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!

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…..

    • 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.

    • “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?

      • 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.

          • 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.

        • 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?