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February 8, 2018 – 3:07 pm | Edit Post

Montreal is the laughing stock of North America when it comes to infrastructure management. Specifically, a legacy of corruption, short-sighted planning, and the sheer incompetence of its political leadership have hobbled one of the largest cities on the continent when it comes to managing traffic and attracting international investment. To this we can now add the hubris of newly-elected Montreal mayor Valerie Plante and Plateau-Mont-Royal borough mayor Luc Ferrandez in deciding to close Mount Royal to automobile traffic in the spring of 2018.

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XM – The End of an Era

January 27, 2009 – 10:01 pm | Edit Post
XM – The End of an Era

Several years ago, I found myself in the position of owning an automobile that hailed from an era where tape decks were luxury items and most drivers were lucky if their in-car entertainment consisted of both AM and FM bands instead of just the hum of the tires against the asphalt.

Naturally, given the low-rent characteristics of the vehicle – it had been purchased as cheap winter transportation, although it was later converted into a fire-breathing sleeper-mobile – I was reluctant to invest too much money into a stereo system.

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Financial Crisis For Freelance Writers?

January 25, 2009 – 4:59 pm | Edit Post
Financial Crisis For Freelance Writers?

The current financial crisis facing the automotive industry has been relentlessly covered in the media, with some pundits seeming to take particular joy in the domestic car companies reaping what they deserve for having ignored shifting market currents and consumer demands over a long period of time.

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Cutting To The Chase With Your Demo

November 20, 2008 – 10:37 pm | Edit Post
Cutting To The Chase With Your Demo

As someone who manages a record label – one which has shifted entirely to digital online releases after initially pursuing a semi-traditional vinyl-release format – I am deluged with email messages from musicians, groups and individual artists intent…