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  • Kate 22:33 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    A school commission fights to keep kids from dropping out of school, meanwhile Pauline Marois prepares to fight to extend Bill 101 restrictions to CEGEP level. When you have a problem with kids not getting sufficient education to face a complex world, is this a time to tighten access to any kind of education?

    • Stefan 10:08 on 2011/02/01 Permalink

      having to camp out the whole night at -27 (-38 with wind chill) to ensure your child gets into a decent school also seems pretty wrong:


    • Kate 12:39 on 2011/02/01 Permalink

      Maybe, but that’s not really what I was posting about.

  • Kate 22:23 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    A UdeM student has picked a pretty harsh week to live as a homeless person in order to grasp their problems. Interestingly, he says they have enough food and clothes, but grapple with drugs, loneliness and problems of mental health.

  • Kate 21:44 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Ducks Unlimited has launched a map of the urban wetlands in the Montreal area: equivalent to 36,000 football fields apparently.

    Later note: the Quebec parks minister is refusing to consider a moratorium on the destruction of many small wetland areas around the metropolitan area.

    • Rich 23:57 on 2011/01/31 Permalink

      You do realize Ducks Unlimited is a bunch of hunters that are only interested in preserving wetlands so that they can blow ducks out of the sky?

    • Kate 00:04 on 2011/02/01 Permalink

      Oh dear. No, I hadn’t. But it was just a curious bit of news, and sort of fits in with a current theme about people taking information and massaging it into graphic formats.

    • Rich 01:31 on 2011/02/01 Permalink

      Sad, but true. At least they do know how to make a nice map:

      The American version of their website is much plainer about their objectives. See for example the recipes section:

    • walkerp 08:04 on 2011/02/01 Permalink

      Just because the organization was founded by hunters does not mean they do not do good work for the environment. I’m no hunter, but responsible hunters are often much better stewards of the environment than urban liberals who buy “green”. Ducks Unlimited have done a lot of great lobbying work to protect wetlands in North America from development, a far greater threat to birdlife than a shotgun.

    • Kevin 11:56 on 2011/02/03 Permalink

      @Rich, Are you saying that people who actively and legally enjoy the environment should not be allowed to preserve it? What is wrong with knowing exactly where the food they eat comes from?

    • Rich 22:27 on 2011/02/04 Permalink

      Nah, I actually agree with all the points walkerp makes. It just amuses me to point out the awesome irony of the situation.

  • Kate 21:08 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Interesting Kristian piece on two guys who are making a business of putting art on office walls.

    I think they should consider a subscription service. What if you signed your business up, told them how many square feet, and every 3 months they send in a squad to hang a new show? That way you don’t stop seeing the art that’s there all the time.

    • Benoit 22:10 on 2011/01/31 Permalink

      That’s pretty much the idea behind the Artothèque (www.artotheque.ca)

  • Kate 09:02 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Protesters at the Egyptian consulate plan to keep up their presence on the street here as long as protests continue back in Egypt. Meanwhile, Canada is sending planes to repatriate any Canadians caught in the Egyptian chaos, but not for free.

  • Kate 08:58 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Interesting interview with one of the open data enthusiasts hoping to make Montreal’s raw data more accessible for citizen crunching.

  • Kate 08:52 on 2011/01/31 Permalink | Reply  

    The Casino is about to trash a big mural in the course of its renovations. Painted by Serge Lemoyne in 1993 when the building was first reopened as a gaming palace, it’s been pretty well ignored since, according to this report. Seems to be a risk of putting a major art piece on a wall (viz. Leonardo’s Last Supper).

  • Kate 19:17 on 2011/01/30 Permalink | Reply  

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    The Gazette notes a serious fire in a row of handsome graystone buildings on Sherbrooke Street downtown. This row has already seen serious fire damage – it used to connect onto the Medical Arts building but that section burned down and was demolished some years ago, the missing buildings having housed, among other things, the original location of Nebula bookshop and the Amrad African art gallery.

    Later reports note that hundreds of art pieces were saved and that the fire does not appear to have been arson.

  • Kate 13:26 on 2011/01/30 Permalink | Reply  

    NDG councillor Peter McQueen writes feelingly about the Turcot, asking pertinent questions about the project as conceived by Transport Québec.

  • Kate 22:28 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

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    A little-known waterway on the island of Montreal, the Ruisseau de Montigny, is meant to be cleaned up and made more presentable over the next few years. Unless I’m mistaken, it’s the creek that probably originates from the pond in the middle of Anjou sur le Lac then surfaces again north of Henri-Bourassa and eventually flows into the Rivière-des-Prairies, as shown above.

  • Kate 22:21 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Another demo in support of the popular uprising in Egypt was held this afternoon near the consulate.

    Meanwhile, Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law of the recently deposed Tunisian dictator, has applied to be a political refugee which will put the brakes on any intention Canada had of deporting him and his family.

  • Kate 18:28 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Alanah Heffez thinks radically about Meadowbrook: is preserving it as a golf course necessarily a categorical good if a well considered green project has been proposed? But what do you do about the fact that the area is almost completely boxed in by train tracks? Good piece.

    • Chris 21:49 on 2011/01/30 Permalink

      It needn’t be one or the other. It could be made into a park!

  • Kate 18:25 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Andy Riga compares the fate of the Redpath and Lafontaine mansions in a city that doesn’t seem to have much good sense what to do with heritage buildings. Either you claim them, keep them in good shape, turn them into museums or otherwise repurpose them – or you forge ahead, demolish them and make something new and sparkling (you can’t save everything from the past) and life goes on. Instead of which, we have let these two terrific buildings fall gradually into an irrecoverable decrepitude.

    We really need to get a handle on the whole thing about building something new that people love, though, instead of things people grit their teeth and learn to tolerate.

  • Kate 10:17 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Anthony Calvillo, finished with this thyroid cancer treatment, has signed on again with the Alouettes and has talked about the stress of his health problems.

  • Kate 10:12 on 2011/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Henry Aubin asks whether the proliferation of tall buildings is good for the city, since they don’t appear to attract families. As with other problems Montreal has, I’d ask: what do other cities do? No kids grow up in high rises?

    Also in the Gazette today, a consideration of how climate change is affecting cities, particularly Montreal. What can cities do when the federal government ignores or denies climate change? I guess we’ll find out.

    • Martin 19:13 on 2011/01/29 Permalink

      In reference to Henry Aubin’s column, we’re talking here about ONE 40-storeys tower under construction, downtown. I would hardly call that a proliferation. What else is there? The Altoria is just a proposal. Meanwhile, in Toronto, there are about 100 towers under construction, many of them 50 storeys+ high. When did Montreal get so provincial?

    • Shawn 15:05 on 2011/01/30 Permalink

      A recent NFB interactive webdoc Out My Window looks at life in highrise apartments in 13 cities around the world: http://interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow
      It’s part of a series called “Highrise” devoted solely to life in “vertical suburbs.”

    • Stefan 09:27 on 2011/01/31 Permalink

      in vienna high rises are typical for new developments (more the 10 stories height), so it is typical for families to live there. each high rise has a small but significant green space (building base is <50% of total space) attached, including facilities not only for kids, but also the other generations. sharing this space is sometimes problematic, but still density is well exploited in my opinion.

      shawn: this documentary is really cool.

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