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  • Kate 10:03 on 2016/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro’s Jeff Yates looks at the many hidden and sometimes forgotten old quarries that provided the city’s trademark gray stone.

  • Kate 10:00 on 2016/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    A new documentary looks at the anglo exodus from Quebec, mostly from Montreal.

    • Michael Black 10:50 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      I thought William Weintraub’s 1993 “The Rise and Fall of English Montreal” was about this, so this movie can hardly be the first, despite what the article suggests.


    • Taylor C. Noakes 14:19 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      Ok, public appeal time: I’ve been trying to get going on a documentary on the history of Montreal for next year’s big anniversary for a little while now. Not about Anglos or Francos, but everyone – the shared experience.

      And no one seems terribly interested.

      Michael Black is right: the documentaries in English about Montreal’s history have, up to now, focused almost entirely on loss, Anglo Exodus (etc.)

      Weintraub’s is a cheap pastiche of Ken Burns and sacrifices any examination of how people actually get along to capitalize on the Angryphone sentiment of the day. Worse, it glorifies the lives and lifestyles of the Victorian super elites, most of whom considered themselves British rather than Canadian, almost as if this was the societal norm for the community at large.

      All that said: I’m tired of waiting around for network television to come up with an original and/or interesting idea?

      Anyone have a camera and know how to edit? I’ll pay.

    • Kate 14:26 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      TCN, what’s the angle? You can’t just do “Montreal history” – it’s too big, and too linear a plod through the timeline would be tedious.

      Anglos did lose, although it takes me an effort to even write this because it’s a given in Quebec that we didn’t lose, but if we did we deserved to, so even talking about it is off the table.

    • Poutine Pundit 21:59 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      Anglos won. They moved out of their bubble, learned another language, gained some complexity, and started to participate in two cultures instead of one.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 23:39 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      @Kate –

      The pitch was a bit more detailed than that. What I want to do is examine the evolution of Montreal over its history, examining historical events as they might relate to contemporary issues.

      Non-linear, non-chronological. Much more in step with the BBC program ‘connections’ from back in the 1970s.

    • Kate 00:03 on 2016/05/01 Permalink

      PP: Did we now. All my original group of friends from school left Quebec. All of them. A lot of them thought I was nuts to stay here and don’t imagine I haven’t occasionally thought they were right. I would venture a guess all of them make more money than I do (not that it’s the only metric of personal success, but it helps).

      TCN: Podcast series!

    • Kevin 07:25 on 2016/05/01 Permalink

      @Poutine Pundit
      No. Everyone lost.
      If the goal was to blend cultures it could have been done in a more sensible fashion.

      Instead we stagnated/shrank what was the largest and most successful city in the country for decades, allowed corruption to gain a stranglehold, and have spent 50 years letting people with stupid grudges dominate political discourse instead of solving our problems.

      Montreal: 50 years of political antagonism.

      That sounds like a big project.
      Have you written your script yet?

    • JaneyB 09:52 on 2016/05/01 Permalink

      @TCN. This might be similar to what you’re looking for:

      No Eng subtitles unfortunately but the series captures the feeling of different events in Quebec contemporary-ish history. I think the ‘event focus’ allows more complexity than the theme or chronological focus where thesis-wrecking elements get edited out. Such a great series; it’s really a media/historical treasure IMO.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 15:16 on 2016/05/01 Permalink

      @JaneyB – awesome! I had never heard of this. This is very interesting, and I love the event focus too. A series like this is particularly well-suited to contemporary history. Great call!

      @Kevin – I’m writing it. I have outlined some episodes though.

      @Kate – that’s probably the cheapest option; I think I’d want to do a visual podcast though, or a podcast walking tour.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2016/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The police pitch to close Bar Muzique to avoid possible gang reprisals for this week’s shooting has failed, so the bar stays open, with conditions including eliminating hip-hop from the playlist. (Some reports said “gangsta rap.”)

    • Robert J 12:08 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      Wow Montreal cops are racist. I’m all for closing the bar. It’s a problem. But equating hip hop and crime? Fuck that.

  • Kate 09:52 on 2016/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    There was one shooting in Cartierville and another downtown overnight, neither fatal (yet). No arrests have been made as of noon Saturday.

  • Kate 00:46 on 2016/04/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The recent release of break-and-enter stats seemed to show an unaccountable hot spot on Nuns’ Island. CBC investigated and found that this was because of how police categorized one incident: 25 storage lockers were hit in one building. Moral of story: raw stats can be misleading.

    • Ian 09:57 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      I was wondering about that… Good to know.

  • Kate 21:39 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Why is the CHUM complex not open yet? The Gazette says officials are not talking about why its delivery is running seven months late.

    • Uatu 00:37 on 2016/05/01 Permalink

      Zen koan time! If it’s 7 mos. Late and no one notices…. Does this mean that it isn’t really necessary? ;)

  • Kate 20:34 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Talky food critic Alan Richman has written about Montreal’s restaurants for Town and Country, and Eater has extracted a tl;dr version.

    • Blork 11:26 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      The original article makes several references to the referendums and Quebec’s desire to separate from Canada, but in every case there’s an assumption that leaving Canada means joining the United States. That’s weirdly US-centric, especially for someone who used to live here.

    • Kate 12:30 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      I know, it’s a silly point to belabour, but maybe he’s pandering to his audience.

  • Kate 20:31 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A lot of illegal kosher wine was seized from a Côte-des-Neiges synagogue which was allegedly selling it on the sly.

  • Kate 20:28 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Pro-Uber and anti-Uber demonstrations were held Friday.

    Uber wants to be treated as a different category of thing, resisting new legislation that would treat it as a taxi service and tax Uber drivers as other cabbies are taxed. It’s never been clear to me why Uber thinks offering an app makes them magically immune to the business standards in place for other people offering the same service.

    I’m also far from thrilled by the fact that Uber siphons profits out of Canada into tax havens.

    • Chris 21:18 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      But it’s an app! Apps are cool! :)

    • Kate 21:35 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      I have the Diamond Taxi app on my phone. Works fine.

    • ant6n 08:51 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      I’m not a big fan of Uber as a company, they’re too full of themselves with their whole ‘we’re a disruptive startup’ bs, and they’re really douchey at it. The full page ads they’re running in Metro are completely non-sensical.

      Why Uber says there something different?
      …because today’s taxi industry sucks. The taxi industry is based on artificial scarcity of existing players. So they can price it artificially high, and provide super shitty service without getting out-competed.


      One thing that’s neat about UberX is that it’s something that will immediately make you some money, without much training and all you need is a car and some time. The threshold of entry is pretty low, and you can use it as a part-time job to increase your earnings. I think it’s great for people who have difficulty finding a proper job, or people who like the crazy flexibility of ‘I’ve got three hours to kill, let’s drive some Uber’.

      Uber’s point that people below 30K annual income shouldn’t have to collect sales tax is not completely unreasonable. It comes down to deciding whether Uber drivers are employees or contractors. I used to think that they should be considered more like employees, but after talking to some drivers, it does seem that the view that they are contractors is not unreasonable. Drivers can take it or leave it, show up at any time, anywhere. They’re not being given a schedule and told to work. They can do it for half an hour per month if they want. It’s not really a job. Or if there is, there’s a new class of workers forming, and we should maybe have a bigger discussion about that.

      But overall, they just want to pay as little taxes as any company. What’s surprising about that?

    • JoeNotCharles 09:41 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      The thing that changed my mind on the employees vs. contractors debate was finding out that in California many drivers are signed up with Uber, Lyft and other car-sharing services, and they answer calls for all all of them, first come first served. That’s a classic contractor relationship. Uber’s a broker (more like A La Carte Express compared to a traditional delivery restaurant.)

      Which changes the debate to, “Should anybody with a car and a license be allowed to run a private taxi service or should there be additional licensing and fees involved?” and, “As a broker, is Uber’s price-setting bad for drivers?”

    • Ephraim 10:22 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      I would call them independent contractors if they were allowed to bid on the trip, rather than have Uber set the price. Independent contractors have the ability to set their price or accept someone else’s offer. When Uber sets the price, they aren’t independent.

    • ant6n 13:07 on 2016/04/30 Permalink

      There are plenty of industries with set prices for contracts. For example the traditional taxi industry.

  • Kate 20:15 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Representatives from public unions have given notice that they are not happy about the Couillard government’s inroads on their rights to collectively negotiate.

  • Kate 20:06 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Kathleen Lévesque has part of the saga of the water meters scandal here: lawyers claiming client privilege to stonewall over information connected with a UPAC investigation taking in the meters but also the links between engineering and construction companies and the funding of Union Montreal.

  • Kate 19:57 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Work is to start Monday on demolishing Charles Daudelin’s Agora. The homeless who habitually hang out there will be moved along.

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  • Kate 15:04 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The Champlain southbound side is to close all weekend till 5:00 Monday morning.

    • Kevin 21:34 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      And then one lane of the highway closes for three years

  • Kate 15:03 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Police are trying to shut down the club Muzique on the Main. The shooting outside the club a few days ago of a man who’d just left the premises might be persuasive. Police are said to be antsy about revenge shootings being likely at the club.

  • Kate 14:25 on 2016/04/29 Permalink | Reply  

    As if we didn’t see it coming, the Journal finds that the roadwork on the commercial stretch of St-Denis in the Plateau is hard on the street’s merchants and some are going out of business. CTV has a piece on the same theme.

    • CharlesQ 15:20 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      A lot of stores on St-Denis had already closed in the last years even before the work started. Not sure why exactly. The fact that there are very few stores like epiceries that cater to the people in the neighbourhood and the constant trafic probably doesn’t help.

    • Kate 20:42 on 2016/04/29 Permalink

      As I’ve mentioned, I used to live around the corner from that part of St-Denis and did all my grocery shopping either on St-Laurent or at Soares’ grocery on Duluth. The only food store nearby on St-Denis was Tau, which was expensive although occasionally useful. St-Denis was always pretty frou-frou, and while I walked along it quite often – to and from the metro or whatever – there were many shops I passed almost daily that I never set foot in.

      So I think you’re right. In a sense the street made itself irrelevant to the people most likely to shop on it.

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