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2014 School Board Elections: LBPSB Candidates

eliasmakos | posted Monday, Oct 20th, 2014

Will you go out and vote in the school board elections on November 2?

Today our Laura Casella spoke to the three candidates vying for the top job at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Budget cuts and transparency emerged as top issues. Watch all the interviews below:


Suanne Stein Day:


Angela Nolet


Chris Eustace

How to update your phone to iOS 8

eliasmakos | posted Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014

On today’s show, I showed you some tips on how and why to update your older iOS devices to Apple latest mobile software:

Although I ran out of time on air, I should note that the iPhone 4S might me a device you want to keep on iOS 7 for the time being. Early reports say apps on iOS 8 load much slower on this hardware that dates from October 2011.

And don’t forget to check out Mike Yawney’s Canadian TV exclusive iPhone 6 & 6 Plus review:


Dumping Microsoft Word

eliasmakos | posted Monday, Mar 17th, 2014

With Microsoft still dragging its heels on releasing Office for the iPad, many people are looking for cross-platform alternatives. Here are three great options, all of them free. They might make you reconsider ever buying Office again, or paying for a yearly subscription for Microsoft’s latest offerings. Here are the three options I highlighted today:


The startup is making waves, with some businesses dropping Microsoft’s Word entirely for it. Quip’s apps work on iPhone, iPad,  & Android, or on PC/Mac via its website. In my testing, it’s ridiculously fast. It lacks many features (There’s only one type face and three headers available) but if you want speed and shareability, Quip is superb. www.quip.com

Google Drive

Google’s online productivity suite is robust, adding features on a regular basis and with enough options to satisfy 98% of Microsoft Word users. It’s apps could use some improvement, but you simply can’t beat it’s features and collaboration tools for working with others. Plus it’s free! www.drive.google.com/

Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Apple productivity apps don’t cost a thing – but only if you’ve bought a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac recently. And Apple has finally brought these apps to the Windows world, as they’re now are available in a desktop browser via the iCloud website. If you want beautiful documents, not quick & dirty ones, this is a great choice. www.icloud.com

SCHOOL CLOSINGS – November 27, 2013

eliasmakos | posted Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2013


  • ECS Miss Edgar’s & Miss Cramps School (AKA ECS)
  • Selwyn House
  • The Study
  • The Priory

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board:


  • Arundel Elementary School
  • Laurentia Elementary School
  • Grenville Elementary School
  • Ste- Agathe Academy
  • Ste-Adele Elementary School
  • Laurentian Elementary School
  • Morin Heights Elementary School
  • Laurentian Regional High School
  • Mountainview High School
  • CDC Lachute


  • Rawdon Elementary School
  • Joliette Elementary School
  • Joliette High School


  • Rosemere High School
  • McCaig Elementary School
  • Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Elementary School
  • Franklin Hill Elementary School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Mountainview Elementary School
  • Lake of Two Mountains High School
  • St-Jude Elementary School


• Rotiwennakehte Elementary School
• Aronhiatekha Elementary School
• Ratihente High School


  • All schools and service centres closed

Montreal’s Election of Compromise: The BT Interviews

eliasmakos | posted Friday, Nov 1st, 2013

With just a couple of days until Montrealers go to the polls, it’s amazing how many people I speak to who still are undecided about their vote for Mayor on Sunday. With this being most important municipal election in decades, it’s curious that many of us haven’t been able to lock down our vote. Why hasn’t a candidate been able to make his or her case in the last month?

I think we’re all looking for the perfect candidate.

But it’s become clear this week, watching the terrific interviews with our Joanne Vrakas, that the perfect candidate does not exist. The decision Montrealers face this year is one of compromise. The decision we really face is figuring out which compromise is acceptable to us. A fresh face without baggage vs. Inexperience. Political savvy vs. connections with our troubled past. Leadership & management skills vs. coalition partners we may not be comfortable with. A strong record of transparency and trust vs. some policies that we may not like.

If you’re like many people and haven’t made up your mind yet, take the time to watch our interviews with the candidates. It just may make up your mind for Sunday.

Mélanie Joly

Richard Bergeron

Marcel Côté

Denis Coderre

Feel free to post your comments below!

Behind the scenes at Breakfast Television Montreal

eliasmakos | posted Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013


Broadcaster Magazine

Broadcaster, a communications industry trade magazine, has published an interesting story on the behind the scenes technological magic that goes into Breakfast Television, and the planning decisions that gave our show the most dynamic studio in Montreal television.

If you’re interested in how we go live every weekday at 6 a.m., check out the article by hitting up this link.