Way back in the winter of 2009, the AMT had some serious issues, with trains coming really late. Sometimes trains never did. Commuters were so miff'd at the delays, a class-action lawsuit was made, which the AMT lost. Anyone who had an AMT pass during that period of time can get a chunk of the cash settlement, but apparently no one really is, reports CJAD.
In total, 19, 000 commuters can get a cool $49 for free (not counting the frustration of waiting for a super late train) but only a thousand have actually come forward. The settlement totaled to about $1 million, so there is definitely enough to go around.
To get in on this pseudo-money giveaway, all you need to do is sign a statement saying that you had an AMT monthly pass during the months of January & Feburary 2009. You will also have to formally state that you used AMT trains during the week and on rush hour time periods.
A third potential stipulation to receive a part of the settlement is that you actually used the Deux-Montagnes or Vaudreuil-Hudson (then Dorion-Rigaud), the two that experienced the heavy delays, in winter 2009. In all honesty, I'm unsure if you need all three requirements, 2/3, or just one, as the AMT Commuter Train Class Action description is a little unclear on that front.
Either way, if you used the AMT back then, you mine as well fill out the claim form and see how things go. You can do so here.
There have been lots of conversations that have been swirling around lately. One of the major ones is about finance and the economy. If you're one of those people who wants to know what's going on but have literally no idea what's going on, then you're in luck — McGill offers a free course on finance basics throughout the year.
Collaborating with RBC Future Launch and The Globe and Mail, the McGill Personal Finance Essentials is offered four times this year, with the next session now open for registration.
If you're ready to take charge of your personal finances, then you're in the right place.
Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University
The course offers eight modules from different financial experts from McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, covering a range of topics, including Understanding Debt and Borrowing, The Art of Investing and Behavioural Finance.
Not only is the course offering completely free, but you can take the course at your own pace.
Once complete, you'll receive an "attestation of completion."
The page does note that "the course is non-credit non-transcript and does not count towards any McGill University program, degree, diploma, or certificate."
That said, it's a great way to get a basic understanding.
8$ billion dollars from the Quebec government, and $20 billion from the federal government, are going to help realize the STM’s many initiatives.
You can check out a summarized rundown of the major aspects of the 2025-plan below.
38 metro trains currently in service will be replaced by the new AZUR trains, particularly on the Green Line.
A New Metro Garage
By 2021, the STM will build a new underground metro garage at Côte-Vertu station, which will have a direct impact on quality of service for riders
Faster Commutes On The Metro
More AZURs on the tracks (which can hold more passengers than the older metro trains) along with a new service garage will help increase the rate of service on the metro. The STM promises a 27% increase in service and that riders will only have to wait two minutes for a train, at least during rush hour times.
A Blue Line Extension
No specifics were given, but the STM did say it will be extending the Blue Line. Montreal's Mayor Denis Coderre promised an update quite soon. As of now, the extension is expected to go to Anjou.
More Elevators In The Metro
The existing amount of elevators inside of metro stations is pretty abysmal, so it's good to know the STM is committing to making public transport more accessible to riders with limited mobility. 21 elevators are going to be added by 2022. Another 20 will be added by 2025.
1000+ Air Conditioned Hybrid Buses
To make Montreal's bus network a bit more green, the STM is planning on buying a total of 1,230 hybrid buses. Better yet, they're going to be air conditioned.
100% Electric Buses
And if hybrid vehicles don't get your motor revving, then the STM has an even greener bus-plan in the works: purchasing of 100% electric buses by 2025.
Faster Bus Rides, Too
By putting more buses on the streets, the STM aims to increase the rate of bus-service by 12%.
Easier Switches From Bike to Bus to Metro
One of the core principles guiding the STM's 2025 plan is the public desire for "easy transfers between modes" so riders can go from a bike or bus to a metro (and back) far easier. Specific ways this will be improved weren't really outlined, but at least we know it's a priority.
More Trips Than Ever Before
Overall, the STM plans to accommodate a total of 440 million bus/metro trips by 2025. To put things in perspective, the STM experienced 413.3 million trips in 2015, so the increase really isn't that stark.
But some people believe the 8-hour work day is an outdated concept, and we need a 6-hour work day instead, without cutting salaries of course.
How do we do that?
Well it turns out that most employees can do the same amount of work in 6 hours as they do in 8.
If you shorten lunch breaks by a few minutes, eliminate the time you spend on coffee breaks, and all the time you waste calling, texting, participating in unnecessary meetings, or "just checking Facebook or Instagram real quick", you'll quickly realize that most people in North America already work much less than 6 hours a day.
But they still spend 8 hours at work, which is completely insane.
Some companies in Sweden have experimented with 6-hour work days and they found the employees were actually more productive, focused and happier. There were fewer conflicts in the work place, and less negative feedback overall.
It may not be possible to implement a 6 hour work day in every kind of company, but the ones that could, would benefit greatly from this change.
What do you think? Should 6-hour work days come to Canada?