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  1. Calgary's homeless population balloons As thousands of migrants have poured into Calgary, housing costs spiralled out of the range for many of those at the lower end of the income spectrum.Dean Bicknell/Canwest News ServiceAs thousands of migrants have poured into Calgary, housing costs spiralled out of the range for many of those at the lower end of the income spectrum. Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 CALGARY -- Calgary's homeless population has reached more than 4,000 - an increase of 18.2% since 2006, according to this year's homeless count. As of May 14, there were 4,060 homeless people in Calgary. Officials cannot explain it but the rate of homeless families jumped dramatically to 197 from 145 in 2006 -- an increase of 36%. Calgary in many ways has been a victim of its own success. As thousands of migrants poured into the city over the past number of years, housing costs spiralled out of the range for many of those at the lower end of the income spectrum. Alberta does not have any traditional rent controls. The average rent for a two-bedroom unit in Calgary is now $1,100. Many of Calgary's homeless are employed - as many as 60% staying at the downtown Mustard Seed Street Ministry, said operations manager Floyd Perras. Mike Nault, 40, who hails from Winnipeg, said he has been living on Calgary's streets with his girlfriend, Debbie Reid, for eight months. "The stress level of being on the street is just phenomenal," said Mr. Nault, who regularly works temporary construction jobs. Ms. Reid said she drinks up to two dozen beers a day because it is "depressing" being homeless. "You turn to self-medication." Civic and business leaders have come up with a 10-year plan to end homelessness. The province has followed up with tens of millions of dollars more for affordable housing and the creation of a Secretariat for Action on Homelessness. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=659002
  2. 52% oppose Bill C-10 Proposed change targets filmmakers. Don't censor content by refusing tax credits, slim majority of Canadians say in survey TIFFANY CRAWFORD, Canwest News Service Published: 6 hours ago A slim majority of Canadians believe it would be wrong for the government to screen the content of films and deny tax credits to projects it deems offensive, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Canwest News Service and Global TV indicates. The poll, conducted from June 10 to 12, found that 52 per cent of the 1,002 Canadians surveyed disagree with Bill C-10, a proposed change to the Income Tax Act that would deny tax money to filmmakers whose content is "contrary to public policy." At 62 per cent, residents of film-industry-heavy British Columbia are most likely to say the government is "wrong" to interfere in such a way. That's followed by those living in the mostly Conservative province of Alberta at 57 per cent, indicating the reaction of Canadians is largely ideological. "(The bill) has obviously touched a nerve," said John Wright with Ipsos Reid. "If it's not going to pass the sniff test, it's going to be gagged," said the senior vice-president of Ipsos Reid. "It has a good majority in the country that are going to go against this." Although the idea to deny tax credits was raised under the previous Liberal government, Wright suggests people may be concerned about the "slippery slope" of censorship with the Conservative Party. "While it may have been acceptable under the Liberals because they were more flexible on content, this government has the trappings of moral and religious rigour," he said. "So they might wear this more than the last government." According to the poll, 45 per cent of Canadians believe it's right for the government to screen the content of films, because it involves taxpayers' money - and because government has the right to determine what's in the public interest. As the poll was released, the Canadian independent film, Young People F*****g, opened in cinemas on the weekend. The film has become the poster child for the controversial bill that has many Canadian film and TV stars, including actress and director Sarah Polley, lobbying the government to stop the bill. The reason, say opponents of C-10, such as Polley, actor-director Paul Gross and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, is that Young People is the type of film that would have been denied funding. Young People, a movie about four couples and a threesome trying to find satisfactory sex lives, has been viewed as pornographic by some religious groups, while others say it's just a bit of fun. In any case, the film is not as raunchy as its title suggests. Although there's a lot of nudity, mostly it's just a series of sketches where the characters seek to balance their lives with love and sex. The film's director, Martin Gero, says it's a harmless comedy, but he agreed it may not have got the funding had it been judged by the title. The poll found younger Canadians aged 18 to 34 were more likely to say the government is "wrong" to censor content by refusing tax credits, followed by Canadians age 35 to 54. Those with post-secondary education and those who live in urban areas were also more likely to disagree with the bill, the poll suggests. While the poll suggests a majority of Canadians disagree with the bill, the government argues the proposed change to the federal tax-credit system does not jeopardize the creative freedom of Canadian film and TV production. Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the government is trying to make sure Canadian taxpayers' money won't fund extreme violence or pornography. http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=a7f81b30-f97e-4570-84d8-dff373f9f66e
  3. Publié le 17 décembre 2009 à 07h28 | Mis à jour à 07h36 Popularité des PM: Charest en milieu de peloton Catherine Handfield La Presse Le premier ministre de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, Danny Williams, est le plus apprécié de tous les chefs des provinces canadiennes. Les temps sont plus durs pour son homologue albertain, Ed Stelmach, qui détient le plus faible appui parmi ses électeurs. C'est ce qui ressort d'un sondage Angus Reid réalisé auprès de 7000 adultes canadiens du 23 au 29 novembre. En cette fin d'année, Danny Williams obtient 78% d'appuis à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, révèle le sondage mené en ligne. Brade Wall de la Saskatchewan arrive en deuxième position, avec 58%. «En dépit des problèmes du système de santé, Danny Williams et Brade Wall reçoivent d'excellentes cotes peu importe ce qui se passe. C'est un phénomène avec ces deux chefs», note Jaideep Mukerji, vice-président affaires publiques d'Angus Reid. Leur forte personnalité et la façon font ils gèrent l'économie de leur province expliquent en partie leur forte cote de popularité, selon M.Mukerji. À l'opposé, Ed Stelmach continue de dégringoler dans les sondages. Seulement 14% des répondants albertains approuvent la façon dont il s'acquitte de ses tâches. Cette chute est essentiellement due aux difficultés économiques en Alberta, selon Jaideep Mukerji. Dalton McGuinty, de l'Ontario, ne fait guère mieux avec 18% d'appuis. Le premier ministre du Québec, Jean Charest, obtient quant à lui 25% d'appuis. Il arrive donc au cinquième rang, après Darrell Dexter de la Nouvelle-Écosse (43%) et Greg Selinger du Manitoba (29%). «Jean Charest a eu un moment de popularité assez marqué cet été (32%), mais une série de facteurs fait en sorte que sa popularité est légèrement à la baisse», indique M. Mukerji. À son avis, le refus du gouvernement d'ordonner une enquête publique sur les allégations de corruption dans l'industrie de la construction y est pour quelque chose.
  4. Le blogue de Gary Lawrence Montréal, ridiculement agréable Publié dans : Amériques, Livres et guides, Tourisme, Vidéos, Voyage 8 février 2012 Pendant un an, le rédacteur en chef des guides Lonely Planet aux États-Unis, Robert Reid, a exploré les villes canadiennes, de Vancouver jusqu’à St. John’s. L'autre Montréal - Wikimedia/CC 3.0/Mourial Selon lui, la ville hôte des Jeux olympiques de 2010 est la plus belle, Winnipeg est la plus “énergisante” (il a assisté au premier match des Jets), Edmonton est celle qui l’a le plus surpris, Toronto has the best neighborhood et Québec est la plus agréable en hiver. Et Montréal? “Montreal is ridiculous. A top 5 city in the world to me.“, écrit-il sur son blogue. Appelé à préciser sa pensée par votre humble blogueur (qui maîtrise mieux l’anglais que François Legault mais moins bien que Justin Trudeau), Robert Reid m’a expliqué cette subtilité langagière. “That’s slang for ridiculously good! Montreal is one of my favorite cities in the world, and my clear favorite in Canada.” En fait, celui qui collabore aussi au New York Times considère que Montréal est “la ville canadienne où l’on désire le plus vivre”. Entre autres choses, il a été impressionné par l’importance que la métropole québécoise accorde au vélo ainsi que la prolifération de festivals. Ah oui: il a aussi bien aimé l’Orange Julep, Habitat 67, le surf de rivière aux rapides de Lachine et les bagels, bien meilleurs que ceux de New York (ce qu’on savait déjà). Pour visionner les vidéos de sa tournée canadienne, c’est par ici. http://www2.lactualite.com/blogue-voyage/montreal-ridiculement-agreable/8504/?utm_source=All&utm_campaign=Revue+de+presse+du+Quartier+des+spectacles-+jeudi+9+f%C3%A9vrier+2012&utm_medium=email
  5. Louise Harel songe à la mairie Radiocanada.ca Louise Harel a admis pour la première fois qu'elle réfléchit sérieusement à la possibilité de se présenter à la mairie de Montréal. Elle a fait cette déclaration lors de son passage hier à l'émission Bons baisers de France, à la télévision de Radio-Canada. Mme Harel avoué qu'elle s'en faisait énormément parler. « J'y réfléchis en sachant qu'il y a un compte à rebours », a-t-elle déclaré. L'ancienne ministre et députée péquiste a ajouté qu'elle devait se questionner sur la faisabilité de la chose. Dans un sondage Angus Reid publié dans Le Presse le 11 mai dernier, on demandait aux Montréalais pour qui ils voteraient parmi les candidats suivants: Martin Cauchon, Denis Coderre, Jacques Duchesneau, Liza Frulla, Louise Harel, Pierre Marc Johnson, Robert Laramée et Gilbert Rozon. Mme Harel était arrivée en tête, avec 17 % des intentions de vote. Elle était suivie de Pierre Marc Johnson, avec 11 % des suffrages, Liza Frulla (9 %) et Denis Coderre (9 %). Le sondage d'Angus Reid a été mené les 6 et 7 mai auprès de 805 personnes vivant sur l'île de Montréal. La marge d'erreur est de 3,5 points.
  6. Les Montréalais trouvent leur ville sécuritaire Karim Benessaieh La Presse Publié le 05 octobre 2009 à 07h34 | Mis à jour le 05 octobre 2009 à 07h39 Les palmarès le rappellent constamment, les Montréalais le confirment. Pour 79% d'entre eux, la métropole est une ville sécuritaire, selon un sondage Angus Reid Strategies-La Presse dont nous dévoilons aujourd'hui le quatrième volet. À la question «Trouvez-vous que Montréal est une ville sécuritaire?» seulement 14% répondent non, tandis que 7% se disent incertains. Ce sont les plus jeunes, soient les répondants entre 18 et 34 ans, qui se sentent le plus en sécurité, avec un taux de réponses positives de 82%. Plus on vieillit, moins ce sentiment est fort, les 55 ans et plus estimant à 73% que leur ville est sécuritaire. «La variation est faible, mais on constate que l'impression d'insécurité augmente avec l'âge», note Jaideep Mukerji, vice-président aux Affaires publiques d'Angus Reid. L'évolution est semblable selon la langue parlée. Si 89% des allophones confirment que la métropole québécoise est sécuritaire, ce taux tombe à 72% chez les francophones. Entre les deux, les anglophones répondent à 83% «oui» à cette question. Et ils ont raison, selon le palmarès 2008 de la firme Mercer. Sur les 215 villes évaluées dans le monde, Montréal héritait de la 22e position. Mieux, elle se classe première en Amérique du Nord, ex aequo avec quatre autres villes canadiennes. Ce classement a été établi selon trois critères: les relations avec les autres pays, la stabilité intérieure et la criminalité. Avec 29 homicides en 2008, pour un taux de 1,6 meurtre par 100 000 habitants, Montréal est loin de la moyenne mondiale de 8,8, selon le dernier rapport mondial de l'ONU sur la violence et la santé datant de 2002. La métropole québécoise est par ailleurs à des années-lumière du taux du reste des Amériques, qui est de 19 homicides par 100 000 habitants selon ce document. Malgré ce sentiment général de sécurité, les Montréalais sont critiques des efforts en matière de lutte contre les gangs de rue. Quand on leur demande si Montréal lutte adéquatement contre ce phénomène, seulement 36% répondent par l'affirmative, alors que 44% sont d'avis contraire. Dix-neuf pour cent se disent incertains. «À peine plus que le tiers des Montréalais pensent que la lutte est suffisante, c'est peu, estime M. Mukerji. On constate que Montréal a été très touché depuis quelques années par ce phénomène et qu'il a laissé des séquelles.» Les francophones sont de loin les plus insatisfaits, avec un taux de 53% de réponses négatives contre 37% pour les anglophones et les allophones. Dans les groupes d'âge, ce sont les 35-54 ans, à 51%, qui trouvent que la lutte contre les gangs de rue est inadéquate. SONDAGE ANGUS REID STRATEGIES-LA PRESSE Trouvez-vous que Montréal est une ville sécuritaire? Oui 79% Non 14% Pas certain (e) 7% Trouvez-vous que Montréal lutte adéquatement contre les gangs de rue? Oui 36% Non 44% Pas certain (e) 19% Sources : Angus Reid Strategies Les répondants pouvaient choisir plusieurs réponses. Le pourcentage cumulatif est donc supérieur à 100. Le sondage Angus Reid Strategies-La Presse a été réalisé les 9, 10 et 11 septembre derniers, auprès de 815 répondants à l'aide d'un formulaire sur le web. Il s'agissait de résidants de Montréal, francophones (59%) et anglophones et allophones (41%), aptes à voter aux prochaines élections municipales. La marge d'erreur de ce sondage est de plus ou moins 3,43%, 19 fois sur 20. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/regional/montreal/200910/05/01-908416-les-montrealais-trouvent-leur-ville-securitaire.php
  7. M. Bredt comblera le poste laissé vacant par le départ à la retraite de Rob Reid, qui était directeur de l'exploitation depuis mai 2005. Pour en lire plus...
  8. Rob Reid partira à la retraite à la fin du mois de juin, après une carrière de 32 ans au sein du transporteur. Pour en lire plus...
  9. Première page de Bloomberg ce matin. Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Montreal got the nickname Sin City during Prohibition, when Americans crossed the border into Canada to drink, gamble and buy sex. The epithet is making a comeback this month. Allegations of price fixing, kickbacks and ties to organized crime are marring tomorrow’s election for mayor of Canada’s second-biggest city. Almost two-thirds of respondents in an Angus Reid poll released yesterday said the scandals will influence their vote. “This is Sin City all over again,” said Harold Chorney, a political science professor at Concordia University in Montreal. “Corruption is part of the history here.” Gerald Tremblay, the mayor since 2001, in September canceled a C$356 million ($330 million) pact to install water meters after La Presse newspaper reported that a city councilor vacationed on a yacht owned by the contractor who led the winning bid. Challenger Louise Harel, who leads in the polls, ousted her deputy this month after he admitted that his staff took improper cash donations. The corruption allegations are diverting attention from economic challenges facing the city of about 1.7 million people. The winner of the election faces rising costs for mass transit, policing and water, according to a May 21 Moody’s Investors Service report. Montreal has the highest debt load of any Canadian city, and ran a deficit of about C$330 million in 2008, compared with a surplus the previous year, said Ryan Domsy, senior financial analyst in Toronto at DBRS Ltd., a debt-rating company. Close Race The mayoral race is too close to call, according to an Angus Reid poll published yesterday in La Presse. Tremblay, 67, a Harvard Business School graduate, trails with 30 percent support. Harel, 63, a non-English-speaking lawyer and former minister in the separatist Parti Quebecois provincial government, leads with 34 percent. Richard Bergeron, 54, an architect who says the Sept. 11 attacks were carried out by the U.S. government and wants to ban cars from Rue Saint Catherine, the city’s busiest shopping street, is second at 32 percent. About 25 percent of respondents in the Angus Reid poll singled out transparency and the fight against corruption as the city’s No. 1 priority. Angus Reid polled 804 Montreal residents Oct. 28 and 29, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. “It’s one of the first really open races for years in Montreal,” Julie Belanger, 32, a Montreal office worker, said after an Oct. 27 candidates’ debate. “Usually you can guess who’s going to win, but this time it could be anybody.” Yacht Trips Tremblay canceled the water-meter contract, won by a group of local engineering firms, and fired two top bureaucrats after a report from Montreal’s auditor general found that elected officials lacked the necessary information before approving the project. The probe was sparked this year by a La Presse report that Frank Zampino, formerly head of the city’s executive committee, vacationed in January 2007 and February 2008 on a yacht owned by Tony Accurso, who led the group that won the water-meter order, the city’s biggest contract. Zampino retired from politics last year. Accurso’s lawyer, Louis Demers at De Grandpre Chait, didn’t return a call seeking comment. According to the auditor general’s report, the water-meter project was estimated in 2004 to cost C$36 million, about a 10th of the final contract’s price. “All of these allegations of corruption certainly don’t help Montreal’s reputation,” said David Love, a trader of interest-rate derivatives at Le Group Jitney Inc., a Montreal brokerage. “The city looks bad right now.” Sweeping Clean Harel’s Vision Montreal party based its platform on ridding city hall of its “culture of secrecy and collusion” and restoring trust in the municipal administration. Harel has called for public inquiries into the allegations of corruption at city hall, as has Bergeron’s Project Montreal party. “At first I thought a broom would be useful to clean this mess, but now I think I will need a very large vacuum cleaner,” Harel said in a television interview Oct. 28. Harel’s credibility was undermined after she forced the resignation on Oct. 18 of the head of her executive committee, Benoit Labonte, for ties to Accurso. Three days later, Labonte told Radio-Canada television in an interview that people close to him took money from Accurso, owner of Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc. Labonte said kickbacks and corruption are rampant in city hall. Maclean’s, Canada’s weekly news magazine, ran this headline on its cover this week: “Montreal is a corrupt, crumbling, mob-ridden disgrace.” “There’s an underground system,” Alex Dion, economic development officer for the borough of Montreal, said after a candidates’ debate. He said the allegations hurt Montreal’s reputation in the rest of Canada. Home of Ponzi Still, Howard Silverman, chief executive officer of CAI Global Inc., a consulting firm that helps foreign companies invest in Quebec, doesn’t think the allegations will deter investors from Montreal, the city that Charles Ponzi called home for almost a decade a century ago. Ponzi was charged in 1920 for using new funds from investors to pay redemptions by other investors, a type of fraud that now bears his name. “It’s not good for the city, it looks bad, but it won’t have much of an impact,” said Silverman, who counts investors such as London-based miner Rio Tinto Group among his clients. “Every North American or global city has its scandals or its problems.”