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  • Kate 10:13 on 2015/10/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has photos from a vigil held Sunday to commemorate the many missing and murdered aboriginal women.

  • Kate 10:10 on 2015/10/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Verdun has decided to build its planned beach behind the Verdun Auditorium, which will please the people who didn’t want to see it created upstream closer to the wildlife reserve. It should open in 2017.

  • Kate 12:14 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    We have apparently entered the month of the pedestrian, which Denis Coderre is celebrating by removing a sidewalk in the Plateau to allow for more parking.

    • Dave M 12:48 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Maybe he can find a way to pump raw sewage towards the river over the rest of the sidewalks as a followup.

      Worst. Mayor. Evar.

    • rue david 13:23 on 2015/10/04 Permalink


    • EmilyG 13:34 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Nice move, Denny.
      I think we should make him walk and/or take public transit everywhere for a month.

    • Dave M 13:42 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      rue david, I’m not sure what you’re wtfing at. If it’s the tweet, it seems to be a reference to this:

      If it’s my comment, it’s in reference to this:

      (how do I properly link things here anyways?)

    • Kate 13:51 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I switched my initial link up there, which was to a tweet by the CBC’s Morgan Dunlop, to an actual CBC story with more detail.

      Dave M, you make an html link like any html link. However, my blog will hold comments with links for me, to make sure they are not spam.

    • Dave M 13:55 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Like, with an a href tag? I can add arbitrary HTML to posts?

    • Ephraim 13:57 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Now, without judgement about the car issue, I find it interesting that we always put a sidewalk parallel to a walking path in a park…. it’s nice to walk in a park. And maybe the city will clear that path in the park and people can enjoy walking in the park instead of around it.

    • Dave M 14:13 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      And what do they do after 11 when the park is “closed”?

    • Viviane 15:18 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      “[City councillor Marc-André Gadoury] said pedestrians can use paths in the park instead of a sidewalk.”

      No, they will walk on the bike path.

    • SMD 16:33 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Also: winter. Is the city going to clear snow from the paths in the park like they do sidewalks? I doubt that it is even possible. So anybody with limited mobility (wheelchair, cane, stroller, etc) will be SOL come winter.

    • Blork 17:11 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      “No, they will walk on the bike path.” Yes, and on the sidewalk on the other side of the street.

    • Daisy 21:05 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I don’t think people should have to cross the street to use the sidewalk. I realize this happens in the suburbs (in St. Lambert they don’t bother to clear the sidewalk on one side in the winter) but if you want people to actually use walking as a method of transportation that isn’t good enough.

    • mare 23:27 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I just passed that stretch tonight at 9pm and almost half of the parking spaces on both sides of the street were empty. And most of those weren’t even reserved for residents with vignettes. That’s not the case in other streets in the Plateau, where finding a spot in the evening is hard, very hard. Who’s living on that stretch of Brebeuf that has so much clout with the mayor to keep those parking spots? Surely somebody with lots of cars in their household.

    • Jack 08:27 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      I think this is more of a political calculation. Cars and their indiscriminate use are going to be the municipal niqab, a wedge issue to isolate Projet voters. i.e. if you own a car you cant be with those commies. I see it here in Villeray when discussion focuses on the Castelnau pilot project.

    • Mathieu 10:48 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      The people living there are frustrated about the parking situation on Laurier, not on the side streets (and to be honest, they have a point: vignettes on a commercial street shouldn’t be there). But since they’re on the watch about parking, Coderre jumped on it to convince them he’s on their side and doesn’t allow Ferrandez to do what he wants. It’s a cheap move though, as the real problem is on Laurier and that’s where he should put his energy to oppose Ferrandez if he’s not agreeing with him.

    • JoeNotCharles 11:14 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      How does the city even have the authority to make changes like that in a borough which has its own mayor and council?

    • Kate 12:00 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Good question, JoeNotCharles. I don’t have an answer to that, although not long ago the city made some very strange rulings about streets. The central city has automatic jurisdiction over major arteries, but the ruling made some streets into “arteries” that are nothing of the sort, the assumption being that city hall wanted to have direct power over them.

      Here it is reported in Rue Masson in January this year: “L’administration Coderre transforme 38% des rues locales montréalaises en artères avec sa réforme sur le financement des arrondissements. Certaines rues locales, gérées jusqu’à présent par les arrondissements, seront bientôt administrées par la ville centre.”

      Here is a large PDF showing the many streets arbitrarily decreed arterial by city hall. And yes, that piece of Brébeuf is one of them.

    • Dave M 14:14 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Major arteries are under the central city’s control, and Coderre declared any street with a bike lane or bus route to be a “major artery.” It was ridiculous when he did it (or that he even could do it without the borough signing off on it), and this is what we have to show for it.

    • Blork 14:43 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Wow. That makes Milton street a “major artery.”

    • Dave M 16:42 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Sure does! Milton is marked on the PDF map that Kate linked to as one. So is the raoad going by Habitat 67 and the path across the bridge to Parc Jean Drapeau because of the bike path, which I just realized now.. a couple parks that had bike paths running through them were declared “major arteries” by the change too, if I remember from when it was widely ignored news that no one except Projet cared about.

  • Kate 12:09 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    A Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Côte-des-Neiges is having difficulty getting a permit to expand, even though it’s got some land. They’ve now hired Julius Grey. (Grey’s name turns up in so many human rights cases I begin to wonder who people will turn to when he retires or dies.)

    In play is that zoning here is dominated by Catholic ideas on the difference between a monastery and a place of worship, whereas Buddhism doesn’t make that distinction. It’s a temple where people hold services, and the monks live in it.

    • Uatu 12:26 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Isn’t this is really about collecting taxes? Condo owners pay, but temples/monasteries don’t, right?

    • Kate 12:47 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Maybe, but they already own the land they want to use, so presumably it already falls under that exemption.

      Also, the Quan Am temple is on de Courtrai, which means it backs onto the tracks. I know condos are being built in some places that seem unlikely to attract buyers, but this wouldn’t be a promising spot. Most of the buildings along that side of the street are small-scale industrial, although there’s the Buddhist temple and at least one mosque as well.

    • Dave M 12:50 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      My money’s on Rocco Galati as the most likely person to step up and try to fill Julius Grey’s shoes when he retires.

    • Ephraim 14:00 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      So monasteries don’t pay even for the residential part? Does a rabbi, reverend or imam get to deduct their homes if they are owned by the “religious order?” Maybe we need to look at this religious exemption. They use the same services and it’s not really fair that atheists pay a share of the religious orders taxes. Nothing against religion, but why should they be exempt from the taxes?

    • Kate 14:42 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I would bet that the presbyteries that stand next to many older churches were included in the tax break. These are probably grandfathered in, but I have no idea whether new institutions can also claim them. Note that the Quan Am would probably be housing three or four monks at most – we’re not talking about creating a massive monastery here.

      As for taxes on monasteries and nunneries – this is Quebec, what do you think? Cast your mind back to the centuries in which the Catholic church dominated the whole place.

      But this isn’t about whether any or all religious exemptions should be discontinued. It’s partly about the inapplicability of Catholic categories and definitions to other religions, and it’s also partly about culture. A temple like this is a cultural support and gathering place in addition to any religious function. That has a value even for nonbelievers.

    • Bill Binns 11:48 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Kill the property tax exemption for religious buildings. Create tax credits for the fair market value of any services to the community provided by the property.

    • Kate 14:51 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Ah, the religion of “fair market value” enters the picture.

  • Kate 11:38 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    The MUHC is cleaning up its statue of Queen Victoria. It used to sit at the base of the elevators in the Vic’s ten-storey wing in back, and the article doesn’t mention the tradition of touching the statue’s knee for luck before going up for a test or procedure. I don’t know whether the statue’s within reach at its new home.

    • Uatu 12:22 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      It’s within reach in a non descript corner. Most patients and visitors are too busy trying to figure out where they are / need to go to notice it. Wish they would improve the signage instead. It’s ok for me but there are a lot of seniors having trouble reading them…

  • Kate 11:35 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a history capsule on itinerant knife sharpeners, with a look at the photo background of the lower Main. The Hong Kong café in the old picture is still conceptually in existence, although the current photo leaves it out of the frame.

  • Kate 10:31 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette looks at how the city has been producing mobile apps. Mention is made of Info‑Neige and Parcours riverain, but why would the city want to develop museum or transit apps when those already exist?

    The only thing the city can provide beyond what already does is a live data stream from the STM’s iBus GPS thing, which was supposed to be already functioning sometime last year, but which hasn’t launched yet.

    The Journal looks at a popular chain of restaurants that has created its own app to make it easier for customers to get a table without waiting in line.

    • EmilyG 11:15 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I was thinking last night that it’d be neat if there’d be an app telling you where all the metro trains are in the system. Don’t know if there’d be much demand for that, though.

    • Bob 12:43 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      Not many people know this but AccuWeather acquired a weather app developed in Montreal a couple of years ago. That’s what they’ve been using to forecast rain by the minute. Cool factoid of the day!

    • nathan 23:02 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      If they do come out with that feature the Transit app should also get access to the live stream.

    • Kate 10:18 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      nathan, I believe iBus is meant to be open, but we will see – eventually.

    • Robert J 14:41 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      I know that Ottawa’s iBus equivalent works in the transit app.

  • Kate 00:24 on 2015/10/04 Permalink | Reply  

    And it grinds on. Hang in, folks – it’s just another FIFTEEN FUCKING DAYS.

    Vice (Justin Ling) has a guide to dealing with the niqab debate with a perfect quote from the government manual: “The appropriate dress for candidates at a citizenship ceremony is business attire, but they may choose to wear a traditional dress.”

    The Beaverton hits home with niqab satire. I want to quote the brilliant final paragraph but I won’t, because you should go read it.

    Blogger Robert Jago has vowed to dig into the background of Tory candidates and post the findings on The Harper Gang.

    More updates Sunday morning:

    Hundreds of people get voter cards with incorrect information. None of the instances reported are in Quebec, but please check yours to ensure the data makes sense. I’m making efforts here to apply Hanlon’s razor.

    The Journal finds that a shocking number of people in Quebec are poorly informed: one third of those polled did not know the date of the election, fair enough, but one half could not name the MP that had represented them for four years. With some entertaining vox pops.

    CBC looks at Mulcair, Trudeau and the unpredictability of Montreal voters.

    • EmilyG 08:37 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      I don’t always like satire, but that Beaverton piece is brilliant. Thanks for sharing that.

    • denpanosekai 11:08 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      “Le Parti Du Bloc Quebecois”. Hilarious voxpop, thanks.

    • yossarian 17:11 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      You can start advance-voting this Friday, and then turn off the tv, radio and internet news until sometime around 2027.

  • Kate 12:24 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The Champlain is closed southbound this weekend – a “vrai calvaire” this time. New trusses are being added to brace up the structure and keep it safe to use until its demolition. Directions on the Victoria and Jacques-Cartier have been adjusted accordingly; more work will be done on two further weekends this fall.

  • Kate 11:21 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    A common front of public service unions plans a big demonstration Saturday at noon in Mount Royal park to denounce government inaction on contract negotiations.

    Update: Many thousands have turned out.

    Sunday, there are further reports on the demonstration – Global, TVA, CTV. Some or all of these links may play video.

    • Chris 16:22 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Just walked by. Apparently 400 buses and 100k people.

  • Kate 11:00 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    A young man who apparently killed and ate a cat was turned in by his roommates, and will not do jail time for cruelty but will do community service even though he has expressed no remorse. The line about “une sensation de faim que même la nourriture ne pouvait pas combler” could be straight out of a horror movie. Let’s hope the community service is not at an animal shelter.

    • Alison Cummins 11:30 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Well hey, he’s only 21 and he was crashing from speed. He was hungry. It could have been a potato; it just happened to be a cat. He got a stern talking-to. What else do you want?

      (And yes, this is after actually having been found guilty of the crime in question. Imagine if he hadn’t been?)

    • anon 14:28 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      My Dad used to work in a slaughterhouse. One day his neighbour’s pet Vietnamese pot-bellied pig fell off the couch and broke its back, becoming totally paralyzed and squealing in terrible pain. The neighbour called my Dad to come over and do a mercy killing, which he did. He then took the dead pig away for the neighbour, and when he got home, he duly butchered it and later ate it. “Pig is pig” was his rationale, “It would just be wasteful to bury it”. My take is that my Dad is a bit of a monster for taking advantage of his neighbour and eating his pet. The poor guy even paid him to do it.

      He has since taken to keeping & breeding pot-bellied pigs as he developed a taste for them. This is totally legal. They are kept and treated the same as any other pig in a non-factory farm setting, lots of room to roam around inside & outside, They have a nice pigpen with a well-built hutch, lots to eat, fresh water. Happy as any farm pig could be. This doesn’t bother me.

      Animals for meat is a very weird situation when you start thinking about the ethics of it, especially how people are so weird about animals that are pets. The only animal I can think of that is both a pet and a meat animal in our culture is the horse.

      I often wonder when I’m eating meat if it had a name when it was alive. On the farm we always had a rule not to name the meat animals unless they were being kept as breeders. It was a lesson that was always learned from the sadness of the first time an animal you named got killed.

    • Kate 15:22 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      anon, I see what you mean, but I think the Journal was too offhand in describing the cat as a stray. People let their cats out, and there’s no way to know this man didn’t grab someone’s pet animal, kill it and eat it. (If we want to wax philosophical we’d have to ask whether a cat with no owner has less of a right to live, but I’d counter-hold that a cat valued by its owner has a social role that a stray doesn’t.)

      There’s also the ramifying aspect that a guy who’d do this is demonstrating he’s drifted away from generally accepted social mores, and that someone like this is potentially not just a risk to animals but to people and to himself.

      I don’t think most food animals get named. And horsemeat, while accepted in some countries, is illegal in others. The British were appalled a little while ago when it was shown there was horsemeat in some “beef” products, and horsemeat’s illegal in California. But if you Google you’ll find several boucherie chevaline establishments in this city.

    • Chris 16:27 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Kate, perhaps there were merely appalled by the false advertising. No one likes being lied to.

      I’ve never tried dog nor cat, but apparently dog is better tasting.

    • Kate 17:07 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      There are cultures where dog is eaten but you don’t hear of people eating cat except in extreme desperation. In general, carnivores are not good tasting to us, and the cat is about as total a carnivore as there is.

      Chris, there’s annoyance at false advertising, and then there’s outrage at a violated taboo. The UK thing was more like the latter. Horsemeat is objectively no worse for you than beef is, and in fact is probably healthier.

    • Robert J 17:27 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Yeah it must have tasted awful. Also I don’t even want to know how he killed the thing. Must have been… messy.

    • Ephraim 18:25 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Was it served with plum sauce? if you want the reference.

    • anon 19:01 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      My Dad used to sell rabbits to an Italian grocery that wanted the tail & heads left on, apparently it’s the only way you can tell cats from rabbits once the skin and feet are gone. So I’m guessing cat tastes not a lot different from rabbit.

      We actually do eat a lot of carnivores… they’re called fish.

    • Kate 23:57 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      I doubt cat tastes like rabbit. It only has to look enough like rabbit for someone to buy it.

      anon, I think the rule about carnivores applies to mammals only. The sea is different.

    • anon 08:55 on 2015/10/05 Permalink

      Could be, I wouldn’t know. But chickens are omnivorous, as are pigs. People hunt bears for food, which are also omnivorous. So not specifically carnivores but the whole theory of things that eat meat tasting bad is untrue. As far as 100% carnivores we eat, the only ones I can think of are seals, alligators and snakes… so maybe we should extend the non-carnivore rule to specifically only include land mammals.

      Kate, you said “There are cultures where dog is eaten but you don’t hear of people eating cat except in extreme desperation.” This isn’t true. Cat is eaten in a few of the dog-eating countries, too. Cats are sold in meat markets in southern China & Vietnam, it’s quite well-documented if you want to check on youtube. Of course, these are also places that have experienced extreme famine in the past so have a different attitude toward what counts as edible. Worth noting, in northern China eating cats is considered unacceptable. Also worth noting, there is a folk practice of eating dog & cat in Switzerland but it’s very much not out in public.

  • Kate 01:34 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    A Globe & Mail writer has an unusual analysis of Montreal as a festival town and how funding temporary festivities may have undermined more permanent arts organizations.

  • Kate 01:05 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal sent their drone over the Turcot work site.

    • yossarian 14:07 on 2015/10/04 Permalink

      My harmlessly dim-witted (yet B. Comm holding) friend says “In ten years we will all have drones.” “What for, exactly?” I asked him. “Because they are drones.” “Yes, you said that, but what will we use them for?” “Because we will all have them.” he says. No prizes for guessing his degree is in marketing. Well at least it was better than listening to his usual litany of CJAD angryphone talking points.

  • Kate 00:42 on 2015/10/03 Permalink | Reply  

    L’actualité has a feature looking at Canada after 10 years of Stephen Harper.

    Friday night’s French-language debate was largely about the niqab. Paul Wells says Trudeau won this one. The National Post assesses each candidate’s grasp of French.

    Radio-Canada has a good feature looking at Montreal ridings expected to see close races.

    Le Devoir looks at Thomas Mulcair in Outremont and the CBC has a spotlight on La Pointe‑de‑l’Île.

  • Kate 23:26 on 2015/10/02 Permalink | Reply  

    People are hunting deer illegally in Pointe-aux-Prairies park at the far eastern end of the island. Police have stopped hunters with guns, and an ordinary citizen stopped and reported a man with a crossbow.

    • MtlWeb39 14:40 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      Maybe TVA should send out a helicopter for footage of the killings

    • Kate 15:27 on 2015/10/03 Permalink

      It might actually be a good use for police drones to keep an eye on large but remote parks like this.

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