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  • Kate 15:52 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Two small planes have collided above Promenades St-Bruno, leaving one dead and three injured. TVA has video and control tower audio and video from above: one plane landed on the mall roof, the other in the parking lot.

  • Kate 13:45 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Twenty women have been named Bâtisseuses de la Cité, some living, a few long gone. Official page. More women were named this year than in all the previous years.

  • Kate 13:36 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The contentious project on de l’Église in Verdun will go to a local referendum as the register got enough signatures, even though it was open on the day of the snowstorm.

    The Link has an article which, while a little naive about the forces of gentrification in the opening, explains about Bill 122 and the attempt to remove the option for local referendums.

    • rue david 14:17 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      i’m ultra pro-development but this project is one i’m really not hot on. ideally, they’d just do the buildings fronting l’église and build them taller. and if anything in that neighborhood could go, it’s this: https://goo.gl/maps/7VWQYpeVNQT2

    • Kate 14:19 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      rue david, I did not know that thing existed. But don’t the Wellington Street merchants want it there?

    • Blork 14:57 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      That parking thing is a phenomenon. By every measure it’s a horrible monster, but there’s a weird part of me that likes it for it’s sheer in-your-face audacity. When you walk past it you feel like you’ve been transported to another planet, and the walk never seems to end.

      I’m sure the Wellie merchants do like it; there’s something to be said for concentrating your vehicle parking in one spot, from both the merchants’ POV and even the residents’ POV.

    • rue david 15:41 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      yeah, practically i imagine it’d be impossible to ever remove that thing, given the merchants’ passion for parking.

    • Blork 15:43 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      Well, you can’t blame merchants for wanting customers.

    • ste.ph 17:00 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      I’m completely against bill 122, but I don’t understand why there’s a backlash for this project. Verdun could really use a better grocery store. This project will also increase housing density. Mr.Bellemare has owned and maintained all the properties he wants to demolish and revitalize.

      I can understand the evicted tenant’s perspective, but a low-rent apartment within 500m of the metro, adjacent to a grocery store isn’t going to last forever. Tenants in Quebec have some of the best renting laws/conditions in all of North America – lets not get greedy.

      Back to the subject of this referendum: will renters be allowed to vote? I know that only the people who own property in the close vicinity to the project were allowed to sign the petition requesting the referendum. This building will affect their property values (and taxes) – I imagine they would want their property value to go up.

    • denpanosekai 19:33 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      Regarding the parking lot, it’s quite useful when I need to take my daughter to the CLSC. It’s also dirt cheap.

    • mare 21:58 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      Parking structures like that probably shouldn’t be in Verdun, but it would be nice next to malls, railway stations and even some metro stations. Much better than those football field sized parking lots that take up so much space, and that space can instead be used for housing, or smaller footprint malls. Speaking of malls, what happened with the project next to TMR? [hopeful] Is it shelved?

  • Kate 13:14 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman was killed Friday morning in St-Michel after a snowplow hit her in the Super C parking lot at Jarry and Pie-IX.

  • Kate 10:31 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Christian Yaccarini of Société de développement Angus (SDA) says the preserved façades of the lower Main are in too crappy shape to be tacked onto his new building. Big surprise there.

    • dhomas 13:28 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      How did they not realize this as they were taking them down in 2012? It seems too convenient that 5 years later, after everyone has had time to forget about it, they just figured out that they can’t make it work.

    • Ephraim 15:55 on 2017/03/17 Permalink

      I guess that the answer is… sorry, you can’t build without the facades, so you better fix them or your permit it kaput is what they want to hear…. but it should be.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal traces the debacle on autoroute 13, how slowly decisions were made and how leisurely the response was. It also looks at the issue of the truck drivers who wouldn’t be towed, the men saying there was nothing wrong with their vehicles and blaming the situation on poor snow clearance.

    CBC cites the towing company as saying it was left alone by the SQ and the MTQ so that it didn’t have any backup in its demand to tow the trucks off the road.

    Unions say one of the problems is the use of private firms to do snow clearing, which Quebec is doing more and more widely.

  • Kate 09:44 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA has notes on weekend road closures.

  • Kate 09:41 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Current tweet from the city says snow removal is at 26% complete. My street looks like a slalom track, only flat. Nobody dared put out their composting bins last night in case the machinery came along, but it didn’t.

    Sud-Ouest borough has been allowed to hire new snow removal services given how badly Pavages d’Amour worked out this season.

  • Kate 09:36 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    I wonder if this is a salvo in a spat between reviewers, or the Gazette trying to make nice: a lavishly admiring review of the controversial new Casino restaurant, not by Lesley Chesterman.

  • Kate 09:25 on 2017/03/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Town and borough mayors are still angry about the new Quebec electoral map and how it slices up established communities.

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