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  • Kate 22:11 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The McCord museum has been offered three spots for a possible new pavilion but is still muttering that it wants the parking lot the city intends to turn into a park.

    They need to give in. Now that the Domtar garden is gone, that bit of town needs a little open green space more than it needs another building, even something “deserving” like a museum.

  • Kate 21:59 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is promising a thousand new bike racks – the headline says Montreal but the text says it’s Ville-Marie in particular.

    The city’s also going to be putting in some public bike repair stations alongside certain Bixi locations.

  • Kate 21:50 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Lionel Perez must have people digging for angles where he can snipe at the Plante administration: now it’s the new hybrid buses the STM needs, and which were promised for 2020.

    What would Ensemble Montreal do instead? Old schoolbuses?

    • Ephraim 08:00 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      It’s his job to snipe at the Plante administration.

      Let’s look at this, this is $390,000 more per bus or 52% more than expected. That’s a LOT of money. That’s $117 Million dollars over a budget of $225 Million….. that’s beyond criminal. Not sure if the criminal is the person who underestimated the costs of the buses, or Nova, knowing that they would have no competition.

      They received only one bid. In a normal situation, where you get only one bid, you don’t sign a contract, you go back to the drawing board and question what in your specifications limited the bids so much, fix the bid and go back to the drawing board. One bid isn’t a bid, it’s a shotgun wedding. Sorry, but Perez is right, the city had no business signing this contract… they need to go back and fix the documents, 3 independent bids, minimum or no purchase.

    • ant6n 10:10 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      I’d say the problem was caused by the Coderre administration letting transit rot for years. If you’re in a rush to buy something, it’ll be expensive….

      Perez was basically sleeping at the wheel while in power, and now that he isn’t he’s suddenly waking up and complajning and making promises.

    • Ephraim 10:46 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Yeah, but $117 Million over budget on a $225 Million purchase? Seriously? 10% maybe? 20% outlandish. At 50% more… it’s criminal!

      That’s walking in to buy a condo for $250K and then deciding to buy a $380K condo instead. And it’s the same damn condo. At some point we need to point out that this process is corrupt. I’ll be the first to say it… anyone who signed this contract is corrupt, because the process was corrupt. It was designed so that only one company could bid and get paid whatever they want.

    • Kevin 11:01 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Coderre was only in power for four years, during which time the STM did test runs of fully-electric buses, bought a couple dozen buses with AC, and spent millions on new metro trains which needed far too much work because the province meddled with the contract process.

    • SMD 11:17 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      @Kevin During which time he also cut the STM’s budget and service for the first time in a decade, and saw the drop in ridership that resulted.

    • ant6n 16:55 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Coderre had nothing to do with the purchase of metro trains, that was really more of a provincial deal, and done years before.

    • Ephraim 18:27 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      The metro purchase was utter corruption. The tender offer was set up so no one else could really bid. We could be running quietly on steel tracks for likely half the price.

    • Kevin 22:34 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      STM ridership increased during Coderre’s term in office. BUS ridership dropped but was more than offset by metro riders, which should be expected since the city is undergoing the biggest road repair blitz in its history.

      The STM budget isn’t just salaries and maintenance: a huge chunk goes to new trains and buses and to debt.

      But I will make a prediction: ridership for the STM will drop over the next three years no matter what anyone does.

  • Kate 20:28 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    A regular reader – he says to call him Mr Malcontent – sent this in, thinking we might be amused by how Rosemont borough is mobilizing peer pressure against bad citizens.

    Update: item in local Rosemont paper via Metro.

    • Derek 20:57 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Is it possible that pile of garbage is sitting there because it didn’t get picked up on the designated day? On more than one occasion I’ve had my compost and/or garbage not picked up because the trucks simply didn’t pass by. And with collection having been reduced to once a week, this is more than a minor annoyance. I can imagine that people who live in an apartment building would not want to bring their stinky garbage back inside for another week.

      Also that looks like a construction sign to the extreme left of the photo. Trucks tend to bypass construction areas when they can.

      Maybe we should move that sign outside the borough office?

    • Kate 21:52 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Derek, Mr Malcontent told me the apartment building has been chucking garbage out in a disorderly way with no concern for the day of the week.

    • mare 22:35 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      We have one of those buildings in the street too. Thirty 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 so lots of turnover. When someone moves out and leaves things, the superintendent just chucks everything on the curb, whatever day it is. A few weeks ago he put some mirrors on the pile, between a mattress, garbage bags and tons of boxes with crap. Of course the mirrors broke and then the garbage truck really didn’t want to pick it up anymore since it was a health hazard. That sign would have been perfect there, and it’s even the right borough.

    • Kate 06:50 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Call 311, mare!

    • mare 08:15 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Seven garbage trucks per week in our street is enough. Two for compost, one side of the street at the time; two for recycling; two for garbage, and one for ‘dechets vertes”. And sometimes another one for ash branches, that are processed separately. Just all the diesel fuel used and the pollution put into the environment, are making recycling and composting a bit of a greenwashing operation.

    • Kate 08:24 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      I was thinking more that they might install one of those signs…

    • nau 09:21 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      I don’t get why people think there’s some significant increase in fuel use or pollution if you divide the same number of truckloads of garbage/recyclables/compostables between several trucks instead of just one. Sure, more trucks pass on the street, but each one is going to cover a longer distance before it gets full. It’s not as if the total volume of stuff to pick up has changed. There might be some difference depending on how far a full truck has to go to unload, but that difference could just as easily be positive if say the recycling drop point is closer than the garbage drop point.

    • Bill Binns 11:10 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      In The Village they put big stickers on trash put out at the wrong time but shame has no power here. Sadly, I think shame is the only weapon the city has on this issue. Figuring out who put that sofa on the street 2 days early would require a big investigation.

    • dewolf 11:41 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      On Monday morning (garbage day in my borough), I was walking down the street and noticed tons of plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and other recyclables spilling out from black garbage bags. If people actually sorted their trash they would soon discover that 90% of what they throw out is recyclable or compostable.

      (I say this because it looks like about half the things in that photo are recyclable.)

    • Ian 11:55 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Pretty sure that the kind of people that randomly throw out garbage all week also don’t give a fart in a maelstrom about recycling.

  • Kate 14:07 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC says this July has been the hottest here in 97 years.

    • Raymond Lutz 09:55 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Bon, j’ai l’impression de “pisser dans un violon” (nice french expression, isn’t?) but I can’t help it…

      Kate, note how the CBC news you linked fails to mention that Canadians records here this summer are echoed _everywhere_ on the planet… I’m wondering: are Environment Canada scientists still forbidden to talk directly to the media like during the Harper years? The link between this planetary July catastrophe (in Australia, unseen droughts are killing farmers livestock) and global warming is evident and not mentioning it is propaganda.

      At least The Guardian does a better job: Extreme global weather is ‘the face of climate change’ says leading scientist.

    • Kate 14:20 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Raymond Lutz, you can piss in this violin any time.

      You make a solid point, but if I start posting about wider environmental issues the focus of this blog will drift. I have often thought of doing a side blog on environmental stories, but I simply don’t have the time to keep it up and grasp the details well enough to respond properly to comments and debate.

    • Raymond Lutz 14:48 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Kate, merci pour cette réponse, je ne vous visais pas personnellement avec l’image du violon 😎 . The tension between local and global events competing for our attention is interesting: je l’aborde dans une dynamique ‘holographique’ : l’un contient l’autre et il ne faut négliger ni l’un ni l’autre… Comme a écrit Raôul Duguay: tôuttt est dans tôuttt. 😎

  • Kate 13:44 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Now CTV is posting weekend driving problems on Tuesday. CBC too.

    • jeather 18:18 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Ugh, seriously? How does that help anyone?

    • Ian 18:23 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Perhaps for those making plans for the weekend?

    • Tim S. 22:10 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Yeah, shutting down the Decarie is actually a big deal – at least for me in NDG, should I want to leave.
      On the other hand, given that I live right next to it, perhaps I’ll stay home and enjoy the peace, quiet and cleanish air.
      Either way, nice to know in advance.

    • jeather 08:47 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      I like to hear the planned closures, but not on Tuesday for things that close from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. Especially now, when the closures are always much the same — avoid the Turcot and most of Decarie, the Ville Marie will be closed for part of the way, the bridges will all be busy.

    • Mark Côté 16:22 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      I agree with Tim S. I don’t drive that often, but shutting down all of Decarie between the Turcot and the 40 is a notably large closure.

    • Ian 18:56 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Also worth noting when the big highways are closed down spillover traffic ends up in the neighbourhoods, which affects bus schedules and the number of people that take public transit in general. This info is relevant to anyone that takes public transport, not just drivers. I know I say this all the time but driving conditions are relevant to anyone that wants to get around in the city on the weekend.

  • Kate 13:19 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    There was a fatal motorcycle crash in Villeray this morning as the rider collided with an ambulance.

  • Kate 08:56 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is finally making plans for a new Théâtre de Verdure in Lafontaine park. The Coderre administration had big ideas for a massive new venue there which never panned out, and since then it’s remained its old self, slowly falling into worse disrepair.

    • Bill Binns 09:24 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      More grass and trees would really look great where this unused building that apparently nobody has missed too much is. Well designed theater / performance spaces in parks should revert to being parks during the 99.8% of the time they are not being used as performance spaces. This fenced and gated piece of land may as well have been turned into a parking lot or a condo tower for all the use citizens get out of it.

    • Kate 10:13 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Bill Binns, I used to live a few blocks from there, and throughout the summer there was programming – movie screenings, live theatre, dance. It was relatively low-key and low‑tech, mostly if not always free, and it always seemed to me a reasonable use of park space for public amusement. Perhaps you didn’t know that.

    • Bill Binns 11:56 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      @Kate – I have only been going to this park for a couple of years so i didn’t know. I’m not really advocating for the theater to not exist. I would just like to see it exist as a multi use area. A great example is the hockey rinks they build in the park every winter and remove every spring without a trace left behind.

      Another example would be the Hatch Shell in Boston. This venue hosts major acts and full symphony orchestras all summer but when no event is happening, the entire grounds, including the stage itself are open to the public. Nothing is permanently fenced off.

    • Kate 14:23 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      The T de V is a relatively small piece of the park and has been an open-air venue for a long time, maybe even since the days of the zoo. In general I’m usually on the “return it to green space” side, but in this specific case the usefulness of the space in summer in the Plateau seems worth the sacrifice.

    • Blork 15:23 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      Given that the TdeV is in the middle of a huge park, it’s not like there’s a shortage of park space there. The idea of having a low-key performance space in the middle of a large park, which is in the middle of a densely populated city, is pretty appealing. I think they should spruce it up and use it more.

  • Kate 06:56 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    T’cha Dunlevy reports on how Le Cagibi is doing in its new digs north of the tracks.

    • Ian 12:04 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      To be fair all the cool kids moved north of Beaubien years ago, Cagibi is just catching up.

  • Kate 06:51 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The surge in tech companies here is eating up all the office space (and the photo shown here looks like the set of The IT Crowd, appropriately).

    • Bill Binns 08:49 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      This may be the first time I have ever seen you reference a TV show. Did you read an article about it? 😉

      Weren’t people here talking about a looming oversupply of office space just a few years ago?

    • Faiz imam 13:29 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      I suspect all the new construction led to over supply, which led to lower prices which quite quickly incentivized a ton of new companies to set up shop.

      A positive set of events, by and large.

    • david100 20:17 on 2018-08-01 Permalink

      It’s almost as if any development policies knee-cap economic development.

  • Kate 06:48 on 2018-07-31 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA reports on a new insect pest, the appropriately named punaise diabolique, which is being spotted more and more around the Plateau at least. Seems to be the brown marmorated stink bug in English. It’s not a bedbug, but it does severe damage to plants.

    Update: more facts on the new bug.

    • Matt 08:20 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Yuck. Spotted these guys in our vegetable garden. Was wondering what they were. The story of thousands of them infesting the inside of a house is going to give me nightmares.

    • Raymond Lutz 09:51 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Et comme l’indique l’entomologiste interviewé par TVA, ces insectes apparaissent en nos latitudes à cause du réchauffement climatique.

      Dans moins de 10 ans: disparition complète de la calotte glacière de l’arctique => disparition du Jetstream => climat tempéré de l’hémisphère nord dévasté + espèces invasives => perte des rendements des cultures => hausse substantielle du prix des aliments => insatisfaction populaire => élection de Bernard «Rambo» Gauthier comme premier ministre du québec.

      OK, I made that last one up, 😎

    • Emily Gray 09:59 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Oh dear. I’d heard of these bugs being a big problem in the US. I was glad we didn’t have them here, but now we do.

    • Raymond Lutz 11:25 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Here’s a video from Canadian former-teacher-back-to-school Phd student Paul Beckwith explaining the jetstream weakening and its effects on crop failure: Monsoonal Patterns Start Dominating Jet Stream Circulation.

    • Kevin 13:54 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Great, a bug that smells like the plant my wife is allergic to.

      I’m hoping we get another winter where Quebec is the coldest place on the planet.

    • Blork 14:14 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      I’ve seen a few of those around my yard over the past couple of years. Didn’t know what they were.

      With the return of bedbugs, the invasive Japanese beetles, the cabbage worms (which completely destroyed my entire kale crop this year), and these stink bugs, it feels like the revenge of the insects is upon us!

    • Chris 21:09 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Ahh, I’ve seen that on my veggies just this year, I don’t recall seeing it in the past. I haven’t been killing them, as I didn’t know what they were. Now I’ll kill them. 🙂

      Those bloody green cabbage worms have been enjoying my cabbage too Blork. 🙁

  • Kate 23:04 on 2018-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has a piece about a public high school sharing space with a private one, but leaves out the central point: is the private school paying the EMSB, and is that why the EMSB is relatively unconcerned about inconveniencing and possibly impoverishing its own students?

    I went to Marymount back when it was in a much bigger building, from which it was displaced to make room for a francophone school (St-Luc, with which it traded places). There are so many fewer anglo students now that the move made sense. In this case, though, it sounds like poorer students are at risk of being pushed aside in their own school building by kids whose parents can afford to pay.

    • Ephraim 11:36 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Without even having to check, I can assure you that the private school is paying for the space at the EMSB. They couldn’t let them use it without getting paid. Of course, the terms of the contract and the rate should have been okayed by the governing board, but we don’t really have an easy way of seeing if that school has a governing board. But the board would have never approved unless they were profiting…. especially with the EMSB… (and I would suspect that there was some corruption involved, but just suspicion.)

      I still think that the government should amend the law so that schools can’t issue any payments unless there is a functioning governing board as a way of enforcing that a governing board be in place. They are the only way that the teachers and parents have a say in the running of the school.

    • Mark Côté 11:58 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Marymount has a governing board: http://www.emsb.qc.ca/marymount/about/governing.html

      Andrew Ross is on it, who is also the chair of St. Monica’s governing board (of which I am also a member). He’s very involved in the community and takes governance issues quite seriously. And yes, as Ephraim said, I’m sure that they are getting rent. Even the CSDM pays the EMSB rent for some properties.

    • Ephraim 16:54 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      So many of the schools don’t have them. The only time I have ever seen the government force them to put one together was when they try to close a school…. and they learn that the government won’t allow it until the governing board votes on it.

  • Kate 21:40 on 2018-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Microsoft is moving into Mile Ex Park Ex.

    • Blork 22:53 on 2018-07-30 Permalink

      Thar goes the neighbourhood.

    • Ian 18:27 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Ian 10:16 on 2018-07-30
      “Also, regarding earlier notes about Park Ex gentrifying – Microsoft s’en va dans le Mile-Ex.”

      Once again, that’s not Mile-Ex, that’s Park Ex. Let’s show some respect for the peole who lived there decades before the hipsters and real estate profiteers turned their attention toward the hood and tried to rebrand it. I hope this isn’t their Ubisoft as I previously claimed, this is one of the few working class neighbourhoods left in the area.

    • Kate 20:25 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      Thank you, Ian. It slipped by me.

  • Kate 18:39 on 2018-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

    I suppose it goes hand in hand with the heating economy: throughput at the airport is up.

  • Kate 13:28 on 2018-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Wi-fi Cellular service on the orange line has made it up to Henri-Bourassa.

    • Bartek Komorowski 14:31 on 2018-07-30 Permalink

      Cellular service, not wi-fi. There is no wi-fi anywhere in the Montreal Metro.

    • Kate 15:11 on 2018-07-30 Permalink

      As you say. Thanks!

    • Clee 15:11 on 2018-07-30 Permalink

      since when we have wifi? We have LTE

    • Kate 17:10 on 2018-07-30 Permalink

      As Bartek said. Thank you.

    • Max 20:57 on 2018-07-31 Permalink

      I was checking my bank balance today while moving at 40 km/hr under 50 feet of solid rock and the thought struck me: When I was a kid, doing that one “simple” act would’ve required getting to the bank, on a weekday, before 3pm, and standing in line to get my passbook updated. It’s mind-boggling how much technology we take for granted these days.

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