Jo-Anne Wemmers walks by a Car2Go car sharing vehicle parked in her Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. She is among a growing number of Montrealers who think car-sharing vehicles are taking up too many parking spaces.
John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Parking wars: A popular Montreal car-sharing service is ruffling feathers west of downtown. Residents in N.D.G. say the area’s already limited parking spaces are being gobbled up by vehicles belonging to companies like Communauto and Car2Go. The west Montreal borough has given the car-sharing companies universal parking permits because their service helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And because only six of the city’s 19 boroughs have awarded these permits, it means an overwhelming number Car2Go and Communauto users are parking in places like N.D.G., le Sud Ouest and Villeray—St-Michel—Parc-Extension. N.D.G. residents are calling on their borough councillors to start limiting the amount of parking permits it issues.

Parks and conservation: Canada (and Quebec in particular) lags in protecting parks and land. A new study suggests Canada is way behind other G7 countries when it comes to defending land from development. With just 10.6 per cent of its land mass marked as protected, Canada trails Germany (37.8 per cent), the United Kingdom (28.5 per cent), France (25.8 per cent), Japan (19.4 per cent) and the United States (13 per cent). And Quebec isn’t exactly pulling its weight. La Belle Province has only set aside 9.35 per cent of its lands as protected. The study’s authors, who work for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), say the Quebec government holds a veto power of much of the province’s conservation projects. For its part, the provincial government says it wants to increase protected areas to 17 per cent of its land mass by 2020.

Say no to bagels: The lawyer for a man facing conspiracy charges in Oregon told a federal judge Monday that his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an “everything bagel” with poppy seeds on it. The Oregonian reports that the judge ordered the man to avoid drugs and poppy seeds. For his part, the suspect says he now eats egg whites for breakfast.

Hold my calls: A Washington, D.C. man tumbled into a garbage chute on Sunday while trying to retrieve his cellphone, the Associate Press reports. Luckily, the man was able to retrieve his device and use it to call 911. Firefighters pulled the man from the garbage heap. He wasn’t injured.

 

 

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