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Thursday Newsblast - May 3, 2007

Posted by Jer / May 3, 2007

Before getting into the real news, we have some Midnight Poutine news to get out of the way. First off, the MP weekend podcast turned 40 yesterday. By all rights, we shouldn't have made it past 5. We apologize for persisting. Also, Midnight Poutine is shamelessly trying to win the Mirror's Best of Montreal award in the blog category. Since we are the best. Please, for the love of all things, vote for us. If you don't we will cry. Like this. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh. Ok, now on to some other stuff that's happening.

Visitors to Montreal's fleshier part of town, the strip on St. Laurent between René Lévesque and Ste. Catherine, now have more to worry about than being spotted by their friends and co-workers. As part of the city's Robot Cam project, police installed 6 cameras yesterday, with twelve more to come by next month. The cameras are meant to decrease the amount of crime in the area and increase the number of full moons caught on film.

As the Laval overpass commission drags on, it sounds more and more like engineers actually built the bridge to fall down. Oh, and other roads and bridges may be unsafe. Happy traveling.

The elections in France have spurred some heated feelings locally. Earlier this week, the Outremont office of right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy was vandalized with graffiti, denouncing the candidate as a fascist. No One is Illegal Montreal posts today in support of this action, on account of Sarkozy's record of policies and statements attacking and repressing immigrants.

Whether you are in France, or Quebec, or anywhere else in the world, you will be glad to know that MeatLoaf is back with his Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose tour. The Loaf lands at the Bell Center on Aug. 13. I would do anything for love but I wouldn't write this long of a Wikipedia entry about that song.

And finally, in a moving announcement at the Bell Center yesterday, Bob Gainey and his children formally launched the "Gainey Foundation" in honour of the Habs GM's late wife and daughter. The foundation will support community-based charities focused on the arts, education and the environment.

image in memory of Laura Gainey from the homepage of the Gainey Foundation



OJ / May 3, 2007 at 09:24 am
It seems as though the 'vote' link isn't working? What do I do? How will I vote?
Joseph / May 3, 2007 at 10:25 am
yeah the link is actually this:
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