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  • Kate 23:48 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

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    No vacation for me this year, but I’ve decided to do a few walks around parts of town I don’t know well. Monday I walked around eastern bits of Ville-Marie, which has some excellent back alleys, but also surprised me with this park, the Parc des Faubourgs. This became a park in 2005 and I somehow had not particularly noticed it, but it’s a keeper. There’s the view of the bridge, there’s fountains, there’s a sort of Parisian feel to the length and shape of it, and how it fits the neighbourhood. Right now it’s dotted with sculptures by Glen Le Mesurier.

     
  • Kate 23:35 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Government honchos are promising traffic relief.

    This is definitely one of the cyclic stories here that gets taken up for a week or two and then goes down the memory hole till the next year. I’m compiling a list, starting with:

    Very early spring: Oh no! Potholes! So many potholes!
    Early spring: Who threw all this trash around the street? Why is the city so filthy?
    Summer: Why don’t we have air conditioned buses? And metros?
    Rentrée: The TRAFFIC, my god the traffic!

     
  • Kate 23:32 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    A delayed sewer repair on one block of St-Timothée Street downtown will cost twice as much as originally planned after a horse’s laugh of failures from city hall to act decisively, at least if this account is anything like the truth.

     
  • Kate 22:40 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    The mephitic stench that distinguishes Montreal East may be getting even worse as roaring tankerloads of heavy crude converge on the city’s refineries. One third of the world’s population is directly threatened by poor air quality.

     
  • Kate 22:04 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    A spa on Nuns’ Island is being blamed for nastiness in a pond on the island. I don’t see how sewage could be going into a pond since 2009 without anyone noticing, but at least now they have to fix it.

     
  • Kate 21:58 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Tony Accurso began to tell his tale Tuesday, and wherever I went I saw him on screens all over town. Accounts from National Post, La Presse, the Gazette.

     
  • Kate 21:55 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Rosemont borough says it has no choice but to renew its animal pound contract with Berger Blanc while waiting for the city to build its own pound.

    The Plateau wants to disallow permits for new pet stores, something Rosemont borough has already done. Here they’re with a trend anyway – many stores, like Mondou, carry pet supplies but don’t sell the actual animals.

     
  • Kate 15:32 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    The police officer who shot Alain Magloire dead in February will not be charged. Magloire was at grips with mental illness and had been behaving erratically when police converged on him, and he did not make it out alive.

     
  • Kate 15:10 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    A St-Léonard councillor is losing patience and demanding to see concrete plans for the extension of the blue line.

     
    • KLH 16:06 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      About time. A very important and populated corridor. But I’d be pleasantly surprised if that project was completed before 2025.

    • Thomas H 18:33 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      I am theoretically in favour of the blue line extension, as well as public transit expansion in general. However, one big question continues to loom in my head. How would all of those east end commuters get to and from downtown? They would have one option: the orange line between Jean-Talon and Berri-UQÀM which is, already as it stands, one of the most congested transit corridors in North America. People regularly have to wait for several trains on that corridor before boarding, and not even during rush hour: I’ve had this happen to me at 2pm on an afternoon and 10pm on a Saturday evening. The east end of Montreal (which I define broadly as anything west of av du Parc, east of Lacordaire, and south of the Met) is the most-dense, most-populated, and highest-transit ridership area in the city and it needs both a second east-west corridor (i.e.: blue line extension) but also a second north-south connection to get downtown. The demand is there: just look at the lines of commuters waiting for the 80, or the 55, or the 45, or the 67, or the 139: the lines are often longer than the buses themselves. Alternatively, we’ll have the third largest rapid transit system in North America resting on the feeble performance of a six-station stretch of metro.

    • ant6n 20:10 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      @Thomas
      There’s always the option to build that rail station under Edouard Montpetit and run rail between there and downtown as often as the metro.

    • rue david 20:19 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      blue line should go to montreal west first or at least simultaneously.

    • Mr.Chinaski 20:40 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      The new boas will help in that. They will hold more people, and will be theorically more frequent.

    • Matt G 22:20 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      How about more SRB projects on north-south axes (minus the massive cost overrruns/delays)? I can see Parc accomodating something of the sort. What about a-non-stop express from Parc to Place-des-arts?

    • MathP 22:25 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      @ant6n

      The window of opportunity for Edouard Montpetit rail station has closed. To build that, they would have to shut down the tunnel for a whole summer, and now with the Train de l’Est that will soon be up and running, we can forget about that.

    • Robert J 22:27 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      @MathP. It seems highly unlikely that they couldn’t build while the line was running. Tons of NY stations have been done in that manner. It might be expensive but it’s entirely worth the cost.

    • ant6n 01:29 on 2014/09/03 Permalink

      @MathP
      The train de l’Est is a joke compared to the Deux Montagnes line. And people can still transfer to the metro at Sauve.

  • Kate 10:21 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is forgiving a $10,000/day penalty that should come into play because the Bombardier-Alstom consortium is late with the Azur trains. It would add up: the trains are now eight months behind schedule.

     
    • Doobious 10:40 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Translation: The STM is (at least in part) responsible for the delays.

    • Noah 10:40 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Could we really expect people who downgrade service and under-perform and then give themselves huge raises on the public dime to hold a supplier accountable?

    • Mathieu 11:00 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      To be more accurate, they’re not forgiving it; they suspended their claim. It means that they’ve agreed to not talk about this until the trains are fully delivered, at which point they will negociate. But yeah, they won’t be getting all of it.

  • Kate 09:58 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    A study by a human resources group finds that roadwork and traffic congestion are taking their toll on everyone who commutes, causing stress, job losses and even mental illness.

     
    • Charles 10:26 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      I don’t know why people can’t understand that cars take up actual physical space even when not in use. We can’t stretch the roads… How do people think more cars are going to fit? Do people want us to tear down half of downtown to expand roads and parking? Even if we add underground multi-level parking, it’s going to make the traffic congestion worse. Am I missing something or are people trying to deny reality? I tried to add up all the space used by all the cars in greater Montreal and if you parked them all end to end, door to door they would cover more than a third of the island… I don’t see any public figure stating these basic facts. It just doesn’t add up.

    • Ephraim 10:32 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Charles, because the simple costs of bringing a car into the city, parking a car and using a car aren’t high enough to make some people choose other transport options. In some cities it has gotten so bad that they allow only even or odd licences into the city on certain days. The end result, people bought a second car, so they have a car with an even and an odd plate. We need a timed congestion charge at the bridges.

    • Blork 11:12 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      I wonder if that extends to public transit. Now that a lot of students are back, my mood in the morning has noticeably deteriorated. The crush of humanity (literally; no elbow room, sometimes can’t even read a book) at 7:30 AM is a lousy way to start the day. Made worse by constuction at Berri-UQAM that channels two streams of humans into a single channel (exit from the Yellow line).

    • Doobious 12:39 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      No wonder road rage is on the upswing. Imagine the humungous hit to the economy all that gridlock is causing. So many people, wasting so many hours, burning so much fuel, all for nothing. I’m surprised it isn’t a bigger item on the political radar.

    • Doobious 12:50 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      A cute little morning rant from reddit.

    • Jack 13:25 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Hey HR guys why don’t you suggest to these poor minions that they move closer to where they work and quit bitching, problem solved. Isn’t corporate counsel easy!

    • Blork 17:35 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Seriously, Jack? Could you try to discuss this like an adult and not like a 10-year-old?

      Many adults change jobs every few years. Adults often live together as families, with both spouses working, and not always working in the same neighbourhood. Adults sometimes buy their houses/condos, and even if they rent, many don’t want to disrupt their living arrangement, spousal situation, children’s schooling, real-life neighbourhood social situation, etc., just for an easier commute to a job that might only last a year.

      And as I mentioned above, public transit is no treat either.

    • Kate 23:15 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      Charles, I like the point you’re making and have written similar things myself. There is a limit but people aren’t willing to accept that; it’s a similar problem to the much bigger planetary issues of overpopulation, misuse of resources and so on that are the result of short-sighted greed, but that’s probably the way we roll as a species. We don’t act until our backs are against the wall, and even then we usually try to pass the buck to someone else.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Montrealers with disabilities held a demonstration Sunday to demand a better deal from Quebec society.

     
  • Kate 09:21 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Highway drama for the first real day of the rentrée: a tanker truck left highway 132 on the south shore and plunged into the river. Two other vehicles were damaged but nobody was seriously hurt, and apparently nothing nasty got into the river either. CJAD’s report says it was a truck carrying dry cement, not a tanker.

     
  • Kate 09:13 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    First move in Tony Accurso’s CEIC appearance: as expected, his lawyer requests a publication ban. Apparently the joint is jumping, with France Charbonneau joking about why so many people have shown up.

    Update: Tony will have to sing.

     
  • Kate 01:41 on 2014/09/02 Permalink | Reply  

    More reports on the produce markets being encouraged in a downtown alleyway by Destination centre-ville, with hopes for expansion to more such spaces next year. (TVA link plays video.)

     
    • Jonathan 07:28 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      It’s odd that it seems Destination Centreville is actually selling the produce, and that they wouldn’t rent the space to local farmers. It seems that the trend is toward supporting local farmers these days, you’d think they’d easily be able to merge the two.

    • Mathieu 11:12 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      I know the people behind this (the same as Village Éphémère, actually) and I can tell you that there just wasn’t any time to have this kind of discussion. This project was launched at the beginning of the summer after a piece in a newspaper where one of the organizer was talking about how there is much potential in our alleys and that we should do like Melbourne and use them to open cafés and little shops. The next morning, one medium simply stated that our alleys were to be modified this summer to accomodate this project (MTLBlog that is who launched that unfounded rumour, if that surprises you…). The organizers weren’t particularly happy, but the city contacted them to see if it was possible to launch the project this fast as they were interested. And now this is happening.

    • Blork 17:41 on 2014/09/02 Permalink

      I checked it out briefly last Thursday. Its pretty small, but I like the way it’s set up with colorful lights overhead, etc. Not many tables, and each has an eager-looking person standing there just bursting with anticipation to describe the little paniers of beans or potatoes they’re selling, which always makes it awkward to then not buy any.

      I love the idea, but I’m not likely to buy much or anything there. Between the Longueuil Public Market and the Jean-Talon Market — both of which I frequent — (and my own garden) I get enough veg. This might be handy for the occasional Thursday night string bean emergency after work, but that’s all. But for people who live downtown or nearby it’s great.

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