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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:

Quip

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 Closures: March 13th, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014

All schools are closed for the following school boards:

  • Commission Marie Victorin
  • Riverside School Board
  • New Frontiers School Board
  • Eastern Townships School Board
  • Commission Scolaire des Grandes Seigneuries
  • Commission Scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
  •  Commission scolaire des Patriotes
  • Elementary school and high school for the Collège Français de Longueuil
  • Commission scolaire des Patriotes.
  • Commission scolaire de La Vallée Des Tisserands

Also Closed:

  • Montreal Oral School for the deaf
  • Maimonides Geriatric Day Center Hospital in Côte-St-Luc

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Feb 5th, 2014

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS- January 6th, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Monday, Jan 6th, 2014

Montreal:

• College de Montreal
• Saint-Edmond High School in Greenfield Park closed due to flooding. Staff must go into work however.

Longueuil:

• College Francais Primaire et Secondaire de Longueuil

Kanehsatake:

• Rotiwennakehte/Aronhiatekha elementary
• Ratihen:te High School

Laurentians:

• 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

Lanaudière:

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

Lower Laurentians:

• 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

SCHOOL CLOSINGS – November 27, 2013

eliasmakos | posted Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2013

MONTREAL:

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

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board:

LAURENTIDES

  • 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

LANAUDIÈRE

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

LOWER LAURENTIDES / BASSES LAURENTIDES

  • 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

KANESATAKE:

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

COMMISSION SCOLAIRE DES SAMARES

  • 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!

Catherine Verdon-Diamond’s Splash & Dash

BT Montreal | posted Friday, Nov 1st, 2013

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Your very own CVD will be taking part in the Heroes & Celebrities 12th annual Sarah’s Fund Splash & Dash event on Saturday November 2nd.

The relay race involves laps around the track, and laps in the pool. Yes I will be running (or walking at times), and I will swim as fast as I can… All in support of these courageous children!

All funds raised go to honour and celebrate the families who have courageously battled pediatric cancer and made their journey through the hallways of Sarah’s Floor at The Montreal Children’s Hospital.

So if you can, please support this great cause and of course my team! Any amount will help: https://splashanddash.childrenfoundation.com/fundraiser/catherine-verdon-diamond/

Many thanks,

Catherine

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