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Morning Brew: June 19, 2009

Posted by Margot / June 19, 2009

20090619-hydranthydrate.jpgFresh brewed news for Friday, June 19, 2009

If you're one of the many citizens concerned about the $355 million in question over the dubious 25-year water meter deal, you might also be concerned about the $825,000 that it's going to cost to audit the situation. It's a process mired in secrecy; some government entities aren't even admitting to being involved in the probe. Still, they're calling in external auditing teams, and specialists in environmental and energy technologies, and they've been given until September to submit the report.

We're lucky to live in a city where bilingualism is the new black (which was the new pink, which was the new ninja): a recent parliamentary committee has reported that Canada needs way more bilingual post-secondary graduates to fill the almost 6,000 federal positions that are designated bilingual. Not that I'm moving to Ottawa any time soon, but I'd better get cracking on practicing my conjugations in l'impératif passé.

After the Impact got crushed by Toronto FC yesterday, I don't know how many Montrealers are going to celebrate Soccer Day in Canada tomorrow. In fact, I don't know how many Canadians are going to observe the CBC-fabricated event. I mean, maybe we'll be in South Africa next summer, but I going to play my cards close to my vest on this one.

Almost as fast as they were banned, racing cyclists have been readmitted to train on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Since they go too fast to use regular bike paths, the old raceway was the only place in Montreal cyclists could train at top speed. And though the slow-down gates that were installed last week will be taken down, cyclists are being asked to be careful: with 27 accidents last year, 12 of them serious, La Société du parc Jean-Drapeau is advising cyclists to watch out for rogue beach-goers and wandering gamblers.

And last but not least, this is the last weekend you can see Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John & Yoko at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It's free admission and a relatively short exhibit (for those who don't really like exhibits). Plus, you can have a game of chess, sit on the famous Bed-in bed, and play John Lennon's piano (I think some people thought I was part of the exhibit: Dear Ms. Texan Tourist, Please delete those photos of me.) But even for someone born a generation after Beatlemania and the Plastic Ono Band, I still found the exhibit fresh, relevant, and above all, moving. I guess all I'm saying is give peace a chance.

Thanks to Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Quan Nguyen for the photo.

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Sarah / June 19, 2009 at 07:45 pm
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Wow, I don't know if anyone noticed this, but the first comment on the CBC linked article about that bilingualism stuff is someone saying "why don't we just drop bilingualism altogether"...
holy cow! seriously?!
I'm boiling.
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kanchipuramsarees / January 30, 2019 at 02:34 am
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herbal powder / January 30, 2019 at 02:34 am
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