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  • Kate 07:54 on 2018-03-30 Permalink | Reply  

    As a pressure tactic, officers from the SAAQ have been issuing tickets to STM bus drivers, which has messed up scheduling on some routes. I can’t quite figure out the labour logic of annoying other unionized workers doing their jobs, but it must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

     
    • Emily Gray 09:58 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      “60 tickets have been handed out and five buses towed due to being too heavy to be on the road.”

      Buses were towed for being too heavy? Wow.

      And I hate it when buses are delayed, especially unnecessarily like that.

    • Ephraim 17:56 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      How do you weigh a bus on the road like that?

  • Kate 22:13 on 2018-03-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A study will consider the options for a second train tunnel under Mount Royal since the REM will have full control over the existing tunnel soon.

     
    • ant6n 23:42 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Omg this is crazy. Two lines, using almost similar but not the same rail technology, both needing half the capacity of an important rail tunnel … and we’re talking about building a second one, just so that the REM gets their monopoly.

    • mare 06:16 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      This is just a study, the perfect way to pretend to be listening to critics but actually do nothing.

      “We’re studying the extension of the blue line / building housing on the blue bonnets / the corruption in Quebec / missing native women / a tram on Pie IX / et cetera”

    • Daniel 08:35 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      One thing I’m not clear on with all of this. The pension fund behind it; Who are the beneficiaries? I may need to be corrected here, but would this project benefit the retirement fund of any provincial government employees?

    • Kevin 15:43 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      @David
      The Caisse runs the provincial government’s pension plan, the Quebec equivalent of CPP. In other words, the payments that all retired people get.
      Box B on your relevé 1, 17 on your T4

    • Raymond Lutz 18:16 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      @Daniel, Le montage financier est tellement tordu qu’it smells fishy: the REM sera géré par une filiale PRIVÉE de la CDPQ nommée CDPQ Infra (même crosse au fédéral avec la Canada infrastructure bank)

      Je cite ici une extrait du rapport de l’IRIS: “On remarquera qu’il y a très peu de différences entre le nancement privé et le modèle de CDPQ Infra, dans la mesure où l’infrastructure ne revient jamais entre les mains d’une institution publique. Bref, le modèle de nancement mis de l’avant par la CDPQ au moyen de CDPQ Infra est quelque chose qui se rapproche encore plus d’une logique de privatisation des infrastructures que ne le font les PPP. Avec sa mise en œuvre, on ouvre la porte à un type de nancement des infrastructures qui s’éloigne de la logique de mutualisa- tion des risques promue par le nancement conventionnel.”

      CDPQ et le REM, un projet qui démantèle le réseau de transport en commun de montréal

    • ant6n 00:20 on 2018-03-31 Permalink

      @Raymond
      CDPQInfra keeps maintaining they’re a “public institution”, it’s the first item in their FAQ. I’d call that the original “fake news” of the REM. As long as most people don’t question this claim, CDPQInfra can do what they want. It’s a tidy position to be in, to pretend something you’re not that makes you look benevolent, and it can result in endless online debates.

    • Kate 08:23 on 2018-03-31 Permalink

      Raymond Lutz, my blog seems to be eating the “fi” ligatures from your quotation. May I replace them?

      ant6n: exactly this. Do you know if there’s a statement anywhere that sets this out clearly?

    • Raymond Lutz 17:18 on 2018-03-31 Permalink

      @Kate, oui. merci de remettre “fi” devant “nancement” (the erasure occurred when pasting from pdf on OS X)

      And “Do you know if there’s a statement anywhere that sets this out clearly?” Bin je crois que la note de Bertrand Schepper (the IRIS note I linked to) est pas mal explicite:

      “En ce sens, CDPQ Infra et la Banque de l’infrastructure du Canada sont de nouveaux modèles de financement et de gestion d’infrastructures. Cela dit, CDPQ Infra possède un facteur particulier : elle est perçue comme une entreprise publique au même titre que la Société des alcools du Québec ou Hydro-Québec. Dans les faits, la réalité est plus complexe que cela : une recherche dans le registre des entreprises du Québec18 nous fait rapidement comprendre que CDPQ Infra est légalement une société par actions. Son premier actionnaire, qui est aussi majoritaire, est la Caisse de dépôt. Autrement dit, CDPQ Infra est une entreprise privée qui appartient essentiellement à la Caisse. Donc, CDPQ Infra est officiellement une entreprise privée.”

      Et aussi, ce qui est souligné dans la note, c’est que le mandant de CDPQ Infra sera de faire du fric, et non pas d’assurer le meilleur service aux montréalais…

  • Kate 22:09 on 2018-03-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A stone wall forming part of the heritage area of the Hôtel-Dieu, on land belonging to the city and not the CHUM, was demolished last September by the CHUM without a permit from the patrimoine people or the city itself, presumably on the principle that it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.

     
    • Ephraim 08:37 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      And the fines are cheaper than the permit process… and take less time. I’m still waiting on a permit to fix rotten stairs….going on 8 months of back and forth while they crumble and put people at risk.

  • Kate 06:25 on 2018-03-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A second census of the homeless will be held April 24.

     
  • Kate 05:48 on 2018-03-29 Permalink | Reply  

    An 18-year-old guy was shot in Riviere-des-Prairies Wednesday evening and taken to hospital in critical condition. There are no witnesses or suspects.

    Footnote: The items mention Alexis-Carrel Avenue. Last year there were news items saying this street name was going to be changed but evidently not so far.

     
  • Kate 19:45 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Valérie Plante is now showing a willingness to be persuaded about baseball. Absolute power… how does it go?

    Update: Rusty Staub has died.

     
    • SMD 23:46 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      My read was that she’s not against a new team on principle, but that she doesn’t think public funds should be put towards it. I can live with that.

    • Kate 05:38 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Public funds always go towards it. Such a big building has to get services, games need special traffic and security procedures, and owners of teams always hold cities hostage for tax breaks. Major league sports is a machine for moving public money into private hands. Plante is naive if she really thinks it could be different here.

    • Zeke 08:01 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Howdy!

      Does anybody have figures on the Bell Centre? My memory leads me to believe when it was built as the Molson Centre it was mostly, if not completely privately funded. Which might account for all the condos sprouting up around it.

      But then again, my memory is notoriously sketchy.

    • Kate 08:04 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Zeke, my old blog is down again so I can’t look it up, but the Bell Centre owners have asked for – demanded might be more accurate – tax breaks from the city, year after year.

    • Zeke 08:07 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Howdy!

      Did they get any of the tax breaks? There is a big difference between demanding and receiving. And, if yes, were they temporary or permanent?

    • Kate 08:15 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      As I recall yes, they did. But as I say, my old blog is down again so I can’t look it up.

    • Steve Q 08:44 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Bell centre has asked for a tax break, that is true. But in this city, everyone or almost is asking for a tax break. We are the most taxed city in North America especially for businesses….it is insane how high are the taxes so it is only normal that the Bell Centre and other businesses, big or small, do ask for a tax break. It is only normal for a potential futur business, such as the Expos, that they ask for lower taxes. If i was to open a business, and if i would have access to the mayor, i would also ask her/them to lower the tax in general or to give me a break.

    • Raymond Lutz 13:32 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

    • Josh 13:36 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/why-canadians-should-question-the-new-orthodoxy-against-public-funding-for-arenas

      This article mentions that the Bell Centre was constructed with $400 million dollars of private money, and $0 of public money in 1996.

      Other arenas mentioned in the list at the bottom that were entirely done with private money include: Boston (though the land was $16M and donated by government), Columbus, New York (Madison Square Garden), Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

      As far as asking for tax breaks, I mean, that is what businesses do. Show me the business sector that doesn’t ask for or *demand* tax breaks.

    • Steve Q 23:11 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      @Raymond Lutz, The competitiveness of Montréal in terms of tax includes all of the taxes a business has to deal with and not only the city tax, which is what we are discussing here. Big businesses and foreign businesses can benefit from a very competitive environment thanks to the numerous provincial and federal programs. Which means that they are partly subsidized by goverments. Unfortunately, small independant mom and pop businesses do not have access to these goverment programs but they do have to pay the city tax…….the highest in North America, which is unfortunately a huge burden on them.

    • Zeke 11:24 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      Howdy!

      Thanks TONS! Josh. Glad to have proof that my memory still works, albeit selectively.

    • Douglas 12:17 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      Raymond Lutz,

      Every time I pay 15% in GST QST I’ll remember how tax competitive we are….

    • Raymond Lutz 17:10 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      “Which means that they are partly subsidized by goverments”… pffff toute les compagnies qui utilisent depuis deux siècles les infrastructures publiques (maintenant sous-financées) pour exercer leur commerce sont partiellement ‘subsidized by goverments’ … Douglas, watch this: Les québécois-es: les plus imposés en amérique du nord?

  • Kate 19:43 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    City director-general Alain Marcoux is being shown the door but with no apparent rancour. The DG is the city’s top bureaucrat.

     
  • Kate 19:31 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Where have all the pigeons gone? I commented on the springtime return of the ringed gulls today, to which a friend countered that he used to see a lot of pigeons, all year, scrounging in the gutter or otherwise mooching around, but doesn’t see them so much any more. When I thought about it, last week I noticed the flock of pigeons that loops over Jarry in Park Ex, but the general urban presence of the lone pigeon does seem to be diminishing.

    We were wondering if this was some natural cycle or cause, or whether humans have intervened and done something to reduce pigeon fertility or something like that. Anyone know?

     
    • J 08:10 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      A couple of years ago I was walking around Bois-de-Liesse Park. Crossing from one side to the other you have to walk under the highway. There were dozens of dead pigeons after eating what seemed to be professionally laid out poisoned bait.

    • Jorgh 13:17 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Come to think about it, the last pigeon I saw was a dead pigeon, with not clear sign of cause of death. So, yeah, I think they might be getting profesioinally exterminated. There used to be a lot more for sure.

    • Mathias Marchal 15:24 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      @Kate. And the answer to your (interesting) question is……. (suspense)…..: nope!
      https://wildlife-species.canada.ca/breeding-bird-survey-results/P005/A001/?lang=e&m=s&r=ROPI&p=L&t=27937 Données des Recensement des oiseaux nicheurs (données prélevées par Environnement Canada).

    • JP 15:27 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      I’ve noticed the return of the gulls this week as well. I’m not sure what has happened to the pigeons. A few years ago, I also started noticing cardinals in my neighbourhood, which I had never previously seen. This month, there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t heard and seen at least one during my walk in the morning. I actually quite enjoy hearing and spotting them.

    • Mathias Marchal 15:54 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

    • Kate 21:56 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Merci Mathias. Je l’ai envoyé à mon ami qui a répondu “Je ne le crois pas”. Oh well.

  • Kate 06:09 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Some local feature will be named for Martin Luther King but it’s not yet clear what it will be.

     
    • Ginger Baker 12:06 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      What bothers me is that the city will consult with the local Black community about how best to commemorate an American civil rights leader, but otherwise is disinterested in supporting its institutions.

      Where was the city when the Black community needed money for the old NCC?

      Where’s the city’s support for the oldest Black congregation in Canada (Union United Church)?

      Naming a street or a park after MLK is nice – and politically expedient – but it’s not really doing much for the city’s historic (anglophone) Black community.

    • Dominic 16:02 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      They should double-down and rename LG to Oscar Peterson.

    • SMD 23:47 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Both good points.

    • david 04:53 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      I’d like to see one of the saint streets re-named for MLK, just because Montreal should start renaming those forthwith. Another option would be Ontario street.

    • Kate 05:50 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      It’s been surprisingly hard to dislodge saint names. Around the beginning of this blog, there was a move to rename St-Dominique for Toussaint L’Ouverture, but it never got any traction. There are still a lot of determined old Catholics in positions of power lurking quietly in the shadows here.

    • Dhomas 06:18 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      According to the city of Montreal’s toponymie site (which doesn’t appear to allow direct linking), Ontario street is named after the Great Lake, and not the province. The street was named 25 years before the province even had a name. Seems there’s quite a bit of history there. I’m all for changing a Saint-something street name, though.

    • Kate 06:45 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      There’s also a tiny street called Erie near the bridge. I don’t know whether any other streets were originally named after the lakes.

      When my British godmother first came here in 1930 she assumed the Ontario streetcar would take her to Ontario. The sheer size of Canada hadn’t sunk in yet.

    • Dhomas 07:30 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      According to the toponymie site, 3 streets were named after the Great Lakes at the same time in 1842: Erie, Huron, and Ontario. Huron street seems to have disappeared, though. And only Ontario street was extended; the original street was much smaller.

    • Zeke 08:05 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Howdy!

      And there was an Ontario Avenue as well (I have no idea which Ontario it was named after) but one of the better stories is it required approval from the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in order for it to be renamed de la Musée.

    • Kate 22:02 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Dhomas, the Rues de Montréal book, which formed the basis of the toponymy site but also includes a useful index of changed names in the back, lists rue Huron as still extant in 1995, but Google Maps doesn’t find it. Curious.

      Zeke: the lost street index confirms your memory about du Musée. Good story about the Politburo.

    • Dhomas 03:25 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      So, I figured out the mystery of rue Huron. It used to run East-West, just South of Ontario street, extending westward from de Lorimier street into a dead end ( historical map). It was razed around 2003 to make way for the Parc des faubourgs , at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier bridge. The only notable building on that stretch of street was an old Rock Machine biker bunker at 2025 rue Huron. Coolopolis says the building was demolished in 2001, but every other news source says 2003.

    • Michael Black 00:02 on 2018-04-04 Permalink

      The US civil rights movement changed all our lives, the US changing affected everyone. It’s not perfect but it changed a lot, for many of us we don’t quite realize how much because we were too young. It was a long time ago, and also so recent.

      It was also heir to Gandhi’s work in India. They took his truth force and extended it. Nonviolence has been used since, but mostly breaking of secondary laws for some greater good. In 1960 if you sat at a lunch counter, you might get ignored, or beaten, or get served lunch, but you were directly addressing the problem.

      The hidden history of the civil rights movement is that a foundation came from WWII pacifists who sat out the war. James L Farmer, Bayard Rustin, Jim Peck, George Houser, and others. When some landed in prison, they promptly set out to desegregate the dining halls. When they got out they campaigned against war, but also segregation. The same names show up in the late forties Journey of Reconciliation and the first wave of 1961’s Freedom Rides.

      Today it is of course the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. The Atlantic has a special issue out right now that looks pretty good.

      In case anyone is wondering, the Yolanda King who spoke at the children’s march is the daughter of Martin Luther King III, she being born after his sister Yolanda King died. I looked because I wondered if it was her daughter. She can pilfer from her grandfather any day, she’s the only grandchild.

      Youngest child Bernice wants us to remember their mother. I always do. On June 7th 1982 we arrived in New York City, we only took two months to walk from Montreal but the west coast legs started the previous October. The assistant secretary general greeted us at the UN, then we crossed the street for other speeches, the only one I remember anything of is Coretta Scott King’s. She sounded like her husband, but she was her own woman. It was only fourteen years after the assassination, but she never gave up nonviolence. I’ve seen it said that that she was the one who convinced him to speak out against the Viet Nam war. Some of the hidden history is that she went to university with Marjorie Swann, later of the Committee for Non Violent Action. Swann apparently babysat the children at times. So maybe there was influence there, though Bayard Rustin was a key advisor.

      When Coretta Scott King was ill, I put a picture of her from June 1982 on my web page, I thought she was going to get better, but she never did.

      Black lives have always mattered, except some thought it was acceptable to treat them badly. That threat is really what kept segregation in place, realizing they could stand up to the violence is what broke segregation. Police are still making decisions long before they shoot someone, simply because someone is black.

      Some black teenagers at Stoneman Douglas High School have made the point that new security there is going to affect them more than the white students. If you already get stopped and searched, increased security isn’t a relief, it’s more of the usual stuff.

      Michael

  • Kate 06:07 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Even though there are only a couple of baseball games yearly at the Olympic stadium, numbers were down by half this year although reports say Stephen Bronfman is still intent on getting a new stadium built.

    Once again, writers describe this plan as the return of the Expos, warming the idea with a glow of sentiment. But the Expos as people fondly remember them, as part of their childhood or whatever, are never coming back.

     
    • Zeke 08:29 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Howdy!

      This is the longest amount of time that Montreal has gone without a professional baseball team since 1897. There was a 10 year gap between 1918 and 1928. And then 8 years between the Royals and the Expos. Right now we’re at 14 and counting.

      Given the current state of things, I would suggest MLB strike quickly, when they could charge a $1 Billion+ expansion fee. Or we’re not going to get one until 2030.

    • Kate 10:06 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Zeke, you speak as if it’s obvious the city should have a team. But let’s not pretend the “professional” teams of the early 20th century were the same kind of thing as the rapacious behemoths of modern-day MLB.

    • Josh 10:18 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      The Jets returned, from different lineage, to Winnipeg in a sense. The branding changed somewhat, but they kept the name, and the banners from the previous Jets teams hang in the new arena there. I doubt many Winnipeggers would suggest that the experience hasn’t lived up to their childhood memories, or whatever.

      Also worth noting that this is the first time these ballgames have been played on Monday and Tuesday nights, as opposed to Friday night and Saturday afternoon, every other time. The weekend setup made it much easier for Jays fans from Toronto and fans of the other team to make the trip. This year, however, the MLB season starts on a Thursday, not a Sunday as usual, so, that necessitated the change.

    • Kate 10:25 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Josh, if the city needs to have Toronto fans and others to bulk up the crowd, regardless, it’s evidence there simply is not enough popular support for this plan. It’s simply a way for the wealthy to suck up public funds.

    • Josh 10:59 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      It’s only natural that when you have two teams that represent cities playing in a neutral site, the crowd will need to be bulked up by partisans from those two places. This is a fact of sports.

    • Ali Bear 11:29 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      A baseball stadium and the REM seem like a natural fit. Not only would the REM bring thousands of fans from the West Island and Deux Montagnes, but the stadium could also buy its cement from the same family as the REM does.

    • Kevin 11:45 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      MLB is never, ever, returning to Montreal.

      The league’s number one requirement is a new stadium. They refuse to have any team play in the Big O long-term because it’s cavernous and feels empty even when three-quarters full.

      When you consider it costs more than $40 million a year to maintain the stadium, and this week’s provincial budget gives the stadium an additional $400+ million over the next decade for capital improvements, it’s obviously time to destroy the Big O: We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nostalgia.

    • Ginger Baker 17:05 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      ^@ Josh – re: the financial impact on Winnipeg/Manitoba w/r/t the return of the Jets:

      https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/the-cost-of-love-188546091.html

      Highly recommended; even in the ‘good’ cases of a team returning, the cost to the public purse is far more than most realize.

    • Josh 17:23 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Ginger, I never said anything about the finances of the matter. I was speaking to Kate’s point that *the Expos* are never coming back. As a matter of fact, that may be true. As a matter of fact, that may be true about the Winnipeg Jets, too (as Jets 1.0 now reside in Arizona). But in the eyes and hearts of Winnipeggers, the Jets have returned.

    • Faiz Imam 00:14 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      “A baseball stadium and the REM seem like a natural fit. Not only would the REM bring thousands of fans from the West Island and Deux Montagnes, but the stadium could also buy its cement from the same family as the REM does.”

      This is true, but to me is a reason the stadium should not be built. Consider the opportunity cost?

      A stadium is a huge area that is a traffic generator for 81 evenings a year, but is otherwise dead. Its a good thing the Bell center has concerts, because on an off night that area is ghostown.

      If we think about bassin peel specifically, instead of a stadium, we could basically have 4 blocks of urban density, be it housing, commercial space, but most importantly the community space, school, library that griffintown is lacking.

      Putting a stadium right next to rapid transit is only slightly better than surrounding a station with parking, but both a huge wasted opportunities of such valuable land.

      But hey, there’s been a ton of complaints about how the A40 station in industrial St-laurent is surrounded by nothing. It’s not far from the Met, if Brofman wants to buy some warehouses are build a stadium there, I can’t imagine many people would object.

    • Zeke 08:15 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Howdy!

      Kate, I was not implying that “the city should have a team.” I was stating the historical facts.

      As I’ve mentioned more than twice on this blog, MLB has been playing Montreal like a violin, in order to get stadia built elsewhere.

      While I am not as extreme as Kevin in believing that there will never be another team here. Given the greed involved, Stephen Bronfman would pay an exorbitant expansion fee, such as $1+ billion.

      I believe that the window for such a fee in not that large. And if it doesn’t happen soon, it is not going to happen for a very long time.

  • Kate 05:47 on 2018-03-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Les Foufounes has been awarded a ten-day shutdown for having violent bouncers. Somewhere, le Gros Michel is laughing.

     
    • Ian 09:31 on 2018-03-30 Permalink

      Haha yeah no kidding. I remember people getting literally thrown down the stairs back when they had nazi skinhead bouncers in the early 90s.

  • Kate 21:51 on 2018-03-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Mario Girard asks the question who Montreal belongs to apropos of the new documentary Main basse sur la ville to be shown soon at the Cinéma du Parc.

     
  • Kate 21:16 on 2018-03-27 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has contracted with a firm of experts to trap coyotes and move them off-island (or are they “going to live on a farm somewhere”?) but the SPCA says it’s futile as more coyotes will replace them.

     
    • Ali Bear 21:43 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      Moving them “off island” seems unnecessarily cruel. No animal should be forced to live surrounded by the asphalt-and-chain-link-fences of Longueuil or Laval.

    • Kate 21:49 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      Ha. Coyote dropoff at the Dix Trente.

      I imagine if they actually do move them instead of quietly euthanizing them, they’d bring them to a provincial park, and not the Îles de Boucherville either.

    • Ephraim 08:43 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      Let’s just hope that the Coyotes don’t discover the website of acme.com because if they do, we are going to have to worry about road runner traps all over town.

    • dwgs 10:57 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

      So ignorant and stupid. Have none of these people studied basic biology and ecosystems?

    • Faiz Imam 00:19 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      “Ha. Coyote dropoff at the Dix Trente.”

      Well actually…. That’s probably one of the best spots for them.

      Seriously, the forested and agricultural lands beyond highway 30 along dix30 have been permanently designated nature preserves. I’ve walked some paths there, it’s surprisingly isolated and peaceful.

    • ant6n 21:16 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      They’re building a REM station there.

  • Kate 21:14 on 2018-03-27 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s money for the blue line extension in the Quebec government’s final budget before the election this fall. Valérie Plante sees signs of optimism in the tendencies of the budget.

     
    • ant6n 21:43 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      But how much money is there in next year’s budget?

    • Kate 21:49 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      That will entirely depend on who grabs power in October.

    • ant6n 22:02 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      I mean the budget that’s being passed right now, the 2018-2019 budget. I haven’t heard of any specific spending, just vague notions that they’ll spend money in the future, and that it’s on the priority list. I mean if you promise every year to spend money on X next year, you never spend money on X.

    • Kate 05:46 on 2018-03-28 Permalink

  • Kate 06:00 on 2018-03-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro alleges there’s evidence that councillors have been warned not to criticize the REM.

     
    • Daniel 08:02 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      You can’t make this up.

    • ant6n 09:09 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      There’s been rumors that AMT folks had been warned not to criticize the REM as well. Remember, that was during the transition to the ARTM/RTM. So it wasn’t clear how/who was gonna be re-hired.

    • ant6n 09:21 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      ….on the other hand, this may all just be rumors. There’s a lot of, shall we say, PR, happening on both sides.

    • SMD 13:57 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      I wouldn’t be surprised, considering that yesterday’s whole exposé was based on a “high level, confidential source”. When even powerful bureaucrats think something smells bad it usually means that 1) it is bad and 2) it is being jammed through from above.

    • Uatu 16:09 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      There should be a reporter keeping tabs on the REM like Aaron Derfel does on the MUHC. If there’d been more scrutiny during the construction then maybe problems could’ve been avoided. As it is now, it feels like the same thing: a bunch millionaire politicians and lackeys who will never use the system handwaving away concerns with “trust us. You’re going to love it”

    • Raymond Lutz 18:19 on 2018-03-27 Permalink

      “So it wasn’t clear how/who was gonna be re-hired” … That’s why every news outlet should have a SecureDrop set-up to protect the identity of whistleblowers. http://www.journaldemontreal.com/dossiers-secrets https://sec.theglobeandmail.com/securedrop/ … anyone else?

    • Daniel 22:52 on 2018-03-29 Permalink

      Don’t worry everyone, apparently all the good investigative work that’s been done to highlight problems with this project (including by commenters on this blog) is just “fake news”. http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-quebecoise/201803/29/01-5159239-rem-leitao-en-a-assez-des-fake-news.php

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