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  • Kate 10:22 on 2019-10-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Gazette history spots this week included the chaos of the 1969 police strike. Not mentioned in the item is that the incident led to the creation of the Essential Services law that binds police never to walk out en masse again (and also holds back the labour actions of other public employees like bus drivers and nurses).

    The Gazette also shows us a photo of the Queen’s Hotel when it had already been abandoned for ten years. Item doesn’t tell us who the owner was or why they saw fit to let it fall down.

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend is about Hôtel-Dieu, its long history and the uncertain future of the old building on Pine Avenue.

    Radio-Canada looks at a new French magazine (a new magazine, in this day and age?) called Nouvelle-France (text and audio). They’re also launching a new podcast called L’Histoire ne s’arrête pas là which discusses historical incidents and their consequences.

    I mustn’t forget to mention the city’s own history site, which this week presents the origins of Ste-Justine hospital.

    • Michael Black 11:00 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      I think a kid at school lived at the Queen’s Hotel, his father having some important role at the hotel. But I’m not certain which one it was now. I do remember him taking us in thefe after it had closed down.

      So the Gazette piece sounded odd, since I knew it had closed down a decade or so earlier.

      I thought they were going to demolish it for some other purpose. So maybe there wa a challenge, or a money issue, so it was long abandoned.


    • Kate 11:12 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      My only connection with the Queen’s Hotel is that I recall being told my parents’ wedding reception was held there. I believe they’d got engaged over dinner at Mother Martin’s, which is also mentioned in the Gazette article, so they were thoroughly typical anglo Montrealers of their era.

  • Kate 09:43 on 2019-10-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Shots were fired in Old Montreal after bar-closing time Sunday morning, but although suspects have been arrested, no victims have turned up.

    QMI is also reporting on a victimless shooting earlier in the week in which a St-Léonard resto-bar was shot up on Tuesday evening but nobody got hurt even though it was evening and there were customers inside. The writer links it with earlier instances of gang violence.

    • Tim F 13:26 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      I was wondering, do we have a running tally of murders this year? I feel like I’m seeing more shootings in 2019 than in 2018…

    • Dhomas 16:29 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      On the sidebar of this very site, you’ll find a link to a semi-official homicide map and tally. We seem to be at 11 so far this year, where we were at about 22 at the same time last year.

      I do agree that violence seems to be getting reported more often lately, though possibly non-fatal violence.

    • Kate 17:02 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      My sidebar also includes links to the Google homicide maps made by regular commenter Kevin, although he’s only got 11 so far this year on-island. This was the 12th, I believe, and all told it’s a very low number.

      There have been a lot of nonfatal shootings, stabbings too. I’ve seen theories about the decline in homicides being partly attibutable to better trauma care – not just here but everywhere. But I think in years with more killings the journalists who cover those beats might not have taken the trouble to report some teenage kid cutting another in a semi suburb.

  • Kate 16:04 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    There was a demo downtown Saturday in urgent support of the Kurds who’ve been left undefended against Turkey. It’s not clear to me what Canada can do, especially with the U.S. in the mood it’s in, but I understand why people sometimes simply have to get out and speak up.

    • qatzelok 17:53 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Turkey is our “ally.” When our allies kill thousands of innocent people, it’s often called “fighting terrorism” in our media.

      It’s also what our genocidal “pioneers” thought they were doing: fighting terrorism.

    • Michael Black 19:37 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      I don’t think that’s a proper interpretation.

      The cousins were often very welcoming when Europeans came over. It was when the Eurooeans acted badly that the cousins reacted.

      So nobody wrote down anything about my great, great, great grandparent s marriage in 1812, but Mourning Dove in her autobiography says that the relatives were not happy when she moved away as a result of the marriage. That sounds like any parents.

      All those westerns are real, in that there was a reaction to the masses moving in, rather than to trade, and marry. The Battle of Little Big Horn was because of a broken treaty, which said the Paha Sapa were for the Sioux. But then the settlers came, and gold was found in those Black Hills, so there was reaction.

      Your use of “terrorism” skews the story to the Europeans, the mistreatment generally happened before the cousins did anything. Hence to mistreat them early on just continued, rather than presenting the push back as being because they were violent.

      Europeans may not have liked Chief Joseph, or Sitting Bull, or cousin Louis, but they were generally treated as trouble, not “terrorists”.

      Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Louis and others disrupting the survey. I thought I saw that October 21st ( this year’s election day) was an anniversary of some event, but Oct 22nd is Louis’ birthday, the day before mine.

      These are more important things than your need to demonize Europeans who came over. It’s way more important to speak of the cousins than how European settlers treated them. The cousins have suffered badly, but they don’t have the rage of white people who suddenly discover some mistrearment of tge cousins.


    • Kate 20:23 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      How did a brief post about the Kurds turn into an epic about indigenous people in 2 comments?

    • Chris 20:29 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Through the magic of internet commenting!

    • qatzelok 07:45 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      Michael, thanks for reminding us that even though the Kurds are suffering, it’s no one’s fault, and certainly not the fault of rich countries using the poor underclasses as ramming rods against one another.


  • Kate 11:43 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Bus route 14 is going to be the 14 Atateken, changing its label from Amherst as the street changes. The route, not one of the major ones, remains the same.

  • Kate 11:39 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    New condo towers will rise just south of the Gesù Church at Bleury and René-Lévesque.

  • Kate 11:12 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Various sources have been marvelling recently over the mass of snow lingering in the St-Michel quarry, but this CBC piece says the canyon in question used to be the Miron quarry, which I think is mistaken. The Miron quarry became the Complexe environnemental de St-Michel and, later, Frédéric-Back park. The quarry used by the city for snow is, I believe, the old Francon quarry, further east, and with no plans in the works to turn it into a park like the other.

  • Kate 10:05 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    A professor at UQÀM, suspended over allegations of indecent exposure in May, has been newly accused of lurking and flashing young students in the grounds of a private high school, although nobody has charged him with creeping at UQÀM itself.

  • Kate 09:42 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The city Stationnement de Montréal will be making its parking meters fancier and more high-tech soon.

    • Ephraim 12:12 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      The city doesn’t own the meters, yet, as far as I know. And what? Are they finally going to put chip readers so they aren’t used by thieves skimming the magnetic stripes anymore? I actually had a car skimmed this way… thief didn’t get anything, I caught the attempt to use the card number within 2 minutes of their first attempt. But it was definitely a parking meter that was used.

    • Faiz Imam 13:54 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      The parking authority’s smartphone app workers wonderfully well and is almost free. I have not touched a parking meter in years.

    • Tim 21:20 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Agree with Faiz. The app is easy to use and I no longer overpay because of the notification when time is expiring. I’m sure that the city is getting less money because of the app.

    • Joey 22:58 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Off topic, but does anyone have any info on the new Opus readers that are being hinted at on STM buses?

    • Kate 10:47 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

  • Kate 09:41 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM was going to build a residential development at Frontenac metro, including social housing, but the project is now on hold after some unspecified disagreement with the contractor, although this rather vague piece suggests it will be redefined and relaunched eventually. It’s not clear here why the STM is involved in such a project anyway, unless it’s simply that the land is in the environs of the metro station.

  • Kate 09:32 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA reports that a teenager was stabbed in Côte-des-Neiges not long after midnight, but there’s little more to the story.

  • Kate 09:28 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada finds that one third of the ruelles vertes in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve are in a state of neglect. I’m not surprised: often these projects are the fruit of one or two very keen neighbours who carry others along in their enthusiasm. But when those people move away or can no longer devote time to maintenance, nobody else picks up the responsibility.

  • Kate 09:12 on 2019-10-12 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC’s Kamila Hinkson summarizes the battle for the Peel Basin area: will it be built up as a neighbourhood, or handed off to potentates to turn into a baseball stadium with adjacent luxury condos?

    • Tim S. 11:35 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Unmentioned in the article, but worth pointing out, over and over again: Stephen Bronfman is a major fundraiser for the federal Liberals and friend of Justin Trudeau. If you think a federal Liberal government wouldn’t spend taxpayer dollars to support a baseball stadium, think again.

    • Faiz Imam 12:28 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Gonna have to disagree with you there Tim.

      Over the last few years stadium projects in Hamilton, Ottawa , Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Regina have all asked for federal funding. And the feds have rejected almost all but Hamilton and Ottawa.

      Their reasoning is pretty clear, any stadium whose sole use is a private sports league(CFL, NHL, MLB) will not get any Funding. But a stadium which is used for a major international sports event is eligible. (Olympics, world cup, athletics championship, etc)

      A baseball field does not at all qualify. It’s basically useless for anything but baseball. And if a ton of stadiums out west we’re all rejected for funding, it would be political suicide to give any to Montreal.

      This is not to say Bronfman won’t get money. The Liberals are already elitist scumbags who are opening loopholes for the ultra wealthy. Brofman will get plenty of money of his own to play with.

    • Tim S. 13:35 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Well, I can’t predict the future, so we’ll see. But one generally doesn’t agree to lead a political fundraising campaign without some idea of the favours you want in return. I suppose it is possible Bronfman was just doing a favour for his old friend.

    • Tim 21:31 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      Fascinating to learn that the original stadium built in that area didn’t even last 20 years. Built in ’62 and then demolished in the 70’s according to the article. What a waste.

    • Kate 22:03 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      The Autostade. Wikipedia says the Alouettes played there 1968–1976. “The stadium was considered by many to be located too far from downtown (a complaint that would be echoed years later regarding Olympic Stadium) as well as too cold due to its proximity to the Saint Lawrence River.”

      Too far from downtown! At that rate, they ought to be constructing one at Peel and Ste‑Catherine.

    • Uatu 10:07 on 2019-10-13 Permalink

      I just remember seeing the back of the risers from the Bonaventure expressway everytime we would drive into town and later realizing that the sightlines would’ve been much better than those in the bigowe. I guess the better view from a traditional stadium design was obvious when U2 forced a game to Molson stadium and the rest is history. Heh, Tailleberts stadium design looks cool, but is ultimately outperformed by a college football field

  • Kate 08:12 on 2019-10-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Some notes on what’s open and closed for the long weekend. Also traffic notes from several sources and notes on road closures for emergency water main repairs along the Ville-Marie between Atwater and Guy.

    • denpanosekai 11:48 on 2019-10-11 Permalink

      It’s not on-island at all, but the 30N/S to 10W ramps have had night closures for a while now and it’s really affecting me. Presumably due to the “du Quartier” REM station being built. Where can I get information about these closures?

    • Mr.Chinaski 09:08 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      It’s all there on the REM website

  • Kate 08:11 on 2019-10-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebec has finally adopted a law fully permitting the adoption of Uber and, according to some taxi drivers, plunging 22,000 families into poverty.

    • Ephraim 15:46 on 2019-10-11 Permalink

      Does this mean that Uber passengers are cover by the SAAQ, or are you still on Uber’s private insurance in case of an accident? Does anyone know? (Because under the temporary law, you weren’t covered by the SAAQ if the driver was on a passenger car registration.)

    • thomas 15:46 on 2019-10-11 Permalink

      Wonder how they arrive at this figure, there are only 7,600 taxi permits in Quebec.

    • Joey 16:56 on 2019-10-11 Permalink

      @thomas isn’t it common for permit-holders to share/rent their permits when not in use? I can imagine one permit/medallion being used consistently by three+ people…

    • Jack 06:09 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      I worked with a guy whose dad raised 4 boys working 70 hours a week as a taxi driver.
      Thats why I don’t take Ubers.

  • Kate 08:09 on 2019-10-11 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse talks to Alan DeSousa about his idea for extending the orange line to Bois-Franc to link up with the REM, and he finds experts to agree it’s a good idea.

    • Tim F 19:46 on 2019-10-11 Permalink

      That takes an expert?

    • Kate 10:35 on 2019-10-12 Permalink

      It certainly gets more weight as an idea if there are transit experts he can cite. I also note that regular blog commenter ant6n is cited in the piece!

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