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  • Kate 23:06 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Loose ends from earlier posts and news stories, or, given that this is a long weekend with little news, I thought I’d ask if anyone knows how these stories have progressed:

    Does anyone know what eventually happened about the garden behind Notman House? It was a divisive issue within Projet and there was talk about getting it classed as a heritage site but I don’t know where that went because nothing turns up more recent than 2014.

    Has something been built on Parc Oxygène? I haven’t been by there lately.

    What’s happened to Denis Coderre’s plan to give Guy Laliberté a bunch of public property on St Helen’s Island to turn into some kind of modern graveyard?

    More recently, what happened to all that noise about sanctuary cities? I suspect that was just talk, but it might resurface.

    More to come as I find them.

    • Michael Black 23:35 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Once they tore out the park, building started fairly soon after. So it wasn’t torn down for nothing. The new building looks mind of narrow, but I’m sure inside it’s fine. Since they’d been talking about “condos”, I was surprised that it’s about the height of the other houses long there. So it’s not a monstrosity. Let’s not forget that the park went up to prevent cars using it as a shortcut, and the building does the same thing.


    • Kate 00:02 on 2017/04/16 Permalink

      Thanks Michael. I’ve just looked at it on Streetview. As you say, a very narrow space.

  • Kate 21:07 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Seems everyone doing history is having a look at the Monument National these days, given that the whole block is about to be built up.

    Gilles Proulx gets into a state about how the Québécois have given up on the Catholic church, only incidentally blaming this on Lord Durham.

    • Jack 09:59 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      “Autour de nous des étrangers sont venus, qu’il nous plaît d’appeler des barbares; ils ont pris presque tout le pouvoir; ils ont acquis presque tout l’argent; mais au pays de Québec rien n’a changé. “

    • Kate 11:05 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      Sometimes I kind of wish I had my paws on some of that anglo power and money people like Proulx bang on about.

  • Kate 18:55 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPCA has launched its seasonal plea not to buy bunnies for Easter since it always gets a lot of unwanted rabbits afterwards when people realize they’re actual live animals with needs they didn’t consider. Chicks and ducklings are also not toys for the season – although in some societies all three might be considered worth fattening up to feature eventually at the dinner table.

    • frankie 12:23 on 2017/04/16 Permalink

      We used to get chicks and little rabbits from the Jean Talon market every Easter back in the sixties. They were “pets” for a while and, eventually, dinner. This practice stopped when I became old enough to put two and two together and realized that the chicken in the pot had been clucking around the back yard a day earlier and became hysterical. I still miss Charlotte the red hen.

    • Kate 17:39 on 2017/04/16 Permalink

      That’s sad, frankie.

    • Ian 18:54 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      Yeah, there’s a reason growing up on the farm we weren’t allowed to name any of the animals we were going to eat.

  • Kate 10:42 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    As presaged last month by CBC, Côte-des-Neiges-NDG borough has created a fund for emergency repairs to apartments neglected by landlords. Landlords will then be billed back for the work done, so in theory the fund won’t be depleted over time, although I bet many landlords will fight back.

  • Kate 10:34 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Bixi season is opening Saturday. Official site.

    • Max 16:14 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Oh, glorious day! Yabba. Dabba. Doo.

  • Kate 02:58 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse has a quick summary of the six distinctive features of Montreal architecture.

  • Kate 02:53 on 2017/04/15 Permalink | Reply  

    People did a bird inventory Friday in the bit of wetland remaining not far from the airport, which is under threat from the REM and development generally. TVA link, plays video.

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