In case you missed my recent articles in the Montreal Gazette, here is a run down.
Of course, all these stories can be found on my author profile page here.
1. Emergency repair fund: The borough has established a $250,000 emergency repair fund that will be used to repair neglected issues in rental housing. It is a rolling fund that will be replenished when the borough bills the landlord for the work. Now housing groups are asking what the criteria will be to qualify as an "emergency." To read more, click here.
2. Searle paints potholes: Councillor Jeremy Searle has been painting potholes white in protest of the current administration's spending priorities. He says he will paint the potholes white to warn drivers of the danger and protest centre city's lack of investment in roads until the potholes are repaired. To read more, click here.
3. NDG fights Bill 122: On April 3, with an uneven vote, the borough council officially voiced opposition to the proposed provincial Bill 122 which would, as written, take away the citizen's right to a referendum when it comes to municipal zoning changes. As it stands, borough and city council's can approve zoning changes and citizens have the option to collect petition and registry signatures to oppose projects. That may change in May. To read more, click here.
4. St-Luc rail yards on valuable land: It looks as though Canadian Pacific could earn a half-billion dollars by moving the St-Luc rail yards. According to a study done by McGill University urban planning graduate students, the rail company would profit even after the costs of moving and decontamination are factored in. To read more, click here.