Montreal stadium used for refugees from U.S., isn’t this a scene in “Handmaid’s Tale”?

Lightning round!

  • Boise is all in a tizzy over plans to build a minor-league soccer stadium, because it would get a property-tax exemption. This is the kind of subsidy that people don’t usually notice unless they’re the mayor of Minneapolis, so good on Boise.
  • We finally have a due date for proposals for developing land near Belmont Park that the New York Islanders owners have targeted for a possible new arena: September 30. Tune back in then, and maybe we’ll see what they have in mind, and how they hope to pay for it.
  • Louisville is moving ahead with plans to refinance its debt on its disastrous arena deal. This won’t help a ton — the arena deal will still be a disaster — but even stanching the flow of red ink slightly is something, I suppose.
  • El Paso is involved in a court case over whether they’re allowed to hold sporting events at their new arena, because the bonds it used can’t be used for “sports facilities” and — know what, just read about it yourself, it’s too insane to describe in detail here.
  • The mayor of St. Petersburg is “intrigued” by the idea of building a new soccer stadium on the site of Tropicana Field if the Rays move out, something he apparently neglected to discuss with the local would-be MLS team owner first.
  • Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula is still refusing to demand a new stadium, despite the NFL really wanting him to.
  • Montreal’s Olympic Stadium is now being used as a temporary shelter for asylum seekers fleeing Trump’s America. There are undoubtedly many, many jokes to be made here — that’s what the comment section is for, so have fun!
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16 comments on “Montreal stadium used for refugees from U.S., isn’t this a scene in “Handmaid’s Tale”?

  1. Ha! It’s finally happened!

    Jean Drapeu’s Olympics have finally given birth!


    They drover a few graders around, so now we’re ahead of the pack. Woohoo!

  3. I like Rick Kriseman a lot, and I voted for him when I still lived in St. Pete, but he kind of has a history of saying things in public without thinking them through first.

  4. When the alternative to your own country is a white elephant stadium that can potentially have concrete rain down upon you I feel sorry for what live has thrown your way…..

    1. They’re legal. They’re in Canada legally.on refugee applications.

      It may shock you, but other countries have different laws. The arrogance some of you guys have is amazing.

    2. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

      Sound familiar?

      1. Yeah a good policy for a place needing more people. It is not clear that is the case anymore. Times change. We are in an era with too many people already globally, and a decreasing need for human labor.

          1. Well the constant pointing at the impact of immigration on the 1800 and 1900 hundreds US as a sign of its likely impact on a 2000s US kind of raises the question.

            I am not necessarily sold either way, but I think it is far from obvious the situations are analogous.

        1. When the inscription in question is changed to “Well, we’re full. Unless you are an incredibly wealthy person with a really questionable past willing and able to buy your way in, in which case we don’t care what brand of organized crime you practice or where you came from, welcome”, I will happily stop quoting it.

          Until then….

  5. The ROwdies can’t even fill Al Lang Stadium, what makes them think they can sell-out whatever they build when they implode The Thunderdome?

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