Mid-November feels like a strange time of year in Montreal these days. The weather feels like it’s not quite Fall-ish yet not quite Winter-ish. Do you wear a spring coat with layers or just go for the all out winter jacket? Time keeps marching on nonetheless and to keep things exciting, we have several interesting developments taking place in and around the city.
A looming transit strike that will no doubt cause countless tales of grief but is such a recurring event in this city that I no longer have the gusto to even launch a tirade against it. I am resigned to coping with it when it comes and so battle worn that I am ready to say just give them what they want. Meanwhile, I’m saving up to purchase a car in the spring time.
Those anglos are stirring up the political pot again with the emergence of the new and controversially named Office Quebecois de la langue anglaise. Nothing like a little tension between the two solitudes to liven up the party.
Students are demonstrating again against tuition fees. This brings out the ol’ In my day, I had to walk 3 miles to school in the snow…without shoes! part of me. I guess it’s age and the old 9-5 wearing me down. I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of students walking around with laptops, cell phones, ipods, starbucks coffee, wearing really nice duds. I’m not sure how $50 a semester is going to put a dent in their pockets. Of course, there are legitimately poor students out there but heck, if I could get an education on loans and bursaries in the cheapest province for world class education, anybody can.
Don’t even get me started on the Reasonable Accomodation hearings – the Jerry Springer-like freak show circus touring the province.
I think I’ll just curl up with a nice hot cup of chocolate and wait out this lunacy limbo period. Meanwhile, don’t forget to head downtown and catch the annual too-early-to-be-happening Santa Claus parade taking place today.