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Morning Brew: May 21, 2008

Posted by Michael / May 21, 2008

morningbrew may 21.jpgPhoto: Cabine Privée by Chazbot from Midnight Poutine flickr pool.

Your news roundup for Wednesday, May 21st, 2008:

Is this a sign of dissent at City Hall? Frank Zampino, chairperson of the executive committee has stepped down - at a time when his shoes are best filled and well fitted. Zampino is basically Tremblay's right-hand man, and is the one who has to negotiate with the unions and draft the 4 billion dollar municipal budgets. Tremblay fought back tears when Zampino let the press know his intentions. Zampino praised his boss as an 'inspiring, determined and convincing leader' (could be taken a number of ways methinks). He then highlighted his personal accomplishments, namely the city's improved credit rating. It's hard whether to say this is a bonafide strike against Tremblay or just an ageing Zampino who wants to secure his future career in the private sector and out of politics. With elections coming up in November 2009, maybe it's time we start asking if we need a change of suit in City Hall?

A number of local firms have been accused of bilking U.S. seniors on - of all vices and needs - prescriptions drugs. Apparently the hoopla over our cheap pills has become of fraudster’s dream. "Operation Tele-PHONEY" has taken out injunctions against Med Provisions among other companies, so if you work there, take the day of, call your grandma, listen to her sweet innocent voice and think about what you've been up to lately.

Property Owners have said it again: we get a 'great deal' on housing here in the belle province. So with all sincerity, I'd like to say thank you. Perhaps landlords in other provinces have the potential to capitalize more easily on their whatever and a half apartments, but hey we all have to live bro. Despite low living rent rates here, the umbrella organization for tenants states that as much as 4 out of 10 apartment dwellers pay more than 30% of their income for rent...ouch, that's gotta hurt. I once heard a wise man speculate as to why Montreal is known as a city brimming with so much creativity. One reason he conjured was our low housing costs, which allows all the bohemians and beatniks out there to breath easy and devout a little less of their time to making rent. La vie est belle ici mon chere ami.

École secondaire Henri Bourassa and Lester B. Pearson High School have been working together to mend their bond and image after last October school yard fight which was youtubed and appauled as an 'inaccurate representation of reality'. So now both schools are doing things like exchanging students for one day and joint mural paintings. Is all this because we were watching? Still, this is a positive outcome, so good on ya kid-with-cellphone!

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