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  • Kate 12:00 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Robert Poëti is leaving political life. He’s joining the exodus of PLQ MNAs that won’t be running again this October.

    • david100 16:38 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      Those PLQ guys are so interchangeable that it doesn’t really matter. Select minor local notable, insert onto PLQ bench, assign ministerial portfolio totally unrelated to area of expertise, switch out after a year without anyone really noticing any change. If anything, what the PLQ needs some hotblooded stars like you see run for the federal NDP. Where’s your Romeo Saganash or Anné Dowson?

      Anyway, if the PLQ survives and Solidaire wins enough seats to form a coalition to get the majority (my preferred scenario by far), then it would be great to see the Montreal minister or even the transportation minister come out of Solidaire.

    • Uatu 06:32 on 2018-05-31 Permalink

      Eh. He will probably show up later as a caq candidate. The libs, caq, pq ministers are all interchangeable.

  • Kate 11:58 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    A judge has ruled that Westmount can’t call a halt to the Turcot construction because of noise.

    • Zeke 07:52 on 2018-05-31 Permalink


      That’s unfortunate. But I can understand how an injunction would be a little heavy handed. They really should go to mediation.

  • Kate 06:13 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mon Nan, one of Chinatown’s longtime late-night eateries, and not bad either, has to close by 2 a.m. now and will lose its liquor licence in a deal with cops after gang members made it a favourite spot in the wee hours and started taking shots at each other in the street outside.

    • CE 15:19 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      I wonder if they’ll still serve “cold tea” at 4am

  • Kate 06:09 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Valérie Plante wants an end to the city giving no-bid contracts to Groupe CH, parent group of Evenko*, over use of the Parc Jean-Drapeau. But they have a deal that will linger into 2021.

    *Yes, a capital letter. Foo on them.

  • Kate 06:05 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Some CP workers are on strike, but the Gazette says this should not affect commuter trains, which I find out have recently been rebranded “exo” after being AMT for years and then briefly RTM. The Journal has a photo of the new livery. Obligate lower-case names like “exo” and “evenko” are evidently of the moment.

    No, it’s not labour action that’s going to mess with commuter trains – it’s the construction of the REM, which for now means fewer runs on the Deux-Montagnes line.

    • Ant6n 13:57 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      From the RTM, err EXO website: https://exo.quebec/en/index.html#showdiv7

      “””Why that name?
      Exo has become shorthand for anything that lies outside something else, so it’s the ideal term to:

      simply designate the territory we serve with our buses and trains, namely greater Montreal’s northern and southern rings, although we also transport commuters from Montreal, Laval and the South Shore who connect with our trains;

      convey the notion of escaping the city. And that’s the feeling we want to give to our customers: worry-free time for themselves on their daily commute.”””

      This is incredibly upside down. The commuter rail network should be _integrated_ into the Montreal transit system, rather than it’s stupid disconnection emphasized. They might have as well named it “exurban”. (And btw, few Montrealers use the separate-fare, rush-hour focussed commuter rail to ‘escape’ the city)

    • Uatu 06:36 on 2018-05-31 Permalink

      Haha. Escaping the city via public transit. Have these guys actually used public transit on the weekend or regular hours?

  • Kate 05:40 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Quebec labour ministry raided several Montreal job placement agencies Tuesday, outfits that place undocumented workers in dangerous and uninsured jobs.

  • Kate 05:38 on 2018-05-30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city plans to buy 17 more Azur trains in response to Philippe Couillard’s make-work scheme for Bombardier workers. Montreal’s basically paying for jobs in La Pocatière, because the STM was prepared to keep the MR-73 trains running.

    The STM says the last few MR-63 trains, original to the system, will be withdrawn from service in June. The last MR-63 will run on each of the four lines June 18-21 according to the graphic shown at the end of this article.

    • Bill Binns 07:36 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      I’ll be sad to see the last of the old trains go. Those two solitary seats at the end of the car (if you are lucky enough to score one) are the best seats on public transit with the possible exception of that one weird seat on the bus between the driver and the wheel well.

    • Kate 08:55 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      I liked the retrofitted ceiling air scoop fans, too.

    • Faiz Imam 01:27 on 2018-05-31 Permalink

      This can be good news, if they time it right.

      The new garage being built at next to cote-vertu is designed to allow for much higher frequencies of service on the orange line, but they need more trains once that’s ready.

      These trains could be used to increase service in the network, if the keep the 73’s as well.

      Also this does give them the flexibility to kill a few of the least reliable 73’s and use them for spare parts.

      That’s speculation though, it’s very possible that this new purchase will force them to scrap a bunch of perfectly good 73’s for no reason.

    • Uatu 06:44 on 2018-05-31 Permalink

      IMHO, Faiz, it’s the latter. If you doubt my cynicism, remember that old post where I was cynical about the bridge being under budget and on schedule? And you said it was? Well unfortunately I was right. I wouldn’t put it past some functionaire to get rid of the old for shiny new just for aesthetics because that’s how vapid and shallow mtl. Can b

    • Faiz Imam 13:45 on 2018-05-31 Permalink

      Oh, so you’re being cynical with absolutely no evidence? I can ignore that then.

      DItto about the bridge, despite the auditor General’s report, it’s at this time still expected to open on time.

      In my previous comments I did qualify and say that a small delay of a few weeks was very possible. If i recall correctly I was pushing back against the idea that there would be any sort of huge delay.

      The recent news is saying exactly that, they might not make the December deadline, but they’ll only miss it by days or weeks.

      Also the headline of $500 million in extra costs is not due to delays in construction, it’s due to taking so many years to get the project going in the first place. It’s an analysis of costs incurred years ago, and how those could have been less.

      If you’re going to try to “i told you so” me, try to at least be substantive.

  • Kate 21:23 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is establishing a $15 minimum wage for its own workers although since only 1.2% of them are earning below that rate it won’t make a big dent in its finances.

    Meantime the city’s also ending sales of one-time-use plastic water bottles on its premises.

    • Chris 07:56 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      hmm, I hope the ‘one time use’ qualifier doesn’t backfire. As in: bottles get made ‘reusable’ with more/thicker plastic, but then people don’t actually reuse them and just toss them.

    • Kate 08:55 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      As is happening with plastic shopping bags, yes.

    • Ephraim 14:09 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      Wish that people would stop buying the water in the first place. It’s an industry built on bullshit.

    • Bill Binns 15:55 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      It drives me nuts that this whole argument is about “water bottles”. Add a little C02 and a shit ton of sugar to that water and the bottle miraculously becomes socially acceptable. Why don’t soda and juice and beer and win and tea drinkers have to carry a hobo cup around with them everywhere they go? I drink a lot of water and water straight from the tap tastes nasty. Montreal tap water tastes great if left in an open container in the fridge long enough for the chlorine to leach off of it. Tepid tap water directly from the sink in a gas station bathroom, not so much. Where’s the bullshit?

    • Dominic 18:45 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      @Bill Binns: Soda, and beer containers have a cash deposit required, and return rates are generally high. Wine is served either in cardboard or glass, both easily recyclable.

      And who is walking around carrying single serving bottles of wine anyway? :S

    • Kate 18:49 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      Bill Binns, the city already decided not to sell soft drinks on any of its premises but that article dates from last December and says this may not come into force for awhile because of existing supply contracts.

      Ephraim: the problem is that bottled water has to exist – for things like water main closures, gatherings and meetings, temporary situations of all kinds. But, as I know I’ve mentioned before, I see people buying whole flats of bottled water in places like Pharmaprix, people who likely come from places where the tap water isn’t safe to drink so have grown up with a strongly ingrained belief that they need to drink bottled. And they do. Meantime millions of single-use bottles are clogging the planet.

  • Kate 20:52 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    ViSaMiPex mayor Giuliana Fumagalli has apologized to “anyone hurt by [my] comments,” two weeks after she was asked to work from home amid harassment allegations. She’s meant to chair a borough council meeting soon. I live in VSMPE but have heard no scuttle about what really happened at the borough offices.

  • Kate 20:14 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    The federal Auditor General says Canadians are out of pocket an extra half billion dollars because of delays in deciding to build a replacement for the Champlain and – little fanfare here – “the decision to have the bridge built via a public-private partnership could cost Canadians more than if the bridge had been built outright by the federal government.”

    Why do politicians persist in claiming PPP is cheaper, when it’s obviously going to cost the public purse more in the long run to supply the profit demanded by private investors?

    The report also expresses doubt the bridge will be on time and within budget.

    • carswell 20:37 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      “Why do politicians persist in claiming PPP is cheaper?’

      Because it’s a myth their corporate overlords — who make tons of money from PPPs and whom the politicians depend on for political contributions, kickbacks, employment after leaving politics and admission to the Old Boys Club — tell them to propagate.

    • Ephraim 14:10 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      Carswell – political contributions? That’s all and good in the US, but the contributions are so capped in Canada that there has to be something else going on.

    • david100 16:46 on 2018-05-30 Permalink

      Well, to be fair, the bridge was to have a toll, which Trudeau scrapped to wins south shore seats he’d have won anyway.

  • Kate 18:55 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A Sud-Ouest community group says cuteness is not enough for St-Henri and adjoining areas, and that serious commitment to social housing has been left out of borough planning.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A man’s body was spotted in the river off Pointe-aux-Trembles Monday afternoon and police think it may be a suspicious death.

    • Ephraim 13:35 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      No… it’s totally normal to have a dead body just float by. Not suspicious at all.

    • Kate 13:44 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      Could be suicide or misadventure, Ephraim.

    • Ephraim 13:49 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      Still suspicious…. it’s is definitely not ordinary. No one dies and ends up in the river as par for the course 🙂

  • Kate 09:57 on 2018-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Some concrete fell Tuesday morning off the old Turcot so parts of autoroute 15 are closed.

    • Roman 10:43 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      What an embarrassment. This is just so appropriate for Montreal.

    • Ali Bear 11:30 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      The embarrassment is that we spend so much public money on these roller-coaster car toys.

    • Kevin 21:32 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      The chunk fell off a bit that was scheduled to be torn down next year.
      We know the thing was rotten: that is why it is being rebuilt.

  • Kate 18:33 on 2018-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has plans to revitalize the neighbourhoods bordering the Turcot, but only after the construction is completed. Dust and noise from the site are not included in the plan.

    • PO 05:44 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      No help for poor St-Raymond. No one seems to care about that little enclave, and it’s been squeezed to death since the Turcot work started.

    • Jack 09:51 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      Yeah beside a 3 billion dollar pollution aggregator , lets build a nice park. Hey kids lets look at the cars.

    • Uatu 19:31 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      The kids from the Montreal children’s hospital already play in front of the Turcotte. The outdoor playground directly faces the the interchange and gets it’s wonderfully dusty, polluted air. No wonder it’s almost always deserted. Best care for life! /s

    • denpanosekai 20:32 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      C-C-C-Combo breaker!

    • Ephraim 21:06 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      I drove by the escarpment about a week and a half ago and I have to admit that it was looking beautifully green and vibrant. The best it has looked in years! Not judging anything else… but the escarpment hasn’t been in good shape in a long time and I was quite surprised by how good it looked.

    • Chris 21:27 on 2018-05-29 Permalink

      Likely land next to a highway is cheap, and lets them claim stuff like “we added x new parks in Mtl in the last x years”. 🙁

  • Kate 18:31 on 2018-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Our firefighters are now equipped with animal resuscitation kits enabling them to save the lives of pets as well as people. They were paid for by the Firefighters Association itself.

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