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  • Kate 20:49 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the city’s classical music names, Yuli Turovsky has died at age 73. He founded the I Musici chamber music group. Wikipédia.

  • Kate 20:40 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    A man is being sought for sexual aggressions on women – and he gets around, having been reported in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Sneaks up behind women and grabs them. Unfortunately the description and police sketch are very generic and could apply to many middle-aged white men. Police file.

  • Kate 20:24 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Michael Applebaum should have seen this coming: he was a loyal part of Gérald Tremblay’s team, a team that we know was cosy with the mob. He’s now saying he doesn’t know any mobsters, that he can’t be bought and that he’s the subject of a smear campaign by political opponents.

    I’m not sure he’s wise to stick to saying he didn’t know what was going on. This was Tremblay’s tactic and left him looking like either a fool or a liar. I would have more respect for Applebaum if he were to say something like “I admit city hall used to have some shady friends – that was the zeitgeist then and to some small extent I was part of it, if only by giving my passive assent. But that’s over and I will prove it to you.”

    • Taylor C. Noakes 22:11 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      Here we go again with the his numerous political opponents.

      He vetoed the Empress Cultural Centre proposal before it could even get proposed at a borough meeting because one of his ‘political opponents’ happened to be involved with the ECC.

    • carswell 00:46 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Shorter Michael Applebaum: “I am not a crook.”

    • steph 01:12 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Is there any viable political tactic?

    • dwgs 07:07 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      @Taylor, that political opponents’ party has since climbed into bed with Applebaum and the Cinema NDG proposal passed Monday night with said opponents’ approval.

    • Steve Paesani 19:35 on 2013/01/20 Permalink

      Just so I understand,

      He’s set up and continues to set up the most transparent mayory ever and he’s corrupt?

      I think what’s really happening here is that people are moaning that they won’t have anythjing to moan about anymore.


    • Kate 19:48 on 2013/01/20 Permalink

      There might be something to that. We’re so used to assuming politicians are corrupt then moaning when it turns out to be worse even than we thought that if someone honest came along I don’t know how we’d handle it.

  • Kate 20:08 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has presented its six transit development priorities with the inevitable proviso if we get the money. No surprises, just a restatement of things we’ll have to get around to – and no trams.

    • Ephraim 21:12 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      If we could stop being political with it and be practical with it, it would be a much better system. (Journalists can help by calling them on it when they are being political.)

    • Matt 21:41 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      Yeah, shouldn’t things as essential as health, education and transport be independent of political influence?

    • Ant6n 22:03 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      Are you suggesting the public should have no control over health, education and transport?

    • Hub 07:54 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Yep, Bus Rapide and no tram. I guess, the automobile is meant to stay.

      And the urban sprawl seems to be a priority too.

    • Matt 17:36 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Hmm. You bring up a good point Ant6n. But yes, ideally, I think the transport ministry in particular should be managed by experts in the field. Or more of them, anyway. I’m with Hub on this one, though. More for cars. I’m thoroughly disappointed.

  • Kate 19:56 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    CDN-NDG borough has unanimously approved a plan for the Empress Theatre, the onetime Cinema V in NDG.

  • Kate 11:11 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Mayor Applebaum says he doesn’t fear investigation by the UPAC and continues to say he never did any favours for Tony Magi. But another story says Applebaum attended a Rizzuto clan party 10 years ago alongside Frank Zampino and Gérald Tremblay at La Cantina, a restaurant on the Main north of Crémazie made more notorious in 2009 when owner Federico Del Peschio was shot dead in the parking lot.

  • Kate 11:05 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    An older woman pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning in an accident with a truck downtown.

    • Stefan 03:49 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      The insight that I gain from the article is that the (turning) truck driver did not see the woman (who seems to having been already traversing the street, when the truck began turning). It seems that this is not an isolated issue, but happens again and again (turning truck/car kills pedestrian/cyclist). it is not like she suddenly jumped into the truck’s path.

      This can be due to two causes:
      1) technically the driver was not able to see what is happening in the space he is going to pass through. well, we actually have the technology to equip vehicles so that they do not have dead angles (what appropriate name). it should be made into law that drivers can observe the entire range around their vehicle.
      2) the driver has not been looking to ensure that the space he is going to pass through is free. that may be explained due to bad sight conditions, high speed, or just being careless. in any way it is (morally) his fault because he did not adjust his speed to driving conditions in order to be able to stop in time before an obstacle and as long as it is not punished severely by law to kill pedestrians on the street, it won’t deter drivers from retaining that faulty behavior.

    • Kate 10:48 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Stefan, we’ve seen a good few of these incidents in recent years. Pedestrians and cyclists have died because these large vehicles have blind spots at corners. I read not long ago that Westmount is equipping its big city trucks with video cameras to give drivers a better view around them.

    • Stefan 13:16 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Kate: yes, that’s a very good initiative by westmount (i think it is snow-clearing vehicles only though).

  • Kate 11:03 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Arthur Porter, who was AWOL for a year, now tells the CBC the corruption claims against him are bogus.

  • Kate 10:26 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe and Mail has a glowing video report on a dépanneur/food counter in Mile Ex.

    • Em 02:02 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      stop calling it the Mile Ex nooooo

    • Kate 10:49 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      whyyyyy? :)

    • C_Erb 11:04 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      Technically, being on the north side of Jean-Talon, the store is actually in Villeray ;) (or, if you read the bullshit map put out by the city, it’s in Parc-Extension).

      Also, like it or not, Mile Ex is becoming the de facto name for that weird little neighbourhood bordered by Jean-Talon, the Outremont train yard, the tracks to the south, and St-Laurent. I kinda like the name, it’s cheeky and it makes sense. I also found it a bit distressing that there was an entire distinct neighbourhood in a central part of the city that was completely without a name.

  • Kate 00:40 on 2013/01/15 Permalink | Reply  

    A document about plans to rethink the area around the CHUM – I was going to write “neighbourhood” but I don’t think anyone actually lives there – include covering the Ville-Marie between the Main and Amherst, and some stuff about turning Viger Square into a “lieu historique.” I don’t know whether that means removing some of the concrete that has encrusted the square for decades. We had a discussion about the square here almost a year ago.

    • Mathieu 09:45 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      There are a lot of people living around the highway between St-Denis and Amherst. And there could be a lot more between St-Laurent and St-Denis once the vacant lots just on Viger and St-Antoine are built into condos.

    • Kate 10:43 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      Hmm. True. I hope they think about it as a neighbourhood, then. I know I go on about this, but I walked around a bit in the newish condo development on the south side of Viger, east of Old Montreal, last year. I think they call it Faubourg Québec. And there was nothing there but condos. No shops, no services, nothing. If you lived there you’d be almost as committed to using a car for your errands as if you lived in the suburbs. We’ve so got to stop building sterile dormitory subdivisions right in the city.

    • Michel 10:46 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      I think Kristian G had an entry about that neighbourhood last year. My memory is hazy, but from what I remember the house prices were dropping in the hood because of the construction (noise, dust, etc.), so it was a good time to buy.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 11:32 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      I’ve been saying this for years – cover all the trenches!

      VME is already partially covered anyways, and the International Quarter looks pretty good as a result. Covering the rest and re-working Square Viger seems like a no-brainer that could create a whole new and doubtless very hot real-estate micro-market, right in the centre of the city.

      But of course, what else could be covered up that could produce a similar effect?

      Covering the Decarie Expressway.

      Turn it into a massive linear park.

      Land-values the whole length would skyrocket.

    • Kevin 12:02 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      They’re actually being forced to uncover a trench near the Palais des Congres because of shoddy construction, so while an admirable goal, I think our construction crews just are not up to snuff.

    • Bill Binns 13:06 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      @Kevin – Right. In a city where you can be splattered out of existence by a falling 500 pound chunk of concrete while eating sushi or have your entire family wiped out by a bridge collapsing on their car, creating new real estate suspended over a busy highway is probably not a good idea.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 15:01 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      @Kevin, @Bill – so we stop building/planning/developing/fixing things because corruption in the construction industry has resulted in shoddy workmanship?

      How about we prosecute corrupt contractors and local politicians, enact tougher building code regulations, increase inspections of private buildings, develop preventative maintenance techniques, audit our infrastructure and city books on an annual basis, develop ‘best-practices solutions’ and create a dedicated municipal construction group held to higher standards than private contractors?

      I’m so sick of this rampant attitude that because something goes wrong we ought never, ever try to fix it or do better.

      It’s insane. Of course we should build, but we should build better.

      If this means increasing taxes on the wealthy, so be it. It will ultimately allow us to build more housing in the city, much of it high-end, which in turn will allow for greater tax-based revenue for the city to invest in repairs, maintenance and ever greater expansion.

      Otherwise, we become Detroit.

      I don’t want this, and neither do you.

    • Kevin 15:18 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      I prefer fixing and replacing what is busted right now, and then building within our means in the present and future.

    • Kevin 15:37 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      And fixing does mean holding builders and owners to task. NYC requires every high rise to undergo a full facade inspection every decade. Years after a woman died during an anniversary dinner, and people were killed by collapsing garages, Montreal and Quebec still can’t agree on which governmental group has the responsibility and authority to do the same here.

      THAT’S the problem. This city and province cannot get basic shit straight.

    • Ant6n 18:13 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      Wait, so, … we shouldn’t cover the Ville Marie or Decarie expressway, because in New York City facades have to be inspected once a decade, and here they don’t?

    • Taylor C. Noakes 22:24 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      @Kevin – well here we agree in full, which is why I’m a proponent of engineering and infrastructure audits on an annual basis until we have the problems sorted out in full.

      And as you might imagine I’m also very much in support of holding people accountable for their cost-cuts, cheapness etc. We should not fuck around with the built environment, and I’m as tired of potholes, slums and failing infrastructure as you are.

      That said, we’ve come to realize the private sector cannot adequately perform what is required, and despite the additional cost of maintaining a far more comprehensive city workforce to do just this kind of work, we’d save in the long term by not having to shell out sockfulls of cash and three per cents over the years. To hell with the free market if all it does is impoverish the city’s infrastructure and wastes our money.

      As far as Québec and Montréal are concerned, I’m the kind of person who enjoys taking responsibility for his actions – and so should our city. I’m sick of our city waiting for other levels of government to pay for the work we’re somehow incapable of financing ourselves.

      It’s almost as if we’ve accepted that our tax-dollars simply go to line the pockets of corrupt politicians and an inflated bureaucracy.

      I’d use it to build stuff and repair other stuff. That’s what taxes are for.

    • Ephraim 22:06 on 2013/01/15 Permalink

      @Kate – That Faubourg area is just weird. Some have views on to a bridge. Others are double decker “townhouse” condos. If you are going to be a townhouse, why would you want someone living above or below you? At least the 20ft wide townhouses next to them are extremely desirable. We should have a better formula to deal with this, x number of underground parking and x number of daytime only parking (no overnight parking, for visitors, not personal cars). And maybe know how many locals are needed to support a coffee shop, dep etc, so they can be properly planned.

    • Kevin 08:03 on 2013/01/16 Permalink

      @Ant6n Wah wah.
      We should give up on pie in the sky projects until we eliminate our ‘no-fault’ culture.

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