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  • Kate 23:21 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who’s done a lot of time for mob activities has been banned from Little Italy’s espresso joints in a particularly cruel gesture by a judge. If a man can’t have a ristretto now and then, what does he have to live for?

    • Alison Cummins 09:35 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      “The main contributing factors related to your criminality are identified as criminal associations, bad judgment, pride, financial difficulties, lax values and the lure of easy gain,” says the board’s decision.

      I love the ‘lax values’ bit. Sounds like Victorian ‘poor moral character’ all grown up for the 21st century of camouflaged American Christian Reconstructionism. I wonder what ‘lax values’ translates to in science. (Maybe they really are a thing, and exactly that.)

  • Kate 23:16 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Source, the Jaume Plensa sculpture sitting on the old Bonaventure, was officially unveiled Wednesday along with the new road and arrangements. Photos of the new spaces in Metro. The Journal on the cost of the transformation.

    • Max 23:37 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Le Devoir has the inaugural events running through to Saturday, and a bit of background on the handsome new “Dendrites”.

      I’m loving the new park already but the weekday traffic noise is just horrible. The city screwed up big-time by not plastering the viaduct wall with vines or something / anything to absorb some of the sound. Ugh.

    • Faiz Imam 02:01 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      The trees they planted should really help a decade from now, but at the moment I can’t imagine going there during rush hour.

      Bushed might have helped, but they are bad for safety and hide the park from the street, which is not ideal given how narrow it already is.

      I agree the Train viaduct can be improved, not to mention the ugly transport Quebec utility station.

      Now that the Caisse owns that viaduct, and now that the initial construction is complete, I hope they can work on recaladding the whole area as well as demolishing the station for something much nicer.

      The architecture of transformer substation, vents and all sorts of utility stations has improved in recent decades, and there are many beautiful parks with essential infrastructure camouflaged in them.

      While the park must be horrible at times of high traffic, I was hoping it would be better during lunch hour, nights, weekends. How is it when traffic is minimal?

    • Chris 09:14 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      The traffic there is never minimal.

    • Faiz Imam 18:03 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      Took the bus downtown via Bonaventure late afternoon. I was surprised to see quite a lot of people using the park to walk North and South.

      I imagine if you’re going from the business district or old Montreal towards Ville Marie, it’s a nice path to take.

      At the very least that means the park will not be empty or forlorn looking.

    • DeWolf 23:05 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      This is a bit like the Park/Pine interchange – a project whose impact far outweighs its relatively modest budget and timeframe. Makes me wonder what some other easy wins would be.

  • Kate 06:57 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The trial of Randy Tshilumba in the murder of Clémence Beaulieu-Patry more than a year ago in her workplace, a Maxi grocery store, begins Wednesday. And was put on hold for a few days.

  • Kate 06:47 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Gasoline prices have hit a three-year high following refinery shutdowns in Texas.

  • Kate 02:59 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre acknowledged Tuesday that the city is facing a fentanyl crisis it saw coming, and has promised to provide naloxone kits for emergency responders. The opioid has been found adulterating all kinds of street drugs, and there have been arrests in connection with fentanyl-related deaths around town. Naloxone is an antidote to opioids.

    Update: Wednesday morning, news says the city can’t distribute naloxone without Quebec’s permission, which it doesn’t yet have.

    • dwgs 09:22 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Any half wit could have seen this coming. Overdose deaths in BC in 2016 were up 80% over 2015 and they’re on pace for 2017 to be close to 50% higher than that. Why in the world haven’t precautionary measures already been put into place? Do we really live in such a bubble?

    • Kate 06:31 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      People involved in that milieu are clamouring for naloxone. dwgs, you’re right, they’ve been delaying dealing with this.

    • Kevin 09:56 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      Precautionary measures like 3 new supervised injection sites?

    • dwgs 15:10 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      Precautionary measures like all first responders being equipped with Naloxone. Making it available to addicts wouldn’t be a terrible idea either.

    • jeather 17:25 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      In some places, libraries have it on hand also.

    • Kate 18:55 on 2017/09/07 Permalink

      It might make sense for the Grande bibliothèque to do that.

  • Kate 02:55 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    The Coalition Montreal party seems to be rising from the dead and Marvin Rotrand says they may even sponsor a mayoral candidate. La Presse notes that the campaign will heat up now we’re past Labour Day, with Projet bringing out road safety around schools as a plank in their platform.

  • Kate 02:48 on 2017/09/06 Permalink | Reply  

    A bike/pedestrian route along Atwater is being called dangerous by some because it’s on a slope.

    This post is not sponsored by Ephraim…

    • Max 07:14 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      It’s not helping that Greene Ave. under the tracks and the 720 has been completely closed for a couple of months now.

    • Ephraim 07:51 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Ever wonder if anyone from the city has to try any of this stuff in a walker, with a cane or in a wheelchair? We need better (and more empathetic) city planners.

      Incidentally, there is a shared space on d’Iberville just like this one. I saw a man having to clutch the walk to the extreme right as a cyclist barrelled down the sidewalk. There is also a sign https://goo.gl/maps/DCyK8xFurgA2 specifically giving priority to pedestrians, but obviously signs are just that… signs. The city needs to figure out a way to slow cyclists on such shared space, just as they slow cars on some streets.

      I imagine that this has more traffic than the one on d’Iberville, though.

    • Kevin 09:16 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      It certainly isn’t an issue for cyclists going uphill; my kids and I did it Monday.
      Getting to that point from Atwater market was much more hazardous.

    • Chris 10:43 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      What they’ve done is of course worse for pedestrians. But it’s better for cyclists. Given that all human life is equal, reducing motorist-cyclist collisions while increasing cyclist-pedestrian collisions is probably an overall win for society (as the latter kind of collision is less grave).

      But the real solution is simple. Remove a car lane, and repurpose the space to add a bike lane and widen the sidewalk.

      But of course that would require spending transportation dollars on non-motorists, and we can’t have that! We need to spend $10 000 000 000 to have a new Turcot and new Champlain for motorists! Buying some bollards and paint to make a bike lane is just too expensive!

    • ste.ph 11:10 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      I understand the need to implement a safer solution for cyclists under viaducts, but I don’t think the Atwater passage under the 720 is similar to the other places where cyclists are in danger.

    • Blork 11:37 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Hmm. It’s not just that it’s on a slope; it’s that it’s a narrow, shared (bike/ped) path that’s on a slope right next to fast-moving car lanes. That’s a recipe for disaster on several different grounds.

      A key line in the video report is that the city is “hoping everyone acts courteously.” Unfortunately you shouldn’t put people’s lives on the line in such hopes.

      The reality is that many cyclists are complete idiots when it comes to shared paths. They will go ripping down that slope at 40-50 kph without a second thought. That means coming up behind pedestrians at a very fast rate and passing them with only inches of wiggle room. All that pedestrian has to do is wobble a few inches to the left at the wrong moment and there’s a collision and/or the cyclist ends up on the street, possibly under the wheels of a car.

      Bad, bad idea.

    • mare 13:08 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      I’d argue that cyclists-pedestrian collisions are WORSE since your medical bills and loss of income aren’t covered by the collective accident insurance we have in Quebec. When there’s no car involved it doesn’t count as an accident. Still reaping the (non) benefits of that, 15 years after my kid-jumping-on-the-bikepath accident. 10Ks in lost income and medical costs.

    • Adam Hooper 13:44 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      It is steep. I’ve biked the uphill lane. I was on Bixi, sweating, moving so slowly a jogger could have passed me. I fail to see how anyone could get injured in that direction, unless a cyclist or pedestrian swerves off the sidewalk. It’s hard not to be courteous, because everybody has so much time to plot a course.

      Atwater below and above the highway is crazy. Car doors everywhere, and often bumper-to-bumper traffic. That’s where accidents seem more likely to me.

      Downhill, I just take a lane and go the same speed as cars. The sidewalk would be suicide — even without pedestrians.

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

      I disagree. That underpass is incredibly dark, even in the middle of a sunny afternoon.

    • jeather 15:18 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Telling cyclists to bike down the sidewalk isn’t risking cyclists as much as pedestrians. (Uphill it doesn’t much matter.) The west side doesn’t have parking — I don’t see any reason the right lane couldn’t be repurposed as a downhill-only bike lane.

      There have been complaints on Facebook and it is the city and not the borough that did it; they intend to bring it to the city to complain.

      Atwater is crazy lately because Greene is closed and with the Turcot work they tell you to go to the Atwater exit of the 15 and go up from there.

    • Blork 15:27 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Don’t underestimate the risk to cyclists on the downhill part. There’s very little to keep a fast-moving bicycle from running off the sidewalk and into car traffic if the cyclist needs to dodge a hole, a pedestrian, or some other obstacle — or even if they’re just going too fast. Not really an issue if the cyclists were all “courteous” and went really slow, but that’s a fiction. Many cyclists will ride way too fast (arguably then it’s their own fault, but then we get sidetracked on the “don’t blame the victim” diversion).

    • Blork 15:35 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Also, I’m not sure how easy it would be to re-purpose a lane of Atwater as a bicycle lane. Not saying it can’t be done; just that there’s more to it than just walking over there and painting the lanes.

      Generally these things require a lot of study as to the impact for both automobiles and bicycles. As has been pointed out, Atwater is already very busy with the closure of Greene, so taking away another lane will make that problem worse.

      And from a bicycle POV, there is no official bike path around there (according to Google Map), so creating a dedicated bike path that only runs from René-Lévesque to St-Antoine is just weird. A path that starts in the middle of nothing and ends in the middle of nothing.

      It would be nice to extend this mythical path from de Maisonneuve to Lionel-Groulx, thereby CONNECTING two existing lines. That would be excellent, but wow, does that expand the scope of the project given the amount of bicycle traffic it would generate, plus the reduced motor traffic on Atwater, and the machinations it would take to minimize the multiple hazards at every intersection along the way.

    • jeather 19:40 on 2017/09/06 Permalink

      Southbound, there is occasional parking in the last lane, and rarely cars in it — it’s a right turn only lane at the end. I think it could probably be worked out. It is not like they did a study when they made the sidewalk the bike lane.

      Cyclists have some control over their risk — they can bike slowly, they can walk their bikes, etc. There are things that can’t be controlled, of course, but they are in a better position than pedestrians in this idiotic use case.

      I wonder when Greene is opening. And when the surprise blocking of all of St-Antoine will end.

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