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  • Kate 09:47 on 2014/08/26 Permalink | Reply  

    September 14 will see the cycling Grand Prix in town, although this year it’s scheduled against the finale of the Tour d’Espagne and is not likely to get any of the big stars of the sport as a result.

     
  • Kate 09:45 on 2014/08/26 Permalink | Reply  

    Not too many folks trekked out to the Olympic stadium to watch the FIFA women’s U-20 matches this month. The full-scale senior women’s tournament is coming to Canada next year and this doesn’t bode too well for the popularity of the women’s game in this town.

     
    • Bill Binns 12:01 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Is there someplace in the world where women’s soccer is popular?

    • Kate 13:16 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Given that the Nigerian women’s team has a better international record than its men’s team, far as I can tell, it’s possible that country values it more highly than most. The Nigerians made it to the final here against Germany, for example.

      Except for tennis, is there any competitive sport where women are generally regarded with as much interest as men?

    • Bill Binns 13:23 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      It seems like there are a lot more people who think it is very important that professional women’s sports exist than there are people interested in watching professional women’s sports.

    • walkerp 15:40 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Professional sports exist because of the spectators, but they don’t exist purely for the spectators. I’m becoming a WNBA fan because I have a daughter that I want to like basketball and maybe that will be the hook that will help.

    • j2 17:00 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing walkerp. Beach volleyball and tennis are sports where the women’s version is entertaining in their own right, due to better rallies, but I want women’s sports to be visible to encourage women in any sport.

      There are many reasons to not like or want to compete in those sports but there’s a rich palette of sports out there that might hook someone. For the record, my background is climbing which is a non-competitive, strength, balance and coordination sport which is an antithesis of most other sports and thus may appeal to people that conventional sports do not and yet provide high-value.

      Of course, given the way sports is presented I’m not really surprised it’s all menmenmen.

    • Josh 18:49 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Bill: It’s pretty popular in Canada, and you’ll see that during next summer’s World Cup. You’ll see TV ratings into the millions when the home side plays, if previous tournaments are any indication. You might point out that it’s popular here because Canada is pretty decent when it comes to women’s soccer, but it’s popular nonetheless.

    • walkerp 22:24 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      This makes me think that I should really make an effort to go to some games if they are going to be held in Montreal and seats will be relatively easy to come by. The quality of play will be super high so there will be some great matches.

    • Faiz Imam 01:25 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      FYI sales for next year go on sale Sept 10th, and they are quite reasonable.

      If you buy a “Stadium half pass” ie: 4 games, it’s between $23 and $60 per person.

      Individual tickets will be $30 to $75 ish.

      Couldn’t make it to any this year, but I intend to go to as many as possible next June.

    • Noah 09:11 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      The 2007 men’s U-20 tournament had great attendance at Olympic Stadium (lots of games with 30,000+). The problem here isn’t that women’s soccer (or women’s sports in general) isn’t entertaining or high-level… it’s more that people still don’t take women’s sports as seriously as they should, especially at the lower levels. I’m not sure how to solve the problem other than continually educating people on how good women’s sports are, but there’s a lot of work to do.

      Tennis is a good example of how to make women’s sports work… the Montreal leg of the Rogers Cup does well regardless of whether it’s the men’s or women’s tournament. People take women’s tennis equally as seriously as men’s tennis and that’s for the betterment of everyone. It’s great tennis!

      The full Women’s World Cup will surely do better.

    • Kate 09:51 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      I almost hate to be suggesting this, but is part of the attraction of women’s tennis not the sight of fit young women exerting themselves in short skirts?

      Also, I have a feeling the response to women’s sports differs very strongly between individual and team sports. Women skiers are fairly well regarded, but they too perform alone, like tennis players. But soccer and hockey teams, no matter how good, don’t seem to exercise the same interest.

    • Josh 11:18 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      I don’t know if that’s a major factor, Kate. Anyone who’s sat further than 5 or 8 rows from the action at a tennis match knows that you’d probably do better on your couch with an HD feed for girl-watching.

      I think part of it stems from the fact that for a long stretch there, men’s tennis was, by and large, boring. Big serve after big serve, with few multi-shot rallies. The women, for the most part, never fell into that pattern.

    • Noah 12:04 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      I think suggesting the short skirts has nothing to do with it is naive to some degree, but I don’t think that’s enough to make it as big as it is. It’s much deeper than that. Women’s tennis is really great sport.

  • Kate 21:05 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Some sources are saying that certain firefighters and police who were involved in the invasion of city hall a week ago may be fired outright and union leaders may face criminal charges. (TVA link plays video.) No media except QMI have this story, though.

    Meanwhile, 24H did some math on Denis Coderre’s generous pension benefits.

     
    • Steve Quilliam 22:51 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      If firefighters and police we’re to be fired for what they did at our city hall……it would make my day but importantly reinstate my faith in our system.

    • Dave M 08:41 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Who’s going to lay charges against them? The police?

    • Ephraim 09:08 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Well, it might be a nice start to getting our police force to do their jobs as they should.

    • jeather 09:24 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Oh, finally articles commenting about the unfairness here.

      Did anyone notice the garbage collectors were being very work-to-rule-y this week? They left so much stuff on our street.

    • Kate 11:31 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Garbage collection’s been as usual in Villeray and Petite-Patrie. Maybe yours was being done by vacation replacements?

    • jeather 12:29 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Could be. They were later than usual, too, though not unbelievably so.

  • Kate 20:50 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The building that housed the Negro Community Centre for many years may be about to be sold off, presumably for demolition and then the inevitable condo construction to follow. Originally built as a church in 1890 and closed more than twenty years ago, the building had a dangerous collapse this spring.

     
  • Kate 20:48 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Although the quality of the river water has improved a lot in recent years, so that there’s talk of adding more beaches to our waterfront, a heavy rainstorm can send unsafe, unfiltered sewage directly into the river.

     
    • ant6n 07:54 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      so they’ll just close the beaches on bad-water days.

    • Ian 08:38 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Exactly – lots of beaches do this already. It doesn’t make sense to never have access to the waterfront simply because water quality is sometimes dangerous.

    • jeather 09:22 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Happens in Paris, too.

    • Ian 12:24 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Even in Toronto.

  • Kate 20:46 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Even though the rentrée is upon us, we’re having a heat wave. Some swimming pools are already closed because their lifeguards have gone back to class, but others remain open for the time being.

     
    • Beeg 13:37 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      I never quite understood why the city schedules it’s pool-closings so early. I get that CEGEP is back in session but they don’t hold classes on the weekend. There’s no reason why the can’t plan in advance to have the pools and pataugeoires open at all city parks until mid to late September. Other seasonal businesses that rely on teenage labour don’t shut down on a single day in mid-August.

    • walkerp 15:42 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      It’s the kind of thinking that makes Montreal such an outdated city. The weather has changed. Adjust with it.

    • Kevin 19:51 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      It’s not like every lifeguard goes to CEGEP, or is required to be at school all day every day. Pool hours are generally from 11 to 7. It shouldn’t be that hard a scheduling feat.

    • GC 21:35 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Could it be partly that they expect the attendance to drop off, with kids going back to school? (I know it’s not just kids that use the pool, but that could be the assumption.)

  • Kate 09:38 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A runaway horse was captured early Monday morning as it tried to cross the A-25 bridge from Laval into Montreal.

     
    • Dhomas 10:05 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      I wonder if the horse’s owner will have to pay the toll…

    • Doobious 13:31 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      CTV has a bit of video. Fair warning: The ad is almost longer than the footage, and VVS.

  • Kate 09:36 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    St. Raphael’s, a disused church in Outremont, is being turned into a hospice for the dying even though the people involved admit it would’ve been cheaper to start from scratch with a new building.

     
  • Kate 09:18 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Nice bit on various treasures on display in Montreal and Quebec City. Although they can’t seem to spell Audubon.

     
    • Robert J 19:21 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      They also cite a Van Gogh from 1988.

  • Kate 09:07 on 2014/08/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Germany won the under-20 Women’s World Cup at the Olympic stadium on Sunday with 15,822 people in attendance.

     
  • Kate 18:40 on 2014/08/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Flickr user lusignan has done a fascinating photo essay on Mirabel International Airport as it is now.

     
    • Ian 05:21 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      Very cool set, excellent find. It’s in surprisingly good shape all things considered.

    • Noah 08:46 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Mirabel was such a great airport.

  • Kate 17:54 on 2014/08/24 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA says half the city’s rescue boats (a fleet of eight) are out of service because of antifreeze leaks, this following a recall of 48 fire trucks needing replacements of defective air filters.

    It’s not clear to me whether there’s an implication that firefighters brought the first problem about as part of a protest. Certainly the air filter issue can’t be blamed on them, as TVA news says explicitly. It’s a manufacturing defect.

    TVA links play video, as they often do.

     
  • Kate 17:01 on 2014/08/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Police are having trouble coping with night owls in the Plateau who hang out in parks and make a lot of noise after 23h. (New link for the same story.)

     
    • No\Deli 17:46 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      ^ 404′d

      Police also have trouble with (read: willfully ignore) the loud, late-night balcony hangouts that disrupt most of the plateau’s residential streets all summer long.

      But they do make time to crack down on established music venues on commercial arteries.

    • Kate 17:48 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Not my slip this time – that article was up earlier but is currently not available. I’ll link it again if it reappears.

    • Ian 19:43 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Well, the established musical venues getting harassed is part of the influence not only of the local constabulary, but our beloved Projet Montreal who somehow keep insisting they are business friendly and yet…

    • rue david 20:31 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      yeah, like the spvm would respond even in passing to project montreal’s gang. they’re practically a rogue element, as far as the plateau is concerned, no matter what patina some will paint.

    • Ian 05:15 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      That’s what you think, david. Alex Norris was just gloating about getting Muzique Bar shut down on his Facebook page even though it’s putting 200 people out of work.

    • Steph 07:57 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      Muzique Bar employed 200 people?

    • Ian 08:36 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      That’s what they claimed in the Book of Faces war of words. I didn’t work there so can’t confirm.

    • Kate 08:54 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      Yves Boisvert has a piece Monday on the Muzique story, specifically about how the bar owners are now suing Norris for defamation.

    • Jack 09:19 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      I know this thread is directed somewhere else, but talking to students a generation and a half down from me. One of the things that they talk about is bottle service i.e. buying a whole bottle of booze.Thats what this bar promotes. That can’t be helpful at last call, in my day if that would have been a trend……yikes.

    • Ian 09:26 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      @Kate – Norris won the case, and is gloating about that on Facebook, too.

    • Alex Norris 16:57 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      @Kate, what’s significant about the latest development in the Muzique case is not that I’m being sued for defamation. In fact, all the club has done is send me a mise en demeure threatening to sue and demanding I retract my statements about it. What’s significant is that the city lawyers have responded to that warning letter by threatening to hit the the club’s owners back for damages under Quebec’s new anti-SLAPP law. City lawyer Pierre-Yves Boisvert says in his letter that the threat of a lawsuit is clearly intended to muzzle democratic debate and warns that the club could face damages under the recently adopted Quebec law that seeks to protect citizens from legal harassment and intimidation. Yves Boisvert writes this morning that this appears to be the first time a public authority has invoked the anti-SLAPP law (”loi contre les poursuites baîllon”) in response to legal harassment from a private party.

      @Ian, I haven’t won any case and I’m certainly not gloating. This is an establishment that has been frequented by organized crime figures and has been the scene of repeated acts of violence, both inside and outside the establishment, including some violent acts committed by its owners and employees themselves, according to police findings that the establishment chose not to contest in a recent Régie des alcools ruling handed down in April. (Among these incidents: the hostage-taking and beating of an employee by the club’s owners, according to police.) A number of citizens who complained to us about the establishment felt reluctant to file complaints with the Régie, fearing reprisals because of the club’s reputation for violence and criminality, which is why I agreed to file a complaint to the Régie on their behalf. You seem to believe that this is an establishment that is somehow worth preserving; I agree with residents and merchants who say it is a blight on the neighbourhood that should be closed down.

    • Kate 21:08 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      Thanks for the details and clarifications, Alex. And good luck.

    • Ian 07:42 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      …and Alex Norris takes down his Facebook page, like Luc Ferrandez before him. Such transparency.

    • ant6n 07:44 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      I thought they did that cuz it’s a time sink

    • Ian 07:46 on 2014/08/26 Permalink

      Ah no, he just blocked me. I guess that’s only fair as he’s the reason I cancelled my Projet Montreal membership.

    • Kate 08:26 on 2014/08/27 Permalink

      The Norris/Muzique story as seen from a law website.

  • Kate 16:55 on 2014/08/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Raelians held a protest for women to be allowed to go topless Sunday, as they’ve done in previous years. TVA link plays video, and right now TVA videos begin with a loud and annoying Yellow Pages ad.

     
    • Alison Cummins 17:02 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Aren’t we already?

    • Kate 17:07 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Technically, yes. But if one (or both) of us were to strip our tops off at St-Laurent and Mont-Royal and walk south, how far do you think we’d get before we were stopped by police?

    • Ian 19:44 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Exactly. if the cops want to get you, there’s always something at their disposal – even if it’s simply “disturbing the peace”.

    • Alison Cummins 04:28 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      The reason I don’t has nothing to do with cops.

    • Ian 05:11 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      There’s that, too.

    • j2 14:49 on 2014/08/25 Permalink

      My understanding is that Ontario famously tested public decenct laws with Gwen Jacobs but Quebec never did, thus the law remains on the books. Constitutionally it’s probably a slam dunk.

      [...] along with several shirtless men showing support by wearing bras.
      It’s the little things that amuse me.

  • Kate 20:42 on 2014/08/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Someone’s put up a lavish selection of photos from the 18th-century public market being held this weekend at Pointe-à-Callière. Elsewhere downtown you’ll run into cosplay people from Otakuthon. More Otakuthon pics.

     
    • Robert J 11:30 on 2014/08/24 Permalink

      Bref, a lot of role-playing in town this weekend.

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