The fine folks at Hour asked me to provide some “suggestions” for The Man various powers-that-be for 2009, which would then be used as free holiday filler quoted in an article to come out on Christmas Day.
The piece, which puts me the bottom with the rif-raff and interest group leaders, includes pretty well verbatim what I sent them.
- Gérald Tremblay and Benoît Labonté think for a few more seconds before their next project to blatantly pander to voters before next December’s election
- STM provide real-time updates online about metro service disruptions
- Montreal police and other emergency services post their breaking news about car accidents, fires and murders online so that curious Montrealers can check for themselves what’s going on instead of having to wait for one of the media outlets to take dictation from the PR guy
- more Montrealers start up niche blogs about their communities and their areas of expertise
- TQS and Global TV, who are third in the franco and anglo TV ratings for their local newscasts, realize that slashing budgets isn’t the only answer and start experimenting by covering the news in some unique way
- 940 Hits die a slow, painful death for having replaced 940 News with crap
- Montreal music radio stations stop desperately clinging to the lowest common denominator and take a chance by allowing their DJs some freedom in choosing what goes on the air
- Montreal newspapers, radio and TV stations stop giving lip service to the Internet and put some real focus online – the Journal [de Montréal] could start by dealing with its union issues that are preventing it from launching a real website
- local TV stations start creating local programming that goes beyond the evening newscast that gives us the weather, fatal car accidents and fluff every day
- Montrealers stop complaining about the snow and take public transit if they’re so annoyed at having to shovel out and move their cars all the time
- Amir Khadir brings hard work and new ideas to the National Assembly instead of spending his time as an MNA whining about how the government isn’t helping poor people enough
- the next major public transit expansion project take fewer than 20 years to plan and execute.
Any you’d like to add?