A sequel to yesterday’s piece on dodgy subletting, some anecdotes of tenants profiting from wildcat sublets of various kinds.
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The Canadiens are offering free admission to some practice sessions and some free junk food to fans.
Via Reddit, a small item on the 20 forts on the island of Montreal in 1744. It’s pity the map reproduction is not big enough (even after you click on it).
Rosemont/La Petite Patrie (dare I call it #rosepatrie?) has declared war on noise.
Further reports on this Tuesday morning by Radio-Canada and the Journal. The device shown in the Journal might revolutionize sound issues – people have told me it has been known to take months for the city to deal with noise issues because it has had so little equipment for this purpose. An affordable hand-held device should speed things up.
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Layoffs are coming at the Cirque du Soleil.
A Maisonneuve piece on gentrification and signs notes that the Nouveau Palais sign on Bernard has been spared for the moment.
The case of Pierre Lacerte vs. three Hasidic men is before superior court Monday. Rappelons, as they say: Lacerte lives opposite a small synagogue in eastern Outremont and keeps an obsessive record of parking irregularities by members of the synagogue, complaining about them to the borough and posting about them on his blog. They are counter-complaining about harassment, Lacerte is counter-counter-complaining that it’s a SLAPP lawsuit meant to intimidate him out of his freedom of expression. Nobody has found a way to stop this standoff from escalating into the courts.
A group connected with Lacerte managed to block the synagogue’s request to extend its building into its own back yard in 2011, a story deftly summarized here in the Globe and Mail and here in the McGill Daily. Lacerte’s blog is called Accommodements Outremont, but you’ll have to google for it yourself. I’m not giving him any links from here.
Later: CTV also has a report about the case but seems to be missing one small crucial word. “Writer Pierre Lacerte has spent a decade obsessing his Outremont neighbor, Michael Rosenberg, a wealthy real-estate mogul who lives on his street. Lacerte runs a blog in which he posts photos of Rosenberg…” – I think they mean obsessing about. Don’t read the comments unless you want a quick lesson in antisemitic attitudes.
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ViSaMiPex councillor Elsie Lefebvre has been made opposition leader at city hall by Louise Harel in a move that confuses even me.
Anie Samson, borough mayor, left Vision Montreal last month. She remains borough mayor but stops being leader of the opposition, a role now held by Lefebvre. But why is Harel not leader of the opposition herself?
The STM has added some kind of mystery box to some of its metro trains in an experiment to cut down on service interruptions by “forcing a supplementary reflection” before the emergency brake can be pulled. Do you get a message saying “Pull this in fun and you’ll be fined $500″? The article doesn’t say.