This story is like an onion and every time you peel off a layer, there's an even stinkier layer underneath.
First off, allow me to voice my hatred of photo radars. If a cop sees you driving above the speed limit, they consider a few factors before pulling you over and ticketing you. They check your speed to make sure you're not going too far above the limit. They can see if you're driving like a madman or if you're just safely keeping up with traffic. And sometimes just the sight of a cop car is enough to make you slow down. There's no need to take money out of the pocket of every driver who goes a little faster than the speed limit.
But with photo radars, you're just fucked.
Second, photo radar traps don't work, they just train driver to avoid them. For example there is a radar trap on east-bound Cote-des-Neiges just passed The Boulevard. And what happens is all the cars drive their normal speeds until they reach the radar. Then they all slow down spontaneously (and dangerously) for a few meters and once they pass the radar, everyone speeds back up suddenly (Which is also dangerous).
So photo radars don't make the streets any safer.
Third, the city is spending $30,000,000 to get more photo radars and they didn't even allow other companies to bid for the contract. They gave the contract to a firm called CGI even though two other firms were offering to do the contract at half the cost.
The other firms were curious as to why they're were considered "unqualified" so the Quebec government will be holding a meeting with the firms to give them an explanation. Only they aren't allowing any reporters to cover this meeting. This seems suspicious because if the firms are truly unqualified then the government should have nothing to hide.
There's no reason why the public shouldn't be allowed to know why we are spending twice as much as we need to purchase devices that will ultimately be used to take money out of your pocket for driving a few kilometers faster than the posted speed limit, which is already unreasonably low.
"Overall, the City of Montreal saw 990 $1 million–plus residential real estate transactions," including condos, attached and single-family homes, "in the first half of 2021, an increase of 112% from the same period in 2020," the report states.
Though sales in $2 to $4 million homes in Montreal rose by 138%, sales in $1 to $2 million homes made up the largest share of sales overall, with 807 Montreal properties sold in the first half of 2021, Sotheby's says.
Sales in properties over $4 million more than doubled between 2020 and 2021 — just six were sold in the first half of 2020, compared to the 14 properties sold in the same period in 2021.
The report said that according to the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers, on average, selling a residential property in Montreal during the first quarter of 2021 took approximately 44 days, compared to the 68 it took to sell a home less than a year prior.
The City of Montreal and Formula E organizers have finally reached a settlement after five long years of deliberations and arguments. The saga, which involved a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Valérie Plante following a cancelled 2018 race, is finally over thanks to the out-of-court agreement.
In a press release, Benoit Dorais, chairman of the executive committee responsible for finance and legal affairs, said that the city "authorized an out-of-court settlement in the amount of capital, interest and costs of $3 million payable by the City to Formula E Opérations Limitée (FEO) in full and final settlement of the case."
Now that the dust has settled on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup loss, Habs fans have pointed out that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's uniform looked suspiciously inflated in a post-game photo.
And since we all know Habs fans are the calmest and most level-headed hockey fans out there, the question is: did Vasilevskiy really use illegal goalie equipment or is this a nonsense complaint from sad and angry Canadiens fans?
The photo in question, posted on TSN's official Instagram page, shows Carey Price and Vasilevskiy standing face to face with Vasilevskiy looking awfully puffed up compared to Price — from the viewer's perspective, at least.
While the photo of Kucherov seems harmless, showing him posing with the Stanley Cup in front of a pool and boat, and we don't know the exact intention behind the tweet, the caption added fuel to the fire.
"Nikita is sending kind regards to Montréal Canadiens fans! #WeAreGoldStar!" it read.
In the comments section, multiple people criticized the lack of class being displayed while others pointed out that the streets of Tampa looked deserted after last night's victory.
"The Stanley Cup is obviously not big enough to fill your ego! Happy for your win - but I guess you just defined what it means to be a classless, sore winner," tweeted @belangerlisa.
At the time this article was published, Kucherov had not given any further explanation for the photo posted by his agent — but he had retweeted it.