WHO'S YOUR FARMER?
Verdun's community gardens a holdover from its rural days
In the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, Verdun was covered with farms. In fact, it owes its status as a municipality to a group of English and French-speaking gentleman farmers in 1874 who wanted to avoid a perceived tax grab by the City of Montreal. Plus ça change… Farming remained in Verdun long after it had disappeared from the rest of central Montreal. The Douglas Hospital grew all of its own food until the 1960s and Monteith Farm was still a going concern in the 1930s.
Concordia's SenseLab goes people watching
When we walk along the street it is impossible to know who is Catholic, who practices yoga regularly, who speaks Spanish, who listens to heavy metal, or who’s thinking about becoming vegetarian. But you always know who is a Hassidic Jew. The hats, the coats, the hair, the strollers, the children in matching clothes. For many people, this creates an impression of a monolithic community who thinks and behaves as a bloc.