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  • Kate 23:58 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Yes, it’s been a messy day as a mass of snow followed by heavy rain turned the city into one huge cold puddle. Giant lakes formed at street corners, and the snow plowed up beside many sidewalks was acting like a dam and turning them into narrow deep puddles. Just getting around was an exercise in strategy and, occasionally, very wet feet.

    • walkerp 08:03 on 2011/03/11 Permalink

      It appears that they scheduled snow removal for my side of the street, because nobody was parked there last evening nor all night, but the snow removal never came. Is it because it is just too heavy? Because there is a ton of snow there still, despite the rain.

    • Kate 12:52 on 2011/03/11 Permalink

      Couldn’t say for sure. This isn’t the first time someone has commented here with chronicles of a snow removal foretold that failed to materialize. It’s damn heavy, though: I had to shift a few shovelsful last night myself.

  • Kate 23:53 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    A new biodiversity centre was inaugurated Thursday at the Botanical Garden.

    Although it occurs to me that if the city doesn’t stop building – even terrific and deserving structures – in the gardens, eventually it won’t have many gardens left.

    • Stefan 09:03 on 2011/03/11 Permalink

      this is probably in the spirit of the arc of noah :-)

      but seriously, cities which have ‘renaturated’ their rivers, creeks, green spaces for some time, show great biodiversity, even more than in their surroundings. why? it is mostly endangered by monolithic agriculture, motor traffic, and suburban-style gardening (i.e. lawn-mowing, spraying pesticides).

    • Kate 12:55 on 2011/03/11 Permalink

      It’s not a bad idea: the Norwegian seed vault is a global treasure and the British have also started one at Kew. It’s too bad it isn’t so easy to store viable animal gametes.

  • Kate 23:49 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is opening a new register on the Hutchison Street synagogue issue: if enough people sign, a referendum will have to be held about the enlargement of a synagogue that was originally built as a couple of row houses, but has been a temple since 1952.

  • Kate 23:46 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Andy Riga has some of what he calls porn for rail fans on his Gazette blog, with videos of new train maintenance facilities being planned by the AMT.

  • Kate 23:12 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The MSO’s new hall will open this September with 3 Quebec works and some Beethoven.

  • Kate 12:25 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Details on that radioactive waste that will pass through the Seaway this spring on its way to some kind of recycling in Sweden.

  • Kate 00:02 on 2011/03/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Whether there will be some kind of alliance between Quebecor and Rue Frontenac is not clear, but it’s under discussion.

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