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  • Kate 12:51 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Narcity is something of a francophone equivalent to the clickbait of mtlblog, but this piece on 10 things about Farine Five Roses is forgivable because it has good visuals, including one from when the sign also said FLOUR.

    • Uatu 14:19 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I’m glad they showed that pic as some who laud the current sign as a celebration of Montreals bilingual nature somehow forgot that it was even more bilingual until someone thought that “flour” was more destructive to the French language than “Five Roses”. It always makes me chuckle… But I do miss that sign especially at night when flour and farine would light up in an alternate pattern and then the whole sign would light up combining both…. God, I’m old….

    • mdblog 15:45 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Anyone know what year the word “FLOUR” was removed?

    • Kate 16:02 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Item says: “Ce n’est qu’en 1977 qu’elle se départit du terme « Flour », suite aux nouvelles règles sur la prévalence du français.”

    • No\Deli 00:00 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      The question is: where is the ‘FLOUR’? Who has it?

    • Kate 00:15 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      It was probably scrapped.

    • John B 11:34 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      There’s a guy who collects old signs – he has the Ben’s sign among others – he might have it, or know its fate.

    • Kate 11:45 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      You’re talking about Matt Soar, and no he doesn’t.

  • Kate 12:24 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  


    Radio-Canada sees little improvement in the pothole situation since winter, with the particular hazards to cyclists noted. Above, the state of Drolet at Guizot in my neighbourhood.

    • Chris 19:03 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Did you report it to 311? In my experience, potholes reported to 311 are fixed within a week.

    • Kate 00:19 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      I reported it directly to Elsie Lefebvre, who replied politely. But this spot clearly needs more than a quick patch.

    • Chris 08:19 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      “directly”? It’s not Lefebvre who fills potholes. :) But seriously, you know bureaucracies, the 311 database is the thing that ties together managers, who assign items, workers that do the item, and élus, who can follow along. Next time, try skipping Lefebvre, and report *directly* to the 311 database.

    • Dave M 09:40 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      I doubt it’ll ever get more than a quick patch. I mean, last year Rachel was completely torn up and they didn’t even repave it properly (they just rushed the job so they could open it for the marathon, and then it was completely falling apart again in less than a month, and is still in that state.)

    • Kevin 12:59 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      I could wish for a street paved that well.

    • Alex L 18:15 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      A few years ago I noticed a dangerous pothole on St-Urbain and Duluth, called 311 and it got fixed the same day. Did the same on Jean-Talon, got fixed the day after. City workers are not omniscient, they still need people like us to tell them where to do repairs, and they can be quite efficient when they’re told.

    • Chris 18:26 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      Dave M, probably, but a quick patch would be a huge improvement.

      Alex, glad it’s not just me. When I bike around I jot down the biggies then report them to 311 on the website in bulk.

  • Kate 11:43 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Possibly useful list of what’s open and closed on Canada Day, this Wednesday.

  • Kate 11:42 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    In the Gazette, Linda Gyulai looks into that proposed big development in Pierrefonds and finds some interesting links to the mob among owners of the land.

    • Doobious 13:41 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      The maps are still missing but one of the comments says they’re forthcoming.

  • Kate 11:21 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM has put up an open Facebook photo album showing the progress of work at Beaubien metro station, closed for the summer for these upgrades.

  • Kate 11:06 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal is getting het up about how the bike path to the Glen hospital leads to stairs down to the parking lot. However, it does acknowledge that the stairs have cycle ramps on the sides. I don’t think this is ideal but I don’t think this is the egregious error the Journal is implying.

    Nobody’s getting into that hospital with ease – certainly not people on foot – so the fact you can’t cycle right up to the hospital is not a big surprise.

    And yet there’s nothing about whether cyclists can get safely across the parking lot, or about what kind of bicycle parking exists there, both of which would be relevant to a proper look at cyclists vs. the new hospital.

    I’ve noticed that planners rarely take into account the hazards faced by people on foot forced to traverse parking, as often happens in the suburbs. And there are at least three places I know where there are necessary desire paths cut through landscaping because the designers never thought about access for people approaching on foot – this must be a common phenomenon.

    • Kevin 11:15 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      My wife is still trying to find bicycle parking at the Glen.
      Growing pains that should have been caught in the design stage and would have been noticed by a top-notch designer.

      It’s just sad that it takes a top-notch designer to have the attention to detail needed to catch problems before they are built.

    • Philip 11:37 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Genuine interest, how many problems related to accessibility could have been solved if Westmount would just cede that corner of the property they, if I recall correctly, refused the hospital access to? I forget what happened with that, but wasn’t that something I should still be mad about?

    • Kate 11:58 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Westmount still refuses access by the Glen road gate, which remains locked. But the whole project was developed only on Montreal’s part of the old railway yard, so access now to the hospital for cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users wouldn’t be much affected if Westmount suddenly decided to be more gracious.

    • Blork 12:00 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      If there’s a parking lot then there is no excuse for not having bicycle parking; just assign a couple of car spots as bicycle spots and bolt in a couple of bicycle racks. Oh wait! It’s a PPP, so each of those parking spaces represents a revenue opportunity that can’t be lost! Oh well.

      Side note relative to car/bike parking absurdity: I stopped into the Louis Garneau bicycle shop on Boul. Roland-Therrien in Longueuil on the weekend. The shop has about 30 car parking spaces all nicely marked off with yellow paint, and one tiny bike rack that can accommodate two bicycles (or four if they’re very well coordinated). This is a BIKE SHOP!

    • steph 12:12 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      All city boundaries are controlled by the province. Since Westmount won’t play ball, why hasn’t the province assigned that part of Westmount to Montreal? Were they not able to afford the expropriation fees? Aren’t more people appalled at how westmount just throws their weight (money) around?

    • MathP 14:32 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      @Blork, There are bicycle racks in both the public underground parking garage and the employee-only “underground” parking structure at the MUHC. I saw them first hand.

    • Uatu 14:33 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      As usual the cycle ramp would be obvious if they made a sign indicating this, but this is par for the course for the MUHC that relies on volunteers to explain things that should be obvious if they were designed properly (I.e. signage in the hospital) Aesthetics trump practicality again. As for the other access problems you talk of Kate, they are all secondary as cars are all important. Notice that the only structure delivered on time and that passed inspection was the parking garage. Can’t have the staff cranky about parking and also miss out on parking pass revenue….

    • Kate 16:04 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Uatu, the 2nd paragraph of the item says “un panneau indique aux cyclistes de terminer leur parcours dans l’escalier aménagé juste à côté” – I don’t know if it spells out about the ramp.

    • Blork 16:47 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I don’t think the ramp is a big problem. It’s a small inconvenience, but there’s no issue with access or mobility. Bicycle parking is another issue, but MathP says there are bicycle racks, so there’s really no problem here.

    • Blork 16:53 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      …and at least the ramps are well designed; wide enough and with a ramp on each side. Compare this with the ramps that were installed on the stairs inside the Terminus Longueuil that lead down to the Metro. They’re just barely wide enough for a bicycle tire, and they’re right up against the handrails which means you have to angle your bike sharply as you go down the ramp. Typical “design by someone who has never used the thing” deal. I tried it once. Since then I just hoist my bike and carry it down the stairs (as do anyone else I’ve seen taking their bike on the Metro). FAIL.

    • Suz 18:52 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I did a trek to the MUHC by bike a month or so ago. I didn’t notice any bike path, and simply used the main road which was not a problem. Exiting by the main road also went smoothly. There are a couple of bike racks at the Royal Vic main entrance which were totally full. At the rear corporate- research half of the complex the bike racks were also fully occupied I assume by employee wheels. A few bike racks could definitely be of use.

    • Kate 00:21 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      Suz, the situation around there is in evolution, so what was true a month ago may no longer be the case.

      Blork, I’m not sure there’s no problem, but I haven’t the inclination to go check out the situation vis-à-vis crossing that parking lot, just for its own sake. Maybe next time I go to NDG, which I don’t do that often, I’ll have a look-see.

    • Kevin 09:09 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      I thought those metro ramps were for rain, piss, or mice.

    • Blork 10:15 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      Kevin, that’s all they’re good for.

  • Kate 10:21 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A tai chi class which has used the Mount Royal chalet on rainy Sunday mornings for years has now been told they can’t use it any more – even though almost nobody goes there at that hour and no concrete plans have been announced for the building. I wouldn’t be surprised if the city has plans to privatize that building. It’s a nice one.

    • Chris 08:35 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      That building is pathetically underused. Baffling, considering it’s a major tourist spot. I went up their with a visiting aunt last year, and it’s just a big empty space really.

  • Kate 10:04 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse thinks it knows who the leading candidate is to become DG of the STM, and it’s a guy from the private side with a track record of championing the privatization of public transit.

    • Alex L 16:24 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Wow, bad news. That government really is trying to dismantle everything.

    • Matt G 23:44 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Seriously, Alex L. I miss Labrecque. When is this government going to understand that accessible public transit is primordial?

    • Chris 08:40 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      Matt G, it’s not that this government doesn’t “understand” that, they just don’t agree with your assessment. Far be it for me to speak in their name, but they seem to genuinely believe that private automobile transport is primordial.

  • Kate 10:02 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro visits the lavishly appointed headquarters of the Cirque du Soleil in St-Michel.

  • Kate 10:01 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    A McGill study finds that a nearby Bixi station or a metro adds value to your residential property, also that student tenants are not as risky as some folks think, although the presence of so many student households does put pressure on apartment prices in the central boroughs. Not finding a link to the actual study, though.

    • Doobious 10:24 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure the paper is this one.

    • Kate 10:54 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      No, that’s about bike sharing only, and doesn’t mention property values. I also would expect the acronym UTILE to be on there somewhere.

    • Noah 10:56 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      That doesn’t surprise me. BIXI is good for everyone except people who like to complain about a lack of parking spaces.

  • Kate 00:27 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The flame for the Pan-American games, to open in Toronto on July 10, passed through Montreal Sunday morning and little interest was shown by anyone. Is this surprising, especially in the rain? How many organized sports events are we supposed to give a damn about? Isn’t one event with a torch enough?

    • Josh 01:18 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      If you pay any attention to Toronto media, you’ll know that Toronto doesn’t give a damn about the Pan-Am games either.

    • Noah 09:41 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I’m not especially passionate about the Pan-Am or Commonwealth Games, but how people be so aggressively dismissive about events that encourage physical activity and healthy living? The Pan-Am Games may not be the Olympics, but they are going to leave a legacy of top-flight sports infrastructure to help not only develop future Canadian Olympians, but also to be used by the public for getting and staying healthy & active.

      The true legacy of these events is contributing towards healthy living and that should be honoured, not sneered at.

    • Kate 09:49 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Noah, I have a feeling you read me in a much snarkier “voice” than intended. That wasn’t aggressively dismissive, that was just neutrally asking a question.

      The true legacy of these events is contributing towards healthy living… I’m going to aggressively dismiss that. The knowledge that elite athletes are training, possibly to an unhealthy degree, is demonstrably not getting most people off the sofa, and doesn’t make athletic services more accessible to the populace – in fact, I’d surmise it makes a lot of people perceive sport as an elite event you might as well not even attempt. Sitting on the sofa watching elite athletes compete is not aerobic exercise.

      Josh, I don’t pay much attention to Toronto media. I imagine they will change their tune after the games begin, though.

    • Noah 11:05 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Although the Pan-Am Games are amateur, I’d give you two strong examples that show the opposite of what you’re claiming: 1) The success of the Raptors (not on the court, in the stands and in the community) has led to unprecedented participation in basketball across the country (there was a high-level draft pick from Saskatchewan of all places this year), and 2) the success of the Alouettes right here in Montreal has led to more kids playing football in Quebec than ever before.

      I make those associations based off participation numbers at the grassroots level, not off how many people end up going pro. Even the success of MLS in Canada has shown to be growing soccer in our country.

      High level sports entertain people and get them interested – just like a good concert can inspire a young person to pick up a guitar or a visit to a museum can lead to someone deciding to explore art.

      High level competition isn’t the only answer, though, it’s just part of the answer. Schools need more time dedicated to phys ed, junior sports need to be more affordable, and generally, physical activity needs to be treated as something amazing and fun. A good example of that approach working seems to be the way people are adopting bikes as a form of healthy transportation.

      Wimbeldon starts this week – check out how many people try tennis for the first time in the next couple of weeks. The numbers always bump around major events. Sitting on the sofa watching people compete can be a means of inspiration.

    • Daisy 12:36 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I bet if we took the money we as a society spend on elite sport (in which I include any so-called “amateur” sport where athletes essentially devote themselves to their sport such that they cannot hold down a normal full-time job, family, social life, etc.) and instead spend it on measures directly aimed at increasing healthy levels of physical activity among the general population that there would be a greater impact than however many people get inspired by sitting on the couch watching the elites compete.

    • Josh 13:17 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Kate, the overall tone on the games so far can be typified by columns like this one, by a National Post sports writer. I don’t think these attitudes are going to be changed, and I pay quite a bit of attention to the Toronto media.

  • Kate 00:24 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s barbecue festival in the Old Port, the RibFest, which has been condemned as pas assez francophone. And what French it has is full of mistakes. In addition, Sunday’s chill and rain kept the crowds away.

    • steph 00:35 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      It was delicious.

    • Kate 00:39 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      People were tweeting favourably about it. I’ve never been a big fan of ribs – so messy to eat, such a lot of work.

    • Kevin 11:20 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      If the only thing left to complain about is bad spelling on signs, the language wars are over.

    • Kate 13:32 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Kevin, it made me think of that old joke “the food was so bad, and the portions were too small!”

    • Uatu 14:05 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I saw it on CtV news and the rib guys they interviewed were American. At least they made an effort. But there are always some who will be dissatisfied – it’ll either be not enough or good enough French. In the end you can’t please everyone and those who are unhappy, be free to boycott those offensive rib stands and (in Homer Simpson voice) ” their sweet, sweet, slow cooked, hickory smoked, fall off the bone ribs…. (drools) ahhhhh …. ;)

    • Alex L 16:42 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      Well, seeing the banner I understand the critics, even if this sounds like the Journal is again trying to make big news out of nothing. Bad spelling and google translations can be quite funny on a tuna can or a jar of chinese sauce, but less so when shown publicly like that.

    • denpanosekai 20:28 on 2015/06/29 Permalink

      I went to the Ottawa Ribfest just a week ago and it was awesome. I remember thinking to myself, they should do this in Montreal on Prince Arthur! This is exactly what the street needs! But turns out it drew over 25000 people and I’m not sure the stretch could have handled that… Anyway delicious food for thought!

    • GC 18:24 on 2015/06/30 Permalink

      I went to the Old Port one, which is on until Wednesday, last night. There was an empty spot where that banner used to be. Coincidence?

      I’m no more or less offended than I would be if they had mangled English in the same way. Have someone who speaks the language read it over! I don’t think I’ve seen Google Translate do such a terrible job, so I doubt they even used that.

  • Kate 00:21 on 2015/06/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is putting thousands into Griffintown's Quartier de l'Innovation and Quebec is adding some too. Supposedly a non-profit organization gets the cash, but will we ever hear from it again and find out where the money went?

  • Kate 20:59 on 2015/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Vice has a good piece by Tim McSorley giving more detail on the recent pact between the SPVM and the Aboriginal community.

  • Kate 20:56 on 2015/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    ProposMontréal has a piece to clarify height limits for buildings vis-à-vis the top of Mount Royal.

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