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Morning Brew: January 15, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 15, 2008

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Photo: "Tire Change," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Coreyu.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, January 15th, 2008:

Montreal's winter carnival Fête des Neiges has been canceled due to security concerns over an ongoing labour dispute, organizers said. Preparations got under way yesterday on Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands, where Fête des Neiges is held every year. The carnival would have held between Jan. 26 and Feb. 11. According to organizer Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD), the union representing carnival workers is to blame for not promising in writing to delay pressure tactics and striking during the festival. The union hasn't directly commented yet on the park's demands.

The aboriginal population has passed the million mark and about half are under the age of 24, according to a StatsCan report released yesterday. It has grown by 45 percent over the past decade, as compared to 8 percent for the rest of the Canadian population. 54 percent now live in urban areas, but 1 in 4 still live in a home that is in need of major repairs. StatsCan attributes the population growth to a higher birthrate, but also an increase in the number of people who identify themselves as aboriginal. Aboriginal people comprise 3.8 percent of the total Canadian population.

It is "worrying" that an undercover Journal de Montréal reporter was able to obtain jobs downtown while masquerading as a unilingual anglophone, according to Parti Québécois language critic Pierre Curzi. Journal reporter Noée Murchison landed 15 jobs as a sales clerk, cashier, waitress after telling employers she could say little in French besides "bonjour." Curzi called on Christine St-Pierre, the minister responsible for defending the French language, to act. He said the PQ proposal to extend Bill 101 rules to mid-sized employers would be a step in the right direction.

Infrastructure woes: A section of Pie IX Boulevard may experience bad traffic until spring because of pressing water main repairs. The city estimates the work will cost $11.2 million and take at least 5 months. The most affected section is southbound traffic between Industrial Blvd. and Jarry St. The city suggests drivers take a detour via Papineau Ave., St. Michel, or Lacordaire Blvd.

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11 Comments

Alan / January 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm
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Regarding English-only in a few downtown stores, while I agree that this is simply not acceptable in Quebec and Montreal, we have to stop our reliance on the "Nanny State" of Quebec to deal with things like this. Not speaking French is simply crap service by a store, and Francophones would be much further ahead to do what is normally done when service is crap: DON'T SHOP AT THE STORE IN QUESTION, and most importantly, TELL THE MANNER OR CALL THE OWNER TO SAY EXACTLY WHY YOU WILL NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS. Laws are one thing, but this type of action would put an end to the stupidity being shown by these clued-out store owners.
Harold / January 15, 2008 at 01:24 pm
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La loi 101, crée il y un peu plus de 30 ans, n'est visiblement plus à jours dans les dossiers linguistiques de la province, surtout lorsqu'on confirme que le pourcentage d'immigrants augmente sans cèsse. Le réel problème n'est pas au niveau de l'immigration, mais bien de l'intégration. Oubliger les gens à se soumettre à des standards de francisation sans réel encadrement est complètement irréaliste, voire utopique. Et cela, c'est sans compter toutes les entreprises issues du Canada anglais ou des États-Unis qui ont pignons sur rue dans le centre-ville et qui refuse systématiquement le billinguisme du service offert. Or, la réalité est telle qu'un commerce uniquement anglophone peu facilement oppérer sans trop de problèmes dès que le nombre de ses employés sont sous la barre des cinquantes. Il faut donc redresser l'intégration et les normes d'acceptation pour assurer la survie de la francophonie au Québec.
Terry Cutler / January 17, 2008 at 11:29 am
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Regards to the English Only Article:

It takes brains to go to apply for jobs like that idiot Noee Murchison - Murand (Journal De Montreal) did, during the Christmas Season.

Most employers are dying to find help to get them through the holiday season, so I don't think that they care what langauge they speak, just as long as they can work.

Not to mention that she went into English populated areas of Montreal (Westmount) to apply for a job.

I believe that the Journal de Montreal is wasting their time with all these BS that they are posting in their paper about this recent event. It is really making them look as stupid as Noee is.

Another idiot in the pile is the ex movie star, now separatist Mr. Cruzi who wants Bill 101 to be re-written to satisfy his separtist ways.

Separate Quebec from Canada all you want, and watch the economy fail, but we're taking Montreal with us to Canada!

On another note. It is just plain stupid to apply for a job dealing with the public if you only speak 1 langauge, and I agree that if I can't be served in my language then I won't shop there, and I will encourage people not to shop there.

Montreal is a big tourist city where a lot of english people come from around the world to visit, so bilingualism should be a must in Montreal!

By the way, if Noee is so concerned about language, then why is her band or ex-band Peppertree's website all in English??? Francais aussi SVP!!!
Aline / February 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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I have no idea what these constitutional lreawys are talking about. The Senate is an anachronism that has no business holding up the legitimate agenda of the elected House. Any move that limits its ability to thwart democracy is fine by me. ... and this is coming from someone who was a Liberal up until a few weeks ago when a certain aristocrat (who decided on foreign soil that he wanted to be PM of Canada) stole the leadership.
Udin / February 4, 2015 at 09:14 am
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