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Tuesday Tidbits: June 5, 2007

Posted by Chip / June 5, 2007

20070506_closedsign.jpgIt’s Tuesday, which means only two days until F1 mayhem officially arrives in town. Scenesters, you will congregate on Crescent and/or St. Laurent (between Ontario and Pins, of course), until Sunday when race fans will flood Ile Ste. Helene. Everyone else, you will leave town or avoid those three locations like the plague.

As for today’s news it’s, well, less than thrilling…

All three levels of government are playing a role in today’s media coverage. While our prime minister, Stevie Wonder, is busy cozying up to Bush at the upcoming G8 conference, his cronies back home are finding resistance to their plan to deport a Montreal woman without her daughter.

Climate change and the environment is number one on the agenda at the G8 and Premier Jean Charest is attempting to do his bit part by pouring money into solving the blue-green algae problem affecting our lakes and fresh water. Is it enough? Many critics are saying no (isn’t that the critics’ job?). The Liberal government, trying to hold on to its minority, has also set aside some cash to revitalize parks in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville region.

Meanwhile, our local branch of government – the mayor’s office – is at yet another impasse with a critical service union – firefighters. Because it’s illegal to strike, the all to popular ‘pressure tactics’ tactic will likely be employed by the firefighters union, who haven’t had a contract since the end of last year. Maybe the mayor can use some of this money to pay for extra firefighters.

And Motorola, long a cornerstone of Montreal’s high-tech scene, has announced they will be closing their facility in Montreal. Hopefully the compensation packages will be good enough to allow the 220 soon to be unemployed staff enjoy the summer.

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4 Comments

Rhiannon Brock / June 7, 2007 at 06:37 pm
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These signs used to read'Sorry for the incovenient.' Aren't we all.
normal hvac system / February 17, 2017 at 08:01 pm
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Now I am going to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming yet again to read additional news.

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