A dead man was found in Lafontaine park Thursday afternoon; cops say it looks suspicious but we don’t know anything else yet.
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Regular reader @Jack linked this editorial by Ariane Krol in a comment to an earlier thread about the management of Jean-Talon market, but I’m also putting it up in a new post because it’s a good, terse critique of an error of judgement the market has made by harassing a legitimate farmer over a trivial matter.
Jean Charest is blandishing Montreal with half a billion imaginary dollars, mostly intended toward modernizing (?) our metro stations, although he stops short of promising us the blue line extension to Anjou.
In the Radio-Canada piece there’s also a list of things Charest would help pay for toward the 375th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Two of them stick out:
• Construction d’un nouveau pavillon de verre au Jardin botanique
• Agrandissement de l’Insectarium
Authorities appear to regard the botanical gardens as an empty space ripe for development. In recent years we’ve seen new aménagements built, ranging from the “tree house” building to the First Nations pavilion to a large seed bank building behind the greenhouses. Each of these things has some worthy justification but each one eats up more of the finite green space.
At the same time, the cost of visiting the gardens has skyrocketed. It’s $17.75 for an adult to go in there now, at least double what it was when I used to bike over from the Plateau five years ago.
There should seriously be a moratorium on paving even another square foot of those gardens, and some thought should go into whether it’s beneficial to peg the admission fee too high for many people to consider a visit.
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In accordance with the PMAD, the city agglomeration is asking for public transit money to be raised by a little uptick in gasoline taxes and a fee on auto licensing.
François Cardinal restates his point from yesterday that the CAQ promise to cut down the number of elected representatives in Montreal will not magically fix everything wrong with the city. He goes on to illustrate why uniform governance for every borough is not a panacea either.
(CAQ’s also thinking along the same lines about school boards – get rid of most of them, centralize the rest and call them “service centres” or some such. I have no strong opinions on this, not having children, but a little warning light goes off when any party pushes hard on slicing away aspects of democratic involvement while hard-selling the bargain you get by centralizing all the decision-making in a few hands.)
The city’s in something of a struggle with Tony Accurso over contracts – it cancelled three, and Accurso responded immediately with legal threats because the law does say the city has to take the lowest bid. But it seems Tony walked out of there with $33 million worth of contracts after all, the mayor pleading the necessity for the work to get done.
I mean, you’ve got to admire the chutzpah. And Tony does get things done.
A stoppage of commuter trains Thursday morning arose because of Tony Accurso – a truck belonging to Louisbourg Construction had been left across the tracks between Vendôme and Lucien-l’Allier, effectively bringing to a halt three entire lines right at rush hour.