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  • Kate 23:50 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Marianne Ackerman interviews Montreal expat Chris DeWolf, author of many pieces I’ve linked to over the years.

  • Kate 12:51 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Ask Men has a top ten New Year’s party list; the Mirror has a party guide; Radio-Canada looks at the Grand Bal planned for Place Jacques-Cartier. It’s going to be a bizarrely warm New Year’s, today going up to 5°, and tomorrow to 7°, and not freezing tonight.

    Also an open and closed list for this weekend.

  • Kate 12:41 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Tony Proudfoot, once a star of the Alouettes and later a well regarded sports coach, has died of ALS.

  • Kate 12:21 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Interesting piece on the thriving journalism scene in Kahnawake.

  • Kate 03:42 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Various deals have yet to be made so that the Cinéma Parallèle can get ownership of the screening rooms at eXcentris and turn it back into an art cinema hub.

  • Kate 03:38 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe & Mail piece on the future of Chabanel Street ends on an uncertain note. Can that row of blocky industrial buildings really turn trendy? With a few photos of the area.

  • Kate 02:23 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Six Montrealers were named to the Order of Canada in our version of the New Year’s honours, arts and medicine being most notably honoured this year.

  • Kate 02:19 on 2010/12/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Two teenagers have been arrested in the stabbing at Vendôme metro earlier this week but no charges have yet been laid. CBC says they were known to police.

  • Kate 18:44 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The National Post has an item on the string of firebombings and the ongoing mob war, but the map they show has been annoyingly truncated top and bottom: the Gazette has been updating a much better Google map of the locations of the targeted establishments

  • Kate 17:54 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s dramatic to say homicides jumped by 20% here this year, but that’s an uptick from 31 to 37. The increase is being blamed on the unsettled mob landscape.

  • Kate 17:52 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette classical music guy tries to guess the program of the MSO’s inaugural concert at its new hall in September 2011.

  • Kate 15:01 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Your hostess will be chatting on CBC Homerun today sometime after 4, talking about the top Montreal news stories of the year.

    Here’s my list:
    1. The Haiti earthquake January 12 obviously didn’t happen here, but affected many Montrealers and encouraged people to donate time and funds. It’s worth recalling that the crisis is not over for the people of that country nearly a year later. (Here’s a thought. Did you make a donation in the surge following the news of the earthquake? Consider repeating that donation this January 12.)
    2. Mob wars. 2010 was bracketed by the killings of Nick and Nicolo Rizzuto (Nick died December 28, 2009 and his funeral was held the day after New Year’s; his grandfather was murdered last month), and mid-year was the killing of Rizzuto associate Agostino Cuntrera. The struggle for dominance of the shady side of the city has also led to the ongoing firebombings of cafés and other businesses, in which only a few arrests have so far been made.
    3. The Canadiens making the playoffs, defeating the Washington Capitals in April to win the Eastern Conference quarter-final, then the Pittsburgh Penguins in May. On sentait la Coupe and it’s hard to imagine how crazy the city will get when the Canadiens next win it, because things got pretty nuts when they merely won the conference semi-final.
    4. Brother André, whose canonization was announced in February and solemnized in late October. Admittedly, this would’ve made a bigger splash locally had it happened a few decades earlier, but it was big news all over the world – inevitably more so in countries with big Catholic populations. And it’s good for tourism to have a local saint connected with a giant shrine like the Oratory.
    5. Unfinished and potential projects. Hardly a day has gone by without news stories connected to the unfinished superhospitals, the metro car saga, the rebuilding of the Turcot exchange, or questions about how they will be built and funded. Aspects of these have been frustrating to watch, but they’re also clearly the birth pangs of 21st-century Montreal.

    There were also lots of stories about Bixi, the Villanueva inquiry, Earl Jones (especially earlier in the year with his trial), the ongoing lockout at the Journal de Montréal, the struggles of the Plateau borough to assert its urban values against the immobilisme of the central city. And Celine Dion, but I don’t post about her.

    • Steve Quilliam 23:12 on 2010/12/30 Permalink

      I think your choice of the top 5 Montreal stories is reasonable. I agree with you.

      But on your number 5, the ”unfinished and potential projets”, you could have easily added several projects like the Tramway that just cant get off the ground despite being promised over and over by the city. Also, the West Island/Airport train route that is still undecided, the partial transformation of the Bonaventure autoroute into a city boulevard that is suppose to start this spring but we’ll have to cross our fingers for that one. The métro extension, especially the green line…(oh well, i guess we wont see that before at least 10 years despite the fact that the city desperately needs more stations). The Ilot Voyageur that remains a skeleton even though the building has finally been bought by the goverment. The rue St-Laurent project (beetwen René-Lévesque and Ste-Catherine) and the St-Laurent métro station project that are……..somewhat abandoned after having received a lot of attention and finally, the Silo number 5 at the old port……nothing yet !!!

      And i am sure i’m forgetting a couple….

    • Kate 23:33 on 2010/12/30 Permalink

      There’s also the chronic plan to do something to fix Notre-Dame east of the bridge. It was put on hold in March this year. I wasn’t trying to make a complete list but you’ve added some good ones.

  • Kate 13:40 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Montrealer Autumn Kelly has made the Queen a great-grandmother; her as yet unnamed daughter (“Winter”?) is 12th in line to the throne.

    It’s easy to say 12th in line is nothing, but strange things happen. Queen Victoria had nine kids. Her oldest son Albert Edward, who ruled after her as Edward VII (from 1901-1910), had six. His oldest son Albert Victor was expected to rule after him – he was in the same position relative to Victoria that Prince William is to Queen Elizabeth now – but he died in 1892 while Victoria was still on the throne. So Edward VII’s second son George ruled after him as George V (from 1910-1936). (Edward VII is on the plinth in the middle of Phillips Square and of course that’s his mom on the plinth at Victoria Square and seated grandly in front of McGill’s Pollack Hall. We used to like these guys.)

    George V also had six kids. His oldest son became Edward VIII but abdicated shortly after his accession in 1936 – he never even had a coronation – because he insisted on marrying a twice-divorced woman. They became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and left England permanently, and the kingship fell to the second son again, another Albert, who became George VI, portrayed by Colin Firth in the current movie The King’s Speech. He ruled from 1936 to 1952 when he died and, because of this sequence of unpredictable circumstances, his older daughter Elizabeth became Queen, and still is. (We don’t have any statues of George V or VI that I know of, but there are at least two streets on the island named for George V, and Queen Mary was named for his wife Mary of Teck – who had first been intended to marry Albert Victor! Also, the city toponymy site says rue George in Lasalle was meant to honour George VI.)

    I’m just noting all this to show how being further back in line can sometimes turn up aces. Also consider that had Albert Victor lived, or had Edward VIII hung around and married someone more acceptable, someone different would be on our money now. Think that’s meaningless? As king, Albert Victor (or his successor) would’ve been on the throne during World War I, with an unknown influence on England’s, and possibly the whole Empire’s, response to that war. That means Canada’s role, which some feel was instrumental in giving us a sense of separate nationhood, might have panned out differently in some way.

    Worse, Edward VIII is known to have been sympathetic to the Nazis: it would’ve affected England’s mood during World War II had such a man been their figurehead throughout the war. That would’ve had repercussions we can’t imagine now, but it’s a fair guess it would have had some influence on how things turned out.

    No, I’m not a monarchist – this took about ten minutes’ research on Wikipedia.

  • Kate 13:33 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Another Italian establishment was flambé last night in Saint-Léonard and investigations continue. Nobody was hurt but damage was done to the resto and an adjoining reception hall.

  • Kate 00:06 on 2010/12/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Emergency rooms at both Montreal’s children’s hospitals are overwhelmed with patients because of a wave of flu, and parents are being asked to keep their kids away unless there’s an actual emergency. Also Laval’s Cité-de-la-Santé is closed to visitors because of an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

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