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  • Kate 23:36 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal has the most outdoor swimming pools of any city in North America, which is saying something considering our climate means they can only be used a few months of the year.

    • Chris 06:35 on 2011/07/12 Permalink

      An important word is missing from your summary: outdoor *public* swimming pools. I’m sure even Brossard has more outdoor pools.

    • Kate 07:39 on 2011/07/13 Permalink

      True enough.

  • Kate 20:46 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The crew cleaning up after the U2 concert could take several weeks to strike the installation and clean up the site.

  • Kate 20:23 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The ITHQ is offering the same menu William and Kate had at $55 a head this summer – more if you indulge in vino, of course.

  • Kate 20:13 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite a rocky start to the growing season, it’s going to be a good raspberry crop, om nom nom.

    • Marc 20:17 on 2011/07/10 Permalink

      raspberries…om nom nom….I second that!

  • Kate 20:11 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    A building collapse story and not the one I photographed yesterday: a duplex in the Plateau fell down Sunday afternoon with three guys working in the basement, one of whom was trapped but later rescued.

  • Kate 10:56 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Guardian looks at London’s cycle hire system a year after it opened. Interesting stuff, but I don’t think their problems are ours: their much bigger population is competing for a relatively small number of bikes, and their system is fighting the perception (if not the reality) that most of its users are wealthy men. Also check the Will Self quote at the end. I don’t think that’s our problem either.

    I also like the mention of the Boris Bike Challenge, in which two users “swap their bikes at every single docking station in a 24-hour period, a distance of 100 miles” – I had expected Bixi to become the subject of creatively conceived stunts – Bixi flash mobs, late night Bixi time trials, Bixi parades down busy streets – but nothing (as far as I know) has materialized here so far.

    Locals bitter about our bike ads can at least be happy we don’t (yet) have promos on the front of the basket as well, as the London bikes do (see the photo essay).

    • John McClane 10:14 on 2011/07/11 Permalink

      Actually, I saw this morning a front basket with an ad on the front of it (they started to change them for plain ones this year slowly)

    • Kate 11:17 on 2011/07/12 Permalink

      You’re right. I used a bike this morning with a new-style basket and Rio Tinto Alcan on the front.

  • Kate 10:43 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Carifête was back in town Saturday after a pause of one year, and still bizarrely made to march along soulless René-Lévesque between Guy and Sanguinet rather than in a neighbourhood with more connection to the cultures they celebrate.

  • Kate 10:19 on 2011/07/10 Permalink | Reply  

    A small party of bloggers spent last weekend walking the region – crossing the region of Montreal on foot, 105 km in three days. Spacing’s Alanah Heffez does a preliminary report with photos of what they saw on the epic hike. Joel Thibert writes about suburban tract development on his urbanism blog, Avenue 8.

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