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  • Kate 15:15 on 2017-11-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Once again, doing research for the calendar, I found this Le Devoir piece from April 2014 in which the city brags it’s planting 375 trees on St Helen’s Island for Earth Day. Not quite as many as it cut down to build the new amphitheatre for Evenko, I imagine.

  • Kate 13:19 on 2017-11-19 Permalink | Reply  

    The Prix Judith-Jasmin is given out annually for Quebec journalism: Le Devoir tells us about prizes given out this year, the grand prize going to the four La Presse journos who sprang the story a year ago about police surveillance of Patrick Lagacé.

  • Kate 12:53 on 2017-11-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Tony Tomassi, who has seen his share of troubles, was arrested Friday for trying to solicit a policewoman posing as a prostitute. In its lede on the story, La Presse slyly underlines that Tomassi used to be Quebec’s minister for the family.

    We still do this? We have a “morality” squad and use women officers to entrap guys? Wow.

    • Alison Cummins 14:24 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      It would be “again,” not “still.” It’s the Harper legislation.

      In a righteous bid to counter white slavery human trafficking — you know, the practice of smuggling refugees into countries that don’t want them — we have made paying for sexual services illegal. By so doing we provide suitable employment for female police officers who can be relieved of the unfeminine duties of police work and freed to express their true natures, parading around in makeup and heels for men to look at.

      I wish someone would bring a constitutional challenge. Unlikely to be a politician though.

    • Kate 15:21 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      I wonder whether police HQ has a costume and makeup department.

    • Ephraim 20:33 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      We should set up a legal brothel on St-Helen’s Island… other the other entertainment is there… why not that? No pimps, health clinic on site.

  • Kate 12:51 on 2017-11-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Two stabbings overnight: one in TMR, one downtown. Neither has died and there were arrests in both cases. TVA link plays raw video.

  • Kate 00:13 on 2017-11-19 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM has stopped work on four escalators in stations along the blue line after discovering defects in replacement parts.

    • Emily Gray 02:19 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      For a similar reason, an escalator at Cote-Vertu on the orange line has been broken for a while, and is apparently broken indefinitely.

    • JaneyB 15:22 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      I’m curious…what do other cities do? Do they have the same endless problem with escalators that we do?

    • Faiz Imam 21:10 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      Not sure about escalators, but I do recall that a moving sidewalk between two distant platforms in a Station in Toronto (Spedina/St-george) was almost always broken, and recently they gave up and removed it.

  • Kate 22:34 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Kristian of Coolopolis has a video praising regular reader ant6n’s aerial map site.

    I’d also like to note that I designed the cover of Kristian’s latest book about Montreal, which he promotes at the start of the video…

    • denpanosekai 02:13 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      Is the book available locally yet?

    • Kate 02:22 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      Not sure. You can get the Kindle version for ten bucks on Amazon, though.

    • ant6n 14:56 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      Occasionally people suggest I should use crowd-funding to ‘finish’ the project, covering the whole city and maybe include later aerial surveys (form the 70s). I’m afraid the financials may not work out.

    • steph 15:59 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      @anton, I assumed you didn’t go into NDG or Verdun because the source pictures just weren’t available. Is the actual reason a financial one? Either way thanks for the work – I too have enjoyed looking it over in the past a few times.

    • ant6n 21:42 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      The sources are available for the whole island; there are also some aerial surveys for different time periods. The way this was one (with the help of regular commenter ‘mare’) is by stitching together several of the downtown photos, and coming up with a single (affine) transformation to map between the the resulting giant aerial shot and the the modern map. If you want to use this technique for the whole island, the technique will break down, there will be large matching errors and more and more artifacts. (already near the boundary, the matching is poor).

      To cover the whole island, I’d probably have to use different techniques, which means more coding. I’d have to deal with a lot more very large images. Further, if I want to combine this together with various other historical maps (e.g. STM, or these land use plans), I’m probably looking at two months of work.

  • Kate 15:43 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    A judicial recount has confirmed that Projet’s Lisa Christensen won her seat in Pointe-aux-Prairies by 32 votes. She couldn’t take her oath on Thursday with the other 102 members of city government because the result hadn’t been confirmed yet, but will do so later.

  • Kate 14:35 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Doing some research for content for the 2018 blog calendar, I’ve been skimming Gazette front pages on the Google newspaper archive – they crammed a lot of stories onto the front page in the early 20th century – and, as always, am amazed at the perennity of certain themes, and how some headlines reveal ideas hatching decades early, while others mention big ideas that went nowhere. Here are a few examples from 1930:

    January 5: Concert hall for Montreal now assured. This was to be an annex to the St‑Sulpice library on St‑Denis and, obviously, was never built. It was 33 years before Place des Arts opened, several blocks west of that location.

    April 1: Arabs blamed for outbreak in Palestine. New bridge to be provided for Montreal. Indian affairs to be discussed in Ottawa house. (This last is how they refer to the Canadian parliament! Subhead: Change in control of Eskimos provided in bill.)

    August: People were excited about the R-100. On August 1 the headline is R-100 reported at Donnacona moving slowly – Crippled airship making about 10 knots an hour as well as Port side fin fabric is torn on dirigible. On August 2, most of the top headlines are about the R‑100. August 4: Huge airships linking empire are predicted. A boxed item offers advice how to see the R‑100, moored on St Hubert airfield. In August, people were also worried about Russia: Soviet dumps goods to cut world prices.

    September 4: No referendum now likely on terminal plan. (This was a proposal to build a new CN terminal in Montreal, an idea that later became Central Station including the covering of the railway tunnel that allowed for Place Ville-Marie and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel to be built.) Englishman has waterway plan. Joint financing of St. Lawrence project by England and U.S. suggested. (Eventually became the Seaway. Both projects took 30 years to materialize.)

    October 6: The Gazette allowed a headline to splash across the whole front that day: R-101 Crashes in France on flight to India: 47 Perish. Airships had looked like the wave of the future when the R‑100 visited Montreal, but this incident presaged the Hindenburg in 1937 and sowed doubts about their usability.

    November 13: Prince of Wales pilots giant plane. Nations fail to find means to limit arms. United States urged to join world court. And, given this was 1930: Losses on market blamed for suicide and several headlines about unemployment relief.

    December 3: Simpson’s opening, stellar event in commercial life. Public thronged to magnificent new building on St Catherine Street. Romance of Business. The Gazette was clearly buttering up the store for its advertising: the same edition contains a Simpson’s perfume ad stating that it’s flattering to give a woman a “fragrance that is the expression of her personality” – and then proceeds to break women down into blonde, “medium type” and brunette. A bottle of Guerlain’s Shalimar (suitable for brunettes) set the aspiring beau back $22 then – probably a week’s pay for most people. (Nothing for redheads either. Evidently our personalities are beyond the parfumier’s reach.)

  • Kate 13:38 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Canada Post cancelled mail delivery for some Rosemont folks on a block where roadwork was being done, but never told them. Then they noticed that the Publi-Sac was still being delivered, and were like, wait a sec…

  • Kate 13:35 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Saturday afternoon will see the downtown core given over to the Santa Claus parade, to be followed later by freezing rain, possibly snow in some areas.

  • Kate 03:12 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    A teenager named Darius Brown was killed in Côte Saint-Luc a year ago, and the only suspect, 17 at the time, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

  • Kate 03:08 on 2017-11-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The Place des Montréalaises, a new space built over the Ville-Marie autoroute next to Champ-de-Mars station, will be inaugurated Monday.

    • Mr.Chinaski 02:44 on 2017-11-19 Permalink

      It’s not the real space, this is a temporary work by the MTQ before the international design competition is awarded (iirc there are 5 finalists at the moment)

  • Kate 18:17 on 2017-11-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Tony Accurso on corruption-related charges after a juror told the judge about information received from a family source. This doesn’t automatically absolve Accurso, who has to return in January to find out what comes next.

  • Kate 11:55 on 2017-11-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal is the only place a specific brown snake can be found in Quebec, and its habitat has been reduced to practically nil. Some scientists have devised winter refuges for the species in three parks around the archipelago.

  • Kate 11:50 on 2017-11-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Some Turcot accesses will be closing for a long time starting Friday night. Also, bridge notes from TVA.

    • Clément 14:15 on 2017-11-17 Permalink

      As an ex-Montrealer now living in soporific Québec city, I truly miss Montreal.

      However, as a former resident of Côte-Saint-Paul and NDG, I moved out just in time!

    • Benoit 15:41 on 2017-11-17 Permalink

      Clément : strangely enough, traffic isn’t that bad these days around the Turcot interchange. I use the Waze app to guide me around and I rarely get stuck in traffic. I guess the construction scared a lot of people and many, like me, found alternate itineraries.

    • Ian 23:20 on 2017-11-17 Permalink

      The buses are still pretty screwed. All the west island buses that go to Dorval Circle from Lionel-Groulx, anyhow.

    • denpanosekai 04:35 on 2017-11-18 Permalink

      Benoit… really? I was stuck for about an hour Monday night on St-Jacques from the Glen all the way to freaking Place St-Henri because both Courcelle and Ste-Marguerite were closed!!!!! with a screaming 18 month old in the back of the car.

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