The jazz festival has announced its seven big free outdoor shows, the final one including a Mardi Gras style parade. I guess if the comedy festival has a parade, the jazz festival gets to have one too.
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The city has put up some statistical breakdowns about the most numerous ethnic communities in town, viz: Italy, Haiti, China, France, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Vietnam, Romania, the Philippines, Greece and India.
Via Montreal 2025 on Twitter.
Having lived in two different areas with Portuguese bakeries, rotisseries and grocery stores for years, I’m surprised they’re not in the top twelve. And where, I ask, are the Romanian restaurants?
Also note: Italy, France, Algeria and Greece are all in the World Cup. Expect honking.
Some Inuit are now mad at people – including Villeray’s borough mayor – who have expressed resistance to the plans for an Inuit residence in the area and everyone’s mad at the Montreal health agency for not explaining its plans to the borough and its residents until rumour and paranoia had done their work.
This is something of a microcosm of the recurring issue in this town, where higher authorities make plans, only releasing information when they have no other choice, rather than thinking of their projects from the beginning as part of an interconnected web that will affect nearby residents as well as the fabric of the whole city. We see it over and over again. A new philosophy clearly has to come into being about the limits of ownership and authority within a densely populated place.
I’m also going to quietly say here that there may not be the clear demarcation that’s being floated. We’re told the residence will be for sick people needing treatment in Montreal hospitals, not a drug and alcohol rehab centre. I suspect the eventual institution will have to have aspects of both. What that will mean for the tone of the neighbourhood remains to be seen.
The Accueil Bonneau in Old Montreal is closing for 24 hours today – the first time it has closed at all in 133 years – as a statement and a protest towards government that it badly needs more money to be able to go on helping the homeless. Quebec had announced some anti-poverty measures yesterday but expelled anti-poverty activists from the event.
Louise Harel’s candidate Chantal Rouleau won the borough mayor by-election in Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles yesterday, taking an estimated 41% of the votes cast. Mind you, apparently only 15% of eligible voters bothered to vote.
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Globe & Mail has some notes on the Festival TransAmériques; Métro lists some things not to miss at the upcoming Francofolies; interview with a concierge who makes wishes come true for the rich and famous during Grand Prix weekend; notes on Pointe-à-Callière’s Easter Island exhibit opening tomorrow and continuing till the fall.