Saturday, 19 July 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular is coming back to the Bell Centre

When Walking with Dinosaurs first came to Montreal five years ago I went to see a performance at the BellCentre. I must say I have always been fascinated with the fact that these creatures once roamed the earth and for that reason I loved the show Land of The Lost as a kid and saw all of the Jurassic Park movies.

Well the show was quite spectacular. In fact it does not take long to believe that you are seeing real dinosaurs.

Following  a strong first world tour in 2009, eight million people have seen one of  2,000 performances in 243 cities.Walking With Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular will be back for a limited time, from August 13 to 17(English shows on the 14th at 7 p.m. and the 17th at 11 a.m.) at the Bell Centre.

The show is factual, exploring the evolution of dinosaurs while discussing the impacts of climate and geographical shifts which led to their extinction, which are presented via a narrator. Since the show’s initial run, a new mainstream discovery has changed the way we think of dinosaurs: they had feathers!
There are 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus rex! Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes.  

The show also includes the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.  The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Guess where PK Subban is on the eve of huge contract signing?

When will the Montreal Canadiens lock in their franchise player PK Subban with a new contract? I expect it to be soon and at close to $9 million a season for eight years.

PK is obviously not  worried. He will let his agent conclude all of the details with Habs GM Marc Bergevin. In fact, I have learned that the outstanding defenceman and King of Charisma is with his friend and mentor Joel Leonoff in the French Riviera. While in Monaco, PK and "The Joel" spent some time  with legendary basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Joel Leonoff, Magic Johnson and PK Subban in Monaco
Leonoff, whom I played against many years ago in the Côte Saint-Luc Slo Pitch Association, is a fantastic role model for PK. He is the chief executive of online money transfer company Optimal Payments, which has a market value of more than $1 billion.  Last week Leonoff announced that Optimal would buy two U.S.-based online payment firms for $225 million to expand its operations in North America, sending its shares up as much as nine percent.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Stefano Momesso gets a look at Habs prospects camp

Will another Momesso wear the jersey of the Montreal Canadiens one day?

Stefano Momesso, a rugged forward, is the son of Sergio Momesso who played for the Habs, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers.  He is now the colour commentator on Canadiens radio broadcasts.

Stefano has been invited to the Habs' development camp this week in Brossard and given the number 52, previously worn by Mathieu Darche. He is six foot three, 205 pounds. Last season he led Smith Falls Bears of the Junior A Ontario League in scoring with 26 goals and  72 points He also had four goals and seven assists in 16 playoff games.  He also accepted an invitation to the Vancouver development camp. Stefano's cousin is Marco Scandella, now a star defenceman for the Minnesota Wild.

Stefano Momesso and cousin Marco Scandella.
Here is an interview he did today, broadcast on Habs TV. He explained why he went to the Ontario League in order to try and get an NCAA scholarship.

Sergio Momesso was the  ideal player for any team. He could score and never shied away from dropping his gloves. Stefano did not record a high amount of penalty minutes.

Below take a look at Sergio battling it with Mark Tinordi, the dad of Habs defenceman Jarred Tinordi. 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

A warning for boaters to discard expired flares

L'Éntrepôt Marine Inc., located at 1285 boul. Arthur-Sauvé in Laval, will be the spot on Saturday, July 5 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)  to dispose of expired flares.

Under the Boating Safety Contribution Programme (BSCP) the Federal Minister  of Transport Lisa Raitt  recently announced funding for a Safety Equipment Education and Pyrotechnic Flare Disposal for  Recreational Boaters. The purpose of this pilot project is to educate boaters on boating safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and to dispose of flares. 

If your flares have a manufacture date of 2010 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You can't light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage.  Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner Canadian Power and Sale Squadrons (CPS)  and  Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated  flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge. 

In accordance with Transport Canada requirements, flares are approved for four years from the date of manufacture. Typically, this means that boaters need to replace their flares every third or fourth boating season. If they have a manufacture date of 2010 or earlier they have expired or will expire during this boating season, boaters are required replace them.

There are four types of flares: Type A - Rocket Parachute, Type B - Multi-Star, Type C - Hand-Held, Type  D - Smoke Signal. For further information on the different characteristics of each type, and the quantity  required for your vessel, log on to

Walter Evans, a member of Lake St, Louis Squadron  based at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in  Dorval,  says that attempts  to get rid of outdated flares have been ongoing for years.  "We tried police stations and fire stations but no one wanted them," he said.   "This is a great opportunity for all leisure boaters to safely dispose of their unwanted flares.
The rules for usage are complex.  All vessels greater than   six  metres on Lake St. Louis must have flares on board. The number and type are determined by the size of the boat. Vessels under  six metres, including sailboards, paddleboats , watercycles,  personal watercraft  and  power pleasure craft,  must have either a watertight flashlight or three Canadian approved flares of type A, B or C. Flares are not mandatory if you can never be more than one kilometre from shore."
For a list of Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days and locations visit: or call 1-888-CPS-BOAT Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons. CPS is a community of passionate boaters across Canada who are committed to safety, boating  education, and having fun on the water. It is a national volunteer driven organization with a  long-standing reputation for offering high-quality educational courses.

With a 75 year plus history and a membership of over 24,000 in 150 Squadrons across the country, CPS has played a major role in boating culture in Canada and is the established leader for the training of recreational boaters. CPS  works co-operatively with Transport Canada, lndustry Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast  Guard Auxiliary, and many other organizations involved in safe boating. For more information visit:

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

David Lazarus let go after 30 years at the Canadian Jewish News

Journalism can be a lousy business. A year ago at this time the Canadian Jewish News  had just staved off closure.Folks I know in the Montreal office breathed a huge sigh of relief, especially veteran reporters Janice Arnold and David Lazarus.
At the head office in Toronto, a young new editor named Yoni Goldstein was hired and the look of the paper got an attractive facelift. However, over the last few months it was clear to readers here that there was far less Montreal content than before. I worried for my friends Janice and David.
David Lazarus
Well on Friday June 13 (yes Friday the 13th) David Lazarus was given his dreaded pink slip after 30 years on the job. "I am not taking it personally; it was all part of the ongoing 're-structuring' at the paper," David shared with me. "A day earlier Jeff Rosen in Toronto was also let go after 30 years in editorial. The only catch is that there now is only one full time English language reporter in Montreal in Janice, so she has to handle everything all by herself."
On his 30 years with the paper, he notes, "I have been writing and covering every imaginable sort of Jewish community story: hard news, features, sports, human interest, obituaries, analytical comment, community event publicity and coverage, tribute dinners and annual meetings. I have travelled to Israel, the U.S., Mexico, and elsewhere, most recently in November, 2012 to Ben-Gurion University for a series of articles." 
David Lazarus is an incredibly gifted writer and I hope he winds up working somewhere again soon, either in journalism or public relations.