Montreal to get a ring – sadly not a Stanley Cup ring

With the recent passing of the legendary Montreal Canadiens’ star player Guy Lafleur much has been said and written about the state of our dearly loved and storied NHL franchise. Both sadly and ironically, during the same week that Lafleur passed away, the current on-ice edition of the Canadiens ‘clinched’ last place overall in theContinue reading “Montreal to get a ring – sadly not a Stanley Cup ring”

Confusing Twitter Feeds

No wonder folks are confused these days. While scrolling through my Twitter feed today as I sipped my morning coffee I was pleased to see the breaking news from BBC about Scotland ending almost all COVID restrictions. Phew … some good news to start the day. I know Scotland is a long way from Montreal,Continue reading “Confusing Twitter Feeds”

Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions

It’s NHL playoff time. Much like The Masters and the Kentucky Derby the playoffs are a true sports-themed harbinger of spring. The weather is getting more pleasant, the snow has just about all melted under the warm sun. Bars and restaurants open their terraces and make sure that there are adequate big-screen televisions to accommodateContinue reading “Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions”

God Have Mercy on Montreal Drivers

Recently Quebec Transport Minister André Fortin was interviewed on television regarding the massive Turcot interchange work being carried out in western Montreal. He mentioned that work was, for the most part, on schedule. He understood that the last two years have been very hard on motorists with numerous detours and closures, and was honest whenContinue reading “God Have Mercy on Montreal Drivers”

Ontario’s Highway 407 Billing Scam

A couple of summers ago we went to Boston for a few days. We went over the Tobin Bridge and What if you ordered a steak and when the bill came it had an $11 plate fee? were informed by a clearly written sign that it was a toll bridge and that those cars withoutContinue reading “Ontario’s Highway 407 Billing Scam”

The (Possible) Future of Baseball in Montreal

The following appeared in the Montreal Gazette today. Another very successful baseball weekend has taken place in Montreal. One that, upon reflection, speaks volumes about how the city has evolved. Over one hundred thousand fans ponied up to watch two games between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. The nostalgia was thicker thanContinue reading “The (Possible) Future of Baseball in Montreal”

Toronto Blue Jays and the Curse of the Gloat

The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals begin the 2015 American League Championship Series tonight in KC. The Jays have been rolling along nicely since dropping the first two games to Texas in the ALDS, only to come back and take three straight. But did they overdo things in their celebrating? An alien justContinue reading “Toronto Blue Jays and the Curse of the Gloat”

Boston’s Tobin Bridge: Untolled Thousands Owed by Motorists

During our recent jaunt to Boston we crossed the Tobin Memorial Bridge. The last time we did so, a few years ago, there were real people taking real cash at a real toll booth. But no more. The bridge is still a toll road, but no more toll booths. Instead regular users obtain an EZPassContinue reading “Boston’s Tobin Bridge: Untolled Thousands Owed by Motorists”

Canada and the USA; Some Subtle Cultural Differences

On our recent visit to the US, my significantly better half and I were discussing the various cultural differences we had encountered. No doubt we Canadians share more commonalities with our southern neighbors than differences, but there are some subtle variations that are an armchair sociologist’s delight! I am not implying that the waiters andContinue reading “Canada and the USA; Some Subtle Cultural Differences”