Category : John Symon

WW II veteran stays young by selling poppies

Money collected supports local hospitals   by John Symon   As Remembrance Day (November 11) approaches, a spry elderly man sells poppies in Cote Saint Luc Mall to remind shoppers of the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers. Jack Budovitch, now 90, is a veteran ...

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Remembrance Day ceremonies around Montreal

Different dates for different locales   by John Symon   Across the Montreal area, parades, bagpipes, elderly veterans in uniform, and silent vigils are signaling Remembrance Day (French: Jour du Souvenir), which falls this year on Monday, November 11. But many local organizers of ...

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Giving used bicycles a new life

NDG Bike Collection Drive Oct. 20   by John Symon   Cyclo Nord-Sud (CNS) is appealing to Montrealers to donate used bicycles at its annual NDG bike collection drive on Sunday, October 20. The charitable group has sent some 45,000 used bicycles from Canada ...

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Metro, AMT expansions planned toward east

Is western part of Island forgotten?   by John Symon   Montreal’s metro (subway) system is the third busiest in North America (after Mexico City & NYC), but parts of Montreal Island are badly served by the system. In particular, residents of the West ...

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Farmers bring produce to NDG

by John Symon       Urban shoppers in NDG can find fresh farm produce and talk to farmers at two temporary farmer’s markets these days. Two local businesses, Coop la Maison verte and Fleur Sauvage are hosting the markets certain days of the ...

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Bombardier C-Series plane makes test flight

Montreal continues to be global aviation centre…   by John Symon   On September 16, Bombardier’s CS100 took off for its maiden flight from Mirabel Airport north of Montreal. Bombardier is betting that mid-range (100 to 149 seats); fuel-efficient jets like the CS100 will ...

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