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  • Kate 22:29 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Hour has a brief glimpse of rue Fleury and its charms.

  • Kate 22:26 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The Festival du nouveau cinéma is coming up October 12-23 and has unveiled the program for its 40th anniversary outing including ten films in competition.

    The M pour Montréal fest also announced its plans for its November event.

  • Kate 21:03 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mirror chimes in with questions about non-motorist access to the new MUHC superhospital – access is planned by the tunnel that leads to the train station, but community folks are hoping to see other pedestrian accesses that don’t involve the metro station.

  • Kate 18:24 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Giant Robot has an amusing feature about visiting Montreal that’s not dancing to a Tourisme Montreal script: poutine every day and the mutant raccoons of Mount Royal (with a short video).

    • Matt 06:25 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      Anyone know where they serve that baked poutine he mentions? Curious to try it out.

    • Kate 08:16 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      I wondered too. He mentions La Banquise but doesn’t say where the other poutines came from.

    • Chris E 09:08 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      The baked poutine is from Le Fameux on St-Denis and Mont-Royal (NOT Rapido on the other side of the street). The poutine gratiné is pretty good but I found the fries got a bit tough after being baked. They also have an onion ring poutine which is heavenly (I think it was at least. I was pretty drunk). I know a bit too much about poutine for my health.

      Also, since there are a lot of language and grammar nerds (not an insult, I’m one too) who post here, can someone explain the difference between food that is “gratiné” and food that is “au gratin”?

    • walkerp 09:28 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      According to Les Amis de la Montagne, Mont-Royal has the size and resources to support a population of around 100 raccoons. Because of the feeding at the Belvedere, they estimate the population is now around 200. When they put signs up about this, people just tore them down. What are those raccoons going to eat this winter?

    • carswell 10:49 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      “can someone explain the difference between food that is “gratiné” and food that is “au gratin”?”

      Technically none. Le Petit Robert defines “gratinée” as “cuit au gratin.” In common parlance, “gratinée” often seems to mean topped with cheese and finished in a hot oven, perhaps an allusion to the classic chesse-topped Parisian onion soup, aka “la gratinée.”

      For its part, “gratin” refers to the crust that forms on baked dishes; cheese is not necessarily involved. Originally, it referred to the crust that sticks to the bottom of the dish and can only be freed by scraping (“gratter”).

    • Kate 22:40 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      What are those raccoons going to eat this winter?

      People will still be dropping by the Belvedere, but if there are too many raccoons, either natural selection will come into play or the city will have to round some of them up and drop them off elsewhere. (That could be a funny subplot in a Quebec movie – city employees with a truck full of hungry raccoons, trying to find a place to drop them off, off the island, and getting repeatedly thwarted.)

      The baked poutine is from Le Fameux

      Thanks Chris E!

  • Kate 17:39 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Neither city hall opposition party is keen on bridge tolls, but it’s easy to make this kind of criticism when you’re not in power and not trying to pay the bills. A south shore MNA wants to have tolls for trucks only, which seems nicely judged to keep her constituents happy while driving up prices for goods on the island of Montreal. Boo, hiss!

    At the same time, the discovery of a native burial ground on Nuns Island may become a factor, although the CBC puts on an unnecessarily scary headline here (“could stall construction”) while quoting a perfectly reasonable Mohawk spokesman saying there’s plenty of time to work this out before it becomes a problem. I should imagine the new construction will mean work for the Mohawks who do high steel, too.

    The absence of Quebec’s transport minister at the federal announcement has been noted, as has the failure to mention any provision for public transit for the bridge.

    • People person 09:54 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      Well written. How you don’t get paid for this is beyond me.

  • Kate 17:28 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    A man died on Thursday morning in a fire in a smoking room at St. Mary’s Hospital. I didn’t think hospitals would even have such things any more, but this was the psych ward so maybe it was a concession to help people stay calm.

  • Kate 17:12 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The Maison du développement durable (aka Centre for Sustainable Development), on Ste-Catherine at Clark, had its official opening Thursday. Certified LEED Platinum, this may well be the greenest building in town, and various environmental and community groups are gathered under its green roof.

    It doesn’t have any parking lot.

    Later: The building may be all kinds of admirable but the project’s website is a massive chunk of expensive Flash, overly cute and difficult to assimilate. I do wish they wouldn’t.

    • walkerp 19:17 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      They are having an open house the week after next, with lots of booths and tours and stuff. It’s pretty cool. I can’t wait to check it out.

  • Kate 15:43 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Shawn pointed me to this Globe and Mail piece on falling in love with Montreal – nothing too surprising, since most travel pieces follow a fairly predictable script from Tourisme Montreal, but reasonably well written and accurate. It’s just a tad odd to read something from a Toronto paper that talks about a city a scant five hours away as if it’s the capital of a half-forgotten Ruritanian duchy.

  • Kate 09:23 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    A building on Sherbrooke East in the Plateau has been showing signs of leaning off kilter and on Wednesday this forced the evacuation of hundreds of students in the building next door.

  • Kate 09:13 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Sad pieces on how the Planetarium will close for good after the upcoming long weekend. And then we won’t have any indoor skygazing until spring 2013.

  • Kate 09:10 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Boroughs have been cancelling contract tenders when none of the bids come in low enough.

    • qatzelok 12:53 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      “We need 7 trillion dollars to rebuild our multi-story cement flyways for suburban motorists and emergency train lines to suburban speculation. Luxury items like inner-city sidewalks will just have to wait.” – Corporate governance

    • Kate 15:46 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      Will we be seeing you at Occupy Montreal, qatzelok?

      (Irony of ironies: the link for Occupy Montreal goes to a Facebook page you can’t see unless you’re logged in! What would happen to all this dissent carried out via Facebook PR if the site operators were given an executive order to shut them down?)

  • Kate 09:08 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Thursday morning there’s a little more detail on the methods of building the new bridge, on the possible return of tolls and the controversy about them, and on general positive reactions to Wednesday’s announcement.

    • Shawn 09:23 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      I suggest they reintroduce tolls now on the bridge, so as to help defray the cost…

    • Kate 09:42 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      That would be great, but they’d have to do a spectacular selling job to make motorists really believe the proceeds would go towards making their lives easier.

      How about: install one of those automatic plate reader toll thingies, and do some creative bookkeeping so that tolls collected on the old bridge count as a charitable donation for tax purposes?

    • James 08:01 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      I’m a bit confused how some politicians are saying the tolls would be inequitable and would target the wrong people. I’m seriously asking this question it’s not rhetorical.

    • Kate 08:35 on 2011/10/07 Permalink

      Cynically I suspect that they’re all playing to their electorates and it doesn’t really have anything to do with whether tolls are fair or not.

  • Kate 00:03 on 2011/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse is saying tonight that Jean Charest will finally announce a commission to inquire into construction collusion, both open and closed sessions being adumbrated.

    • Bill Binns 06:40 on 2011/10/06 Permalink

      Just in case I’m not the only one who had to head over to Dictionary.com….


      to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
      to foreshadow; prefigure.
      to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.

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