When It Comes To Cars Montreal Is More Fresno Than Oslo

Evidently, if a recent article in a local newspaper is accurate, Montreal is in a war (a losing one this far) with cars. Our mayor has shown scorn for car owners by severely reducing the number of parking spots in the downtown core.  Her major reworking of central artery Ste. Catherine Street will see widerContinue reading “When It Comes To Cars Montreal Is More Fresno Than Oslo”

Waving While Driving

While there may well be no shortage of rude drivers out there, there are still some folks who display at least a modicum of civilization. I like to think I am one of those who treat others as I would like to be treated. Isn’t that a golden idea? That way I am in controlContinue reading “Waving While Driving”


Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundaboutThe pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray Lennon/McCartney No, I don’t mean approximately, as in “roundabouts then I decided to take grammar classes”. I am referring to the traffic easing configurations. The United Kingdom has been using traffic roundabouts in place of traffic lights forContinue reading “Roundabouts”

Costa Rican Civility

After three weeks in Costa Rica it has occurred to me that, aside from the physical beauty, the concept of civility is what has struck me most. This should not come as a surprise, considering this country celebrates the disbanding of its military in favour of education. I’ll provide more about this in a futureContinue reading “Costa Rican Civility”

Bicycles On Sidewalks

Here in Montreal, the weather has finally shown signs that spring may just arrive at long last. Most if not all of the snow has been washed away by rain, sidewalks are being cleaned of the various abrasive substances used for pedestrian safety during the winter i.e. sand and gravel. I saw a few top-downContinue reading “Bicycles On Sidewalks”

Congestion Fees

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet. George Harrison London has it. Singapore as well. It’s coming to New York in a couple of years. The concept of congestionContinue reading “Congestion Fees”

Summer and Out-of-Town Drivers

After a long hot summer with very few posts, I figure it’s time I got back to the keyboard. I’ll start with an observation that I made numerous times over the last few months. This year with the Canadian dollar measuring up so poorly with the US greenback many Canadians opted to vacation north ofContinue reading “Summer and Out-of-Town Drivers”

A Montreal Fender-Bender

On the Saturday before Christmas my wife and I went to a local shopping mall for some last-minute odds and ends, having finally completed our shopping. The temperature was hovering around the freezing mark which was providing us with that much detested freezing rain. Snow is one thing, rain another, but the two mixed atContinue reading “A Montreal Fender-Bender”

The More Detours; the More Geniuses on the Roads

On her first day back at school late last August, after meeting with her fellow teachers and going through umpteen administrative chore my wife was driving home when she was involved in one of those chain-reaction accidents. Fortunately the traffic was heavy and therefore not moving too fast. Nonetheless the car behind my wife wasContinue reading “The More Detours; the More Geniuses on the Roads”