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Hosts: Joshua Hind, Inna Tarabukhina
Special Contributors: Amie Watson, Adam Bemma, Paul the Courier
On-Air Production: Joshua Hind
7:06: Amie’s Food Report:
Amie speaks with Montreal Festival en Lumiere (the highlights Festival) spokesperson, Jean-Francois Demers about the best of the fine-dining options at this year’s gourmet fest. They talk about everything from free workshops and tastings to a kid-friendly brunch with the movie “Ratatouille”, an adult-friendly seductive evening of chocolate, wine, and the movie “Chocolat”, and the festival’s invited guest chefs and wine producers.
Sharon Gubbay-Helfer and Kim Moore talk about their work using the Stories Matter database to process the life stories interviews. They share their reflections on the effects of listening to and processing this vast collection of stories.
Louise Harel says that a private engineering firm has been preparing documents at city hall but presenting them under the names of city employees. She wants an investigation. Macogep has been preparing senstitive documents for city councillors to consult when voting on municipal contracts worth millions of dollars. The tremblay administration denies theses claimes, arguing instead that Harel does not understand how the city functions.
Borough funding continues to be on everyone’s mind as Montreal executive-committee chairperson Michael Applebaum is currently conducting his month-long tour of the city’s 19 boroughs. His latest stop has been in the Plateau Mont Royal area, where, according to Borough Mayor Luc Ferrandez, the annual funding shortage is around $7 million dollars. Ferrandez complained that despite inflation, the funding has been frozen, and this is starting to reflect on public service cuts, such as pool and libraries. Nevertheless, Applebaum’s consultations are a beacon of hope in addressing an issue solutions to which have been avoided for some time.
After a Journal de Montréal reporter caught a number of driving schools handing over learning permits without giving any lessons at all, six schools were abruptly shut down by the SAAQ. The schools were exposed after the reporter, posing as a young driver, was able to buy a certificate within minutes at six different schools — several of them in the new immigrant neighbourhoods of Park Extension and Côte-des-Neiges. The certificates, normally awarded to people who have undergone ten hours of theory, allow the bearer to obtain a learner’s permit. SAAQ has launched a city-wide investigation.
Montreal students are dissatisfied once again. A peaceful protest spilled out onto the streets yesterday (Feb 2) as students carrying banners and chanting the slogan “Don’t F*&^ With Notre Education” stirred Concordia, McGill and UQAM. This was a result of collaboration of Francophone and Anglophone student groups, organized by Concordia’s Mod Squat. Anti-tuition hikes have been frequent this past academic year – from campus events of November 10, to the expected March 22 protest, during which tens of thousands of students are expected to walk off campuses across the province for the second time in 5 months.