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  • Kate 06:36 on 2018-06-29 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA has some headaches for drivers this weekend.

    And there are some possibly useful open and closed notes as well.

  • Kate 06:26 on 2018-06-29 Permalink | Reply  

    The Guy-Favreau YMCA has been saved for at least ten years.

    • Patrick 14:39 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      This post inspired to check out the history page at ymcaquebec. Some great photos! Also, I did not realize that until 1964 the Y was officially only open to Protestants.I can attest that this rule was not strictly enforced for some time before that, but it’s a good reminder that in the old days religion segregated people in Montreal almost as much as language did.

    • Jack 18:22 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Thats great news! Having just moved to this hood, that institution is essential

    • Ian 18:23 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      The reason for that is that there were a lot of services and shelters open to Catholics only, so the YMCA wanted to make sure that anyone that got services wasn’t taking a spot from someone who might not otherwise be served… of course this excluded Jews, which is why the YMHA was founded.

      It’s an interesting bit of Montreal trivia a lot of people aren’t aware of but the first YMCA in N. America was in Montreal.

      I’m really glad the Chinatown Y gets to stay, I was talking to a fellow teacher at my college who is in in the Nursing Faculty who volunteers there and she told me they might have to shut down. It really is an important service in the neighbourhood – for one, one of the few places the homeless can take showers.

    • Kate 19:04 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      I can’t handle the concept of gyms but if I were to join one, it would be that one.

      Jack, have you left Villeray?

  • Kate 19:21 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    It was thirty years ago that the botanical garden opened its Japanese garden: Radio-Canada looks back in its archives for the opening.

  • Kate 19:19 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    A brigade of young folks will be going door to door to check on smoke detectors this summer.

    In related news, five people died last year because of carelessly stubbed out cigarettes.

    • steph 07:26 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      attention young brigade: bring a stick so you don’t have to stand on my chair with your boots on to press the smoke detector test button.

  • Kate 19:17 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s vowing to do a better job of coordinating construction sites, admitting it’s not been well handled.

  • Kate 19:16 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is tightening the screws on bad landlords – CTV calls them slumlords outright – tripling inspections and giving inspectors powers to act quickly rather than waiting for extensive evidence to be gathered. In response the landlord group spokesman kvetches a lot.

    • Ephraim 10:42 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Anyone doing anything about the bad tenants, too? There are two evils in that industry. I remember having to do payroll for garnishments.

    • Kate 10:59 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Ephraim – you have to understand the issues are not equivalent. A bad landlord can affect dozens of people and cause a health hazard which is why it strays into the area of public health and safety.

    • Ephraim 13:51 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Absolutely, Kate. But bad tenants can affect landlords ability to pay their bills and maintain a house. It’s a two way street, landlords need good tenants and tenants need good landlords. I’ve seen good landlords abused by bad tenants as well. The thing is, when you have a system with rent control, you need to help both to coexist. If landlords can’t get good tenants, they take apartments off the market. We’ve seen it in Montreal with apartments moving to co-property, having family members move in or converting them to illegal rentals.

      There is an entire series on Netflix about it in the UK. https://britesparkfilms.com/portfolio/nightmare_tenants_slum_landlords/ for Channel 5, been on for 3 seasons, so far.

      My parents had two apartments, one they eventually just gave up on renting because they just got stiffed out of the rent too often. The other used to open the windows in the winter and just let the heat out. Parents needed the rent money to pay their mortgage. And I’ve been the tenant, where the landlord kept the rent lower for us because she knew we maintained things and fixed things rather than call her. But, as I said, I’ve seen garnishment documentations a few times. In most cases, the garnishee generally runs away to look for a new job to stop the garnishment… so the company might lose a good employee. And the landlord sees a bit of his money, only to have to find the person again. And those judgements are good for 30 years… they can be put back on your credit report after they expire off. They can be held against your retirement and even your inheritance and you can’t get out of it via bankruptcy. But in most cases, landlords often give up. And that missing money has to be found somewhere…. often it’s maintenance.

    • Brett 17:51 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      If tenants are more than three weeks late on rent they are eligible for eviction as well as being obligated to pay for back rent. There’s no excuse for landlords who wait too long for their rent payment before going to the rent board.

    • Ian 18:27 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Of course I feel for landlords dealing with lousy tenants, but by virtue of their economic position they are in a better place to achieve justice, as opposed to most tenants – if you don’t have a lawyer, you can be pretty much assured that even the most egregious violations won’t come to much when you go to the Régie as a tenant, and even then you are usually only going to get a settlement after the fact – but a landlord can always get an eviction once the stars are aligned. The kinds of landlords these new rules are in place for aren’t kind old mom & pops, they are rapacious slumlords that assume their tenants have no idea what their rights are and are poor enough to have little recourse in the face of poor maintenance and unsafe housing conditions.

    • Ephraim 22:10 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Brett – Have you actually seen someone evicted at the 3 week mark? No, because that is when the proceedings start… you still need a court date and a judgement. Ever seen an apartment of someone evicted? In some cases, they trash the place entirely. And they will try ANYTHING to keep staying.

  • Kate 08:04 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Iconic monuments to Maisonneuve and to Sir John A. Macdonald were defaced Tuesday night by soi-disant anticolonialist militants, but the red paint was cleaned up by city workers Wednesday.

    • Steve Q 11:55 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Anarchists disguised as anti-colonialist.

    • Kate 15:16 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Nothing says you can’t be both.

    • Douglas 22:48 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Kids that need to feel important because sitting at home and smoking pot isn’t fulfilling enough.

    • Kate 06:30 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Douglas, don’t be so tediously, unimaginatively judgmental. It takes planning to scale a monument to paint it like this, and it takes determination. It’s a political statement, not random “wanting to feel important.”

      And while I think the legacy of both historical figures is more complex than can be summed up merely with “colonialist = bad”, I understand what they’re saying.

      And they are not “kids”!

    • Bill Binns 09:49 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      They are not kids and therefore prosecutable. Let’s hope the cops find them. Actually, let’s hope the cops even bother looking for them in the first place.

    • Ephraim 10:43 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      Kate – And it’s the citizens who end up paying for this nonsense. As an anarchist… you certainly are contributing to the capitalistic economy by spending money on the paint, the pay for the city employees, the taxes we pay to pay for the employees, etc.

    • Ian 13:51 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      They could always be anarcho-syndicalists. But yeah, there’s no specific political affiliation required for anticolonialist activism. Though I’m pretty sure most of the posters here don’t care about such subtlety. OMG VANDALZ * clutches pearls *
      …but for those of you who do care to read on, check this out: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/24/john-a-macdonald-schools-should-be-renamed-elementary-teachers-union.html

      Macdonald is an “architect of genocide against Indigenous people”. That is a term the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario did not use lightly – or inaccurately.

      Removing statues of Macdonald is akin to the move in the southern states to remove statues of Confederate “heroes”, as they represent the legacy of racism that contributes to the racial tensions of today – Not unlike the Canadian situation with Natives.

  • Kate 07:55 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The father of a baby who died in a parked car two years ago in St-Jérôme is reaching out to the family who experienced a similar loss here last week, via La Presse.

  • Kate 06:31 on 2018-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Bricks fell off the façade of a student residence on Park Avenue near Prince Arthur Wednesday – the one that used to be a hotel. Nobody got hurt, although a car was damaged. The Gazette says they dropped from the tenth floor.

    • Blork 10:09 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      That’s worrisome. The building is the smaller of the four La Cité complex buildings, and they’re all bricked the same way. The other buidings are much taller (30ish stories). If bricks start falling off those, it could be a really bad situation.

      At the very least, there will need to be a costly inspection of all buildings. Imagine if they had to re-facade the whole complex? Wow.

      I have to say, I’ve always found it odd when tall buildings are clad in bricks. It seems so tenuous. Brick walls falling down is not a rare story. Over the past few weeks I’ve watched them brick up a new condo building downtown. It’s only about eight stories but it seems like it would only take a tiny earthquake to shake the whole thing loose. So why would people make brick walls that are 30 stories tall?

    • Joey 10:23 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Didn’t the City (province?) mandate all buildings of a certain height to have their facades inspected by a structural engineer after that woman was killed by falling bricks on Peel?

    • Tim 12:20 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      The law can be found at https://www.rbq.gouv.qc.ca/en/building/technical-information/building-chapter-from-the-safety-code/facades-maintenance-and-inspection.html

      It is applicable for any building over 5 stories and requires an inspection be done every 5 years once a building is more than 10 years old.

      For anyone considering buying a condo, this law is a great thing. You can read the engineering report for yourself and learn a lot about the building. If the condo board cannot supply a report, it’s a good indicator that the condo board is not properly managing the building and you should look elsewhere.

    • Joey 15:42 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      So @Tim odds are this building was inspected in the last few years, especially since McGill has only owned it for <10… maybe the "every five years" clause is not frequent enough. Then again, there are only so many structural engineers and they can only spend so much time inspecting existing buildings.

    • Tim 16:21 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      @Joey, hopefully a follow-up piece will shed light on the inspection history and the company that signed off on the inspection. Presumably the engineering professional association will involve itself as well.

  • Kate 19:27 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    The jazz festival is standing by SLĀV despite protest. Medium has a piece describing the scene.

    Discussion with an academic of African ancestry on Radio-Canada.

    Also, thoughts on CBC by a black artist and historian initially consulted about the project who feels it missed an opportunity to make a point and educate the public and by a black op-ed writer at Le Devoir.

    Le Devoir’s critic liked it. But then Robert Lepage does know how to mount a show.

    Update: thoughts from the Globe’s Everett-Green although is he correct in saying Lepage and Bonifassi had “a promotional and media apparatus that naturally made it more likely that their view of their show would be the one that the public heard about”? I’ve only seen and heard pieces criticizing the cultural obtuseness of the work. I haven’t seen anyone asking Lepage and Bonifassi why they thought their concept was a viable one.

    • Blork 21:49 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Despite everything I said earlier defending the notion of cultural appropriation, I think it’s shameful how some people are reacting to this. There’s a grey area (for one thing, SLĀV can just as easily be a reference to the writer’s slavic background as to slavery). What this whole issue needs is a calm discussion, not people losing their minds and screaming “racist” at people who choose to see the performance.

      That kind of overreaction — which seems to be coming mostly from people who haven’t seen the show and know very little about it — discredits the idea of cultural appropriation because it makes it seem like a knee-jerk reaction.

      That said, Bonifassi is not doing herself any favours by continually saying “I don’t see colour,” which is about the most un-woke thing a person can say, especially in this context.

    • Chris 22:20 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Well, whatever else may be true, freedom of expression and freedom of speech are more important.

    • Benoit 10:06 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      An interesting point of view (which I happen to share) on this protest from Mathieu Bock-Côté : Le racisme des antiracistes.

    • Myles 12:23 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      It’s pretty rich to see MBC criticizing someone else for excessive racialising social relations.

    • Emily Gray 13:22 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

    • Jack 15:49 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      With Myles, MBC is the intellectual embodiment of why systemic racist narratives are rarely unpacked in our society. He is the power structure that wants to be cemented in the totality of the public sphere in Quebec.

    • Kate 20:46 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Thanks for the link, Emily. I was pondering making a new post with that review, but hesitant to give the show yet another fresh entry.

    • Mark Côté 23:56 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      The CBC has a great opinion piece from someone who actually saw a preview. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/the-problem-with-sl-v-1.4727432

    • Ian 18:32 on 2018-06-29 Permalink

      While I found some of the arguments in the last thread regarding cultural appropriation interesting and all, it’s hard to ignore that by most accounts this show is a steaming lump of crap.

      And really, at one point Bonifassi plays the role of Harriet Tubman – with black backup singers. That’s pretty tone-deaf (pun intended).

  • Kate 19:05 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Although other entities are open about how much cash they grant to festivals, Tourisme Montreal refuses to say how much they chip in even though 86% of their financing comes from taxes and other public funds.

    • Ephraim 20:45 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      They answer to NO ONE. Not even the tourism industry. They are a unit of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal… not a unit of the city of Montreal. Most hotels, restaurants, B&Bs etc are NOT members.

    • G. 22:28 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      There are a lot of non-profit, private companies in this city.

    • Ephraim 07:45 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      Yes, G. But this is the only one that collects a 3.5% tax on every hotel room, B&B room, tourist accommodation room and AirBnB room and answers to no one. That’s right… their income is paid directly from Revenu Quebec who collects it for them.

  • Kate 19:03 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Ensemble Montreal says it’s put the Coderre era behind it and is focusing on the 2021 municipal election.

  • Kate 19:01 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is promising $106 million for economic development over three years, creating three “pôles” or hubs of activity and employment, but the only concrete thing I see mentioned so far are autonomous electric shuttles to help workers commute.

    I occasionally wonder what happens to the money when political promises and programs like this are announced. There’s a flurry of PR, and then life goes on.

    • Bill Binns 09:41 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      I’ll believe the autonomous shuttle thing when I see it. I think the unions will have a thing or 3 to say about that. We still have train “drivers” in the metro.

    • Kate 20:13 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

      I have a feeling the shuttle idea is a sideways swipe at how the REM route is ignoring poorer parts of town.

  • Kate 12:18 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    A squirrel is being blamed for the power outage Tuesday in NDG and the ensuing data outage at the MUHC.

    • Ian 12:24 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      I’ve worked in many places with servers and they all had their own backup power system(s) in case of exactly this sort of thing… this is definitely a major infrastructure flaw that even the rawest noob should have anticipated, especially for critical services.

    • Dhomas 12:53 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      I’m with Ian on this one. There is no way one squirrel should be able to cause this kind of outage. Either they’re covering up for something else happening, or their IT infrastructure is horribly inadequate. Either way, it doesn’t look good.

    • Ephraim 15:50 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      More likely Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale…

    • Bill Binns 17:23 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      What Ian said. This is especially laughable considering all the noise the city has been making about preparing for various disasters. Let’s crawl before we walk and harden our critical infrastructure against squirrels before we worry about terrorists or meteor strikes.

    • JaneyB 18:40 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Only in Quebec would this squirrel story pass for an excuse. Everywhere else it would be laughed away. Absolute nonsense, along with the famous ‘cycle gel-degel’ responsible for the road surface.

    • Ian 19:42 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Well… that’s what I’m thinking too. Somebody made a super low bid on the job and cut corners for the sake of profit margins. We never learn.

    • Chris 21:27 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      You know when they cut the healthcare budget, but promise no impact on frontline staff? Well, IT budgets are one of those that get whacked. I wouldn’t be surprised if a UPS was cut in cost savings.

    • Kevin 09:19 on 2018-06-28 Permalink

    • Ian 18:26 on 2018-06-30 Permalink

      Cheap is a form of stupid IMO.

  • Kate 06:57 on 2018-06-27 Permalink | Reply  

    The far-right group La Meute is planning a demonstration on July 1, and the SPVM says it’s ensuring that none of the police assigned to keep an eye on it are personally involved with the group or ones like it. The implications that some police, or ex-police, are members of this kind of group and that the SPVM in general cracks down harder on groups of the left than of the right, are things Valérie Plante needs to take seriously.

    • Ian 09:31 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Jeez. More like they shouldn’t be cops at all…

    • Jack 09:44 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Their are also members of Canada’s armed forces in the group, fascists love uniforms. Please make no mistake that is what this group is. It pisses me off that my 17 year old father had to go fight these people for four years, his life forever damaged from that experience. We are now in a very scary place historically where the fascists have been emboldened by Trump and our own populist media organs i.e. Quebecor.

    • Daniel 12:35 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Wow, that’s scary indeed. There must be a significant number of compromised officers to warrant these kinds of checks.

    • Ian 16:30 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      The Gazette’s report on this story shares another interesting tidbit…

      “Undercover cops wore masks at protests, Montreal public hearing told”

      So yeah, they are admitting bias, and admitting to using agents provocateurs.

    • Kate 19:17 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      Ian, that makes me wonder whether there’s a sly reason for the police to have given up enforcing P-6, which includes the rule against protesting with the face covered…

    • Ian 19:43 on 2018-06-27 Permalink

      The thought crossed my mind too – it’s an established tactic they don’t want to compromise.

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