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Street sale mania

I pity people who have to drive around downtown this weekend. It’s worse than usual because of all the street closures:

  • Ste. Catherine Street is closed between St. Marc and Jeanne-Mance because of a street sale this weekend
  • St. Hubert is closed between Bellechasse and Jean-Talon because of a street sale
  • The area around Place des Arts on Ste. Catherine Street is closed… just ’cause there’s a giant stage there and no point in moving it between festivals
  • St. Catherine Street is closed between Berri (really St. AndrĂ©) and Papineau for the summer
  • The Latin Quarter (St. Denis and de Maisonneuve and the streets around it) is closed for the Just for Laughs festival
  • Notre Dame was closed last night near de Lorimier because of the fireworks
  • Crescent Street is closed between de Maisonneuve and Ste. Catherine for expanded terrasses and entertainment

And I’m sure there’s plenty I missed. It all adds up to one giant headache for downtown drivers.

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BMO Concordia University

Concordia University is the proud recipient of a new $2.5 million … let’s call it a donation from the Bank of Montreal

In exchange for this generous offering, Concordia will name a 300-seat theatre in its new business building the BMO Amphitheatre, and it will start a BMO Lecture Series, bringing in important people to talk about business and social responsibility.

The donation was the work of L. Jacques Menard, who is a big honcho at BMO and a member of Concordia’s Board of Governors. (It also serves to remind us why big corporate honchos sit on the board in the first place.)

To give a bit of perspective to the donation, the John Molson School of Business itself was given the name after a $10 million donation from the Molson family, while Molson Inc. head Eric Molson was the university’s chancellor.

With that in mind, it seems Concordia wins the cost-benefit game here.