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  • Kate 21:59 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro consulted four people in the business of aesthetics, one way or another, over whether Montreal is a beautiful city.

    • William 22:19 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Montreal has a masculine beauty, it is in fact handsome.

    • Charles 22:52 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      What I find sad are all those once interesting duplexes and triplexes that have unfortunately been transformed over the years: pink concrete bricks, ugly aluminium doors, all details ripped off… For Montreal’s 375’s birthday, the city should pay in part for the refurbishing of the facades city wide.

    • Kevin 07:07 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      There actually is a heritage department that will step in and yank permits from homeowners doing renovations.

      A couple years back they questioned the repair work I was having done on my building’s crown lintels. Turns out they really, really did not want to have me replace them with something fugly like had been done to my neighbour’s building (which was never an option as far as I was concerned).

    • Robert H 12:23 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      Frédérick Metz, professeur à l’École de design de l’UQAM:

      «Et un endroit qui vous fait honte?»

      «Le 1000 de la Gauchetière. C’est une catastrophe, quelque chose de rare! Ça a l’air d’un pénis posé avec ces deux boules…C’est épouvantable.»

      What a relief to know that it’s not just MY Freudian/dirty mind. :-)

  • Kate 20:30 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A bit of green land belonging to James Lyng High School in Saint-Henri is to be expropriated for the new Turcot, and although no one quite knows how much closer the highway will be to the school, it’s safe to assume it won’t be moved farther away.

    • Jack 08:52 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      It always strikes me as incredible that a high school can be built practically under an expressway.Imagine the message this sends to working class kids about their hopes and dreams, or is that the message.

    • Chris 08:56 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      The working class probably appreciate it. After all, most drive cars. It’s convenient for the parents to drop the kids off being near a major car route! Almost no kinds walk to bike to school anymore. Sigh.

    • Jack 09:54 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      These kids are from the Pointe and St.Henri, I would wager that a majority of their parents do not own cars.The people they see driving over the top of their high school are primarily from the West Island a place where if you proposed building a high school under an overpass you would be pilloried.Building a school for kids in the Pointe and St Henri under an overpass………

    • Kevin 11:32 on 2012/04/18 Permalink

      BHS is right next to the 20, although the playground is on the non-highway side of the building.

  • Kate 20:27 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe & Mail has a photo essay on a boxing club in Saint-Michel.

  • Kate 20:26 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A train overpass under construction in NDG is going to be too narrow in a few years when the Train de l’Ouest gets going.

    • Chris 20:43 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      No space for more trains, no extension of the bike path, no public transit connection to the superhospital, but by God we’ll spend $3 billion for motorists and Turcot!

    • ant6n 22:20 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      On the other hand, with electrification and the right kind of scheduling, there should only be 2 tracks necessary. With proper signalling, they could do a local/express system along the whole West Island train with only 2 tracks along almost the whole way. It’s just that the relative speed difference between the locals and expresses would be a bit limited — but then again, how quick should expresses be compared to locals?

  • Kate 20:21 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Westmount’s plan to build two full-size indoor rinks underground may be blocked by an injunction asked for by residents claiming the project being built has changed too much from the initial plans shown to Westmount’s citizens in 2010.

  • Kate 15:51 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    St. James United, which emerged into the light a few years ago after being hidden behind a row of retail businesses for decades, is in real trouble since a fire last month. Originally described as more or less cosmetic damage, now there’s talk about asbestos, lead paint and other hazards making the building dangerous and unusable.

  • Kate 07:28 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The whole Metro system except the yellow line has been bollixed up this morning by people throwing bricks on the tracks and pulling emergency brakes.

    LATER: Further pranks were pulled around 2:15 pm when a smoke bomb was thrown into the tunnel at Berri-UQÀM.

    What do I think? I actually think odds are this is the work of a small number of hotheads who aren’t thinking through how it reflects on the rest of the protesters – or don’t care. But I do not rule out the possibility that agents provocateurs could have set this up to drive a wedge between FEUQ and FECQ on the one hand, and the more radical CLASSE on the other.

    EVEN LATER: Even CBC is considering the actions could be by people discrediting the student movement, and police are not accusing any group yet.

    • CR 07:47 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Does anyone know when the lines will be running again?

    • Kate 08:18 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      The 8:30 news update from CBC said the blockages were being cleared then. If you’re going out after 9 you will probably be OK.

    • Ian 08:26 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      I got in OK by 8:10, caught the metro at 7:45 – the metro was just slow, not completely stopped – it should be fine now, maybe a bit more packed still than usual.

    • illmaticp 08:43 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Got to Montmorency metro at 7:10am, metro didn’t take off till 7:30-40am. Crowded at every stop till Berri.
      Got to work late, so thank you to the idiots that thought throwing things on the track will get the government to back down on tuition increase.
      Do it more peacefully then disrupting regular folks from getting to work.

    • qatzelok 09:25 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      It’s unlikely “the students” would block the least expensive way to get to school. I agree with Kate: this was the work of agents provocateurs. Or hoodlums (same thing).

    • Steph 10:12 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      I believe “agents provocateurs” is reference to under-cover cops, not hoodlums or cowards who hide behind crowds to act out. Either way up next: kidnapped ministers?

    • Marc 12:05 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Yes, “agents provocateurs” refers to undercover cops who stir the pot and it’s an incredibly convenient argument to make. It’s always agents provocateurs and never idiot anarchists taking advantage of a situation, right?

    • Adam 12:34 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      “It’s unlikely “the students” would block the least expensive way to get to school”

      Are you seriously arguing that the students who have been blocking classrooms, blocking bridges, blocking roads and generally preventing other people from attending courses or going to work would block a way to get to school? I think what you meant to say is that it’s entirely predictable that they would do such a thing. Their whole mission is to shut schools down and that they have specifically threatened economic disruption.

      Basically, these people seem to believe that it’s some kind of outrage if they don’t get everything they want, and now.

      Of course nothing has been proven, but come on, it would be entirely consistent with what they’ve been doing. And yes it could be a false flag operation but for anyone who sympathizes with the students to get all “who, me? Never!” over this is just insulting.

    • paul 12:45 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      I heard it was the Spiders from Mars that did it; seems more credible at this point that blaming “agents provocateurs”

    • qatzelok 12:58 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      @ Steph “I believe “agents provocateurs” is reference to under-cover cops”
      Government agents who intentionally break the law, and try to frame innocent people for it… are the worst kind of hoodlums. They are a sign that our government is a mafia, and not an institution for peace, order and good governance. They are the end of the line for a government’s legitimacy. So ‘hoodlums’ was the correct word.

    • Tux 13:01 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      The use of agents provocateurs to rile up protesters in order to incite them to behaviour that makes them look bad in the public eye is a tried and true method of cops and governments to help shut down dissent. As previously stated it’s just a rumour but we shouldn’t discount the possibility. The Toronto police did it at the G20.

    • Josh 14:37 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      @Marc: Agreed. It sounds very much like the apologists who swoop in after a sports riot to say that the perpetrators weren’t “real fans” of the team in question.

    • maureen 14:37 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Adam is correct. This is consistent with the students increasing harassment of the citizens of Montreal. Who do they think is paying for them? They need to pay for a larger percentage of their post secondary education. I cannot afford to pay for them. They can express their opinion in the next election.

    • Kevin 07:13 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      Am I the only one who remembers students using cement to attach cinder blocks to the roadway in front of the Champlain bridge a month ago?

      Anyone who claims that sabotaging the metro was the work of government agents had better have some strong proofp

    • Adam 08:31 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      It’s not the suggestion that it might be the cops that gets me. It’s the suggestion that the students would never do a thing like that. Occham’s razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. And the simplest explanation is that it was a group of students. It could be the state, but some evidence beyond “the students are angels!” would be nice.

    • Kate 08:51 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      One problem is that with shadowy agents like this it’s usually impossible to deliver a “strong proof” – what you have to judge by is cui bono? – who benefits from the act?

    • Adam 09:24 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      Well cui bono them blocking the freaking bridges? What came of that other than royally infuriating thousands of commuters? Obviously that was not the act of an agent of the state, the students who did it were not shy and proud of themselves. If you want to speculate, that’s fine, but to say that the absence of proof is proof in itself is absurd. That’s the kind of logic Dick Cheney could get behind: “obviously the inspectors can’t find the WMDs, he hid them so well!”

    • ant6n 12:19 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      Well I’d say it’s pretty obvious that an action like this does not represent the student movement as a whole, but rather some fringes, if that. Just like kidnapping ministers does not represent the separatist movement. So making that claim seems more absurd than saying it was “agent provocateurs”. The irony is that the same people who claim that it was obviously students (rather than provocateurs) fall for the simplistic conclusion that this is what the student movement stands for.

    • Adam 12:36 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      I’m certainly not claiming that it represents the student movement as a whole. That’s a straw man argument. It’s just laughable to watch people tie themselves into knots as they claim that it’s unthinkable that students could be behind this. Given what students have been on the record as doing (and threatening to do), interfering with the metro is entirely consistent with their words and deeds. And instead of condemning these acts, the leaders of the movement bleat that they don’t have a mandate to condemn violence and that it’s the government’s fault for not negotiating! Apparently any time a group of people wants the government to do something, they’re entitled to take any action they like until they get what they want. I certainly don’t see how that could possibly go wrong.

    • qatzelok 22:37 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      @ Kevin: “Am I the only one who remembers students using cement to attach cinder blocks to the roadway in front of the Champlain bridge a month ago?”
      No. But I personally support any action that makes suburban commuters pay a heavier price for the damage they inflict on the rest of society. Highways to suburbia are sucking all of the money that could be spent on making us smarter and wiser people, instead of idiot consumers with no community participation.

      “Anyone who claims that sabotaging the metro was the work of government agents had better have some strong proof”
      Do you or anyone else have any proof that it was “the students?” If not, then we can assume we don’t know, and let our own experience decide which side of this discussion (profiteering and corrupt government/protesting youth) was responsible. I personally don’t take the metro, but I wouldn’t support “the students” shutting it down. And the government and its army of spin doctors knows this too.

    • montrealfilmguy 23:13 on 2012/04/17 Permalink

      Yeah,that whole Champlain bridge episode still bugs me and especially about the part where
      cops got all Einstein and brainy and took a “conscious ” decision to WAIT and gather buses
      of students to minimize the running around and chasing….huh huh…yeah…sure.

      That decision also plays a big part in traffic jamming methinks.

      But rest assured,the media keeps playing that man-on-the-street (or man in car ) broken record getting quick soundbites about pissed they must be with the infernal no-good-fer-nuthin students.
      Both sides played a part that day.

  • Kate 05:59 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A pretty good assessment of Old Montreal in the Dallas News.

  • Kate 05:56 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Following the weekend’s stories on Hasidic life, the Journal finds several disgrunted ex-Hasids prepared to point out that kids in their communities don’t get the standard primary or secondary education given other kids in Quebec.

  • Kate 05:24 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Richard Bergeron has announced he plans to move from the Plateau to Ville-Marie for the 2013 election.

    • Chris 20:15 on 2012/04/16 Permalink

      Cool. I guess they figure their seats are safe in Plateau and hoping to have him as a trojan horse in Ville Marie. It can be quite effective to have even one voice in a borough.

  • Kate 05:05 on 2012/04/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Four buildings housing offices of the Charest government were vandalized overnight – paint, broken windows and molotov cocktails.

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