RIP Kevin Grace: Funeral Details

Please see below for Kevin’s funeral details. Or click here for the online obituary and guest book. I didn’t know Kevin Grace very well. There are hundreds, probably thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of people who knew Kevin better than I did. Mind you, we were on a first-name basis, but, given his profession,Continue reading “RIP Kevin Grace: Funeral Details”

RIP Kevin Grace: Funeral Details

Please see below for Kevin’s funeral details. Or click here for the online obituary and guest book. I didn’t know Kevin Grace very well. There are hundreds, probably thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of people who knew Kevin better than I did. Mind you, we were on a first-name basis, but, given his profession,Continue reading “RIP Kevin Grace: Funeral Details”

Montreal Metro and Electric School Buses

Electric-powered vehicles are becoming more and more common. While not perfect, which may be caused by a lack of infrastructure, i.e., charging points, these vehicles are the way of the future. One drawback that affects pedestrians more than drivers is the lack of noise. Ask anyone who has stepped off a curb only to haveContinue reading “Montreal Metro and Electric School Buses”

King Snarls Proclaimed

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away less than a week ago at the age of 96. As is the tradition, the moment her heart stopped beating, her eldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales, became king. Formal coronation will follow at a later date, once the extensive period of mourning has been completed. Regardless, CharlesContinue reading “King Snarls Proclaimed”

Blue Bird Cafe Fire 50th Anniversary

Welcome to September. Fifty years ago on September 1, 1972, a Friday, Montrealers, in fact, Canadians across the country, were eagerly anticipating the much ballyhooed Summit Series between a team of Canada’s best NHL hockey players and what we erroneously thought would be a ragtag group from the Soviet Union. Canadians across the country, wereContinue reading “Blue Bird Cafe Fire 50th Anniversary”

Tips on tipping in Canada

Tipping has been around for many years. Originally used To Insure Promptness, hence TIP, there are many different cultural angles to tipping. A recent piece by Montreal Gazette columnist Josh Freed posed the question have we reached a tipping point when it comes to tipping. The column focuses on the new, post-pandemic world of tippingContinue reading “Tips on tipping in Canada”

Double whammy as both gas and beer prices rise

The weather is shaping up quite nicely, indeed Montrealers have already experienced their first heatwave of the year – defined as three consecutive days of temperatures above 30C – the annual F1 Grand Prix is back on schedule this June after a couple of years hiatus due to COVID19, one might almost think we areContinue reading “Double whammy as both gas and beer prices rise”

Protests for beginners

Back in the sixties protests were all the rage. I was but a child, so I missed the opportunity to participate in these protests. Anti-racism, anti-Vietnam war, anti-pollution, anti-capitalism; all sorts of angst was expressed in the streets of cities around the world. Were these peaceful gatherings successful? If the goal was to bring problemsContinue reading “Protests for beginners”

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”

Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?

Montreal’s official opposition party Ensemble Montréal is planning to table a motion that would call for dogs to be allowed on the city’s public transit. Obviously, service dogs are currently welcome, but this new concept would allow all leashed dogs to ride the system. It seems that other cities, including Toronto, have had positive experiencesContinue reading “Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?”