Yet more decrepit water mains will be repaired between now and 2018. Expect cones.
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The surroundings of UQÀM are to be spiffed up and more public spaces and greenery added – but not for this year. Video plays.
Various flourishes are planned this summer to attract people back to St-Denis Street with greenery and free urban furniture described as elements of the plan. But “espaces animés” is a phrase that makes me raise a pained anglo eyebrow.
In a few Montreal schools, nine out of ten students are allophones, although this figure is a headline shocker and in most the rate is not nearly that high.
Article doesn’t mention the trend that many francophone families send their kids to well subsidized private schools, taking their kids out of the pool of people who’d be assuring the francization of those immigrant kids by osmosis.
The PLQ has chosen a candidate for the Gouin byelection who’s younger than Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and, going one better, black. The PQ has declined to run anyone in the riding, which people are almost taking as a given, although I’m not sure whether the implication is that the PQ is condescending to Québec solidaire, or to GND himself, or still trying to blandish QS or GND into assimilating into their nationalistic fabulousness.
There’s still no date for the byelection.
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There is no realistic way to keep the old Champlain bridge even in minimal service. La Presse’s Bruno Bisson gets the whys and wherefores out of chief engineer François Demers.
Ominous news for local media in Quebec: Transcontinental is putting its Quebec newspapers up for sale. This means 93 community papers/websites, including Metro, are looking for a buyer.
As a blogger I’ve found Metro’s website surprisingly useful, grouping as it does not only the free transit paper – which has had some excellent writers over the years – but also many of Montreal’s local borough and neighbourhood papers, under the “Local” tab, which occasionally turn up an interesting story overlooked by the bigger media.
I hope this doesn’t turn into local news carnage, but it’s a risk.
Prince Arthur is to experiment with the city’s big idea of putting all the resto terrasses in the middle, a notion the article says was roundly rejected on Place Jacques-Cartier. But what the restaurateurs want is more parking, although I know the urban geography around there quite well and it’s not obvious where any extra parking could go.
The layout of Place J-C is different, of course, but I’m not sure why somebody thinks Prince Arthur will be more attractive to passersby when they’re constrained to walk inside narrower spaces between the central terrasse and the restaurant doors, into and out of which waiters will be rushing with food and dishes (if the plan succeeds).
A large part of the pleasure of pedestrian streets is that the walker can live large, take the middle of the street and enlarge their own walking style. Having to scrunch in between a wall and a terrasse isn’t going to appeal.
A man died overnight in Montreal North after a police chase when
his own vehiclethe vehicle in which he had been a passenger ran over him. It’s being investigated by the BEI and this report will be a doozy. TVA’s account has raw video and a map.