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  • Kate 10:26 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre – who may have his virtues but who’s gradually taking on the trappings of a monarch, guard of honour and all – wants to create a Order of Montreal. The report here is mostly in the form of an audio clip from Radio-Canada’s morning show.

  • Kate 10:23 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The remains of Montreal man Michael Morissette-Boucher were found in Banff National Park by chance during a search for a different missing person. The young man had been reported missing by his father in March 2013.

  • Kate 10:20 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Global TV site has a pretty good preview of the Magnotta trial summarizing the charges, what we know and what we may learn. I particularly like the point that, while the public tends to be interested in understanding why somebody did something, that isn’t what the court is trying to find out.

  • Kate 10:14 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Brian Myles ponders what kind of animal Gérald Tremblay was as mayor.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    A brief item looks at the proliferation of murals in Montreal and lists some of the outstanding ones. This version of the story has a photo gallery.

  • Kate 09:49 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s retired cardinal, Jean-Claude Turcotte, is gravely ill. Turcotte, 78, was Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal for 22 years until his retirement in 2012. Media items running Wednesday could be described as pre-obits.

  • Kate 01:28 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI is saying that anglo councillors are against the change of rue University to boulevard Robert-Bourassa, but half this piece is about Jeremy Searle and then it says Marvin Rotrand is in favour of the change. This Gazette piece, mostly about the borough funding changes, adds at the end that city council has approved the change. An op-ed from the same paper makes a case against changing the name.

    Incidentally, does anyone here know why, or when, it became obligatory to put someone’s entire name, sometimes including titles, on a street? For example, from the past we have Papineau and De Lorimier, Sherbrooke and Atwater. But if they were named today they’d have to be Avenue Joseph-Papineau and Avenue François-Marie-Thomas-Chevalier-de-Lorimier, and rue Sir-John-Coape-Sherbrooke and Avenue Edwin-Atwater. Simply from the perspective of making legible street signs this can become silly.

    • Ian 08:13 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Honestly I think it makes sense to name it Robert-Bourassa so as not to be confused with Henri-Bourassa. Look at rue McGill, for instance – few people remember that it was named for the mayor Peter, not the university-bequest-farmer-guy James.

    • Blork 08:16 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      I know people who have lived in Montreal for years, decades even, who still get Ave. McGill-College and rue McGill mixed up.

    • Noah 08:43 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Someone fairly credible once told me the naming convention in French was that when someone was already deceased, they got their full name, including hyphens. I have no idea if that’s accurate or even semi-accurate, but that’s what I was told.

    • Kate 09:11 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Except that in general we don’t name things after the living. We’ve seen exceptions, such as Outremont’s rue Antonine-Maillet, named for a writer who’s still alive, but that’s the whole name.

    • Ephraim 09:59 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Well, it’s a nice change from naming streets after saints that don’t exist. I mean, we have two streets in the same city named after Paul de Maisonneuve, one by last name and the other being St-Paul in old Montreal. And thankfully we don’t have a Paul-de-Chomedey-de-Maisonneuve street too.

    • SN86 10:00 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      @Ian, the official Toponymie website of the city of Montreal lists rue McGill as being named after James McGill, the man who apparently demolished the fortification on the street. But there is a separate Peter-McGill street in the east end but definitely not as large or as significant.

    • Ian 10:04 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Ah, I was going by wikipedia’s entry on Peter McGill. I stand corrected.

    • Kate 10:05 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      SN86 is right, although I was sure I’d read somewhere that McGill Street, the one that runs down to the waterfront, was named for Peter McGill.

      Ian, you’ve got it. It’s in the wikipedia. Actually, that makes no sense, because Peter McGill died in 1860, but McGill Street was named in 1817 for James McGill, who had died in 1813. The two men were unrelated.

    • Doobious 10:48 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Speaking of McGills, does anyone know when the McGill metro artworks will be reinstalled / unveiled? What’s it been? 3 years now?

    • Bill Binns 13:04 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      If you don’t like the name changes, you can just ignore them. I know plenty of people who refer to Rene Levesque Blvd as Dorchester.

    • Ephraim 13:41 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      @Bill Binns – It’s the Montreal spelling of Dorchester… Rene-Levesque. It’s still pronounced Dorchester. Or better yet, pronounce it like “Julie” on Waze…. D’hor Chess Terre.

    • Ian 14:04 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Amusingly, I was looking for Rue de Square Dorchester a few months ago, and the person I stopped to ask for directions looked at me like I was from another planet and informed me that it was changed to Rene-Levesque years ago.

  • Kate 00:53 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Anyone who walks around will have noticed the proliferation of small shops selling vaping equipment, and as a skimmer of news stories I can tell you I’ve also noticed the proliferation of news stories about various entities clamouring for e-cigarettes to be regulated.

    However, there are no studies on the long-term effect of vaping on human health, so current rules for tobacco can’t really address the potential but as yet unknown issues.

    I wonder how many of the people behind this clamouring own tobacco company shares.

    • J 07:28 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Second hand smoke was the main reason behind forbidding smoking in public buildings. There is no passive smoking in this…

    • Ian 08:16 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      The ones that smell super fruity are a bit annoying in the same way as an overstrong air freshener might be, but I seriously question the health risk angle. I’m pretty sure not regularly cleaning air ducts in downtown offices contributes to more health problems than a guy exhaling from his tiny fog machine.

    • Kate 09:18 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      A good friend of mine vapes, and it’s got to be better for him than smoking. And it’s completely inoffensive, even inside a car. As a caffeine addict myself I can’t quibble.

    • jeather 10:54 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      I absolutely despise the smell of cigarette smoke, but when my sister uses her e-cig I cannot tell at all. I only noticed anything when she blew it directly into my face (at my request), and even then only for a few seconds. I probably would hate the fruity smelling ones, though.

    • walkerp 11:53 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      They may not smell obviously, but we really don’t know yet what are the side effects of a bunch of chemicals in vapour form being exhaled around us. I think generally, on the surface, they seem better than cigarettes in many, many ways. But the jury is still out on what their impact will be healthwise and I think people should not jump to conclusions based on their own anecdotal experiences.

    • carswell 12:37 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      What walkerp said. E-cigarettes likely come with a set of health risks for users.

      Also, e-cigarettes are widely viewed — including by Big Tobacco, which is investing heavily in them — as gateways to tobacco cigarettes and cigars. They can lead to nicotine addiction. They create cigarette-friendly behaviour patterns (handling, inhaling, clustering with other smokers). And they make putting a smoking stick in your mouth seem acceptable, adult and cool, which lures in trendsters and, more disturbingly, young people.

      Until we know more about their long-term impact on users, bystanders and society as a whole, we should err on the side of caution. It would be a lot easier to impose a ban now and repeal it later than to do nothing now and try to impose a ban once e-cig use is widespread.

    • j2 12:50 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      @J – _of_course_ there are exhaled bi-products, the question is what is the content of these and what affects they have on non-smokers.

  • Kate 00:42 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Cell phone service has begun on the green line between McGill and Guy-Concordia, eventually meant to expand to the whole network.

    • denpanosekai 06:32 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Can confirm. Posting from Guy Cockroachdia with full LTE from rogers.

    • Daniel 07:29 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      I’d been noticing phone signal for at least a couple of months now, from McGill to the Western edge of the platform at Saint-Laurent. I’d also noticed strange phone signals at other stations such as Rosemont which showed up as “EXT” in the top left of my iPhone. Guess they’re testing transmitters elsewhere before plugging then into the network?

    • Blork 08:18 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Well if they’re going to do it, then do it right and expand ASAP. GuyCon to McGill is two short stops. That’s barely enough time to say hello.

  • Kate 00:40 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    A chunk of concrete dropped off the Ville-Marie tunnel Tuesday evening and broke the windshield of a passing minivan, giving the driver a jolt. Nobody was injured and Transports Québec says the tunnel is safe.

    • Noah 08:45 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Please don’t misinterpret this as justification or acceptance of the situation, but it’s worth noting that if you skim the news around the world, this kind of thing happens everywhere. I just don’t like when people say “only in Montreal” or “only in Quebec” as a way of crapping on our amazing home. This is a bad thing, but it happens all over the developed and developing world.

    • Kate 10:39 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      No, I see what you mean. It’s the local fallacy thing – we see fine-grained reports on events here, but not for other cities, so we can come to think that only Montreal has these issues.

    • carswell 12:53 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Funny but I don’t recall other cites becoming a laughingstock for their decaying concrete infrastructure. Tuning into Radio Noon this morning, I heard the last couple of minutes of The Debaters and the line “crumbled faster than a Montreal overpass.” In this department at least, we’re a Canada-wide embarrassment and not without reason.

    • Joe 13:13 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Please, the Gardiner in Toronto is just as bad. I agree, enough with the self-deprecation of our city.

  • Kate 00:37 on 2014/09/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre is now encircled with an enhanced security force following from the Bill 3 fracas at city hall. Thing is, it’s made up of SPVM police. I can’t be the only person to see a fundamental conflict here.

    More on this new mayoral guard Wednesday. Nothing yet on what this extra service will cost to keep up.

  • Kate 21:44 on 2014/09/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The husband of Mai Duong writes about her illness and her search for a bone marrow match. No such match has shown up, but an anonymous donor of umbilical cord blood has made it possible for her to start on a last-ditch attempt to save her life.

  • Kate 21:33 on 2014/09/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal is taking part in the worldwide People’s Climate March this Sunday at 13:00. This Facebook page shows the planned path of the march from Lafontaine Park. Thanks to reader walkerp who reminded me I should make a posting about this. Weather predictions are for 20° and rain.

  • Kate 17:59 on 2014/09/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Aéroports de Montréal is going to tear down the Mirabel passenger terminal even though the mayor of Mirabel had hopes of making it into a convention centre.

    • Blork 19:40 on 2014/09/16 Permalink

      That’s sort of sad, even though Mirabel has always been hopeless as an airport. As for the convention centre, eww. Why would anyone want to come to “Montreal” for a convention only to be stuck out in Mirabel?

      (That would be like “Hey, I’m going to a conference in Seattle! Which is to say I’m going to a conference in Sultan, WA.!”)

    • Robert J 22:29 on 2014/09/16 Permalink

      I think this is good news. We’re actually repairing one of our excesses from the bad old days of suburban sprawl and mega-region planning. Dorval has done very well with expansions and public money should focus on access to that airport, which is estimated to be able to support the entire region for many decades to come. I also recently read in an ADM report that there has been a net increase in Mirabel-area jobs related to aerospace and other industries even since the terminal has closed; this won’t make a difference for the local economy.

  • Kate 17:15 on 2014/09/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette puts asterisks next to Montrealers on the Giller Prize long list but omits to star Sean Michaels, who still gives his location as Montreal on the collaborative blog Said the Gramophone.

    (Aha. Fixed!)

    • mare 19:49 on 2014/09/16 Permalink

      4 nominated Montrealers out of 10 writers is not bad. Especially considering the size of Montreal’s anglophone community.

    • mare 19:50 on 2014/09/16 Permalink

      4 out of 12, I can’t count

    • Robert J 22:31 on 2014/09/16 Permalink

      It’s incredible. We’re like 10% of the nation’s population and 30% of nominees!

    • Ian 10:01 on 2014/09/17 Permalink

      Actually we’re only about 2.5% of Canada’s total population of 35.16 million since it’s only Montreal Anglos… according to the 2011 census there were only 834,950 of us.

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