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  • Kate 22:29 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The CSDM plans to raze and rebuild the École Baril, on rue Adam in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, which in these photos is clearly boarded up and long disused.

    I have to wonder what kind of neglect led to buildings – quite a handsome, century-old school building in this case – becoming so riddled with mould that the only thing to do is nuke them from orbit and start again from scratch.

    • Kevin 08:48 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Becoming maitres chez nous is hard! /sarcasm

    • Churchy McGee 09:16 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Let it fall into disrepair – demolition via neglect, and then you can justify (sorta) building something new at a far higher price.

      This is how things work in Québec – no forward thinking, at least not in regards to the built environment.

      The politicians let our infrastructure fall into disrepair to feed the construction industry, itself thoroughly corrupt and integrated into various political camps at different levels. It’s perverse, but the politicians have managed to secure, for themselves, endless reasons to exist (i.e. campaigning Team A will finally fix what Team B didn’t care to think about), while the taxpaying citizens get stuck with a Groundhog Day-esque farce where we’re doomed to repeat endlessly.

      And we say ‘things fall apart’ and shrug, like imbeciles.

      On one side of town a construction company builds a condominium building, though they build it under the false-pretense it will be a home for the developmentally challenged. Such a designation allows them to bypass various bylaws. They’ve started two weeks ago and have already put up all four walls.

      And then they say “project fell through, gov’t couldn’t commit, but hey – have we got a condo for you!”

      On the other side of town a municipal lot, once a park, fenced off to the public, technically a construction zone, with the city paying the company responsible for every single Winter day it’s employees aren’t working.

      A bridge is proposed – a ten billion dollar bridge – to serve antiquated technologies, without development potential, when another bridge already exists.

      The fed hands out money to stimulus-starved municipalities, and all of us overjoyed when the check is over-inflated – we’re getting something at someone else’s loss, aren’t we the chosen people…

      A decade to build a bridge – good thing it’s not in danger of collapsing (though that seems to be the reason we’re discussing building a new one in the first place, right?)

      And the schools – here, because of our ‘protective segregation’, seven separate school boards serving a single city, some with too many empty buildings, others over-crowded to the point it’s actually denigrating the quality of education. Drop-out rates are highest in the most crowded school board, though you’d think they’d be getting the lion’s share of school taxes, money they could use to hire more teachers, improve services etc.

      But could French kids and English kids go to the same school, regardless of school board?

      Bien non. That would be too efficient, lower costs, save neighbourhoods and finally serve to eliminate our inherent colonial tribalism.

      Too much of a good idea I suppose.

      We have all the technology and local intellectual capital to not only successfully handle problems like this, but to take it a step further and mitigate their impact down the line. But as citizens we simply refuse to demand what we’re due, and allow politicians to run this city and province like it was their own personal kick-back machine.

      Do this long enough and people become so jaded they stop thinking about the future altogether – we create a situation that forces us to re-assert our individualism, shy away from public services, and seek to make sure we’re taken care of before anyone else. Fewer people start families, fewer still recognize the society they actually live in.

      And the city falls apart.

      We must be a disingenuous lot, gabbing as we do about how much we love our city and unique culture, how we’d step over our mothers to protect it.

      Ours is a culture of thieves, robbing Peter to pay Paul.

    • Kate 09:40 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      On the other hand, putting on my devil’s-advocate hat, I suppose it’s arguable that attitudes to primary education have changed so much in a century that it’s become difficult to deliver a modern education in those century-old buildings, even if they were in good shape.

      Back then, girls and boys were strictly segregated, to the point where in some cases they were educated in entirely separate school buildings. If taught in the same building, there were separate classrooms and they played in separate schoolyards.

      Classrooms were rigidly laid out in rows and discipline was strict. My father had a story about his seventh-grade teacher, a Christian Brother, grabbing a boy by the collar and dangling him out of a second-floor window after some impertinence in class.

      Now classrooms have to be designed to handle students accustomed to the much higher level of distraction kids need now, with arrangements for disabled kids, transgender kids, wiring for wi-fi devices and electronic teaching aids, and the lot. It probably is cheaper in the long run to construct a new building, with modern ventilation, to answer these needs.

    • david m 12:09 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      wow, nice comment kevin.

    • Kevin 13:20 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      I cannot be a nice, polite, silent tete carré ALL the time.
      One of the responsibilities that comes with being a member of the majority is accepting needling comments from those you tread on ;)

    • Ephraim 15:38 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      One word… LEED.

      This should be required of new school buildings.

    • Tux 16:11 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Screw buildings. Let the internet schoolin’ begin! More and more of us are telecommuting… why not students too? There’s more and more quality education available online too… MIT OpenCourseWare being an excellent example.

    • Ephraim 16:44 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Home schooling has some advantages, but it also has disadvantages including the lack of socialization of children.

    • Kate 18:03 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Tux, I think your idea overlooks the fact that a large part of what grade school does is babysit kids while their parents work. A kid can’t sit home alone being remote-schooled, there has to be an adult there, at least till until they reach high school age. Unwatched, I probably would’ve wandered off to read a book or else fallen asleep.

    • TC 20:07 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      @Kate: I disagree that an old building can’t be retrofitted to meet current needs. The university I attended recently completed a renovation of one of its oldest buildings (100 years old). It is wired, more handicapped accessible, and new windows make it more eco-friendly. The layout of classroom desks can be easily changed. Lots of buildings have been updated all over Europe and North America. The most environmentally-friendly building is almost always the current one, since starting from scratch means using new materials and energy to transport them.

  • Kate 22:23 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Onetime city hall honcho Serge Pourreaux testified Thursday that city hall culture, dominated by Frank Zampino, sank a key report made in 2004 explaining why project costs were so much higher in Montreal than elsewhere. This is the “secret” report Michael Applebaum has mentioned and that Radio-Canada emphasizes was not so secret after all.

    The city’s ex director general Claude Léger began his turn at the CEIC Thursday saying he was powerless to act in a city hall dominated by Frank Zampino. Léger continues his testimony on March 11, because the CEIC’s taking a break.

  • Kate 22:13 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    MUHC stories: Arthur Porter says he’s too sick to come to Canada to respond to questioning; former Porter sidekick Yanai Elbaz was charged and released on bail; a cloud hangs over the MUHC superhospital project that won’t be dispelled until the picture of what happened here is made clear. Here’s a list of the five people embroiled in this scandal.

    What I wonder is, in all these affairs of corruption: what becomes of the public’s money that disappeared in various scams and scandals? Can any of it be recouped and put back into the pot for the public good? Or is it all hands-washed let’s-put-it-behind-us, never mind that some of these guys will be sunning themselves at ease for the rest of their lives on their ill-gotten gains?

    • Ian 23:36 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Considering that several witnesses have admitted their cash grabs and no charges have been laid, I’m going to go all Kreskin and suggest that not a single dime will be run back into the public pot.

    • Bill Binns 08:45 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Was there ever any doubt whatsoever that this would happen with the superhospital project? They may as well start the investigation into corruption allegations on the new Champlaign Bridge project before the first shovel full of dirt is turned.

    • David Tighe 17:12 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      @Kate: I think rather that people have upper and lower limits on their corruptibility, perhaps associated with risk. Too little and its not worth while: too much and you begin to think that the stakes are too big, it would be too dangerous to accept. Perhaps I should tell Mme. Charbonneau about my insight.

    • Marc 23:30 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      They should halt the construction until the mess is cleaned up.

  • Kate 10:22 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    France Charbonneau finally dismissed Robert Marcil at the CEIC, asking if he was an imbecile. The inquiry has been using an interesting technique: if someone won’t answer honestly, you keep firing questions until the shape of what they’re avoiding and denying becomes clear.

    • Bill Binns 12:04 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Is anyone encouraging Madame Charbonneau to run for mayor or premiere or anything at all? It would be nice to have one honest politician to calibrate all the rest against. It would also be nice to have a mayor that let the term imbecile fly once in a while.

    • Ant6n 12:38 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      One the other hand, if there is only one honest person, then maybe that person should be a judge.

    • Anto 13:07 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      There are plenty of honest people in politics. The problem is in a system that forces political parties to rely on private money. Refusing to take part in it is like refusing to take drugs at the Tour de France: good for you but, you won’t finish in the top 3. And accepting to take part in it effectively binds your hands when you witness the kind of situations described at the Commission Charbonneau.

    • Kevin 13:15 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      We shouldn’t have a party system at the municipal level. The only reason we do is because we have about 5 or 6 times more municipal politicians than we need.

    • Ant6n 13:30 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      baseless claims…

    • Bill Binns 13:56 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      @Anto – I don’t think there are a whole lot of honest people at city hall (if any). The corruption was so out in the open and common knowledge that it appears there was nobody left that it needed to be hidden from. I also haven’t seen any indication that all of this dirty money was being funneled into political campaigns.

    • qatzelok 14:20 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      @ Anto: ” The problem is in a system that forces political parties to rely on private money. ”

      Yes, and guess who ensured that we have this system? Private money, starting with the banksters. They feel more comfortable with a “democratic process” they can rig. Likewise, it is private money that has floated the idea that “we have too municipal politicians.” Private money wants there to be less hands to bribe and less people to potentially squeal. And their media has compared Montreal to such municipal success stories as Detroit (rather than European cities) to “prove” their point.

    • Anto 14:58 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      @qatzelok: That’s what I think as well. And the prevalent cynicism where “every politician is corrupt” only makes the situation worse.

    • Kate 16:44 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Maybe it’s more true to say that most people are corruptible. Most people have a price. How do we find the ones whose principles hold regardless of flattery and generous bribes?

    • jeather 17:09 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      You make it hard to receive bribes. You make giving or receiving bribes actually punishable quickly. You run things openly.

    • Ephraim 17:12 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      I would make bribes punishable under several statues including undeclared income and corrupt officials laws. Basically they are required to pay the taxes on the bribes and since it’s tax money even bankruptcy won’t help you, it’s always collectible.

    • qatzelok 22:53 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Maybe the deeper problem is income inequality. If incomes were far more equal, there’d be less people with extra cash for bribes, and less desperate people willing to hurt their peers for cash.

    • jeather 07:24 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      I don’t think politicians are usually on the lower half of the income inequality curve. But less income inequality would be good, even if it didn’t affect bribery at all.

    • Kevin 09:19 on 2013/03/01 Permalink

      Wait to support the corrupt status quo!

      The province can function with 125 MNAs for a population of less than 8 million.
      The city of Montreal, with a population of 1.7 million, has about 120 councillors when you roll in the boroughs.
      The city of London — 100 councillors
      NYC – 51 councillors

      Toronto – still bigger than Montreal – gets by with 44

      Calgary – about 2/3 the size of Montreal — has 14 councillors.

      Now if councillors were actually doing something useful it might be possible to argue their numbers are not excessive — but it is hideously obvious that having lots of people sitting around at City Hall have done sweet f all.

  • Kate 10:17 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Claude Benoît, who directed the Société du Vieux-Port until questions about her personal expenses got too numerous, is being given quite a nice golden handshake as she leaves and the post itself is abolished.

  • Kate 10:00 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Andy Riga visits the worksite under the Champlain bridge and explains for us all the work going into holding it up for the time being.

  • Kate 09:38 on 2013/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Police themselves are demonstrating Thursday morning to keep an experimental work schedule they liked, but that was rolled back by management. Who polices this demo? And is anyone going to chime in with “idle, entitled loafers wanting something for nothing” type remarks?

    • steph 09:44 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      I’m certain that the demo will go on without any incident since It would probably be very difficult to set up any agent provocateur amongst them. :P

    • Ephraim 09:48 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      And if they do riot, what would be the punishment, time off with pay?

    • Chris 10:01 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Was the protest instantaneously declared illegal?

    • Bill Binns 10:37 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      And is anyone going to chime in with “idle, entitled loafers wanting something for nothing” type remarks?

      Sure. They are agitating for a 3 day workweek. Whom would even have the balls to ask for such a thing other than unionized municipal employees? They are quite literally asking for something for nothing. I wonder if they will start wearing their pouting pants again if they don’t get what they want.

      What they are asking for is actually worse than what the students are asking for but if you want to compare protest style, let’s tally up the property damage and the number of people caught with molotov cocktails at the police demo.

      If some of the cops start a bonfire in the middle of the street, will the “few bad apples” argument apply to themm as well?

    • jeather 12:41 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      I have trouble imagining that police can be effective if they work that long a shift. (But switching it to four long shifts/three days off seems more reasonable.)

    • walkerp 23:22 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      The government should plant some fake police in there to start a bit of trouble like the cops usually do. Later, it would be revealed in a youtube video where the one throwing bricks was wearing skinny black hipster dancer shoes instead of police issue boots.

  • Kate 23:10 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Alanah Heffez ponders the few physical relics of Expo 67 left around the islands.

  • Kate 17:29 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    A big conference is being held Thursday and Friday to discuss the direction of Greater Montreal between now and 2031.

    • Jack 18:44 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      How come I wasn’t invited?

    • Kate 20:01 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Hey, how come I wasn’t invited??

    • mdblog 05:35 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Jack, Kate, I think you have to live in Quebec City to decide the direction of Montreal. To paraphrase Bowser and Blue, c’est la faute du provinciale!

    • David Tighe 14:22 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Its pretty weird. I tried to look up their programme on two well-separated occasions on their site and could not get through. Rather poor management.

  • Kate 17:26 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    24h had a look at our metro stations and took notes on the various kinds of deterioration apparent to the eye.

    • mare 23:33 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      I thought 24 wasn’t allowed inside the metro stations anymore…

    • Kate 23:35 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      24h is the paper they allow inside the stations. Metro was excluded.

  • Kate 17:23 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Foufounes Électriques is marking 30 years since it opened in 1983.

    • denpanosekai 17:33 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      played a number of gigs there, always a good time.

    • Ian 22:11 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      First went in ’86, it’s come a long way from the shooting gallery days. Not all for the better. :D

    • Singlestar 20:34 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      I played gigs there in its previous incarnation, Les Clochards Celestes; of course it goes back long before that… Pal’s Show Bar…

  • Kate 17:19 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who was once associate director general of the MUHC has been arrested and there’s a warrant out for the arrest of Arthur T. Porter and three other associates. The Globe and Mail reminds us that Porter was also appointed by Stephen Harper to sit on the Security Intelligence Review Committee from 2008 to 2011. Sidelights on Porter from a colleague in the Gazette.

    • Chris 23:52 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Harper is good at appointing quality senators too. :(

  • Kate 09:11 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Some level-headed critique of the PQ’s 3% figure to consider, regardless of your attitude to the summit or the demonstrations. Thanks Lilian Radovac for the link.

    • Ephraim 11:05 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Well thought out. The highest inflation rate since 1992 (it was WAY worse before ’92 with some years being in the double digits) was 2.91% (federal). Average since 1968 is 4.29%. But if I take it just from 1992, it averages out to just 1.8%. See how you can skew statistics by choosing what data to represent?

      Wasn’t the original proposal to bring it in line with inflation from the original $540 from 1968. If we had in fact “indexed” them to the CPI from then, tuition would be $3512.65. So in REAL terms tuition has been decreasing in price over the years. (And I have assumed no indexation in 1968, only 1969 and onward). CPI index used from http://www.inflation.eu/inflation-rates/canada/historic-inflation/cpi-inflation-canada.aspx

      The point in the end isn’t how much tuition should be, etc. The point is that society as a whole has to move forward. Sometimes we have to admit mistakes. Sometimes we have to figure out better ways to do things. Sometimes we have to admit that we can’t afford to have things continue in the ways of the past. This is one of them. We all live with the “not me” thing. I pay for parental leave even though I’m not a parent, is that fair? I pay for welfare even though I am ineligible, is that fair? Etc, etc, etc.

      Quebec society is too dependent on centralized government for everything. It would be one thing if the central government was efficient. But we repeatedly see that it isn’t only inefficient, but corrupt. Not just the Liberals, but also the PQ. It’s not just the government, it’s the unions too. Ask how many union members are happy with the representation they get for their money. We don’t have enough transparency. That’s the fight we need to win, transparency on everything. Print the department budget, measure the inputs, measure the outputs, see if they are getting more efficient or less efficient, compare to other governments, see where we are going. Are we buying the best education we can buy for the money we invest in it? If we are, great. If we aren’t, how can we get more for our money? We don’t measure enough and we aren’t transparent enough.

    • Ian 11:10 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      “Wasn’t the original proposal to bring it in line with inflation from the original $540 from 1968. If we had in fact “indexed” them to the CPI from then, tuition would be $3512.65. So in REAL terms tuition has been decreasing in price over the years.” In REAL terms salaries have remained relatively flat for the last 40 years, too. Why everything goes up but average earnings points at inefficiencies not just in spending but in our notion of how money should be distributed and what the nature of our society should be. Any government that tries to run a society like a business is betraying the public good; profitability is not the index by which we should be measuring our society as a whole.

    • Ephraim 11:22 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @Ian There is a deep difference between profitability and efficiency. We don’t need to run education as a profit centre, it will never be one. But we can certainly measure things like how long does it take to get a document translated, how many students get accepted and how many graduate, how many hours need to write a set of TAPS for a program, etc. If it takes a year to get a document translated in 2013 and the inputs don’t change and it takes a year and a half a year later to get a document of the same length translated, we have lost efficiency. Not about profitability at all. Being efficient with public money is very important, worrying about making a profit isn’t the point with public money, because it’s intent isn’t profit at all.

    • Adam Hooper 11:29 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      I don’t know what the student movement was expecting. Don’t they teach doublespeak in university? The PQ promised a summit and delivered a summit. Promise fulfilled.

      It’s not enough for the student groups to complain about a hike more predictable than tomorrow’s sunrise. If they weren’t proactive about protesting the summit, they weren’t representing their members as they’ve been paid to do. If they *were* proactive, they really need to get that message to the media.

      Either way, if I were paying them and were anti-hike, I’d write them an angry letter right about now.

    • Ant6n 12:19 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Wait a minute, the ‘indexation’ is a 3% increase? Well that’s a lie.

      I made some graphs about tuition and inflation a year ago, and we see that that the boomers had much more affordable education during the late 70s and 80s, and now they are telling the new generations they won’t get that; instead they hide increases as fair ‘indexation’. But of course they compare that to the relatively high 1968 levels (i.e. relative to all years since 1968), and they also ignore all the extra (‘ancillary’) fees, which are another 30% or so.

    • steph 12:27 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Thank you Ant6n.

    • Kevin 14:08 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      Over in La Presse Stephanie Grammond says students could actually end the year with more money in their pockets if tuition fees went up and the Qc. government made tuition a refundable tax credit.
      Meanwhile Joseph Facal points out that free tuition comes with some of the lowest enrolment rates around… because the vast majority of applicants don’t make the cut.

    • qatzelok 14:31 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @ Ephraim: “The point is that society as a whole has to move forward”

      This is what every snake oil salesman says about their new product: It’s essential for society to buy it and “move forward.” The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were sold on the same premise: we are advancing in a meaningful way as a group, and the drones we kill wedding parties with are helping.

      Problem with the progress canard: progress isn’t a scientific concept: it’s a religious one. It’s called personal salvation in religion, and leads to a personal heaven. In science, the closest concept to progress is entropy: decay.

      We can only learn to differentiate between science and religion if we get educated, and an MBA will not help.

    • Ephraim 14:53 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @qatzelok – So your solution is to be stagnant? So we should still have people dying of consumption? We should never admit that the way we did things in the past may be wrong and there are better ways to do something? Just sit there with flint rocks and live in caves?

      Don’t want to call it progress, don’t call it progress. Call it evolution. Call it honing. Don’t care what you call it. The point is that the reality of life changes. You can either look towards a better future or sit there and die of consumption or diabetes or smallpox or rubella, or measles…..

    • Alex L 14:54 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @Ephraim: « Sometimes we have to admit mistakes. Sometimes we have to figure out better ways to do things. Sometimes we have to admit that we can’t afford to have things continue in the ways of the past. »

      Exactly. Problem is, the « way of the past » is exactly what you are proposing. A solution to people not going to university and a general uneducated population was found in Quebec by having society as a whole pay for education to move forward. Now we’re claiming it’s too expensive, that we don’t have the money, that we have to invest in infrastructure, petroleum, dams and such things that bring fast shiny bidous in our pockets, much the way things were done before the 60’s. In 50 years we’ll say our people are uneducated because we haven’t invested in education and that we should pay to bring more young minds to criticize, argue, imagine and invent new stuff and ideas, just the way they do, reason why it brings so much animosity as no society like to be destabilized. And the same debate will occur over and over again, as generation clashes occur.

      Just sayin’, why don’t we think forward for a time instead of losing all that energy.

    • Ephraim 17:26 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @Alex Actually, I have a completely new idea on how this should be done and simply increasing tuition isn’t it. But it’s not like I have a phone call from Marois asking for my opinion. In fact, I would reform CEGEP as well. And the Voc. Ed system as well. But it’s not really up to me.

      I also don’t think that a degree is worth what it used to be worth and that’s caused by the students themselves, choosing the easiest classes, rating the profs, plagiarizing, etc.

    • qatzelok 17:41 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @ Ephraim: “So your solution is to be stagnant?”

      While bodies of water are usually in motion, water itself hasn’t changed in trillions of eons. If it did, it might disappear.

      Likewise, while each life on the planet is in motion, the chemical composition of the atmosphere and many other things must be allowed to exist in its own delicate balance, or else… there will be no more scientists or philosophers. This is why material progress is dead. It died of environmental destruction. If material progress continues its trajectory, there will be no one around to enjoy it at some point. Accelerating it is like accelerating decay.

      There are still believers in material progress out there, and this is because of both commercial propaganda and a lack of general and thorough education. We all need a broad general education, and whoring education infrastructure out as a way to make money (as if it were a lemonade stand) is undignified and fatally unwise.

    • Bill Binns 18:30 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @Qatzelok – “water itself hasn’t changed in trillions of eons”

      Not to be picky but the Universe is only about 28 eons old.

    • Ephraim 20:21 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      @Qatzelok – That computer you are using is just irony.

    • Kate 20:26 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      See, this is why I keep @qatzelok around. I think he makes a good point here. “Progress” is objectively meaningless – it’s a word used to mean very different things by people of different political stripes. Sometimes one person’s “progress” is entirely counter to someone else’s digging in their heels and sticking to their principles. Q.E.D.

    • mdblog 05:32 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      I agree with quatelok. conservatism is one of, if not the best parts of Canadian society and culture. Something to be proud of.

    • Kevin 08:13 on 2013/02/28 Permalink

      Anyone who thinks entropy is considered a scientific idea of progress is either delusional or lying through his teeth.

      The scientific method is about learning through observation and experimentation. It’s about building on knowledge of others. It’s about expanding our understanding of the universe.

  • Kate 07:45 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Robert Marcil was defending many phone chats with construction bosses Tuesday at the CEIC. Marcil also went on a nice vacation in Italy paid for by Joe Borsellino. But he claimed he wasn’t aware of any collusion or corruption.

  • Kate 07:36 on 2013/02/27 Permalink | Reply  

    A popular movement is agitating for the extension of the blue line to Anjou.

    • Ant6n 12:50 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      I wonder how strong community support would be if the line was offered sooner as a quick and dirty cut and cover job, like they used to build it in the 60ies. The 600m from the tunnel end to Pie-IX would be a bit of a mess (taking out quite a few buildings), but from there it’s ‘smooth sailing’ along parking lots and single level commercial buildings.

      If the city/province is smart, they could buy up all the low value parking/single level commercial spaces, build the metro under it, then sell the land for high-value transit oriented development.

    • Ant6n 13:06 on 2013/02/27 Permalink

      …Although the loading gauge of the Montreal Metro is so small that one only needs one TBM (tunnel boring machine), so that may be cheaper than even very shallow cut and cover.

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