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  • Kate 22:04 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre is still refusing to divulge the true numbers of tickets actually sold for the Formula E race.

    • jeather 12:16 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      All the $ info for the race will come out conveniently after the election.

  • Kate 20:30 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman died in an accident in Lachine Monday afternoon, at the corner of Notre-Dame and St-Pierre in the shadow of the Turcot. TVA specifies it was a truck that did for her, that she was in her eighties and had not been able to get across that wide and relentless intersection before the light changed. Raw video from TVA.

  • Kate 20:20 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Hadrien Parizeau, grandson of the sainted Jacques, will be running for the Coderre party in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, in St-Sulpice, the polling subdivision being vacated by executive committee chairman Pierre Desrochers, who’s quitting politics at the end of this term. Hadrien is 27.

  • Kate 06:55 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    Since the new animal control law went into effect last October, 880 tickets have been given out.

    • ste.ph 11:21 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      880 tickets, 8 inspectors, 10 months. That’s 11 tickets a month per inspectors. I was mistaken expecting these jobs to be paying for themselves in fines.

    • Kate 20:34 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I’m kind of glad they’re not being draconian. Animals bring pleasure to many lives otherwise not replete with it.

    • mare 01:01 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      A lot of tickets were/are thrown out during court cases, mine included. I bet they don’t count those.

      But frankly, Montrealers seem to abide this law. I don’t see any dogs without tags anymore, bigger dogs have all harnesses instead of collars and quite a few pit-type dogs wear a muzzle. I also know a lot of vets are very willing to give owners ‘this dog is not a pit bull’ certificates so even dogs that look like they should be castrated and muzzled might not. So maybe those inspectors just don’t find a lot of ticketable offences. (Okay, people are still playing fetch in dog parks, but I doubt they dare to uphold that part of the law. It’s like telling parents toddlers can’t use the swings in playgrounds.)

  • Kate 06:53 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A young couple maintain that Montreal is not for families and that people wanting to have kids have no choice but to cross a bridge.

    • Jack 07:13 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Good luck understanding this logic train.

    • Ephraim 07:51 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      It comes down to this… “dans un quartier agréable pour une famille” which basically to them is very narrow. Cartierville, Ahuntsic, Longue Point, Belle Rive, Saint-Justin just don’t even come into the calculation…. no, it has to be the Plateau, the most expensive neighbourhood to live in…. or we are going to live on the other side of the bridge.

    • Mathieu 11:01 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I would say that there are very few advantages to living in remote parts of the city proper vs. living in a close suburb when you take into account all of what’s involved.

      Assuming a family has the means for a suburbian house and one car, they might be able to live in a central borough of the city (in a rented appartment) and ditch the car for the same price. They’d live way less space than they’d have in the suburbs, but they’ll save a lot of time commuting.

      On the other hand, living in Cartierville, Longue-Pointe or Lasalle, you will still feel the need for a car and you might have a bigger rented appartment than on the Plateau, but not a detached house for that budget. It’ll also be longer to commute downtown than in Brossard (where you’ll find a detached house near a school and a park for the same price). And the suburb will be cleaner and calmer.

    • jeather 11:23 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I dunno, I know a lot of people with families in the city. You don’t have as MUCH space as elsewhere, but it’s not like you can’t have more than enough space.

    • Viviane 11:50 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I live near three elementary schools, a high school and a large park in the Plateau, all teeming with kids. Okay, I don’t see or hear them so much during the summer, but they can’t all be living that far away from school.

    • David Speller 12:16 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Bullsh!t. We’re raising two kids in NDG and it’s a great place to do it. I had coworkers tell me the same thing before my wife and I bought our house and had the kids, thinking we were crazy to stay on island. We’ve never regretted it.

    • Ian 12:58 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      I live in Mile End, my kids go to school within walking distance – but their classmates live all over town from Verdun to Viauville. On any given afternoon there’s at least a couple dozen kids playing on the sidewalk on my block. One of the big advantages to not living in the sticks is that I don’t actually need a car, and on those few occasions that I do need one to get out of town or whatever there’s Communauto. I don’t live in a detached house, but my kids each have their own room, we have a little backyard, and there are dozens of well-kept parks within walking distance for them to play in. I’m not sure what more would be needed to be considered “agréable”. I’ve never found living in Montreal to be any kind of trouble for raising a family, there’s certainly no lack of kids in town.

    • Mathieu 13:46 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Ian, finding an apartment with 3 bedrooms in the Mile End or any other central borough isn’t possible for most people’s budget. There aren’t enough apartments for the demand and those that exist and reach the market sell for more than $400k (or the rent more than $1500). Those that have been renting for long have good deals, but they don’t really exist anymore.

      What they’re arguing is that people that have the means to buy a house in the suburbs don’t find anything equivalent (i.e. a 3 bedroom apartment) in the city. And when you see entire towers full of 500 sq. ft. apartments getting built downtown, I don’t see the trend reversing.

    • Ephraim 18:08 on 2017/08/21 Permalink

      Frankly Cartierville is a bus to a metro. And I would rather live there than out in Dollard, Repentigny or Brossard. Just near Parc Marcelin-Wilson (New Bordeaux) there are at least 10 3 bedrooms for sale for under $300K and just a few stops on a bus from a train or a metro station (not to mention a large park across the street.

    • Ian 10:27 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      You can still find good deals in Mile-Ex, Verdun, CDN, NDG, etc. … Granted Mile End is not as inexpensive as it once was between high demand and AirBnB but you can still find deals if you take your time.

    • Mathieu 11:03 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      The problem with what you say Ian and what Ephraim is saying, is that there are thousands of family that want to live in the city. There might be some deals here and there, but most appartments/condos/houses in the city centre are way too expensive for most if you look at it on a larger scale. Meanwhile, you don’t need to look for deals for hours and days for a cheaper home in the suburbs.

      People are not “patriotic” when it comes to the city they’ll live in. Your exemple, Ephraim, is of a neighbourhood that’s 45-50 minutes away from downtown by transit, bordered by a highway and two car-centric massive boulevards. And you only get a condo there. For less money, you can get a townhouse with a big yard in a cul-de-sac in Brossard that’s 35 minutes from downtown by a bus that comes every 10 minutes.

      Most people want a yard for their kids and the suburbs provide this easily. If we want to make them accept that an appartment is ok for them (in order to repopulate downtown with families), we need to provide advantages that the suburb can’t provide. It’s not the case at the moment. We need better transit to the outer boroughs, more proximity shops and calmer streets where children can play.

    • Ian 12:12 on 2017/08/22 Permalink

      Well, I moved to Montreal on purpose, and it wasn’t so I could move to Brossard when I had kids. “Meanwhile, you don’t need to look for deals for hours and days for a cheaper home in the suburbs.” Hours? Days? Give me convenience or give me death, as the Dead Kennedys would say. Everyone on my block has a front and back yard, and while I may pay more rent, I’m a 35 minute walk from downtown – I don’t need a car. Amusingly even though I have a yard my kids always want to go play in the parks. Good thing we have the mountain, 2 waterparks, 2 swimming pools, and 3 large neighbourhood parks within walking distance. Oh, and libraries, groceries, schools, museums, cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and bookstores.

      If the only thing you want for a family is a generic yard and cul-de-sac, you can have it. I’m giving my kids a city and a sense of place. Maybe you don’t think people are “patriotic” about where they choose to live, but if all you want out of live is little boxes made of ticky-tacky then that’s pretty understandable.


  • Kate 06:48 on 2017/08/21 Permalink | Reply  

    A man fell, probably accidentally, from a building in the Village early Monday and is in critical condition. TVA link plays raw video.

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