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  • Kate 20:10 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A branch of Paris’s Musée Grévin wax museum is to open upstairs in the Eaton Centre a year from now. It’s not the first time this has been mentioned, though – there was an article I linked to last September.

    • MdeC 09:10 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      Why did they close that wax museums which was on the corner of Queen Mary and Cote des Neiges in the old days (80’s) ? I always wondered what happened to the exhibits ?

    • Kate 11:04 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      I’m trying to find something I’ve read about that – the owners were two guys from France who, according to this piece on OpenFile, had worked previously for Grévin, although that wax museum was not an official Grévin spinoff.

      I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that the Queen Mary museum dropped off the tourism circuit and, no longer profitable, was closed by the owners, who retired back to Europe.

      As for the exhibits – I somehow doubt they survived. Wax melts, and styles change, so they probably had little value by the 1980s when the museum was closed.

    • karen 11:44 on 2013/03/07 Permalink

      I found this info about what happened to the old statues at the old wax museum.

      My company, a freight forwarder has assisted with the import of the statues for the new museum. I am working on a Facebook post about it…

  • Kate 19:29 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s public consultation office wants firm rules to adjust the height of new buildings so’s not to obscure the view if Mount Royal from below.

    • Bill Binns 08:29 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      I’m not sure there is any such thing as a “firm rule” when it comes to development in this town. Supposedly, there have already been laws in place to govern the height of buildings to protect the view of the mountain but we still have buildings like the 30+ story Port Royal on Sherbrooke between Simpson and Redpath.

    • Kate 13:18 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      There’s more detail today in La Presse about adjusting building heights to allow for density but not ruin certain views of the mountain.

  • Kate 19:26 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Bizarre tale of the city of Westmount staking out a man known to feed squirrels – and also known to oppose the plan to build underground hockey rinks in Westmount Park.

    • Ralph 19:33 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      If this world gets any more ridiculous im going back to the mirror-universe.

    • Kate 20:08 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      How do you look in a goatee?

    • Ralph 20:43 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      A lot better than evil spock :-P

  • Kate 17:37 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A snowstorm is expected to begin this evening and bring us 10–15 cm of blowing snow through till tomorrow.

  • Kate 13:06 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM has put up a set of Art Souterrain photos (on Facebook but not requiring a login).

  • Kate 12:43 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The first wave of Opus cards sold in April 2008 is going to begin to expire fairly soon, although the article is a bit vague on actual dates. As I understand it, the chip has a limited number of spaces that can be activated, and once these have been used up the card is finished. Item says the cards will be replaced free and more info will be available as of Thursday at http://www.carteopus.info.

    • Charles 12:54 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      I just hope they change the orange and blue design… see http://www.opuslift.com/

    • Kate 13:01 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      Oh I remember that site, Charles. I have a proposed design on there myself.

    • Bill_the_Bear 15:32 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      I’ve got one of those cards, and every time I renew it I see a message on the machine’s screen telling me that the card is good through (if I remember correctly) the end of August 2012.

    • Ralph 19:47 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      What i dont get is if they brought in these cards to reduce fraud, why do they still have even more AMT goons making people miss their busses to check the validity of such cards? (especially at metro stations located in districts considered to be less affluent).

    • Kate 22:14 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      Don’t they tend to hassle people using tickets, rather than Opus cards?

    • Mathieu 07:25 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      At metro stations, they just block the way and ask for everyone to show their proof of payment, be it on a single ticket or on OPUS. It doesn’t take more than 1 minute, really.

    • Tux 15:12 on 2012/03/02 Permalink

      The reason given for needing to replace the cards doesn’t make sense – if it was simply a matter of the card being able to store X number of fares to a particular maximum an expiration DATE doesn’t make any sense. Your card could stop working before the date or well after depending on how often you put new fares on it.

    • Kate 15:35 on 2012/03/02 Permalink

      It’s hard to judge – the deployment of data on the chip is not something the STM publicizes.

  • Kate 12:36 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A north-south bike path is sort of promised by the city, to go along Saint-Jean-Baptiste Blvd., but the city’s hedging on whether it will reach all the way from Gouin to Notre-Dame (a distance of only 6.2 km at the thin eastern end of the island).

  • Kate 12:34 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The Grande Bibliothèque is closed today – not because librarians think Leap Day should be a holiday but because they’ve had some indication that student strikers were planning to occupy the building.

    • Jack 09:33 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      Security companies are having a field day, Concordia has hired a ton of additional security because 12 kids are sleeping in the 24 hour atrium in the Library building. I know what happened at Vieux Montreal was stupid but this fear promotion is also ridiculous.

  • Kate 10:08 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Quel Avenir asks today whether we should save Viger Square as it is now, because it was the work of three artists, or raze it to the ground. He’s got a picture of the square as it was in 1904. Métro de Montréal has views of Charles Daudelin’s fountain Mastodo and Claude Théberge’s Forces.

    • Matthew 10:30 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      Upon seeing the pictures from 1904, to me this is a no-brainer. They should salvage what they can and move it to a museum/park/public space(one or multiple) and start from scratch. Not all urban experiments are successful. This one certainly wasn’t. Once the park is redone I see it being widely used due to its proximity to UQAM, the Village, Old Montreal, the new CHUM and the Faubourg Quebec.

    • Poutine Pundit 11:55 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      I agree that the art should be salvaged but the square needs to be redesigned. I completed a Masters in Heritage Preservation a few years back, and the people running that program felt the same way about Viger Square. Heritage Montreal is really coming out of left field here…

      One of the mistakes made in the 20th century was running Berri through the park. Then they made the park bigger by adding the third section between Saint Hubert and Saint André, so you end up with three separate parks. I would reconnect the two original lots to create one unified park and sell the third lot to build residences fronting that park. This sale would bring in money for the city to build a decent park and enough residents around it to ensure that people actually use the park – better to have a smaller coherent park than one large threatening vacuum. It should be built like a park (open to the street, direct paths running through it) rather than as some labyrinthine allegorical art installation with dead ends.

    • Kate 12:32 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      Maybe, PP. I know some of the land was ceded to the city in perpetuity for a park and supposedly can never be built on, but I don’t know if that covers the entire extent. (By the way, are you sure about the third bit? The aerial photo I found showing the park in 1927 shows three distinct segments.)

      My feeling is that the square will have to evolve in response to other changes in the area – the new CHUM, whatever happens with the old Viger hotel-station (a project that’s been delayed and changed around already and may take awhile yet), other developments yet unforeseen. Imposing a new form on the park prematurely might be unwise. I think they should consider removing the worst concrete bits and allowing the park to be something of a tabula rasa for awhile to see how it’s used. Ideally it should become a space where people working at the CHUM or in the Quebec archives building would feel comfortable eating their lunch – it’s a spot where street food carts would make some sense, since there are no restaurants nearby, but we know how the city feels about those – and allow the square to become what its users want it to be.

    • Poutine Pundit 00:05 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      Promise to keep the land as a city park was made to the dames Lacroix in 1844, and other promises came before for the land further west, but all of these apply to the land to the west of Saint Hubert. As far as I know, promises were not made for the land to the east of Saint Hubert, which was tacked onto the park after 1889. Here’s a map that shows the initial smaller layout of the park:


    • Kate 01:01 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      Thanks, PP.

    • cheese 12:23 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      Somebody please give PP a municipal planning job!

    • Doobious 01:19 on 2012/03/03 Permalink

      McCord’s got a nice little page on the history of Montreal’s public squares, and another sweet ground level view of Viger Square. Imagine how impressed visitors to our fair city must’ve been stumbling onto that first thing after getting off the train.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Longueuil wants to be compensated by the STM for policing its metro station because Laval has such a deal over the three stations on its territory.

    • Noah 11:47 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      How about they consider themselves lucky to have a metro in the first place and stop try to suckle off the teat of Montreal all the time? Or the STM could just close the station and let them fend for themselves on the bridge…? (Obviously the latter is not realistic, but it would be great.)

  • Kate 09:42 on 2012/02/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The whole train de l’ouest/airport train mess is held up till December so they can do yet more studies? Is more information going to fix this thing?

    • Steve Quilliam 11:20 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      One would think that in a city that prides itself for promoting environmental values, that wishes to reduce the use of cars. A city with major head offices such as CN, Hydro-Quebec, Bombardier and SNC-Lavalin that building a suburban train that includes a stop at the airport would be an easy thing to achieve.

      But no…… it ain’t !

      What a mess!

    • Jack 16:24 on 2012/02/29 Permalink

      Truly pathetic, our “elites” can’t figure this one out. Steve your right to think of our corporate citizens, when they fly back from wherever this situation has to stick in their craw.Forgot, they go to long term park and drive home.

    • Kate 11:30 on 2012/03/01 Permalink

      The other shoe dropped as I was reading further stuff about this issue: isn’t there some urgency to get better train service in place before work starts on the Turcot? Do we really have time to wait another year for more interminable studies?

  • Kate 21:20 on 2012/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Projet Montréal pointed out on Tuesday that the city administration is holding back two thirds of the budget originally allotted to protect the island of Montreal’s remaining natural areas.

  • Kate 17:06 on 2012/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    So sad: the body of Clémence Umugwaneza, who went missing in January, has been found in the river off Louiseville in the Mauricie. An autopsy may reveal more but the initial reports say there were no obvious signs of violence.

  • Kate 16:57 on 2012/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Jean Béliveau is in hospital following a stroke – this man whose hat trick in 1955 was so good it made the NHL change the rules about the power play. Béliveau is 80.

  • Kate 10:29 on 2012/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Andy Riga has a rundown of the various bridge closures for repairs that we’ll see this year.

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