Montreal has some beautiful old buildings. But others are so old they're falling apart, literally. Bricks and facades have fallen from buildings, injuring some people. The city changed the rules a few years ago to force owners to keep up on maintenance. But is it enough to truly keep us all safe? We speak with officials about what's being done and find out why some landlords point the finger of blame at government officials for the problem.
Guest(s) : Ralph Abou Merhi, Engineer, Façades Plus Anne Lagacé-Dowson, Political Commentator Robert Frank, Journalist Sébastien Downs, Régie du Bâtiment du Québec
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!
REPORTER & RESEARCHER - Giordano is an award-nominated multimedia journalist. His work has been featured on CityNews and the Montreal Gazette’s front page. Giordano has always had a passion for telling human-interest stories. That passion inspired him to create and host 514 Undiscovered, a series that explores the underbelly of Montreal’s most obscure communities. Giordano also co-hosts biweekly painting workshops with residents of women’s shelter Logifem.
COORDINATOR & RESEARCHER - Alexa is an award-nominated multimedia journalist. Her work has been featured on the Montreal Gazette’s front page and Ricochet Media. Having always spent time volunteering, Alexa’s passion for telling human-interest stories has continued to grow. She tells the stories of some of Montreal’s most unique people while hosting 514 Undiscovered. She also co-hosts bi-weekly painting workshops with residents of women’s shelter Logifem.
CONTENT PRODUCER - 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.