Getting slapped a fine in the STM transit network for not having your proof-of-payment ticket goes against Canadian constitutional freedoms.
And yet, the STM is still doling out infractions by the thousands.
Last year, a municipal court judge ruled that the STM, by forcing riders to keep their receipt or ticket to prove they paid to get on the bus or metro, is violating a citizen’s right to be presumed innocent, as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
That court ruling didn’t deter the STM, who handed out fines to nearly 3000 Montrealers between the beginning of the year and the end of August, reports JDM.
It’s happened to oh-so-many Montrealers who toss out their ticket right after paying, not thinking of the potential consequences. But really, there shouldn’t by any.
Acquiring the data through the Access to Information Act, JDM learned that 2982 infraction-fines (costing $150) were handed out, amounting to the lump sum of $447,000.
If the STM keeps on doling out the “no proof of purchase” fines, that number could rise to nearly $2 million by the close of 2017.
For whatever reason, it is the STM’s policy to fine a rider who tossed their ticket after paying the same amount as someone who illegally entered the transit network. An STM employee speaking to JDM even called this policy “abusive.”
Advocates for Montreal’s homeless population are also calling out the ticketing practice, saying that a disproportionate number of fines are forced upon homeless people inside of the metro.
The Superior Court of Québec will be making a decision on the case, as an appeal was made last June. The STM is apparently waiting for the court’s decision on the matter before making a statement or ending the practice of fining folks who don’t have their proof of purchase.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot restaurant is selling hot dogs for $0.74 this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri institution says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Diner 74¢ Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC