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  • Kate 09:13 on 2018-04-28 Permalink | Reply  

    A May Day march to show support for workers will be held Saturday afternoon – not unreasonably, given that May Day itself is Tuesday when a lot of those workers will be unavailable to march.

  • Kate 08:49 on 2018-04-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal reported this week that among the public expenses for the 375th were a custom written song by Gregory Charles and a dessert recipe served to 700 guests at the opening party. And now the paper is revealing them to you.

    • steph 09:41 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Are those english lyrics half the size of the french lyrics?

    • Clément 10:11 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      The recipe starts with “Rendement : donne 300 portions”…

    • Dhomas 15:02 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Those must be some tiny portions!

  • Kate 08:03 on 2018-04-28 Permalink | Reply  

    SPVM police training with assault rifles in Laval left one on the roof of their car as they drove away and it fell off on the autoroute. A passing motorist recovered the gun, by then very damaged, and brought it to a police station.

  • Kate 07:57 on 2018-04-28 Permalink | Reply  

    City council lumbers into the 21st century by abolishing the requirement for men to wear a tie. Thérèse Daviau flouted the rule for women to wear a skirt or dress as long ago as 1974.

    • Ian 08:43 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Finally Alex Norris has to find another hill to die on.

    • Chris 12:05 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Glad to see rid of that sexist requirement.

  • Kate 22:35 on 2018-04-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Eater has a list of 24-hour restaurants with a map.

    • Zeke 16:35 on 2018-04-28 Permalink


      They forgot Jarry Smoked Meat, Café Milano, Dunn’s, and Al-Taïb.

    • Kate 19:26 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Zeke, they never claimed it was an exhaustive list. There are 24-hour McDonalds too.

    • Ephraim 20:05 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      @Kate – That’s not a restaurant, that’s a “food service”. Restaurants should at least cook food from raw rather than warm it, or as with their onions, reconstitute it. (Yes, the onions on a BigM are freeze-dried and then rehydrated.)

      Incidentally, I was at Jarry Smoked Meat for the first time this week. First Tuesday from 11 to 22 they have a smoked meat sandwich for $5.99. See https://www.facebook.com/JarrySmokedMeat/photos/a.386200788082616.81356.149427508426613/1217548544947832/?type=3 okay, it’s not SM Pete, but it was better then The Main has been in years!

    • Kate 08:52 on 2018-04-29 Permalink

      Ephraim, a few years ago I stopped by there while driving around town with Ben Soo. We weren’t impressed. The smoked meat was on white bread, not rye, and it was thin and skimpy. Maybe they’ve improved.

    • Zeke 17:23 on 2018-04-29 Permalink


      The title of the article is “Every Notable 24 Hour Restaurant in Montreal, Mapped.” And they write “not counting any chain restaurants like McDonald’s, A&W, and beyond.” If you think that Jarry Smoked Meat, Café Milano, Dunn’s, and Al-Taïb are not notable, that’s your prerogative.

      And when you’re at Jarry Smoked Meat the item I recommend is The Corner. Butt of a rye bread with some of the crumb cut out, that you can then stuff with the smoked meat. Kind of like an egg in a hole, but different and delicious.

  • Kate 21:22 on 2018-04-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Starting on June 2, it won’t be possible to take a legal spin over Mount Royal in a motor vehicle, in a pilot project meant to end on October 31 for now. Meantime, discussions will take place and the 711 bus will resume service on June 2.

  • Kate 11:09 on 2018-04-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Some nice sketches of Ste-Catherine Street of the future, but I’m still not entirely convinced by the happy people and all the greenery.

    Update: More pieces showed the projected scenery over the weekend.

    • Kaj 11:16 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      The street is already full of mostly happy-looking people… the greenery will take a bit more time.

    • LJ 12:34 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Interesting that the first sketch shows the happy people jay-walking across Ste-Catherine Street. They would be much less happy if they did that today, where at that exact location you will find two cops handing out jay-walking tickets.

    • Ephraim 12:50 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      LJ, first thing I noticed. I of course also wonder about a single lane of road… so the 15/358 is going to go down the road along with all the cars, delivery trucks et al? I can’t even imagine how people will find the possibility to jay walk with all that traffic in a single lane.

      Remember, the 15 is the emergency line when the metro goes down… never mind the fact that this city notoriously never seems to reconfigure bus lines. And of course there are those who won’t take the metro and only take buses. If you move it to RL, you might as well cancel it… it would be a duplicate of the 150

    • Jack 13:52 on 2018-04-27 Permalink


    • david 14:11 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Finally doing McGill College. Will go well with the PVM square renos. I still prefer my plan to animate McGill College – funnel foot traffic into what’s now the roadway, and set up semi-permanent food and drink kiosks on what are now the sidewalks. Create a lateral plaza with seating areas and places to eat. In winter, keep it going with heat lamps. One of the worst things about attending McGill is the limited food options – you’re eating the crap being provided by the food vendor, the crap at Shatner, or Amir/Subway. Lining a pedestrianized McGill college with food purveyors would do an enormous amount to bring students (and office workers) down to the street and get some life back into this section of the downtown.

      Also, I wonder if they’re ever going to complete the Dominion Square renos.

    • ant6n 14:22 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      The renderings are so over the top it’s easy to distrust them. But it’s probably going to be nice.

    • JoeNotCharles 17:05 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      If they wanted greenery along Ste-Catherine they shouldn’t have bulldozed Place Albert-Duquesne to make room for more concrete.

    • Uatu 20:13 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      It looks nice, but I’m a little worried about how emergency vehicles will be able to move around….

    • Faiz Imam 21:35 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      The “one” lane is not really one. It’s specifically designed for 2 large vehicles, including STM buses, to pass by each other.

      The idea is a delivery truck, a car dropping a passenger off, or a bus stopping, can drift over to one side, and all moving traffic can drift to the other side and pass without blocking.

      IMO now that there’s no more parking, it should really cut down on slowdowns, that’s the source of most of the congestion.

      The buses should overall flow more smoothly than they do now. IMO.

    • steph 08:38 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      two days ago in REM construction news they announced “closure of half of McGill College Ave”. Lets see how that plays out with the ste-catherine street renos.

    • Kevin 13:48 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      The REM construction takes precedence. The city said the work to change McGill College will only get started in 2022

    • Faiz Imam 21:51 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Even without the REM, the plans for renovating mcgill were always planned to happen after St-Catherine were done. They want to minimize the traffic hell as much as possible. Same reason why the road work is divided into two phases.

      Bleury to Mansfield is now, and will last till sometime next year. Only after thats all done will they go to Atwater Avenue.

      Redoing Phillips square is planned somewhere in there, but Mcgill is too much work to do at the same time.

  • Kate 05:53 on 2018-04-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Dialing 211 will now connect you to social services in Montreal.

    • Nicolas Kruchten 08:06 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Are alll the N-1-1 numbers are assigned in Montreal? I have no experience with 7-1-1 personally:

      0-1-1: 0-1-X is the international prefix
      1-1-1: 1-X is the North American long distance prefix
      2-1-1: Community services and information
      3-1-1: Municipal government services, non-emergency number
      4-1-1: Directory assistance
      5-1-1: Traffic information or police non-emergency services
      6-1-1: Telephone company (telco) customer service and repair
      7-1-1: TDD and Relay Services for the deaf and hard of hearing
      8-1-1: non-emergency health information and services
      9-1-1: Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance and rescue services)

      See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N11_code

    • Kate 08:46 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Nicolas, I seem to remember Kristian Gravenor writing about having worked for Bell’s 711 relay service, but at a quick look I can’t find it.

    • CE 09:06 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      I know people who have done that job. They’ve all described it as being a combination of incredibly boring and very weird.

    • Ephraim 10:02 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Relay isn’t as important as it used to be…. since you can do most things in email and the net. It’s sometimes used by scammers to hide their accents. Relay is only allowed to repeat what they see on their screen.

  • Kate 21:22 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Communauto, blocked from downtown throughout Denis Coderre’s stint as mayor, will finally arrive there Friday.

    • Blork 08:47 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      …with Car2Go coming soon afterwards (according to the article). Yay!

    • Bert 13:53 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Car2Go have been downtwon for a while, they occupy a space in the Square Phillips parking lot.

    • Blork 15:02 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      They have a handful of dedicated downtown lots actually, but you can ONLY leave them in those lots. Can’t leave them on the street.

  • Kate 20:05 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    A project to build a duplex to house two indigenous families has begun in St-Henri, with Habitat for Humanity involved in organizing community efforts.

    • Ephraim 12:53 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Two things… why is the fact that they are Mohawk so important to this story… am I missing something? And there is a need for 25000 spaces for Mohawks…. this is 2 families, maybe 8 people… a real drop in a lake (I’d say bucket, but 8/25K is really not even a start, it’s a shame.

    • Michael Black 14:46 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      This continent was multicultural before the Europeans came. Adjacent Peoples had lots of similarity, but the differences become more noticeable the further apart People are. Compare the two coasts, and the differences are large.

      People want their identity, not just “Indian” but who they always were. “Indian” is a lumping of everyone together, similar to some of the pan-Indian things that have risen since Europeans came over. Nobody’s going to identify themselves as “indian”, they’ll say they are Haida or Nez Pierce (and of course there’s a move away from what the Europeans called them).

      The houses are for Mohawk, not Seneca or Lakota or Spokan. So it is important to the story.

      As for a drop in the bucket, it has to start somewhere. Habitat for Humanity is small scale, getting the mortgage to buy the land and materials, and volunteers to keep costs down. The owners to be have to put in a certain number of hours in building houses. I suppose if funding came from somewhere else it might go faster, but then something would be lost. Other groups deal with building on a larger scale.


    • mare 19:15 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      When I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity 10 years ago I learned it wasn’t the money that was the problem, or the volunteers, but the terrains where they could build. Every empty lot in the city with a building permit sells for a lot of money, and often owners/developers let plots lay vacant for years because its value will rise faster than if they had invested in in the stock market. Or they rent it to Indigo for a temporary parking lot. Also Habitat needs at least enough space to build two units side by side because of logistics.

      I wish the city didn’t make all those mini-parks that aren’t big enough for anything, and surrounded by streets on three sides, but designated it for social housing instead. Built by HfH or by some Quebec Fondation that does the same but I’m unable to find at the moment.

    • Ephraim 11:35 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Michael, not specifically because they are Mohawk or any other tribe. Why is it important that they are indigenous? It’s the sort of question I ask when any reporter points out a trait, like Anglophone, Black or Gay. Why is that really an important part of the story. There are 25K needy people who need homes and here we are building room for 2 of the families… just two.

      Habitat for humanity is wonderful. The problem is they need small spaces and to really get to grips with the problem, we need larger buildings. But at the same time, we can’t set too many people in one building… because we know that doesn’t work either. It’s a tough problem. But we definitely need to think bigger.

  • Kate 19:53 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Hadrien Parizeau, welcomed as a candidate by Denis Coderre’s party last summer and elected councillor for Saint-Sulpice in Ahuntsic, has been chucked out by its successor party Ensemble Montréal. Lionel Perez denies that the dismissal has anything to do with Parizeau participating in the city’s executive committee, but Radio-Canada quotes Valérie Plante saying she thinks it does. Parizeau says he’ll sit as an independent.

    • Ginger Baker 21:16 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      Donc ca veut dire qu’ils ne veulent pas travailler (ahem) ensemble…

      And they say drugs will fuck up your ability to stay coherent…

    • Kate 11:12 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Ginger Baker, what’s the implication about drugs?

    • Ginger Baker 13:29 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      That I’ve met/know regular drug users who are far more coherent/consistent than most politicians.

      The party is called ‘ensemble’ and the leader doesn’t want his people working with others.

  • Kate 08:45 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse previews the disturbances in transport and transit to be expected from the construction of the REM.

    • CapitaineQuebec 18:40 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      It’s a pretty big project, so there will be disturbances. That’s about as newsworthy as reporting that water is wet.

    • ant6n 19:28 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      It matters because CDPQInfra didn’t disclose this before the project was signed, they actually kind of lied about it. It also matters because different kind of planning may have reduced the impact, if they planned taking factors outside of their immediate goals into account.

      And it matters because, well, a lot of people are affected for a long time. If we can talk about a bad day of traffic, we can talk about years of disruptions.

    • Kate 19:56 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      CapitaineQuebec, if you have nothing of substance to say besides snark about criticism of the REM, maybe don’t pitch in. And I don’t believe you’re not some minor PR flunkey paid to find sources of criticism and try to stamp them out – probably attracted here by ant6n’s participation.

    • Bert 20:43 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      I wonder how cutting trains that run during day, i.e. not the first or last train of the day, help with getting the REM built. To boot, they are the shorter runs, to/from St Laurent or Roxborro

      When the cross-over was being built on the DM line (just south of the Monpelier station), trains ran at reduced speed (10-20 KPH) . Perhaps there is some sort of safety protocol where workers need to evacuate a certain perimeter for a certain window around train passings? While the announced changes will directly impact me, the logistics and planning of it interest me.

    • ant6n 01:47 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      Probably related to single tracking, which adds constraints, reduces frequency, and makes it diffucult to run trains back out from downtown.

    • Su 10:07 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      There was a bit on CBC evening news the other day, about the disturbance coming on the deux montagnes line.. I found it interesting that many of the users interviewed at the station, were completely unaware of the disruptions to come. . I guess nobody thought of putting up signs at affected stations so people could get prepared..

    • Bert 13:57 on 2018-04-27 Permalink

      I didn’t think of the single tracking On most of my rides we pass another train in the tunnel.

      There are signs announcing the weekend closures that have been put up, at my station, in usual RTM sign enclosures, i.e. no flashing lights saying “Read me”… Er… “Lisez moi”

    • david 17:08 on 2018-04-28 Permalink

      Interesting article that could one day be of interest if the REM skeptics prove to be right. https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/cancelling-contracts-power-of-governments-to-unilaterally-alter-agreements.pdf

    • ant6n 01:23 on 2018-04-29 Permalink

      Eroding confidence in govt may be a bad idea, it may make it very difficult to make future agreements, or even just to buy debt. To exaggerste that point: we don’t want to become greece.

      Also, we more and more have supernational agreements in place like CETA, that has investor protection at its core, making it more difficult for governments to unilaterally cancel contracts.

  • Kate 08:44 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Those three teenagers charged with sexual assault have been released into parental custody and one report says they are back at school with their alleged victim.

    • Jack 11:33 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      That’s impossible on every conceivable ground, CTV check your sources.

    • Kevin 15:16 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

      Truth is stranger than fiction Jack.
      The female suspect already broke parole. She went back to school Wednesday afternoon after classes ended and was promptly rearrested. She was due in court Thursday afternoon.

    • Kate 20:01 on 2018-04-26 Permalink

  • Kate 07:58 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    We already have driving notes for the coming weekend. And another one, and another.

  • Kate 05:40 on 2018-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada says it has a leaked document showing that the revamped Ste-Catherine Street will have only one lane for drivers between Mansfield and Bleury, and some parking spots will be gone. There’s also a plan to make McGill College Avenue pedestrian and spiff up Phillips Square with more greenery.

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