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  • Kate 20:22 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    People in ViSaMiPex have been pressing for a long time for a level crossing over the railway behind Parc metro station. I guess it’s a somewhat obscure part of town if you don’t know it, but it’s such an obvious idea to have a second exit from the metro and train station on the east side rather than forcing users to trudge under a long dispiriting underpass – better for transit use generally, better for access to Jarry Park, and all but demanded by the growing popularity of Mile Ex. But the city has left the borough hanging and not yet proceeded with its case against CP to get this done.

    • JoeNotCharles 01:54 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      WTF is ViSaMiPex?

    • Kate 01:58 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      Villeray-Saint-Michel-Park-Extension borough.

  • Kate 17:26 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    CNN has a feature on the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods. It’s not a good sign when the piece starts with a mistake – “founded as a fur trading post in 1605 by Samuel de Champlain” – but aside from a few other slips it’s reasonably well done.

    • DavidH 17:41 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Very strange since part of the article is about the 375th. Do they think metric years calculate differently?

    • DavidH 17:43 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Also, «chic shopping» certainly does not define plaza St-Hubert as a whole!

    • Kate 17:44 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      DavidH, yes, that sounds very much like someone who never actually went for a stroll along the plaza.

    • Ian 07:37 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      The “albino” squirrels in Parc LaFontaine are actually “champagne squirrels”, i.e.; they are not albino but a different genetic anomaly – they have dark eyes like regular squirrels.

      Atwater Market is part of Saint-Henri, not little Burgundy.

      But yeah, pretty good for an out-of-towner.

    • Kate 09:42 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      Are they? I thought I’d invented calling them champagne squirrels, but maybe not.

  • Kate 13:51 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre has announced $46 million for sports facilities, including new refrigerated rinks and upgrades to existing sports fields.

    • dwgs 14:29 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Good, it’s needed.

    • Faiz Imam 17:33 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Yay, no sign of building more baseball diamonds.

      Renovating existing facilities is a good way to go.

  • Kate 11:52 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Jacques Bolduc, facing six charges in shootings last month, has declined a bail hearing and will be in court again next month.

  • Kate 10:40 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The many points of failure that led to the storm night debacle on autoroute 13 are dissected here. Philippe Couillard is putting out a public apology and a promise to launch an external investigation. Denis Coderre has also said he wants to know how this came about.

    An SQ officer has been suspended for messing up on the autoroute problem that night and the SQ has issued a rare apology.

    Snow removal should be happening now. Radio-Canada has a multimedia feature on how we get rid of all that snow.

    Various tallies of storm fatalities have been mentioned. An 89-year-old man was found dead in a snow-covered car in Lasalle Thursday morning, presumably having collapsed after doing snow removal. TVA link plays noisy news bulletin.

    Update: TVA reports on another fatality discovered in a snow-covered car in Rosemont, Thursday afternoon.

    Another update: CBC summarizes the storm by the numbers.

    Yet another update: There’s already noise of a class action suit against the Quebec government and the city of Montreal on behalf of the stranded motorists.

    • Faiz Imam 13:17 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Death toll quebec wide has hit 5 people. Damn that’s severe…

    • Tim S. 16:35 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Two things that are unclear to me from the stories about the 13:

      1) I don’t know how the SQ chain of command works, but I hope the SQ officer blamed is a seniorish officer who was sitting in a control center and not whichever luckless patroller happened to be on the scene

      2) How, exactly, did the two truck drivers refuse to cooperate? I can’t imagine that they insisted on spending the snowstorm sitting in their cabs, blocking the highway.

      Maybe there are reasonable answers, I just hope this isn’t about SQ management being quick to throw people under the bus to escape blame.

    • Kate 20:41 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Good questions, Tim S. I see on the Journal that the SQ person is described as a gestionnaire and also as an officier, so I don’t think a patrol guy was passed the buck. The deputy minister responsible for civil security and emergency coordination also was relieved of these duties, as is explained in the second paragraph here. Impossible to know if these people really were responsible for making bad decisions, or if they’re just on the spot to be made scapegoats of. The Gazette version says “the senior officer in charge of the Highway 13 operation […] was focused on reopening the highway when his priority should have been to evacuate people stuck in their cars, SQ spokesperson Guy Lapointe tells reporters.”

      As for the truck drivers, it sounds from this Radio-Canada report that they were unwilling to let their trucks be towed. The explanation that the drivers would rather sit and wait than lose money by being towed is bizarre, and I don’t reallly understand it. The Gazette version says the drivers “didn’t want to be held responsible for such an operation” and may face charges. I wonder whether drivers face sanctions at work or simply losing their jobs if trucks are damaged while in their care.

  • Kate 01:04 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Curious. All metro lines went down at a minute past midnight: green, yellow, blue and orange, all citing an equipment problem, all predicting a 34-minute delay but back within about five minutes.

    • EmilyG 07:26 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      I admit that I do like it when they say the metros will be back at a specific point in the future, and then service is restored early.

  • Kate 00:42 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette has a peek at the Grand Séminaire, not usually open to the public. With some photos.

    • Raymond Lutz 05:25 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Eh, I spent 5 teenager years in this building and surroundings. I remember assisting at an Easter mass in this chapel, quite impressive. And Jogging around the small Bassin de Versailles replica during sport classes was fun too. Oh and the vielle bibliothèque with incunable books!

    • Bill Binns 11:02 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Wow, that’s going to be a really nice condo development some day.

    • Raymond Lutz 22:23 on 2017/03/16 Permalink

      Some day? Pas de votre vivant, Bill Binns. Le fric achète presque tout, mais ne permet pas de transformer en condo des sites patrimoniaux.


      Quand j’étais étudiant, les Sulpiciens ont vendu le magnifique boisé (avec arbres plus que centenaires) qui était à flanc de montagne, vendu et rasé pour les trois horribles tours à condos “Fort De La Montagne”. Ça avait brassé pas mal de marde, et après (suite à la grogne des maudits écolos et fichus protecteurs de grenouilles et de feuillage) le site des Sulpiciens a été classé patrimonial, en différentes étapes. La dernière étant la protection de la Grande Chapelle. Mais les tours (visibles de Sherbrooke), elles, ont été classées dès 1972.

      Les religieux, avec tout le fric qu’on leur a donné, possèdent des terres et des bâtiments qui devrait être considérés, à tout fin pratique, comme des biens publics, biens dont ils ne peuvent disposer comme ils l’entendent (pour se payer des soins gériatriques quatre étoiles? en autant qu’ils ne meurent pas dans l’indigence…).

  • Kate 00:08 on 2017/03/16 Permalink | Reply  

    stormwatchQuebec ministers Lessard (transport) and Coiteux (public safety) confess they can’t explain the mismanagement that left hundreds of drivers abandoned on autoroute 13 overnight in the storm. Video report with text. Political accusations are flying. Garnotte cartoon.

    Four people were found affected by carbon monoxide poisoning in cars blocked up by snow in unstated locations, but were presumably rescued and resuscitated.

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