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  • Kate 17:50 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Jeanne-Mance Park abduction suspect was suffering from poorly controlled schizophrenia, his lawyer says.

  • Kate 16:13 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Uber says it’s prepared to start over in Quebec with a pilot project. It’s also willing to give money to the government.

    • Ephraim 20:20 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      It’s amazing what can happen when all of a sudden you realize that not only may you be shut out of the system, but that other cities and provinces are listening.

      The average Uber driver doesn’t even make minimum wages after expenses are calculated… as if you can deduct them when you are doing this under the table.

    • Nathan 20:49 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      You can’t deduct expenses if you’re getting paid under the table. But you can expense things in order to pay less taxes. So they can’t write off anything from zero.

    • kbayquoi 07:32 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      Uber is investing heavily in driverless cars. They recently joined forces with Toyota on several projects. They have a market value greater than General Motors. They recently pulled out completely in Austin, Tx, when the local government passed by-laws they did not like. And that has adversely affected Austin’s local economy. Should they be shut out here, ultimately it is our local public and businesses that will do without their value added services. I seriously doubt Uber would be THAT concerned, overall, if they lose Quebec. Taxi’s here are way over regulated, costs too much, long waits, and rude drivers. It was refreshing, at least for a while, to have this alternative and the competition. I for one, hope they can work out their differences with the Quebec Government.

    • JaneyB 08:02 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      The driverless car plan is the core of the problem. The move on the taxi system is the first step; we all know that once that system is undermined and we have no alternative, the driverless car will be introduced so that even the shitty wages of Uber will disappear.

      Then what? Where exactly will all the delivery people in the economy work? Whether it’s delivering people or material, a vast chunk of the labour force is engaged in some form of delivery. This whole thing is a high price to pay for a cleaner taxi. We can see the progression on the horizon; therefore we can stop it. People seem to forget – we are allowed to stop ‘progress’. There’s nothing inevitable about it and…it’s not progress in the first place. Just because it involves smartphones or computers does not make it good.

      Where is Teo in this debate? Uber is getting too much press. How about cleaner, regulated taxis/taxi-like service and no ‘driverless car revolution’? We can choose that. Easy. Let’s go with that.

    • Chris 08:24 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      JaneyB, driverless cars are inevitable, and yes, many people will become unemployed. Hopefully it’ll end up utopian (a la Star Trek) vs dystopian.

    • kbayquoi 08:26 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      When it comes to progress… the “vast chunk of the labour force” has never been the primary concern for businesses. Their bottom line is ALWAY money and stock holders(not workers). I absolutely do not like that any more than you do, but it is “a fact of life”. Workers displaced by new technology, must re-train themselves into the many new fields that do offer work. I have had to do that 2 times in my career.

    • Bill Binns 08:45 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @JaneyB – Artificially preserving jobs that are no longer necessary doesn’t work. What if we had been doing that throughout history? Should we have prevented the development of electrical infrastructure to preserve the jobs of candle makers and coal merchants? Some people are always on the losing end of progress.

      Anyway, driverless cars are getting tons of press right now but I don’t think they are anywhere near as close to mainstream use as some would have you believe. The fast food jobs will be wiped out before the driving jobs. This push to pay unskilled fast food workers $15.00 an hour is driving the development of a burger flipping, sandwich assembling robot arm. I just read an interview with an ex-McDonald’s CEO that says they have the price on such a device down to about 35K. The robot cashier has already been developed and you can see them in use at most of the McDonald’s and A&W’s around Montreal. It’s just a matter of time before they totally replace their fleshy counterparts.

    • Uatu 09:20 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      This inevitable automation and also 3D printing is also why the idea of a guaranteed minimum income is being thrown around lately…

    • Kevin 09:24 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      We have guaranteed minimum income for decades: it’s called welfare.

    • Kate 10:03 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      How about a guaranteed minimum income that’s actually livable and doesn’t come with a hefty scoop of shame?

      kbayquoi: the stockholders won’t make much profit if most people can’t afford to buy stuff.

    • Bill Binns 10:24 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @Kate – Sign me up. I will happily quit my job tomorrow as would many others. It will be fun while it lasts.

    • Blork 10:35 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @Bill Binns; no you wouldn’t. Such a guaranteed minimum income would probably be about $18,000 a year. I suspect you make more than that. Would you be willing to drop your income to $18,000 just so you wouldn’t have to work? Unlikely.

      I don’t have any links to sources, but I’ve seen a number of articles over the years (from reasonably reliable sources, not just FB links) about places that implemented such minimum incomes, and the results were always very good. People with skills and ambition kept their jobs, and people who had been struggling struggled less. Crime rates went down, all sorts of crap associated with homelessness and “transients” went way down.

      And less advantaged people were happier for all sorts of reasons. For example, poor people were able to get out of the poverty treadmill in which they worked two or three minimum wage jobs and were never able to get ahead, and instead they were able to do things like sort out their problems, upgrade their skills, etc., because they weren’t overworked and underpaid all the time.

      I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution or that it will necessarily work everywhere, but it has been shown to be successful in some places.

    • Bill Binns 10:50 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @Blork – Kate said “livable”. Of course that term is widely open to interpretation but I doubt you are going to find many people describe 18K as “livable”. In Montreal, livable probably starts around 25k-30k assuming it’s tax free. Now, if I knew I had 30k guaranteed to me by the government, I may not necessarily quit my job tomorrow but I would save a hell of a lot less for my retirement and would likely retire in my mid 50’s.

      As far as eliminating homelessness goes, I don’t think so. San Francisco pays it’s homeless a 14k per year “salary” and that city has the worst homeless problem I have seen anywhere in the world.

    • CE 11:25 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      I lived quite happily on less than 20k/year for many years in Montreal. My life was far from luxurious but definitely “livable.” I remember the first year I cleared 20K, I felt like a millionaire. You have to be pretty out of touch with reality to think that people would be unable to live on less than 25k-30k. There are people raising families on less than that (my mother did).

    • Viviane 11:27 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      I spend less than $20,000 a year living on the Plateau, but earn more than that. I would gladly give up my “profession” for a guaranteed minimum income.

    • Ian 11:31 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @CE – You say, “There are people raising families on less than that (my mother did).”

      Fair enough. How long ago was that? When I was born a brick of butter cost 35 cents. Pretty sure 20k would have gone a lot further back then :D

    • kbayquoi 11:38 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      Someone that lives on 18K a year, probably is not the type of person that is going to be taking a lot of Ubers, or taxis for that matter. More likely, public transit. Uber’s claim to fame, is this new technology, that, provides a better experience for ride consumers, over what was presently available. As with most all “new” technology, there will be a group of displaced workers, and there will be those, that want to advocate for those displaced workers. But there must be something to Uber’s world wide success. As was mentioned in the linked article, something like Proprio shocked the Real Estate market. Yet, it took hold. Now there is Uber. There is something much bigger here, that has taken off, and the local Quebec government needs to find a way allow it to operate, or do without. Either way, the technology is here to stay. If it is not Uber, then Teo. Someone will find a way to make it work.

    • Kevin 12:03 on 2016/05/25 Permalink


      There’s already a lot of data that Uber isn’t used by the poor: they can’t afford the credit cards and data plans that make it feasible.

    • CE 12:23 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      @Ian: I moved out of my mother’s house 12 years ago. 20k went a bit further than it does now but not by a lot (my mother probably made around 16k when I was a teenager although my brother and I both had part-time jobs which helped).

    • Michael Black 13:26 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      Of course, a guaranteed minimum doesn’t mean people doing nothing. It means they don’t have to struggle. People do lots of things now without getting paid, hobbies, sports, volunteering, exploring. They write, especially now when everyone has a printing press.

      The homeless are seen as “doing nothing”, but that valuation is based on their status. Maybe they see all kinds of things, and could tell us a lot about society. They are seen as a problem, yet a different shift in perception has them as people populating the streets. Crowds can bring their own crimes (pickpocketing for instance), but empty streets have potential dangers. Having people around changes that.

      I just saw a story that said kids are good at finding fossils. They are close to the ground, they are curious, so in recent times they’ve found some fairly important fossils. We discount the value of that “because it’s not a job”.

      There are monks who have taken vows of poverty, yet spend their time pursuing the making of cheese or some scientific pursuit. John Dobson was a Hindu monk, but invented easy to build telescopes, and organized public sky viewings. The “Birdman if Alcatraz” (he never had birds by the time he got to Alcatraz) became an authority on small birds, including medical matters, sitting in solitaire at Leavenworth Prison.

      Ivan Illich wrote a book titled “The Right To Useful Unemployment”, though I’ve never gotten around to reading it.


  • Kate 16:11 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The access to Notre-Dame St. under the Turcot will be closed all summer.

    • JaneyB 17:32 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I was driving up to NDG from Lasalle yesterday via Angrignon, Pullman and St-Jacques. Holy, moly, there’s a lot of working going on there – all related to the link between the new Turcot and the 20. It’s really in impressive undertaking (and undoubtedly hellacious during non-holiday driving).

    • Philip 20:25 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      @JaneyB- I drive that strip of the 20 between the échangeur St-Pierre and downtown: It’s incredible how big the project is. And it seems to be progressing incredibly fast, based on the changes I see day-to-day. So far the traffic doesn’t feel out of the ordinary compared to before the project started- so far the bulk of the work is taking place in the yards north of the present roadways, but once that’s completed, I’m sure it’s gonna get interesting.

  • Kate 16:00 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Bixis will be free this Sunday and every last Sunday of the month throughout the season. You’ll still need a credit card as a guarantee.

    • faiz Imam 22:09 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Warning for new or occasional users. If you use a credit card(which you can use for 2 bikes at once), they will put a $250 per bike.

      I’m not sure what the situation is currently, but in the past these holds have stayed on for days. I’ve heard stories of tourists having $1000’s in holds for using 24hr passes a few times.

    • Kate 23:30 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      faiz Imam, that article says the hold will only be $20.

    • Mathieu 10:23 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      It’s now $100 deposit per bike and you can rent 4 bikes with a single credit card.

    • faiz Imam 13:40 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      oh good. I’m happy they’ve changed things.

  • Kate 11:13 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal talked to tourists from several countries, as well as locals, and everyone finds the signage around Old Montreal’s construction sites confusing.

  • Kate 10:24 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    I just had this weirdly creepy intuition, which I will put here for future reference. I’m willing to bet a large poutine at the Orange Julep on this:

    A year from now, the Cirque du Soleil guy will be opening an entirely new horse-based tourist transport offer in Old Montreal.

    • danny 10:32 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      This is too good a bet to pass up – but only if a Julep is part of the deal too! It’ll be worth the drive up from my current home in New Jersey — win or lose! You’re on! :)

    • mare 12:02 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Hahaha, old Cavalia horses pulling caleches, driven by masked coachmen in spandex. Maybe they can do some tricks too, like standing on their hind legs, or meandering in formation.

    • Robert J 13:39 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I think Montreal is probably a little too provincial a market for the Cirque at this point.

    • Kate 14:12 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Won’t be the Cirque per se. It’ll be Guy Laliberté – don’t forget, the Cirque belongs to international financiers now.

    • EmilyG 14:38 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I wonder if the space clown ever got his pagan graveyard. Any news on that?
      (That’s my nickname for him because he went into space.)
      As for horse-based transport, if that did start up again, I wonder if that would be as controversial as the caleches seem to be now.

    • Viviane 15:09 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Cirque du Soleil’s horse guy is Gilles Saint-Croix. Anyway, those guys are artists before being businesspeople. Not sure they’d want to get involved in non-creative ventures.

    • JaneyB 17:19 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      And…you may be on to something @Kate. There is a whiff of intention behind this sudden ‘semi-closure’ of the caleche business. My spidey-sense is now feeling the new horse-based tourist transport offer could be something that runs along the new mountain-to-river path that Coderre is pushing. The caleche works historically with Old Montreal but the old Montreal-to-modern-Montreal path would need something else, something hybrid…maybe @mare’s masked coachmen in spandex…operating an aerial tramway link above the pathway? (really: can any phrase be more ‘Montreal’ than that one??)

    • John B 09:36 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      They’ll come up with a bunch or rules, food-truck style:

      Applicants must already operate a transport company, applicants must already operate a stable and veterinary hospital, applicants must bring something “distinct” to the Montreal transit-scape – none of those run-of-the-mill caleches that just move people and tell them about the city.

      Or the city will run it themselves, having previously eliminated the competition.

    • Kate 10:06 on 2016/05/25 Permalink

      JaneyB: ooh, nice linking of threads there. You may be right.

  • Kate 10:03 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has a good report on the status of the old MUHC buildings. The old Vic is in demand as a movie set and the Children’s is about to pass into private hands for redevelopment. The only entity interested in the Vic is McGill.

    • Marco 16:57 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      The Vic and McGill belong together>

    • MtlWeb39 20:10 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Children’s is being looked at as site for baseball stadium.

    • faiz Imam 22:16 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Love the idea of the mcgill expansion into the vic. It’s a perfect idea, though I hope they will integrate various public uses, the video seems to indicate this a bit.

      MtlWeb39: The idea of the childrens as expos stadium idea has been mentioned a few times but it’s not gonna happen. There is simply no space.

      If it was going to happen, they would have to annex not only hospital and the parking lots, but also place henri-dunant, cabot square as well as Lanbert cross street till st cathrine AND the gas station+ church on lambert crosse.

      Highly unlikely all that would go through. And last year that gas station was demolished to make another luxury condo tower, so forgitaboutit.

  • Kate 09:51 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite the official dress code for taxi drivers, some persist in flouting it.

    You know, if you bring in a set of rules and some are ignored, often it means they’re stupid rules. The dress code thing, as well as the business about getting out and opening the door for able-bodied clients, are stupid, stupid rules. Honestly, if you’re in a taxi, you don’t even see what the driver is wearing, and why should you care?

    • Bill Binns 10:07 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      “You know, if you bring in a set of rules and some are ignored, often it means they’re stupid rules.”

      Hmm, yes I agree but where was this sentiment when we were discussing Uber? I thought the old timey cab drivers were all about obeying all the rules?

    • Ian 10:09 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Oh, but those were rules they agreed with ;)

      Rules are rules, you follow them, or you don’t… but if you don’t follow them, don’t be all hand-wavey if you get punished.

    • Kate 10:14 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      There’s a distinction to be made between serious functional rules (cabbies need a certain level of license, they need to pay taxes, and if some cabbies have to pay for permits they all do – or that has to be renegotiated for all cabbies), and stupid rules someone came up with for class-based aesthetics (let’s pretend the driver is our personal chauffeur, has to follow a dress code and open the door for us – feh). The latter are stupid rules. They don’t even sound good on paper, and they’re not needed for an efficient and fair service

    • Kevin 11:09 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Don’t forget: the taxi drivers are only supposed to get out and open the door for you if call/text for a cab, not when you flag them down in the street.

    • GC 20:45 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      It makes even less sense, because of that inconsistency, and just highlights how pointless the gesture is for able-bodied passengers.

  • Kate 09:46 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    A volunteer cleanup of the Main was held on the weekend and some art was done in advance of the Mural festival opening June 9.

  • Kate 09:37 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Restaurant terrasses will be smoke-free as of this Thursday, and other laws will come into force, including a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of anyone under 16.

    • Ephraim 10:03 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I will finally be able to eat on the terrasse!

    • Ian 10:04 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Enjoy the traffic exhaust, which is definitively linked to cancer rates unlike second-hand smoke in the open air. I like eating outside, but never sit on a terrasse.

    • Bill Binns 10:23 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I don’t really have any skin in the smoking game any more but it has been very interesting to watch the whole smoking argument transform from one thing to another. It used to be about a bunch of (largely unproven) health claims regarding second hand smoke. It has morphed into the assumption that everyone has the absolute right to never detect the smoking of a cigarette at any time. Ten years ago, if you suggested that you would soon not be able to smoke outside or in your own home or in your own car you would have been shouted down and accused of being ridiculous but here we are.

      I’m all for legislating against bad smells, I just wish we could widen the net a little. No Drakkar Noir in the workplace. No cycling to work in the summer. No homemade kimchi in multi unit apartment buildings.

    • Ian 10:29 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      No stinky pits on the bus while we’re at it :D

    • Robert J 13:42 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Public health discussions aside, the tacitness with which society is willing to stigmatise smokers is symptomatic of a sterile and sanitized public culture. Ew a smell! Ew you touched my food. Very squeemish and not always coming from a good place.

    • EmilyG 14:43 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I wish there had been a ban on smoking in cars with people under 16 when I was under 16. I have lung problems because I was exposed to so much secondhand smoke from my parents as a kid (proof that secondhand smoke can be harmful if you’re exposed to too much of it.)

      The linked article doesn’t mention vaping. Are the rules for vaping the same as the new smoking rules?

    • CE 14:52 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I don’t think not wanting to inhale second hand smoke is related to the (very real) push in the developed world to sanitize everything. I think it has more to do with the health issues related to second hand smoke and the desire to not have to be around something that is pretty gross and also completely unnecessary. Even in developing countries where things like food sanitation and general hygiene aren’t nearly as high in a place like Canada, smoking in public places is still often banned.

      Smoking in a car or other enclosed space while a child inside is a horrible thing to do to someone. When I was a teenager, my mother smoked in the house and car. My brother and I presented her with an ultimatum: Don’t smoke in the house or car while we’re around or we’re moving out. She never smoked around us (except outside) ever again and eventually quit altogether.

    • Bill Binns 15:36 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I grew up in a houseful of chain smokers and lived through an era when smoking was cheerfully allowed just about everywhere (remember ashtrays in grocery stores?). I’m just fine so I guess that is proof that second hand smoke can be perfectly safe.

      Also, while subjecting a child to cigarette smoke in a car is now illegal, it’s still perfectly fine to make that kid chant over a book for 12 hours a day or prevent them from hearing music until they are 18.

    • Michael Black 15:39 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Every do often I pass someone who clearly smokes a lot, they o stink of smoke. But that’s an offensive smell to me, rather than bothering my breathing.

      I remember coming home from the Fringe For All, the preview show for the Fringe Festival, and the minute I got home, I’d realize how much smoke I’d picked up, I stunk. It was worse because I’d collect all the flyers the troupes tossed around instead of handing to people, so they flyers would have ä very short life. But I’d grab tem, sort ?them out, and them to the troupes. But having that large pile of flyers made the stink worse. I never noticed the smoke while at the venue.

      Of course, then the rule bout no smoking in such venues came into effect, and I noticed the change immediately.


    • Viviane 16:04 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Bill Binns, some people chain-smoke all their lives and die of old age. That doesn’t prove anything. I would have loved to ride in a smoke-free car growing up. I had to ask the smoker to crack open her window every single time for more than 20 years. Luckily, I haven’t suffered any side effects in the long run. But then you’ve got to wonder, if a child grows up not knowing anything about the unpleasantness of second-hand smoke, aren’t they more likely to be curious about this taboo thing called smoking and want to try it?

    • Kate 17:24 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I grew up with parents who both smoked a lot. Everything I owned stank of it. I was never tempted by it – the yellow fingers, dirty ashtrays, burn marks on the furniture, it was all nasty. Later I had to work in a couple of places where people smoked on the job.

      I had pretty much stopped going out to clubs and bars when the ban first came in, and part of the reason was not liking the sensation of leaving a club or a show reeking of cigarettes. Some people even thought it cool to smoke on the dance floor.

      Now I admit I don’t even like finding I’m walking along a sidewalk right behind a smoker, or finding I’m on the bus close by someone giving off that baked-in ashtray reek from their clothes and hair. But the situation is much better.

      Emily G: I believe vaping is being treated the same way as smoking, legally.

    • Chris 19:26 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Viviane, yes, it proves, as Bill said, that it “can” be safe (or at least not necessary fatal). One example is sufficient proof of *possibility*. Of course his one example says nothing about the common case.

    • EmilyG 20:11 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Yeah, I’m someone who likes going to bars with friends, or to see concerts there, and I appreciate the indoor smoking ban.
      People vaping doesn’t bother me, though.

  • Kate 09:34 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    This is quite a story – one paragraph and a photo, showing a completely trashed car in Anjou. According to the text it piled into a space between two duplexes after some kind of car chase. Driver survived, injured.

  • Kate 09:05 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has some notes on innovations in ice cream this summer.

  • Kate 09:03 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a map today and a photo of the actual bit of Jeanne-Mance Park where the attempted abduction of a child took place on Sunday. The young man in custody has had no previous encounters with the law.

  • Kate 08:42 on 2016/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Vélo Festif people want their 17-person party bike to replace calèches in Old Montreal.

    We had a discussion about the VF last year but at that point the Plateau had been reported as banning it, not just its amplified music, as reported today. And the SAAQ was reported as declaring it illegal because it doesn’t meet any vehicle description they recognize. Presumably the owners have made some deals to keep it on the road.

    Old Montreal’s cobbles wouldn’t exactly suit the Vélo Festif, though.

    • DavidH 09:02 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Could work for this year though, most of the cobbled street are temporarily paved for other works.

    • Chris 09:02 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      In terms of actual practicality/utility, Old Montreal’s cobbles don’t exactly suit anything.

    • Jack 09:16 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      I saw this in Budapest, it looks stupid and sounds bad. Drunk people singing at 11 am
      beside a Museum.

    • Bill Binns 09:29 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Has anyone seen the typical customer of the Caleche business? I would say the average age is 60+ and the average size… well, let’s just say that I doubt “group party bicycle” would be their second choice.

    • Uatu 09:29 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      This doesn’t seem like an improvement over caleches… although, maybe you could hook it up to a caleche and u could have a romantic ride around old Montreal pulled by a party of drunks :P

    • Michael Black 12:01 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Just put the drunks in harness, and they can pull the caleches. It could be impressive, instead of a couple of horses, there’ll be a whole string of drunks.

      But I’m not sure if the caleche gets away from the driver and the drunks run into a car, is that any better than if horses are pulling the carriage?

      They could put dogs to work, they’ve been out of the business since horses immigrated here.

      Unfortunately, the carriages are like everywhere else, not really a distinctive local form of transport. Winnipeg at least has the Red River Cart.


    • Robert J 13:44 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      @Jack drunk singing at 11am is a great idea! Beats office work, if you can swing it.

    • Ian 14:04 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Saw one going down Esplanade between fairmount and Saint Viateur yesterday. There was no music but much woohooing. Locals seemed bemused. I’m not really sure what the tourist draw of residential sidestreets on garbage day is, but whatever. They weren’t as loud as say, a garbage truck.

  • Kate 21:44 on 2016/05/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Calèche drivers worked their final day Monday before the moratorium, although does anyone really believe the trade can be closed for a year and then reopened, snap, just like that? It’s not how things work with animals, with people’s lives and occupations. The SPCA, for example, is only interested in helping retire the horses permanently. Konrad Yakabuski describes the situation from a slight distance.

    Update: The Gazette has a decent piece Tuesday morning pointing out the illogicality of stopping the calèche business now, rather than after the tourist season, when the calèches are always put away for a few months anyway, and when discussions could have been held on how to proceed.

    Whether or not you think horses should be working in Old Montreal, Denis Coderre’s decree has made life exceptionally hard for calèche drivers for no good reason.

    • ant6n 06:15 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      This feels kind of Drapeau-y of Coderre. Some ‘blight’ in the city just banished away.

    • Daniel 06:35 on 2016/05/24 Permalink

      Agreed. This is one of those “temporary” things that just sort of slips into becoming permanent. Perhaps what will replace it is calèche-sharing. Enter your credit card information into the app and summon a horse-drawn carriage to your door with a few taps!

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