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  • Kate 11:39 on 2016/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    Private palliative care centres don’t have to offer assisted dying, but public ones do. Although I’ve been in favour of assisted dying on principle, this does begin to feel like Gaétan Barrette is looming over the MUHC patients saying “if you think you’re going to stretch out your life on the public dime, think again. We want that bed you’re in.”

     
    • Bill Binns 13:35 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      I can’t make up my mind on this issue. The situation you suggest above worries me. It’s really not hard to see that happening in either public or private institutions. I can also see families pressuring mom or grandpa to “get it over with”. I have an acquaintance who for years fretted that her mom was burning off her inheritance by remaining alive in an expensive facility. My own family practically circled my great grandmother like vultures as she declined. If any of them had a method for suggesting that Nana kick off a few months sooner, they would have been pushing it hard.

      I understood that doctors had been quietly and unofficially assisting suicide for years. “Here’s your pain pills. These are very strong so be careful. Two will stop the pain but if you take six you may die peacefully in your sleep”. That kind of thing. I wonder if that isn’t the best way.

    • Ian 14:25 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      That is definitely true, especially of patients with diseases like Alzheimer’s.

  • Kate 10:12 on 2016/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a long-term forecast of July’s weather that’s such a mixed bag it could cover anything short of a blizzard.

     
  • Kate 10:10 on 2016/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse has interviewed the sister of Reet Jurvetson, the young Montreal woman killed in Los Angeles in 1969. Anne Ole maintains that somebody somewhere knows who killed her. Sadly, that may no longer be true. Not only is it possible the killer is dead, by now it’s vanishingly unlikely anyone will be able to reconstruct Jurvetson’s last days in L.A. to figure out where she went and who her associates were.

    I bet someone’s writing a screenplay, though.

     
  • Kate 09:41 on 2016/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    Spokeswoman for the ecocentres claims Montrealers abandon 60,000 tons of stuff on moving day. I don’t know how she got the number, but although it’s now been a few years since I’ve moved house, I recall that as the clock ticks down there inevitably comes a moment when you simply say to hell with being super responsible, and bag the last few piles of unpackable junk.

    The Journal has a diagram showing how to load your moving truck; Pamplemousse also has five moving tips and a look at Déménagements Myette, which moves your stuff with bicycle trailers. I saw a couple of those guys doing this on Jean-Talon yesterday. Those guys more than earn whatever they’re making.

     
    • Nathan 09:45 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      Since the Ecocentres have large bins in order to dispose of your stuff, it’s possible that they weigh those trucks to determine the weight (maybe they pay by weight) or that’s just the average weight of a full bin. With that info the can see how many more bins of stuff they get at this time compared to other times.

    • Robert J 09:55 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      I imagine trash collectors keep some measure.

  • Kate 22:05 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Although some parts of town have big street and sidewalk trees, new sidewalk trees don’t tend to last.

     
    • Ant6n 23:51 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      :’-(

    • faiz Imam 00:29 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      That’s a fantastic read, very in depth article. It’s a tough job, and the city is mostly doing what it can. I hope the future efforts enforce more of the suggested fixes.

    • Max 01:52 on 2016/07/02 Permalink

      Funny that the article doesn’t mention how concrete and asphalt prevent the absorption of rain waiter in urban areas. The soil in the city must be drier than in other places. Or do all the leaks in the water distribution network make up for that?

  • Kate 21:32 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has various notes for Canada Day. What’s open and closed and another list. Various celebrations are noted here and there.

     
  • Kate 10:30 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Labour talks have resumed at the Old Port.

    …Aaaand they’ve bogged down again after the employer simply presented the same offer workers had rejected in May.

     
  • Kate 10:29 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has a list of suggestions where to watch the fireworks festival, which takes place throughout July.

     
  • Kate 10:07 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Transit police handed out a record number of tickets in 2015 for fare evasions of various kinds.

     
    • Taylor 12:51 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Something tells me the total number of STM security personnel cost more than the $1.3 million they take in in fines.

      When they’re needed they’re not there.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Oh here we go. People living near Fairmount Bagel are complaining about the smoke from its oven. Who’s been there longer, and who moved in next door to a famous wood-fired bakery without taking its presence into account?

     
    • Ian 10:01 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      I’m sure they would like it to be another sushi store in its place. This is so very not cool.

    • ant6n 11:24 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      This argument is always used. The conclusion is that we can’t improve the quality of life in many neighborhoods, because some nuisance was always there first and thus allowed to continue. Should we allow polluters (noise, air, particulate) ton continue because in the past not enough people complained, and they’ve been there long enough? Our population is growing, where should people move instead? To Anse-à-l’Orme?

      That said, I hope they can mitigate the problem. Besides filters, maybe they could try a higher smoke stack.

    • Flabo 11:54 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Même le propriétaire de Fairmount Bagel reconnaît le problème. C’est aussi son quartier, et il sait qu’il n’a pas un droit “ancien” de polluer et de réduire la santé des gens autour. La qualité de vie d’un quartier doit aller en s’améliorant, pas répondre à de vieilles normes établies dans des années où on se souciait peu de la qualité de notre environnement urbain. De toute évidence tout le monde impliqué tente de trouver une solution; résidents, élus et propriétaires. C’est une bonne chose pour tout le monde, non?

    • rue david 12:04 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      this killed michel, roi du plateau and almost killed romados (and portugalia if i remember correctly). for once coderre’s populism could be useful: say no to NIMBY threats to long-established and beloved businesses.

    • Viviane 12:08 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Could it be that things have gotten worse over time due to lack of maintenance and upgrading?

    • Alison Cummins 12:14 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Also Paris Star, a knitting mill and employer in the heart of the Plateau.

      Where are people supposed to work? Only retail and office work on the island? What are we selling then, and who is making it?

    • Ian 12:34 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      All those jobs went to Chabanel, north CDN, or sadly, China. I used to work in a knitting mill on de Gaspé, that whole building is all lofts, galleries, and offices now.

    • Alison Cummins 12:58 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Yeah, and when “nice people” move into those areas because they are cheap and then have local production businesses shut down because of the noise and smell thus improving quality of life, is the quality of life of the people who used to work at those businesses thereby improved?

    • Dave M 13:04 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      I don’t see how closing down wood burning ovens improves the alleged quality of life even for people who work there.

      Every time I walk by a wood burning oven on the sidewalk, either for a restaurant, or a house with a fireplace in the winter, I think to myself “god damn that smells good.”

    • ant6n 14:13 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      @Flabo
      I agree with you. I think people have the right to complain about issues, even if they have only recently moved into an area. The solution is to try to fix the issue, not “kill” the business on the one hand, or tell the “nice people” to shove it on the other.

    • Blork 16:12 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      My primary reaction is similar to Kate’s (“oh, here we go…” etc.) OTOH I agree with some of the other commenters that just because something was acceptable once doesn’t make it acceptable forever. We’re constantly re-shaping things to improve them, such as widening sidewalks, adding bicycle paths, planting trees, shaping intersections, etc. So why shouldn’t that apply to businesses that pollute? Especially given the crackdowns on residential wood-burning fireplaces.

      That said, I would in no way stand behind shutting down the bakery, nor moving it. But surely an accommodation can be made. The article says a filtering system would cost about $100K; can they get some funds from the borough to help pay for that? Some kind of tax credit, or whatever? What about a neighbourhood fund raiser?

      $100k can’t be that much of a burden for a business of that size, particularly if they get a helping hand from the borough (although that’s a can of worms given all the other smoky businesses in the area…).

    • Ian 16:52 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      I’d just like to know who thinks it’s even relevant to be hand-wringing about the children. Both my kids went to the garderie just next door an never once has there ever been an issue. Yeah, sure, they live next to a wood burning bakery so they need to keep their windows shut and use air conditioning. What did they expect? I mean, seriously! It’s literally making bagels 24 hours a day, how could this have come as a surprise? The garderie does “field trips” with the little ones and they all get bagels. I mean seriously, this place is more than just a fixture in the neighbourhood, it is one of the core identifiers of Montreal. You can go across Canada and get into a St-Viateur vs. Fairmount argument. Okay sure, their scrubbers aren’t up to code – but they’re obviously trying to do something about it and presenting it as an issue of concern to local families just screams gentrifying NIMBYs trying to ruin the neighbourhood because all the stuff that makes Mile End what it is happens to be inconvenient to their notion of what a family neighbourhood should be. Well, then choose a neighbourhood you think is more “family”. If you can afford to live here, you can afford to live almost anywhere in Montreal. Widening sidewalks isn’t ruining the neighbourhood. Bicycle paths aren’t ruining the neighbourhood. Complaining about businesses that essentially define the neighbourhood? Yeah, that ruins the neighbourhood. I get it, gentrification exists and it’s not always a bad thing – but Mile-End is slowly turning into a generic place-like-any-other, there are already more than dozen sushi restaurants within short walking distance of Ubisoft. Lots of local businesses simply disappearing. Almost all the dive bars, diners, delis, and even depanneurs are gone over the last 20 years. If Fairmount Bagel goes, that will be more than just a nail in the coffin.

    • ant6n 17:11 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      @Ian
      You’re building a strawman. People don’t want to shut the business down, they want to reduce the pollution.

    • Ian 17:40 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Yeah, right. And the people that complained about the noisy bars just wanted bars to so quiet they would never hear them. These people moved next door to a 24 hour wood burning bakery and then got all “think of the children” about it to the extent a newspaper is reporting about it. The owner is clearly working on it, so where’s the problem, right? Why do you think this is newsworthy if not as a commentary on the changing neighbourhood, the old conflicting with the new? Remember when all those Portuguese restaurants around the old Paris Star had to shut down because the new condo owners complained to the city over and over again even after they installed scrubbers?

      I’m not building a strawman, you’re gaslighting. Just look at the neighbourhood over the last 20 years. This is a real thing.

    • ant6n 18:58 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Noisy bars are not Montreal Institutions. Nobody’s saying there is no conflict between old and new, nobody’s saying the neighborhood isn’t changing. But problems can and should be worked out. You’re very much polarising, and it’s not really helping. Want to start some sort of an anti-gentrification war?

      Also, geez, stop going all qatzelok on people you disagree with.

    • Kevin 19:03 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Call me skeptical, but I would like to see research proving that it’s the wood smoke causing their health problems, and not the construction in the ‘hood, the stop and go traffic, heat inversion microclimates….

    • Ian 19:05 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Nice ad hominem. I was drawing a parallel. Do you disagree that Plateau neighbourhood institutions have disappeared over the years because new neighbours don’t like them? Bobards for one was absolutely an institution.

    • Ian 19:09 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      @Kevin to be fair, you notice wood smoke more than you notice all the valid factors you suggested. Wood smoke is an easy target because you can smell it more than, say, the heavy traffic on St-Urbain. You also might not think to blame traffic for all the dust it kicks up. My bookshelves have been a lot less dusty since I moved off a busy street.

    • ant6n 19:32 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      @Ian
      I guess I’ll just have to disagree with you that this is a black and white issue.

    • Ian 19:55 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Ah right, the old “you couldn’t possibly understand the subtlety of my reasoning” argument. For someone who accused me of qatzeloking, you sure do rely on a lot of diminishing debating techniques. I’m not for a moment claiming that it’s black and white, but in my experience, I have seen Mile End change from a pretty ratty neighbourhood full of free spirits and classic Montreal flavour in the style of Cohen and Richler into something much more corporate and suburban friendly with most of the old stuff that made this neighbourhood special simply edged out by more profitable, “nice” establishments and the crowd that comes along. Call me paranoid, but I see the writing on the wall for wood-burning bakeries. This kind of reporting is simply a tool for creating a crisis that doesn’t really exist – but it puts the thought in the public mind. Like I said, I’ve seen it happen before. In any case, I respectfully accept your offer to simply disagree on this matter.

    • Kevin 20:05 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Ian
      Sure, we can smell smoke easily, it’s a survival feature. But it doesn’t mean it is the actual culprit

    • Ian 20:16 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Oh, I absolutely agree. My point was that with pollution it’s easier to lay blame on what we can easily detect. Personally, I like the smell of wood smoke – but to be fair I don’t live next to a 24-hour wood-burning bakery. I think the heavy traffic in the area is a way bigger factor in air quality, especially Saint-Urbain. But hey, I’m not the one writing the news story, pointing fingers at neighbourhood institutions.

    • Philip 21:27 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      I’ve followed this blog for a while, but I’m laughing at how a new or occasional audience is probably completely perplexed by the insult “you’re qatzeloking”, totally unaware of just how much punch it packs.

    • Viviane 22:57 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Seems I missed some interesting stuff here in 2011-13.

    • JaneyB 06:58 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      I’m with @Ian on this. People who move into midtown neighbourhoods need to realize that it’s not the suburbs. These folks and the anti-bar noise, anti-music people really want a coolness backdrop not a living city. They want the walkability without the irritation. That’s called a mall.

      For renters, they should move to any of the zillion other options available. For owners, the purchase contract should in the future include a clause about smoke, bar noise etc. They normally contain info on quirks of access and views (eg: neighbours’ windows closer than 8 feet), historical status etc. The ‘I didn’t know’ excuse should be tackled right in the buying contract. I really wonder about people who move next to a known nuisance then complain they need to be rescued. When did it become acceptable to troll for pity for one’s own poor judgement? Strange.

      I also chuckled at the ‘qatzeloking’ reference…

    • ant6n 09:36 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      @JaneB
      So essentially, “if you don’t like nuisance, go live in the suburbs”? If you don’t like the irritations in the city, go to a suburban mall?

      I struggle with that. I’ve lived in various places in downtown Montreal, and I’ve always found there are more nuisances than back in downtown Berlin, noise pollution traffic etc.

      The quality of life in the city of Montreal is lower than a similar European city.

      Yes we have to weigh different concerns, and we have to preserve our ‘institutions’, but improving quality of life in the city is the major way we can reverse the bad suburban development patterns, and get people, including & especially families back into the city. We have to break the cycle where life happens in phases, where the family phase happens in the suburbs and the cool student-party phase happens in the city. We have to stop pushing people towards the suburbs.

      ‘Go live in the suburbs’ is, in a way, a NIMBY sentiment that resists change coming from an influx of people who want to reduce the irritations of living in the city.

    • Kate 10:24 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      Seems to me Montreal has a lot of residential streets that are not suburban yet don’t abut on bars, bakeries or rotisseries. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that when a person’s looking for a new place, they check out the area and employ their own senses to figure out if there’s anything nearby they might find stressful.

      This doesn’t allow for things that arrive after you’ve moved in, admittedly. But it would keep people from moving in beside a Portuguese rotisserie and then complaining they can smell chickens barbecuing.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    I could spend all day collecting links about how unhappy Montrealers are with the Subban trade, but there are other things to do, so here are a few notable ones: the Children’s Hospital will miss Subban’s presence although, contradicting its headline, this piece states that Subban still plans to honour his $10M commitment to the hospital over the next few years. Businesspeople who indirectly benefit from hockey’s popularity say they will miss Subban’s enthusiasm for Montreal. CBC piece on unhappy fans. Not hard to find more if you’re also in mourning.

     
    • Michael Black 10:16 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      But apparently he was doing more at the hospital than just giving money. He’d visit the kids, giving himself as well as the money.

      It must be hard. He donated that money because he was here. That connection is partially gone with the trade, I can see why he might prefer helping a children’s hospital in his new city. It will be harder to keep a connection when he’s living elsewhere. Yet he made the commitment, so the money stays. How ill he make that same connection in his new city?

      Michael

  • Kate 09:41 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Larger fines are now in effect for dooring cyclists, but the incident still has to be witnessed and reported. Motorists also now have to leave safe space for cyclists, a distance that varies from one meter to 1.5 m depending on the road.

     
    • Nathan 09:45 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      “witnessed and reported” is the cyclist themselves not a witness? Or are we talking about the scenario where they died?

    • Ephraim 10:05 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Can we have all the same fines for all the wheeled vehicles on the road? Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards and maybe even motorized chairs, so that everyone is careful on the roads instead of everyone blaming everyone else… you know that odd thought that we can take responsibility for how we act so that everyone is safer…

    • CE 10:33 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Different vehicles are… different vehicles. How can there be a fine for bicycles or skateboards that have doored people? If a car is being operated negligently, the fine (or jail time) is obviously going be much higher than someone riding a bicycle negligently because the potential damage that could be caused is much higher.

      I once saw a guy get doored on St-Laurent. I gave him a piece of paper with my name in number and told him that if he needed a witness, I saw everything (the driver gave me a very pissed off look). I knew I’d never get a call since the fine was so small then. Hopefully people will feel the sting from the new $300 fine.

    • Nathan 10:39 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      I’m sorry Ephraim but it’s just a matter of scale. Drivers which are negligent can cause a tremendous amount of damage. Bikes and pedestrians can get hurt very easily. Even just opening a door into traffic is worse than a biker could do if they tried.

    • Ephraim 10:48 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Nathan, take a cyclists travelling in the wrong direction on St. Laurent and causing a car to swerve to avoid him, who’s going to take responsibility? If the fines were equal then people would realize that everyone on the road needs to take responsibility, rather than saying that one is more and the other is less. The pedestrians are the ones most in harms way. I walk with a cane sometimes… I can tell you that everything except other pedestrians feels like a threat to you when you are walking with a cane on the sidewalk.

    • Nathan 11:41 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Since you’re not citing anything detailed here, I imagine it’s just as likely to be the same fine for a bike going the wrong way down a one way street than a car. I agree it’s very annoying and dangerous when bikes do that or are on the sidewalk.

      I feel like bikes sometimes feel like it’s easier to just go the wrong way down a one way street than to just bike up turn left/right and find a street that is in the right direction.

      But I’m sorry to tell you this, but ultimately it’s just likely that bikes are less dangerous than cars. I don’t think you can argue against the very stark reality that people die every day from cars.

    • Ephraim 12:39 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      People die every day of cancer at about 7X the rate of accidents. Suicide is about 1/3rd of the rate of accidents, don’t see us banning the usage of helium because so many people use it for assisted suicide.

      This isn’t JUST the cars fault. It’s not the only vehicle on the road. If everyone followed the same rules of the road, we would all be safer. Do I need to be laid up in a hospital for a week because some cyclist thought that it’s fine for him to drive right through the cross walk and I have to lunge to get out of his way?

      Is everyone responsible to make the streets safer or just the cars? Not the buses? Not the trucks? Not the motorcycles? Not the electric bikes? It’s a cooperative system. Prisoner’s dilemma…. and everyone is a loser.

    • Nathan 13:37 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Ephraim that doesn’t make sense. I didn’t compare car deaths to cancer. I was comparing bike crashes to car crashes. If you think people literally dying in car crashes is an insignificant number then well….

      As for your broad statements, which you’re so good at. It makes no sense. Sorry. A car driving down a sidewalk should be punished the same was a bike going down the side walk? It’s just not making any sense.

    • ant6n 14:20 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      This discussion seems to be partly driven by the thought that bicycles are the real scofflaws. But I see drivers going the wrong way down one-way streets in the Plateau all the time. I wish the police would do something about that, that’s not cool.

    • Joey 14:46 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      @Nathan, presumably many cyclists choose to go the wrong way down a one-way street because our awesome-but-also-absurb bike path network includes lots of “wrong-way” lanes.

      For example, let’s say you’re heading east on Villeneuve approaching St.-Urbain, heading to, I dunno, Salla Rosa. Even though it’s one-way going east as of St.-Urbain, you continue along Villeneuve becuase there’s a counter-direction bike lane linking you up to Clark. But you’re not interested in heading north on Clark, since your destination is one block east and half a block nort. Are you really going to go up Clark to St.-Joseph (a much busier street), continue past St.-Laurent until Coloniale, when you can head south to Villeneuve, then west to St.-Laurent and north up to your destination? Of course not. A big part of the reason is that it’s much more inconvenient – more lights, more traffic, more time, etc. But you’ve also been conditioned to believe that biking the “wrong way” isn’t *so* bad. The bike lane took you in the wrong direction for one block on Villeneuve – what’s so bad about two more? if it’s OK for one block, why not two?

    • Ephraim 16:11 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      It isn’t realistic to compare bikes to cars since the numbers are way out of proportion and the most serious of accidents often happen with trucks, buses and oversized cars like SUVs that block views. Then there is the inexperienced driver. But the point here is that it’s still a cooperative, this network of cars and it’s still the prisoner’s dilemma. And if you have to go right back to the beginning of history, we can go back to the only two cars in Ohio story. Roads are governed by the prisoner’s dilemma. The rules of the road are there to make it safe for ALL, not some. (Which is why I still think that bike riders should need to pass the same written test as car drivers so they can tell WTF the signs mean… so many damn people can’t. Apparently this sign https://www.acklandsgrainger.com/images/items/zoom/10AD70_AS01.JPG seems to mean driving the wrong direction on your bike and car is perfectly acceptable on my street. (And that apparently includes the police who also think that city parks and pedestrian streets are parking lots for when they want coffee.)

      Cars in the wrong direction is also wrong… but two wrongs still don’t make a right. I know of one car driver that has switched to NY stops in the Plateau because if the bikes can do it, the cars can too… again, two wrongs don’t make a right… and the roads are a lot less safe for everyone.

    • Viviane 16:50 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      The problem with cyclists is not that they don’t stop, but that some consider that they have priority 100% of the time, including at 4-way stops. As a cyclist, I always wait my turn at 4-way stops, and it confuses the heck out of motorists.

  • Kate 09:28 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The inbound Bonaventure will be closed all weekend towards its demolition. Other weekend detours, notes on Turcot lane closures.

     
  • Kate 09:18 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre has created the role of commissioner for childhood and has appointed Tommy Kulczyk of Sun Youth as its first holder.

     
    • rue david 12:05 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      first duty should be to protect the childhoods of hundreds of thousands of montrealers and take a stand against neighbors’ harassment of fairmont bagel!

    • Ian 12:45 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      My kids both went to the garderie right_next_door, field trips to Fairmount Bagel were always a favourite! Nobody who grew up in this neighbourhood doesn’t have fond childhood memories of a warm bagel straight from the oven.

  • Kate 00:58 on 2016/06/30 Permalink | Reply  

    A crowd of youths rioted in an Ahuntsic park Wednesday evening and one of them is in bad shape from stab wounds.

     
    • Ephraim 07:42 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      And in the land of duh….

      A stabbing in a park and no one wants to talk to the mistrusted police that currently has the head of internal investigations under investigation. Even if it is gang related, would you want to talk to them when their house isn’t in order?

    • Frankie 22:10 on 2016/06/30 Permalink

      Until a couple of months ago, our family owned a house that was half a block from this park. The whole neighbourhood has gone slowly downhill over the years and it is one of the few areas of the city where property values in the past few years have started going down instead of up. Lots of trouble makers hang out in that park, especially after dark when the lights go out. Its too bad because it is, or was, a great family neighbourhood with decent schools and good housing stock with big back yards. Coderre was MP for Bourassa for almost 20 years and still lives in Mtl North as far as I know, so this is a big fail on his part. Maybe using the money being spent for his park built over a garbage dump on some decent programs for the kids in the area instead would be a better legacy for Coderre.

    • JaneyB 07:07 on 2016/07/01 Permalink

      An inspiration for neighbours who want to transform the park from troublemaker central to a welcoming, fun space would be Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto. See: http://www.dufferinpark.ca/home/wiki/wiki.php
      It was formerly a gang and vandal zone but local activists adopted it and turned it into a magical space with bake ovens, collective meals, skate park and more. Even teenagers are a welcome part of the space and contribute to the life of the park. So, if the neighbours are exasperated, they should give the Dufferin people a call and start taking back the park.

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