Earth Day weekend events in Montreal – you may not have heard of these

If you’re looking for 2013 Earth Day events in Montreal, I wrote about them here

Some of the events listed here aren’t widely known.


Today, April 21st, join Montreal artist Claudia B., Recyc-Ordi and others for an afternoon of Earth Day activities. The main event is the launch and communal creation of a virtual “tree” made of CD cases and computer keyboard keys.

Eventually Claudia plans to create a “forest” of “pixelated” trees like the one shown here:

When: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Parking lot of the monastery at 4449, Berri St. (near the Mont-Royal metro)

On Earth Day Day itself (April 22)

NDG Pour La Terre

Meet at the Coop La Maison Verte for a party. Then head to the Vendôme metro to travel together for the huge gathering at the Place des Festivals/Quartier des spectacles.

When: 12 noon

Where: 5785 Sherbrooke West

Official Earth Day Event

Organizers are hoping 100,000 people “men, women and children of good will, who are committed to the defense of common good, wealth sharing, citizen rights and respect for our environment” will gather together to walk for Earth Day.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Place des Festivals/Quartier des spectacles (Place-des-Arts metro, Jeanne-Mance & Ste. Catherine streets)

City lane cleanup

The Montreal Art of Living Centre is inviting people to clean up De l’Esplanade street between Bernard and Van Horne.

When: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where: Bernard & De l’Esplanade

Happy Earth Day!


The cold shoulder

As someone experiencing transitions in both my personal and professional life, I’ve been isolated. I work from home and usually alone. So I avoid office politics.

Lately through I’ve witnessed some behaviour that has caught me off guard. Even though I attended a private girls’ school, the situations remind me of high school. I don’t know how to react when this sort of thing happens. What is the etiquette when you’re obviously being snubbed?

Most of the snubbing experiences have happened when I’ve been with my boyfriend. Women will come up to him and speak only with him. They’ll act as though I’m invisible even though I’m standing right next to him and they won’t acknowledge me at all. When it first happened I thought I was imagining it, it struck me as strange. But it’s happened enough times now I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are just plain ill-mannered and rude. Growing up I was taught that when you meet two people you address both parties. I’ve taught my son the same thing.

I’ve fumed over these experiences. I’ve thought of boycotting certain events or even confronting the people who’ve snubbed me. My boyfriend has urged me to let it go, be the better person, shake it off.

Last night my boyfriend was snubbed by a former friend of his. She said hello but when he tried to answer her she ran off. This is the second time I’ve witnessed this rudeness on her part. He was upset and I found myself urging him to ignore her, stop expecting her to show him good manners and good will.

I think we all crave recognition from the people around us. You can do cognitive behaviour therapy exercises, put yourself in the other person’s shoes, shore up your self-esteem. But rejection may still hurt, no matter how old you are.

Jerk Therapy, courtesy Kim Stockwood

Maple syrup and taffy – at the Mont-Royal metro!

While Montreal sees the return of BIXI bikes, we can still enjoy a miniature cabane à sucre (sugar shack) right in the city.

Here are some (crooked) pics I took yesterday of the wee establishment on Mont-Royal street, in front of the Mont-Royal metro. The guy serving the maple taffy (tire) says they’ve been selling maple syrup products and taffy in the area for 29 years, 25 years in the current location!

He said they haven’t always had the replica sugar shack. The previous structure was apparently crudely built and open air.

I never knew you could buy a maple bunny rabbit for Easter!