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  • Kate 06:53 on 2019-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Inevitably, the dig along Ste-Catherine Street is blighting businesses on that part of the street. The city has promised help but it’s never the same as having customers move freely past your door, as merchants along St-Hubert have also discovered. In fact, TVA says that the city won’t be paying the Ste-Catherine Street merchants anything until the work’s completed, which may be too late for some of them.

  • Kate 06:48 on 2019-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA claims that studies show a quarter of the city’s major streets are in poor shape, despite the millions poured into road maintenance annually.

    • qatzelok 09:23 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      There are still billions in new highways being built and approved while the the roads are bad all over Quebec.
      Road-building is a big part of the Corruption Industry.

  • Kate 21:35 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Not the first time a touring band has been robbed of all their gear in this town, but they don’t always lose the vehicle too.

    • Ephraim 21:55 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Don’t know who is more to blame, the police who don’t even seem to have a bait car, the insurance companies who don’t insist that a police report be made for every single one of these crimes against a vehicle, the manufacturers who haven’t secured the vehicles against theft so that they aren’t easy targets or the government, who don’t insist that insurance companies can’t pay out unless a police report is made.

      Between these three actors, we have the real criminals…. a crime doesn’t exist until it is reported and the police,who won’t do anything unless it’s a crime and they have to report on them to the public. Essentially this is ripping off the public, who pay both the insurance premiums and the salaries of the policemen who don’t seem to do anything about the fact that we are a central for vehicle crime. For example, the rampant theft of catalytic converters, that cost the insurance companies $2K to replace, the owners up to $1K in deductibles for a few bucks, see https://www.reddit.com/r/montreal/comments/bbu9rx/honda_crv_catalytic_converter_thefts/ for an example of this spate of thefts. (Incidentally, this is considered by insurance companies to be a partial theft of a vehicle.) Worth a few hundred bucks, done in a few minutes at the side of the road. (Manufacturers can do a number of things to stop this, including putting a cover in place so that it is much more difficult to remove without fully hoisting the car.

      Thefts of full vehicles are about 168 per 100K… but that’s just what’s reported and FULL vehicles. And just that is $1B a year.

    • steph 22:19 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Bands should know not to leave vans full of gear unattended. This isn’t a rule exclusive to Montreal.

      “Other bands who have had their gear stolen in Montreal include The Stooges, Hedley, Camper van Beethoven, Elliot Brood, Rufio, Black Halos and even locals get robbed, including Endast, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Obey the Brave and Men Without Hats.” http://coolopolis.blogspot.com/2012/11/band-van-robberies-ruining-montreals.html

  • Kate 21:33 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Anyone making bus connections at Vendome will be discombombulated this summer as the familiar bus loop has to close for work on the tunnel to the hospital.

  • Kate 18:19 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine house, left to decline into decrepitude after the pointless demolition of the Overdale neighbourhood in 1987, has finally been restored. Text and audio from Radio‑Canada. It’s not clear from the text who owns it now (possibly the developer) nor who paid the bills, nor what it will now be used for.

    • Blork 23:38 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      I’m not sure “restored” is the right word. I walked by the construction site several times a week over the past year or so. They took it apart and laid out the stones off to the side. Then AFAIK they tore everything down and put up a new building with the same dimensions and then cladded it with the old stones.

    • Kate 06:55 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      Wow, I had no idea it was rebuilt from the ground up.

    • Blork 09:40 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      I should emphasize the “AFAIK” part of my comment. They definitely removed all the stones and staked them up next to the house, then they wrapped it in some kind of shroud, and I’m pretty sure I saw that inside the shroud there was nothing left except the frame, and even that disappeared at one point I think (not sure). I’m going by the way the light passed through the shroud. When you look at it now it looks like a brand new building, with all new materials (except for those greystones on the facade).

    • DeWolf 09:46 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      Rumour has it the house will be used by the Chinese consulate.

    • DeWolf 09:50 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      Update: the rumour is wrong! Sorry about that.

  • Kate 18:11 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Mayor Plante is to take transport minister François Bonnardel and “ministre déléguée aux Transports et ministre responsable de la métropole” Chantal Rouleau for a rush-hour jaunt on the orange line Tuesday morning, responding to Plante’s pointed invitation back in February.

    Security will surely see that the trio are not closely jostled by commuters, but maybe it will be instructive for them anyway to observe sardine class from the middle distance.

    • Tim S. 20:32 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Also CEGEPs and Universities are done, so tens of thousands fewer students.

    • Kate 21:45 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Yep. They should’ve gone at 8:15 a.m. on a February morning to get the full effect.

  • Kate 15:43 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The New Yorker covers the redemption of David MacMillan and Fred Morin at Joe Beef.

  • Kate 09:28 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse talked to Denis Lebel, transport minister in the Harper government, about the epic of getting approval to commission the new bridge scheduled to partly open next month.

  • Kate 08:50 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Grass is not well adapted to city life and is expensive to keep up, so the city is looking for better alternatives for park greenery and especially for strips beside roads and sidewalks.

  • Kate 08:43 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A man attacked two others with a guitar early Sunday, sending them to hospital, although not so much because of their injuries as because they were very, very drunk. The attacker has not been caught.

    • Jack 08:57 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Usually its the opposite

  • Kate 08:30 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    This item on microchipping pet animals notes that it will be obligatory after this year to have cats and dogs microchipped. The bargain clinic described costs $40 per animal, whereas it’s normally $90 at the vet, according to the piece.

    • jeather 15:23 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      “Même au niveau légal, si tu perds ton chat et que ton voisin décide d’adopter ton chat, il a le droit techniquement s’il n’a pas de micropuce.”

      This isn’t how the law works. It might be difficult to prove the non-microchipped cat is yours, but that doesn’t mean your neighbour is allowed to steal it.

    • Ephraim 17:59 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Is it really stolen if it leaves of it’s own accord? Does the animal itself have rights or are they a possession. (Just asking for a friend.)

    • Kate 18:27 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      I’ve heard of cats voluntarily decamping from one household into another that they found more congenial, but usually that’s because the original owners weren’t very attentive anyway.

    • Blork 09:49 on 2019-05-21 Permalink

      That’s how we got our black cat about 15 years ago. He was a kitten and his people left for vacation in the middle of winter without bringing him inside. To be fair, (a) he loved being outside, even in winter, and (b) they looked for him and he just wasn’t coming home and they had to get to the airport.

      We found all this out a few months after we adopted him (he showed up at our door one cold night around midnight; we took him in so he wouldn’t freeze and he never left). My sweetie was shovelling the driveway one day and the cat was with her playing in the snow. A car drove past, stopped, backed up, and the driver claimed it was his cat. (Black cats are a dime a dozen but this guy has distinctive behaviour.) He caught my sweetie off-guard and ended up leaving with the cat. Fortunately (for us, and the cat) he brought the cat back an hour later when his wife basically explained to him that he was our cat now, as we were providing a good home, had neutered him and gotten him the various inoculations, etc.

      OTOH, even if he hadn’t brought him back, the cat would have come back on his own because he was pretty happy living with us and when he makes up his mind, that’s that.

  • Kate 21:30 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A water main break closed the green line between Frontenac and Viau for most of Sunday.

  • Kate 13:24 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Good Radio-Canada piece, text and audio, discussing with urbanist Gérald Beaudet the bizarre situation of transit in the Montreal area – with development supposedly confided to the ARTM, in fact it’s the Caisse de dépôt making all the decisions.

  • Kate 12:36 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI went around and got a few Plateau merchants to dance ungracefully on Luc Ferrandez’ political grave.

    • Chris 12:47 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      In the video, a merchant wished for cheaper parking. Don’t merchants, of all people, understand the supply/demand/price curve? Does she think lowering parking prices will result in more empty spaces?! If anything, we need more expensive parking, in order to ensure that some spaces will always be available.

    • Ian 15:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      …only because nobody will want to park there, defeating the whole point of making parking available to customers…

    • Chris 17:02 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Ian, could you elaborate?, not sure I understand your comment. You mean if parking prices are raised too high, then few would come, and many spaces would then be available? Well, yes, of course. The price should be set on the proper place on the supply/demand curve, and should even change dynamically. It can be too low, and it can be too high. Just right is where the resource is mostly used, but a few spaces per block are available.

    • Alex L 17:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      I liked his idea of making all on-street parking paying, be it a small amount in far-off places. Apart from the evident huge impact cars have on our environment and that our city is subsidizing it, I like the idea that the resulting money would go on off-setting or reducing the impact of motorized transport in our city.

    • DeWolf 21:07 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      One of the Laurier Street merchants quoted in the story said her customers used to come all the way from Boucherville. Is it really a sustainable business model to rely on a base of customers that live 20km away, rather than those that live 2km (or 200m) away? It’s not as if people on the Plateau are short on cash. If your neighbours aren’t interested in your shop, maybe it’s time to move to a different neighbourhood.

    • Kate 08:11 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      If your store carried a very specific category of goods, you could have customers from all over. But in general, if you had a storefront on Laurier, you should get customers from Outremont and the wealthier segments of the Plateau and Mile End, none of whom should have to drive unless disabled.

    • Jonathan 08:40 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      A lot of the negative comments from merchants seem to come from the retail sector. I think their clients are just choosing to buy online… We all know the retail sector is struggling. The article mentions the ceramic cafe as doing pretty well. I think it’s pretty telling that these are the more successful businesses, the ones less affected by the online craze. Even restaurants are probably seeing less business because they are being cut into by the meal boxes.

  • Kate 09:11 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    It was 80 years ago, on the brink of World War II, that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (mother of the present queen) visited Montreal, disembarking from a train at what’s now Parc station and processing down Park Avenue to the cheers of massed crowds.

    Radio-Canada also notes that the BAnQ is making a lot of historical images and documents free to use via its website.

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the corner of St-Jacques and Inspector, an intersection that no longer exists in Griffintown.

    The Gazette continues with the “history through our eyes” feature, this week looking back at the 1977 Stanley Cup parade and the massive tire dump fire in St-Amable in 1990, among others.

    • ProposMontréal 15:14 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Funny story about the Inspector-St-Jacques piece. The apartment (chambre) with the open window over the Matthew’s Lunch was my father’s first place when he arrived in Montreal in 1958. He called me at 7am this morning to tell me that his old place was in the Journal. (Although I already knew that, old folks like to repeat themselves)

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