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  • Kate 12:03 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    A brand new span will be added beside the Mercier Bridge.

    Update: A little more detail from QMI.

    • ant6n 12:46 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      What does the bridge connect to? Who travels across it?
      Can’t we at least try to increase transit capacity instead of road capacity?

    • Bill Binns 15:14 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I don’t know where it goes either. 15 years in Montreal and I’m sure I have never driven over it once. I’m not even sure how to get to it. The answer of why we are getting a surprise bridge is probably in the political leanings of the users of the bridge.

    • Phil C. 15:23 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      Where are all these new cars going to be dumped when they reach the Montreal side? The 20? LOL I think the 60s nostalgia is getting out of hand. It’s 2017, can we not build more highway please?

    • Blork 15:43 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      According to the article, the new span is essentially a replacement of the current south-bound span. IOW, they will likely decommission the current south-bound span after the new one opens. (The old south-bound span is the part of the Mercier that’s in the worst condition.)

    • ste.ph 16:00 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I’m surprised they haven’t continued with the trend from the building of the 30 where they avoided Kahnawake land.

    • Phil C. 16:29 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      @Blork I was under the impression that the third span would be added. The statement about improving the efficiency of traffic kind of mislead me! Thx for clarifying

    • Faiz Imam 16:48 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      This is the type of project I can get behind. Like the Champlain bridge, it involves replacing capacity, not adding to it.

      I’m actually surprised. It’s a new 2 lane span replacing the old 2 lane span. It would be so easy to win political points by making a bigger bridge.

      Of course, As Phil noted it’s not actually better to do that because the roads on either side are the same, but we’ve seen such nonsense before.

      The surrounding bike infrastructure was added in the last renovation. It got some criticism because the bikepath basically ends in thin air at the water. It got some flak as a “bikepath to nowhere” a couple years back. It’s great the new span will complete it.

      “GASP” according to plan!

      No word on cost or timeline though. Also no word on if this will be another PPP.

    • ant6n 17:59 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      “This is the type of project I can get behind. ”
      Kind of a meaningless statement from somebody who apparently “gets behind” every project.

    • brett 20:15 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      If the multiuse path on the new span links up with the bike path on the northern side of the Seaway, this would make for a great biking loop. One could start on Nun’s Island, travel west along the bike path on the North Shore of the St Lawrence River, cross over the river on the new Mercier bridge, travel east along the seaway, and hop back over to Montreal on the Ice breaker bridge.

    • Faiz Imam 20:44 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I am against ALL highway expansion projects, for the record. and any road expansions and road work that is designed to solely improve the experience for the few thousand drivers an hour(at best) a road can serve.

      I am also against mixed traffic Trams, which gets brought up now and again as a better way to spend our transit money.

      But at this critical juncture in our urban development, i’m definitely in favour of imperfect large scale transit projects over more years of paralysis. Particularly at this time when critical land use and zoning choices that will shape the sustainability of the city are being made.

      Our municipal leader need the political capital to be able to say “NO” to new greenfield developments. They don’t have it right now, and I think the “R-word” could give them some in the years ahead, if it’s leveraged correctly.

    • ant6n 22:11 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      There are no serious proposals for mixed traffic trams.

  • Kate 10:21 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Vice has a sour piece but full of home truths about the emptiness of celebrations for the city’s 375th and the likelihood Denis Coderre seized on the date as a springboard for his reelection.

    • Michael Black 14:44 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      Again, it’s Canada’s 150th, but some likely don’t want to acknowledge that, so it morph’s into Montreal’s birthday, and federal money for the 150th can be used.

      Fifty years ago, nobody talked about Montreal’s 325th. Expo 67 was seen as a “birthday party” for Canada. Back then it was hard to separate the two.

      Somehow in 1992, Montreal’s 350th was celebrated, yes a logical anniversary, but maybe also ‘manufactured”. 25 years later, the two line up, so one can have a big celebration, and federal money, without having to mention Canada’s 150th.

      It makes a lot of sense because otherwise it would be low key here. It seems a better explanation than some conspiracy, which include whoever decided 1992 should be a big year.

      Sometimes pickle is just a pickle.


    • Bill Binns 15:19 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      It’s obscene to spend this much money on a party few people care about when we are in debt as far as we are. It’s like a welfare family flying to Hawaii to celebrate a teenagers birthday.

      I wonder what the people who are waiting for 12 hours to see a doctor in the Emergency Room think of the fancy lights on the bridge or the granite stumps on the mountain.

    • DeWolf 23:14 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      Are people waiting 12 hours in the emergency room? Really? Last time I was with somebody who had a non-urgent condition at the Royal Vic’s ER (yes, it was several years ago), we had to wait three hours. I can’t imagine it has gotten that much worse. Franchement.

    • John B 23:53 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      We had my daughter in at the Childrens a week ago, I think it was 10 hours door-to-door. My son was in with pneumonia in March, it was at least 6 hours, probably closer to 8, door-to-door. For anything that doesn’t involve dying in the next few minutes, but is serious enough that you can’t wait for a walk-in appointment tomorrow, it’s probably a 4-6 hour minimum at the Childrens.

    • Ephraim 06:01 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      You wait in emergency if it isn’t an emergency…. the last time I went I was in the waiting room a total of 3 minutes to see the triage nurse… and from there right on to a gurney and a doctor. I think the time before that was 10 minutes, as soon as they took my temperature they realized I was about to go into shock. If you are waiting more than 3 hours…. you should have gone to see a GP first.

    • Ian 08:18 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      Exactly – that’s the whole point of triage, and it’s actually proof that our emergency services system works, not the opposite. If your emergency is “somebody needs to see me today” as opposed to “somebody needs to take care of me right now” expect to wait until all the “right now” emergencies are taken care of and hope no new ones come in.

    • Mathieu 14:18 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      Well, the system doesn’t work when the only option if you break your leg past noon is to go to the hospital and wait 16 hours. Sure, you’re not as urgent as the other one in respiratory distress, but waiting 16 hours for a broken arm, a possible miscarriage you need to get checked or your baby’s flu isn’t reasonable either.

    • John B 14:23 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      “If you are waiting more than 3 hours…. you should have gone to see a GP first.” Nice for those with a GP. For those without, we need to wait until the evening then call to make an appointment at the sans rendez-vous the next day, where we will wait 3 hours despite having an “appointment.” Unless my timing is very fortunate, and I fall sick right before the sans rendez-vous telephone line opens for the day, the ER is the only place to see a doctor with less than 24 hours notice.

      On the non-complaining end, an ER visit that’s 8-12 hours long is still faster than going to a walk-in clinic, then doing whatever follow-up diagnostic tests, (chest x-ray, in the pneumonia example), somewhere else, then heading back to the walk-in, or waiting for a phone call, or whatever.

      The problem isn’t specifically the ER, the problem is the lack of a place to seek treatment that’s not an emergency, but has to be checked within 24 hours, especially if there’s the likelihood of follow-up testing. Some places have “Urgent Care” centres, which are toned-down ERs, and that might work, but so would increasing short notice access to walk-in clinics or family doctors, or increasing the capacity for non-emergent cases at the ER.

      As Mathieu points out, there are classes of injury/sickness that don’t involve dying quickly, but also must be treated at the ER. Broken bones are a prime example. I have yet to see a doctor’s office with an X-ray and casting equipment.

    • Ephraim 20:35 on 2017/05/02 Permalink

      @JohnB – I no longer have a GP…. I had to deregister from mine because he didn’t act on a report. And even if you do, you usually can’t get into your GP at the last minute.

      I usually go to the Sans Rendez-Vous. A number of them have number systems now so you pay a few bucks to get a text message as your appointment gets close for the same day. You don’t have to pay, if you want to go in, but you do if you preregister. And there are at least one service that will look around and tell you which Sans Rendez-Vous still has space available for the same day.

  • Kate 09:58 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    People get involved in cleaning up their neighbourhoods in the grande corvée after winter. Official site.

  • Kate 09:56 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    This item doesn’t go into all the legal ins and outs, but we gather that 500 acres of land was appropriated from Kahnawake for Autoroute 30 and not used, and now the reserve would like it back, but four South Shore municipalities don’t want them to have it. The sting is in the coda: “Of the 40,000 acres ceded to the Mohawks in the 18th century, only 13,000 remain. Most is now occupied by suburbs, farms, highways and industrial lots.”

    • Michael Black 14:47 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      And this directly relates to the ongoing issue of people marrying out and expected to move off the territory. If they had more room, they wouldn’t have to be picky.


  • Kate 09:30 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Part of the popular Lachine Canal biking and walking path won’t open till mid-May while CN does some repairs around the Peel basin.

    • brett 20:20 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I was there on Friday and there is absolutely nothing marked in terms of a detour. However for those familiar with the bike path it’s an easy detour along Smith Street to get to Peel Street and continue along the bike path. Further west and much more annoying for me was the fact that there was work replacing pipes on the pedestrian bridge at Beaudoin Street in St Henri, which means crossing the canal has to be done either at Atwater Market or at St Remi street.

    • John B 23:56 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      Smith street – the north side detour – is also paved with tiles, so it’s super-bumpy on a bike. I’m not sure what the option would be on the south side – maybe ride out to Bridge & come up there.

      I got caught by the pedestrian bridge in St-Henri too a while back, it’s really inconvenient.

  • Kate 09:19 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    More Expo 67 items: the American PR guy who made Montreal seem a more wholesome place than the sex and gambling destination it had previously been; the origins of the Katimavik, the inverted-pyramid Canadian pavilion; some man reconstructing some of the pavilions in miniature.

  • Kate 09:01 on 2017/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire piece looks at the 15 bus on Ste-Catherine in 1964, when the street was still two-way and canvas awnings still covered the sidewalk.

    Gilles Proulx considers what he calls the reasonable accommodations crisis of 2006.

    Pointe-à-Callière’s archaeologists think they’ve found the exact location of Ville-Marie’s original fort this time.

    • Jack 11:34 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I know I shouldn’t bother but Gilles Proulx represents a point of view that the most dominant media group in Quebec , Quebecor normalises.” Toute une gauche avide de fonds publics et bien incrustée à l’université — hélas! — exulte de cette déliquescence nationale. Soudainement, on apprend que les Québécois, qui étaient si affreuse­ment racistes contre les pôôôvres Anglais qui les dominaient, seraient désormais méchants envers les immigrants. Oui, c’est du délire.”

    • Alex L 19:49 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      The location of the fort Ville-Marie is known and has been made public since at least 2006. With the discoveries made in 2015, its size and layout can now be estimated (in itself, this is still a big thing).

  • Kate 23:21 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The AMT inspected its trains for bedbugs after plausible examples were found on a train on the St-Jérôme line. Both TVA links have video. CTV’s version calls it a bedbug false alarm and says they proved to be weevils.

  • Kate 18:31 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Merchants on Laurier West are facing at least one summer blighted by road construction – work meant to continue till fall 2018.

  • Kate 18:27 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking her mother Friday night in Rivière-des-Prairies.

  • Kate 11:38 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The nice weather, the greening of plants and trees, even a few flowers here and there – and a rash of eight firebombings over five days, counting business and car firebombings together.

  • Kate 11:37 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Here are your notes on this weekend’s traffic blocks.

  • Kate 11:32 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The family of a man shot dead in Côte-des-Neiges in May 2013, apparently by mistake, are awaiting with trepidation the possible release of the three suspects because they’ve been waiting some 56 months for their trial. This is how the shooting was reported at the time, and then a brief item on a court appearance in December 2013.

  • Kate 11:17 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Fentanyl has been killing people in other Canadian cities. Montreal hasn’t had much of a problem with the drug yet, but public health is bracing for its appearance in our streets.

    • Bill Binns 15:10 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      So the “heroine crisis” has become just normal life as heroine has been made quasi-legal here with feds authorizing neighborhood shooting galleries but we are “bracing” for a Fentanyl crisis? Can’t wait to see the plans for the government Fentanyl lounges.

    • dwgs 16:32 on 2017/04/30 Permalink

      I wouldn’t have a problem with a heroine increase at all.

    • Ian 08:19 on 2017/05/01 Permalink

      We can always use another heroine. Heroin on the other hand…

  • Kate 11:10 on 2017/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite protests at long waits here in the first round of their election, French voters are going to have to go through it again because no second polling place will be offered. However, the arrangements at Collège Stanislas will be improved, this item says.

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