Friday, October 14, 2011

Until when Montreal? qu'est ce que nous attendons?

Are we lucky or what? Perceptive and proactive window cleaners notice issues with the facade of the building and call the emergency services.
Concrete blocks come loose on University St. building - CTV News
Nous sommes chanceux à Montréal... un désastre potentiel a été évité (encore une fois) grâce à des laveurs de vitres avertis...

Immeuble sur la rue University à Montréal - Des morceaux de ciment menacent de tomber - TVA Nouvelles

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Make this a movement Montreal!

The October 1st, 2011 edition of the Gazette of Montreal focused on the infrastructure issues in Montreal by putting  back in the limelight the July 2009 Peel street tragedy in which Lea Guilbeault (33) lost her life and Hani Beitinjaneh (34) was terribly injured by a large cement block while having dinner at Mikassa Sushi under the Mariott Residences building.

The Gazette did an excellent job of putting together an interview with Hani (his first since the tragedy) and several related commentaries to move this topic of infrastructures forward. Some key statements from the interview: 

"How do we make this into a movement? I do not understand why everybody is arguing. We all have the same point. We all want to work. We all want to be happy. We want to be safe"
It's not one person, it's the whole system that needs to be changed. We need to fight for concrete laws that will improve our society. The word is concrete."

The interview by Peggy Curran

Two years after his wife Léa Guilbeault was killed by a falling piece of concrete, this reluctant activist is frustrated by how little has been done

The Gazette’s View: End the foot-dragging on high-rise inspections

An independent infrastructure unit: it's a good idea

From the archives - the Peel Street Tragedy timeline (as of July 15, 2010)
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