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  • Kate 22:38 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    Tourism spending is up 10% in 2017 – the Gazette says it’s the best season since Expo 67, which is something, considering the indifferent weather.

    • Mark Côté 09:31 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Wonder how much it’s related to the downtick in tourism in the U.S.

    • Ephraim 13:26 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Also had to do with the 150th, the 375th as well as the high value of the US dollar. But yes, from my experience, a lot of Europeans simply skipped visiting to the south. But a lot of fellow Canadians travelling. There was an uptick in the number of foreign students (with their parents), as well.

  • Kate 22:22 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    A teenager wearing headphones was hit by a commuter train Tuesday afternoon at Pierrefonds-Roxboro station.

    • Max 10:14 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Updated CBC article says there is no gate at the ped crossing where the girls was struck. Is that common on the commuter train network?

    • Bert 10:33 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Max, I would not say that it is common but there are some, where it is not terribly practical. Heading west on the DM line: Canora had such crossings but they have been closed up. You need to cross over Jean . So if you live corner Glencoe, Chambois and want to head west/north, you need to go to J-T. At Mount-Royal, east you need to go over Cornwall Ave bridge. At M-R west there is a level crossing at Jasper / Lazard but there is a ceremonial crossing gate which can easily be bypassed (see first ink below). Further to the west of the M-R station there is a pedestrian overpass. At Monpellier you need to cross under the track on Cote-Vertu. at Du Ruisseau there are foot-crossings without a gate at both ends of the track. D-R is my main station and there are some scheduling quirks that make crossing dangerous at times (one train leaving, while another arrives and people try to cross). There is no easy alternative at D-R without constructing a gate / tunnel / bridge (see second link below) . Finally (for me) Bois-Franc has pedestrian crossings at both ends but they are better placed as compared to D-R, as a full-length train fits between the two crossings. There are alternatives, crossing under the tracks on Laurentien (It’s still Laurentien above H-B) and at Grenet. However, the train does not stop there, nor is there a foot-crossing near Grenet.

      I was expecting extra security at the foot crossings at D-R this morning but there was nothing.



    • ant6n 10:44 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      There are a couple of crossings right at the stations, the ones I know don’t have gates.

    • Max 13:58 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Thanks for the exhaustive list, Bert. I wouldn’t undervalue the gates you can walk around as they at least give a visual (and I assume, audible) indication that there’s a train in motion in the vicinity. The trains generally ring their bells as they’re getting underway too. (I hope this is hard-wired into the control system and not left up to the operator’s manual control.) This tragedy probably could have been prevented, but it seems pedestrian crossing aren’t considered as worthy of signalization as road crossings.

    • John B 16:26 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      I think there’s a crossing at Parc, and one or two of the west island stations on the Rigaud line – Baie d’Urfé comes to mind, but some of the other smaller ones like Valois & Pine Beach may have them too.

      Didn’t I see something about an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing at the entrance to a primary school recently, either here or on Reddit?

    • Kate 05:11 on 2017/09/14 Permalink

      There’s a level crossing in Jarry Park, not at Parc station though. Also another smaller one just north of the 40. Both have warning bells when a train approaches. But there are lots in the suburbs. There have to be, where tracks and roads coexist.

  • Kate 22:13 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    Are anglo theatre people Québécois theatre people? Guy Sprung asks the question in Le Devoir.

    • Jack 15:01 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      The comments are particularly rich. If that is anyway representative of Le Devoirs readership then what is the difference between the Journal de Montreal and Le Devoir in terms of constructing Quebec’s English speaking community past and present.

    • Clément 16:16 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Jack, I think (or would like to believe) that the comments are more representative of people who actually comment on news article. My experience is that ANY news article on ANY media, once tweeted or facebooked will attract the absolute worst people.
      I don’t know if there’s a “typical” Le Devoir reader (and I mean reader, not commenter), but in my experience, they are much more enlightened that the typical JdM reader. They’re probably just as likely to be nationalists* as JdM readers, but not for the same reasons.

    • Clément 16:22 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      FWIW, the author makes an excellent point. There seems to be a wall between “French” and “English” Québec culture. To me, it’s Québec culture, but the media are very language biased.
      La Presse, Le Devoir and Le Soleil never inform me about plays in English, even though I know they exist, even here in Québec city.
      A long time ago, I had a subscription to the Gazette and that kept me informed about the “other” cultural offering, but I cancelled it because the rest of the paper was giving me cancer.

  • Kate 22:02 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    Neighbours are trying to turn my alley out back into a ruelle verte but I see that it isn’t always an easy task. A Rosemont ruelle was damaged by a truck driver recently and not for the first time. My local folks are designing low-profile street furniture and other fittings, but our alley is a narrow one. I’ll report on how it goes.

    • ste.ph 00:08 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Won’t neighbors with driveways off the alley vehemently resist these types of changes?

    • Kate 06:23 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      ste.ph, it will depend on the alley geography. They’re all a bit different. Mine is so narrow there’s little or no parking along the block, whereas close by there’s a wide alley with parking and vintage garages all along it. I think there may be conditions, like that the alley still should be accessible to emergency vehicles. Also, our alley has a lot of cables running above it, and if my internet goes out I do want Videotron to be able to come fix it. So yes, attitudes vary.

  • Kate 21:56 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    Via reddit, the BAnQ now allows users to borrow a museum pass for the Museum of Fine Arts or the Centre d’histoire. The pass is for two adults.

    • John B 00:19 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      Ottawa has this for tons of museums, (I think all of them), so when we visit people in the region we often organize for a pass to something – it’s great! It’s also a good way to let locals into the museum for free while still making money off tourists.

      One major difference I noticed: You can keep the pass for 3 weeks here. I’m guessing that’s the standard loan length, but it seems pretty long. Passes could serve a lot more people if they were loaned out for just a week, or even 3 days. I’m guessing people will either make an effort to pick up the pass for a specific outing, or they won’t bother at all and will just pay. We don’t need a 3-week loan period for either of those usage patterns.

    • John B 00:24 on 2017/09/13 Permalink

      I just read the article. It’s not just the BAnQ – there are passes available at all branches of the Bibliotheque de Montreal as well.

  • Kate 03:37 on 2017/09/12 Permalink | Reply  

    Pierre-André Normandin at La Presse notes how Marc-Antoine Audette, part of the notorious radio duo Les Justiciers masqués, has retroactively sanitized his Twitter feed of anything likely to be considered offensive now that he’s running for Équipe Coderre. But journalists have long memories.

    Valérie Plante was called for jury duty, and says she’d love to serve otherwise, but was excused so she could pursue her campaign.

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