the new residents
Checking out the snow
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Playing outside

So spring has arrived, the sun is high in the sky, and all the snow we got this winter (over 300cm) is thawing and re-freezing. That makes it strong enough to walk around on without sinking up to your belly-button frozen white shyte! And so out we went with Lindsay and her toys for a romp around the backyard; then hopped the fence and ran around the front yard a bit.

The full album is available online at my Picasa Web site.

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March Snow Storm

I love the snow! I think in winter it should snow, none of this wishy-washy maybe rain, maybe freezing rain, maybe snow. And I certainly was not disappointed this winter, what an awesome amount of snow we’ve had! But when we woke up to over 30cm of new snow this Sunday my back was starting to think enough is enough. Still, we had fun

The whole album is available online

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More public than transport

Another one of my letters got published in Montreal Gazette today!

Here’s what the Gazette published:

The problem with public transport in Montreal is that there is more public than transport.

Last Wednesday I waited 45 minutes in the cold and blowing snow for the 168 bus that is supposed to run every 30 minutes (I should have waited 10 minutes). This morning, after a 20-minute wait during rush hour a bus drove by too full to stop. Ten minutes later another overloaded bus drove by. And finally, after I had waited for 35 minutes during the morning rush hour, a bus stopped that was able to accommodate some, but not all, of the passengers waiting.

Until availability and reliability are significantly increased we will always prefer to take our cars. I know I’ll be back in mine as soon as possible.

Here’s what I originally sent in:

The problem with public transport in Montreal is that there is more public than transport!

Yesterday I waited 45 minutes in the cold and blowing snow for a bus (the 168) that is supposed to run every 30 minutes (I should have waited 10 minutes). This morning, after a 20-minute wait during rush hour a bus drove by too full with passengers to stop. Ten minutes later another overloaded bus drove by. And finally, after waiting 35 minutes during the morning rush hour, a bus stopped that was able to accommodate some, but not all, of the passengers waiting.


Mayor Tremblay wants us to use public transit to ease the snow clearing operation, and I think that would be great a idea – if it were an option in Montreal! With the current state of public transport in Montreal it is the last resort, not the first choice.

Unless the availability and reliability are significantly increased we
will always prefer to take our cars – I know I’ll be back in my car as
soon as possible.

So they took out my shot at mayor Tremblay, but I’m happy they published my rant more-or-less as I wrote it.

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Snow removal will slow down with rain ahead

This is hilarious – they’re asking us to take public transit so they can remove the snow, but public transit in Montreal is a crap-shoot a best. In the morning you can expect buses to drive-by without stopping because they’re already full of passengers. In the evening you wait for close to an hour because the buses are stuck in traffic. This happens every day, they never learn. No wonder people take their cars.