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  • Kate 19:59 on 2017/08/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal city workers are being given eight free rodeo tickets each, implying ticket sales have been less than stellar. The rodeo opens Thursday.

     
    • EmilyG 20:40 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Curiously, I haven’t seen the rodeo advertised anywhere.
      Or maybe not-so-curiously, seeing how unpopular it is.

    • Kate 21:01 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Nor have I, which means it’s likely no ads have been put up in the metro at all. Whereas they plastered Formula E on the metro: one evening I was in a car where every ad poster was for the race. Odd.

    • EmilyG 21:12 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      I saw ads for Montréal Symphonique, but maybe I noticed those more because I was actually interested in the event.
      I remember the large number of ads for the Formula E.
      I actually googled the rodeo yesterday to see if it was still even going on, having heard little about it lately, and I found one recent article saying they’re preparing for it. (Though there may be a few more articles today, and while it’s going on.)

    • rue david 00:16 on 2017/08/24 Permalink

      pretty difficult to think of a stupider event to host in old montreal than a rodeo. coderre spent too much time in western canada? does ottawa do these sorts of things? if he’s going to totally important utterly random low brow stuff from other cultures, it would be preferable to look to new orleans or munich, over manure and lassos, no?

  • Kate 06:39 on 2017/08/23 Permalink | Reply  

    A homeless man has been issued a $1,034 ticket for owning an unregistered pitbull. A lot of people were worked up about the pitbull law this spring – surely they could take up a collection?

     
    • Ian 09:37 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Well, there isn’t a point, really – he can’t get his dog legally registered as the article points out, they would just give him another ticket. That’s a pretty rough situation for him to be in.

  • Kate 06:36 on 2017/08/23 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m of two minds about stories concerning the far right. On the one hand I think we’d be foolish to ignore its rise, but on the other, I think those groups crave media attention and that giving them disproportionate time may make them seem more important and powerful than they are.

    So far this summer it’s Quebec City that’s grabbed the headlines after the La Meute demonstration on the weekend.

    That said – an anti-immigration banner was put up on the weekend at the Olympic stadium, then taken down again.

    There’s an odd park in Pointe-des-Cascades, off the western end of the island. It’s full of anchors recovered from the river. One of them has a swastika on it. Anti-hate-graffiti crusader Corey Fleischer was stopped from painting it over by the town mayor last week on the grounds it’s a relic of World War II and thus part of history.

    It’s worth reading this recent piece on medium.com about how the journalistic choice to “present both sides” may have been distorting the situation in the public eye and giving more of a voice to the would-be fascist scum among us.

    Undoubtedly there will be more to come on this theme.

    CBC has put all its stories on the rise of the far right here on one page.

     
    • JoeNotCharles 08:11 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      The anchor is actually from before WWII meaning the swastika on it is not a Nazi symbol, just a good luck charm. The city is going to put up a plaque explaining this instead. I dunno – a footnote isn’t going to erase the visceral reaction people get when seeing the thing. I’d favour putting a removable patch or something over it

    • Ian 08:45 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      While that may very well be true as the swastika was incorporated into a lot of shipping logos, flags, etc. pre ww2, the town really didn’t need to paint the swastika black and put it in a white circle literally just like the nazi flag. That said, I’d be interested to learn more about the anchor, what ship & shipping line it is thought to be associated with. The swastika might help identify it in that regard.

    • Blork 10:08 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Saying it “predates WWII” doesn’t have much meaning unless you say by how much it predates WWII. Hitler described the Nazi swastika in “Mein Kampf” in 1925, 14 years before the war started.

      That said, the swastika *was* in wide use in Europe before the war for completely non-Nazi reasons. For example, it was used by the Finnish air force in 1918, because it was a well known symbol for good luck among avaitors.

      Wikipedia has an entire article about Western use of the swastika in the early 20th century.

    • Kevin 13:39 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      The anchor is believed to be from a vessel operated by Byers Shipping, which commissioned vessels built in England in the 1850s.
      http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/sq-intervenes-as-graffiti-remover-takes-off-swastika-in-town-park-1.3555610

    • Kate 20:02 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Thanks, Kevin.

  • Kate 06:20 on 2017/08/23 Permalink | Reply  

    A study shows that Canadians think Montreal is a far more dangerous city than it is. Doesn’t say where they sampled these Canadians, although the item does go on to say that Quebec residents don’t think it’s quite so bad.

     
    • Alex 11:55 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Same with Toronto.

      My guess? Lots of rural and small-town folks worried about all the minorities in Montreal and Toronto.

    • Kevin 13:42 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      I will quote a conversation with my brother a few months after I moved to NYC.

      “So how many muggings have you seen?”
      “None. Why would I see any muggings?”
      “Because it’s New York!”

      The only crime I ever saw involved bikes. Someone ripped off my airhorn, and I once spotted a guy cutting the lock off his own bike. He made a youtube video about it.

  • Kate 20:34 on 2017/08/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebecor has bought out the mortgage of the Cinéma Impérial, and it sounds like the 41st annual World Film Festival will open Thursday.

     
    • dwgs 09:09 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      Um, yeah. I clicked through to the site for the festival and there is no programming listed at all. The buttons are there for each day but the pages have no listings. And it starts tomorrow?

    • Kate 11:26 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      dwgs, you’re right. No result to the program links in English or French. But it’s likely this means the web people haven’t been paid, not that there is no program yet.

    • GC 11:36 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      You can get to it by clicking on the news item: http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en/news/150-film-schedule.html

      I agree it’s a bad sign if people have to hunt around your festival site to find the actual schedule, although that site has always been hard to navigate.

      The schedule looks much more sparse than even a couple of years ago.

  • Kate 20:01 on 2017/08/22 Permalink | Reply  

    The ever mysterious Réjean Ducharme has died, as announced by his publisher.

     
  • Kate 19:53 on 2017/08/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Tuesday’s tropical torrent knocked trees over and caused blackouts around town. TVA has a video report showing a startling amount of damage done to trees in NDG Park. Pix and video on TVA, pix on Metro, pix and report on CBC.

    Wednesday morning there are more reports on storm damage done around town, especially in NDG. A friend who lives there says “the poor trees in our ‘hood have been pulverized!”

     
    • dwgs 09:10 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      It really is pretty dramatic, it has that post disaster feel to it. A good part of the population was out yesterday evening wandering around to take it all in.

    • Mark Côté 14:34 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      I’ve had no power for 23 hours and counting.

  • Kate 08:22 on 2017/08/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Clever of Projet Montréal to come up with the suggestion of a traffic congestion squad: without increasing city traffic this might help dispel their anti-car image and change a few voters’ minds.

     
    • Dominic 09:38 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Their website is surprisingly void of any policy measures, and just redirects to itself. Really bad online presence.

    • Kate 15:43 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      I disagree, Dominic. Projet is the only municipal party that had anything like a worked-out platform in 2013. Everyone else just had soundbites and reacted to whatever was said around and about them. Projet has a program.

    • Ian 17:06 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Thanks for pointing that out, Kate. Projet are very much program-driven, especially when compared to team Coderre that basically seems to be whatever his majesty decides is important today.

    • Dominic 18:23 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Thanks for the link Kate, Ill definitely be checking it out. The issue is from their English “The right man for the job” splash page, theres no (obvious) way to get to their regular website. It was early in the morning, maybe I missed the link. Should be able to see it now though!

    • DavidH 18:42 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      I thought the video game bit they posted on facebook had potential as well. The idea that traffic problems are for every type of commuters is something that can rally people rather than divide. Of course, if you’re seeing the thing on facebook it’s because the algorithms already determined you should like Projet so how much new people can they really get from that remains to be seen.

    • Kate 19:58 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Dominic, the Valérie Plante landing page has a link at top to the main site, in both languages.

    • thomas 12:18 on 2017/08/23 Permalink

      I am confused. Where is this detailed platform or program? All I see are headings linked to anodyne sentences and random press releases.

  • Kate 06:45 on 2017/08/22 Permalink | Reply  

    City council adopted the UN declaration on indigenous rights on Monday evening. Some information and the text of the declaration are on the UN site.

     
  • Kate 22:04 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre is still refusing to divulge the true numbers of tickets actually sold for the Formula E race.

     
    • jeather 12:16 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      All the $ info for the race will come out conveniently after the election.

  • Kate 20:30 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman died in an accident in Lachine Monday afternoon, at the corner of Notre-Dame and St-Pierre in the shadow of the Turcot. TVA specifies it was a truck that did for her, that she was in her eighties and had not been able to get across that wide and relentless intersection before the light changed. Raw video from TVA.

     
  • Kate 20:20 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Hadrien Parizeau, grandson of the sainted Jacques, will be running for the Coderre party in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, in St-Sulpice, the polling subdivision being vacated by executive committee chairman Pierre Desrochers, who’s quitting politics at the end of this term. Hadrien is 27.

     
  • Kate 06:55 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Since the new animal control law went into effect last October, 880 tickets have been given out.

     
    • ste.ph 11:21 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      880 tickets, 8 inspectors, 10 months. That’s 11 tickets a month per inspectors. I was mistaken expecting these jobs to be paying for themselves in fines.

    • Kate 20:34 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I’m kind of glad they’re not being draconian. Animals bring pleasure to many lives otherwise not replete with it.

    • mare 01:01 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      A lot of tickets were/are thrown out during court cases, mine included. I bet they don’t count those.

      But frankly, Montrealers seem to abide this law. I don’t see any dogs without tags anymore, bigger dogs have all harnesses instead of collars and quite a few pit-type dogs wear a muzzle. I also know a lot of vets are very willing to give owners ‘this dog is not a pit bull’ certificates so even dogs that look like they should be castrated and muzzled might not. So maybe those inspectors just don’t find a lot of ticketable offences. (Okay, people are still playing fetch in dog parks, but I doubt they dare to uphold that part of the law. It’s like telling parents toddlers can’t use the swings in playgrounds.)

  • Kate 06:53 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A young couple maintain that Montreal is not for families and that people wanting to have kids have no choice but to cross a bridge.

     
    • Jack 07:13 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Good luck understanding this logic train.

    • Ephraim 07:51 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      It comes down to this… “dans un quartier agréable pour une famille” which basically to them is very narrow. Cartierville, Ahuntsic, Longue Point, Belle Rive, Saint-Justin just don’t even come into the calculation…. no, it has to be the Plateau, the most expensive neighbourhood to live in…. or we are going to live on the other side of the bridge.

    • Mathieu 11:01 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I would say that there are very few advantages to living in remote parts of the city proper vs. living in a close suburb when you take into account all of what’s involved.

      Assuming a family has the means for a suburbian house and one car, they might be able to live in a central borough of the city (in a rented appartment) and ditch the car for the same price. They’d live way less space than they’d have in the suburbs, but they’ll save a lot of time commuting.

      On the other hand, living in Cartierville, Longue-Pointe or Lasalle, you will still feel the need for a car and you might have a bigger rented appartment than on the Plateau, but not a detached house for that budget. It’ll also be longer to commute downtown than in Brossard (where you’ll find a detached house near a school and a park for the same price). And the suburb will be cleaner and calmer.

    • jeather 11:23 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I dunno, I know a lot of people with families in the city. You don’t have as MUCH space as elsewhere, but it’s not like you can’t have more than enough space.

    • Viviane 11:50 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I live near three elementary schools, a high school and a large park in the Plateau, all teeming with kids. Okay, I don’t see or hear them so much during the summer, but they can’t all be living that far away from school.

    • David Speller 12:16 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Bullsh!t. We’re raising two kids in NDG and it’s a great place to do it. I had coworkers tell me the same thing before my wife and I bought our house and had the kids, thinking we were crazy to stay on island. We’ve never regretted it.

    • Ian 12:58 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I live in Mile End, my kids go to school within walking distance – but their classmates live all over town from Verdun to Viauville. On any given afternoon there’s at least a couple dozen kids playing on the sidewalk on my block. One of the big advantages to not living in the sticks is that I don’t actually need a car, and on those few occasions that I do need one to get out of town or whatever there’s Communauto. I don’t live in a detached house, but my kids each have their own room, we have a little backyard, and there are dozens of well-kept parks within walking distance for them to play in. I’m not sure what more would be needed to be considered “agréable”. I’ve never found living in Montreal to be any kind of trouble for raising a family, there’s certainly no lack of kids in town.

    • Mathieu 13:46 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Ian, finding an apartment with 3 bedrooms in the Mile End or any other central borough isn’t possible for most people’s budget. There aren’t enough apartments for the demand and those that exist and reach the market sell for more than $400k (or the rent more than $1500). Those that have been renting for long have good deals, but they don’t really exist anymore.

      What they’re arguing is that people that have the means to buy a house in the suburbs don’t find anything equivalent (i.e. a 3 bedroom apartment) in the city. And when you see entire towers full of 500 sq. ft. apartments getting built downtown, I don’t see the trend reversing.

    • Ephraim 18:08 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Frankly Cartierville is a bus to a metro. And I would rather live there than out in Dollard, Repentigny or Brossard. Just near Parc Marcelin-Wilson (New Bordeaux) there are at least 10 3 bedrooms for sale for under $300K and just a few stops on a bus from a train or a metro station (not to mention a large park across the street.

    • Ian 10:27 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      You can still find good deals in Mile-Ex, Verdun, CDN, NDG, etc. … Granted Mile End is not as inexpensive as it once was between high demand and AirBnB but you can still find deals if you take your time.

    • Mathieu 11:03 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      The problem with what you say Ian and what Ephraim is saying, is that there are thousands of family that want to live in the city. There might be some deals here and there, but most appartments/condos/houses in the city centre are way too expensive for most if you look at it on a larger scale. Meanwhile, you don’t need to look for deals for hours and days for a cheaper home in the suburbs.

      People are not “patriotic” when it comes to the city they’ll live in. Your exemple, Ephraim, is of a neighbourhood that’s 45-50 minutes away from downtown by transit, bordered by a highway and two car-centric massive boulevards. And you only get a condo there. For less money, you can get a townhouse with a big yard in a cul-de-sac in Brossard that’s 35 minutes from downtown by a bus that comes every 10 minutes.

      Most people want a yard for their kids and the suburbs provide this easily. If we want to make them accept that an appartment is ok for them (in order to repopulate downtown with families), we need to provide advantages that the suburb can’t provide. It’s not the case at the moment. We need better transit to the outer boroughs, more proximity shops and calmer streets where children can play.

    • Ian 12:12 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Well, I moved to Montreal on purpose, and it wasn’t so I could move to Brossard when I had kids. “Meanwhile, you don’t need to look for deals for hours and days for a cheaper home in the suburbs.” Hours? Days? Give me convenience or give me death, as the Dead Kennedys would say. Everyone on my block has a front and back yard, and while I may pay more rent, I’m a 35 minute walk from downtown – I don’t need a car. Amusingly even though I have a yard my kids always want to go play in the parks. Good thing we have the mountain, 2 waterparks, 2 swimming pools, and 3 large neighbourhood parks within walking distance. Oh, and libraries, groceries, schools, museums, cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and bookstores.

      If the only thing you want for a family is a generic yard and cul-de-sac, you can have it. I’m giving my kids a city and a sense of place. Maybe you don’t think people are “patriotic” about where they choose to live, but if all you want out of live is little boxes made of ticky-tacky then that’s pretty understandable.

      https://youtu.be/2_2lGkEU4Xs

  • Kate 06:48 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A man fell, probably accidentally, from a building in the Village early Monday and is in critical condition. TVA link plays raw video.

     
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