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  • Kate 10:49 on 2017/05/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The hoped-for Black Rock memorial won’t happen, but this CBC piece buries the lede: Hydro-Quebec wants the land for a substation to provide current for the REM. There’s a march Sunday in support of the memorial project, and Hydro’s still promising some kind of gesture.

    • Jack 18:02 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      I knew it wouldn’t happen before it didn’t happen. Matthew Barlow has written extensively about Griffintown and memory , here’s a blogpost on the Black Rock.

    • SteveQ 21:24 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      I was there at the march today. And according to what I heard, especially from the Mayor and Marc Miller, something is brewing and will definitively happen. Someone from Hydro-Québec was also there.

      It was an amazing day and great to hear a quartet play some traditional irish music !

    • Jack 21:31 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      SteveQ I hope your right.

  • Kate 23:23 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks back at the 1922 fire at city hall that did severe damage to the 1878 building.

    Gilles Proulx deplores the move of the Canadiens from the Forum, and the decadence, desacralization and anglicization of the team.

    A group of nationalists plans to re-stage the visit of Charles de Gaulle to Montreal in 1967. It’s not clear from this story whether the city will allow them access to the famous balcony. TVA link plays video.

    The Gazette is reposting some of John Kalbfleisch’s history pieces, this weekend looking at the house that stood where St. Patrick’s Church was to be built in 1847.

  • Kate 23:01 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    La Ronde has announced that at age 50, the Pitoune ride is done. Via reddit, someone’s splice of a few home movies from the ride.

    • Chris 20:57 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      Sad. Is anything else left from back then?

    • Kate 00:28 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      A few things. TVA lists: “Le Minirail, La Spirale, les Joyeux Moussaillons, La Marche du mille-pattes, Le Tchou Tchou et le carrousel Le Galopant datent tous de ce moment charnière de l’histoire de la métropole.” The carousel was already an antique in 1967, I seem to recall.

    • Ian 11:15 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      It is, it was restored specifically for la Ronde, originally built in the late 1800s – though it has been extensively restored on several occasions since.
      I’m pretty impressed mille-pattes still runs as well as it does, it’s the only rollercoaster for small children so it is very popular and is a surprisingly fun ride. Moussaillons is one of our family’s favourite relaxing rides and of course the minirail is crucial for getting small people with tired feet from the children’s village out to the ferris wheel. La Spirale is great just for the view but it is getting pretty decrepit and the upper deck has been closed off for years.
      It will be interesting to see if anything is done with la Pitoune or if they’ll just mothball it like the aquarium. It is pretty centrally located and right next to the food area so it would be pretty surprising if they didn’t replace it with something.
      There’s a full list of all the rides here – it’s interesting that the second oldest rides are all from the 80s

    • Kate 11:22 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      Thanks, Ian. I haven’t been over in a long time. Wish they’d restore the cable car ride, but I imagine that’s gone for good. Nice to know the Spirale is working again – I seem to recall it was out of service for awhile.

  • Kate 19:06 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the remaining factories in Griffintown may be making people sick; people in Rivière-des-Prairies are complaining about the horrible smell from a rendering factory, plus rotting dead animal scraps on the road.

    • Dhomas 08:48 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      My brother-in-law lives close to Sanimax in RDP, in a new development built 4-5 years ago. He doesn’t complain too much, but some of his neighbours do. What I don’t understand is that this factory has been there for decades, and it used to smell even worse in the past. What did these folks expect?

    • ant6n 08:57 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      That the city is habitable?

    • dhomas 09:44 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      I agree that the city should be habitable. But those houses were not part of the city; they were just built. MAYBE a developer shouldn’t have built homes right next to thousands of rooting corpses? And MAYBE home buyers should have done enough due diligence to realize that this would be a problem before buying?

    • Kate 09:46 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      ant6n, what “habitable” means has changed over the last century. Working people used to live beside and among their places of work, in the Point and Griffintown and Goose Village. My mother, who grew up in the Point, told me that when the wind was in a certain direction they could smell the tanneries, not a pleasant smell, and I’m sure there were toxic fumes and smells that people pretty much learned to live with, since it meant walking to work – since it meant work. If one or two of your kids died of asthma or something, so sad, but you had eight more to feed, so you got on with it.

      But now we know more about the long-term effects of certain exhausts and chemicals on our bodies, so we want to banish industry far away from housing. But that ends up meaning cars, lots of cars, if people want to work.

      Also, dhomas has a point. It’s like the people who bought into the Plateau and started complaining about everything from the smell of Portuguese rotisserie to the sounds of bands practising or performing. People want silent, untroubled bedroom communities? There are plenty of those. Think ahead: don’t move in next to a rotisserie or a club or a rendering plant. It’s not complicated.

    • Mathieu 09:54 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      I frequently bike by that factory in Griffintown (William is a nice street to bike on, less car traffic) and let me tell you that I would never want to live next to this place. If their garage doors are open, there’s a strong glue scent and it’s worse when it’s hot outside. The location doesn’t seem so good for them either in terms of logistics: their trucks are always stuck on tiny William street and they have to block it for 10-5 minutes every time they want to bring in/out stuff. Maybe the city should help them relocate elsewhere.

    • ant6n 12:01 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      Kate, I think we’ve had this discussion a couple of times — I think there are not enough downtown areas that are quiet and livable. There’s a lot of noise from traffic, and a lot of noise from HVAC systems. I think more areas should be quiet and livable, in order to discourage people from leaving the city because they’re fed up, especially as they’re having families.

      I think bands should be performing mostly on the main streets, not in resdential streets. And I think noise rules (e.g. <40db after 11pm) should be respected.

      This is possible, a lot of European cities are much much more tranquil, and comes by focusing on the quality of life of residents — even if they live downtown.

      As a last point, it's often very hard to know the unlawful disturbances that you're going to be subjected to before moving to an area. People visit places during the day, not at 11pm. I don't think it makes sense to ask everybody to try out every place for a week if noise rules aren't enforced.

    • Kate 12:09 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      ant6n, there are swaths of residential areas in town. Most of the Plateau still consists of residential side streets, where the only disturbance would be someone renting a flat on Airbnb. Rosemont, Villeray, whole chunks of Ahuntsic and the Sud-Ouest are residential. St‑Laurent, St‑Léonard and Anjou manage to have distinct industrial chunks and residential chunks. It’s not all that difficult for someone to case an area for possible sources of noise or smells.

      The downtown core can’t suddenly become silent at night. Consider a recent story about noise in the Tour des Canadiens condo development. I didn’t blog that because I was like, puh-leeze, you move into a sports-branded condo tower next to a major sports and concert venue (and transit hub) and now you want us to find your situation unjust because it’s not Nuns Island at night? Move to Nuns Island or Île Paton or something. Have some common bloody sense!

    • Viviane 13:02 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      ant6n, regarding noise disturbances, you say that people visit areas they might want to move to during the day, not at 11pm. It doesn’t seem too much to ask to walk around the vicinity (especially downtown and in the Plateau) late on a Friday or Saturday night to know what to expect before deciding to make the move.

    • Martin 13:09 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      In fairness, though, that guy living in the Tour des Canadiens is mostly complaining about the disturbances caused by visitors in condos rented on Airbnb on his floor. It’s one thing to accept the normal noises of downtown living, but it’s another story when it comes to having strangers having parties next door all the time as if you are living in a hotel. Of course, I would have expected that much from a tower build over the Bell Center, but still…

    • Kate 13:44 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      Yes, Martin, you would, and so would I. Note that the people finagled into buying into that tower were foolish enough to move in without any agreement on living standards. And the guy’s major worry is property values, according to the story. No, he gets no pity from me.

    • Fab Pine 14:21 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      Kate, while I agree with you that living close to work often involves some inconvenience (traffic, smells, etc.) there are, in fact, ways of concentrating polluting and other unpleasant industries outside the city on transit lines. Thing is, rather than doing this, our municipal, provincial, and federal governments have been “selling car culture” for the last 70 years.

    • ant6n 14:54 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      I maintain most noise is traffic and HVAC. I moved in across from a church, in July, and didn’t expect them to have a 55db HVAC system much in whenever the temperature is below 22C. And this is within one of those supposedly quiet residential areas.
      I’m not sure why one would argue against removing unnecessary noise and increasing quality of life of people in general based on some strawman involving the complaint from people one doesn’t like.

    • Kate 00:45 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      ant6n, I sympathize with you about the HVAC. I lived in the Plateau on a residential street where the backs of the houses faced the backs of businesses on St-Denis. One year the restaurant backing on my place installed a very noisy exhaust system. It blighted my last couple of summers there and I was glad to get away from it.

      But it was put in long after I initially moved in there.

      I still think people should be careful where they move in, especially if they’re buying a place and expecting to stay for some time. It’s a big city, there are neighbourhood textures to suit all tastes, but people act like it’s OK to order won ton soup and then complain it isn’t gazpacho.

    • Ian 11:31 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      Even in the quiet Plateau you may have bad luck – I lived across the alley from the old Glatt butcher on the corner of Laurier & Waverly that “mysteriously” collapsed last winter. By late summer the dumpsters out back would constantly reek of rotting blood, stinking up the entire block. Nobody was sad to see it shut down, that’s for sure.

      There’s lots of things about an apartment you only learn once you’ve lived there a couple of months. Trucks full of rotting meat that occasionally lose their load on the way to the rendering plant would be one of those things, I imagine.

      My neighbours have a really loud AC unit that makes my backyard pretty much useless all summer but I’ll take that over the smell of carcasses.

    • ant6n 15:25 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      I understand there are people that are pretty unreasonable. But overall I think, as Montrealers, we should ask that are quality of life with respect to our neighborhoods keeps increasing. So I’m not such a big fan of the argument that says “you moved there, what did you expect”.

      Noise and traffic is one issue, reduction of industrial-type nuisances is another, transit and access to green spaces and services are more. I tend to think that we should thus improve as many neighborhoods as quickly as possible — effectively making the city as a whole more attractive compared to the suburbas, while spreading the gentrification as far as possible so fewer people are displaced in each area.

  • Kate 13:12 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV has a good piece here on how the new bridge illuminations work.

  • Kate 13:11 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Next weekend, Ubisoft will be launching a game-playing circuit around its headquarters in the Peck Building.

  • Kate 13:05 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the victims in the May 18 Times Square car attack was Montrealer Elena Avetisian, who remains in a coma. This brief item refers to a fundraising campaign for her care and her family, but doesn’t link to it: it’s here.

  • Kate 12:59 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Projet Montréal is holding its party conference this weekend to hash out its platform for the November election.

  • Kate 11:44 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a brief interview with Charles Bronfman, who’s just published an autobiography at 85.

  • Kate 11:20 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Eleanor London, well known in the west end as the woman who started the Côte St-Luc library in a mall, has died.

    I’ve never even seen the “new” library, but the original one in the mall wasn’t far from my high school and I went there a few times then. I remember being amazed they allowed you to sit on the floor if you wanted to.

    • Patrick 12:30 on 2017/05/27 Permalink

      I used to go to the mall location too, when I was home from grad school in the summer and holidays. The best part was that the library was open seven days a week–and I see it still is.

    • Michael Black 16:01 on 2017/05/27 Permalink

      The flags really were at half mast outside the library today.

      Of course, the library doesn’t really fly flags, but the building is split between the library and city hall, so the flags are there for the latter.


  • Kate 11:10 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    24H introduces some of the artists invited for the Mural festival.

    Everett-Green talks about an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts he says is being castigated because Jean-Paul Gaultier did a fashion take on the familar Plains Indian feather headdress. But it’s not the first time the MMFA has come a cropper over native appropriation issues. A few years ago we discussed the story about the museum having to remove a bogus Inuit brand from its shop.

    24H has five suggestions for Sunday’s museums day.

  • Kate 10:44 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Nice day for a walk? The Gazette tells us about history walks in Old Montreal Saturday, part of a heritage day around rue St-Paul, and there’s a March for Humanity midday downtown.

    At noon there’s also to be a demonstration for the preservation of the garden space behind Notman House, which Mario Girard explains here was once determined to be a heritage space but then, shiftily, was sold to a developer, which is specifically the kind of thing that shouldn’t happen to heritage spaces. There are forty trees that are a hundred years old in there, including some endangered species.

  • Kate 10:32 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    A fire in an Outremont kosher restaurant early on Saturday destroyed the building and is being investigated as arson. Raw video from TVA, which tells us nobody got hurt, but not how many people may have been living upstairs.

    The fire department has begun a campaign to tell people not to put their cigarettes out in flowerpots. Sounds like a joke, but commercial plant pots are often filled with moss and chemical fertilizers which, if dried out, can be dangerously inflammable: a couple of major fires last year started this way.

    • jeather 13:20 on 2017/05/27 Permalink

      It can happen in residential flowerpots too.

    • Blork 13:35 on 2017/05/27 Permalink

      It *does* happen in residential flowerpots. The fire above Milano a couple of years ago started that way.

    • Kate 14:03 on 2017/05/27 Permalink

      I meant commercially prepared pots, the kind given as gifts or bought on a whim at the market, which are often filled out with sphagnum moss. Not necessarily ones found on commercial premises.

      Hanging pots are often like this, to keep them light presumably; plants bought in those pots dry out so fast it’s hard to keep them healthy, but the pots are often left lying around after a plant dies.

  • Kate 01:00 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre has promised to save the Open Door homeless shelter that’s set to be turfed out this summer as St Stephen’s church gets sold.

  • Kate 00:54 on 2017/05/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has a video report on the metro’s wooden brakes and how they’re formed at the STM’s own shops. I’d be curious to know if they keep a cherry plantation somewhere to provide the wood, and what they do with the used-up ones. You can’t burn them, because they’ve been treated with a fire retardant mixture.

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