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  • Kate 22:31 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A joylessly hideous building near the airport will be the first place refugees see as they disembark in Montreal. But they’re only meant to stay there long enough to get some paperwork and a few basic necessities.

  • Kate 17:14 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Thousands of people held a march Saturday afternoon against austerity, but because it was held in Villeray it probably won’t get much media play.

    (I might have gone, but I’m fighting a cold and am keeping my germs to myself this weekend.)

    • J 20:18 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      I’ve seen TVA, Global, CBC, photogs from all the newspapers and quite a few freelancers. Must have been a slow news day.

    • Kate 21:31 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      Yes, I spoke too soon. CBC, La Presse, CTV, Global have it, and others too no doubt. But it has been a slowish news day otherwise.

  • Kate 14:52 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s a bit of a Twitter shock scandal Saturday that a man hired to coordinate refugee arrivals is being paid $1800 a day. Michel Dorais used to work with Denis Coderre at the federal level.

  • Kate 14:36 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    An organization called the Association des entrepreneurs de déneigement du Québec denies claims that it existed to help snow-removal companies collude on their bids to the city.

  • Kate 14:33 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Plateau inaugurated a mural to honour Norman McLaren this week. It decorates a sequence of panels along the Main north of St-Viateur, and somehow makes me realize just how hideous that long, siding-encrusted horrorshow of a building is.

    • Blork 17:40 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      I used to live across the street and a few doors north of that building. Even back then, long before Mile-end was a thing, that building made the last part of the walk home up St. Laurent feel like the bleakest thing ever.

      At the south end of that row of buildings is an abandoned apartment building that’s been empty since at least the late-80s. It’s long been a mystery to me why it was abandoned and why it’s never been repaired or replaced:

    • pc 20:03 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      At last! There should be a permanent museum or research center devoted to this film genius. Really. He’s our Picasso.

    • Nathan 23:41 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      What is in that building though? It’s so non-descript.

      I noticed that weird thin little apartment there. It’s not the only derelict building in MTL. but it seems as if it could be demo’d and have something nice there. But then again maybe not. I just don’t get who owns places like this and pay thousands a year in taxes for the property taxes for decades.

    • Kate 00:16 on 2015/11/29 Permalink

      You never know. The building or land – that small building is next to an empty lot – could be in some kind of legal limbo. Or the whole block could be being held in stasis by a holdoing company till they find it worthwhile to develop on it.

    • Blork 00:50 on 2015/11/29 Permalink

      For 25 years?

  • Kate 14:03 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Police have given so many fewer tickets this year that it’s created a $33M hole in expected takings. Awaiting $200M in fines, the city is only getting $166.4M or so.

  • Kate 12:49 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro (the paper) attempts to answer the question what did Montreal’s metro system cost? The system is given the replacement value of $21 billion, an estimate of what it would cost to create the system from scratch now, in today’s money.

    • Chris 13:14 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      Only? In other words, for the cost of just 2 road projects, Turcot and Champlain, we could have a 50% expansion of the metro.

    • Nathan 23:42 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      @chris sad but probably true. If only the city concentrated on public transit over personal transit.

    • Matt G 00:56 on 2015/11/29 Permalink

      Whatever, public transit only serves a million users per day. And it keeps roads less congested than could be.

  • Kate 12:45 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    It doesn’t surprise me that Black Friday is not a big hit here: why should it be? It’s not the day after a big holiday as it is in the U.S., and from mentions by acquaintances on Facebook, the deals offered by Canadian-based online retailers are relatively minor.

  • Kate 11:46 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is to have an Order of Montreal, to replace the tradition of naming four Great Montrealers yearly as done from 1978 till last year. Denis Coderre says there will also be a competition to design the medal. This is my proposal – Coderre will love it:


  • Kate 11:14 on 2015/11/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Things are not entirely clear in this question of an off-duty SPVM cop ramming another guy’s car twice in the course of an incident last January. No charges have been laid against the policeman, although the other guy is facing charges of harassment and intimidation. There’s video.

    Not being a driver, I have a question: doesn’t ramming someone else’s vehicle also damage your own, making it not only a violent but also a stupid thing to do?

    • John B 12:37 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      To answer your question: Yes, unless you have some extra-strong bumper, or maybe a 30-year-old car that has bumpers that are meant to be used.

      But, if you have insurance with a low deductible, and have recently made claims, (so your rate doesn’t go up when making a claim), it might not cost you much, if anything. And if the officer legitimately felt threatened, and was being boxed in, this is a way of trying to get the other car to move, and in this case, he might be able to get the other driver’s insurance to pay, especially if he is found guilty.

      There seem to be two completely different stories here, even the stories are completely different – but it seems that the 911 call or calls, with their timestamps, would help tell the story a bit.

    • Blork 17:54 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      The CTV video shows the back of the cop’s SUV and there is some damage there, but not nearly as much as on the car that he T-boned.

      But there’s got to be more to the story than we’re hearing. I don’t understand what motivated the guy to follow the SUV home just because he cut him off at a stop sign. And then he gets out of his car to confront the guy? What’s that about? Who does that? What did he expect to gain from that?

      No, I’m not getting all “blame the victim” here. It’s just that the story doesn’t add up.

    • John B 18:59 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      Exactly – the story(ies) don’t add up. The CBC & CTV articles tell completely different stories – from them it’s not even clear who the victim is.

    • 00:10 on 2015/11/29 Permalink

      @Blork. I’ve done things like that, confronting dangerous drivers on my street where kids play…

      Yes, calling the cops on someone is intimidation: “If you don’t stop doing XXX I’m going to call the police”. It works, this is a good thing. But if you call the cops on an off duty officer, that intimidation warrants an arrest? What bizarro world are they living in? Is the moral of this story is to look the other way, corruption is never going to go away, cops always protect cops, the blue code… :(
      I wonder if we’ll ever really find out what happened.

  • Kate 17:53 on 2015/11/27 Permalink | Reply  

    The mayor has denounced as a radical militia the critics of a stupid compromise in the Plateau, where a 70-cm “sidewalk” beside Laurier Park was installed recently in place of a normal sidewalk (about 1.6m). Just over two feet across, the new “sidewalk” is not wide enough to be cleared in winter.

    Update Saturday: Even QMI says flat out the new sidewalk is ridiculously narrow. While not slavishly pro-Coderre, the Quebecor media have preferred to support him rather than to risk being caught saying anything favourable to Projet Montréal. But in this case even they can’t find any virtues in it.

    • CE 18:50 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      That’s a bit wide for a curb isn’t it?

    • EmilyG 20:21 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      Maybe we should make Denny clear that sidewalk. Or heck, maybe we should make him try to use it, just once, to demonstrate that it can be used.
      Geez. I initially thought his “radical militia” comments were made up or exaggerated. Apparently not.

    • Nicolas 22:26 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      The only thing he seems to care about is baseball coming back

    • 09:30 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      What’s with the radical militant push for baseball? The fiscal irresponsibility involved could ruin this town, it’s terrorism! /s
      It’s probably just corruption, I know, ha ha ha, just laugh it off, ha ha!

      What steeps me about this article is the “mais on va en revenir”, spoken like a man spending someone else’s money. Can’t we do it right the first time?

  • Kate 12:17 on 2015/11/27 Permalink | Reply  

    A Pembina Institute study finds that Montreal has the most bicycle paths in Canada but also the highest rate of bike accidents. Vélo Québec is skeptical of these numbers.

    • Viviane 13:02 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      I’m surprised none of the articles mention how each city fares in terms of cyclists respecting stop signs and red lights.

    • Kate 13:03 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      I don’t imagine they have stats on that. As it is, the articles suggest different cities count even more concrete incidents in subtly different ways, which may make the comparative statistics meaningless.

    • Ephraim 13:38 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      Maybe I’m starting to rub off on you, Kate…. next you will admit that there are more accidents than just those “reported accidents.”

    • Kate 14:04 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      No, that’s different. I don’t believe anyone is standing around at intersections with clipboards, noting who stops, who pauses, who doesn’t. And different public health departments will inevitably categorize incidents in different ways. That’s got nothing to do with all your hidden and uncounted crime.

    • CE 17:05 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      I know there were times I could have reported aggressive and/or stupid drivers but dealing with them with my house key or U-lock has proved to be much more satisfying, not to mention faster, than dealing with the police and courts.

    • Ephraim 22:05 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      So, you think everyone is reporting all accidents? No. And you think that the ability to decide how to classify accidents differently in different jurisdictions doesn’t hide the real data? So, is it an accident if no one is hurt enough to bother going to the hospital? If only one vehicle is damaged? (Car, bike, etc.) Or if only a pedestrian is hurt? How about if the damage is so small that you can’t claim, did an accident occur then? What about if they decide to settle it without reporting it? It’s very easy to massage the data.

    • Kate 13:14 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      Ephraim, why do people report accidents? Beyond bad accidents in which ambulances or firefighters need to show up, often it’s to establish facts for an insurance claim. Otherwise, what exactly would people be expecting by reporting an incident?

    • faiz Imam 15:55 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      To expand on Velo Quebec a bit, there are some substantial methodological flaws in this report, and the authors have accepted much of them. Montreal planner Bartek Komorowski broke it down on twitter, which I assembled into a Storify here:

    • Kate 17:15 on 2015/11/28 Permalink

      Thanks for that, Faiz Imam.

  • Kate 12:03 on 2015/11/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Organizers of assistance for refugees are saying stop sending clothes! They’ve been overwhelmed with donations.

    • Michael Black 13:26 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      That seems to be the case everywhere. Many people have so many clothes that there are plenty to be donated. When Santrapol Roulant had their yard sale, I was surprised how common Goretex jackets in perfect condition were. A rummage sale will be loaded, and plenty remaining afterwards. The Westmount Rotary Club stopped accepting clothing for their garage some years back.

      So clothing is probably one thing that people can easily offer up.

      That said, shoes and winter boots in good shape are likely in limited supply, those show up in the right size in more limited quantities.

      I do wonder if the edict is against winter clothing, which will be vital but is less likely to be part of “too much clothes” in general.


    • Ephraim 13:39 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      Read an article a while back that the shelters were often in most need of undergarments, because people are afraid to donate them (or wear them until they are trash.)

    • Kate 14:05 on 2015/11/27 Permalink

      Then the organizers need to go talk to garment manufacturers. Nobody wants to wear somebody else’s old underpants. They’d also do well to talk to companies that make or import boots, and probably someone’s already doing that. Used boots are not appealing either.

      Michael, the article actually said they initially wanted winter clothing and were puzzled why some people sent in things like t-shirts and sandals.

  • Kate 11:24 on 2015/11/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Brian Myles explains the disagreement between France Charbonneau and Renaud Lachance that has fractured the impact of the commission’s report. Garnotte summarizes it with a drawing.

  • Kate 21:30 on 2015/11/26 Permalink | Reply  

    The Info-Neige app is expected to work in 18 of the 19 boroughs this winter. Only Île-Bizard–Ste-Geneviève is not participating.

    Another snow app is WeDo, which is meant to help you get your steps cleared by farming out the work à la Uber.

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