Victim of abuse

This looked like an ordinary parking ticket.

Trivial enough.

Under the wiper, gracefully waiting for my trembling hand to remove it.

Yep. Trembling hand. I was sooooooooo upset.

I apparently parked in a prohibited space at a prohibited time.

I just could not fathom why, oh why, this happened to me !

After all, having lived in Montreal for many years, I am used to confusing parking signs.

But in this case… no sign at all.

I know… I should have been suspicious.

But hey… I really did not see anything.

I was so stunned I took a few pictures and even filmed my journey the next time I parked in the very same spot… at the right time.

Here they are for your enjoyment!!

Driving live footage!
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And I decided right there, on the spot, to be a rebel ! I was not about to be intimidated by “the system”. There were NO signs in view. Oh, there was a sign on the next corner, but I could not see anything on their block.

I do not know about you readers, but I do not look for parking signs 3 km before arriving at my destination.

In any case, I filled in the “No guilty” check box and sent my rebellious reply to the City of Montreal.

I received my notice of the hearing last week, my second letter from our cherished town administration.

The first one was to inform me that, were I to admit my fault, I could pay them now… with a 40$ fee on top of my 40$ fine.

Of course, 40$ because I bothered to reply.

Well, no way!!!

I would fight to the death! I was right after all!

I received my second letter with a date for the formal hearing. 6 months from now.

And again that “offer” to pay up now and close the case.

Hey, good deal, no additional fee if I were to simply admit I was wrong… a gentle slap on the fingers, that’s all…

Pfff…. yeah right!!!


But then I saw IT.

An apparently innocuous brief article in La Presse, Montreal’s francophone newspaper. Basically a case similar to mine. And the lady won!

The judge created a precedent, saying that for the last 25 years “that parking tickets were classified as absolute liability offences, that is to say, against which it is impossible to present a defence”.

“It has ruled that we now classify parking tickets as strict liability offences. This change opens the door to the possibility that motorists have a defence of “due diligence” or demonstrate having taken all necessary precautions to avoid being in violation.”

So she won.


“Does this judgment will stay? It opens the door to a tsunami of protests”, said the specialist who provides this kind of case could go to the Supreme Court.


So here I was reading my daily newspaper where we all read the daily newspaper. And I was scared s**tless… of all places to feel that way.

Ok. I am right about my case. I have photos to prove my due diligence.

Do I believe in the “system” enough to fight for this ?


The lady fought for 18 months.

Do I have time to fight for 80$ ?


So here I was thinking about this and writing my latest blog post about refusing the abuses the system or our bosses impose on us.

And I decided to forfeit my right to be right.

Choosing one’s battles is important if one wants to win the war.

I cannot win this one.

But I can write about it.

The word is mightier than the sword.

Let’s see.

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Help me help us all!!

Big ideas can change the world.

V. Hugo said that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

It is time….


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