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  • Kate 14:22 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The city ombudsman says most cases submitted to her office are cleared up. Johanne Savard had a record year last year.

  • Kate 10:01 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Lesley Chesterman summarizes the city’s five best ice creams, for those who indulge.

    • Bill Binns 11:18 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Gasp! No Bilboquet on a list of Montreal’s best ice cream?

      I have been sort of burned out by a multi year indulgence in ultra premium ice cream. I have rebooted and have been enjoying good old vanilla soft serve in a cone. I like that place on St Cat near St Laurent with the walk up counter. It’s one of the few places I remember going to in the 80’s during my excursions to Montreal that is still around.

      There is a tiny place named L’Armoire à glaces across the street from the Lozeau camera store up on St Hubert that has amazing sorbet. Better than Bilboquet even.

    • Kate 12:00 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      These things are a matter of taste. I don’t know anything about Nuvo magazine, either, so that content could be subtly promoted (although I don’t mean to imply Lesley Chesterman personally would be likely to do that).

    • Ian 20:58 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Bilboquet is a pretty huge oversight, to be fair, but maybe because its flagship store is in Outremont Chesterman doesn’t think it counts as Montreal proper.

    • carswell 09:15 on 2017/06/14 Permalink

      Am not surprised by Bilboquet’s exclusion. Though I still drop by for an occasional treat (e.g. fresh strawberry sundae), it wouldn’t be on my short list.

      At the start, Bilboquet’s quality was decent but outstanding only in a faute de mieux kind of way. In the years since, Le Bilboquet has gone big time, which, to my taste buds, has brought a decrease in quality (attributable to additives to improve the shelf life and texture of grocery store half litres?). Meanwhile, new quality-obsessed artisanal ice cream makers have upped the game in terms of raw materials and innovative flavours.

      Bilboquet’s only true innovation — the once legendary maple taffy ice cream — seems predictable, even a little boring these days. Bilboquet’s vanilla or chocolate versus, say, Havre aux glaces’s? There is no comparison. And, unless they’ve gotten out of their rut this season, there is nothing at Bilboquet to compare with things like Kem Coba’s salted butter or pandam ice cream, let alone its swirly sour cherry/almond milk soft serve or full-bore durian ice cream (not, as far as I know, available in anything other than half litres, probably because they don’t want to stink up the store).

    • Bill Binns 09:48 on 2017/06/15 Permalink

      Damn carswell, your comment is better written and more informative than the article we are commenting on. I do feel like I have to stand up for Bilboquet’s pear sorbet and their rum raisin and for the sometimes sublime experience of spending an hour or so sitting in front of their Westmount location with my dog in nice weather.

  • Kate 09:58 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse looks at the report from the city’s new auditor-general and finds cost overruns and failed projects galore. Pierre-André Normandin focuses here on a plan to replace traffic lights that has cost twice as much as planned, for half the work. The Gazette zooms in on another tender spot: the city’s bungling of a new radiocommunications system for police and firefighters. The system has never worked properly, is plagued with outages and has cost untold millions above the original price tag. And CBC looks at the report’s section on dubious waste management contracts.

  • Kate 09:51 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    I was asked below about photos of the Horse Palace. Ben Soo has nine photos from 2008.

    • Bill Binns 11:21 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Hmm, looks a bit drafty. Hopefully the new place will be more comfortable for the horses. I hope somebody saves that cool sign with the Shamrock on it.

    • Kate 12:04 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      It was falling down then, and that was almost ten years ago.

  • Kate 09:42 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The case against Jean-Philippe Tremblay, accused of murdering Pina Rizzi in 2009, will soon be in the hands of the jury, but TVA says this was held off over Grand Prix weekend because there weren’t enough hotel rooms for jury members.

  • Kate 01:00 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Three people found dead in a nudist camp: where’s Allô Police when you need it?

    • Viviane 10:58 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Note that although it’s named “club naturiste”, it’s actually a swingers club for adults only, where social nudity is the norm.

    • Kate 11:18 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Allô allô!

    • Bill Binns 11:25 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Somebody pointed and giggled at the wrong guy.

    • Viviane 12:27 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Love triangle stories regularly make the news. I guess the fact that it happened in a nudist swingers club makes it sound more perverse than it actually is.

    • Viviane 12:28 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Sorry, I meant perverted.

    • Kate 12:57 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Incidentally, you can read all of Allô Police in the microfilm room in the Grande bibliothèque.

    • CE 14:43 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Are they still printing it? There was a very classic dep next door to my apartment when I lived in Villeray that had 4 or 5 different variations of Allô Police for sale. I never bought them but always enjoyed perusing while waiting to pay.

    • Kate 00:55 on 2017/06/14 Permalink

      Nope. Allô Police ceased publication in 2003. I remember a similar paper called Photo Police used to be sold alongside it – I think it was a competitor. The GB has some Photo Police archives too.

      My memory tells me that other papers produced in that format and sold in dépanneurs tended to be more about Quebec stars and their love lives than about crime.

  • Kate 00:25 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    A very busy plan for the west end of the Old Port has been unveiled to include new uses for Silo No. 5, rows of tall condo buildings, parks and shopping. The TVA link plays video.

    • ant6n 09:11 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Sterile towers in the park, unaware of the historical buildings surrounding them, not really integrating with them and instead over-towering them. This city of design needs better urban design.

    • Frederic Cardin 16:47 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      ant6n : relax, the towers we see are not the actual ones that will be built (if they are ever). These are just generic drawings to give an idea of the volumes that could be occupied. We are far from having definitive design yet.

      Besides, what is this “overtowering” argument? The Silo is already overtowering everything else over there! Other towers would accompany it probably well. The most important thing is making sure they will benefit from great architectural designs.

    • ant6n 17:12 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      I didn’t complain about the architectural design, I complained about the urban design. Skyscrapers in the park is an urbanism issue, relating to the shapes and placement of buildings, not an architectural one.

      Re over-towering — yes the silo is giant, difficult to use it create a neighborhood. But it also has a reason to be this tall, and it’s the main focal point in the area. That hotel tower is much taller yet, making everything wise not better, and disrespecting the heritage of the site.

    • Douglas 18:25 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      I don’t mind urbanizing that entire area and making it more inviting for people in the area. Its an industrial wasteland right now.

    • Bill Binns 18:36 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      Sigh, Silo #5. This town is doing what it always does with heritage properties it doesn’t know what to do with. Waiting for it to fall down on it’s own so the decision will be made automatically. Unfortunately, this particular building will probably take a thousand years to fall down on it’s own. Until then, it’s a crazy yellow tooth in Montreal’s smile.

      Some enterprising developer should offer to build condos on that spot and promise to tack the crusty silo #5 facade onto them. Maybe the plan could turn out to be “not feasible” halfway through construction. At this point, I could get behind almost any use for the heap as long as it actually materialized.

    • Martin 18:38 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      I agree with Frederic and Douglas: bringing residents in condo towers is exactly what’s needed west of the Silo, which is indeed a depressing wasteland right now. Fear of height in this city needs to stop. Good architecture and good urbanism is not incompatible with towers.

    • ant6n 19:59 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      No, what people should start realizing is that density and towers are not connected (especially if the towers are hotel towers).

      Building lower allows placing buildings closer to together and allows creating actual urbanzed areas that will have plenty of density. And by “building lower” in this context I mean lower than the grain elevator, which is already ridiculously out of scale with the area.

      Those skyscrapers in the park — they will be urban renewal waste lands. Come on guys, this is urbanism 101.

    • Fab Pine 21:39 on 2017/06/13 Permalink

      I find a lot of Montrealers are overly-impressed with tall towers. We, of all people, should know that lowrise mid-density has created our best neighborhoods. And it always will. Skyscrapers primarily create a huge pile of money for a handful of people, but rarely do they create pleasant or functional urban places.

      No one in Paris hangs out at La Defense. You just work there and then go home (quickly).

  • Kate 00:21 on 2017/06/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The Leonard Cohen mural meant to loom over downtown has been unveiled.

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