On Sunday June 5, Le Tour de l'Ile de Montreal will be taking the same route that it took two years ago through NDG.
The event can no longer go into the West Island unless the participants of the event are INVITED to raise funds for charity.
Other cities have banned the event altogether.
The 80,000 participants of NYC's marathon and major cycling event raised $32 million for charity last year. The 80,000 participants of our events did not raise more than $30,000.
Mayor Tremblay, Michael Applebaum and other local politicians have been asked for years to use their influence in ordewr to see that funds are raised for worthy causes.
As Quebec is the worst place by far for charitable giving, volunteerism and even blood contributions in Canada, it is no surprise that they did not rise to the occasion.
Last year, McGill raised 5x what the U de M raised. If the supporters of the Ste Justine were as charitable as the Montreal Children's Hospital, $113 million would have been raised last year and not just under $21 million.
$1 million of your tax dollars went to Velo QC in 2010 to stage their events. At the same time Mayor Tremblay charged charities and NPOs $170,000 to stage fundraising events at one single Montreal park!!!
On the day of the last election, Mayor Tremblay's party used Velo QC headquarters and staff in their effort to get re-elected. The Founder of Velo QC was appointed Chairman of the STM by Tremblay!!!
One would think that this is a conflict of interest but not Mayor Tremblay. Fortunately someone in Quebec thought that things are fishy and referred the matter to the Ministry of Security, for investigation.
Mayor Tremblay can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Michael Applebaum can be reached at MApplebaum@ville.montreal.qc.ca and both of them love to hear from the taxpayers.