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  • Kate 15:04 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The Champlain southbound side is to close all weekend till 5:00 Monday morning.

  • Kate 15:03 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Police are trying to shut down the club Muzique on the Main. The shooting outside the club a few days ago of a man who’d just left the premises might be persuasive.

  • Kate 14:25 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    As if we didn’t see it coming, the Journal finds that the roadwork on the commercial stretch of St-Denis in the Plateau is hard on the street’s merchants and some are going out of business.

    • CharlesQ 15:20 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      A lot of stores on St-Denis had already closed in the last years even before the work started. Not sure why exactly. The fact that there are very few stores like epiceries that cater to the people in the neighbourhood and the constant trafic probably doesn’t help.

  • Kate 14:23 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Festival season is lurching into action. Saturday is the croissant festival with many bakeries participating in the buck-a-pop fest.

    This article says Montreal Beer Week is from April 29 to May 8, which is fortunate because nowhere on the festival’s own site does it actually tell you the dates.

    • Blork 14:33 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      So lame. (Although I did find the dates, written very small, on the “About” page.) <- not good enough.

  • Kate 14:00 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A man wanted in a homicide in Lasalle last September was discovered to be already behind bars in Toronto for an August slaying in Ontario.

  • Kate 23:05 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Sixteen million public dollars have been frittered, but the Hélène-de-Champlain restaurant is still empty. Contrary to what the TVA writer says here, it’s hardly a “joyau architectural” – the thing was built in 1938 as part of Camillien Houde’s make-work projects that gave us public bathrooms and other park installations. It’s no more patrimonial than that despite the style in which it was built.

    Knock it down and return the space, and the parking lot, to green space. The island’s going to need it, the way the Coderre administration is treating it.

    • rue david 12:20 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      the cost is outrageous but disagree on the building. it’s a handsome space and it’d be great to have a restaurant out there next to the biosphere. plus that parking lot is pretty small for servicing the biosphere and that swimming pool out there too (and this coming from a non-driver who doesn’t even like to be inside an automobile). the trick with that place is that nobody really goes out there anymore, or at least enough to sustain a restaurant. it’s be neat if they could kit it out and then find rotating cooks/pop-ups, or maybe pull in a few different people at once. you could have shows out there, like live music or underground cinema or whatever. it’s so close to the metro and so large, and in a part of town virtually no montrealer visits in the course of ordinary life, it would really just take some great programming to get people interesting in popping out there. and the walk there from the metro station is quite lovely, particularly at night.

    • rue david 12:43 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      ah wow, i missed this one:

      place des nations used to be a pretty neat area to wander around, would be neat to see it spiffed up. piknik elektronik is perfect where it is though, that sculpture thing at the place de l’homme is an iconic aspect of the event. like anyone who has ever been there will just needs to see a photo of that sculpture to know it’s piknik electronik.

    • Robert J 12:46 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I don’t know about you guys but it’s pretty rare that I find myself going all the way out to Parc Jean-Drapeau to have lunch or dinner. I understand that some people are there for other reasons and might not want to go back into town to eat, but it’s not a practical place to get. I think a full service restaurant is a hard sell (hard to make viable, business-wise), also because a good deal of visitors are families with kids, who tend to not want anything expensive and are more likely to pack lunches.

    • Blork 14:02 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Actually, getting to the Hélène-de-Champlain restaurant from, for example, the Plateau or Mile-end, isn’t really any farther than heading to St-Henri or Verdun for dinner. It might even be closer. Certainly fewer Metro stops. And the walk from the Jean-Drapeau Metro to the restaurant is about 600 metres, which is not huge.

      But it is psychologically “way over there,” which puts it out-of-mind for most people. And it will never be trendy, no matter who runs it, so there will never be a “buzz” around it that would otherwise make it worth the trip for most people.

    • Lucas 15:09 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I found the transfer to the Yellow Line at Berri so tedious that is became a psychological barrier to going to the park. I wonder if it is a significant enough factor for other people as well?

    • Blork 15:16 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      That’s part of it. There’s also the weird psychological aspect of being away from the city, on an island — even if it’s just one Metro stop from Berri/UQAM. I can imagine some people have a low level fear of being stranded there if the Metro goes down, or whatever. (Not a rational thing, just a silly gut-level thing.)

    • Blork 15:18 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      …and yes, that transfer can be long and tedious, but it depends on where you’re coming from. For example, if you’re getting off the Green line, west-bound, at the head of the train, the transfer to the Yellow line is really quick; closer than transferring to Orange.

    • ant6n 15:21 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I wish that boat was cheaper. Total rip off.

  • Kate 23:00 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    These items say taxi service is improving, but slowly. But this is apparently mostly about the dress code, and never once in my life have I ever thought, or heard anyone express the view, that taxi service would be better if the driver wore a uniform. Where the hell did this idea spring from, the depths of some petty bureaucrat’s tiny heart?

    Do Uber drivers follow a dress code? Does anyone care?

    • Mitch Davis 23:36 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Uber drivers don’t and certainly nobody cares. Clean cars and good service are the only things that matter, imho.

    • Ian 08:35 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Last time I took a taxi the guy drove under 40 all the way down Park which was mostly empty at the time, humming tunelessly. Just after Pine he pulled in behind a streetsweeper instead of passing them – all the way to Milton. I started yelling at him, but he ignored me, still continuing with his infernal humming.

      I am fairly certain even the snappiest of uniforms would not have improved that situation.

    • Uatu 10:20 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      This town is distracted by aesthetics. The big O, Olympic Village, arguing over how the Champlain bridge should look, making an “entrance to the city” etc. Now it’s how cabbies should dress. What a load… Just focus on making stuff work instead of dressing it up.. :P

    • Matt 12:54 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Ian: that’s really unfortunate. It’s a good thing you were able to report the poor service and have the taxi driver be held accountable for it, right? And possibly get refunded for the extra cost? Oh that’s right. The goal isn’t actually to make taxi service better, just give it the appearance of being better.

      Téo Taxi is doing it right. Good technology to handle dispatching and payments, and the drivers are great.

    • Marco 13:08 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I had my first Uber experience the other night. The car that came to pick me up was a Toyota Echo sedan with a broken back door handle which forced us to enter the double parked car on the traffic side of a busy street. The back seats were puny and uncomfortable.
      On the return trip later that night the driver circled the block and passed us on the sidewalk three times before he picked us up. He need to check us out before he let us in. On the way back he got a flat tire about ten blocks away from my home. I guess no one inspects Uber vehicles before the drivers are allowed to pick up passengers.

  • Kate 22:54 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A memorial was held Thursday for Mathilde Blais in the underpass where she was killed two years ago on her bike. Her father criticizes Quebec for inaction on adjusting the highway code to leave safe space for cyclists.

  • Kate 22:51 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The organization putting together the big 375th anniversary party has had its knuckles rapped over the English slogan seen on its photo backdrop.

    In other language sort of news:

    Bernard Landry has been named honorary president of the St-Jean-Baptiste Society.

    Quebec anglo groups are to get some federal funding but only if they can raise private money first, from what I can tell. And I’ve long felt there’s less solidarity among anglos here than any other “minority” group.

  • Kate 22:45 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Peter Sergakis is suing Peter McQueen for defamation over Jersey’s Saloon, which McQueen was forthright in not welcoming in NDG.

    How can Sergakis use an English name for his business – with an apostrophe yet?

    • Frederic Cardin 11:54 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Sergakis is a royal douchebag. I wouldn’t trust that guy in any way.

    • Robert J 12:47 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Ya he’s like the Darth Vader of the restaurant industry

  • Kate 22:40 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA says there are no health & safety people on the Turcot worksite and there’s no worker safety plan in place. It’s the biggest construction site in town.

  • Kate 22:37 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada says the Cinéma Parallèle is on the edge of bankruptcy but QMI says flatly it’s already there. Rescue by a French cinema group fell through.

    Maybe the Parallèle should’ve stayed in its old digs further north on the Main. I have fond memories of seeing movies there, and having a coffee or a drink with friends before or afterwards in the Méliès as it used to be. That feels like a golden age of the bohemian Main now that I look back on it.

    I guess the Festival du nouveau cinéma is an entirely separate entity now?

    • Uatu 10:32 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      A victim of the Netflix world we live in now. Soon Criterion films will stream online and other art films will likely follow suit. IMHO no great loss for me as I find that cinema had the most uncomfortable seating and an all too antiseptic vibe for me

    • Raymond Lutz 11:05 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Hmm, ni la TV ni le streaming ne remplacent l’expérience communautaire de voir un film ensemble, avec des inconnus et/ou des amis. Meatspace > Cyberspace. @Kate: moi aussi! moi aussi! Je n’ai découvert le café Méliès que vers la fin mais j’y ai vu quelques films, dont Ponette. @Uatu, Bien d’accord pour la froideur de l’Excentris: une amie en qualifiait l’architecture de fasciste… And remember those round LCD screens aux guichets??? WTF.

    • Blork 11:58 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      “L’expérience communautaire de voir un film ensemble.”

      That would include the privilege of paying $25+ to endure:

      Some arsehole behind you kicking your seat
      Some stinkpot next to you sucking on hotdogs and fries;
      Three idiots in front of you texting during the entire film;
      The loudmouth off to your left who won’t stop talking;
      The moron off to your right who insists on digging cellophane-wrapped candies out of a crinkly cellophane bag during the quietest moments of the film.

      I say that as someone who, despite all that, still goes to the cinema at least once per month. Other cinematic pleasures include the fact that the pre-show material is played at ear-splitting volume and when the feature starts the volume is so low that you can barely hear the dialog over the breathing of the people around you. (Seriously, I leave the screening room to report low volume in about one out of five films, and just endure too-low volume in about every second film.)

      But when I watch films at home the only annoyance is the inclination to fall asleep before the film ends. But I can drink beer! And pause when I need to pee! And rewind when I miss a line of dialog because the actor mumbled or the sound is badly mixed!

    • Blork 11:59 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      …but I should also mention that I can think of at least two times that I want to Excentris just to buy a ticket from those crazy ticket booths.

    • rue david 12:07 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      +1 kate. when did they move to excentris, 2008?

    • Kate 12:21 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      But back in the day at the Parallèle and at other “serious” screening places like the Cinémathèque and even those much regretted cheap Concordia screenings of film classics in H-110 (which I seem to recall were programmed by Serge Losique), on the whole, people were better behaved. Also, this was pre-phone.

    • Blork 12:28 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Oh, I agree. Last time I saw a film at the new Excentris (a year ago maybe?) it was refreshing. But I mostly go to the cinema at the old forum.

    • Michael Black 13:23 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Cinema Parallele was fairly low key for a long time, plodding along but not in major view.

      Then in 1994, for their 20 or 25th anniversary, they had a big party. The movie marathon, outdoor screenings, I can’t remember what else. A one time event might have been fine, but that success meant the fall movie festival moved to June for a few years. So there were some years of very public events, and even when the festival moved back to the fall, they kept some of that public festival in June. Late October really isn’t a time for outdoor movie screenings.

      There was a split in the festival about that move to June, someone leaving as a result, and I think there were money problems. Certainly things were restructured.

      I think all that changed the quiet little movie theatre, though it’s always hard to tell since other things changed too.

      Ex Centris opened in 1999, external money coming in, Daniel Langlois’ vision maybe stronger. Did anyone complain about Cinema Parallele before the new theatre? In retrospect it all seemed to be part of that more public persona for the theatre, and at this distance, the five years after the big anniversary in 1994 seems to make the events connected.

      Then Daniel Langlois lost interest, and the funding was gone, leaving a very fancy theatre but no means of keeping it going.

      Sometimes growth isn’t a good thing.


    • Raymond Lutz 13:28 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Aaahh c’mon Blork, je ne parlais pas des derniers blockbusters mais des films projetés au Café Méliès, au Cinema V, à l’Outremont, au Papineau, au Ouimetoscope, au Cinema de Paris, au Cinéma Du Parc, au Beaubien, au 7e Art et au Rialto…

  • Kate 10:51 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A male nurse and volunteer at Ste-Justine, previously lauded for his big heart, has been suspended from nursing for six months and fired by the hospital after inviting two teenage patients to sleep at his house.

    • rue david 14:30 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      again, how old were these boys? 16? 17? nothing sexual took place, the parents knew about everything, there were approximately 2 inappropriate remarks. a violation of professional standards, sure, but cause to put this guy out there as some sort of unmasked pedophile? his helping and being around is taken as proof that he had a nefarious ulterior motive? where’s the sexual encounter then?? and so he’s gay and MAYBE he thought these boys were cute? what does it matter? it’s not like he made sexual advances on them. i’m pretty sure most of the dads reading that article have looked at a 16 year girl before and thought she looked nice. but this guy, who by all accounts was helpful and friendly with these families is now in the news as a pervert. this culture is just going crazy with this stuff these days, maybe it always was, i don’t know.

    • ant6n 14:35 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      I guess it’s fun to destroy people’s lives based on innuendo?

    • rue david 14:40 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      i think it’s straight up homophobia. the parents were probably fine with their kids staying there because they thought he was straight. he was invited to family events because they figured he was single, had a good job, seemed really nice and maybe they could fix him up with thérèse, who’s been single for a while and about the same age. but wait, he’s gay! oh, so him being nice was just a ploy to get access to little billy here? wait, billy, has he ever come on to you? no? has he said anything sexual to you? oh, he asked if you’d been with a woman before? and then he chuckled as asked if you handled your inexperience by masturbating? let’s call his work/the cops, torch his life.

    • rue david 14:42 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      i’m not dismissing the real threat of sexual predators, but by all accounts this guy didn’t do anything! and there he is in the journal for his mother and the whole world to read. bah.

    • Viviane 14:48 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      The guy didn’t do anything but he asked his patients if they liked to masturbate. How was this his business?

    • Bill Binns 14:55 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      These days, if you are an adult male you just do not put yourself in a situation where you are alone with underage people (of either sex) not related to you. If you do, you are quite literally risking your life.

      It’s hard to fault the hospital for cutting him loose. It’s so easy to see the headline “Hospital Administrators Knew Male Nurse Was Inviting Teen Boys to His Home 6 Months Ago but Did Nothing”. That kind of press gets entire departments of people fired.

    • Viviane 17:10 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      According to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages, he hasn’t worked at Sainte-Justine since April 2015. What was his status during the past year?

    • JaneyB 19:26 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Sorry @rue David…gay, straight, whatever….A 51 year old guy asking 17 yo guys if they like to masturbate is a no-no. True, 17yo is quite different from an 11 year old but his behaviour is unquestionably in ‘the ick zone’. It’s a sexual advance – for sure! And this nonsense about him needing the help of a 17yo help him fix his thermopomp?? I was hit on often by pedos as a teenager and from this account, this guy hits all the marks.

    • Alison Cummins 21:55 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      I do not want my nurse coming on to me. If you have so little grasp of professional boundaries that you don’t know enough not to come on to your patients, I don’t want you as my nurse.

  • Kate 10:47 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The big news with local repercussions Thursday is that Delta Air Lines has ordered 75 C Series jets from Bombardier. Twitter is pulsating with the story. The deal is valued at US$5.6 billion.

    Quebec still wants Ottawa to put a billion into Bombardier.

    • Bill Binns 11:04 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Does this mean we will get our Billion Dollars back? I’m guessing no.

    • Kate 11:08 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      In theory we should, gradually. But most of it will probably percolate through to one of those offshore tax shelter black holes.

    • Kevin 11:18 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      We won’t get the money back until the Bombardier family gives up a controlling interest in this company.

    • Uatu 14:44 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      What Kate said. Trickle down economy really means the cash trickles down into a secret Panamanian tax shelter…. :P

    • ant6n 14:51 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      well, profits are supposed to percolate to shareholders, who then put that in their secret tax shelters. Since the government actually bought an equity stake, maybe it won’t be so bad.

    • Max 15:11 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Seeing how Bombardier’s around $10 billion in the hole, it could be a very long time before we see any return on our investment. Regardless, they must be partying like mad out by the airport today.

    • Kevin 16:26 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      The Caisse bought shares in the rail division. The same Caisse that is planning to build electric trains just like it already did with Bombardier and SNC in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics.

    • mdblog 17:23 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      It’s pretty much par for the course in Quebec so it’s unfair to single out Bombardier. For example:

      -The Caisse’s rail project money will end up mostly in the hands of corrupt construction co’s with mafia ties, which will end up in tax shelter.

      -Money invested in Bixi goes into go knows what black hole of corruption and ends up the hands of those who put it in tax shelters. Was the public ever granted access to their financials or what?

      -Taxes that go into the health system ends up in the hands of shareholders of huge medical device companies like Medtronic who put it into tax shelters. Also, I’ve never met a poor medical doctor, specialist or not, so I have to assume that they shelter at least a part of the income from the tax man.

      Of course all of these projects have some public benefits such as improved transit, more people employed and paying taxes, access to healthcare. Bombardier is no different so I’m not sure why they are subject to a special kind of ire. I get the family and the share structure thing, but other than than, this is business as usual in Quebec. Move along. Nothing to see here.

    • ant6n 17:59 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      I’m referring to the province of Quebec investing money in some sort of CSeries subsidiary of Bombardier. Presumably that’s equity.

    • Kevin 19:30 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Whoops. That’s the 200 million class B shares that the province overpaid for. As equity goes it isn’t worth much.

      Why would you assume that people who earn $150,000+ k per annum need to put money in shelters? We don’t tax people on what they’ve saved, just what they earn each year.

    • ant6n 08:26 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      Quebec didn’t buy B-shares. They invested in a joint-venture that separated out the C-series program, and Bombardier and the Quebec government each own half of that.

    • Kevin 10:42 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I’ve got a press release saying the province bought B-shares…

  • Kate 10:24 on 2016/04/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A longstanding annual Christian prayer breakfast is ruffling some feathers, Alex Norris saying Denis Coderre is mixing church and state by allowing the city logo and his own name to be used in connection with the June event. An event with a similar cross-embossed invitation plus the city logo was equally controversial when it took place last April, Le Devoir noting that the event dated back to 1971, although Coderre himself did not attend last year’s.

    • jeather 13:16 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      “C’est un déjeuner qui est traditionnel. Fin de l’histoire.” Ah yes, the traditional secular prayer meeting to manage with God.

    • Viviane 14:54 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Why did it take 40 years for this to become an issue?

    • Bill Binns 14:59 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      I recently saw a photo of our Prime Minister wearing a Sikh turban. The dream of a secular society is receding fast.

    • Chris 20:33 on 2016/04/28 Permalink

      Viviane, perhaps because atheism has been growing by leaps and bounds, but only in recent years.

      Imagine how different all the reaction would be if was crescent-embossed instead of cross-embossed.

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