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  • Kate 21:44 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette has gloomy predictions for St-Denis St.

    Incidentally, now that the paper’s redesign has been up for a couple of days, I’ve started running into paywalls, and they’re not so easily circumvented as in the past. A thread on reddit’s /r/montreal suggests ways of squelching the paywall, but I can’t assume my readers have either paid for a Gazette subscription or installed a custom filter on an ad blocker.

    This may be the last Gazette story I link to, jusqu’à nouvel ordre, as they say.

     
    • MathP 21:55 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      A functional workaround would be to link the page through google translate (without translating):

      https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=en&tl=fr&u=Gazette page URL]&anno=2

    • Kate 22:54 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      That’s engagingly devious. What’s with the close square bracket though?

    • Charles 23:08 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I find that Saint-Denis is not a pleasant street to walk on because of all the constant traffic. Plus, it’s always the same store owers that complain (Dubuc wrote the most ridiculous article in La Presse on how the Plateau was becoming a banlieue dortoir because people coun’t drive around like they use to…). It’s true that the street is full of empty stores and empty parking spaces but telling everybody that it’s difficult to get to your store (when it’s not that difficult) doesn’t help.
      One of the characteristics of Saint-Denis, as oppose to Mont-Royal whose doing very well, is that there are very few neighbourhood stores. They are all stores geared to people living outside the neighbourhood (same goes for St-Laurent south of des Pins which is doing badly, Prince-Arthur that’s in very bad shape and Laurier west that’s also loosing stores). There’s are 4-5 parking lots near Prince-Arthur, so parking (paid) is not a problem…

    • Ephraim 07:04 on 2014/10/25 Permalink

      St-Denis has been going the way of St-Laurent for a few months already. Of course the first thing we have to look it is what they have in common that may be causing it. We can’t say that St-Denis has had the type of repairs that St-Laurent has. Can’t say it’s the restaurants that haven’t kept up with the times like Prince Arthur.

      We need to look at the problem with an open mind. These businesses pay the largest part of our city tax, we can’t afford to have them empty.

  • Kate 21:23 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    An elderly man hit by a bus near Vendôme metro Friday afternoon is in critical condition. There’s a history of serious damage to pedestrians where buses turn into tight metro loops: just on a quick search of my own blog I find a woman was killed at a similar bus turn at Rosemont metro last year, and a little girl was killed in 2011 at Honoré-Beaugrand in similar circumstances. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask the STM and the city to rethink how buses and pedestrians mix in these situations.

     
  • Kate 13:10 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  


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    An amateur historian in France says he’s figured out the house where Jeanne Mance used to live in the French town of Langres. There’s an audio file also from Radio-Canada here.

    What’s amazing is that the house clearly still inhabited and in good shape. Using the Streetview link above you can “walk around” the streets of what’s clearly a town little touched by time.

     
  • Kate 13:04 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Projet Montreal continues to militate against the extension of autoroute 19 into Bois-des-Filion on the north shore. Projet has good studies showing this will increase traffic, and not decrease it as Quebec seems to think. The province plans to spend at least half a billion dollars on the extension. Autoroute 19 is better known as Papineau on the island of Montreal – it only turns into a highway north of Henri-Bourassa, just before going over the back river into Laval.

     
    • Noah 14:41 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Clear example of the Quebec Liberal government ignoring Montreal’s needs in favour of chasing votes in the suburbs. That money should go towards public transit in Montreal. Not impressed.

    • Kate 14:51 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      It’s interesting. The Charest government originally cooked this one up in 2010, then the Marois government put it on hold saying there wasn’t enough money to cover the A-19 extension and several other highway projects. Now it’s back, and while austerity’s the watchword from Quebec City right now, somehow half a billion can be found for this. Must be a lot of undecided voters along the yellow brick road to Bois-des-Filion.

    • Alex L 18:27 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Amen Noah. Definitely a waste of money.

  • Kate 12:57 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The bill for the new soccer centre on Papineau continues to inflate and is now at 40% over estimate.

     
  • Kate 10:02 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The CBC has a piece examining how jurors may be affected by the evidence they’re obliged to watch in the course of the Magnotta trial. Friday, the contents of Magnotta’s computer are being examined.

     
  • Kate 08:57 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    This is interesting. SPVM police have been given new guidelines how to approach cases of runaways or missing people, out of concern they could have run off to join a jihadist group here or abroad. Details of the police instructions are scanty.

    We’re dealing here with a meme, the extremist end of a religion many people are skittish about even in its mainstream form. Some have said the attackers in the two incidents this week were insane, maybe schizophrenic, and that may have been true. Some journalists have interviewed “regular” believers for their views, but few want to get to grips with the underlying philosophy and examine the irrational roots of all religion, especially when our own leaders speak piously about God and prayer.

    Yep, I’m going full Dawkins and pointing out that if you open the door to the irrationality of religion at all, you don’t have a leg to stand on philosophically when it comes to the stuff at the far end.

    But the bottom line is you can’t walk up to someone and forbid them to believe something. It never works. We’re at grips with a bad meme, and we don’t have anything better to replace it. People warn about eroding civil liberties and speak glowingly of how Canada can overcome violent incidents but the fact remains: we can’t outlaw a meme.

     
    • JaneyB 09:39 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Lots of valuable things are irrational eg: love, art, community and faith. I don’t hear many people talk about love as an oxytocin cascade and I doubt many want to hear about it in those terms. Why pick one partner and not another? Maybe it should just be decided by an algorithm worked out by psychologists. Reason isn’t everything. There’s a big difference between the Dalai Lama and the jihadis. I mean really, the entire health care system – hospitals, hospices etc around the world was built and largely maintained religious communities and their lay volunteers until the rise of the welfare state fairly recently. Intolerance is intolerance; it doesn’t come from religion. I know plenty of equally absolutist marxists or supply-side economics types who are not much different from the ISIS folks – the idea is everything for them, no matter how much human misery they create.

    • Kate 09:50 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Mainstream religions encourage people to imagine that they are talking to invisible beings and receiving help or instructions from these beings. It’s a pretend game that may be relatively harmless for most, but obviously in some people these ideas can grow into something far from benign. Islam was started by a man who saw visions and heard voices. Millions of people are now basing their lives on this, and on ideas stemming from this. Most of them are doing OK. Some are not. (Don’t mistake me – every religion has its extreme ends that cause problems, but at the moment we’re at grips with a small number of people letting extreme forms of Islamic belief go to their heads.)

      You can derive a humanist system of kindness and altruism from accepting that human beings are social animals and must rely on each other, without dipping into whether some invisible being is helping, instructing, monitoring or judging you.

      Yes, there’s a big difference between what the Dalai Lama and the jihadis would advise you to do. The Dalai Lama has written books on how people could live well entirely independent from religion but at heart Tibetan Buddhism is just as irrational as any religion.

      In a way, my point is getting around to the basic fact that you can’t outlaw a meme again. You have to allow people to believe in irrational stuff – spirits or homeopathy or whatever. Government can monitor what people do, but not what they think, even though many have tried. The main thing you can do with a bad meme is offer a better one. What do we have to offer?

    • Tim S 11:26 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I’m not a religious person, but I do think that religion has been a powerful force for good, not least by explaining why humans are special and should be treated with respect. Chris Hedges has written some very good pieces on this – when Atheism Becomes Religion especially. Replacing it as a meme is very difficult and risky, because, as JaneyB pointed out, many alternatives descend into a form of ultilitarianism, (Stalinism is a good left example, extreme free market economics a good right-wing example) which end up treating humans as units assesed for their value to others. It would be nice to come up with a new alternative, as you say, but it’s much harder and riskier than it looks. So I don’t know what to suggest – perhaps go read some Kant?

    • Blork 11:37 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I’m an atheist, but not a rabid Dawkinseque one. That said, I’m aware that some people use religion as a source of inner peace, to give them a sense of community, etc. It gets nasty when it’s combined with a sense of indignation and of having been “wronged” and persecuted.

      This is where the schizophrenic stuff comes in. Paranoid schizophrenics boil over with indignation and a sense of having been wronged. (Yo, internet trolls!) Combine that with religion — of whatever flavour — and you get the kind of meme we’re dealing with now.

      And make no mistake: the people behind ISIS or ISIL or whatever you want to call it are perfectly aware that their social media campaigns are attracting the oddballs and the mentally ill, and they don’t care. It’s a power move, and they’re quite happy to recruit the mentally ill to do their dirty work for them.

      But in my mind you can swap out “religion” for any other ideology. Capitalism, communism, etc. It’s all a matter of blinding people with ideology and then recruiting the edge cases as cannon fodder.

      So just as one can have ideas about the economy without being a hardcore and blinkered capitalist or communist, I think people can have deeply felt ideas about their faith without becoming jihadist or evangelist or whatever.

    • Bill Binns 12:47 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Well said Kate. Where was this viewpoint during the debates over religous signifiers or reasonable accomodation?

      Yes, “we have to allow people to believe in irrational stuff” but do have to pretend to believe it as well to avoid offending?

    • Kevin 12:51 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Was Justin Christien Bourque religious? He killed 3 people in June.
      What about Matthew Douglas de Grood? He stabbed five people to death in April.
      By my count you’ve got 2 muslims and 3 francophones in random killings this year in Canada – so would you have even dared to suggest that speaking French can be a motivation?

      You cannot find one single, simple answer to why someone commits random murder — not even psychosis, because even 99.5%+ of schizophrenics are non-violent.

      You can build a profile of people who commit these acts and it usually includes being male, relatively young, estranged from family and friends, socially isolated, drug use — but singling out a religious belief is just a red herring, an excuse to stop looking for reasons.

    • Daisy 13:54 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      The majority of Canadian do in fact believe in God. I am one of them.

      I agree with Blork that troubled, unbalanced people are just waiting for an ideology to latch on to. Sometimes they find that ideology in religion, and other times they find it elsewhere. (Some conspiracy theorists fall into this category, for example.) In this climate of cynicism, it can be hard to find something absorbing and all-encompassing to throw oneself into, like previous generations might have turned to the anti-war movement or second wave feminism. Now it seems like there’s less on offer. Nobody is making bold claims and promoting a sense of urgency and necessity to act like radical Islam is.

    • Kate 14:18 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Kevin, I never said religion was the only factor that could cause mental disturbances, but it can provide a powerful set of ideas for an unbalanced mind to latch onto. And since the ideas are – obviously, even from this civilized thread – pervasive in our society, they’re at hand for someone casting about for extreme and absolute notions.

      I can’t make out from news reports why Justin Bourque or Matthew de Grood carried out the killings they did. There’s not enough information to know. As somebody said here recently, although individuals can be curious about why someone committed an outrage, that isn’t usually what chiefly interests the legal system.

    • carswell 15:49 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Brava, Kate.

    • Kevin 16:59 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      @Kate
      My point is that to the person looking for a reason, any reason will become powerful enough. Jealousy? Feminism? Gamergate? Anglo rights? God?

      To the person who is committing the act, all are equivalent, and if they didn’t find religion some other made-up reason (Haiti needs to be returned to its rightful place as world leader! as someone deranged declared to me this week) will arise.

      “At moment we’re at grips with a small number of people letting extreme forms of Islamic belief go to their heads”

      Well, no, not really. We’re dealing with two random acts of violence in the same week that killed 2 people, and just happened to target soldiers.

      In the USA I think there have been 3 or 4 such events this week and almost every week.

      @Daisy
      Climate change comes to mind.

    • Kate 21:46 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      just happened to target soldiers

      That’s a bit of a stretch, right after Canada joined the war against ISIS.

    • Alison Cummins 07:11 on 2014/10/25 Permalink

      Not sure what you mean by “meme” here?

  • Kate 08:37 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal is going to begin a project of comparing itself to other Canadian towns in terms of productivity of its public works, snow clearance, garbage pickup and other standardized activities, to learn where it can introduce new more efficient methods.

     
    • Steve Quilliam 09:39 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      The unions won’t like that.

    • Doobious 10:31 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Fuck the unions. I’m really digging this Coderre guy.

    • Marco 10:58 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      You mean we haven’t always done this? I guess the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent sending municipal employees and politicians to conferences all over Canada and the rest of the world has been because we like to tell everyone how to do it our way.

    • Noah 12:05 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      The biggest difference between Coderre to this point and any other administration I’ve seen since I’ve been old enough to understand (Dore, Bourque, Tremblay) is that our current mayor puts a large emphasis on accountability. I have a ton of respect for that and I think he’s been excellent in that regard. This is evidence of that.

    • Kevin 12:54 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Whenever the idea gets kicked around of reducing garbage collection in the city to once a week I used to think it was nuts.

      Since I put a compost bin in my backyard I’ve changed my mind and think once a week for garbage could be feasible — but I’ll have to see what the winter does.

    • Kate 14:24 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Kevin, I’ve had the same response to having a compost bin. What do you plan to do with yours in the winter? I’ll have to dig a path to mine, which is in the far corner of my small yard, but I don’t know if there’s any point in putting stuff in when temps are mostly below freezing.

    • Noah 14:42 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Re garbage: Our collectors come twice a week, but we only put garbage out once a week – and that’s for a family of four that doesn’t even compost (not an option where I live as far as I know). I can’t understand why any jurisdiction still has regular twice-weekly pickup.

    • John B 15:38 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I had never lived anywhere with twice-weekly pickup, (at least that I had to deal with and know about), until I moved to Montreal. It’s a waste and should be stopped.

      About compost in the winter: In my last apartment I Had a compost outside. Ideally, turn your compost now and take out anything that’s done, (looks like dirt). That’ll make sure it gets good and active and heats up, and it will stay active for a while after the temperatures drop, but if you can’t or dont’ want to turn it it’s no big deal, that’s the miracle of compost. Eventually it’ll freeze solid, but just keep adding your stuff on top. Odds are it’ll be pretty full by spring, but when the melt comes everything will pretty much deflate.

    • jeather 17:38 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I miss twice-weekly not for the volume — I don’t have that much garbage — but because week-old food waste gets supremely vile in the summer.

    • Kate 17:46 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Stash it in a bag and pop it in the freezer, jeather. Works for me, anyway.

    • jeather 19:12 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      You must have a lot more freezer room than I do.

    • Kate 19:56 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      No, it’s just the top freezer in a middling old fridge. Stuff only has to be in there for a week at most. I only do this with meat or fish scraps, not veg, which goes into the compost, and I don’t cook meat or fish every day.

    • John B 19:59 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Yeah, I try to time anything extra-nasty, (like shrimp shells, or what’s left after making stock), so they don’t sit around for more than a one or two days in the summer. Also, unless something is already rotten, if it was in the fridge you might be able to keep it in there until garbage day, (I think I have a freezer like jeather – extra-small).

    • jeather 21:28 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I have a tiny little fridge, and freezer space especially is at a premium. I also try to time meat to the garbage collection. In the winter I stick things outside.

      Other than that, I don’t mind the once a week collection, and even that would probably not be an issue if I had a space to keep garbage that wasn’t somewhere I live.

  • Kate 08:35 on 2014/10/24 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve been linking regularly to the weekend transit updates in the Gazette and occasionally from other sources, but I think after this I’ll assume we all know those updates exist unless there’s something particular to be mentioned.

    Other bits of traffic news this week include a new app called Parking Meter Share that helps drivers find spaces with remaining paid minutes on them, and that Hochelaga-Maisonneuve wants to calm traffic near parks and schools.

     
  • Kate 19:51 on 2014/10/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Mayor Coderre wanted police to give up the camo pants protest following the Ottawa crisis, but the police are keeping them.

     
    • Blork 11:25 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I did notice that the cops at the Guy/Concordia Metro on Wednesday afternoon (post-Ottawa thing) were wearing camo-coloured camo pants and not the campy pink and blue ones.

    • Kate 11:26 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      That might make them look more military, not less.

    • Michael Black 13:40 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      The cops want to look military, that came out some years back, and would seem to drive the choice of protest pants. The latest iteration of the proper uniform is more military. Contrast with years ago, the daily uniform seemed much more formal. That might have distanced the cops from the public, but the current trend makes it look like they are in constant combat.

      That said, I thought Coderre asked the cops to get back to uniforms out of respect for those killed. To not wear the full uniform is kind of disrespectful.

      And perhaps in a time of “crisis” the weird pants can be confusing. The cops don’t look like cops, while there seemed to be some footage on Wednesday of people who looked like our cops, but they weren’t. They were plainclothes something, suddenly wearing bulletproof vests because of the shooting.

      Michael

  • Kate 19:33 on 2014/10/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Magnotta trial didn’t sit on Wednesday, but Thursday the court saw more images, including a video showing an unknown young man tied to Magnotta’s bed from which comes this widely circulated still image depicting the two men snoozing. Not surprisingly, the trial’s being more skimpily covered than usual for the moment, our media being currently saturated with stories from yesterday’s crisis in Ottawa.

    I’m wondering, if they don’t know who the man is, if they can be certain he’s still alive.

     
  • Kate 08:45 on 2014/10/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Jewish festival of Sukkot is over, but there are two interesting reports, one showing the interiors of sukkahs in Outremont and another about two unusual sukkahs elsewhere in Montreal including one made of Lego.

     
    • Charles 10:42 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      I saw the sukkah on a bike on Laurier. The guy was very friendly.

    • Steve Quilliam 22:49 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      I love traditional feast like that. And I like the fact it can be pursued here in this city.

    • Kate 09:00 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      There have been attempts to outlaw sukkahs, mind you.

    • Ian 10:19 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      True, but Lacerte and Forget have been on a dedicated campaign against the Hasidim for years; I would actually be more surprised if they didn’t oppose sukkahs.

    • Bill Binns 12:49 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      The ones built on balconies look like major fire hazards. If you are not allowed to build a shed on your balcony, you shouldn’t be allowed to build these things either.

    • jeather 15:29 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Christmas trees are pretty major fire hazards, too, while we’re banning things.

    • jeather 15:30 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Major = more commonly causing fires than sukkot.

    • John B 15:43 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      I didn’t know about Sukkot, but it looks like a lot of fun – eating & sleeping in a fort for a week, celebrating the harvest & exodus from Egypt.

    • Kate 17:35 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Bill Binns, it’s just for a week. You can see above that I haven’t much time for religion, but I’m going to be contrary here and say I have time for traditions. Jewish friends have told me Sukkot is fun, especially for kids, although it can be chilly if it happens to fall late in the year. It wasn’t really intended for this climate.

      There are always reasons to ban things other people are doing. Two weeks ago they were fining a man for having a clothes drying rack on a balcony in St-Laurent because they thought it looked déclassé, but they made it about safety. The folks Ian mentions want the Hasidim out of Outremont, but even they will use the safety thing if that works. We should be more tolerant.

  • Kate 08:31 on 2014/10/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Just as American media praise the CBC for its level-headed coverage of Wednesday’s crisis in Ottawa, there’s news of more cuts and the loss of 400 more jobs at the network.

     
    • Blork 10:00 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      No doubt the Harper Government™ will use this as proof that the cuts make CBC even better!

    • rue david 11:56 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      “attack on ottawa” doesn’t strike me as particularly ‘lever-headed’

    • rue david 12:09 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      level-headed!

    • Blork 12:15 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      Well, if it was CNN it would have been “TERRORIST CRISIS IN CANADA!”

      Fox News would have said “ISIS STRIKES AT THE HEART OF CANADIAN DEMOCRACY.”

    • Ian 12:40 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      Actually CNN’s headline was “TERRIFIED CAPITAL”, fwiw.

  • Kate 23:38 on 2014/10/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Excellent editorial in the Globe and Mail about this week’s attacks.

     
    • Dave M 06:30 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      That was an excellent editorial, especially in contrast to Harper’s terrifying speech that goes on about redoubling our security efforts and all but says he’ll be using this crime as an excuse to try and push through his political ideology.

    • Ian 07:29 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      Now, I’m not saying that I approve of the attacks, but if they targeted people in uniforms and elected officials instead of civilians, that’s not terrorism, that’s asymmetric warfare. Harper is a blowhard. Canada has been at war for 13 years, I find it strange that anyone is all that surprised that this sort of thing is happening.

    • Kate 08:13 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      The Glenn Greenwald article that makes the same point has been making the rounds on social media. Canadians are so accustomed to thinking of ourselves as the good guys – often in contrast to the U.S., but sometimes just in general – that we forget that some of the things we do internationally can have consequences. We forget that it’s been a long time since we only had blue berets out in the field. That “What, little old us?” act has to change. We have to grow up.

      Brian Myles looks at how Canada now has jihad at our door.

    • Jack 11:22 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      @ Ian+@Kate with you.

    • Marco 15:34 on 2014/10/23 Permalink

      Was the gunman an ISIS operative or do we just assume? If Kimveer Gill was a Moslem would he be an international terrorist instead of just a vampire wannabe? I think we should reserve the word “terrorist” for instances of coordinated attacks by a group instead of applying it to individual madmen.
      I agree with the article. I think Parliamentary security should review all of the security layers that were put in place at Dawson College after the Gill shooting and apply them accordingly.

    • Noah 11:59 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Harper’s speech was hardly terrifying. I thought all three leaders were earnest and well-spoken and all showed good qualities.

    • carswell 15:48 on 2014/10/24 Permalink

      Harper’s short speech to the nation included the word “terrorist” four times. It’s clear he’s planning to use terrorism as a justification for granting more powers to CSIS and quite possibly for further militarizing the police.

      How many times did the opposition leaders use the word or variants thereof in their speeches? Mulcair: zero. Trudeau: zero.

      Harper as always has an agenda, one inspired by the Koch faction of the US right wing: increased spending on war machinery; increased fetishization of the military and other “patriotic” symbols (the monarchy, the Maple Leaf); increased secrecy in government; increased police state powers; increased concentration of power in the PM’s office; increased suppression of dissenting opinions; increased support for big oil; increased support for Zionism; and the increased presence of religion — read Christianity — in government (viz. the whole “God bless Canada” shtick, of which there were direct and oblique instances in the speech); among other things.

      Properly manipulated, this week’s events play perfectly into that agenda. And Harper is nothing if not a manipulator. We can be sure that, one year out from a federal election and with majorly sagging poll numbers, he’s calculating how best to use these developments to further his agenda and turn them to his electoral advantage. And, yes, that’s terrifying.

  • Kate 20:52 on 2014/10/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre says Montreal has been in prevention mode since Canada joined the anti-ISIS alliance a few weeks ago.

    I’m looking now at the Gazette’s new design here, and I have to say those highly compressed subheads under the photos are not doing it for me. That’s Font Bureau’s Titling Gothic compressed, and I don’t see any need to have such a tightly condensed font for such a use. The same font is used above in the HOME, NEWS, QUEBEC, NATIONAL and WORLD blocks and, once again, the need for such compression is not evident. Titling Gothic Condensed is used in the main headline and smaller in the blocks at the right and is more legible in that less compressed variation, although I find it aggressively slick in any quantity.

    Not crazy about the little dab of Village’s Shift used for the byline either – it doesn’t fit with the rest of the look. We also see it in the right column as all-caps headers under “The Great War”. Somebody thinks it makes a nice contrast to the sharp slickness of the Titling Gothic but I don’t find the two font families have much to say to each other.

    That little blue box icon is terrible, though. It’s illegible next to the byline, but full size in the header it has no character at all. They’ve mismanaged the small cap font: compare it to the same design used by the Ottawa Citizen, which is almost as dull but has better proportioned lettering for the newspaper name.

    (Someone on Twitter asked me for a critique of the design. Here it is.)

     
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