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  • Kate 20:33 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    McGill Daily has a review of the Centre d’histoire’s Lost Neighbourhoods exhibit, extended till September 1, 2013.

     
  • Kate 19:17 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    I just told someone in a comment that I rarely link to the New York Times, but here’s a terrific NYT-International Herald Tribune piece on Luc Ferrandez and snow removal – with links to Fagstein, Maisonneuve and OpenFile too.

     
    • Raoul 19:45 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      well in 2012 i’d argue you dont need as many libraries. shut all the small branches and use part of the savings to fund municipal wifi. They also keep finding bedbugs in library books, it doesn’t inspire confidence lol.

    • Kate 19:51 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Can’t say I agree with you. Old people and kids seem to use neighbourhood libraries a lot. It’s nice to have places you can go and sit, see other people, do homework, read a book or newspaper, maybe use a terminal or a bathroom, not have to buy coffee or junk food to pay your place – and not have to go too far from home for it.

    • Richard 03:29 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      One of the last free common spaces we have left. Up there with garage sales for fostering community. Wifi, not so much.

    • Jack 08:18 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      I mean seriously in the corporate car future who needs to read, its a waste of time.Vroom,Vroom!

    • Chris E 08:43 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

    • Kate 09:01 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Chris E, they made that into a whole issue on CBC radio yesterday at lunchtime.

      In the Netherlands there is one day a year when you can have a garage sale. It’s on a national holiday and everyone gets out and strolls around and buys each other’s unwanted stuff. Works for them.

      There’s one household I see from the bus here where they’re chronically selling junk in the small front yard of their ground-floor triplex flat. It’s a mess, and if I lived nearby it would be an irritant. Should be some limits, no?

    • Raoul 09:32 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Why not municipal wifi? when libraries are starting to report that they do more volume in ebooks, it makes one wonder why you need to pay for bricks and mortar and a librarian. Most of the comments to date are about “free common space” more than the actual books. How many parks could we maintain by shutting a library? theyd probably look better than they do now.

    • Chris E 09:36 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Yeah, not sure if people should be operating permanent junk shops out of their front yard but I do like the summer tradition of weekend yard/garage sales. I know that every weekend in the summer if I’m looking for something to do and have a few spar dollars, I can bike around and visit yard sales. I love riding down the Boyer bike path through Petite-Patrie and Villeray on weekends and checking out all the yard sales along the way. This would be lost if they were limited to just a couple days a year.

    • Kate 09:44 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      People definitely need to be able to have a couple of sales in advance of moving day here, certainly. I always stop and look over what’s being offered at yard or garage sales if I’m walking by – have been known to buy a book or two – but I didn’t expect the passion for them that some people expressed on CBC yesterday.

      Anyway, Montreal is not talking about clamping down on them. St-Lazare isn’t even on the island.

      Raoul, municipal wi-fi in parks is a different issue. Libraries have all kinds of uses and municipal buildings are important in a climate like ours where you can’t exactly hang around outside in a park year-round. Libraries don’t take up a huge amount of space, either, and some are connected to Maisons de la culture which allow boroughs to have art exhibits and other cultural stuff too.

      If you want to argue that the city should withdraw completely from providing these services that’s one thing (and I won’t agree) but if you’re basically saying that a whole library can be replaced by offering internet access I won’t agree either. The two things are complementary – you can’t substitute one with the other.

      Especially as copyright laws tighten, there will be resources we can’t get over the internet, but that many people can’t afford to buy. This is a key reason libraries need to be strengthened now, if anything.

  • Kate 17:42 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The top university salaries in Quebec are out of proportion, according to some of the people commenting in this Radio-Canada report. Concordia’s rector gets a ridiculously fat cheque compared to UQÀM’s, considering that the schools are of comparable heft, but McGill’s tops out. (If anglo students need a reason to get riled…)

    A group of bédéistes have produced 8 arguments illustrés about the tuition hike, some funnier and more cogent than others but all worth a read.

     
    • Antonio 18:57 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      It’s easy to say they’re overpaid. I’d like to see anyone of those protesters taking on the day-to-day tasks and other obligations and responsibilities that these people have. They probably wouldn’t last a day.

    • Josh 18:59 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      A comparison to top university salaries *outside* Quebec would be more useful. Do you want to attract strong people to lead Quebec’s universities? Yes? Then you’re going to need salaries that are at least in the same ballpark as those offered by Oxford, the Sorbonne, Harvard, etc.

      You can have some of the most accessible universities in North America, or you can have some of the highest-quality universities in North America. Pretty tough to have both without sacrificing from some other area.

    • Josh 19:12 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      And to save anyone the trouble, the Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard’s President cleared just under 700K in 2008-09. The Vice-Chancellor at Oxford pulls in around £382000 or about $607,000.

    • Kate 19:18 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      I guess the question then is: can you not have a university without a ludicrously overpaid figurehead? The day-to-day stuff is clearly not done by this person, who mostly exists to shake hands and impress possible big donors at high-end cocktail events and the like.

    • Josh 19:25 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      I’m won’t pretend (ahem) to be so familiar with the day-to-day duties of university presidents and other administrators, but I do know that one important duty many of them fulfill is chairing (or at least sitting on) Boards of Governors, University Senates – those kinds of bodies.

      And yes, clearly the only skills needed in those cases is the ability to shake hands.

      Honestly.

    • Jack 08:15 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      This is something that sticks hard in my craw. Concordia is by far and away the worst offender. They have spent millions just firing these people… who basically sit on board that would make Enron proud.This in my mind part of an elite corruption construct, where money buys silence. If I was on Conordia’s board I would hire internally, Why not a Professor that reflects the Universities values and has done good work, not some VP from Power Corp that does good cocktail party.

    • Kate 09:31 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Antonio, some real organizational ability is being shown by the student groups. It’s kind of silly to try to make out they’re all wasters. These kids are standing up against the strengthening of the oligarchy that has come to dominate our lives more and more. Are you?

    • Josh 19:10 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Your response to Antonio suggests you believe everyone accepts the premise of your question, Kate!

    • Kevin 22:02 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Concordia’s problem stems more from its BoG than anything else. They hired Woodsworth, she played the game her way, they canned her because she wouldn’t kowtow to ridiculous notions.

      And UQAM — they’re under heavy scutiny because they nearly bankrupted the school with a misguided bus terminal / residence/lecture hall building.

  • Kate 15:09 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Ville-Marie is doing an ideas contest for improving the Quartier latin, one part being about new kinds of housing, the other more like a proposal for a tourism itinerary.

     
    • Raoul 15:33 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Demolish the whole area and build a convention center or a mall. Can never have enough of those :P

    • Chris E 17:12 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Don’t forget the ferris wheel!

    • Raoul 18:26 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      perhaps a borg assimilation chamber? – la resistencia es inútil

  • Kate 13:26 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Mobilisation Turcot are calling a flash meeting Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., at 75 Sir-Géorges-Étienne-Cartier Square. Anyone interested in fighting the MTQ’s vision for the sud-ouest and the city should be there.

     
  • Kate 10:18 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s accepting bids to renovate Beaver Lake.

     
    • ant6n 11:59 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      So they are going to restore the concrete railing? Why not get rid of it, and give us a beach?

    • Kate 12:02 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      It’s not a natural lake, ant6n. If I recall correctly, naturally it was a sort of marshy area which was turned into a little faux lake back in the 1930s as part of Camillien Houde’s make-work city improvement projects. They need to rebuild the concrete walls and generally renovate the structures that maintain the water level – otherwise I suspect it would mostly drain away and return to being a semi-wet bog, possibly more authentic from an environmental perspective but not very pleasant for people to sit around and contemplate as they do with the “lake” we know now.

    • ant6n 12:11 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Mmmh. Well, even if it is artificial, it should still be possible to build it so that one can go in. The lake where you can go swimming(?) in Parc Jean Drapeau is probably artificial as well, no?

    • Kate 12:35 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      In a sense, but the Jean-Drapeau thing was built to be a beach, with some kind of filtering, and there’s always “live” water available from the river. Beaver Lake exists in very different conditions, probably mostly sustained by snow runoff from the small hills around it in springtime. I’ll bet by late summer most years it would be pretty dry, naturally. Not an area I’d want to swim in with other people unless a much bigger artificial pool-like scenario was installed which would be worse than a few concrete walls, you know?

    • ant6n 14:13 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Well, worse for who? Almost everything in the city is artificial anyway, so would it be bad to have an artificial lake where you can go in? I think there are not enough outside places around Montreal where you can go into water.

    • Kate 16:55 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Eh, we’ll have to disagree on this. I’m fond of Beaver Lake, silly as it is – going up there and walking around it is one of those Montreal things I always enjoy. Turning it into a big public pool would change the whole relaxed vibe of that part of Mount Royal. There are public pools (big ones, over on the islands) and there are other faux lakes (like the one in Jarry Park) and they both have their uses. People hang around the even smaller Jarry Park lake all summer, just sort of zoning out, watching the ducks. This kind of thing has its place too.

    • Raoul 18:13 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Isn’t mount royal park designed by the same guy who did central park in NY? they should try to keep things as original as possible.

    • Kate 18:43 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      The original layout was done by Frederick Law Olmsted, yes. I don’t know what the Beaver Lake area looked like then, because his design was inaugurated in 1876 but the lake as we know it dates from the Depression-era works projects of the 1930s. So the lake can’t be ascribed to Olmsted at all.

      Also, although Olmsted had some great ideas it’s possible our needs are different from those of the mid 19th century – we know more about the local ecology, the effects of erosion on the mountain, and so on, elements that might enter into how we sculpt the area.

    • Doobious 18:45 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      As for swimming in the lake, forget about it. It’s all of about a foot deep. Barely enough to sink your radio-controlled model motor boat.

    • Doobious 19:44 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Here’s a nice 1898 topo map of the mountain I fished out of the ole archives. I believe it’s from the BANQ web site.

    • Kate 22:24 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      That’s interesting, Doobious – thanks. Not seeing anything like a pond or pool or even a marsh where the present-day lake is. I wonder what happened to McGill’s Botanic Gardens marked on that map – somewhere in the grounds of what used to be Marianopolis, I’m guessing.

    • David Tighe 08:51 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Doobious, thats a super map. Imagine that the mountain came right down to Sherbrooke then and NDG was rolling meadows. Où sont les neiges d’antan?

    • tim 11:14 on 2013/07/16 Permalink

      I have been swimming up there every day since the renovations. No skin irritations yet. mosquito lavae hae started to form on the edges in the last couple hot days, but the water clears up towards the middle. This is a great public asset for swimming. I agree it should not be seen as a pbulic pool, but those who decide to enter at their own risk should equally not be chastised. We set up a large bike jump into the lake, only to be shut down by park polic three jumps in. the operation was safe. I grew up in Australia and Brasil and my passion and need for water is not an option. I hope that one day this love for water can reach landlocked areas of Canada, until then it’s swimming with one eye on the fishies and one eye on the police

  • Kate 10:06 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Students have been protesting Wednesday morning at a Liberal bunker on Waverly north of Jean-Talon. It’s a low building that was previously the headquarters of one of the hardware chains, which no doubt accounts for the hideous siding you’ll see in the Journal’s photo. There are also students at the port.

     
  • Kate 10:02 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Andy Riga looks at the renovation of McGill metro station where the travertine wall slabs are being removed. This material was very trendy in the mid 20th century – you’ll also see it in the entrances to Westmount Square, it having been a favourite of Mies van der Rohe – but it doesn’t hold up to tough treatment. According to Riga, the STM’s going to replace it with something else at McGill.

     
    • Doobious 18:31 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      I like how the wiki page references De Castelnau metro station.

      You see travertine in a lot of 1960s office buildings, including the lobby of 1 PVM. Must’ve been all the rage among the architects of those days.

    • Kate 18:48 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Funny thing, I don’t think de Castelnau is travertine at all. I think it’s textured concrete.

    • Doobious 20:36 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      You might want to take a closer look next time you’re passing through. Certainly the art work is in travertine, and I believe the overall wall treatment is too. The stuff’s so porous it’s no surprise some people mistake it for concrete.

    • Kate 22:11 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      I’ve always found the art in that station kind of meh, reminds me of uninteresting stock illustration pieces, so I assumed it was applied to a material of no particular value. It’s a station I use quite often though so I’ll have a closer look next time.

      I believe you, though. Matt McLauchlin wouldn’t make an error about something like this.

  • Kate 09:35 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A young woman was killed and another injured early Wednesday when a garbage truck turned at the corner of Sherbrooke and Saint-Laurent.

     
  • Kate 02:28 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Ex-PQ MNA Pierre Curzi is making some noise about the “anglicization” of Montreal, asking for the extension of Bill 101 from daycare to CEGEP and wanting to forbid any instruction in English even at the university level, strengthen rules about signage, working language in business and so on.

    He doesn’t mention doing anything about persuading francophones to stay in Montreal and have their families here, though.

     
    • Ian 05:50 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Ultimately that’s the main reason for “anglicization”, statistically. I’m not sure why that well-known fact isn’t being addressed.

    • Raoul 06:59 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      diversionary tactics. I can think of at least two fresh reasons in the media.
      1) Montreal’s unemployment rate is the worst in the province, probably the country.
      2) Not content with just stealing smartphone, some poor soul was stabbed for his ahunstic.

      Add to that crumbling infrastructure, streetgangs,graffiti, trash/litter everywhere, high taxes and costs.

      I doubt english is montreal’s biggest problem right now.

      If i had to study computers in french, i might as well leave the province. Most quebecois websites have all the style and panache of yahoo’s 1995 homepage.

    • Raoul 07:02 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      and i am french. So they would love to torture me by making me learn all the french computer terms. (even though computers and programming languages were mostly conceived and designed in english)

    • Clément 09:01 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Let’s just make sure we have our facts straight: Pierre Curzi does not want to “forbid any instruction in English even at the university level”. That statement is false.
      He wants to extend the provisions of bill 101 all the way to CEGEP level. This means English schools will continue to exist and teach in English to English students using English course material taught by English speaking teachers. In other words, if you attended high school in French, CEGEP will be in French and if you attended high school in English, you can attend CEGEP in English.
      As far as the university level, he does not even want to extend bill 101 to that level, he only wants French universities to offer French programs.
      It’s all in La Presse article, just before the statement where he says «qu’aucun droit de la communauté anglophone n’a été touché», which, based on the facts, remains true.

      I usually disagree with a lot of Pierre Curzi’s opinions. I happen to disagree about extending bill 101 to CEGEP level. I think it’s a terrible idea.

      But having said that, let’s at least disagree with what he actually said.

    • Ian 09:07 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      If you’ve got another link, I’d be happy to read it – the linked article seems pretty clear with the statement “La Loi 101 s’étendrait au cégep et au service de garde. Et le français serait aussi mieux protégé à l’université, propose M. Curzi. Sa nouvelle Charte interdirait l’enseignement en anglais dans les établissements collégiaux et universitaires, à l’exception des cours de langue. “…

    • Clément 09:24 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      @Ian:

      Bill 101 has never prevented anglophones from attending English schools, did it? How would extending it to the CEGEP suddenly prevent anglophones from attending English schools?
      As far as the last sentence in the article “Sa nouvelle Charte interdirait l’enseignement en anglais dans les établissements collégiaux et universitaires, à l’exception des cours de langue”, I believe it to be misquoted, as it only applies to French universities. Do you really think Pierre Curzi is suggesting that Dawson, John Abbot, McGill, Bishop and Concordia stop being English schools, seriously?

      If you are looking for reading material, you can read the actual proposal that Pierre Curzi made here:
      http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-593-39-2.html

    • qatzelok 09:24 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      I find it silly when Anglos write about English as if they were defending a poor little threatened language that coexists peacefully with others. The history of the Anglosphere (and its patriarchal attitude towards the rest of the world’s cultures) have made it very safe from other languages. English doesn’t need protecting. It’s like a cancer that spreads and kills everything else in its path.

    • cheese 09:31 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Raoul has it right, diversionary tactics. There are many things wrong with this city and this province, and this country, and this world, but most of the local leaders and media are either unable or unwilling to tackle any of that.

      The language issue is easy to stir up and can distract from the real problems.

      It does sound unlikley that Curzi plans to shut down McGill and Concordia but perhaps some people feel threatened by these institutions and would like them to go. Seems so small minded but also understandable on some levels.

      @qatzelok: that last sentence toook all the credibility out of everything who wrote before it. I think someone posted the definition of troll here a while ago, did you read it?

    • Clément 09:32 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      @Ian

      I also found a “synthèse” of Curzi’s proposal (6 pages, more user friendly that the official text) at http://www.pierrecurzi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/charte-fr-synthese.pdf
      Pay attention to the following sections:

      Section titled “Les droits de la minorité anglophone” on page 2.
      Sub-section titled “8-Langue d’enseignement dans les établissements postsecondaires francophones” on page 5. Specifically, the following text:

      “Dans les établissements francophones offrant l’enseignement collégial et
      universitaire, l’enseignement de la matière propre aux programmes offerts se donne
      uniquement en français. Les travaux, les examens, les mémoires et les thèses doivent
      être rédigés en français. Toutefois l’enseignement d’une ou de plusieurs autres
      langues est encouragé.”

      Again, I’ve never been a fan of Pierre Curzi, but if we’re going to have a debate about something, we should be debating facts.

      And btw, no one has ever been tortured for not complying with bill 101…

    • Steve Quilliam 09:38 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Personnally I don’t think Montreal is suffering from ”anglicization” more than before. I think that there are more anglophones living in french part of town such as Plateau and Villeray, per example, while more francophones living in NDG or Downtown. Both are doing so because they are comfortable with it. I think we are simply connecting with each other more than ever because people are more and more bilingual on both side.

      I understand and share some of Pierre Curzi’s feeling about the situation but i think he is hitting on the wrong nail. He should make sure there’s enough funding for the french culture to strive and that immigrants have easy access to intensive french courses (as well as anglos from the ROC) no matter where they settle.

    • qatzelok 09:42 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Cheese, I wasn’t trolling. Currently, The Anglosphere is bombing three or four countries. This is how English spread all around the world: through military attacks and ethnic cleansing. That’s been its ‘Bill 101′ throughout history right to the present. So it’s mendacious to “defend” English with laws or kind words. Lying in the subtext is still lying.

    • C_Erb 10:05 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      qatzelok: I agree with you but let’s not forget that those who speak the French language have been guilty of many of the same crimes around the world for centuries. France has had it’s fair share of episodes of military intervention and ethnic cleansing and the French language has killed or weakened probably as many languages as English throughout the world (including within France itself).

    • Kate 10:15 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      OK folks, I was posting late and did not mean to imply that Curzi wants English to be banned from English-language schools, sorry. I don’t know what he thinks about English-language institutions but it did not seem that he wanted to change them, or not right away. He does want to ban English from places like HEC where it’s been creeping in (along with Spanish).

      @qatzelok, since we are in North America and speaking a European language, let’s agree we’re all the descendants of evil imperialists and get that out of the way. C_Erb is right, and if you look at the Wikipedia’s list of languages by number you’ll find the top ones have mostly arrived there by evil means – Spanish, Portuguese, English, Russian, Mandarin.

      My point about Curzi, returning to our moutons, is mostly that the means he’s suggesting will not fix the problem he’s supposed to be worried about, partly because Montreal never was the fully francophone utopia he seems to imply, and partly because he doesn’t know how to keep the majority of young French-speaking people from fleeing to Blainville the minute they feel broody. So the anglos get to be the scapegoat again, which gets old.

    • Jack 10:25 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      My problem with Curzi and so many others preaching the ” Anglicization” trope is based more on geography. Curzi was born and raised in Villeray, he now has a beautiful farm and orchard on the slopes of Mont St.Hilaire and from their sermonizes on the lost french fact in Montreal a fact that is simply not true. Like many others he has chosen not to live in Montreal and in sub text thinks somehow it is my responsibility as a bloke to francizise the new immigrant population moving in.There is a limit to my ability to deny who I am, despite what Lisee says in L’actualite.
      Secondly when talking to friends who are French origin and catholic, they admit the thing that troubles them is when they hear English conversations in formerly exclusively French speaking neighborhoods like Villerary and Rosemount. I always say the same things walk around and check out the schools and churches in those neighborhoods, Centre Lajeunesse formerly Holy Family School,etc.etc. these places always had an English speaking minority. The difference is the people moving back thought the only ticket to full civic membership was speaking French, but now the goal posts are moving.

    • Kate 11:41 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Nicely put, Jack. My dad grew up in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in the 1930s and 40s, where there was enough of an anglo presence that there was an English-language Catholic church and school. He learned to speak French in the street but he went to school in English. And that’s an area most people now would consider completely francophone. (Mom grew up in the Point where French was not too present, so much that she managed to pick up a little Polish and Ukrainian instead – but that’s another story.)

      It’s also true, there’s some irony in the likes of Curzi leaving the city then getting mad that you or I might find ourselves speaking English to a person who was not born here. It’s not like it’s a struggle with my conscience – if someone seems more comfortable in French I’ll speak French, but if they speak English to me I don’t feel it’s my duty to try to force them to speak French, which seems to be what that L’actualité survey thought I should feel.

    • mdblog 11:42 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      @qatzelok

      Two can play at this game. Yes, English is not threatened in the global context, but that doesn’t mean that it is not threatened here in Quebec. Just take a look at what’s happening in Huntingdon where bilingual services are being threatened because a mere 44% of the population is Anglophone!

      Below is a good quote that sums up where I’m coming from:

      “All this rage by militants belies a hypocritical attitude whereby they believe that resistance to assimilation is the highest form of social responsibility when it pertains to French in Quebec and across Canada, but racist anti-socialism when it pertains to Anglos in Quebec.”

      -Editor: No Dogs or Anglophones

    • Alex J. 14:34 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      Donc coup de baguette (de fonctionnaire) magique et le MBA en anglais ne fait plus partie du menu aux HEC?

    • Ian 14:45 on 2012/03/28 Permalink

      @clément – thanks, I suspected the news article was more inflammatory than the legislation would be, that’s why I asked for a link in the first place.
      @qatzelok – tell it to the Algerians, Moroccans, Vietnamese, etc. Imperialism is not a solely English phenomenon.

    • qatzelok 12:37 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      If the best you can do is “Everyone is an evil, murderous, ethnic-cleansing monster like the Anglosphere,” I think my point has been reinforced. Spin can’t replace the obvious. The Acadians spoke French. Were they murderous imperialists? What about Louis Riel and the Metis? Hey, what happened to all those cultures? Did they decline when they sent all their troops and tax money into Afghanistan?

    • Kate 13:50 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      I’m not clear on what you want to hear from me, or anyone else posting here. A language does not carry evil in its structure.

      Why, if this matters to you, are you not restricting yourself to speaking and writing in Mohawk or Cree?

    • Kate 14:38 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Anyway, it’s all talk, as the minister ain’t buying it.

    • qatzelok 23:16 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      “Why, if this matters to you, are you not restricting yourself to speaking and writing in Mohawk or Cree?”

      Because I’m Acadian, and therefore, French or Mi ‘qmak are more appropriate. At one time in our history, the culturally sensitive New Englanders worried about having mixed race Catholics who spoke French living on “their continent.” So Acadians were Bill-101ed, anglo style, in 1755. Don’t you prefer laws to this kind of brutality?

      Shouldn’t French retake its place as the most prominent language in Canada? Or should the results of all that Anglo brutality be allowed to stand, leaving Canada like it is today: a bland, English speaking branch plant serving foreign bankers’ resource needs? Allowing Canada to remain Anglo is a way of rewarding violence and racism.

    • Kate 01:22 on 2012/03/30 Permalink

      I never know what to say when people go back to 1755 for their grievances.

      French is no more “natural” on this continent than English is. They were both brought here by arrogant Europeans intent on imposing their way of life on a new territory and taking from it what they could get. Neither has the moral high ground.

      You will never convince me that the English language is inherently evil, so you might as well not try.

  • Kate 01:30 on 2012/03/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Fascinating story in Metro about unconsummated plans to link a blue line metro station with the ever mesmerizing tunnel under Mount Royal, which was meant to be turned into part of a surface metro link to the north end of the city.

     
    • Robert H 09:00 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Oui, c’est vraiment fascinant de penser à ce qui aurait été construit, surtout compte tenu que «En 1967, le Bureau de transport métropolitain prévoyait la mise en place d’un réseau colossal de 9 lignes et de 300 stations avant 1982, qui aurait desservi aussi bien l’aéroport Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau que l’île des Sœurs.» !!! Maintenant, hélas, ça n’arrivera jamais (Île des Sœurs!), toutefois c’est bien que l’AMT «evalue la possibilité de le ressusciter.» J’admis que je hâte de voir ce projet se concretiser-calembour voulu-parce que cet un endroit qui vaut la dépense: une occasion de relier deux trajets majeures (et potentiellement les nouvelles routes de trains de banlieue…si le tunnel se mise à jour, une autre affaire) et fournir une point d’entrée et sortie pour ce tunnel qui n’en a rien que des puits de ventilation entre Gare Centrale et le portail nord à Ville Mont Royal. On a déjà fait des préparatifs, c’est l’heure d’en finir. À soixante-dix mètres de profondeur, Les plans de M. Gauthier ferait de la station Édouard-Monpetit une véritable puit de mine et un défi d’ingénierie ou design. Vaut mieux que ces ascenseurs soient rapides, vastes, et nombreux!

    • Kate 15:21 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Oui… mais est-ce que ça vaut la dépense de croiser le métro et les trains à Édouard-Montpetit quand c’est déjà fait à Bonaventure, à Lucien-l’Allier et même à Vendôme?

      Je comprends l’allure de ce genre de rétrofuturisme, mais je crois qu’on pourrait acheter des choses plus utiles.

    • Robert H 17:25 on 2012/03/29 Permalink

      Train de l’aéroport, par example?*

      *Je préfère la route CP.

    • Kate 01:34 on 2012/03/30 Permalink

      Je suis contente avec l’autobus 747 pour l’aéroport. C’est l’extension de la ligne bleue vers Pie-IX que je trouve plus intéressant.

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