Montreal's raw sewage dump makes international headlines
Mayor Denis Coderre suggests American reporters 'take a look at some cities in the United States'
Media outlets from around the world have turned their attention to Montreal's raw sewage controversy, with news crews descending on the city from south of the border.
Mayor Denis Coderre addressed the coverage at a news conference Thursday, suggesting to American reporters it would be "appropriate to take a look at some cities in the United States before talking against Montreal."
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- Montreal mayor says work on schedule for St. Lawrence sewage dump
Reporters from Plattsburgh, N.Y., and beyond have made the trip to Montreal to coverage the wastewater dump.
'One angry city'
The BBC has also paid plenty of attention to the events unfolding in Montreal, offering up a video report and a trio of articles, including one headlined: "More than 14bn pints of sewage – and one angry city."
The article was one of several published worldwide noting the spilled raw sewage would fill 3,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
It also contained a collection of creative tweets, including an image of an air freshener attached to the bottom of a bridge.
References to the anger hinted at in the headline, however, were hard to find.
The Guardian covered the goings-on with an article entitled "Montreal begins controversial sewage dump into St Lawrence river."
The report elicited reader comments that varied from the disappointed ("I expected better from the Canadians") to the dismissive ("Discharging billions of litres of sewage into rivers and oceans is common. This is a non-story.").
A multitude of other publications republished an Associated Press article detailing the sewage dump, while CNN, The Independent and Paris Match also made note of the events in even-handed stories.
Heated reaction close to Montreal
Reader reaction appeared to be most passionate in places nearest to where the water flows, as noted in the comment section of an article published on New York state's North Country Public Radio site, entitled "Montreal to begin pumping sewage into St. Lawrence."
One reader demonstrated that he was not a fan of the decision to dump waste into the river.
"I will do my part and not spend ONE CENT in Montreal for a very, very long time," the anonymous reader wrote.