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Morning Brew: May 20, 2009

Posted by Paloma / May 20, 2009

20090520-acadiemetro.jpgFresh brewed news for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Did you know that not holding the metro escalator handrail is a ticketable, fineable offence-in Laval? Bela Kosoian, a 38-year-old student and mother of two, was riding the escalator at Montmorency metro and rifling through her bag for metro fare when she was instructed by an officer to hold the handrail. (There are pictograms along the banister signaling this rule.) When she refused, she was cuffed and given a ticket for $420-$100 for failing to hold the handrail, and $320 for "obstruction." Kosoian will contest the fine in Montreal municipal court.

Now you can reserve a parking space in downtown Montreal days, weeks, even months in advance-from the comfort of your computer. Some local web-trepreneurs have launched, a system that lets users avoid the hassle of circling the block and wasting gas in search of parking. The service is for the moment limited to private parking lots around downtown and Longueuil metro.

There are only a few days left to sign up for Film Blitz 2880, Montreal's 48-hour (or 2,880-minute) filmmaking competition. Twelve ambitious-or insane-teams will have one sleepless weekend to write, shoot and edit a film, which will be judged by filmmakers and film critics. The winners take home some choice swag. This year's genre is Doc or Mock?, and teams will have to produce a documentary or its black sheep cousin, a mockumentary. To make things hairier, they'll have to incorporate a theme that will only be revealed at the event's launch. Registration closes Friday at 5 p.m. The gala screening will take place at Club Soda on May 31, 7 p.m.



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$320 for "obstruction", for shame!
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