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  • Kate 21:30 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    An environmental group wants people moving house to recycle. In general I agree, but remembering my last move, while I recycled a lot of stuff and didn’t leave a huge pile anywhere, there was an irreducible amount of crapola that simply had to go away. Moving is so stressful that there comes a moment when you abandon your principles, tell them to shut the truck doors and go.

    • ant6n 21:33 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      Shut the truck up!

    • Viviane 21:51 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      People usually know they’re going to move several months in advance. The “irreducible amount of crapola” can be disposed of gradually.

    • Kate 22:45 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      Yes. Into the garbage.

    • Daisy 11:36 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Before I last moved for a few months I made weekly trips to the thrift store to donate my unwanted but still usable stuff. I phoned charities until I found one that would pick up my fridge and stove. And I put out my unwanted furniture on the one day a month when the borough does pickup of large items, even though it meant I had to sleep on an air mattress for over a week.

    • Bill Binns 14:01 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      People who never move must eventually be crushed under a growing pile of crapola. Four or five times in my life I have reduced all my worldly possessions down to what will fit in a single automobile. Although this can be painful process while you’re doing it, I have always found it to be very liberating in the end.

      When I moved across town last year I had a bunch of stuff to donate and could not find anyone who was willing to show up and take it away. The new house had a brand new, never slept on queen size mattress and box spring and I couldn’t find anyone to come get that either. Luckily, the friendly drug dealers next door saw me putting it out on the curb and dragged into their lair.

    • Chris 15:03 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      There’s always https://www.freecycle.org

    • Kate 16:18 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Chris, freecycle is a nice idea, but many people flake when they promise to come buy something from you, and they flake even worse when it’s free. I put a few things on freecycle for my last move and wasted time waiting around for people to show up who never did.

      If something’s still useful but not saleable I’d rather put it on the sidewalk and forget about it.

      I feel I’ve put myself in the way of criticism here. I last moved in 2005. I didn’t own a lot of stuff then and I don’t now. There wasn’t much that I abandoned – either I boxed it and brought it with me, or I put it in the proper garbage.

      My only point, and I’ll stick to it, is that when you’re moving there’s always a last-minute crunch – plan as you like, you’re living in the space and certain things don’t occur to you till you have to actually go. And there’s going to be some stuff you don’t want, can’t sell but isn’t actually trash, which people tend to leave behind either in the flat or on the street.

  • Kate 17:56 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC interviews Dr. Roopnarine Singh, now 80, who ran the Canada Day parade for years when federalist stock was very low in these parts.

    I figured by now Singh would’ve received an Order of Canada at least, but he hasn’t, as far as Google is aware.

  • Kate 12:59 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    The location of Hochelaga – the original one visited by Jacques Cartier in 1535 – continues to bedevil certain archaeologists. Some are now trying to find its traces in Outremont’s parks. Later report from Global explains it’s a cooperative venture between McGill and UdeM investigators.

  • Kate 12:50 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    Given it’s Moving Day inevitably we see pieces on both sides of the tenant divide: a video on the persistence of unsanitary apartments in town; landlords militate for security deposits, which are illegal here.

    An IRIS study finds that rent increases have been far outstripping general inflation which means, although they don’t lay it out in the article, they’ve been rising much faster than incomes as well.

    • jeather 17:40 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I think property tax increases also outstrip inflation, and you’re pretty much allowed to pass those on 100% to tenants.

    • Bert 16:13 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Do tenants still get a credit against income-tax paid / included in rent? I remember getting a tax slip from my landlord way back when.

    • rue david 20:13 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Just to remind everyone: especially in Quebec, aggregate rents can’t increase when the supply outstrips the demand. Neighborhood-specific increases are happening because there’s not enough supply to house all the people who want to live there, whether that’s high rolling types or the would be plateau dwellers who are gentrifying more northern hoods because they’re priced off the plateau.

      More than Coderre’s iffy IQ, absurd personal appearance, petulance, utterly suburban orientation, and/or bizarre fixations (uniforms, baseball, revenge, etc)… more than these … remember that he sees large jumps in home values as good, and not data illustrating poor policy making.

  • Kate 11:58 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    The mayor and members of the Greek community inaugurated a statue this week in Park Ex as a memorial to Greek immigrants to the area.

    • rue david 13:28 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I have nothing against the Greeks per se, but I wish Montreal had better Greek restaurants, and I think the community should really do some serious introspection about whether it’s fair that they hold hack from the rest of us all their great culinary traditions.

    • Bill Binns 14:53 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I have been disappointed by every single Greek restaurant I have ever eaten at in Montreal. Most recently, Milos which I had read rave reviews about. It cost more than an evening at PDC and I left hungry.

      Could be me though. I grew up thinking I loved Greek food because I loved the Greek food I grew up with in Massachusetts. A bucket of lemon soup driven in from the Greek neighborhood on the other side of town was a traditional treatment for a bad cold in my family. Maybe the Montreal stuff is actually the authentic version though.

    • Kevin 15:07 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I have enjoyed Citron et Olive lately. Although the waitresses could learn more English or French

    • Kate 15:32 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      It’s odd to link the two, but the post further down about Kent Nagano and the MSO repeating popular pieces while ignoring a more daring repertoire has echoes here. People here got used to a certain narrow range of Greek food and have stuck to it. I like a good chicken pita with tzatziki myself. The Prince Arthur restos, although now mocked, stayed afloat for years on serving big plates of rice, potatoes and salad varied with a short list of brochettes and starters.

      And don’t forget, many Greek cooks here began by dishing up pizza and other Italian food because it was in demand. Plus, some would say, you just don’t have the fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood to work with here.

      Most people will stick to what they like because they can’t easily afford to burn money on going to experimental performances or ordering adventurous food and walking away from it if they don’t like it. I don’t know how you remedy that.

    • Patrick 16:02 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I haven’t been there recently, but I have had some excellent fish dinners at Lezvos on Decarie, plus the only calamari I have really liked.

    • Ian 17:15 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      If you like Greek seafood, Faros on Fairmount west of Parc is a hidden gem.

    • ant6n 18:12 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      I don’t think the problem is that the restaurants aren’t adventurous enough. It’s that they are not good – at making e standard Greek food.

    • ste.ph 18:34 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      All my favorite diners are run by Greeks. Greeks run the best La Belle Province restaurants across the province.

    • CE 22:57 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      Tripolis at St-Roch and Bloomfield make excellent Greek food and are open late (until 3 am I think). You can tell it’s good because lots of taxi drivers eat there. Much better than nearby Marven’s which I’ve heard has just been going through the motions for decades now. For cheap Gyros, Elatos on Jarry at de l’Epée is excellent and very cheap.

      You’re also overlooking all the very good Greek bakeries in Mile End and Parc Ex.

    • dwgs 08:13 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Here you go Bill Binns, although we don’t usually use a whole chicken when we make it, http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-lemon-chicken-soup-kotosoupa-avgolemono/
      Philinos on Parc is decent, although I haven’t been in a while. I’ll second the vote for Elatos as the best casual joint and now I have to go try Tripoli.
      (Sorry if this posts twice, it got hung up the first time)

    • Kate 10:52 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      CE, Marven’s still does terrific fried calamari. It’s so good I never order anything else there, so I can’t report. You are entirely right about the bakeries, and about Elatos.

      The only time I stopped to eat at Tripolis it was on a whim, I was alone and the place was packed with family groups – it may have been some special day, I don’t recall – and it wasn’t the best experience for a solo diner. Must give it another try sometime.

    • dhomas 15:03 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      I used to love Tripolis, though it’s been some years since I’ve been. The main reason my friends and I would go is because it stays open until 4 or 5 AM on Fridays and Saturdays (technically, on Saturday and Sunday morning), so we could go after a night out. It was good food when our other options were generally McD’s. It was really quite good, though everything tastes better after a night of drinking.

    • rue david 20:14 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      It’s true that Elatos is pretty good.

    • CE 11:21 on 2017/07/03 Permalink

      Kate, the calamari at Marvin’s is definitely good. I’m not saying the place is bad but I’ve heard it was much much better in the past.

  • Kate 11:52 on 2017/07/01 Permalink | Reply  

    The Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC) intends to disrupt Canada Day ceremonies although they may find the rain has done this for them.

    Update: Rain has cancelled the planned military parade.

    I’d say the negative content about Canada’s 150th is outstripping the positive in my various feeds and sources by about 80/20.

    • Tim S. 14:34 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      One of the things that brings it down for me is how partisan the whole thing is. Kid’s CBC (my main form of mass media these days) has been talking it up a bit, and it drives me nuts how it’s always presented – to the kids – as ‘the lucky contest winner gets to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!!!!Yay!!!!’. I’d be Ok if the kids got to meet ‘the Prime Minister’ but I’m fed up of the blurring between the office and the person.

      I’m not saying another politician would do it differently, but I’d complain then too.

    • Kate 16:18 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      But Trudeau is personally popular beyond the fact of the office. Few kids would’ve been particularly excited to meet Mulroney, Chrétien or Harper, but Trudeau has that vibe.

    • ant6n 19:29 on 2017/07/02 Permalink

      Which is bad – he’s using his Justin Bieber style fame to push through bad policy.

    • Kate 09:19 on 2017/07/04 Permalink

      ant6n, Trudeau would have to be a saint not to make use of his personal popularity. He’s a politician, not a crusader.

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