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  • Kate 01:00 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    A CBC investigation finds that Andrew Potter never actually resigned from his position at the head of McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada.

  • Kate 00:57 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is laying off its own, unionized security guards and putting out tenders for private security services instead.

  • Kate 00:54 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Not only have Jean Charest and Liberal bagman Marc Bibeau been under UPAC surveillance, the surveillance itself is under investigation. Meanwhile, Philippe Couillard is hastening to distance himself and his administration from the bad old days of Charest.

  • Kate 00:49 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Someone recorded an occurrence of the metro running with doors open. This lasted for one stop and is being blamed on a prankster.

  • Kate 00:47 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that the BIG says the city lost control of costs on the Richler gazebo.

  • Kate 00:38 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Roberto Rocha turns his analytical and infographic skills loose on the matter of fashions in given names in Quebec.

  • Kate 00:32 on 2017/04/26 Permalink | Reply  

    This National Post report on Denis Coderre’s rodeo says opponents are considering a challenge under Quebec’s animal cruelty laws.

    • rue david 02:07 on 2017/04/26 Permalink

      Bah, everything is wrong with this guy. Coderre’s 100 IQ and issuance from the suburbs that the PQ appended to the city should speak for themselves. In 2017, in Montreal, a cretin like this wouldd never have had a scintilla of a chance of running Montreal, except for the good luck of the amalgamations. He’s weak, embarrassing, a generation behind in terms of intellectual dexterity and policy, and utterly oblivious to how much harm he does to the city by just being who he is (baseball, monstrously obese, zero knowledge of current urbanism, speaks like a goddamned peasant in both French and English, being internationally proud of stuff that we should wear as marks of humiliation, etc).

      If the guy had any dignity (lol), he’d cede his position before the next election in favor of Bergeron or Schnobb or even a Helen Fotopoulous type.

  • Kate 11:00 on 2017/04/25 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s train safety week, so Metro got the CN police guy to talk about how people do stupid things around train tracks, harking back to the young guys who got killed doing graffiti under the Turcot in 2010, but not mentioning Sarah Stott.

  • Kate 10:38 on 2017/04/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was stabbed overnight during a robbery at a gas station store in NDG.

  • Kate 10:07 on 2017/04/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A fancy funeral home in St-Léonard was firebombed overnight. TVA link has text and video. CBC notes that it was similarly hit in 2011 and everyone includes the information that the business has Mafia or Rizzuto links. (CTV says “Services for […] Nicolo Rizzuto, were also held there after his 2010 murder” which is nonsense. The Rizzutos have their funerals in high Catholic pomp at Madonna della Difesa on rue Dante, not at a funeral home.)

    • Viviane 12:30 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      Rizzuto funeral at the church, visitation at the funeral home.

    • Kate 14:18 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      Yes, but the visitation (we used to call it a wake) is not a service.

  • Kate 00:45 on 2017/04/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A press junket this week showed journalists that the Turcot rebuild is 40% complete. With photos.

    QMI says some bits of the new Turcot will be usable before the end of the year.

  • Kate 00:34 on 2017/04/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A report from the city’s inspector general (BIG) says the towing business is violent and corrupt because it’s controlled by organized crime. Ingrid Peritz covers the story for the Globe & Mail.

  • Kate 10:30 on 2017/04/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Some people are holding a protest and delivering a petition Monday against this summer’s closure of the Gilles-Villeneuve track for the convenience of Evenko.

    Update: Report on the dissatisfaction in La Presse clarifies that the track ie meant to be off limits for two summers.

    Excellent Jonathan Montpetit piece critiquing this choice.

    • John B 15:18 on 2017/04/24 Permalink

      Via reddit, this YouTube video of Strava flybys shows how popular the track is. Strava flybys show the other people on Strava that you pass – I count around 30 during the time this person was at the track.

      The few times I’ve been, and I don’t think I’ve ever been at peak times, there have been at least several other cyclists on the track. It’s a popular place.

      As the linked article says, closing the track for special events makes sense, but closing it all summer, because “dust” and “vehicules lourdes sur la site” (my translation: they want to use the area for parking vehicles that are being used in the construction, just like Place des Nations), seems like the only interests being considered are those of Evenko.

    • Kate 00:36 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      I would like to understand why the mayor is doing so much for Evenko, putting so much public space in its control and allowing its plans to shut down important facilities like the Jean-Drapeau swimming pools and the track for a whole summer – the supposedly important summer of the 375th, too. There’s something unexamined and rotten there, I suspect.

    • John B 10:06 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      Prediction: After 2 years of construction Evenko will realize that installing 65,000 seats just ruined the outdoor festival vibe of the location, and the 100,000, (I’m not sure if all together, so suitable for concerts), seat capacity of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is more profitable.

      On the surface some sort of permanent event space makes sense: A drained surface, for instance, means no mud pits during rainy festivals, and permanent electrical hookups and probably toilet facilities are also probably safer, and mean less time spent setting up events.

      To answer the question in the headline of the Jonathan Montpetit’s piece: yes.

    • Kate 10:11 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      John B, I could argue that Montreal has suffered from mega-event syndrome in one form or another since Expo 67.

    • John B 10:41 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      True, being the “City of Festivals” and all that, we have more mega-events.

      For most events we’ve got some sort of balance, though. F1 is 1 week per year, and the rest of the year we, (usually), get a great outdoor bike/rollerblade facility. Festivals in Place des Festivals are relatively short, and don’t inconvenience too many people, (although cyclists have their equivalent of the Ville-Marie expressway, the Maisonneuve bike path, closed during the festivals, and it’s really frustrating). With one glaring exception we get some value out of most of the remaining Olympic facilities. We’ll see how Formula E goes, but if it’s as non-disruptive as I’ve heard it could be great.

      But this construction project doesn’t seem to bring much value for the disruption. We are already able to have concerts in Parc Jean-Drapeau, and because there’s nothing permanent each concert can be set up differently depending on the feeling organizers want to create. Yes, some of the renos make sense, but is it worth $78M and no access to the circuit and pool for a couple of years to reduce mud when it rains during a music festival?

      I’ll stop ranting for now. I’m interested to see if anything comes of the protest & petition, though.

    • Kate 10:56 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      John B, admittedly funneling everything into the Place des Festivals is a help, but to me it also makes the whole thing sort of separate. I can remember when the festivals used the streets and facilities we had, and every festival wasn’t accompanied by a sort of obligatory midway of cheap souvenirs and junk, it felt more organic to the city. But that era is over.

  • Kate 10:06 on 2017/04/24 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s been so much Expo 67 stuff that I didn’t point specifically to Le Devoir’s dossier of articles about it from the weekend. They have a good piece on early experiments in multimedia found at the fair, which included the first version of IMAX and an immersive 360° projection of a film about Canada. There’s also a list of the exhibits to be held this year in commemoration of what many still feel was Montreal’s shining moment.

    • Michael Black 12:34 on 2017/04/24 Permalink

      It would be nice if they officially released the guide to Expo ’67 online.

      I searched a few years ago and didn’t find it online, though someone digitized the one from the 1964 New York World’ Fair. Let’s go better and release the Expo guide to all.

      The guide has to be somewhere around, but I’ve not seen it recently. But my Expo ’67 passport must still be around somewhere too.

      Memory says we went “a lot”, going by Metro, taking a sandwich, so the cost wasn’t so bad once we had the season passports.


    • Viviane 13:44 on 2017/04/24 Permalink

      Couldn’t find the guide to Expo ’67 online either, but it’s available for consultation at the BAnQ.

    • Patrick 20:44 on 2017/04/24 Permalink

      @Michael Black,
      Yes, it was very affordable to me as a lower-middle class teenager. Lots of free events, on and off-site. I’ll never forget seeing Jefferson Airplane sing “White Rabbit” outside at PVM (just a couple of hundred people there, we were all up close) and dancing with my girlfriend to “Whiter Shade of Pale” at Place des Nations. And the frisson of Cold War politics, with hints of dissent at the Czech Pavilion, which I recall as quite avant-garde. One thing we’ll never see again: a big event without omnipresent “branding” by commercial sponsors…

    • steph 22:40 on 2017/04/24 Permalink

      Expo ’67 must have been wonderful, but I can’t help but question how much it’s been glorified by the baby-boomers – seeing as it occurred during their adolescence.

    • Patrick 01:40 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      @steph, agreed!

    • ant6n 09:53 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      On Facebook somebody posted the wiki entry on the Expo Express. It’s gotten more text and images over time, and there more images on wiki commons.

    • Kate 10:28 on 2017/04/25 Permalink

      Expo 67 exploded on the local psyche after centuries of mea culpa self-privation. Most of the big parties Montreal had allowed itself before 1967 were religious ceremonies and parades, like the 1910 Eucharistic Congress that brought thousands of people out to see the processions and events. The winter carnivals of the 1880s are the only things of scale I can think of that hadn’t been religious, but of course they were roundly condemned by the archbishop.

      Expo 67 was a big deal. It had not one but two entire effective transportation systems of its own, besides having been the motive for the completion of the initial metro network. It featured several novel forms of multimedia projection, plus high-tech toys like video phones. It brought the USSR into the foreground (having cheekily placed the Russian pavilion, with a massive hammer and sickle monument, facing the U.S. sphere across the channel) and also featured pavilions from other communist countries like China and Czechoslovakia, and it’s hard to believe how daring that felt in context.

      As a recent media piece also pointed out, Expo 67 introduced Montreal to new cuisines. We also learned new ways of presenting the city to the world (and arguably caught a permanent case of mega festival syndrome, but that’s another matter).

      Expo 67 involved the creation of an entire man-made island!

      No, coming when it did just as the Grand Noirceur had finally ended, when Canada was booming and things were looking up, in the Summer of Love before the first energy crisis began to cool public enthusiasm, Expo 67 was a very specific crux of social and political history. Yes, it was important, but it can’t be repeated. Historic moments never can.

  • Kate 10:02 on 2017/04/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Sifting to the top of my searches is news that the Bibliothèque du Boisé in St-Laurent has won the 2017 Green Building Award even though it was opened in 2013. It’s a really nice building – too bad it’s tucked away on a street so obscure for most of us.

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