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Montréal Monday: Very local produce, 23 Skidoo, and private involvement in Montréal’s public transportation

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Each Monday, Spacing will bring you some of the popular posts from our sister blog, Spacing Montréal. We’ll keep an eye open for topics and discussions that are pertinent to current public space issues in Toronto.

Ferme du Zéphir is one of the last remaining farms on the Island of Montréal, selling their vegetables direct to consumers by delivery or at their weekly veggie stand. Alanah Heffez looks at the success of this local produce provider with her post about Zéphir’s very local produce.

• If a catastrophe suddenly obliterated people from the city, what would become of the city’s streets and buildings? Julian Biggs’ 1964 NFB film, 23 Skidoo, surveys Montréal as though the human population is mysteriously eradicated, documenting the traces of humanity left in a now lifeless city.

• How much is too much when it comes to private involvement in public transportation? Agence métropolitaine de transport has contracted a private company (instead of the publicly funded STM) to operate two new express bus lines with luxury coaches, sparking concerns over a two-tiered transit system with too much private involvement.

Photo by Christopher DeWolf