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  • Kate 09:45 on 2016/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The St-Jean celebrations are called a success – certainly you couldn’t have had more perfect weather. Le Devoir reports, possibly a littly slyly, on the many colours of the festival. Photos from the parade, more photos.

  • Kate 09:38 on 2016/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has a list of new temporary farmers’ markets but only two of them are on the island.

  • Kate 21:41 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Financial Post looks at gentrification in St-Henri, talking to two entrepreneurs and to level‑headed councillor Craig Sauvé.

  • Kate 13:19 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Obviously the big news Friday is not the St-Jean holiday, but Brexit. I’m not seeing any Montreal-specific angle yet. The pound and the euro are down, so maybe a few more of us will be able to afford an overseas vacation, and Justin Trudeau assures us of his plan to stay friendly with both sides and that Canada is likely to weather a market downturn without difficulty.

    Whether the vote will bring hope to Quebec nationalists seems doubtful to me: a win in the Scottish separation referendum would’ve been a much closer parallel. A second Scots referendum seems likely, but won’t happen immediately. The Guardian observes “Proposals for Scotland to become an EU member are already opposed by Madrid, which fears it would encourage Catalan secession.”

    A lot of previously solid arrangements feel off-balance if you read world media today. Pieces are being rearranged on the board.

    One thing’s true: those of us with the right to a UK passport are less likely to go to the trouble of getting one, because it’s a hell of a lot less useful now.

    Update: Maybe I spoke too soon. CBC cites some of the rivals for PQ leadership saying that if Justin Trudeau recognizes the outcome of the tight Brexit vote, it means 50%+1 should also win any Quebec referendum. (Trudeau was booed in Quebec City for saying a few words in English. Roll on divisive nationalism.)

    That’s nonsense, and they all know it. It’s not up to the Canadian prime minister to recognize or reject the terms of a UK vote. All Trudeau did was acknowledge the referendum had taken place and address the results in general terms.

    We don’t know what terms a third Quebec referendum would be held on – supposing it ever is. One thing I saw today, which I hadn’t known, is that in the U.S. major changes to the constitution have to be supported by a ⅔ majority in ¾ of its states. Not a tippy 50%+1.

    Besides, as we watch the UK struggle, with half the country furious at the other half, the PQ may be keen to distance themselves from this kind of potential outcome.

    • rue david 16:18 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      well, still 2 years before the UK exists, so there’s that. and travel will still be the same – it’s not passport free between UK and schengen right now. the big thing will be the work. depending on what’s negotiated with europe, UK citizens could conceivably be subject to european immigration laws just like canadians and americans and australians. this would be a serious annoyance and the major point where “it’s a hell of a lot less useful now.” really, it seems to me that this is yet another example of the boomer generation stupidly and selfishly endorsing a political position that harms the younger generations. student debt, property prices, a welfare state sacrificed on the altar of tax cuts, and now for the british, their children might well never know europe. that’s the tragedy. beyond the economic harm and diminished political standing, think of all the world-expanding adventures and relationships these young people will never have because a bunch of old people are annoyed at foreigners.

    • Jim 17:04 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      That’s not entirely true rue david, the British didn’t vote against Europe, they did vote against the bureaucratic EU. The way you put it is that if you vote against the NHL, it means you vote against hockey. The EU is clearly undemocratic, almost like the former Soviet Union. If the Netherlands, France and Germany would get the chance to their own referendum I fear they would exit too.

    • ant6n 17:46 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      I’m not sure you can fix the democracy-deficit of the EU by shutting it down. Arguably the EU is more democratic than the States, and even Canada. And it’s not like the UK is much of a pluralist democracy either.

      If you look at the age distribution of the opinions, it seems rue david’s explanation is more likely.

    • Kate 17:55 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      If the EU breaks up, we’ll have a good chance of watching Russia move in and World War III break out. This is not a world where we can thrive by withdrawing inside borders with the company only of people who look and sound just like us.

    • Jim 19:31 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Many people just want out. They didn’t vote for fixing the democracy-deficit. That already has been tried for many years. Apparently, it’s exactly the people that lost elections that are now running the EU. Look what has happened in the Netherlands, people voted against Ukraine joining the EU, and the Dutch government is not even allowed by the EU to take a decision on that. Leaving the EU causes instability, know one knows how much yet. I don’t want to go as far as Kate and announce WWW III, but yes, some damage will be done. In the end, it always needs some mess to fix some mess.

      What astonishes me in the whole story, for or against, that even now, the EU doesn’t show the slightest self-reflection. It’s not for nothing that so may people are unhappy with the EU, and for sure it is not the media that caused the exit vote.

      Instead of reaction in a way that shows willingness to fix the problems, the EU (Juncker) says out=out and preferably as quick as possible. At the same time they forgive Ukraine and Turkey many issues, corruption, freedom of press and more.

      I am not surprised by the result, and really wished it wouldn’t happen, but things need to change.

    • Douglas 20:36 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Brexit is much different than a Quebec “Quexit” from Canada.

      Quebec can’t survive on its own, England can. I hope the separatists never get any ideas.

      With Brexit, I think there is plenty of blame to go around, both from the left and the right for Brexit. But I’m more in the middle, I don’t think Brexit will yield as much benefits as the leave party claim, neither do I think its a disastrous as the stay voters think it is.

    • Douglas 20:39 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      And Russian WW3 is a little stretch there, where did that come from…

      It’s not like the EU right now have any kind of strong army. NATO is still heavily financed by the US.

    • Kate 21:27 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Quebec can’t survive on its own, England can.

      Neither of those statements is a fact.

      And Russian WW3 is a little stretch there

      Vladimir Putin has been sabre-rattling for years. NATO recently carried out a major exercise in Poland apparently with the intention of demonstrating how ready they are for a scrap. It’s worth reading Brian Stewart’s whole article.

      Don’t forget, Russia casually annexed the Crimea in 2014. The Crimea! One of those names with huge historical overtones! Obviously Russia would like everything back that it had when it was the USSR, and probably wouldn’t mind annexing a few places where the USSR simply had influence. After all, it’s hardly big enough yet! And as European solidarity wanes, its chances grow.

      I suspect this whole vibe is more like the lead-up to World War I, or even possibly the Crimean War, than World War II. We shall see.

    • JaneyB 09:25 on 2016/06/25 Permalink

      I don’t agree that Russia is saber-rattling more than usual. The EU has been being pretty rattle-y itself lately eg: all the bluster after the invasion of the Crimea, plus actively expanding the EU right up to the border with Russia. NATO is a better watchman; Russia is it’s job.

      I think the UK just did what many other member states wanted to do but are too weak economically and/or don’t have the historic ambivalence toward Europe. Even before the Brexit, I doubt Schengen would have lasted another year and after the Greece debacle, the economic structure of the EU is clearly untenable. If it lasts another 5 years, I would be amazed. The lighter smaller European Commission (EC) that worked before the incorporation of the Eastern Bloc worked better and felt less oppressive; something like that could still work.

      My main worry is that the member states dissolve/attenuate their relation with Brussels too slowly. If average people continue to hurt financially, scapegoating’s not far behind. It’s crucial to reform quickly before that the current ‘hate-swarming’ gets any more electoral power. Some countries in Europe have unemployment rates of 30-40% in the young (eg: reproducing) cohort and it continues year after year. It is really astounding that the EU and all of the local elites are so relaxed / unresponsive about that; that’s a way bigger crisis than the refugees and shows just how bureaucratic and ineffective the EU system is.

  • Kate 12:48 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Only a couple of arrests were made during the St-Jean show downtown Thursday night; the parade is about to start on Ste-Catherine.

  • Kate 12:44 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    There will be no charges in connection with the Montreal North riot on April 6, police saying that although they think they know who some perpetrators were, video evidence is too poor to take to court.

  • Kate 11:01 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    I haven’t been following the Bain trial step by step, figuring anyone riveted by it would have already found sources, but CBC conveniently has a summary of what we know so far after three weeks of testimony.

  • Kate 10:58 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Longueuil has opened a beach on Île Charron, adding to the short list of beaches in the urban area. In theory this new beach should be accessible by public transit, although I don’t know how many steps it takes from the metro to the navette from Longueuil, nor whether you can get there by taking the other navette from Promenade Bellerive on the Montreal side.

    • Blork 15:06 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      AFAIK you should easily be able to get to the beach from the landing point of the Prom. Bellerive ferry on Île Charron, but I know nothing about getting to the Prom. Bellerive or how the ferry operates.

      From the other direction, it’s 7 km from the Terminus Longueuil (the Metro) to the navette that takes you to Île Charron. That’s a long walk, but it’s an easy bike ride along the river on a well-maintained bike path. The hard part is the first kilometre; getting from the terminus to the bike path (or basically anywhere away from the terminus; that first part is discouraging but it gets better once you’re beyond that area).

      If you take the navette from the old port, it deposits you at the Longueuil Marina (formal name: Marina Port de Plaisance Réal-Bouvier). From there it’s still 5k to the other navette.

      Alternativelly, the 81 bus from the Terminus Longueuil goes along Marie-Victorin and would drop you off somewhat near the navette to the island. As far as I can tell the nearest stop is at rue Guillem, which is still a dreary 750m walk to the navette, and if you miss the stop the next one is on the other side of the 20, which might as well be on the moon if you’re on foot. At least the 81’s stop going the other way is much closer. Also, I have no idea what the schedule is like, but I can guarantee they’re not very frequent outside of commuting hours and on weekends.

      It would be a really nice outing by bicycle, but not cheap and not quick. First you’d have to get to the old port for the first navette, which only departs once per hour so you’d better be on time. It’s about $7 per person, but it’s a really nice ride. On the other side you ride the 5 km to the next navette, and I can guarantee that the schedules are not coordinated, so you’ll likely have to wait again. It too departs once per hour and costs $4.25 per person. Then there’s probably an entry fee for the beach. Then reverse all that to get home (or ride to the Terminus Longueuil instead of taking the big navette a second time.)

    • faiz Imam 15:08 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      It’s… fine. I looked it up when the announced the campsites on ile Boucherville.

      It’s a ~25mins bus ride from Longeuil terminal on the 81 bus which leaves every 30mins.

      Here is the navette schedule:

      HORAIRE 2016
      Du 21 mai au 24 juin: sam + dim + jours fériés
      Du 25 juin au 5 septembre: mer + jeu + ven + sam + dim + jours fériés
      Du 6 septembre au 10 octobre: sam + dim + jours fériés
      Départ de Longueuil: 10h – 11h – 12h – 13h – 14h – 15h – 16h – 17h
      Départ de île Charron: 10h30 – 11h30 – 12h30 – 13h30 – 14h30 – 15h30 – 16h30 – 17h30
      Fréquence augmentée en période d’affluence.
      TARIFS 2016
      ::::Notez que le tarif n’inclut pas l’accès au parc national::::
      Régulier: 4,25$ aller simple ou 8,50$ aller retour
      0-5 ans: gratuit

    • Kevin 18:51 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      @Faiz Imam
      If my kids were stronger cyclists I’d spend some time camping on those islands this summer. You’ve got your pick of sites as long as you’re willing to take a ferry or have a boat.

    • faiz Imam 20:29 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Actually, If you’re just going to the beach and want flexibility, grabbing a Communauto from around the metro is a useful way to get there.

      Anyways, given that there’s already a major bike path going along the water front, and a major destination on ile charon, it’s obvious that the real solution is expanding/converting a lane on the transcanada bridge to bike/pedestrian use.

      Longueuil(the entire shore honestly) has put quite a lot of money into it’s bike infrastructure. I strongly expect something to be done in the coming years.

    • Dhomas 06:40 on 2016/06/25 Permalink

      For anyone looking for information on getting to Île Charron from Montreal by ferry, here is the schedule:–-îles-de-boucherville.

    • Kate 10:53 on 2016/06/25 Permalink

      Thank you, Dhomas.

    • Jake 13:23 on 2016/06/25 Permalink

      I went bike camping on ile Boucherville last weekend, taking the ferry from Promenade Bellerive. It was lot of fun. The ferry is well set-up for bikes and it’s only about a 45 minute bike ride from the ferry dock to the campground.

      It’s a really nice spot for somewhere so close to the city.

  • Kate 10:54 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Verdun, which had been publicly mulling creating a heliport down by the river, is giving the idea up as too noisy.

  • Kate 10:34 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s a tang of inevitability in this piece about how residents of NDG say Turcot construction has diminished their quality of life. This was predicted years ago when the project was being raised and approved, this was foreseen as diagrams of the new Turcot were being bandied around, and this was known about well in advance. Well, here it is.

  • Kate 10:33 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The question whether the Canadiens plan to trade P.K. Subban continues to percolate through the media, Marc Bergevin claiming both that he could do it but wouldn’t and that he hasn’t shopped Subban around; one item says the Vancouver Canucks might want him, another that the Oilers might be in the market. Brendan Kelly brings his noisy, Variety-inflected style to an almost fact‑free discussion of reasons for Bergevin’s and his teammates’ dislike for Subban, without once raising even the remotest possibility racism might be one strand in the story.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    St-Jean weekend – falling on Fridays this year, both national holidays give us proper long weekends – looks like bringing us nice weather.

    Bringing forward a little content from earlier:

    Metro has five suggestions of spots for Fête nationale festivities, the Journal’s list of where to Fête.

    Metro’s list of what’s open and closed for both the 24th and Canada Day holidays. Gazette’s St‑Jean open-closed item. CBC’s list, CTV’s list, Le Devoir’s list.

    CBC has a list of four obscure facts about the St-Jean holiday.

    Le Devoir looks back at archive photos over many years and at a series of its front pages from the holiday. Pamplemousse remembers five memorable St-Jeans.

    • Michael Black 10:42 on 2016/06/23 Permalink

      The Gazette fixed the list, but in the print edition it’s still wrong. They have retail and SAQ open, and post offices closed on Monday.

      A few years back I noticed their list for Labor Day was wrong, they’d not changed it to reflect the mandatory closings on some holidays, that came with the less fussy rules about opening hours. For three years I’d write a letter, it only got fixed the third year, when I actually sent it to the editor. But for some reason, I thought they’d check the other lists, so I didn’t.

      I looked more carefully yesterday, and saw it was wrong. (There was actually minor difference between the print and online version, but the same errors.) I guess I didn’t do it early enough, I emailed the editor, since the print edition hasn’t been fixed.

      I’m hoping this time it will be correct in the future, since I reminded them that next Friday is a holiday too.


  • Kate 01:53 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The city plans to stop indexing retirement pensions to counter inflation as of next year, fully expecting its unions to kick.

    • 08:40 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      That’s a huge slap in the face to retirees. Someone who’s retired doesn’t even have striking leverage, it’s completely out of their hands. I don’t understand legally how a pension plan can be re-opened to negotiation. This is abuse of the elderly.

    • Uatu 09:51 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Yeah, I don’t get how a ceo of a bank that nearly destroyed the economy can still get his bonus because it was in his contract and yet contributors to a pension fund can get screwed over like this.

    • Chris 09:56 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Uatu, you don’t understand that, really? Or you mean you don’t agree with it?

    • Tim 10:37 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      I have a hard time believing that the city is really going to do this. I generally do not support unions but this policy seems very unfair. I don’t really think that this will go through. This could be a negotiating tactic to soften up the union to accept converting their defined benefit pensions to defined contribution or some other type of concession (which is something that I do support).

  • Kate 01:48 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Vice reports on the background story of Anarchopanda and his fight against bylaw P6.

  • Kate 01:46 on 2016/06/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Lucien-L’Allier and Georges-Vanier stations have been added to the network offering cell phone service. Now you can connect from Mont-Royal to Georges-Vanier LG on the orange line and Beaudry to LG on the green.

    • John B 09:12 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      Nitpick: Shouldn’t that be Mont-Royal to Lionel-Groulx on the Orange, since LG is the station beside Georges-Vanier?

    • Kate 10:05 on 2016/06/24 Permalink

      You’re quite right, John B.

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