Complaints about poor apartment conditions are adding to the city ombudsman’s to-do list and she’s pressuring the city to act more effectively on the problem. In other news about rentals, FRAPRU has been denouncing the end of federal subsidies for social housing.
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There’s probably some law against linking one of your own stories, but I’ve been filling in at OpenFile over the last two days and was asked, among other things, to investigate why the Parcodons, those decorated parking meter charity collection things, have vanished from city streets
I’m also quite pleased with the art I did for the pieces on family names in Quebec. It’s based on signs found throughout the Massicotte archive.
In the Journal, Émilie Dubreuil continues the series on Hasidic life, looking at arranged marriage and the rigid structure of family purity law and the tradition of not discussing one’s troubles outside the culture. Dubreuil’s colleague Richard Martineau is not happy with her tone, although there’s a big difference between seeking to understand the Hasidic way of life, and finding it “normal” as he charges.
A commenter on this blog, below, alleges that Hasidic people are a drain on our society because neither the adult men nor the women work and thus they become “experts at receiving social assistance.” I do not think this is true but I have no facts handy to counter the allegation, although I’ll look into it.
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Excellent blog feature on the brutal architecture of Montreal.