Thursday, December 22, 2011

Scratch That Bridge Off of Our Travel Plans

Heaps of controversy over the past few years about the state of Montreal's bridges.  I have complained about them frequently here and elsewhere.  But now much effort has been spent to repair them, so all is good, right?

Nope.  The repairs to the Mercier bridge were done ... poorly.  This is so incredibly aggravating.  After heaps of denial about there being significant problems about the bridges, there are heaps of closures and heaps of cash spent, and now we have a bridge that we cannot trust.  Oh, and governments we cannot trust.  At least we found out pretty quickly this time that the repairs sucked.  So, accountability is up, right?  Probably not, because we already have heaps of denial about who is to be blamed.  Anybody in government going to lose their job over this colossal waste of time and money?  I wouldn't bet on it.  We have spend our time worrying about whether the coach of the Canadiens speaks French or not.  Yep, that is the crisis du jour.  More on that in another post. 

And people wonder why I am leaving McGill.  While Carleton offered an amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues, Montreal and Quebec certainly made it far easier to leave. 

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