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  • Kate 18:34 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A new A&W, in the Plateau at the high-visibility corner of Saint-Denis and Mont-Royal, has put a few noses out of joint with screamingly orange panels all over the nascent location.

  • Kate 18:32 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Is anyone surprised that Montreal drivers burn more red lights than other Quebec drivers?

    • D 18:45 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      No; but I would be curious to see what the comparison looks like if you took out violations for right-on-red, which ‘doesn’t count’ off-island. My guess is that it would still be higher though, but the difference might not be so much.

  • Kate 18:16 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Urban agriculture is an idea that’s evidently simmering ever more pungently on the stove of the zeitgeist. A group called Agriculture Montreal is encouraging people to sign a petition to ask for a public consultation and UQÀM is hosting a conference this week on the subject.

    Later: there is indeed likely to be a public consultation about urban agriculture, but no date has been set.

    • Michael 17:39 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      I wonder if there is a reason they require you to sign in-person or print&mail the petition.
      Do electronic signatures not count? I know I’ve “signed” a petition that way in the past but perhaps it doesn’t carry the same legal weight.

      I might actually get off my ass and go sign in person but I feel like they’d have more takers with an online option.

  • Kate 18:06 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is going to redo its entire system of poubelles and recycling bins to make it easier to recycle in the metro, and specifically to reduce garbage and boost recyclables.

    Here’s something for OpenFile: trace what happens to our recyclables: are uses being found for all the paper, glass, plastic and tin cans, or are they simply piling up somewhere out of sight?

    • Michael 19:40 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Someone explain to me how reducing the number of recycling bins and garbages is supposed to encourage people to stop throwing their newspapers and garbage on the floor of the trains? They have to walk even further now to get rid of them? Brilliant! I think the STM management may be functionally retarded. Either that or these new bins are being manufactured and sold by someone who is friends with STM management.

    • Kate 07:56 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      I’ll wait till I see the new fittings before criticizing, but it concerns me that they’re talking about putting them as “îlots” in their “édicules” because if anything’s anchored down in the path of the flow of pedestrians it’s going to be annoying. But let’s see what they do.

    • Tux 14:21 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      The existing recycling containers are nowhere NEAR big enough. I get to Cote Vertu around 8AM weekday mornings and by that time the cans are usually overflowing onto the floor. These cans probably WOULD be fine except for 24H and Metro generating tons of extra paper that ends up as litter all over the metro and city. (I really wish both papers would just go away – the distributor people are all kinds of annoying too) It also hasn’t helped that the STM has gone around and actually blocked off garbage containers that were already in place for years. Snowdon is a great example of this, half the cans are blocked so people toss litter on top of the cover, leading to even grosser messes. I don’t know who makes these kinds of decisions but my impression has always been that they’re made by managers, the type of people who drive to work in the morning. They don’t USE the transit system so they make decisions based on statistics and gut feelings when really they should ask someone who uses the station/route, who commutes 9-5 what to do. They’ve managed to saddle us with fare system technology that didn’t deliver on its promises, they’ve filled every spare nook and cranny with advertising (and their worst sin, VIDEO advertising), they pay security guard salaries instead of investing in proper physical security measures, they’ve filled the system with litter by making deals with newspapers, they can’t run a regular route in inclement weather to save their lives… I know I’m ignoring the many good qualities of the system, but honestly they’re just so boneheaded sometimes, it’s frustrating. Oh yeah, and fares increasing at 3x the rate of inflation… okay, I’m done.

    • Kate 16:42 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      I like the free papers but I wish we had more of a culture of passing them along to other people. I often take the 80/535 in the mornings – it comes down from a terminus that’s not a metro station, so the papers are scarce – and often I’ll pick up, or see someone else pick up a Metro or a 24H left by someone else.

      If I take a paper from a guy distributing them, I’ll try to fold it up and leave it somewhere myself so it can be useful to another person. There’s no reason a copy of a free paper can’t be read by a dozen people before somebody keeps that copy or disorders it so it has to go in the bin.

  • Kate 12:03 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    I agree with Louise Harel in this brief bit: the project to demolish the Bonaventure autoroute and replace it with… something else… should be paused until we know what the plans are for the Champlain bridge.

    • david m. 12:39 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      i don’t know if i agree with that. the changes are not supposed to affect carrying capacity on that route, and as a municipality, i’d be very very reluctant to cede any (more) urban redevelopment terrain to decision-makers in ottawa or quebec. you let that happen and who knows what more damage could result? in effect, i say build it as planned and let the other levels of government deal with the results during their planning and decision processes.

    • D 13:38 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Agree with David M. In fact, I’d argue that now’s the time to do something more urban and place friendly with the Bonaventure, rather than waiting for an enlarged Champlain. Once the MTQ build their ten lane bridge, they’ll likely say that you ‘can’t’ transform the Bonaventure into an urban boulevard, because of the increase in volumes on the Champlain…

    • J-F 14:48 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Also strongly agree with david m. While we are at it we may want to hold off finishing Quartier des Spectacles until the CHUM is done, and then wait to finish the CHUM until we have clarity over wether we are moving Dorval back to Mirabel, and wait for…
      The Bonaventure project is not related to transit, but opening up that entire sector to housing and development (development is not a dirty word). Development near the downtown core is indeed a good thing.

    • Kate 16:38 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Then I’ll have to ponder the issue again. I think what worries me is that if there isn’t some orchestration, we’ll see project A finished, then project B means A has to be reopened and partly rebuilt, then project C will come along and mean digging up parts of A and B again.

      The problem is we don’t have an objective, nonpartisan layer of authority that we’d trust to oversee the whole thing.

    • Bert 16:56 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      The reason that the Quartier des Spectacles and the CHUM can be done separately is because they have little impact on the other, little interdependence.

      The Bonaventure and the Champlain are quite dependent one on the other one. One feeds or is fed by the other. It makes sense to understand how the flow of traffic on to and off of each of them. I am not saying that the ‘Venture should stay or go. I am just saying that if the new bridge drops off in Montreal right next to the Victoria, turning the entire V in to a residential area doesn’t help anyone. Bridge users will be annoyed as will residents.

  • Kate 11:59 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The CDN-NDG borough voted Monday night to take the Empress Theatre back under their direct control, away from a citizen group that’s been trying for years to raise funds and support to convert it into a community centre. But according to this brief notice the group still has till December to get their act together.

  • Kate 11:44 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A young man was shot in the head Monday evening in an apartment across from the Jewish General, where he died later that night. Homicide #23 if you’re keeping track.

    • BobR 19:52 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Does anyone log a website with these? There were a few years when (morbid, I know) I was putting a pin in a google map at each site of a murder. The patterns were fascinating. Learned quite a lot from that.

    • Jack 07:47 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      Does anyone know the protocol for releasing the name of the victim?

    • Kate 08:03 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      I don’t know what’s written down but, going by observation, police want to inform a victim’s family before the name is mentioned in the media. This piece on the Global site says he was from Bangladesh but I can’t see the Gazette article where his name may be revealed.

  • Kate 10:57 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Harper Tories have decided to revert to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy saying they are undoing a mistake made four decades ago. People have been having fun this morning on twitter (#ajoutezroyal) renaming various other institutions (my favourite so far: Casino Royal). Another tweet cleverly linked to the list of 106 place names in Quebec that already contain the word (lots of roads called Chemin Royal).

    I wonder when we’ll be getting the Red Ensign back, since the current Canadian flag could also be described as a “mistake” from those Liberal years.

    • yveshache 11:48 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      someone must have a painting company to do the contract on this “royal new logo”

    • qatzelok 10:42 on 2011/08/17 Permalink

      The Royal Canadian Air Force Deluxe Plus would be an even stronger name for our fighting forces. Let’s keep them strong with as many free adjectives as we can afford.

  • Kate 07:59 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Yoko Ono has put a documentary up on Youtube about her bed-in with John Lennon in Montreal in 1969. I don’t know whether we catch sight of any views of the city at the time; to be honest, I’ve never really understood the point of a bed-in, but so many people do that I suppose it means something. The film will be available till midnight August 21.

    • Protogenes 08:55 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Think of it as the 60’s equivalent of Brad and Angelina adopting children.

  • Kate 07:56 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    An update on the concrete chunk that hit a car passing on Papineau says it came from neither overpass in that area and that investigators are becoming more certain it was dropped or thrown by somebody.

  • Kate 07:54 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The city wants its auditor-general’s case against it dismissed, claiming everything it did, including reading his email, was justified.

  • Kate 07:36 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    After worrying reports last week that the Pie-IX bus lane would eat up $300 million and involve hacking through the Botanical Gardens, now it’s on hold.

    • ant6n 13:14 on 2011/08/16 Permalink

      Is there any complete plan that was published? The only documents I have found show the Beaubien intersection; and there is another about the plan to remanage the Henri Bourassa/Pie-IX intersection.

      In the plan for the Beaubien intersection, the average lane widths are 3.45m for 2+2 lanes, without parking lanes. Decreasing the lane widths to 3.20m would save a metre right there (4×0.25m); 3m lanes (I don’t know whether lanes that narrow are legal) would save another (4×0.2m).
      Using trams instead of Buses would allow to narrow the transit right of way to 6.0m or maybe even 5.8m, rather than the planned 6.8m (at stations). Away from stations, the bus lanes appears to be around 8m wide.

      So there should be ways to scale down the engineering while widening sideways, without having to cut into the adjacent neighborhood as much.

  • Kate 07:19 on 2011/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Thanks to some japesters, Le Devoir announced the sudden death of Jean Charest overnight, but he rose again this morning.

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