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  • Kate 23:18 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    If you haven’t been following the Chamberland commission into police surveillance of journalists, you can catch up by reading this blistering editorial from Brian Myles.

  • Kate 23:12 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is going to open up all its logs of questions, requests and complaints to 311.

    • Chris 10:24 on 2017/06/17 Permalink

      hmmm, I’m generally a fan of open data, but, sometimes one calls 311 to rat on a neighbour, this could have a chilling effect. Are they doing it retroactively or only going forward?

    • Mark 10:47 on 2017/06/17 Permalink

      Kate, it’s already online : http://donnees.ville.montreal.qc.ca/dataset/requete-311

      Chris, according to the website, it goes back to 2014 and it’s says: “Pour respecter la confidentialité des requérants, cette position géographique est ensuite offusquée: les requêtes associées à des adresses ou installations particulières sont relocalisées au milieu du tronçon le plus près ayant une longueur de plus de 45 mètres.”

    • Viviane 11:59 on 2017/06/17 Permalink

      Ugh. The information is obfuscated, not offended (offusquée). The same mistake is repeated later in the text.

  • Kate 15:45 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebec has adopted Bill 122 which, among other things, ends the requirement for municipal referendums.

    • Raymond Lutz 08:56 on 2017/06/18 Permalink

      Trudeau qui abandonne la réforme du mode de scrutin, ce Bill 122, la nomination de Trump malgré son compte moindre de voix, le record historique d’abstention aux législatives en France… “Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise”


  • Kate 11:55 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A construction site decided to block a street Thursday morning, without permission, and caused traffic tie-ups all over lower downtown.

    Weekend traffic notes: ramp closures on the Ville-Marie, and the Journal promises headaches this weekend.

    Global has a piece basically bewailing traffic difficulties downtown.

    • ant6n 13:31 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      The more the a720 reduced to half the lanes, the more I see the opportunity for a high-capacity transit corridor right through downtown.

    • Ephraim 15:44 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      The fines for doing such a blockage are so small that it’s likely cheaper to pay the fine than to run through city hall to get the permit.

      Now, if the police were allowed to call a tow truck and haul the trucks away until they got the permit to continue…. you bet they would get the permits first.

    • Tim S. 16:51 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      So according to the Journal, the total fine is between 1300-2100$. Hopefully someone launches a class-action suit. If everyone caught up in the traffic were to be compensated 50$, it would add up.

    • Chris 10:25 on 2017/06/17 Permalink

      You think dealing with lawyers and courts to win a measly $50 is worthwhile?! haha

    • Uatu 13:55 on 2017/06/17 Permalink

      They really should raise the fine to make it unreasonable as a cost of doing business… The lineups for buses to the shore were ridiculous… All because of these assholes.

  • Kate 11:52 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Jean-Philippe Tremblay has been found guilty of murder in the first degree in the killing of Pina Rizzi in 2009. She was beaten to death in a shed behind an auto repair shop. Throw the book at him.

  • Kate 11:39 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    McGill’s medical school, once one of the most prestigious, was put on probation in 2015. This has now been lifted.

    CBC has added that the accrediting body has criticized the program for not being diverse enough. It’s dangerous waters for a white woman to pronounce on, but I don’t think that’s relevant for something like medicine. You want someone accepted into medical school because they made the cut.

    • jeather 14:47 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      There was some push from above to be less a research-y med school and more a GP-y med school, and this went very poorly for everyone.

    • Kate 14:51 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Ah. That hadn’t filtered through into the news stories. Thanks.

    • jeather 15:32 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Yeah, it was not well known outside the school itself. (It was also a bad idea.)

    • Kevin 16:17 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      If you’re referring to the government push to churn out more GPs by introducing more students straight out of Cegep, well, that had nothing to do with it.

      The school was on probation (which sounds serious: it isn’t) for what I like to call ISO 9000 crap: making sure procedures and protocols were being accurately followed.
      In the past few years McGill has introduced a new curriculum and moved several hospitals. Administrators worried about squeezing two cohorts of students into the same amount of clinical space, not about whether first and second-year students were properly filling out paperwork, or taking mini-courses in the “approved” order instead of doing them at random over four years.

      The school was not great at communicating with students. Students were terrible at reading emails (the under 30 crowd doesn’t use email). McGill was docked points because students couldn’t get wifi passwords at two hospitals.

      It’s crucial to remember that accreditation is dependent on how students answer a survey — not on some third party going around and checking on the school.

    • jeather 16:56 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      No, I am not referring to that, which was a separate issue.

  • Kate 11:34 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro responded to a query concerning what happens to the contents of the brown bin. It’s a somewhat ambiguous answer: first they talk to a Compost Montreal rep, who isn’t involved in the city project, but who mentions the need to educate the public. But then we find out that the compost from city bins remains the property of two private businesses, who then sell it off.

  • Kate 11:28 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Toronto Star talks to a guy who guides them to a couple of posh cafés – but get this: “[…] trendy Plateau Mont-Royal. “This is the neighbourhood in Canada with the highest concentration of artists,” Seivewright says. “It’s also statistically the youngest neighbourhood in the country; the average age here is around 30.”

    Is this even true any more? Artists? Average age 30? Can young artists actually afford the Plateau now, and is the area even trendy any more? Can a place with major streets that have to be artificially revived every few months really be considered fashionable?

    • Blork 12:29 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      People love to quote old news. I still see references to “Utne Reader magazine says the Plateau is the hippest neighbourhood in the world.”

      The truth: 20 years ago (November-December 1997 issue), Utne Reader did a short article (listicle, really) called “The 15 Hippest Places to Live” (in Canada and the US). The Plateau was number 4. Landlords and other plateau boosters have been going to lunch on that ever since.

      And of course the story drifts. I’ve seen it referred to as an article in The Economist, or the New York Times. I’ve seen it written as “US media says the Plateau is the hippest neighbourhood,” etc.

      Here is the Plateau bit from that article, in full (from 20 years ago):

      “Two decades of clamor and uncertainty about Quebec’s status as a Canadian province may be a drag on Montreal’s economy, but not on the vitality of its culture. Local pride has inspired Montrealers to create a trés hip scene here along Boulevard Saint Laurant and Rue Saint-Denis. Conversation buzzes in several tongues throughout outdoor cafes, cellar restaurants, and galleries in brick rowhouses.

      “Soon-to-be-hot: A bit farther north, Little Italy draws a crowd that finds the Plateau a little too rich for its taste. There are classic old-world coffee shops with opera on the juke box, of course, but also a dash of Latin and Caribbean spice with salsa clubs and bodegas.”

    • Ian 13:04 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Most of the working artists I know live in Parc Ex or a bit south in the realtor’s neologism, “Mile Ex”. Little Italy and Villeray have become too expensive unless you moved in 10 years ago.

      Let’s be honest here, the main reason for the concentration of cafés (and second rate sushi shops) is the office crowd, most notably from Ubisoft.

    • Joey 13:25 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Avg age of 30 would follow the pattern of gentrifiers displacing elderly lifelong residents and having multiple small children. Two 35-year-olds who buy the condo of two 70-year-olds and now have a five- and a three-year-old gets you to a mean age that is really not representative of anything…

    • Martin 14:14 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      I couldn’t say if the stats still hold. But I do live in the Laurier Est sector of the Plateau, and it definitively feels very young, with many french immigrants, lots of young families, and very few older people. As for the artist thing, who knows ? People watching on Mont-Royal will also tend to show a striking dominance of under 30’s crowd.

    • Blork 14:50 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      There is a huge wave of French immigrants, most landing on the Plateau and most are around 30 years old (+ or – 5).

    • Ian Rogers 17:39 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Agreed with everyone posting here about the 30ish vibe, other than the Hasidim and a handful of older residents it’s definitely a mostly under-40 crowd on the streets in Mile End, definitely the young urban professional crowd. For a while the cool kids were in the under 30 set but those folks have largely moved further north, Saint Viateur isn’t nearly as trendy any more as Beaubien, for instance. Think about who shops at David’s Tea and Lululemon and eats a lot of sushi for lunch.

  • Kate 11:02 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A new bus, the 711, is going into service this week, partly doubling the 11 across the mountain, but extending to Snowdon and Laurier stations at each end.

    I nicked the map from Andy Riga’s twitter, because even though I looked for news of the route on the STM site, I didn’t see it there.

  • Kate 10:32 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM has to pay nearly $6000 to a woman held illegally for eight hours during an anti-police brutality protest in 2010. That took its time to work through the courts.

    I’m a little puzzled by the mention of bylaw P-6. I had the idea it only dated from 2012, passed in response to the student protests that year, but it’s mentioned here as applying in 2010. I suppose it always was on the books but was put into more general use that year.

    In an unrelated case concerning police behaviour, Jeffrey Pokora has been found not guilty of various charges connected with a 2015 incident in which he followed, in his car, a driver he feared was drunk at the wheel. Not knowing the other driver was a cop, he called 911 to report him, and all hell broke loose. I don’t think it was ever determined whether the other man was intoxicated.

    • ste.ph 11:06 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      The P-6 bylaw existed before 2012. It was the amendments made in 2012 with new clauses (and then renewed in 2013) that sent the protesters into an uproar. The provincial Bill 78, with similar anti-protest clauses, was new in 2012.

    • Kate 11:17 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      That rings a bell. Thanks, ste.ph

  • Kate 00:27 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada looks at a few Montreal spots most favoured by American filmmakers.

    • mare 01:06 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      They’re not the filmmaker’s favourite spots, but the producers’. Quebec provides generous tax benefits and subsidies, so shooting in Montreal as a stand-in of the real Paris, London or Boston is much cheaper. And no jet lagged actors.

    • Bill Binns 10:10 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      I watched “John Wick 2” on the plane yesterday and could swear I saw parts of the Montreal Metro, including that big stained glass wall in Plass Dizarre.

    • Kate 11:05 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      mare, some years ago I worked on a website contract for a government bureau that provides filming locations all over Quebec – scanned a lot of photos, mostly. Like most government-funded stuff it only existed for a year or two before being superseded by something else.

      But yeah, Quebec’s people know very well the advantages you name, and don’t hesitate to promote the cheapness, accessibility and tax breaks.

  • Kate 00:25 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A thing this city needs: a satellite mini-Atwater Market on the same square with Lionel-Groulx metro station. People are constantly crossing that square to make transit connections. It would be great if they could pick up some fresh produce on their way.

    • Frédéric 06:59 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      I always thought a small market would be great right next to St-Laurent station. There are not many options for fresh produce around there, except the two IGAs at Place Dupuis and Complexe Desjardins. I am surprised Rosemont station lost its small market after recent work at that station.

    • Blork 10:21 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      Two problems with a St-Laurent station market. (1) the 55 is jam-packed with people during commuting hours, so if you add bags of produce to the mix it will make the overcrowding worse, plus the vegetables will suffer. (2) Most people waiting for the 55 would probably not risk missing the bus or getting a seat by browsing for vegetables instead of lining up, so such a market would likely not sell much.

      (And yes, I realize that the second item sort of cancels the first.)

    • dominic 10:32 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      I dont know what the rent is like inside the LG metro station, but when I brought a bottle of water to the register at the dep there, and it ringed up at 4 dollars, I assumed rent was pretty high. Not sure how that would translate to a potential market-type store if it was privately run.

      Theres a bit of space on the upper level near the rear of the station, but it gets extremely crowded, especially when people are doing “the LG sprint” from one line to the other.

    • Kate 10:37 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      dominic, I was thinking possibly outdoors, like the one on Côte-des-Neiges near the metro, and the one I miss near Rosemont station. There’s a lot of space on the square around the station, and while a little lawn and greenery is pleasant, there’s room to spare.

    • dominic 10:56 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      @kate : I always thought LG is missing a commercial complex on top of it. With Alexis Nihon just a 5 min walk, and Super C/Atwater Market just a 5 min walk in the other direction, Im not sure the neighbourhood could support it.

      A 10 storey unit on top of LG would be nice too.

    • Kate 11:09 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      dominic, nobody making a bus transfer at LG is going to hike up Atwater hill to Alexis Nihon to get an apple. Nor are they going to schlep down to the market, even though it’s closer. I’m talking about a commuter who’d like to pick up a snack or a bit of veg for their dinner, quickly, within a minute or two, as they move between bus and metro.

      A lot of folks disembark from the 747 there too. They’ve been travelling, they have luggage, they haven’t tasted fresh food in hours or days. They’re not going to go to Super C. But they might well buy something as they pass, and the only option as it stands are the overpriced packaged snacks in the metro deps. Offering some fresh locally grown stuff would be good for producers, it could promote the market and be a healthy option for everybody.

      It’s such a good idea, it’ll never happen!

    • jeather 16:57 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      There are enough small depanneurs in the neighbourhood I think they’d revolt.

    • Kate 18:45 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      jeather, do any of those deps sell fresh fruit or other produce?

    • JaneyB 21:24 on 2017/06/16 Permalink

      I think an outdoor mini-market there would be a great idea. Like by Mont-Royal station. I’m surprised there isn’t one. Wasn’t there a casual ruelle market last year downtown somewhere? They can move that a little south… Or just make it a satellite of Atwater Market.

  • Kate 00:21 on 2017/06/16 Permalink | Reply  

    I heard various excited people Thursday discussing the Canadiens’ new acquisition. Jonathan Drouin is 22 and, best of all, as a home boy he most certainly speaks French. Radio-Canada says this is a coup de maître by Marc Bergevin but hockey writers can have seasonal amnesia too: should Drouin have a rough season, the same writer will be saying in ten months’ time what a poor choice it was.

    But we can hope.

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