With regard to Overheard At the Meeting in the Dec 16 edition
Article mis en ligne le lundi 11 janvier 2010
I resided in CDN for the first 24 yrs. of my life and am no longer a resident.
I have asked the Borough to ban Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal until the event fully cooperates with charity for several reasons.
1) Quebec is by far the worst place for both charitable giving/volunteerism north of Mexico.
2) Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal cost the taxpayers $650,000 to stage in 2007 (according to Marcel Tremblay).
3) The event is a major inconvenience to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of taxpayers.
4) Retailers have reported losses as high as “over 90%” due to street closures.
5) The hotel industry reported no real increase in room occupancy due to the event.
6) Dorval, Kirkland and Hampstead will not welcome the event unless it cooperates with charity. Laval, DDO and CSL will not allow the event to return because of the inconvenience/expense.
While Michael Applebaum has met with the organizers of Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal, he has never granted me the same courtesy, though he has heard me ask questions at a three council meetings.
Mayor Applebaum mentioned that Velo QC/Le Tour has nothing against charities using the event to raise funds. This change in attitude only came about because they looked liked idiots in The Gazette, when they attacked the Lakeshore Hospital for doing exactly what they now have nothing against.
There is a major difference in how much is raised for charity when one is asked and when one is not asked to give. The most successful form of fundraising is when one asks one that they know, to make a charitable contribution.
That is done to a far, far greater extent outside of Quebec, than is done within. It is detrimental to both our society and humanity at large that opportunities such as Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal, are completely wasted, simply because those who are inconvenienced are too lazy to complain and improve the situation.
Events/organizations that use my ideas raise several hundred millions of dollars per year. I am deeply ashamed to say that I am from Quebec, but very proud to say that I live in Dorval, where Le Tour has been banned, until the time that it fully cooperates with charity.
Philanthropic Athletes Foundation