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Morning Brew: March 20, 2009

Posted by Margot / March 20, 2009

20090319-brokenbike.jpg Fresh brewed news for Friday, March 20, 2009

Despite the relative chill outside, the day is here: spring has officially sprung. Now’s the time to closet your coats, stash your scarves, and feel the (relative) heat of the sun on your face. And with a new season comes the renewal of Montreal as a cyclist’s city (though I hope your bike saw it through the winter better than this Schwinn). Starting this spring, we’ll be just as cool as the Parisians: new self-serve bikes – or Bixi, as they’re called – will be all over town. Free for the first half-hour, you can zip all over the place and dump the bike at another Bixi station worry-free.

With our city’s beloved Grand Prix dropped from the 2009 calendar, Tourisme Montreal is hot on the tail of the young and Internet-savvy for a tourist boost this summer. According to the Ottawa Citizen, TM’ll be hiring five people to hang out around town, take calls from tourists, and basically Twitter about the city. Nice work if you can get it.

The Quebec budget is out, and you might not like it: four years of deficit, higher taxes, etc. – we’ve come to the second act of the Technicolour Dreamcoat. But if the recession miraculously ends in 2011 as analysts predict, everything’ll be peachy. We might even be as lucky as Saskatchewan.

Lastly, Concordia student J.P. Neufeld became a transatlantic hero this week when he called Norfolk police in the U.K. to alert them of a possible school attack. Neufeld had seen a threatening post on an online forum, and decided to not take it lightly. Give yourself a pat on the back, J.P. – you deserve it.

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