Road Configurations Then And Now

It’s a popular topic on local radio talk shows, especially as this is an election year in Montreal. Of course, I refer to street configurations. Our current mayor, one Valérie Plante, is at best not a fan of cars. At worst she is downright anti-car. Since her election four years ago she has overseen theContinue reading “Road Configurations Then And Now”

Garbage: Public And Private

The city in which I have lived all of my nearly sixty-one years decided to undertake a war on garbage. A very noble cause indeed. But I must admit there is also a bit of confusion in the signs that have been posted on many if not all trash cans. The sign on the leftContinue reading “Garbage: Public And Private”

Shock Advertising And Cyclists In The 1940s

The photograph above was taken in 1941. The location is just up the street from where I live. At first glance it looks pretty sinister: a Nazi plane has apparently just crashed nose-first into a public park. In the tree is a parachute, evidently, the pilot was able to eject and his whereabouts are notContinue reading “Shock Advertising And Cyclists In The 1940s”

The Time For Truck Sideguards Is Now

Early on the evening on Monday, December 19, 2005 I was waiting for my then-girlfriend-now-wife to arrive for supper. I decided to dash across the street to a little convenience store, probably for beer. As I walked out of my apartment building I noticed an unusually high volume of traffic, even for rush-hour, streaming downContinue reading “The Time For Truck Sideguards Is Now”

Abandoned Scooter Survives Snow Removal

Yesterday was the day after the first significant snowfall of the year. That means yesterday was the first snow removal day of the year. As I understand it, the city must give folks 12 hours advance notice regarding no parking restrictions. So if your street is to be cleared between 7:00 am and 7:00 pmContinue reading “Abandoned Scooter Survives Snow Removal”

Quebec Rules Landlord Can Change Locks on Airbnb Unit

Time was if you were nosy and wanted to get a peek inside your neighbors’ homes you had to resort to some kind of trickery. Collecting for charity, or distributing election bumf afforded snoops an opportunity to have a scan of the premises and furnishing. Now all you have to do is look up AirbnbContinue reading “Quebec Rules Landlord Can Change Locks on Airbnb Unit”

Checkers: Harbinger of Summer

I have lived all of my 56 years on a street that borders a lovely park. On average I would imagine I have visited the park at least once a day. It plays a major role in my life. Smack in the centre of the park is a game area. After a couple of decadesContinue reading “Checkers: Harbinger of Summer”

The Tree is Gone, But Not Entirely

I have lived on the same street for 53 of my fifty-six years. The house, we called it a flat in those days, in which I spent the first nineteen years of my life is a mere stone’s throw up the street from where I now live. It is a long, narrow unit, with hallsContinue reading “The Tree is Gone, But Not Entirely”

March Still a Lion in Montreal

Let’s hope this is Old Man Winter’s last kick at the can!   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 and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and anContinue reading “March Still a Lion in Montreal”

Car 1 – Tree 0

Recently a tree was cut down to facilitate parking in my neighborhood. I understand the removal of rotting and therefore dangerous trees, but an apparently healthy tree is another matter. DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this andContinue reading “Car 1 – Tree 0”