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Morning Brew: March 12, 2008

Posted by Sisi / March 12, 2008

Photo: "Église du Gésù," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler sashamd.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, March 12th, 2008:

Horrific roads aren't the only consequences of the snow storm that beat down Montreal over the weekend. Gazette writer Henry Aubin has a beef with the "astonishing lack of courtesy" shown by many citizens. (Get in line, Henry.) His two main problems are with people who shovel their walkways but not the sidewalk in front of their houses, and people who rush into the bus regardless of their place in line when the bus isn't able to pull up to the front due to a snow blockage. Join the bitch fest and tell Midnight Poutine: what are your winter pet peeves? For the record, mine is the front door neighbor who parks his van right in front of my driveway because his is chock-a-block with snow. Look around, douche bag, everyone's driveway is like that; use your goddamn garage! In related news, a man in Quebec City got "snow rage" and pulled a gun on a woman who blew snow in his yard.

Speaking of the white stuff, city officials announced yesterday that snow removal might take another week or so. Marcel Tremblay, the executive committee member responsible for snow clearing, added that public transit saw a 25 percent rise in ridership on Sunday. Because of the sheer amount of snow clogging the roads, Montreal's 2,500 workers must make more than one pass and contend with badly parked cars at the same time. The snow has shrunk parking lots and the lack of spots has spawned a new market on sites like Craigslist. People are offering spots for rent at prices ranging from $70 for a "quiet side street" near Beaubien metro to $150 for one near Préfontaine. In both cases, it's not clear how long the rent is for.

Ottawa still hasn't decided on whether to recognize Kosovo's self-proclaimed independence last month. It's a "troubling" question for the federal government, and some analysts say it would be better for them to stay mum a while longer. So far, the declaration has been recognized by 27 countries and opposed by nearly as many. From a pragmatic point of view, Canada's minority Conservative government faces a lose-lose situation. Acknowledging Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence would give carte blanche for Quebec sovereignists to attempt separation by similar means, and anger Canada's small but vocal Serbian community. Not recognizing Kosovo, on the other hand, clashes with the reactions of other Western powers like the U.S. and most of the European Union. The decision would also appear illogical, considering Canada backed a 2003 military intervention against Serbian attack in Kosovo.



jt / March 12, 2008 at 01:45 pm
I hate the morons on public systems that stand still once getting off the escalator,

block the escalator by standing on the left,

walk on the left,

but this happens during any season. Am i the only one in a hurry?

I love the winter. all of it.
Kate M. / March 13, 2008 at 12:58 am
The sidewalk is down to a foot and a half wide, and the couple walking towards you are too googly-eyed to walk in single file for ten seconds, so you have to step into a snowbank to let them pass. Feh.

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