Montreal Seminars & Workshops

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Feb 17
Trainsparence, presented by John Symons.
If you care about greenspaces or about transportation, or just about how much YOU will be paying for the new Skytrain, whether you use it or not, come out to hear all the reasons why this project should be rejected and alternative solutions that are much more suited for the needs of montrealers.

Trainsparence was created to stimulate a real debate on the REM electric train proposed for Montreal. Despite the current popularity of this project, many believe it does not hold up to close scrutiny, will be much more expensive than the estimated $5.5 billion, and does not respond well to the transportation needs of Montrealers. Trainsparence applauds the government’s intention to invest in public transportation, but the REM proposed by Quebec’s Caisse de Dépôt and its subsidiary, CDPQ Infra, is a badly designed, problem-filled project that should be rejected.

John Symon first became involved in the environmental movement as a teenager in the 1970s growing up in BC. His first environmental battle was one of the rare victories for the movement, forcing a local port authority to expand harbour facilities elsewhere but into an estuary. John helped initiate curbside recycling in Nanaimo, his hometown, also as a teenager. By the early 1980s John was an editor of the Pacific Yukon Environmental News magazine and became involved with the BC Green Party. He came to Montreal for university in the mid 1980s, learned French and picked up degrees in geography and in commerce. Now working as a freelance journalist, he often writes articles on environmental issues and bicycle advocacy. John ran twice as a candidate for the Parti vert du Québec as well as two times for Projet Montréal municipally. In 2016, John co-founded the group, Trainsparence, which seeks a proper debate on the $6 billion SkyTrain proposed for Montreal. This last issue is very poignant, because the SkyTrain's promoters hope to receive perhaps a $1 billion subsidy from Quebec's Green Fund (Fonds vert) but, under close examination, is this really a “green” project?

This is a free event. All are welcome.

When: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7pm
Where: 4695 boul de Maisonneuve Ouest, Westmount, Quebec

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May 23 to May 26
50 artists • 20 shows • 10 venues • 4 days • 2 workshops • 1 Festival

The One Wo/Man Band Festival (Festival de Musique Solitaire) is a unique music festival that celebrates and showcases the talents and creativity of one-man/woman band musicians and performers the likes of multi-instrumentalists loop artists, singer songwriters, dj’s, and other forms of solo performers. For reasons of feasibility, creative expression, financial limitations and technological advancements in music production, artists today are finding new ways to express their output by recording, touring and performing alone. This festival aims to showcase their talents and support the one man/woman band phenomenon!

Artists performing this year
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