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Public space, housing top Vision Montreal priorities
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 octobre 2009
Vision Montreal mayoral candidate Brenda Paris gave a rough sketch of her priorities for the Côte-des Neiges-NDG borough last Thursday alongside party leader Louise Harel.

Housing issues, public space, increased access to sports facilities, improved snow clearing and strong partnerships with cultural communities and their youth topped Paris' priorities.

The borough party platform had yet to be released as Les Actualités CND-NDG went to press.

NDG district candidate David Hanna has been fine-tuning the platform and stressed the party's goals will be achievable within a four year mandate. Transparency and ethical conduct will be central pillars of the platform, Hanna said.

Paris, who is running against incumbent mayor Michael Applebaum, first introduced her slate last Monday with the promise of holding open public consultations in the borough.

“We are proposing an alternative, and you must have an alternative,” Paris said. “We can win.”

Paris also dismissed allegations from Applebaum's party that she planned to run in the Loyola district under the Union Montreal banner. She accused Applebaum's party of lacking transparency and ethical standards.

“After a certain point, I decided that Union Montreal doesn't represent my values,” Paris said.

The full Vision Montreal borough slate was presented again last Thursday. Côte-des-Neiges district candidate Amelia Salehabadi will be running against former Plateau mayor and Union Montreal executive Helen Fotopulos.

An experienced lawyer in commercial international law, Salehabadi plans to use her legal background to promote infrastructure and sports projects in the borough if elected.Keeton Clarke is in the running for the district of Darlington. Having served on the cultural communities commission under Union Montreal, Clarke is well known in the Carribean community and served on the Côte-des-Neiges intercultural commission.

David Hanna, an urban planning professor at UQAM, threw his name into the race after growing frustrated with the Union Montreal administration. Frederic Tremblay, a former student of Hanna's, is running in Snowdon.

Hubert Gallet is running in the Loyola district. Trained as an engineer and economist, Gallet has worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and participated in financial projects in North America, the Middle East and Africa.

[ Matthew Brett ]

Harel’s transit pledge draws ire
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 octobre 2009
A pledge by mayoral candidate Louise Harel to provide universal access to public transit for full-time students at Université de Montréal has drawn the ire of Gérald Tremblay’s Union Montreal party.

Union Montreal’s André Lavallée claims the transit pledge was made by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in April. UdeM students then shelved the project as further discussion time was needed with the university administration.

Lavallée is accusing Harel of copy-pasting the transit pledge and treating it as her own.

The current student fare is only provided to students under 25 years old. Vision Montreal's $200,000 commitment would extend the reduced fare rate to all full-time students regardless of age, further reducing the fare to roughly $34 a month from its current $37.

The Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus of the Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) have been pressing for universal access, but require $200,000 from the next city administration in order to implement the plan.

The plan would allow 18,000 students to pay their full transit fee for the academic semester on their tuition bill rather than paying every month. Universal access would only apply during the academic year, and only for full-time students.

The $200,000 commitment, coupled with FAÉCUM's $5.3 million contribution, would allow the project to go forward for two full university semesters

[ Matthew Brett ]

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