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  • Kate 12:50 on 2011/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Not sure what to say: the CBC has an entire section on the royal wedding looking at it from every possible angle.

    • Alex 22:00 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      I’d say that it’s time we get rid of autocratic symbolism?

    • Rich 23:32 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      The CBC’s been broadcasting Coronation Street since dinosaurs roamed the earth, indicating there’s still a Britophile element to Canadian society. Funny that I’ve never met even one of ’em though.

    • Kevin 07:21 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      The term is ‘anglophile.’
      And most of us who are proud to be in a constitutional monarchy are pretty quiet about it.
      We also realize that the Head of State — be it a President, a King or a Queen — is just a symbol that in the best governments does not have a lot of power over day-to-day functions of the state.

    • Marc 07:52 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      Re. Coronation Street: Some family friends of ours from England were over here this past summer and when my mother (who likes C. S.) asked how far behind we are here with the episodes and the reply didn’t really stun me. She (friend) said; “Wow, you actually watch that show? Are you telling me there are people who STILL watch the show??”

    • walkerp 08:41 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      Coming from the west coast, I can tell you that there are a lot more anglophiles out there than here. Probably has to do with immigration patterns. A lot of my friends’ parents had British accents of one kind or another. Most of my family over there still takes tea around 4:00. When my dad was a kid the biggest deal was when the Queen came to Victoria. I know several royal watchers of my own generation who got into it as teenagers (while also being punk rockers or whatever).
      And considering they are politically neutered, why get rid of the symbolism they bring to the table? They represent a rich history, full of lessons both positive and negative.

    • Kate 11:44 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      BBC World Service’s excellent documentary archive podcast has a recent piece with arguments against monarchy from a Swedish perspective; next week they promise the counter-argument, not sure from who. An interesting point made by one of the Swedish republicans is that royalty has power specifically because they’re outside defined political power, but they use the power of influence.

    • KC 20:26 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      The British Crown is a pillar of Western Civilization. Canada is privileged by her intimate association with it. Elizabeth II has performed at the highest level. We must hope that her heirs live up to her example.

    • darla bhoncharan 01:42 on 2011/04/29 Permalink

      I wish u both the best in life love each other and don’t let media stand in your way

  • Kate 12:02 on 2011/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    VIA trains are back on track westward and there may be discounts for people incommoded by the derailment.

  • Kate 08:01 on 2011/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro’s weekly question for the mayor gets a response saying parts of town may have only one garbage pickup a week once the composting system is in place.

    • Marc 08:05 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      It should be once a week, period. I remember my better half saying she was baffled at twice per week garbage pick up when she moved here from the 905 a number of years ago.

    • Stefan 08:09 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      i second that.

    • Stefan 08:14 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      that is, for residential it’s fine. businesses who feel that to have to generate a lot of garbage should pay if they need more frequent pick-up or adjust (e.g. non-reusable and non-recyclable cups and utensils).

    • JaneyB 09:16 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      When TO introduced the composting system, they simultaneously dropped regular garbage collection to once every two weeks – which means everyone does it unless they like holding onto their garbage for two weeks…. (Compost gets collected every week, and recycling every two weeks). The garbage process there is quite crazy btw: a black market for cardboard (with a snitch line if you see them in action), stickers placed on individual bags that don’t conform in size etc, etc. That city sure loves to regulate. Still, the composting is a good idea (tho lining the bins with plastic bags and buying a very expensive machine to remove them…not so much….

    • Stefan 09:52 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      toronto seems to be well in advance of montreal. to compare with that: in the place where i grew up (austria, countryside), one has the option of collection every 4, 2 or 1 weeks and pay per collection (it’s not cheap, since it covers the actual fees). for our family of six a standard size outside garbage can had enough capacity to let it collect only every four weeks.

      as a result almost everyone with a garden has a compost. everything that can be reused or recycled can (or has to) be brought to a local recycling center (not paper, glass, metal and plastics for which there are several containers around town, but stuff like christmas trees, building material, cloth, paint + oil leftovers, electronics, and so on). for toxic materials like energy-savings bulbs there is a high deposit to discourage throwing it out.

      in 2010 the average austrian produced 600kg waste/year. 40% go in compost, 36% in recycling and 33% are burned to generate heat for residential buildings. only 1kg goes into a landfill (in the EU shipping untreated waste to a landfill will outlawed in a few years).

      the figure for quebec is 800kg of 1800kg/capita total waste shipped to landfills, including lots of highly toxic materials which leak into the water table.

    • Marc 10:02 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      The Halton Region (Burlington, Oakville, Milton) in Ontario, west of Toronto, has an incredible door-to-door composting system call the GreenCart that went into effect in 2008. They even take cat litter. They’ve designed it to be as easy as possible to use. They followed the carrot approach instead of the stick. The latter seems to be the Montreal way. Nowhere was that better accentuated than the time they brought in fines for people who tossed their butts on the ground yet wouldn’t put in ashtrays anywhere along the sidewalks.

    • craig 23:17 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      Once a week seems like plenty often enough to me- in Ottawa we’ll probably be getting garbage pickups only once every TWO weeks.

      No problem though since we’ll also get weekly greenbin pickup (everything from kitty litter to bones – no diapers though).

    • Stefan 07:55 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      this refusal of one-way diapers pickup + offering a cloth diaper subvention (as in several cities in quebec, but only in verdun on montreal island) has the potential of reducing garbage A LOT (diapers are like 10% of total household waste?)
      home day cares in montreal generally refuse using cloth diapers. and it’s not because they’d have more work – they’d just have to put them in a bag and hand it to the parents to wash with the others at home … it’s the laissez-faire that could be easily overcome with a little political leadership to lead to a win-win situation! carrot: subvention, stick: one-way diaper + garbage costs.

    • Rob 14:13 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      Hi – It’s Rob from Halton Region’s Waste Management program. Marc – thanks for highlighting Haltons GreenCart organics program however I want to let you know that cat litter is not actually accepted in our program as it can contaminate the final compost product. For a listing of acceptable GreenCart items please visit http://www.halton.ca/greencart. Thanks for participating in the organics program!

  • Kate 07:59 on 2011/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has promised more bike paths this year including very nearly connecting up a path that will encircle Mount Royal with a route crossing the big cemeteries.

    • Chris 22:00 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      They promise, but don’t deliver. 2009: 50 km promised, 23.4 delivered. 2010: 60 km promised, 42 km delivered. And what they do build is generally horrible. The biggest problem is that bike lanes are put too close to parked cars (opening doors extend well into the bike lane). Also, they have not used any of the newer ideas used elsewhere, like bike boxes, bike boulevards, synchronized lights, painted intersections, etc.

  • Kate 07:56 on 2011/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Developer Cadillac Fairview may soon be building a four-tower development to loom around the Bell Centre. Sounds like the Canadiens’ Centennial Plaza may turn out to be short-lived, and parts of Windsor Station may also have to go.

    • DC 12:06 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      Admitting that you’re building a mall at the base of a condo tower is apparently PR suicide, as witnessed by the drolly evasive formulation of “podium complex that would comprise some retail and services.”

      The article gives the impression that they’re moving forward aggressively with the office component. How quickly that moves, and where RioTintoAlcan decides to go, will determine what happens to the other office proposals that have been on the boil for a while, like 900 de Maisonneuve, the Cité Internationale site on Victoria Square, the Spectrum site, etc etc.

    • David M 12:29 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      this has been in the pipes for a while, though the residential component here in an unsurprising surprise. personally, i’ll be very pleased to see this move forward, and i’d love to see retail podia in the mountain street residential buildings. funny how this hasn’t really been much of a topic during the neighborhood renewal discussions, especially considering “plans” for development of the overdale tract, and the separate proposals at mckay and bishop streets off dorchester street, which would essentially re-form the neighborhood (in great ways, if you ask me).

    • Faiz 16:10 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      As Bergeron said: sounds good, but i’ll believe it when i see it.

      But the idea of a large public space where the parking lot is makes me extremely happy. In Toronto they have a giant multi-story screen where they show the game going on inside, i can imagine this being a very exciting public event space in the future(if not a focus for rioters…). plus a public hockey rink there is a great idea too.

      Also, the big office tower will replace an existing older building which most people care little for (Heritage montreal’s more extreme members excluded).

      The developer has said that no part of the Centennial Plaza will be destroyed, it will either be “integrated” into the mall or re-built elsewhere. I figure it will be rebuild in the parking lot or in Windsor square.

      The part i’m most interested in is how all this will integrate with the renovation and expansion of the Rail terminal, as well as the existing underground network.

    • B 18:34 on 2011/03/30 Permalink

      Does no one else find it weird that the Gazette article refers to rue de la Montagne as Mountain St? Since when do we translate street names?

    • Kate 11:53 on 2011/03/31 Permalink

      B, since always. Montreal has always had two (or more) names for some streets and because only French can be shown on signs it does not mean the other names are not still in circulation.

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