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  • Kate 08:07 on 2019-08-22 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s charmingly typical this morning that the Gazette has an earnest René Bruemmer piece on the dangers of e-scooters, while QMI reports on seeing a Lime scooter floating in the Lachine Canal.

  • Kate 07:50 on 2019-08-22 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has created a new cricket field in a park in Côte-des-Neiges. It doesn’t look like cricket requires much more than a stripe of astroturf in the middle of a park, but apparently this has to be far away from other activities because of the chronic problem of a loose ball doing damage. The enthusiast interviewed in the video here says he wants to see a lot more cricket fields created. Does anyone here like cricket or understand the game?

    • MarcG 08:56 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      I don’t understand it but my wife and sat and watched an amateur baseball game at the park last summer and had the joy of explaining the rules to a dude who just moved here from India – it’s surprisingly complicated. People play cricket and rugby on a park over the Atwater water supply here https://goo.gl/maps/uA4c26DvEbzC1KuR8 which is an unusual place if you’ve never been.

    • Joey 09:09 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      Watching cricket in Jarry Park is fun. I think you can find the occasional game on the McGill campus. From the photo it doesn’t look like there’s much in the way of fencing or netting to protect spectators and nearby cars from errant balls. This is, of course, quite the surprise given the city’s heavy-handedness regarding the flight of softballs in Jeanne-Mance Park and Vinet Park.

  • Kate 07:26 on 2019-08-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Firefighters had to help some people down after two of the cars flipped on La Ronde’s ferris wheel Wednesday evening. A crew had been filming on the ride and their equipment was apparently too heavy for safety.

  • Kate 20:47 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The Boston Globe has a pretty decent visit to Petite-Patrie item this week.

  • Kate 20:41 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Smoke detected at Berri-UQÀM shut down three metro lines Wednesday midafternoon, but not for very long.

  • Kate 20:32 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    After a lacklustre string of losses, the Impact has fired its head coach.

    • Faiz Imam 04:10 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      Fun fact I saw today. The Habs, alouettes and impact have, since 2010, combined for 20 coaches over 26 seasons.

      Very short leaches, all of them.

      Wonder what happened here, impact were playing great to start the year, but over the summer it’s all fallen apart.

  • Kate 20:31 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Whatever’s gone wrong with the management of the markets is slowly coming out. Some kind of fraudulent activity was uncovered by the city comptroller, specifically at Jean-Talon.

    • Jack 21:11 on 2019-08-21 Permalink

      “In 2012, the report found 16 members were resellers, but it could not determine how many were resellers last year.” It is the same now.

  • Kate 20:29 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday a $50‑million package to help create the Grand parc de l’ouest.

    • david100 01:23 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      I really wish that Trudeau had rained a lot more money on Montreal before he was booted out. He could have ordered the money up for the Pink line, got the province to pass a law to waive the environmental process and shield it from lawsuits, and the project could be well underway by now, with rolling stock orders already signed. A great legacy for a mediocre man. Instead, he’s shoring up the West Island with a park.

  • Kate 07:53 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A couple of weeks ago La Presse had an essay on eco-gentrification, when efforts to make an urban area greener and generally pleasanter are followed by a wave of higher rents and wealthier residents. Now an urban studies scholar says we shouldn’t think of better environmental management as necessarily entwined with gentrification.

    • david100 01:29 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      Again, it’s pretty hard to disaggregate this phenomenon from (1) the increase in demand because of massive immigration and vastly different tastes in housing preferences among younger people and (2) the fact that housing scarcity created by the artificial land shortage (ie. ultra lowrise zoning) necessarily means that people who can afford to will live close to the best amenities, shortest commutes, etc. And those people will improve their new neighborhoods, and that will draw more people like them.

      The idea that improving a neighborhood necessarily makes it yuppie haven’t been out to the Pointe de L’ile or Sainte Anne’s, which – with nice new renovations aren’t exactly pulling people in or making waves with the perverse anti-growth alliance between conservatives and anti-capitalists.

  • Kate 07:39 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the authors of that report on the economic health of Montreal (PDF) says the main reason Montreal is outperforming the rest of the province is immigration. “Immigration remains a generator of economic growth” according to Jean-Guy Côté.

    But that would be why the CAQ is at pains to damp it down. Can’t have the regions feeling bitter or envious of the big city.

  • Kate 07:32 on 2019-08-21 Permalink | Reply  

    It took 100 firefighters to put out an apartment building fire in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve early Wednesday. Only one was slightly injured. The fire is said to have started on a rooftop patio. I’d put five bucks on it being a cigarette in a flowerpot again.

  • Kate 22:45 on 2019-08-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Dear old Agent 728 has been stood up by the Barreau du Québec in an attempt to have the prosecutor in her assault case disciplined. Not only that, but her attempt was called frivolous, abusive and without foundation.

    • david100 01:32 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      Worth a try. Can’t tell if those are jail blues, but if that’s what she looked like in the slammer, I very much doubt that she had many problems.

    • Tim 08:33 on 2019-08-22 Permalink

      @david100: she never spent any time in jail. Instead she was given a full pension (which usually requires 30 years of service) after just 19 years.

  • Kate 22:40 on 2019-08-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro, which doesn’t usually make mistakes like this, illustrates a piece about Plateau borough’s plans to revive St-Denis Street with a photo of the street at the corner of Jarry – two boroughs north, in Villeray.

  • Kate 20:47 on 2019-08-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Marvin Rotrand has succeeded in getting police use of facial recognition software on the agenda at city hall. But I think in the long run that government and/or police use of the technology will pale beside private use for commercial exploitation.

    • Ephraim 15:10 on 2019-08-21 Permalink

      When you look at how the Chinese want to use it… it’s more than chilling…

  • Kate 20:41 on 2019-08-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Tenants of those contentious apartments on Côte St-Luc Road want a referendum on the project to evict them, tear down their homes and build something fancier. Bill Steinberg continues to polish his reputation as one greedy guy, with his “let’s put it in perspective, these developers are going way above and beyond what’s required.” It’s not only about money, you putz.

    • Ephraim 15:12 on 2019-08-21 Permalink

      Even if it isn’t, the tenants should have bonded together to buy the building and formed a cooperative. It’s unfortunate, but the deciding factor is ownership above all else….

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