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  • Kate 23:49 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is pondering the need to “disenclave” the Outremont campus of the Université de Montréal by finding ways to make it open onto the rest of the city rather than turn in on itself. Nothing is built yet. But note the comment about buildings standing in the way of the disenclavement.

    • DC 14:09 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      Note also that they’re talking about connecting with Parc on the narrow eastern flank of the site, through the smallish industrial buildings on Hutchison and Durocher and the shopping center on Parc. The criticism of the earlier site plans was the way the proposal turned its back on Parc-Ex to the north, where you have much bigger industrial/heavy commercial structures along Beaumont, and where the commuter/freight tracks will run.

    • Kate 22:22 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      There’s going to be re-laying of track?

      I can’t say that shopping centre on Park Avenue would be a huge loss, it’s one of the deadest strip malls I’ve ever seen. Being stuck on that bit of Park between two underpasses is clearly bad economic feng shui.

    • DC 09:42 on 2011/02/18 Permalink

      Hard to describe without a diagram, but the idea is that the 4 CP/commuter tracks would continue along the northern flank of the site instead of diverging near the Rockland viaduct as they do now. 4 tracks would split into 2 pairs of 2 at roughly Outremont Ave., with the freight pair curving south then west to rejoin the existing tracks around Durocher, while the commuter pair would continue north as they do now. Part of this route through the yard currently exists, but everything would have to be adjusted and relaid to accommodate switches, a new commuter platform at Acadie, and so on.

  • Kate 23:46 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The idea has been floated to open urban campsites in three boroughs, as part of the green tourism idea.

    • Chris 21:08 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      Too good of an idea to see light of day here.

    • Kate 22:16 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      It’s easy to be snarly and bitter. We have plenty of good things here.

      Reading that article I wasn’t sure people living near these theoretical campsites would welcome campers and their comings and goings, but if they behave themselves and spend money, that might overcome resistance.

  • Kate 23:19 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    People living in the old Olympic village are fighting tooth and nail to block a huge condo project going up right next door, even though one of the buildings is nearly completed. They’re pretty certain the condo promoter never got legal permission to build on what’s technically parkland.

  • Kate 23:15 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Rue Frontenac says that 12 million litres of water a day are pumped out of the metro system by 400 pumps. The STM’s looking to enlarge the drains that channel the water out of the system. (“Rigoles” is such a nice word for that kind of thing.)

  • Kate 23:04 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A reader contributes this 1859 New York Times clipping on the Victoria Bridge: History of the Enterprise, its Difficulties, Character, and the Lesson it Teaches.

  • Kate 12:57 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A doctor has been suspended from seeing patients after it was found out he’d been filming female patients as they stripped for examination. It’s only a four-month suspension, though. Frankly I think they should strip him and let his patients chase him down Ste-Catherine Street with snowballs.

    Except he might enjoy it.

    • Chris 23:46 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      4 month suspension and $3000 fine?!? $3000 is like a day’s work. Talk about a slap on the wrist! Direct rage here: http://www.cmq.org/fr/Public/NousJoindre.aspx

    • Kate 22:25 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      It’s a huge breach of trust coming from a doctor. We’re so short of medical personnel I wouldn’t strip him of his MD, but I’d make damn sure he only ever worked on reading x-rays or other lab stuff far away from patients for the rest of his career.

  • Kate 12:54 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Maclean’s has an exclusive with Arcade Fire.

    No, I’m not a raving fan. I think they have their moments and they’re one of the few outfits definable as a rock band – more or less – which I think is doing something fresh with the format. They’re just news at the moment.

    • Tux 13:12 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      I love their music but I’ll always remember Win Butler telling the audience to shut up and be quiet when AF opened for Hawksley Workman. So no matter how much I love them there’s always gonna be a “pretentious dick” tag attached to them for me. Not to say they didn’t deserve the audience’s attention and respect but there are nicer ways to get it…

    • Shawn 14:02 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      I lived in Little Italy where the basketball court next to the church-condo was often humming with high energy games between kids of all races and colours. Then one day I saw Win and some of his guys on the court, and he seemed to be giving them crap about how they were playing (wrong, in his opinion) and generally they were the saddest looking group of b-ball players I’d seen. But so what. I’m happy for the group and they’re great musicians and composers. (I betcha John Lennon was a miserable little shit on the soccer pitch…)

  • Kate 12:50 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    I suspect they may avoid the skies over major cities, but NORAD will be carrying out exercises Thursday over this bit of North America. “A screaming comes across the sky…”

  • Kate 12:47 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe and Mail looks at the recent surge in the Montreal real estate market although I wouldn’t say the jump in rents is very recent.

  • Kate 09:10 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Liam Neeson has spoken to Esquire magazine about his wife’s fatal fall on a Quebec ski hill two years ago. Granted the man would have been in a state, but his criticism of Sacré-Cœur hospital seems to be that nobody recognized him (in a different country, in an institution where most people speak a different language) and therefore it was hard to find someone prepared to bend the rules for him. One has sympathy for his loss but this isn’t a searing indictment of the Quebec health system.

    • Jeather 11:33 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      He also seems to be horrified that there were ill and injured people in the ER, and that he had to be near them.

    • walkerp 11:33 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Yes, that was a bit weird. But the “Dickensian” comment was pretty damning.

    • Kate 11:45 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Some faint irony in someone coming from Ireland finding our health installations antique.

      (I’ve never been inside Sacré-Cœur – I take it it’s as old as the Vic or Hôtel-Dieu; I also remember some shudders from an American friend I had cause to bring to Quebec City’s Hôtel-Dieu once as well. I think these places have character!)

    • qatzelok 17:54 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      He tried to use his cell in the hospital, and when a guard told him not to, he was like, “Do you know who I am?” Empathy.

    • Gabriel 21:53 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      to: walkerp

      What “Dickensian” comment?

    • Marc 22:21 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Anyone who has such an enormous ego that he expect to be recognized anywhere and everywhere is officially a douchebag. And I really liked Liam Neeson; dammit!

    • Jason 22:21 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Actually, she died in NYC, not Montreal, so the title of this post isn’t accurate…

    • Kate 00:06 on 2011/02/17 Permalink

      True enough, Jason. I’ve changed it.

      Gabriel: the CBC account of this story mentions “Dickensian” as a word used by Neeson to describe Sacré-Cœur; it’s on this page of the Esquire story: “I’ll tell you one thing,” [Neeson] says. “I’d been to Montreal maybe twice before. And for some reason, I thought the city’s this size.” He holds his hands out in front of him then, cupped like he is drinking water. “I thought that it was this little comfortable little city,” he says. “And for some reason, I thought the hospital that I was in a taxi racing toward was gonna be a nice little hospital, about twice the size of this restaurant. But it was this huge, glassy, black place. A Dickensian place, Tom.”


    • Jane 12:23 on 2015/07/05 Permalink

      Here we are over four years later and not much has changed in Montreal or environs. I just spent 11 hours in an emergency ward in a “Dickensian” hospital just outside of Montreal. No beds for 11 hours and my daughter is seriously ill. It’s not like this in other parts of Canada. Quebec is unique and certainly stuck in another century possibly because of its RC influence…more punitive than enlightened. People sleeping on the floors of emergency using their knapsacks as a pillow No blankets. No help. Even the doctors are angry.

  • Kate 09:04 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A driver tried to run over four policemen last night with his car, and one of them winged him. Various people got hurt but nobody died.

    • hibou 10:15 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Hi, the second link “one of them winged him” needs fixing.

    • Kate 10:16 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      Fixed, thanks!

  • admin 00:45 on 2011/02/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Must-read indictment of Stephen Harper as rudderless prime minister.

    • Hamza 11:09 on 2011/02/16 Permalink

      that was pretty great, gotta say

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