There isn’t much fresh news about Luka Magnotta, because he’s saying nothing. An AFP writer ponders the difficulties to be faced by the defence in a case where the suspect has posted video of the incident in question, and the Journal falls back on looking over some of his blog entries.
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There’s to be a demo Tuesday afternoon at Quebecor HQ to try to save the Mirror. That’s a Facebook link but should be visible without logging in.
Drawn & Quarterly looks back affectionately at the Mirror’s coverage of their world; folks are also linking back to Justin Giovannetti’s piece from September about the plight of alt-weeklies.
The Gazette has an urban design piece today that misses the point entirely. The writer’s not too interested in urban design, properly speaking – neighbourhoods or quality of life – but mostly in architectural spectacle. “Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Westmount Square, I.M. Pei’s Place Ville Marie, Pier Luigi Nervi’s Tour de la Bourse – these are all buildings from the past that garnered the city positive attention and allowed Montreal to participate in a broader international cultural life.” Well, they may have made the architectural magazines, and PVM’s form is iconic, but his conclusion that we therefore need to turn the new bridge into an architectural tour de force is a dubious one.
Quel Avenir invited Taras Grescoe, most recently author of Straphanger, a book about public transit, to talk about improving Montreal’s transit situation: basically, Grescoe would really, really like to see more metro stations built here.
Both these writers invoke projects that would cost a lot of public money. In Montreal, inevitably, both ideas also hark back to the halcyon days of the mid-1960s when anything seemed possible here. Since then, horizons have been steadily narrowing and possibilities belt-tightened out of existence. I wonder if this trend will change in our lifetimes.
On a related theme, Fagstein summarizes a question-and-answer session done by the STM’s Michel Labrecque, about near-future developments at the transit commission.