Anyone interested in dirty civic political drama should check out this story on the crumbling state of the city of Montreal from Maclean’s magazine, which made for a fascinating read on my Montreal->Toronto train ride yesterday. The cover (see below) is intensely overdramatic (the mayor fears for his life!) and the story a slight let down from that exclamation pointed hype, but this is Maclean’s, a magazine that I’m sure is quite desperate to sell issues, and hey, it worked for me… this was the first time I’d bought a copy in a good year. Either way – from a mafia stronghold to bribery at city hall to ridiculous mismanagement of money – the story’s still all sorts of fun (though in the city’s defense, a disaster it is not, and it is still most certainly Canada’s most glamorous city, even though the bar ain’t exactly high).
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