I’m seeing tweets and comments about extended cell coverage in the metro. One reader tweeted to me that he got 5 bars this week at Berri-UQAM, Champ de Mars, and Place d’Armes. Haven’t checked it out yet.
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A design site has some sketches for the redesign of the Biodome and the Insectarium.
Interesting photo essay from a visit to Silo No. 5.
As presaged, there are strikes and pickets in Montreal and other towns Wednesday. Radio-Canada even has a map although that’s probably from earlier this morning and may not be getting updated. Some metro stations are accessible without paying and the same is true of some buses.
In the midst of all this, the Coderre administration will be presenting its second annual budget at city hall.
I was looking at the last couple of homicide reports and wondered about a few 2014 numbers that I never saw any news reports on. Some of the links below may play video, but I believe all are still working.
#1: January 11: man, 27, shot in Lachine
#2: January 22-ish: Tricia Boisvert, 36, killed here then body driven to Gatineau.
#3: February 9: man, 48, stabbed behind St-Laurent metro station
#4: February 25: woman, 62, stabbed in Rosemont apartment
#5: March 19, Elizabeth Barrer, 32, shot, Lachine – “drug queenpin”
#6: May 16: woman, 83, Villeray
#7: May 16: Stéphane Prévost, 37, beaten, found near Lachine Canal
#8: June 1: man, 28, shot in St-Michel
#9: June 7: Steven Célestin, 23, killed at the Cabaret Mile End in gang hit
#10: June 7: Sylvie Larocque, murder-suicide in Ville-Émard
#11: June 8: Woman, 60, shot in Ville St-Pierre
#12: June 8: Woman, 17, in east-end motel; boyfriend, 18, arrested
#13: June 23: Jeyarasan Manikaraja, 40, stabbed in Côte-des-Neiges
#15: June 28: man, 27, shot in Côte-des-Neiges
#18: August 2: Ducarme Joseph, shot dead in St-Michel
#19: September 7: Dominique Laverdure, 19, shot in St-Léonard (La Presse says in revenge for Célestin killing June 7)
#20: September 19: man found in car, corner Moreau and Hochelaga
#21: November 2: man found dead in Sud-Ouest borough
#22: November 7: Louis Adams, 49, onetime club manager, Lachine
#23: November 21: man, 47, drug dealer, Verdun
Metro has an excellent guide to the plan “pour les nuls”.
In the Magnotta trial the defense rested its case Tuesday without calling Luka Magnotta himself to the stand. The Crown then called on rebuttal witnesses, two psychiatrists, one of whom said he saw no signs of schizophrenia or psychosis during an hour-long assessment, and the other, who although Magnotta had refused to see him wrote up a report anyway based on others’ observations. This second expert will continue his testimony on Wednesday. The Journal says there will be four rebuttal witnesses in all.
City workers are promising a grand dérangement Wednesday, in most cases actions that stop short of a general strike. I don’t know whether this is connected, but coming home just now I noticed the bus driver was wearing camo pants and singing, and the fare box had out-of-order tape on it, but those could happen anytime anyway.
Actions are expected in at least 25 other municipalities and reports differ on whether actions will start at midnight or 6 a.m.
It’s probably mostly symbolic, but it’s nice to know that the Suzuki Foundation got the city to acknowledge the right to live in a healthy environment during the city council session Monday.
Cyclists are getting a little break in Outremont in being allowed to lock bikes to fences and other city furniture, although (sensibly) not trees, for 48 hours and not get ticketed.
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Denis Coderre has put Diane de Courcy in charge of the Je Vois Montréal project. I hadn’t been particularly aware of this till noticing a wave of objections from some who feel that de Courcy’s hard line against Montreal during the last PQ mandate makes her unsuitable for this role: French must be imposed in Montreal “without mercy” to quote the lady herself.
Residents of Sud-Ouest borough are pleased that their residential streets now have a speed limit of 30 kmh.
However, and I’m not finding a media link to this so am reduced to quoting Alex Norris on Facebook:
Le maire Coderre nous annonce à l’ordre du jour du conseil municipal aujourd’hui son intention de transformer un grand nombre de rues locales en rues artérielles, contrôlées par l’administration centrale de la ville.
En regardant la carte des changements prévus, j’ai été stupéfait de voir toutes les petites rues locales dans notre quartier qu’il entend redéfinir comme artérielles. Les rues Milton, Aylmer, Hutchison, Clark, Roy, Rivard, Berri, Chambord, Garnier, Gilford, Marie-Anne, Bordeaux, Chabot, Resther, de Mentana, Casgrain, de Gaspé, Fullum et Parthenais sont parmi les rues que M. Coderre entend convertir, en tout ou en partie, en rues artérielles.
La principale fonction des rues artérielles étant de constituer des corridors de transport pour la circulation de transit, ce plan est fort inquiétant.
So the mayor may be trying to get around residential speed limits by “repatriating” a lot of noncommercial streets as arteries. It’s not a done deal yet but is meant to be voted on in council next month. I’ll look out for further reports on this.
Brief text report and audio file on how Bixi is now a city service like other aspects of public transit (and thus, please note, not expected to turn a profit). TVA talks to a Bixi spokeswoman who still speaks in terms of looking for new partners for Bixi, although whether that means advertisers or something else is left unclear.
The city has cancelled the contract with Acertys to consult over Ste-Catherine Street, after concerns about how it was awarded. Just wondering if such a contract contains cancellation clauses meaning the company will be paid anyway, because that’s not clarified here or anywhere.
Richard Bergeron, now chairman of the inspector-general’s commission, says he’s ill at ease having journalists and the public know about reports given to the commission.
(Not clear why we have an inspector general, a commission, and a different person who isn’t the inspector-general heading the commission. Will see if I can find this out.)
The Old Brewery Mission would like to move into the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital building after that institution moves to the new CHUM facility.