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  • Kate 22:41 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

    A new number now exists to call if you don’t have a family doctor and one of the new nurse practitioner clinics is already open.

    • PatrickC 13:39 on 2022-11-29 Permalink

      I’ve had very good experiences with nurse practitioners. Anyone know how many are being trained each year and how their salary compares to that of RNs?

  • Kate 16:37 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The 2023 municipal budget will be presented Tuesday. La Presse’s Philippe Teisceira‑Lessard considers the various difficulties assailing the city.

    • Kate 16:29 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

      With ridership still down, the STM’s projected deficit for 2023 is close to $78 million, which may mean service cuts are coming.

      • CE 18:34 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

        Ridership might be down but with the cuts they’ve already made, I’m not sure where they’ll be able to make more, especially on the buses. I’m starting to get tired of coming out of the metro and seeing that the next bus isn’t for 25 minutes and then having to cram into an overflowing bus when it finally arrives. Also, with the schedules as they are, it’s nearly impossible to plan a connection from one bus to the other, even during peak hours.

      • Ian 20:54 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

        It’s pretty ridiculous that it’s faster to walk downtown from Parc and Fairmount than rely on the bus but here we are, and it’s not even snowy yet.

        That the city is increasing the police budget by almost the sane amount as the STM shortfall feels like a cruel joke.

      • Spi 21:35 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

        On time reliability even at a lower service level would probably do more to convert commuters to public transit than simply higher frequency. Anyone that has a bus connection as the final leg of their commute knows better than relying on the STM in order to be on time. No one enjoys planning to be at work 30 minutes sometimes almost an hour before you need to be in case you miss a connection because busses can’t keep a schedule.

    • Kate 11:19 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

      Although large industries are already paying for city water, smaller ones have yet to start getting that bill. Next year the city will be sending a “facture à blanc” to businesses to alert them to their water usage and prepare them for the real billing, meant to start in 2024.

      • Kate 11:08 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

        A party with three seats in the National Assembly is supporting the “right” of a party with no seats at all to be included somehow in the National Assembly.

        The argument that “some people like our ideas so it’s antidemocratic to exclude us” is a novel one. An antidemocratic and specious one, but a novel one.

        The three PQ MNAs have still not taken the oath, so it’s not clear whether they will be allowed to sit either. As for Éric Duhaime – well, there isn’t even a chair for him.

        • Blork 12:06 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          Seems to me it’s the PQ hedging against a future election where they get results similar to what the Conservatives got this time around. After all, the actual number of votes cast for PQ and Conservatives is pretty close. PQ just lucked out on distribution (this time).

        • Tim S. 12:24 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          Actually, I would argue that the electoral system is close to completely broken – those two parties together represent 27% of voters and have 2.4% of seats. I suspect an ad-hoc attempt to alleviate the distortion without making long-term changes is the worst outcome, though I don’t blame the Conservatives and PQ for kicking up a fuss.

        • qatzelok 12:34 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          I agree with Tim S. An electoral system that gives a party that received 10% of the votes zero seats, is not fundtionning properly.

          Our FPTP system was introduced in the late 1700s and seems suited to a manichean worldview of “good versus evil,” rather than the complex social web the we live in today. It only works if you have two parties. And even then… has a tendency to silence minority voices entirely.

        • steph 14:15 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          I’d say it’s broken when 37.42% gives a majority..

        • Kate 15:33 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          Well, it needs to be fixed. But the PQ was elected (and the PCQ not elected) under the current rules. They can’t weasel more power under these rules, they accepted them when they opted to run.

          I suppose, although in theory I’ve been in favour of some electoral reform, I can now see how it could give fringe and possibly even dangerously nutbar parties a place in government.

        • jeather 16:34 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          There are alternate voting methods that require a minimum percentage of votes received to get power, so you don’t get a bunch of parties that each got 3% causing trouble.

          I have heard it said that the only worse system than FPTP is LPTP.

        • Ephraim 17:43 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          Either we change the voting system, which no one seems interested in doing OR we run the system as it has been running and stop placating those who were in power who promised to change the system but didn’t

          Wahwahwah… you should have realized that there would be a time when you weren’t in power and agreed to change the system

          The same goes for the CAC… they will one day no longer be in power. And the PQ, the Action Democratique, the Equality Party, the Union Nationale, Action Liberale Nationale, and the Conservatives (just to name a few who were in the NA… some that were even the governments and are gone) should realize that political affiliations change and maybe it’s time to change the system before they wane… not when you are out of favour and you have to come begging to survive

          Then again, the Conservatives haven’t been around since the 1890s. Duplessis and the Union Nationale was in the 1930s and last we heard from them was the 1970s.

          I’m so sick and tired of baby boomers running things…. people who think fax machines are new fangled… I’m dealing with an estate at the moment and here I am waiting for a paper death certificate, a paper form from the notaries saying what was the last will, a paper form from the lawyers saying what was the last will and then needing certified copies for all the damn organizations, rather than have certified PDF files… because no one wants the damn paperwork anymore.. we want to store all this in the damn cloud!

        • Tim S. 19:17 on 2022-11-28 Permalink

          There’s an argument to be made for letting ahem, “smaller” parties in and seeing how they handle responsibility, instead of letting the sense of resentment fester. The recent history of the federal Green party is instructive in this regard. Sadly, in my opinion, but the point stands.

      • Kate 10:52 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

        The David Suzuki Foundation has offered to help the city fulfil its promise to plant 500,000 trees by 2030.

        • Kate 10:50 on 2022-11-28 Permalink | Reply  

          Montreal is in Bee News this week with its plans for more greenery for the stripey ones.

          La Presse talked to several people involved in Quebec’s efforts to support biodiversity about their hopes for COP15.

          The Guardian has a good, but not very sanguine, forecast of COP15.

          A lot of organizations are relying on the COP15 moment to get some traction in the media. Metro reports on a consortium calling itself G15+ that wants to place le bien-être de la population front and centre in Quebec’s affairs, with some environmental spin – not a terrible idea, but not a lot to say about biodiversity.

          We’ll see a lot of that tailcoating over the next few weeks.

          (Also, I wonder how much governent money G15+ was given to write and put up a website with graphics that make your eyes go funny.)

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