COVID-19, Wine, and Fast Cars

Yesterday in Montreal the sun was out, the wind was down, and it was that day. Every year there is one day, usually a Friday it seems when the first vestiges of spring are fully evident. People flood into the streets of the downtown core on the lunch breaks. Bar and restaurant terraces are packedContinue reading “COVID-19, Wine, and Fast Cars”

Montreal: Race Cars and Traffic Cones

This weekend marks the unofficial kick-off of Montreal’s tourist season as the Formula One circus rolls into town. Hundreds of thousands of race fans descend upon the city wearing F1 garb, driving expensive sports cars and spending wads and wads of money. Bring it on! During an average F1 weekend the traffic situation in MontrealContinue reading “Montreal: Race Cars and Traffic Cones”

Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal

Although the race is ten months off, work is now being carried out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to bring it up to Formula 1 standards. The annual Canadian Grand Prix is an important Montreal event bringing tourists from around the world. Yes, it does tend to be loud, but the noise of the carsContinue reading “Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal”

Valérie Plante: Not Your Typical Mayor

When Montrealers elected Valérie Plante as our first female mayor last November there was much excitement. Not just because of her gender, but because she was a new voice. Her predecessor, Denis Coderre, had ruled in a very heavy-handed manner. Making many decisions that would come back to sting him and ultimately lead to hisContinue reading “Valérie Plante: Not Your Typical Mayor”

Sports Look Faster In Person – Usually

I am a fan of sports. But not being a fan of crowds I tend to limit myself to television coverage. Recently we were given a pair of “Prestige Passes” to attend the Rogers Cup ATP event in Montreal. Settling in I was pleased that there were several empty seats to my right, affording me plentyContinue reading “Sports Look Faster In Person – Usually”

Montreal’s Diabolical Detours

Montreal city hall recently announced that next year the city will host a Formula E race. This class of racing features electric cars, hence the E, and will be run on a road course instead of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The city has earmarked several million dollars for repairs to the roads that will beContinue reading “Montreal’s Diabolical Detours”

Montreal Grand Prix Signage Help for Tourists

Should you be considering visiting my fair city this weekend to take in the Formula One Grand Prix, as many are if hotel and restaurant reservations indicate, I am suggesting to Mayor Coderre the following sign. Rather than infuriate visitors with thousands of roadwork detour signs and road closures notices, on top of our potholedContinue reading “Montreal Grand Prix Signage Help for Tourists”

Dear McDonald’s Canada: Line-Ups and Closed Cashes

… a store should never have a line up AND closed check-outs Dear McDonald’s Canada, I’ve got a bone to pick with you, and yes I do realize that may be an alien concept to you given nothing you sell, not even your spareribs, has bones. But this isn’t about food quality or even nutrition.Continue reading “Dear McDonald’s Canada: Line-Ups and Closed Cashes”

Five Ways To Condense Montreal’s Summer Events

As I write this we are still in the midst of a very ugly provincial election campaign that has seen more mud slung than a Spring Break Wet T-shirt/Mud Wrestling contest. In years when the Winter Olympics are held, the NHL suspends league play for the two-week period of the games to allow players fromContinue reading “Five Ways To Condense Montreal’s Summer Events”