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City taxi bureau’s RCG 08-022

By P.A. Sévigny on July 2, 2009

As the poorest of the city’s working poor, Montreal’s cab drivers are caught between a rock and a hard place. Once a cab driver gets behind the wheel and puts the key into the ignition, city by-law RCG08-022 will define the next 12 hours of his working life. In section 1 of the city by-law, article #59 defines a working taxi as any vehicle on the road with a dome, a working meter, a working radio and a visible pocket number. As article #59 draws the line between the city’s working taxis and everybody else on the road, city cab drivers are warning city authorities there could be serious trouble if police don’t stop their discrimination against them and their business. While everybody is supposed to be equal under the law, several city cab drivers say the city’s by-law turns them into second class citizens subject to a series of rules and regulations which is ruining their business and their means to make a living...

Ticketing our trash (DATE DE PARUTION 10 JUILLET 2008)

By P.A. Sévigny on June 18, 2009

Last December, shortly before taking a taxi to the airport for an early-morning flight, Montreal writer Alan Hustak dropped a small bag of garbage into one of the city’s  garbage cans in Old Montreal. Only a few days after he came back from his Christmas holiday, he received a letter from the Ville Marie borough authorities with included a $187 ticket for having broken one of the borough’s new municipal garbage by-laws...

“It’s been fifteen years…” Michael Manning

By P.A. Sévigny on May 28, 2009

As of two weeks ago, it’s been fifteen years since Michael Manning heard his daughter Tara’s alarm clock go off while he was making an egg sandwich for breakfast. When nobody turned it off, he went to her room to wake her up for school.
“I still remember how the cover was drawn up to her chin,” he said as the tears flowed down his face. “I still recall how I thought she was sleeping until I touched her….and when I pulled the cover off, that’s when I knew my baby was dead.”..

City’s red light district moves to the ‘Net

By P.A. Sévigny on May 6, 2009

Police officials report street prostitution for both genders has nearly been eliminated and swept off the streets in both the downtown core and the east-end’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve districts.
There’s always a market for sex,” said one downtown police officer, “…but now it’s off the streets and on the web which is fine with us.”

Sunday’s C.R.A.P. demo

By P.A. Sévigny on March 19, 2009

Last Sunday afternoon, only minutes after they began to gather in front of the Mount Royal Metro station, Montreal’s CRAP (La Coalition contre la Repression et les Abus  Policiers ) lost no time as they began  to pick their annual fight with city’s police...

A 3.5 million dollar miracle on Hickmore St.

By P.A. Sévigny on February 26, 2009

All of the pallets measure four by four by four feet high full of shrink-wrapped cases of macaroni and cheese, soup, pickles and jam. Rented cube vans wait patiently for their turn at the loading docks while lift trucks race around the warehouse piled high with crates full of broccoli, potatoes, onions and apples. In the back under the lights, at least two dozen volunteers are sorting through thousands of oranges as the bad ones are tossed into a loader at the end of the table...

Traffic cops rack up record city revenue

By P.A. Sévigny on February 5, 2009

For the third year in a row, the city broke its own record as police and parking authorities managed to rack up almost $200M for assorted parking and driving code offenses committed on the island and in the city. Based upon a 6% increase over the number of tickets issued during the previous year, informed critics and more than a few outraged drivers believe the city’s draconian parking policies are nothing less than a “hidden tax”.,,

City still working on anti-poverty initiative with Quebec

By P.A. Sévigny on January 15, 2009

Just before Christmas the ruling majority at City Hall voted down a  request for an emergency $500 000 donation to the city’s desperate food banks...

No charges to be laid against Mtl. North police

By P.A. Sévigny on December 18, 2008

 Following a two-month investigation and the intensive SQ (Sureté du Québec) inquiry into the shooting death of 18 year-old Montreal North teenager Freddy Villanueva, Québec Justice Official Louis Drouin recently confirmed no charges would be laid against SPVM constables Jean-Loup Lapointe and his partner, Stéphanie Pilote...

SAQ coming down on east-end topless landmark

By P.A. Sévigny on November 27, 2008

At 8:30 in the morning, the fast-food restaurant on Hochelaga Street was just as busy as any other fast-food joint in the city — perhaps busier. While Les Princesses served fast-food breakfast meals just like any other of its kind in the city, the well-known restaurant also had a liquor license. For almost 10 years, Gaetan Thomas, its owner, said the restaurant was doing good business before Quebec liquor board authorities recently decided to revoke his liquor license. Now he will probably have to close the business.,,

“..Some things are worth fighting for!”

By P.A. Sévigny on November 13, 2008

Last Sunday, Montreal’s St. James United Church held its annual Remembrance Day service to honor all who served and died for this nation during all of its wars.,,

Call it ‘The Sandwich Generation’

By P.A. Sévigny on November 13, 2008

Last Sunday, a new resource group called The Professionals Network for Caregivers, (Réseau des Professionels pour les Proches Aidants) held their annual resource fair at the Centre Mont-Royal in the downtown core...

Concordia’s Place Norman Bethune finally taking shape

By P.A. Sévigny on October 30, 2008

After years of discussion, assorted arguments, endless urban planning and a lot of construction, a statue raised to honor the memory of Dr. Norman Bethune, a hero of the Chinese revolution, will be located at the heart of one of the city’s more successful urban design projects...

Trudeau takes north end riding

By P.A. Sévigny on October 16, 2008

ustin Trudeau learns fast. He waited till all the votes were in and counted before thanking his wife, his friends, his campaign workers and especially the people of his riding for their faith, their trust and their votes...

A pastor for Jeanne Le Ber

By P.A. Sévigny on October 2, 2008

When Darryl Grey realized he couldn’t think of anybody he would want to vote for, he saw no reason why he shouldn’t run for parliament. As the pastor for Little Burgundy’s Imani Family and Full Gospel Church, he knew why he had to run for parliament...

Concordia back at the table

By P.A. Sévigny on September 18, 2008

Just days after classes resumed at Concordia, the university’s part-time faculty association is getting ready to pull the rug out from under the administration’s feet...

Police walking “thin line” in Montreal North

By P.A. Sévigny on September 4, 2008

Only days after the shooting of Freddy Villanueva and the ensuing riot that ripped through the streets of Montreal North, SPVM Police Chief Yvan Delorme said the city’s police were doing everything possible to re-establish law, order and “a sense of security” in the district...

What constitutes appropriate force?

By P.A. Sévigny on September 4, 2008

Canadian police and other law enforcement officials will have to wait until 2009 to answer questions posed about the safe and efficient use of their ubiquitous ‘Taser’ stun guns...

Garneau still holds healthy lead

By P.A. Sévigny on August 21, 2008

With only three short weeks to go before polling day in the Westmount-Ville Marie by-election, Liberal candidate Marc Garneau seems to have a healthy lead and there’s no reason why he should lose it before election day...

Ottawa should learn from Québec’s censorship history

By P.A. Sévigny on August 21, 2008

The federal government should take the time to watch Québec journalist Eric Parent’s new film, “Les Ennemis du Cinéma” before letting Canada’s fundamentalist evangelical groups bully him into making a humiliating, and possibly fatal error for his party’s chances in a not-too-distant election...

It really does take a village

By P.A. Sévigny on August 7, 2008

After years of work spent on the cutting edge of the city’s paediatric medicine field, Dr. Gilles Julien and Dr. Nicholas Steinmetz aren’t ready to give up on the children...

Ticketing our trash

By P.A. Sévigny on July 10, 2008

Last December, shortly before taking a taxi to the airport for an early-morning flight, Montreal writer Alan Hustak dropped a small bag of garbage into one of the city’s  garbage cans in Old Montreal. Only a few days after he came back from his Christmas holiday, he received a letter from the Ville Marie borough authorities with included a $187 ticket for having broken one of the borough’s new municipal garbage by-laws...

Marc Garneau et « la cohesione sociale »

By P.A. Sévigny on June 26, 2008

When Marc Garneau flew in space, he could see the entire country from coast to coast and then some. Years later, now that he’s Stéphane Dion’s Liberal candidate in Westmount-Ville Marie, he’s still gets to cover a lot of territory but this time it’s on the ground as he gets to know the streets of his riding...

Women protest global sex trade

By P.A. Sévigny on June 26, 2008

As Formula-One festivities were taking over the streets in the downtown core, a small but determined group of women stood their ground against the passing crowds on the corner of Montreal’s party central- Crescent and Ste. Catherine Street. While the women, all dressed in solid black, stood out among the crowds, they still managed to convince hundreds of people to sign their petition and to send signed postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to do something about the globe’s flourishing trade in human flesh...

Reasonable accommodations

By P.A. Sévigny on May 29, 2008

 

Le complexe d’Icare de Sébastian Maltais

By P.A. Sévigny on May 29, 2008

Dans un monde où la communication visuelle se trouve souvent réduite à guère plus qu’un  gribouillage bidimensionnel  non loin du plus commun graffiti de banlieue, certains pourraient considérer la plus récente exposition de Sébastian Maltais comme le début d’une ère nouvelle pour la communauté d’arts visuels montréalaise...

Le Quartier des Spectacles

By P.A. Sévigny on May 15, 2008

So what about the toilets? That was just one of the questions asked of the Ville-Marie urban planning commission during last week’s public consultation meeting...

Ottawa should learn from Québec’s censorship history

By P.A. Sévigny on May 1, 2008

he federal government should take the time to watch Québec journalist Eric Parent’s new film, “Les Ennemis du Cinéma” before letting Canada’s fundamentalist evangelical groups bully him into making a humiliating, and possibly fatal error for his party’s chances in a not-too-distant election...

Community action saves Montreal’s music chapel

By P.A. Sévigny on May 1, 2008

When Tremblay administration executives threatened to cut off all the funding as required by the downtown core’s Chapelle Bon Pasteur concert program, an outraged protest from every corner of Montreal’s music community forced the mayor’s office to back off. Once the protest began to work its way into the city’s media,  city officials were forced to restore the funding required to maintain one        of the city’s more successful and cherished cultural programs...


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