Cabot Square has long been a gathering place for the homeless in western downtown. So it caught a lot of people by surprise when the city decided to set up a skating rink there. City Hall says it is just maintaining a balance between helping the homeless and serving local citizens. But some homeless advocates say that the city had other options for the skating rink and that it represents a larger problem with how Montreal deals with the homeless. We ask experts to weigh in.
Guest(s) : Benoit Langevin, Montreal City Councillor Ethan Cox, Ricochet.media Editor Nakuset, Montreal Native Women's Shelter Executive Director
CityLife examines issues that affect all Anglo Montrealers in an engaging and accessible way. Host Richard Dagenais and his team delve into politics, public transit, the environment, the economy, immigration, roadwork, social issues, culture and much more. Each CityLife show zeroes in on a particular subject or issue unfolding in Montréal, often with original approaches and creative coverage of local stories you may not find anywhere else.
HOST - Richard Dagenais was born, raised, educated and, continues to be employed, in Montréal. Twice nominated for ACTRA National Radio Awards, he works in Montréal television and radio as a host, anchor, reporter and writer. He is a singer, songwriter, and musician who has performed the anthems for the Expos and Alouettes. He's married with one son and two nutty dogs. He enjoys sports but hates going to the gym; he goes, but he hates it! He's got a blog and he tweets, too!
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Paul has been involved in Montreal media for 40 years. He began in print, writing for the Gazette and other publications. He was a founding member of the Montreal Mirror and published the music tabloid RearGarde. He then moved to television where he started as Researcher and Assignment Editor at CTV. He went on to produce the evening news for both Global and CBC for a decade and a half. He also teaches Journalism at Concordia, works as a political commentator and fronts Punk band, Ripcordz.