COVID-19: Isolation vs Economy

In North America, we’ve reached an odd point in our collective COVID-19 experience. Government leaders, in daily statements, are trying to strike a balance of two diametrically opposed positions. On the one hand, they hammer home the importance, for everyone’s benefit, of staying home. While also dropping hints about getting the economy restarted. Unless weContinue reading “COVID-19: Isolation vs Economy”

Sucking The Life Out Of Downtown Montreal One Parking Spot At A Time

We are now well into the month of December. While many may lament the too early appearance of Christmas decorations in stores in November (October?), all bets are now off. Seasonal shopping is in full swing; decorated windows, street lights, and pretty much anything that does not move are now deemed fair play. But nowContinue reading “Sucking The Life Out Of Downtown Montreal One Parking Spot At A Time”

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”

Montreal Buses and Pride Month

In honour Pride Month several Montreal buses were repainted in rainbow colours. The wheels on the bus go round and round … DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin andContinue reading “Montreal Buses and Pride Month”

Montreal To Allow – Recognize? – Rear Bus Door Entry

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is introducing a new wrinkle that is aimed at getting people on buses faster. They will allow passengers with unlimited passes – weekly, monthly, four-month or yearly – to board buses via the rear door. Commuters with a single fare or those paying cash will still have toContinue reading “Montreal To Allow – Recognize? – Rear Bus Door Entry”

UPDATED: Happy Birthday Montreal; Thanks For The Free Transit

Today marks the beginning of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. A whole summer of activities is planned and it all kicks-off today. I have written about my take on the festivities before. As a way of encouraging folks to participate, the Société de transport de Montréal will waive all bus and metro fares all day today. Yep, youContinue reading “UPDATED: Happy Birthday Montreal; Thanks For The Free Transit”

Montreal Buses: Some ‘Change’ needed

Montreal, like many North American cities, is coming to grips with an ageing infrastructure. Water mains, roads and overpasses that were all built around the same time as the population grew are now in need of repair or replacement. Seemingly endless road closures beset citizens and tourists all summer, but the fact is there isContinue reading “Montreal Buses: Some ‘Change’ needed”

Escalators are for Standing; Stairs are for Climbing

The London Underground is a massive network of lines that move millions of commuters each year. The system is so busy that there is always research into methods to improve the experience of getting from here to there. When descending to or coming up from the trains commuters often find themselves stuck in human traffic jams. To facilitateContinue reading “Escalators are for Standing; Stairs are for Climbing”

Montreal’s Reemerging Streetcar Tracks

It’s the end of pothole season. That’s not to say they have all been filled, just that with seasonal change freezing then thawing then freezing shenanigans over, there will be no new potholes. But don’t assume your car is safe! At one time Montreal, like many other cities, had a network of streetcars as itsContinue reading “Montreal’s Reemerging Streetcar Tracks”

Imposing Your Music On Others: Then and Now

It was not all that long ago that a ride on a public bus was likely to include at least one, as we called them back then, ghetto blaster. Of course boom box soon replaced the original derogatory term. It never ceased to amaze me that the louder the music, the lousier it was. IContinue reading “Imposing Your Music On Others: Then and Now”