Le Québec devrait etre un pays

Je suis vraiment déçu de la défaite du PQ. Il y a 3 partis
souverainiste avec des députés à l'Assemblée nationale. Un de gauche,
Québec Solidaire, un de droite, Coalition Avenir Québec et le Parti
Québécois. Pourtant, avec les Libéraux majoritaires, le projet de
faire Québec in pays est sur la sellette.

On ne peut pas faire confiance aux anglophones du Canada. C'est
certain qu'ils sont moins Protestants et les Québécois sont moins
Catholiques qu'avant, donc un clivage de moins. Mais des différences
culturels importantes persistes. Mais surtout, les anglais veulent
nous assimiler!

En plus de 15 ans en milieu de travail anglophone, je suis plus
convaincu que jamais, le Québec doit être un pays. Pour la langue,
pour la culture, pour l'économie.


I Love These Songs

I'm not sure what it is about these songs, but I've played them over and over again. Some of the videos are OK as well. But really, it's the music.

Passenger: Let Her Go.
Lorde: Royals

Avicii: Wake Me Up

Ylvis: What Does the Fox Say?

If you are keeping track, that's British, New Zealand, Swedish and Norwegian music. Here is some Korean music to round it off. Giant hat tip to California's Google.

Others I like:
-The ultimate ringtone: LMFAO Party Rock Anthem.
Not safe for work because of the boobies (OK, these ones I like mostly for the visuals, but the music is OK to):
-Robin Thincke: Blurred Lines
-Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball.


A Taste of America

You should be cynical when it comes to a company peddling sugar water, but I haven't felt such an emotional connection to a commercial in a long time. As a non-American living in non-America, I find this commercial humanizes the USA. Maybe they aren't an Anglo gun crazy war mongering nation. Maybe. By the way, my favourite cola is Diet Big 8.

Last century I spent a month touring the USA by bus. I highly recommend it. It really is a geographically diverse country. Some of the people are OK to.  ;-)
If you don't have the time to visit all of America just yet, start with New York City, my favourite American city.


Moncton's Fashion Magazine: Pink Blitz

Moncton, New Brunswick, has a fashion magazine. Moncton. New Brunswick.

I'm not from Moncton. I've been here the latter part of a decade. My first impression of Moncton: people are fat and fashion does not exist. But now there is a fashion magazine. In Moncton, where half the active population works in a call centre and the other half works in a warehouse (that's a slight exaggeration, as there are services to support those workers, and 2 universities, 3 if you count Mount Allison in Sackville). 

What makes this Pink Blitz magazine "different" is that it features all sorts of models (and all sorts of fashion?). Frankly, I don't understand Pink Blitz. But I'm not part of the target audience. Still, to see New Brunswick locations featured in a fashion magazine is pretty cool, if a tad bewildering. 

Look at this photo in Edmundston, New Brunswick. The paper mill, the Trans-Canada Highway, the Madawaska river. The hills in the distance are part of the Appalachians, in Maine. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? A perfect spot for a fashion shoot! In the winter, obviously. Miami Beach, eat my shorts (since it is cold in January here in New Brunswick and I really don't need them) ! By the way, Madawaska Maine, across the Saint John River from Edmundston, is the most northern point of US highway 1. Miami is on the southern end (the highway's most southern point is in Key West, Florida). 

The lovely unnamed model on Page 64 of the January issue of Pink Blitz cleverly hides the paper mill (I think it is now closed).

Pink Blitz:

I don't know if there is an actual paper version, but certainly someone put a lot of time and effort creating something could be an actual paper magazine.

Here is the URL for the online Flash required magazine. You can also Google Pink Blitz. Pink Blitz Magazine has got good page ranking, that's half the battle. ;-)

Pink Blitz Magazine (Sadly, not iOS (iPad/iPhone) compatible): 

For publishers inspired by Pink Blitz, please be advised that Southern New Brunswick doesn't yet have an alpine skiing, surfing or luxury lifestyle magazine. Just saying.

Hat tip for the 411 on Pink Blitz goes to plus size model Sunny Shine of Moncton.  


Time To Switch From Trudeau to Mirabel

Planes at Trudeau airport in Dorval/Montreal are an incredible source of noise pollution. So much so that the airport has a curfew.
Solution: close Trudeau and make Mirabel Montreal's 24 hour international hub.

Some people in the federal government are thinking about opening an airport in Pickering, east of Toronto, to help alleviate potential congestion at Pearson. While an airport downwind from Toronto would have environmental advantages, it seems to me that taking advantage of Mirabel, an airport that is already built, and making that Canada's eastern airline hub, would make far more sense.

Dubai is about to close their central airport and move things to their new airport south-west of town. Dubai, like Atlanta, generates most of it's traffic from passengers in transit.

Unlike Altanta, Mirabel does have local transportation challenges, as there is no rail link. And from the south shore, unless you take a ferry or detour via Ontario, there is no way to get to Mirabel without crossing the Island of Montreal and it's notoriously congested bridges (although the new bridge to Vaudreuil offers and additional option for those wanting to go via Hawkesbury).  

That said, Mirabel does have regional transportation advantages over Trudeau. It is only 180 km from Ottawa via the newly completed highway 50. And passengers in cars from the north shore of the Saint-Lawrence, including Quebec City, can travel to Mirabel while avoiding much of Montreal's road congestion.

From Montreal, passengers already on the island would encounter little congestion going to Mirabel in the morning. And with the subway now going all the way to Laval, it is easy to imagine a city bus shuttle service like the one Toronto has between Pearson and Kipling station (although that would be 33 km vs. 12 km in Toronto).

What to do with vacated land at Trudeau would be an issue as I'm sure it is highly polluted. There probably isn't that much demand for industrial land and Montreal can only have so many warehouses. Making it a green space while waiting for land prices high enough to justify a clean-up would be an option.

Having a big airport with 24 hour access and capacity to spare and geographic advantages  is no guarantee of success. Would ticket prices be low enough to attract passengers from Ottawa? Would Toronto passengers be willing to sacrifice their non-stop trans-Atlantic flight to Europe. Would enough passengers from New York and Boston be attracted to Mirabel (via short flights) to justify non-stops to Asia (they currently fly over Montreal from those cities)? 

Still, I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. And Montrealers deserve a good night sleep, even if they have to wake up 30 minutes earlier to catch that morning flight to Toronto. 


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