education & the attitude shift that having an education engenders. Now, I know QC students had it better than out-of-province students at QC universities and still do, of course (as well they should) but rather than race to the bottom I think all of Canada should improve access to post-secondary education. Like I mentioned, there is no reason economically that tuitions should be increased – quite the opposite. I would argue that the point of education should not be only to qualify for a higher salary, but to broaden one’s mind as a liberal education improves the quality of public discourse. A more educated, broad-thinking population serves to counter more reactionary elements that lead society in unpleasant directions. That aside, I do see your point that undergraduate degrees are a dime a dozen, but I think that the solution there is to make admissions more strict – you and I both know that low admission standards are only there to increase university revenues and that undergraduate attrition is a major source of revenue for universities especially given that there is no way the entire undergraduate body can possibly be admitted to graduate studies. I got into university with a 93% high school average but know lots of people, especially US students that pay a lot more, that got in on C averages. That said, if my children want to go to university to make the big bucks, I would give them hell – you make much better money in trades, and university should be about learning. Let’s be honest, university is only lucrative for a very few licensed professions – if we are to maintain the pretense of higher learning having value in of itself, tying a degree to potential long term individual profit is a fool’s wager; obviously only trades and licensed professions can (more or less) guarantee income. The benefit of education is, simply, becoming educated – which benefits society as a whole.

    • Kate 11:04 on 2012/04/10 Permalink

      A more educated, broad-thinking population serves to counter more reactionary elements that lead society in unpleasant directions.

      Quoted for truth, Ian. Thanks for contributing so thoughtfully to this blog.

    • Antonio 13:20 on 2012/04/10 Permalink

      Congratulations, Ian. Your post has merited the unequivocal commendation of this blog’s webmistress. You have been quoted for “truth”. Your sentence regarding a more educated population and the unpleasantness of “reactionary elements” is more truism than truth and, quite frankly, a platitude with little meaning. In my line of work, one needs more than cliches to advocate a position, but here the vaguest of platitudes is elevated to the status of thoughtful contribution.

      You and I don’t wholly, disagree, however. We both think that education is a good thing and that one must not be deprived of a chance at realizing one’s potential simply because one is from a poor family. But whereas you think that the only way to guarantee access to university is by keeping tuition fees artificially low, I think that much more money ought to be spent to bolster the quality of primary and secondary education. This way, it won’t matter as much if a pupil is from Verdun or Westmount when that pupil is ready to move onto university or a trade. If that pupil has excelled in school but doesn’t have the means to pay his or her way, then well-funded universities will have bursaries and scholarships to ensure that they retain the best and the brightest.

      There is currently a glut in BA’s to the point where employers demand them for jobs that do not require them…to the point where the jobs offered to BAs and now MAs don’t get jobs “in their fields” and don’t make enough money to repay the student loans for the measly portion of the tuition that they actually disbursed. It’s got so bad that there ads in the metro by a trustee in bankruptcy, Raymond Chabot, suggesting that “Sophie”, the MA student with a 30K student debt load retain their services in order to make a proposal to her creditors in the hopes that they’ll take less than 100 cents on the dollar instead of having her declare personal bankruptcy.

      This is alarming and all the red squares or flags or student boycotts isn’t going to solve it so please get your head out of the sand and spare us all the “thoughtful” airy-fairy truisms.

    • ant6n 18:01 on 2012/04/10 Permalink

      And there the cogent arguments stopped. That was quick. Don’t you think that the biggest plattitude in this thread is your contempt for BAs? You present a bunch of truisms, like saying that tuition is “artificially low” — there’s nothing artificial about the level of tuition; tuition is just the the contribution that students provide towards the cost of their education.

      I really don’t understand people who’ve enjoyed low tuition here but then come around and exclaim that today’s lazy students don’t deserve whatever they had. Would you go and pay the difference from your own low tuition to whatever people have today?

    • Antonio 08:17 on 2012/04/11 Permalink

      ant6n: the arguments are still cogent, but your strident ideology prevents you from “getting it.” I benefited from low tuition but didn’t have the self-indulgence to pursue graduate studies in something for which the private sector won’t pay. I paid several tens of thousands of dollars in income tax last year alone. I’d say society’s return on its investment in my education is pretty darn good. As for tuition being “artificially low”, that’s not a platitude, that’s what happens when you subsidize something and people don’t realize the true cost as a result. And I don’t have contempt for BA’s…I happen to have one. Please attempt to read my posts without the prism of a knee-jerk leftist ideology to distort them.

    • Ian 13:56 on 2012/04/11 Permalink

      So you agree that student debt is a problem, but think the best way to improve education is to increase tuitions? Do you even read what you write? That makes no sense at all on any level. For the sake of argument, though, let’s consider whether or not universities are strapped for cash to the extent that it’s affecting the quality of education. McGill has been the top-ranked university in Canada for 12 years straight. Apparently a lack of funding isn’t really an issue for them. Concordia is in trouble with the government for giving out grotesquely generous severance packages. Apparently funding’s not a problem for them, either. Universities are actually very profitable… You talk about “true cost” – what is the “true cost” to society where anyone that wants a decent education is crippled with debt, so instead of buying a house or starting a business all their money goes into paying interest to banks – who are already raking in record profits year over year? This isn’t left or right wing here, it’s just plain common sense. Frankly, your arrogance only serves to illustrate what a meagre understanding of fiscal reality you actually have.

    • Antonio 19:55 on 2012/04/12 Permalink

      Ian: Am I arrogant to have called you on perpetuating truisms and platitudes? Or that I’m calling you out now on your tendency to conflate issues?

      Thank you; I’m quite confident in my understanding of fiscal reality. I would submit that your arrogance makes you believe that platitudes and truisms are new and profound simply by virtue of the fact that you’ve invoked them.

      Student debt is indeed a problem. But I was invoking it to lament the self-indulgence of the fictional “Sophie” who pursued a course of study where she couldn’t find a job in her “field” and incurred that much debt. There is a problem of students getting into debt with little prospects of servicing those debts because they CHOOSE fields of study with little or no job prospects in the private sector.

      As for universities actually being “very profitable,” you haven’t provided me with a reference, and given the lack of intellectual rigour /critical thought that I have discerned in your previous posts, you’ll forgive me if I don’t take anything you say at face value.

      You know, increasing tuition is one way to improve education (though not the only one). Perhaps if all the BA’s out there who can’t find a job “in their field” would have given that BA a second thought if the cost of the BA were a little more prohibitive. Then again, raising tuition isn’t the only solution. Perhaps we can selectively subsidize education and encourage people to pursue degrees or training in fields that the economy demands. Perhaps we can make tuition completely free but SEVERELY restrict access to those who are intellectually gifted. There are a few possibilities but the current arrangement doesn’t work.

      And by the way, I consider it extremely arrogant and elitist on your part to imply that a university education is tantamount to a “decent education”.

      Learning a trade is equivalent to a decent education, too, and we have too few people learning the trades and too many blindly or self-indulgently getting their BA’s. And universities are only too willing to admit all these folks because the more students they let in, the more funding per capita they get from the government.

      I’m not going to repeat my description of the nefarious effects of having a glut in BA’s because I think that the effort is lost on you here.

      It’s abundantly clear that the majority of posters want to read the pseudo-lefty truisms and platitudes with which they agree so they can nod and say amen.

  • Kate 12:36 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The Plateau plans to give a little bonus to help business operating terrasses this summer on its streets.

  • Kate 10:46 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Someone loosed a plague of grasshoppers Thursday at the HEC. Student groups denied knowledge of the action.

    Students do, however, continue with smaller demonstrations while saying plans are in the work for another big demo.

  • Kate 10:42 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Gas is reaching $1.50 a litre around town this long weekend.

    • Jack 13:47 on 2012/04/06 Permalink


    • Kate 14:12 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I’d tend to react that way too, except for the realization that when gas goes up, so does everything else.

    • Marc 14:14 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      Well, it is the long weekend after all.

    • Faiz Imam 01:58 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      It’s great in the long term, it will promote increased living and working in denser centralized areas, decrease the exurban phenomenon, decrease the depopulation of Montreal in general, and be a all round improvement for sustainability.

      But the problem is in the short term, day to day, week to week, month to month. Many people’s lives are and will be disturbed and ruined.

      The whole point of the green and eco-movements of the past 20 years has been to prepare and forestall for this kind of thing. for example, while this will accelerate everything the PMAD was working towards, the whole point was to insulate us from gas prices BEFORE they have a direct effect.

    • Kate 08:50 on 2012/04/08 Permalink

      Faiz Imam, that’s a really good point.

    • Ian 17:55 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      When we start seeing those fuel prices reflected in our grocery bills, we’ll see how “good” that is. This kind of price-fixing only benefits the petro industry. If we’re going to continue along the all-goods-delivered-by-truck model (since we’ve abandoned rail apparently) we’re going to either have to get used to not having seasonal fruit & vegetables (like back in the 70s) or rally to see price controls on gas established by the government.

  • Kate 10:34 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Interesting piece on a Montreal violin restorer and the book he has written to preserve and transmit his knowledge. Wilder & Davis are in a beautiful house on Rachel, not far from St-Jean-Baptiste church.

    • William 19:11 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      Seems to be a little hiccup – I believe Nelson Wyatt at The Canadian Press is the actual author of this beautiful piece, not the US’ Associated Press.

    • Kate 23:53 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I did wonder why it was marked AP. Thanks William.

      A properly attributed version is here with a different photo.

  • Kate 10:30 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Vito Rizzuto will likely get out of jail in the U.S. later this year and come home to find both his father and his son dead after being stalked by what the writer calls a “shadowy enemy”.

    Interestingly, though the original Consenza Social Club closed, as noted, there’s still a business by that name on Jarry (or close – the name of the original Italian town is Cosenza). I don’t know if it’s connected with the other one.

    • tommy 11:11 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      Paul Cherry wrote a good article a couple of days ago about some guy who fell out with the Mafia that wanted to go to that cafe and kidnap the top guys, but I was reading it fast (cuz I thought the paywall was going to collapse) and wasn’t sure if his kidnap scheme was in the past or future.

    • Kate 12:37 on 2012/04/06 Permalink


    • tommy 21:20 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      find it yourself, you’re the fancy pants news aggregator blogger guy

    • Kate 23:58 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      Wow. The charm is overwhelming.

    • david 12:40 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      If you haven’t already read it, Mafia Inc is a real eye opening page turner (does that count as a mixed metaphor?). It will change the way you look at some of these events.

    • Robert J 18:07 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Actually I’ve asked a couple times about posting links in comments cause I can’t seem to figure it out on my own. Maybe they just got lost in the sea of comments but how do I post a live link in a comment on this blog?

    • Kate M. 20:13 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

    • Kate 20:14 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Robert J., I just posted the above from a non-logged-in browser, trying two things: first pasting the link in as it is, which gets converted to a link, and secondly turning “this” into a link in the normal html coding way. Give it a try.

    • Robert J 15:57 on 2012/04/09 Permalink

      I haven’t used html in a while and I actually forgot it existed. So I looked it up. Let’s see if this works

  • Kate 10:24 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Aéroports de Montréal is dreaming of an elevated train to shuttle people from downtown to Trudeau, the plan being to lift the train above the slow-moving freight trains that currently use some of the track time along that route. But this would bring us back to two distinct projects – an airport train and a West Island train – with the insanity of developing and paying for both of them.

    • ant6n 11:12 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      They want a one stop, dedicated, one billion dollar skytrain to the airport?! Are these people high?! A billion dollars, to move, what, maybe 10 thousand people a day, optimistically (I think the 747 moves 3K, and the whole airport sees maybe 30K people a day).

      They finally realise that the CN right of way they don’t want to use cannot accomodate their airport train, but rather than working together and using the AMT’s right of ways, they want to pour concrete.

      Meanwhile they don’t realize the reason the Vancouver sky train is successful is because it has several intra-city stops, then branches into a dense suburb and the airport — and the airport provides only a small part of the actual ridership. It’s a transit line serving commuter first, and an airport connection second. Oh also, the surcharge is only 5$

      Structurally, the train de l’Ouest project is much more similar to Vancouvers Canada line than a whatever they are going to come up with. They are making the basic mistake of wanting to replicate transit technology, rather than replicating whatever actually makes the line succesful.

    • Kevin 13:14 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      The Skytrain was created for Expo 86. The spur to the airport was only added after 2005.

      The whole idea of a dedicated rail-line to the airport is just so ridiculous. Train service in the west island is limited to rush hours only and someone wants a dedicated line? Ludicrous.

    • Marc 14:11 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again. Every rapid transit stop serving a city’s major airport is part of the existing network for the metro area. None of this separate, dedicated, single-use nonsense.

    • ant6n 14:12 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      The “spur to the airport” is a full line, called the Canada line. I was saying that the Canada line has two branches, one going to Richmond, BC, the other going to YVR.

    • Robert J 18:24 on 2012/04/07 Permalink

      Airport links aside, I’d actually love to see el trains in montreal. We could build one on a wide street like Pie-IX instead of the bus thing. El-trains are cheaper and would give great views over the low Montreal skyline. Also, we could have closed, heated and air-conditioned platforms and stairwells (the temperature would be much better controlled than in the metro tunnels). Every stop could easily have a handicap elevator as well.

      It’s true that they allow for a certain amount of car traffic and noise, but modern trains are pretty quiet (and busses are noisy too). Besides, el-trains never get stuck in traffic (tramways are the worst for that).

  • Kate 10:21 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Outremont’s Hasidim are responding to a hostile mood in the neighbourhood by launching a blog and asking for open discussions to air out a tense situation.

    Note to the Gazette: it’s “designed to rein in their bustling community” not “reign in” – the metaphor is drawn from horses.

  • Kate 10:15 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    A glimpse of six of Montreal’s newest restos in the Toronto Star; notes on cocktails in Le Devoir; review of St-Cyr, the new resto at 2-22 Ste-Catherine that’s named after a burlesque star of the 1940s and 50s.

    As a counterweight, the story of a woman suing a Park Avenue fish store because, after stabbing her hand with a spiny bit of shrimp shell, she got necrotizing fasciitis and nearly died. (Wikipedia article is informative but has icky photos.)

  • Kate 09:56 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    When I saw the headline that Vision Montréal wants to prolong the Fête nationale I thought what, a whole week? But actually it’s a desire to extend the Maisonneuve Party closing time from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., an extension that would mean pushing metro closing time a couple of hours later to ferry people away from the area.

    Vision is also denying being bankrupt. There had been news of their debt, but this is the first I’ve seen suggesting they might not be able to pay their bills at all.

    • Chris 11:56 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      They’re morally bankrupt anyway. :)

    • Kate 12:41 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I guess you could call it that. From doing this blog I’m probably a little more aware of municipal affairs than the average citizen, yet I don’t know any way in which Vision Montreal differs significantly from Union Montreal in policy – except, of course, for preferring to see a Vision majority at city hall. Projet Montréal really works on policy stuff, always posting positions and reactions establishing a party philosophy clearly distinct from the ruling party, but Vision only seems to exist to oppose.

    • Jack 13:56 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I agree , if extending the Fete Nationale 2 hours is the sum total for making Montreal a better place to live. You have just declared bankruptcy.

    • Kate 14:11 on 2012/04/06 Permalink

      I don’t think it’s a terrible idea, it’s just not really deserving of a press conference.

  • Kate 09:48 on 2012/04/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The traditional marche du Pardon is proceeding this Good Friday, even though back in 2010 the tradition seemed to be winding down. I guess they’d better not cross Outremont at any point.

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