The outgoing mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, promises to double the budget of the City allocated to homelessness, increasing it from 3 to 6 million dollars per year to finance in particular housing and emergency accommodation sites, and support community organizations.
The head of Projet Montréal made the announcement Monday morning at Parc du Portugal, on the Plateau-Mont-Royal.
We are a few blocks from rue Milton and de Parc, where the situation is no longer sustainable.”Said Ms. Plante. I would even say that we are experiencing a humanitarian crisis.»
The pandemic has dramatically increased needs across the cityShe added.
In front of this situation, we can no longer support people by piecemeal measures», According to the mayor. It does not work.»
She therefore promised to double the annual budget dedicated to homelessness in Montreal, which will increase from three to six million dollars per year, for a total of 24 million dollars over four years if she is re-elected for a second term.
To compare, the budget of the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM) stands at more than $ 679 million in 2021, up $ 14.4 million compared to 2020. And Projet Montréal has promised to increase funding even more in a second term.
The money promised by Ms. Plante in terms of homelessness will be used to support community organizations to allow them to have better financial predictabilityShe said.
Video: Hydro-Quebec dams saved by quantum? (The duty)
Click here to enlarge
Bars and restaurants are in turn asking for more flexible health measures
Bars and restaurants in turn are asking for relaxation of health measures After the reductions in health measures announced by Quebec for the cultural sector last week, the restaurant and bar industry believes that it is their turn. The New Association of Quebec Bars (NABQ) is therefore asking the government to allow new relief to help restaurants and bars severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The association asks in particular to be able to open its establishments to maximum capacity and to reduce the closing time to 3 a.m. “Today, we are asking the Government of Quebec […] to be consistent and to show openness insofar as, if we can tolerate 22,000 people side by side in an amphitheater […], we can now tolerate seeing dining rooms and bars accommodate the permitted capacity of their establishments under the same conditions […]”, Indicated the president of the NABQ, Pierre Thibault, by press release. At the request of the government, bars and restaurants in the province set up in September a system of verification of the vaccination passport with identity document to ensure that everyone who passes through the doors of establishments is able to confirm his proof of immunization against COVID-19. According to Mr. Thibault, the industry will be “taken to the floor and will most likely suffer a technical knockout that will prevent it from recovering from this fight against COVID-19” if the requested relief is not granted.
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger down
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger down Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, the two social networks and the two messengers of the Californian giant, suffered a massive outage on Monday, potentially affecting tens of millions of users around the world. The web giant said on Twitter “working to restore [ses services] as quickly as possible”. The Down Detector site notably showed a concentration of blackouts in densely populated areas of North America, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Washington, and Europe, such as Paris, Rome and Berlin. “This site is inaccessible”, “impossible to find the address of the server,” the Facebook site told many users Monday around noon. The blackout appeared to have lasted for about an hour. “We are aware that some people have difficulty accessing our applications and products. We are working to get back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for the inconvenience, ”Andy Stone, a spokesperson for the group, posted on Twitter. The company did not immediately respond to a solicitation from AFP about the outage. The platform with nearly 3 billion monthly users is going through one of the worst crises on its reputation in two weeks, because of revelations from a whistleblower. Former product engineer at Facebook, Frances Haugen leaked numerous internal documents, and accused the group of “[choisir] profit rather than safety ”of its users, in an interview broadcast by CBS on Sunday. On Wall Street, the price of Facebook, already down at the start of the session, accelerated its losses and fell by nearly 6%.
Abuse of power in housing co-ops
Abuse of power in housing co-ops Josy Schwartz, an educator in a childcare center in Montreal, is still turned upside down by the events. With her partner, she has just reluctantly left the housing co-op she had lived in for nine years. Conflicts developed with a neighbor who, she said, made an “infernal” noise at night, and another who regularly smoked aromatic cigarettes near her window. She is multiple chemical hypersensitive, a condition that makes her very sensitive to odors. “I went to see him twice to discuss it, but the second time he insulted me and yelled at me,” she said. I didn’t feel safe so I wrote an email to the board ”. For their part, the two neighbors made a harassment complaint to the Board of Directors. They were called by the board of directors to a meeting where, she believed, solutions would be found and conflicts resolved. But it looked more like a “people’s court”. Josy Schwartz wanted to challenge their exclusion as a member. But the difficulty of finding a lawyer, the complexity of the process and the costs discouraged her. “What can I do, other than report?” she asks. It is very difficult to dispute an exclusion, underlines Manuel Johnson, lawyer at the firm Ouellet, Nadon & Associés. He has made it his hobbyhorse for several years. “There is a denial of justice. There is a problem of access to justice, to a remedy and to an impartial tribunal, ”he maintains. The Cooperatives Act provides quasi-judicial disciplinary powers to the Board, which can suspend or expel a member according to a series of criteria. A criterion often invoked is the idea of not harming the cooperative, which the CAs will interpret in a “very broad and liberal” manner, maintains Me Johnson. But there is no forum to appeal. The Administrative Housing Tribunal (TAL) does not have jurisdiction over the status of a member of a cooperative. “If we want to oppose, the only court is the Superior Court. But it is a more complex procedure and much less accessible than the TAL, underlines Manuel Johnson. A long request has to be written, and the costs are higher ”. There should be more control and monitoring of the CAs, he thinks, since it is difficult for these bodies to make impartial decisions because of their close relationship with the members.
The outgoing mayor has also pledged to fund 300 housing units per year for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless»And to support the establishment of additional emergency accommodation sites open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including one culturally adapted for Indigenous people».
Most we cannot act alone“, However admitted Ms. Plante. She called on the provincial government to homeless a priority”In the run-up to Quebec’s economic update.
Ensemble Montréal reacts
The roaming spokesperson for Ensemble Montréal, Benoit Langevin, denounced roaming measures that should have been put in place over the past four years».
Despite our raising of the red flag, the Plante administration made the choice not to increase the funding dedicated to roaming during the last budget.He said by email.
Ensemble Montreal had not been able to explain this apparent contradiction when it published its reaction.
The budgets of the years 2016 and 2017, the last two years of the mandate of the former – and aspiring – mayor Denis Coderre at the head of the City, do not contain a specific section on the fight against homelessness, making the comparison difficult.
Called to react, Mouvement Montreal had not responded to Radio-Canada at the time of publishing this text.