LISTEN: City ticketing cars outside NDG synagogue
Some Jewish people in NDG are upset that their cars are getting ticketed outside a school that is closed today for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
The school is the Solomon Schecter Academy, located next to the Shaare Zion synagogue on Cote St. Luc Rd.
A city parking attendant ticketed cars on a couple of the streets surrounding the building. Some of the cars were parked underneath signs that forbid parking for longer than 15 minutes on school days.
This was not a school day for students at Solomon Schecter — they were off for the holiday.
But many were parked there to attend the synagogue.
Jordana Berger was one of the people ticketed. She was especially upset with the parking attendant's attitude.
"We explained everything to [the parking attendant] in French and in English, and he couldn't care less," Berger said. "Everyone who came out the same time as me said the same thing to the gentleman. We said it in French, in English, we tried to be very nice, this is insensitive, this is such an important holiday...he couldn't care less. He kept reiterating the fact this was not a Jewish city."
The borough has had a policy of leniency on parking restrictions during Jewish holidays in place for decades.
Earlier this year, city councillor Marvin Rotrand responded to a statement from Bernard Drainville, the PQ minister responsible for the contentious Charter of Quebec Values, who openly questioned the need to ease parking restrictions. Rotrand said the parking policy, in place since 1984, is designed to promote tolerance and cooperation.
Photos: Tina Tenneriello