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  • Kate 22:15 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    In peak summer, even the media go for reruns: the Fleuve-Montagne thing opened and Projet Montréal (here called “critics”) has been getting in its digs. The city, in the person of Réal Ménard, has had to defend it.

    Project Clemenza, a major police anti-Mafia effort, had the plug pulled Monday as eleven defendants had their charges stayed (CTV says dropped but, as we know, that’s not the same thing). The CTV piece does explain pretty crisply why this decision was made, and it wasn’t the Jordan ruling either.

    As presaged, businesses along Bishop Street are suffering as the three-year project to build a ventilation shaft for Guy metro station lumbers into its ninth month. It’s difficult to imagine how the city could have made a construction project of this nature into more of a burden for the businesses surrounding it.

    The city, in its wisdom, has also decided to make Rose-de-Lima in St-Henri a one-way street, which will make it difficult for drivers to get to Notre-Dame from the autoroute. It’s not exactly clear here why this was considered necessary.

    • PO 01:11 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      I’m a little irked by the reporting on the Rose-de-Lima situation, because none of them are very clear in pointing out that the only strip being converted to a one-way is the block between Norte-Dame and Workman, with the rest staying the same. I’m not necessarily bothered by this, because its a minute detour to go via St-Jacques and Atwater. I just hope signage is adequate such that people take that route as opposed to cutting through Delisle or Workman, which don’t need the thru traffic.

      I’m puzzled by the borrough rep saying it was done to reduce speeding on Notre-Dame… I can’t see how the change will make any difference to that.

      Funny, too, in the Gazette, reading about an angry Sergakis and the rep saying that this plan has been known for now than a year.

    • jeather 08:47 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      Rose de Lima was the only southbound street between Atwater and Place St Henri, and of course it’s no minute detour on Atwater south on weekends when everyone drives up or down Atwater while the Turcot is closed.

      I’m unconvinced this is a great idea, but I suppose we will see when the construction is over. The local facebook group seems to be split.

    • Mathieu 10:55 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      It really isn’t that much of a deal (Rose-de-Lima) unless you’re coming from Ville-Marie and you want to get to Notre-Dame and park on it (hoping you find a spot). For living one corner from Atwater and taking that street often, it isn’t the inferno people are talking about and there are other options like Du Couvent and taking the A15 and Atwater exit if you’re coming form Decarie or the A20. Besides, if you go sit on the sidewalk on Rose-de-Lima, you’ll see that it isn’t heavily used South of St-Jacques at the moment either…

      The main goal was to make it more lively and safe for pedestrian and the main consequence is that it adds 3 minutes to people’s journey from the West Island to their restaurant. This seems well worth it.

    • PO 13:34 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      @Mathieu – Exactly. The vast majority of vehicles that get off at the Atwater exit make the left turn onto St-Jacques already. If someone is making their way east from A20, and intends to find a place to eat/shop on Notre Dame (in St-Henri, west of Atwater) they’ll get there. The few minutes-long detour isn’t going to deter someone who means to get there.

      I’ll say that if anything, it’s good because it will prevent the people coming from the autoroute from using that part of the neighborhood as a by-pass to get to the market or the canal tunnel.

    • steph 14:51 on 2017/07/19 Permalink

      For people going to the market, they’ll just zip down Workman.

      Can the media stop giving Sergakis a podium. Please ignore this man.

  • Kate 20:02 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Skateboarders say they want more skate parks, but isn’t this against the whole spirit of the thing? Aren’t skateboarders meant to make do with what they find in the urban landscape, rather than sit back and have the authorities provide facilities for them?

    • ste.ph 20:23 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Urban skating has its appeal but getting chased by a mall cops doesn’t have to be part of the experience either. It’s grown a lot as a sport over the years and has been fighting for legitimacy for quite a while. Citizens don’t really want ledges about town destroyed with grinding wax anyways. All the skate parks I’ve seen are always nicely populated with people having a good time. The new on in Verdun is really great, kids come from all around town to use it!

    • Faiz Imam 02:00 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      The skate park not far from me in Brossard has been very popular since it was installed maybe 5 years back.

      While some skateboarders are part of counter culture, a lot more just like having fun doing tricks, and simply want a good place to do it safely and without hassle. More skateparks are a good idea, they get a lot of use from a surprisingly wide range of ages.

    • Blork 11:04 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      Things that start off as rebellious pretty much always go mainstream. The current generation of young people are very unrebellious in my experience, so no. Most kids would have no idea what you’re talking about regarding “the spirit of the thing.”

      Farther afield, the Venice skate park (California, not the other one) is spectacular, and is basically ground-zero for the origins of urban skateboarding. There’s a whole community of skaters based there, and the emphasis is on developing skills instead of being rebellious or whatever.

    • Bill Binns 23:46 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      Skate parks are cool. I wish they had been around when I was a kid. I’m all for building some but really hope it doesn’t have to replace grass and trees in any of our existing parks.

      I have a friend who makes a nice living designing and selling all manner of anti-skateboarding devices for which there is a booming demand.

    • JaneyB 09:56 on 2017/07/19 Permalink

      Skateboarders doing their thing are pretty amazing to watch. More skateparks? Bring ’em on, I say. Get those kids away from screens and out in the fresh air.

  • Kate 19:43 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Police have an arrest warrant for Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, an imam from Jordan who preached hatred for the Jews here last December. Al Nasr was quoting a hadith, but not directly from the Koran.

    • Chris 09:21 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      A distinction without much difference really. He was quoting from Sahih Muslim, a canonical text. Anyway, he’s probably left Canada already.

  • Kate 19:31 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Urban camping is planned for one night near the Olympic stadium.

    • Ephraim 13:12 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      Oh, what the hell… why not just open it up all summer… probably be used by more people than the stadium, all year. :)

  • Kate 19:19 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Forty-five years ago the Rolling Stones played Montreal, and a bomb went off near one of their equipment trucks. This item says both that nobody claimed responsibility but also that police got fifty calls about it – I suppose, non-credible ones.

    • Michael Black 00:04 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

      The explosion was in the afternoon, so they had to scramble to get replacement equipment.

      There were also lots of counterfeit tickets for the concert.

      Robert Frank’s infamous film about the band was made during that tour. It was only three years after Altamont.

      It was a big summer. Over Labor Day Weekend, thieves broke into the Museum of Fine Arts, through the skylight, and stole some paintings. They’ve never been seen again.


    • Ian 10:47 on 2017/07/18 Permalink

  • Kate 19:13 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre went to New York to see their Formula E race, and found himself once again defending the Montreal race, which takes place in two weeks’ time.

  • Kate 12:48 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    For Radio-Canada, Roberto Rocha has put together a map of road conditions around town.

    • ant6n 13:50 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      But hey, the Formula 1 circuit went from “Très mauvais” to “Excellent”!

    • ant6n 14:07 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Actually never mind, I mixed up an island — the Formula 1 track was always in great shape.

    • denpanosekai 18:42 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Yup Verdun got much worse in just 6 years.

  • Kate 08:53 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette inquired into the damage being done to our older residential districts by Airbnb, with the authorities seemingly powerless to act.

    • Ephraim 12:46 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Two solutions….

      Solution 1: At $2500 per day, go on and make reservations for a 2 days. When accepted, send them the $5000 fine with an option to pay $500 plus all the back taxes and only operate legally, or go to court. And at the same time, look up their mortgage and send the information to them… without commercial insurance, the mortgage is in default… watch the magic happen.

      Solution 2: Require a Releve 1 be issued by any company paying over $100 per year in income to any Canadian that isn’t a company. When the Releve 1 comes in, you can send them the $2500 per day fine, plus collect all the unpaid taxes, going back 7 years.

      Either solution when announced will quickly rectify the situation. I’m willing to bet! And no need to negotiate with anyone. It will catch all the illegals on all the websites.

      Incidentally, we also need a law that any company that collected over $35K in revenues for the sale of services or items in Canada be registered and collect GST, HST and QST. All of this will help to whittle out the tax evasion. I don’t see why AirBnB itself isn’t subject to GST/QST… it’s a service being sold like any other hotel service. Expedia and Booking are both subject to GST/QST, so should AirBnB.

    • ant6n 13:20 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Maybe part of the solution could be a sort of permit for people who live at their apartments and want to rent the out for less than, say, 30 days per year. It should be relatively well-advertised and easy to get. The idea is to strongly separate people who temporarily rent out their residences from full timers, to make it easier to enforce rules on these hotel-like services.

      Airbnb people can be annoying tho.

      As an aside, I don’t get drunken parties — people howling in a drunken stupor while actual conversation is drowned out by loud music, then breaking a bunch of glass for good measure. What is the point?

    • PO 14:00 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      I thought that anyone making more than 30k per year is already required to register and collect the sales taxes. Aren’t they?

    • Bill Binns 14:05 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      @ant6n – Yep, I like the exception for less than X days per year. 30 is generous. I believe when Airbnb launched, this was the whole point. They called it “home swapping” or something like that. The idea being you go stay in somebody’s apartment in Paris for vacation and they come and stay in your place in Montreal for the same reason. Somehow, this turned into creeps building floor to ceiling bunk beds in two bedroom apartments and hosting frat parties.

      As for your question…. the answer is “that’s what alcohol does to most people”. It turns them into flaming assholes. Alcohol is the worst possible recreational drug. I briefly lived very close to a bar years ago. A nice apartment in a good neighborhood but was by far the worst renting experience of my life. There is something about the drunken female shriek in particular that will force your eyes open in the middle of the night like a fire alarm.

    • Ephraim 14:58 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      @PO Yes, anyone is… but somehow AirBnB, FlipKey, HomeAway, VRBO, HouseTrip, VayStays, VacayHero, Roomorama and MisterBnB aren’t collecting it and paying it. Time to close the loophole. They need to AT A MINIMUM pay the tax on their fees.

      And the whole thing of swapping for maybe 14 days a year can be handled on the Releve 1 form on your taxes. You show the income, the average daily rate and if it’s under 14 days, your done. If you are above, you put your registration number next to it and you are done. Don’t have a registration number, be prepared for an audit and a bill for violation of the law.

  • Kate 07:28 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Richler gazebo was extensively tagged during a party Sunday evening.

    • Bill Binns 09:26 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Hmmm, if only somebody could have predicted this.

      Oh well, let’s fence it off again and put out an RFP for the meticulous restoration of this crucial piece of historical architecture.

    • Yves 13:06 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      Do I detect a touch of sarcasm ? :)

    • Bill Binns 14:14 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      @Yves – Maybe a touch. I did everything but stand in front of city hall with a pitchfork when the Gazebo had only burned 350k of public funds telling anyone who would listen that this is exactly what would happen. They ended up spending 750 and here we are. I believe the first graffiti appeared within two weeks of the scaffolding coming down.

  • Kate 07:25 on 2017/07/17 Permalink | Reply  

    An attempted theft of an umbrella turned bad Sunday night when four men got into a brawl and one ended up in hospital.

    • SteveQ 10:33 on 2017/07/17 Permalink

      I Wonder who could be walking around, attempt to steal an umbrella and then hit someone with a ”objet contondant” ?

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