Opinion: Public transit in Montreal should be free
Matthew Hays, part-time instructor of film studies in the Faculty of Fine Arts and of journalism in the Faculty of Arts and Science, writes an opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette, where he advocates for free public transit on the island. Hays says much of the cost to taxpayers would be offset through savings on roadwork. He notes the environmental and social benefits of free public transit, which he believes would also boost the city's tourist trade.
Asylum-seekers were flocking into Quebec from the United States and forced Canadian authorities to open the Olympic Stadium to house them.
Mireille Paquet, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, spoke to various news outlets about how allowing an influx of asylum-seekers has placed Canada in a precarious diplomatic position with the United States.
Paquet was quoted in The New York Times and appeared on CBC radio programming across the country to talk about the issue.