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  • Kate 23:22 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    According to recent reports, something like two thirds of the glass we recycle is going into landfills because nobody can make a profit off it. The city spends $400,000 a year dealing with the stuff.

    Part of the reason is that all colours of glass are recycled together, so the resulting product is not clear. Even I can imagine a couple of ways a machine could separate clear from coloured glass, so I refuse to believe this is an insurmountable problem.

    Anyway, Recyc-Québec says they hope people keep putting glass into the recycling in order to keep good habits for a future where we find uses for the stuff. Getting the SAQ to take back wine bottles would be a start.

     
    • Ephraim 06:24 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Actually, a deposit on wine bottles sold by the SAQ would show some nice responsibility on their part. A simple 10c might actually do it. And they can certainly easily separate the clear from the green or brown.

    • thomas 06:43 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      The fundamental problem with glass recycling is not one of coloured versus clear glass. Though it is a headache for making clear glass. Rather to make a new glass bottle a maximum of 25%-30% of its composition can be recycled material — the rest must be raw material.

      Beer bottles that are returned are simply cleaned, checked and reused as is thus they have greater value. This cannot be done with wine, for example.

    • Clément 07:14 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Thomas, I’ve always been curious about that. Why is it that wine bottles can’t be re-used? I have relatives who make their own wine and they will re-use old wine bottles forever.
      I suspect it may be related to handlind costs, but then again, if the breweries can do it, why can’t the wineries do it?

    • Chris 07:19 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Insurmountability is irrelevant, only profitability is relevant. :(

    • Blork 07:30 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Wine bottles *can* be used. The problem is that there is too much variety over too wide a distribution.

      When you re-used beer bottles, you’re sending Molson or Labatt bottles back to the Molson and Labatt factory. Not a big stretch. But wine bottles come from all over the world, and the process of sorting out which bottles come from which manufacturer, then shipping them off to Spain and France and Agentina (etc.) for re-filling is insurmountable.

      You could, in theory, apply it only to local wineries, but who is going to pay for the sorting process?

    • Blork 07:32 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      BTW, this is a good time to remind people that “recycle” is the third “R” in “reduce, re-use, and recycle.” As in, the biggest bang for the ecological buck comes from reducing the stuff we consume. Second is to re-use things. THIRD (and less effective than reducing and reusing) is recycing things.

    • thomas 08:33 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      One thing to add to my previous point. The failure rate in glass production is fairly high especially at initial phases. Of course this waste is then recycled internally. Thus, depending on the total quantity produced, a glass factory often generates this 25%-30% of recycled glass simply via internal processes.

  • Kate 23:13 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    City council accorded an extra $360,000 to Bixi on Tuesday.

     
  • Kate 23:08 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    The Projet Montréal notion to include concerns about accessibility in all city decisions has been put off for another day.

     
  • Kate 22:53 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    There are further items on Monday’s demo at city hall.

    Ingrid Peritz’s lede here sums up the Janus face of the SPVM in two elegant sentences.

    Richard Bergeron wants an external inquiry into why police permitted the demonstration to continue.

    L’actualité’s Jérôme Lussier points out one of the things Robert J. and Tim S. mention in the earlier thread below: the unions will lose credibility if they continue to only grab for themselves and fail to show how their actions are part of a bigger struggle.

    The unions want to take Bill 3 to court, while elected officials have agreed to pay a larger part of their pensions in line with the bill. (How many years do they have to hold an elected position before they become eligible, though?)

    Oh, and the mayor is en tabarnak and security is being changed at city hall. I hope this won’t mean a citizen can’t walk in, as has always been possible in the past.

     
  • Kate 12:07 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    At the next contract negotiation, the police union will be asking for a raise to offset their losses to the changes being made by Bill 3.

     
    • Steph 13:16 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I’d like a raise too. Anyone else?

    • Dave M 13:32 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I’ll take two.

    • j2 14:54 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Perhaps they should leave for greener pastures?

    • Doobious 15:18 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I’ll say it, what everybody’s thinking: Perhaps they should go fuck themselves.

    • Ephraim 18:31 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I think they just lost the public’s support.

    • Robert J 21:13 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I can’t support changing the terms of a labour contract without negotiations, regardless of how obnoxious the party is. What makes it hard to sympathise with the fonction publique is that the labour movement has become a fractured bunch of interest groups lobbying for the most money and the best possible conditions, rather than a movement based on solidarity and principles of social justice. There are no principles anymore, everyone just wants better for themselves.

    • Ant6n 21:41 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      It’s hard to know what kind of demands are reasonable these days. The farther one is personally away from the people with demands, the less reasonable they sound.

    • Tim S. 21:51 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      @Robert J – in many ways I agree with you, but the last time my union negotiators came around to ask us what our concerns were, I was impressed with how many older employees spoke out to complain not about their conditions, but about the conditions being imposed on recent hires. I wouldn’t say it was solidarity in the broad sense, but in an individual sense it was remarkably unselfish, considering that the speakers could have simply demanded pay raises for themselves.

    • Kate 22:58 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Well put, Robert J. and Tim S.

    • Uncle Charlie 00:24 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Well said, Doobious. They seem to have zero awareness or empathy for the rest of society.
      I get the standing in solidarity thing — but for underdogs! These are not underdogs, these are people living relatively high off an exhausted public hog…

    • Blork 07:36 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      I might be late to the game here, but has anyone seriously looked into how those pension plan agreements came about in the first place? Does anyone wonder if the plan is so generous to the union because the negotiations where greased with brown envelopes? Because if that were the case (and one could prove it), that would change everything.

    • Joe 08:25 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Blork, are you saying that the choir boy unions & politicians would ever do such a thing? (note heavy sarcasm) It amazes me that these unions get so much support on this site from certain people, it’s the dirty stealing from the dirty. I’m glad to see the majority on here buck the trend and oppose the actions of those that stormed City Hall on Monday.

    • Tim S. 08:37 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Blork, I don’t know anything about police and fire-fighter unions, and I don’t even know that much about the goings-on at my own union, but I would guess there are too many people involved in these negotiations for such tactics to work. There are the people actually at the table, their civil-servant bosses, then the elected politicians above them who all sign off on these things. That’s a lot of envelopes. Negotiations are pretty adversarial, more so than some commentators here would think, and the people employed by the government to do the negotiating are good at their jobs. I’m not saying never, because this is Quebec, but many unions put much, much more effort into negotiations and awareness campaigns than they would if a simple bribe could take care of everything.

      Joe: When I think of all the effort that some unions put into trying to get the public on-side, then see what happened this week, yes, it’s a little frustrating.

  • Kate 12:05 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    In the aftermath of Monday’s demo at city hall, people are going on the record as denouncing the incident – Quebec, the SPVM, municipal affairs minister Pierre Moreau – or not – the firefighters’ union. Mayor Coderre is condemning police on the scene who didn’t act, and police chief Marc Parent says he’s looking into it.

    I’m seeing many, many comments all over the place discussing the contrast between police treatment of the students in 2012 and their behaviour Monday evening.

    Pierre Moreau says the government will not bend.

     
    • Dave M 12:12 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I’m not one to usually support hardline union-busting negotiation tactics on the part of the government, but when the police are resorting to terrorism to try and get their way the government better not bend..

    • Matt G 12:56 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I’d just like to see them treating everyone fairly. Come on SPVM, start treating all protesters equally. At the very least, go through the motions.

  • Kate 11:04 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    The lifeless body of a man was found in a car in St-Léonard Tuesday morning. CBC radio just had a clip from a cop explaining they were looking up the licence plate and were going to try to figure out whether the dead man was the owner. Scandinavian police procedurals, here we come.

    Oddly, while that CTV piece says the bloodied man was spotted by a passerby, Radio-Canada says the body was found in the trunk of the car.

    Update: Not surprisingly, this is being called the 19th homicide of the year.

    Another update: CTV now says police think it may be a suspicious death but have retreated from numbering it as a homicide. I’ve also seen and heard reports describing the victim as in his twenties, thirties and forties.

     
  • Kate 10:11 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    The part of University Street south of René-Lévesque is to be renamed to honour Robert Bourassa, including the eventual urban boulevard that will be constructed when the Bonaventure Autoroute is demolished.

     
    • Noah 10:22 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I think this is a reasonable compromise since most of it is a road that’s not as-of-yet named or even built, so there will be little “don’t change existing names” protest. And I love the idea of a Bourassa/Lévesque intersection. Very appropriate given the history.

    • Doobious 18:02 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      It’s better than messing with Parc Avenue, the idea that was floated before.

    • Kate 18:52 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      It’s way better. Nobody lives on that section of the street, right? (Unless some new condo tower has an address on that section of the street?)

      I notice the article says you can only rename a street that is not named for someone else: pas question de choisir une artère dont le nom rend déjà hommage à un personnage. Interestingly it goes on to say you couldn’t rename St-Joseph because of a connection with a specific convent, leaving the question open whether saints are regarded as personnages for purposes of toponymy.

    • carswell 19:59 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I hate it when streets change name mid-route. So illogical and confusing.

      Still, it’s better than some of the other ideas that were floated, especially the Park proposal. Can you imagine having to say you lived in Robert-Bourassa Extension?

      That said, my idea was best: renaming Maplewood in upper Outremont, where he lived and whose residents he so loyally served.

      Also, it’s time to put an end to super-long street names. Not only are they a mouthful, they create all kinds of problems when filling out forms on websites, many of which accept only a limited number of characters. I propose we henceforward refer to the street only as Boul. Boubou.

    • Robert J 21:16 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      They should put an absolute moratorium on renaming. It’s just stupid.

    • rue david 22:07 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      disagree, would love to see a lot more streets renamed, so that we have like zero saint names or random references to the roman brand of christianism. I’d take cote marois over cote saint Luc any day.

    • Kate 23:05 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I tend to think we should avoid renaming streets because of the confusion and expense it causes. Put up a statue in a park, or name something like a law library after the guy.

      carswell, in Europe streets change mid-route all the time. Keeps things interesting. Only in North America do we run streets up into five-digit addresses.

    • Doobious 23:24 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Gazoo reportage. Doesn’t add much, really.

      I like how we used to have McGill -> Victoria Square -> Beaver Hall Hill -> Phillips Square -> Aylmer. Just to mess with the tourists.

    • Kate 23:48 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      We still have St-Pierre -> Bleury -> Park Avenue. And Amherst -> Parc Lafontaine. And it isn’t so long ago that the city got back into this game by renaming the westernmost stub of Lagauchetière “Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal” and the western end of Faillon Street “Rue Gary-Carter”.

    • Uncle Charlie 00:19 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      Seriously, do we really have such fond collective memories of our politicians, that we need to commemorate them this way?

      And is there really someone currently on the public payroll who believe it makes sense to have streets that change names along the way?

      Does this go on in other cities? It feels so amateurish to me, so bureaucratic, so embarrassing…

    • Kate 01:01 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      They even have Gérald Tremblay saying he approves of the choice to change the street name. But Tremblay’s political career was given a big boost by Bourassa, as that article recalls. I don’t know whether Coderre owes the Bourassa family any favours, but there must be some reason he feels compelled to carry through this weird loose end from the Tremblay administration. I’ve never noticed any popular clamouring for something to be named after Boubou.

    • Noah 09:24 on 2014/08/20 Permalink

      In the era of almost everyone having a GPS in their hands on their phone, tourist confusion is a weak argument to not re-name a part of a street. I don’t see a reason not to re-name streets that are named after nothing/no-one important… Streets like Cedar, Pine, Birch, whatever (I literally just picked those out of thin air as exampled because there are many). I love the idea of our streets evolving to honour those who marked our society.

      In NDG, I live on a street named after a former governor general, not far from a street named after a former PM, not far from a street named for a land owner who did a lot of development in the area… It’s part of the charm of the area.

  • Kate 10:06 on 2014/08/19 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s definitely a feeling of some unreported story behind this item about bar and restaurant owners on the Main being told to drastically reduce the number of places on their terrasses just before a festival of free street performances called Mix’Arts this weekend. The fire department has made this ruling unilaterally – is it a union gesture, or was someone simply not paid off in time?

     
    • Steph 10:14 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Is this just for the festival, or the rest of the summer? Can someone try to make an argument for the safety issue? I can’t think of one.

    • Jack 10:14 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Its a pressure tactic according to Councillor Gosselin (Jeanne Mance). It is only now right in front of the event that the Fire Department is saying that outside terraces are a safety hazard. Unlike storming City Hall and forcing the Mayor to barricade himself in his office. I would loved to have heard the conversation between Coderre and the Police officers who he apparently called for help.

    • Kate 10:17 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Steph, rereading the article it sounds like it’s just for the festival. If I remember my Main festivals correctly, extra temporary terrasse spaces are often added during the Grand Prix and other street fairs.

    • Ephraim 10:22 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Will the city reduce their bills accordingly? Or is Mix’Arts going to refund the restaurant owners for the lost revenue? What about the costs of carpentry? Who’s going to pay for this, because if the restaurants previously had permits that covered this, someone else should be footing the bill.

  • Kate 20:03 on 2014/08/18 Permalink | Reply  

    Municipal workers invaded city hall Monday evening – hundreds of firefighters and blue-collar workers pushing past city hall security to reach the council chamber before a session. Côté’s editorial cartoon Monday was prescient.

     
    • yossarian 20:29 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      take note: this how year after year they got the best union contracts in the country.

    • Jack 21:06 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      After seeing the Police essentially welcome (masked -50 plus protesters- without an itinerary) Firemen access to Council Chambers so they could vandalize,intimidate and smack a city councillor. It inspired me to go to the firehall (Shamrock) down the street and tell the one fireman on call to write my address down and in no uncertain terms if their is a fire or emergency of any kind ,don’t come. I don’t want people like you around my family. He started yelling at me and said ,I kid you not “N’applez-pas 911 aussi calice.”

    • thomas 21:27 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Witness how the privileged of society protect their privileges.

    • Jack 22:37 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Of all I have read, this editorial in Le Devoir boils it down. Kudos to Jean-Robert Sansfaçon,, the FTQ is a partner in the ownership group.
      http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/415440/regimes-de-retraite-le-mur-corporatiste

    • Uncle Charlie 22:44 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      LOL Jack! Good for you, that is a classy and funny way to express your view!

      BTW I DNRTFA, but surely surely barging past city hall security is a misdemeanour of some kind…

      I get their position, but I also note a complete lack of empathy for the rest of society. Most middle-class taxpayers are already struggling and have no real job security or pension plan, it is hard for us to sympathise when we are in a much worse position. I wonder whether they will manage to drum up support from more than just the usual suspects…

    • Steve Quilliam 22:45 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      I would fire every one who entered and participated in the sacking of the city hall. I have had it with these privileged of our society.

    • Joe 07:19 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Steve beat me to it. FIRE all of them who stormed City Hall, disgusting.

    • Ian 07:41 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      While I respect the importance of honouring contracts and the right to collective bargaining, if the carré rouge kids had done this the city would have called it terrorism, the SQ would have gassed and beaten them, everyone would have been kettled & fined, and the ringleaders would have faced jail time. Deux poids, deux mesures.

    • Dave M 07:58 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I, for one, am shocked (shocked!) to find that the police in this province would have different standards of enforcement based on who is breaking the law or what they’re protesting. To think that the very people in charge of upholding the rule of law could have such wanton disrespect of one of the basic tenets of democracy!

    • Ian 08:04 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      It certainly makes a good case for the notion that P-6 is selectively applied to suppress only certain kinds of protest.

    • Chris 08:22 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      The hypocrisy of this situation is infuriating. Ian described it well. Of course, it’s hardly news that the law is applied selectively, but it’s infuriating to see such a blatant example unfold. If it were “carré rouge kids”, the system would have overreacted, and now we see it under-reacting. Disgusting.

      Uncle Charlie, another way to look at that is that ‘most middle-class taxpayers’ need to get off their duffs and fight/lobby for their own betterment, the way unions have for decades. (Note: I am not condoning this particular behaviour, but am pro-union in general.)

    • Dave M 09:49 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      I know my original comment was sarcastic (is there a better word for feigned shock at something that should be shocking but has become so routine that it’s unsurprising? Post-sarcasm?), but now that I’ve actually read the details about what happened at city hall I really am shocked. Jesus, that’s low even for Montreal police. And their excuse that the police on duty didn’t do anything to stop it because they were taken by surprise.. what the fuck? The police can’t do anything about crime that they’re not expecting? That’s enough reason to fire them all in and of itself.

    • Uncle Charlie 09:58 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Agreed Chris, the middle class do need to get off their duffs. It starts by cutting the TV cable IMO…

    • Kevin 09:59 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      @Dave M
      Didn’t know? At one point a guy stood up and yelled that it was time to leave, because the protesters had promised police they were only going to be there for an hour.

    • Ephraim 10:27 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      When you have no respect for democracy, you have no business being employed by one.

      I still think we need a better solution to this, still don’t like the city running a pension plan. But storming city hall… they lose all the sympathy they may have had. And the police for not stopping it…. aren’t doing their job and should face discipline across the board.

    • Noah 10:27 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      So much focus here on the “deux poids, deux mesures” situation… the cops are wrong in this, no question in my opinion… but the protestors themselves are the real issue. Make noise, blow smoke, wear pajamas in the streets if you want to protest. There are lots of legitimate, fair ways to do so. Not this. Those involved in the vandalism of City Hall last night should be suspended without pay or fired & those who led the riot should be prosecuted.

    • yossarian 15:40 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      give and take dept.

      Want a raise? Ok.

      Retirement at age 65. No more early retirement gravy train.

      Don’t like it? Go work for another place. Your replacements will probably like it.

    • carswell 19:31 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      Smart move. They’ve just lost most of what little public support they had, including my own. And they’ve made it next to impossible for Couillard to back down.

      The book should be thrown at the thugs. And given the photographic record and the limited pool of likely perpetrators (mainly firefighters and their supporters according to media reports), it shouldn’t be hard to identify most of them. And the police department surely knows which of its officers was on city hall duty during the fracas; they should be suspended immediately. Chances any of that will happen? Next to zero.

      Back in the early ’80s, the Lévesque government cut my meager wages by 15%. I was just scraping by as a part-time CÉGEP prof and contract worker for the MÉQ. The cuts affected nearly all public workers and a general strike was called but nipped in the bud by draconian legislation. The union to which I’d paid dues for several years started raiding part-time jobs to make up the slack in their full-time members’ wages and laughed in part-timers’ faces when we objected. So much for solidarity.

    • Kate 23:49 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      yossarian: that doesn’t work. Your house catches fire – do you want it being put out by a bunch of 64-year-olds?

  • Kate 10:54 on 2014/08/18 Permalink | Reply  

    A study by city hall shows that several of the city’s boroughs are still playing their cards too close to the chest, not making important documents public, notably their budgets. La Presse’s Pierre-André Normandin notes slyly that the central city is also still making decisions behind closed doors in executive committee meetings.

     
  • Kate 10:46 on 2014/08/18 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has reinstated a system of grants for families to buy their first property but they must make do with half the amount they would’ve been given till recently, because Quebec has pulled out of the program. Money for renovations is also included in the new plan. It’s just been announced, so details are not yet up.

    This comes after Projet Montréal demanded the return of the program last week. The program had been completely suspended for a few weeks after Quebec’s abandonment.

     
    • Robert J 17:25 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      How about rent subsidies for everyone instead.

    • Chris 20:19 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Robert, because the American dream is to own a home, with 2.1 kids, 1.5 cars, and a white picket fence. :(

    • Kate 21:56 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      I’ve been percolating a blog entry on the end of work as we know it and the need for a basic personal income, which would fit here except I haven’t had time to read up and write out more than a few basic notes. Soon.

    • Kevin 09:11 on 2014/08/19 Permalink

      @Kate
      I suspect we won’t move to basic personal income, but will instead end up with community housing slums.
      Make sure to include something about the end of 1/3 of all employment sectors as jobs get replaced by robots.
      Is your job moving something from A to B? It won’t exist in 20 years. (Probably less).
      The employment opportunity of the future is robot troubleshooter.

  • Kate 10:36 on 2014/08/18 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has an audio bit and a few photos about the secret garden of the Sulpicians in Old Montreal. You can see it on Google maps, tucked inside the city block that contains Notre-Dame and the Centaur Theatre, although you mostly just see trees from above.

     
    • ProposMontréal 13:39 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      I had organised a fund raising event in this garden with Concordia U a few years back (Opera thingy). It was quite special to get access to that little known place back then. I’m surprised not more people know about it.

    • Doobious 14:58 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      More, better pics can be had here. That gate on Place d’Armes is almost never open but I’ve gotten lucky a couple of times.

    • Doobious 15:33 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      It’s even designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Who knew?

    • Alex L 16:18 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      They’re totally renovating the inside of that building right now, exposing the old structure while preserving it under a layer of gyproc as they are changing its purpose. Sulpicians are getting older…

      The inside is quite impressive, especially the three levels of vaults underneath the ground (used to be for storing food) and the attic, with hundreds of wooden beams. There’s even a “secret room” downstairs: a sealed door leading to some place that is currently innaccessible and has been like that for a very long time. Outside, in the small alleyway, they found a massive stone sewer that probably used to go directly down to the river, before all else was built.

    • Alex L 16:19 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      (And the library is quite crazy)

    • Ian 16:58 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      The library is cool but the room with the alien power gems and secret alien pornography collection is even more impressive.

    • Alex L 17:15 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Hmm, not sure I get that one.

    • Ian 17:21 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Well as long as we’re talking about all the secret cool stuff hidden away that almost nobody will ever get to see I figured I’d spice it up a bit. YOU NEVER KNOW.

    • Alex L 18:37 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Just be patient, in some years it’ll probably be turned into a museum and all those secrets will be revealed for all to see.

    • yossarian 20:34 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      My dad was an expert on “This door is open let’s see what’s inside here.” If it was locked he’d knock and often get a guided tour of some remarkable places. File this under the good old days, because today the world works differently.

    • Kate 22:03 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      A long time ago I was helping friends construct a set for a show at the Centaur, not one being done by Centaur itself but being staged in the smaller theatre. It was a hot day and everything was matte black and dusty, as it is inside theatres, and I was tired of it. Off the backstage area I saw a door with a push bar on it, so I opened it – and I was looking out at that garden. It was like a glimpse of paradise. Then somebody dragged me back and slammed the door.

      I was told that nobody was ever allowed to see that garden. The only exception was if there was a fire and people had to use that door as an emergency exit. When the theatre had taken over the old stock exchange building, they’d had to give solemn promises nobody would ever open that door unless lives were at stake.

      If anyone had seen me opening that door there could’ve been no end of fuss. Luckily nobody did.

      It’s a pretty nifty garden.

  • Kate 23:42 on 2014/08/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Reports on the pride parade, photos; report on restaurant day; report on a vigil held outside the police brotherhood building in support of the people of Ferguson, Missouri.

     
  • Kate 21:08 on 2014/08/17 Permalink | Reply  

    photo-7

    I was pleased to notice on Sunday afternoon that Lahaie Park is mostly open again, and generously provided with benches in the old-fashioned style, without intrusive armrests.

     
    • Chris 21:19 on 2014/08/17 Permalink

      “Lahaie” :)

    • Charles 22:02 on 2014/08/17 Permalink

      Part of it is still closed.. mostly the part with the large cross shaped water feature/fountain which seems disproportionate to me for such a small park.

    • Ian 08:28 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      It’s actually quite fitting to have a fountain, as this was the former town square of Saint-Louis. There’s a handy plaque at the Northwest entrance to the park. Since Saint-Louis was renamed Laurier there is almost no history of the former town, so this is a nice addition.

    • Charles 09:40 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      The fountain is a great idea but it seems very large for such a relatively small park.

    • Kate 10:38 on 2014/08/18 Permalink

      Chris: thank you. Fixed.

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