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  • Kate 19:37 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Earlier this summer it seemed like we were seeing a spike of drownings, but in fact we’re at 62 drownings in Quebec for the whole summer and that’s on the low side.

    • Kevin 06:55 on 2012/09/11 Permalink

      I don’t think that’s right. We were at 45 drownings for the year toward the end of July — not the season.
      (Everybody forgets that snowmobilers drown in the winter.)

    • Kate 08:13 on 2012/09/11 Permalink

      Well, that’s what CBC says. I’ll see if any other numbers come out.

  • Kate 19:12 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Sorry for any sluggish blog operations Monday afternoon. We’re not registered with GoDaddy but the attack on GoDaddy’s DNS servers seemed to be slowing everything down. Should be OK now.

    • Stefan 06:08 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      again, about two days of downtime. seems to be the server itself, as accessing it directly via did not work either (this circumvents nameserver access).

    • Kate 07:34 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Yes, it wasn’t DNS after all, it was a disk problem. As of Thursday morning the server is up again but there may be another period of downtime while we make an upgrade.

  • Kate 19:09 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV notes heavy security at Monday afternoon’s civic funeral for Denis Blanchette. CBC radio mentioned this afternoon that such funerals are usually reserved for police or firefighters killed on duty, but the Metropolis incident seems to be regarded as sui generis.

  • Kate 10:39 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a chat with Dave Courage in his hospital bed.

  • Kate 09:58 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    OpenFile has updated their homicide map with the killing of Denis Blanchette, the 22nd homicide of the year on the island of Montreal.

  • Kate 09:57 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Various entities are beginning to make plans to move people between downtown and the West Island (and beyond) during the reconstruction of the Turcot, although there’s some odd newspeak here about the relationship of the plans to the Train de l’Ouest project – it’s not the same thing, but it’s sort of part of the same thing, maybe.

    The same writer also has a piece about how full electrification of the commuter train system is completely blocked, for the moment. Andy Riga also covers the story of how AMT bought $308 million worth of dual-mode locomotives only to find out the tracks won’t be electrified after all. Riga also looks at the contentious issue of upgrading the Mount Royal tunnel.

    • ant6n 13:02 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Has anybody except rail geeks ever mentioned the possibility for some (semi)public agency to buy up all all rail right of ways in the Montreal area, and give track rights to CN, CP, VIA and the AMT, allowing better coordination and better utilization of the infrastructure? For example, do we really need 6 tracks going to St Anne, as the train de l’ouest project proposes?

    • Kate 14:02 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Richard Bergeron talks to Dutrizac about just that here.

    • Matt 18:01 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Discouraging. I don’t know how Richard Bergeron plans to lay rail through the city.

    • Ant6n 19:35 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Encouraging. Most places where you would want heavy rail it already. exists, but the freight railroads own it. Bergeron doesn’t need to lay much rail, he needs to get elected.

    • Philippe 20:37 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      I was told by somebody who works for the AMT that the CN/CP ownership of the railroads is federally enforced, and as such they can’t be expropriated at the municipal or provincial level.

    • ant6n 23:44 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Yeah, consolidating all those rails would be a big mess – btw, not just CN/CP own tracks, but also the port of Montreal. It would have to involve the freight railroads, and the Feds … unless Quebec gets more competencies wrt rail, which could be an interesting project for the PQ :p

  • Kate 09:15 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the last things the Charest government did was write a $15-million cheque to Montreal to help pay for damage from student unrest.

    • Steve Quilliam 11:27 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      And probably 200 millions plus to Quebec city for their upcoming arena !

  • Kate 09:01 on 2012/09/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Alanah Heffez finds a picture of the Heavenly City that was never built after its conception in 1928 because the Depression came along and squelched it, but in a way, didn’t the idea came to fruition in Place Ville-Marie more than thirty years later?

    • Marc 09:58 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      PVM? Yeah, I would say so. But it would have been nice to have a large, imposing art-deco building. The Aldred Building will suffice. But I love PVM; nothing else quite like it.

    • Mathieu 11:13 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      If only Bell Centre weren’t standing in the way, we could still be using Windsor station. I’m sure the relationship people have with commuter trains would be different.

    • Kate 13:31 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      Mathieu: totally. But I don’t recall any outcry when the Bell Centre was proposed, although I wasn’t blogging yet then and may have missed it. It was an incredibly stupid move to decommission Windsor Station like that.

      Marc: The Aldred Building would’ve been dwarfed by the Heavenly City, although it remains a beautifully proportioned bit of deco regardless.

    • Mathieu 14:14 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      I was too young to really remember it, but I think that it didn’t bother people so much because it was at a time when trains were really unpopular.

    • C_Erb 19:26 on 2012/09/10 Permalink

      I wasn’t living in the city but I’ve heard that there were people making noise about it. I think it was more people like planners and universities who had a bit more foresight regarding the return of train travel. While I’m not sure of the details, I also seem to remember hearing that there were plans to raise stadium enough that would have allowed trains to go to Windsor station but the idea was nixed by the Molsons. Anyone know anything more about that?

    • Doobish 12:16 on 2012/09/11 Permalink

      I was an occasional train user back when Windsor station was abandoned, and I don’t remember anyone saying ‘boo’ when the plans were proposed. I suspect that was because the service on the Dorion line was (and still is) shit. When your options consist of 8 or 9 trains/direction/day in the best case, your expectations are accordingly low. Being forced to walk an extra block to work was just one more kick in the teeth.

      The service has improved since those days, but only marginally. The Vaudrieul line has only half the daily departures of the Two Mountains line, and it stil takes 45 minutes to get from Sainte-Anne’s to downtown. It’s better than sitting in traffic on the the bus, but not by much, and it costs more.

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