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  • Kate 19:08 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    This summer’s dry weather is making building foundations dry out and crumble and buildings to sink into the ground.

    • Stefan 02:07 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      weather is always blamed in quebec, when something goes wrong with constructions, be it roads or buildings.
      wouldn’t it be more sustainable to account for environmental conditions (also such ones which do not occur every year, but every 10th, or 100th) and build accordingly, spending just a little more in the outset. the technology exists anyway.

    • Ian 04:55 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Not telling us when these places were built or what neighbourhood they’re in makes this a fairly useless half story. I mean, my curiosity is piqued, but where’s the rest?

    • dwgs 08:41 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      I once rented a house on the plateau (St. Laurent and Prince Arthur) that was built on clay and every year the foundation would shift up to a couple of inches. It was crazy, you could see where all the mouldings had been recut over the years to fit the new door and window angles. It was a bit like living in a funhouse.

    • david m 12:01 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      ^ same. i lived in this place on coloniale that used to psych people out when they came over, the floor was so off-kilter. every time it was the same, people would walk into the main room and put out their arms to stabilize themselves, as though the ground beneath them had shifted suddenly. pretty droll.

    • willie granger 15:46 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      That CBC article is remarkably light on detail, seems like a bit of a fake story to me.

  • Kate 19:07 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Louise Harel is talking about reviving the city’s manufacturing sector now that all the factories have been converted into condos.

    • Ian 04:56 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      What’s she going to do, cut China’s export quota?

    • Ephraim 07:30 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Rose coloured glasses for sale…. rose coloured glasses for sale… anyone delusional need a pair?

      This is the same person who thinks that she can increase taxes on the super rich and not have them MOVE elsewhere just to avoid it. If you are earning a $1 million dollars a year, you can certainly afford to live in Ontario and commute. Heck, you can stay here 5 days a week, but if your mail and driver’s licence says “Ontario” you pay your taxes there.

    • Chris 07:46 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Ephraim, mail and driver’s licenses are irrelevant. You pay income tax to the province you are employed in.

    • steph 07:51 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Many national firms let higher level employees (those that make million dollar salaries) chose which branch they get paid from (which province you pay taxes in). Happens more often then you’d think.

    • Chris 08:09 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Ah, sneaky. Figures.

    • Anto 15:20 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Hmm aren’t we talking about municipal taxes here?

    • willie granger 15:54 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      I just finds it ironics when separatists complain of jobs leaving the province. I guess they really don’t make the connection, do they?

  • Kate 18:55 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    A shortage of operating room nurses is interfering with the progress of surgeries at the Vic.

    In other medical news, a doctor who botched hundreds of colonoscopies at the Lakeshore General is still in practice although it sounds like he’s only allowed to do hangnails and stuff now.

  • Kate 18:39 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    I admit to giggling a bit over this: the Fukyu sushi bar in Côte des Neiges has been made to cover up its sign and agree to change its name to Kabuki. Here’s the sign you can no longer see.

    (Why should it matter, I wonder? Signs have to be in French, and Fukyu doesn’t mean anything in French.)

    (And meanwhile Hentai Sushi flourishes in Lachine…)

    • Blork 22:25 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Apparently the judge referred to the “Montreal context.” In other words, “fukyu” might not mean anything in French, but it means something in “Montrealese,” even to unilingual francophones.

    • ant6n 23:10 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Used to go to Yuki Sushi near the Village

    • Steph 23:22 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      They should have denied their intent to ‘turn heads’ and stuck to its cultural meaning and cited Reasonable Accommodation! I think the language law wasn’t an issue because the advertised name was actually ‘Fukyu Bar à Sushi’, like: Les Cafés Second Cup, Lunetterie New Look, Quincaillerie Canadian Tire. The french descriptor makes it legal. I think the days of Old Navy & Urban Planet are numbered. Welcome Vetement Old Navy & Pantalon Urban Planet, like retailers don’t have better things to spend money on.

    • Adam Hooper 23:46 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Clear language law violation. It means something in English, so it’s an English sign. :)

    • walkerp 00:06 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      They should change it to something like TaBarNaku Sushi.

    • ant6n 00:41 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Taba Naku Sushi?

    • Chris 07:49 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      How about they start selling seal meat and call it Phoque-Yu Sushi? :)

    • Joe 09:59 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      I don’t think this is an issue of language. The sign is deemed inappropriate because it’s basically “fu*k y*u”.

    • William 11:26 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      It’s a pity they went with Kubaki instead of Bukaki.

    • Kate 11:01 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Report in the Journal noting that the owner (who isn’t Japanese) hopes the news will be good for his business. Oddly I can’t find a listing anywhere for the Fukyu sushi bar but the menu shown on the Journal story shows it’s on Jean-Talon.

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

    Happy linguistic duality day! The federal government offers an infographic in English and French.

  • Kate 10:04 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Also lots of talk about how mafia investigator Joseph Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco, will testify at the Charbonneau commission next week.

  • Kate 10:01 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Been a lot of press about this wrestling event on Monday at the Bell Centre and particularly about the collapse of a prominent wrestling commentator, almost as if it were a real sport.

    • Bert 20:12 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Wrestling may be sport-entertainment, but the guy who collapsed and reportedly who had CPR is still human. While the results are orchestrated and scripted, the athletes injure themselves regularly and more often than not “play hurt”. Go lookup TSN – Michael Landsburg – Off The Record interviews with professional wrestlers. They all get to the core of how tough wresting – the activity and the business – is a back breaker.

  • Kate 09:11 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Several large sailing ships are expected to arrive in the Old Port Thursday afternoon. I’m slightly annoyed to see on the English side of the Old port website that the event is listed as Tall Ships®.

    • Dan G 11:07 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      The American Sail Training Association registered a trademark in 1976 the USA on “Tall Ships”, “Tall Ships Challenge”, etc. I’m not sure how that US trademark applies in Canada, but my guess is that Le Vieux Port had to license its use. See http://www.likelihoodofconfusion.com/tall-orders/ and the very bottom (small print) at http://www.sailtraining.org/.

    • Kate 18:42 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
      And all I ask is a tall ship® and a star to steer her by.


  • Kate 09:04 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s exactly 50 years since the opening of Place Ville-Marie, one of the city’s iconic structures since the 1960s and still the fourth highest building in town. Photos from La Presse and a brief review of a new book about the building.

    • Doobish 18:49 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      Checked out the book briefly at Renaud-Bray and she’s a beauty alright. Lotsa, lotsa pics, many I haven’t seen before, and dense enough on the text too. Available in french or english, but at $60 bones my bookshelf will have to wait.

      Oh, and the plaza’s been sodded for the occasion. It’s quite surreal.

    • Doobish 20:16 on 2012/09/29 Permalink

      In case anyone’s interested, the introductory pages of the book are available here. Worth a browse, if only for the 2 full-page period photos.

  • Kate 09:01 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    This is not the first time this blog has noted stories about the evaporation of rooming houses as a form of affordable urban housing in the city.

    • Ephraim 07:35 on 2012/09/14 Permalink

      I lived next to one. The street theatre was always a problem. You need someone with a strong hand to run the place, least it break down and you end up with the neighbours complaining. I don’t know how many crack whores, winos and the such I have seen kicked out by the owners in his hopes to keep a nice clean rooming house.

    • Dave 03:48 on 2013/03/21 Permalink

      Welcome to Canada. Either you get easy credit and live (or have to live beyond your means) OR you have to live with the bums winos and weirdos. In Colombia poor people take respect in dressing in clean clothing. Family and friends are important. Canadian society is a sick joke.

  • Kate 08:22 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV has a video interview with two of the founders of CultMTL, talking mostly about their venture into print with a revamped version of the old Mirror student guide.

  • Kate 07:58 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The new czar of the Musée d’art contemporain has proposed to enlarge the museum for a price tag of $25-30 million, this coming after an $88-million project was canned earlier this summer. Proposals to improve the museum have even included completely razing what’s there and rebuilding from scratch, It would be nice if the building didn’t face our Place des festivals with a dead wall and a garage entrance.

  • Kate 07:53 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    A project to put up 12 new buildings containing nearly 1000 condos in Ahuntsic has been shot down by the city’s public consultation office as being too tall and too dense.

    • Stefan 08:45 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      and now, according to that article, they want back the $1 million they paid in taxes for the 4 years while planning (without consulting the public) plus a future tax holiday, from the city.

      the ‘privatizing profits and socializing risks’ approach.

      i hope this is a lesson to developers that they can’t anymore just consider their profits but also the needs of the people living there and around.

    • SMD 13:42 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Amen, Stefan.

  • Kate 07:33 on 2012/09/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog is up Thursday morning but there might be a little more downtime while a few more upgrades are done.

    Thanks all for your patience.

    • Ian 09:55 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      Glad to have you back!

    • cheese 10:55 on 2012/09/13 Permalink

      I second @Ian, was worried that the feds shut you down due to their dislike of “left wing media bias” or something :).

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