Is Montreal’s New Twin city Beirut?

To top off the construction frenzy with zero planning Montreal endures year after year- making our city look like Beirut, the power outages in the last few months have been ridiculous.

First the roads. No matter which street one tries to navigate in their neighbourhood, one is met by orange signs and cones. Coupled with that, all the roads are being fixed at the same time because…there is no one home in the planning department. Wait. Home? There isn’t even a house or office. Zip. It’s pick a street and dig it up.

The sign used in this blog was taken at a major intersection. Imagine if you’re a tourist? That signage looks like it was created by a three-year old who just got up from a nap, tried to figure out Rubic’s cube and then gave up because dearie, nothing made sense.

Now for the regular power outages.

Quebec supplies electricity to New York and many other Eastern seaboard states. Here, it appears our electrical company seems to be run by the same people who run construction industry. The roads are ‘fixed’ with inferior asphalt which makes us in the top five for pothole capital of the world. It appears the electrical grid was also done with inferior products.

Unless one lives in Venezuela or Argentina, power failures happen once in five years. In Quebec? Every few weeks.

This latest power outage was caused by a faulty battery. What? One minute. A battery is running the electrical grid? Something is very wrong with this picture. And one battery can shut off the power to almost 70,000 people?

If the people at the top think the plebs believe what they are feeding us, they are smoking something very strong. No one believes a word and everyone knows that the whole place stinks.

Here’s a headline for those at the top: Get your act together and fess up. Is the system is old or has it been updated like everything else here, with planned obsolescence? If it’s old, say so. If something is wrong, say something.

Right now, the west end of Montreal has had multiple power failures in the past few months. Coupled with scheduled power outages which always last much longer than anticipated, again it’s like we are living in Venezuela. Your tax dollars at work.

As someone said about last night’s Democratic debate, the only way Trump can lose the upcoming election is if he dies.

This morning, the talking political heads were trying to make the best of what can only be termed a snooze-fest. The debate was mind-numbingly boring. Tonight’s may be more interesting as Biden is sure to make a major gaff and Bernie is going to go after him like a fly to fly-paper.

Elizabeth Warren was predictable, spouting what she must say about fifty times a month. Beto O’Rourke reminded us of Nixon – did he forget to shave? He looked gray. Amy Klobuchar may have said some interesting things, but her tone is sleepy. Di Blasio is still pandering to New Yorkers who want something from him before he leaves office.

The surprise of the night and winner of debate was Tulsi Gabbard, the 38-year-old congresswoman from Hawaii. She was articulate, clear and seemingly unflappable. Not to seem trivial, but she has great hair, with a side sweep of natural grey.

Julian Castro won the prize for the most idiotic statement of night…

“I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. And also justice for trans women who want abortions. What that means is that just because a woman — or let’s also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose.”

Can we talk? No,forget it. There’s nothing to say here. Just send the guy a biology book. If a man becomes a woman, no matter how much he tries, he simply cannot have a baby. It is a physical impossibility.

Democrats better start praying very hard that Biden doesn’t screw up tonight. If all they will be left with is Warren or Zaidy Bernie, they are in deep dog doodoo.

Justin Trudeau arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 leaders’ summit, where he will look to raise the issue of two Canadians held in China at “every opportunity.”

Unfortunately, every opportunity does not inlude meeting with any Chinese officials. Seems the Chinese have refused to meet with him and he has to rely on Donald Trump to do his bidding. Uh oh. They, (the Chinese) are still very ticked off at Trudeau for arresting Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, at the behest of Trump.

Again, while you may not like Trump, if the Chinese had to listen to Justin speak – uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, they would have walked out of the meeting anyway. Better let Trump get to the point.

Good Shabbos We’ll talk…

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