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Morning Brew: January 12, 2010

Posted by Gabby / January 12, 2010

mb011210.jpgFresh brewed news for Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Early budget reports suggest that property taxes could go up anywhere between 6 and 16% in various parts of the Montreal island. Several boroughs and business groups are already saying they will fight the increase. Executive committee member Alan De Sousa stated that "Montreal faces an approximate $150 million budget shortfall this year and residents have to accept the bitter medicine", but whose fault is it if we're short on cash, really?

The shiny new portable recycling bins that the City of Montreal is currently testing out has one little issue: like most residents of the city, it just can't stand the cold. The City hoped these new bins, lighter and designed to be easily transported, is made of plastic that breaks when the temperature drops, something the designer will have to work on. Montreal plans to distribute 500,000 of these bins once the testing phase is over.

You knew about the pathetic state of our bridges and interchanges, but did you know that metro tunnels also suffer from the Montreal-construction syndrome? It has recently been discovered that several meter-long fissures exist in the metro tunnels of Laval, inaugurated only three years ago. According to La Presse, at least 17 fissures of at least 2 meters long have not yet been repaired. These fissures are located in the tunnel under Rivière-des-Prairies, and at stations Henri-Bourassa and De La Concorde. According to city officials, the cracks will be repaired soon and should not be a concern to commuters.

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