Have you ever been stuck waiting for a bus to get from point A to point B? Yeah, not very fun. It's even worse during the cold season, and now that winter is right around the corner here, you definitely want to avoid that scenario! I mean hey, no one likes chapped lips and a runny nose, especially if you're heading in to work.
So what's my solution? Investing in a car.
I know what you're thinking... "Ana, cars are expensive, do I look like Beyonce/Jay Z?"
I see you're point. Yes, some cars can be a little out of our price range, but I did a some digging and I found VERY affordable options (yes, they are real) for young professionals like us! Our good friends over at Spinelli Group hooked us up with a list of cars that you can get your hands on for under $10,000 ASAP rocky. You can thank us later.
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A majority of this investment — $3.6 billion over five years to be exact — will go towards a "major" electrification project of the transportation sector, homes and buildings.
Quebec plans to gradually electrify all "light trains, city and school buses, taxis, cars and trucks" with a goal to have 1.5 million electric vehicles on Quebec's roads by 2030 and to ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035.
Significant investments will also go into developing the province's renewable energy sector "including bioenergy, green hydrogen and renewable natural gas."
"Hydroelectricity, combined with wind power and other forms of clean energy, will allow us to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while creating more wealth," said Premier François Legault.
What are the government's goals?
The government has laid out a concrete set of numerical targets for this plan, including:
"Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050."
"55% of city buses and 65% of school buses electrified by 2030."
"100% of governmental cars, SUVs, vans and minivans and 25% of pickup trucks electrified in 2030."
"15% ethanol in gasoline by 2025 and 10% in biodiesel by 2030."
"50% reduction of emissions related to heating for buildings by 2030."
"60% reduction in emissions from government buildings by 2030."
"50% increase in bioenergy production by 2030."
Will the plan change?
The plan can be adjusted and aims to be flexible to meet its goals.
In a press release, the Ministry of the Environment said that "the government will take achieved results, changes in climate, scientific knowledge, the economic context, the level of public buy-in and technological innovations into account in each of its updates."
It will also enable the government to respond as needed to the consequences of climate change.
"By stressing prevention and taking future climate into account in all of its decisions," the ministry said, "the government is acting responsibly to minimize costs associated with the impacts of climate change and will dedicate more than 389 million dollars to adaptation to the impacts of climate change over the next five years."
By committing itself to this expansive and ambitious policy plan, the province aims to position itself as a global leader in green energy.
"Together, we will build a greener, more resilient and more prosperous Quebec," said Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
Guess what Montreal? The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. The first Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) passenger cars have finally arrived and are getting ready to be tested!
Wrapped in a "plastic cocoon," we can't actually see the cars right now but "they will be revealed to the general public in the coming weeks," REM spokesperson Emmanuelle Rouillard-Moreau told MTL Blog.
The REM also began its tunnel boring operation near the Montreal-Trudeau Airport. A three-kilometre tunnel some 30-metres below the surface is slowly beginning to take shape between the REM's Marie-Curie station in the Technoparc sector and the airport.
Who's excited to ride Montreal's new rapid-transit system?
McKinnon pulled out cigarettes during the skit, so as to imply a stereotype about Montrealers and smoking that doesn't exist.
The trope is more suited to mimicking Parisians from France, who are known for their smoking fetish. (If they wanted to point out Montrealers' love of smoking, they should have used our legal weed instead.)
The businesses — including a furniture boutique, an eyeglass store, and a wild mushroom shop — sent the city a letter threatening legal action on September 15, after months of opposition to the Réseau Express Vélo (REV) cycling network.
It argues the proposed northbound and southbound cycling lanes will cause problems for delivery drivers, eliminate scarce parking and restrict the ability of pedestrians to cross the street.
Saint-Denis shop owners have struggled through months of construction that took place from 2016 to 2017 — and then the pandemic hit.
The addition of bicycle lanes would cause the remaining businesses to, "suffer harm that goes far beyond the usual normal inconveniences that usually result from public works," states the letter.
"The timing of this could not be worse," it continues. "The administration must minimize the impacts of its choices on merchants who are at the end of their rope, failing to suspend or cancel the work in question."
The bicycle lanes on St-Denis are part of the REV project, which will see the integration of 184 kilometres of bike paths across Montreal, including 17 paths that will be accessible year-round.
According to the city, the REV will be an environmentally-sound way to make the roads safer for cyclists, promising "vitalization of commercial streets and neighbourhood life," and "higher customer traffic in stores."
Laoun said the city has not addressed how the lanes could make curb access more difficult for the elderly and people with mobility issues.
"Could you imagine a little old lady in the winter?" she asked. "It's nice to be young and agile but what about the older persons?"
Her shop is listed on a website calling for the boycott of Montreal businesses including Joe Beef, La Binerie, and Bar L'Barouf for speaking out against the REV and other bike lanes around the city.
"Merchants only understand the language of money," states the website Boycott Montreal.
"Despite the risks to the safety of residents linked to the overflow of cars in central districts, merchants continue to use their economic powers, policy and media to maintain the status quo."
Laoun said these efforts are misguided.
"I'm for survival right now," she continued. "I'm for the success of these businesses that have been around for 40 years. Every time one of them closes it takes away from the beauty of our neighbourhood."