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  • Kate 12:27 on 2019-10-18 Permalink | Reply  

    An infestation of bedbugs has been found in the federal immigration offices at Guy-Favreau, so they’re being closed for extermination.

  • Kate 08:14 on 2019-10-18 Permalink | Reply  

    In an urban agglomeration like this, a $10.5‑million surplus at the end of the year is pocket change – but it’s a better look than a deficit.

  • Kate 08:03 on 2019-10-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Luc Rabouin, new mayor of Plateau borough, was sworn in on Thursday. The QMI writer is palpably disappointed that Rabouin isn’t as much of a hothead as Luc Ferrandez was.

  • Kate 07:51 on 2019-10-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Some weekend driving notes from TVA and from CTV.

  • Kate 22:42 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Maybe this is one of the problems with architecture in our time: an architecture site reviews the Evenko amphitheatre project with no consideration given to the natural site or the profit‑making enclosure of public land involved.

    In other big park news, the Olympic park is barring a return of the noisy Oasis festival that shook neighbouring housing. This item stresses that the city has no say in what’s planned for the park, while the CAQ intends to dismiss the longstanding management structure there and push it harder as a venue. I’m just glad I don’t live next door.

    • Blork 11:17 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      That architecture site (“The Architect’s Newspaper”) is a pretty informal rag which, like most trade newspapers, seems to be mostly about upbeat stuff and pretty pictures (all with Pinterest links) in order to attract advertisers. So I would not expect such a rag to say anything negative, lest the subjects of their articles choose to pull their ads.

      And to be fair, it does bill itself as “news” not “reviews” such as you’d find in a more academic journal, which would be obtuse and dry AF but at least would be more likely to take a wider view of a project.

    • Blork 11:20 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      …although it does mention the removal of trees and references CityLabs’ article about that.

  • Kate 22:20 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada says the Plante administration wants to see a zero-waste city by 2030; La Presse cites a reduction of 85% and TVA speaks only of reducing waste by 20%. In any case, the city plans to ban the widespread practice of trashing unsold clothing and, as mentioned here recently, still-edible food.

  • Kate 22:16 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Collège Ahuntsic, a north-end CEGEP, has brought an end to its tradition of calling 14 of its sports teams “les Indiens.”

    • Dhomas 01:19 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      When I was a kid, I used to play soccer and hockey for “Les Braves d’Ahuntsic”. I see they still exist (though they seem to have merged with the Montreal-North team) and they still have questionable branding: https://www.ahmba.ca/.

  • Kate 10:23 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV has specific details on street closures to be caused by the emergency repair of that chonking water main.

    La Presse gets a picture of some of the pipes in question, which are very large.

  • Kate 08:41 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    As reader Michael Black noted in a comment, the women’s shelter Chez Doris will be opening a new emergency shelter in western downtown, which should help with the Cabot Square situation.

  • Kate 08:32 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The city will be buying land in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue to add to the Great Western Park.

  • Kate 08:00 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The city will be cutting down 40,000 ash trees in six of its nature parks. Damaged by the emerald ash borer, the trees to be axed are considered dangerous because they’re near walking paths or buildings. Some of the wood will be useful for city projects.

    • Joey 08:22 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Plus two on my block 🙁

    • Spi 08:50 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Makes me wonder if we should be proactively planting new trees near mature ones that are nearing the end of their life expectancy. We know it takes several decades for them to reach a meaningful size, let’s avoid decades of baren parks and streets.

    • Michael Black 10:59 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Jessica Deer made the point some years back that Ash trees have been used to make baskets and other traditional things, and wondered if cut diwn Ash trees could be used for that. I know someone more recently said something abkut how the Ash problem will impact traditional culture if the trees disappear.


    • Mr.Chinaski 13:31 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      The Ash trees they cut are used to create new wooden-based spec benchs by the city.

      But as with every type of infection (ex: Dutch Elm disease), natural regulation will happen or new cultivars will be created, All this is actually benefitial for the ecosystem.

    • denpanosekai 17:09 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Had my ash tree cut last week for 1500$. This week they’re already calling to replace it.

  • Kate 07:53 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Desjardins, which has people working on seven floors in the renovated Olympic tower, is taking over two more floors of the structure. Item says three additional floors are available to rent, which makes me mildly curious why Quebec is not moving any of its own fonctionnaires in.

    • Spi 09:01 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Because of it’s tapered shape, the upper floors (the ones available for rent) have much smaller floor plans than the lower floors (already occupied by Desjardins). It doesn’t make much sense to have so little floor space spread out over 3 floors and it’s probably too small for any governmental need.

    • Kate 09:03 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Good point, Spi.

      Wonder what it’s like working in there. There’s not really much around there for an office person’s lunch break.

    • Bert 18:49 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Here is some detail on the floor space. https://parcolympique.qc.ca/en/office-space-for-rent/

    • Kate 23:16 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Just what I need for the blog’s office : )

    • Dhomas 01:28 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      About 5 times a year, they could get some food truck grub, after work:
      But I would hope they have some kind of cafeteria on-site since the closest restaurant cluster is on Ontario street, which is quite a walk for a lunch break.

    • Margaret Black 09:37 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      There is a great little cafe near the rotunda of the stadium complex…Cafe in Vivo https://www.cafeinvivo.ca/. Also, at certain times of year, a quick jaunt up to the Botanical Gardens will get you a really nice meal at the garden restaurant which is accessible without a pass to the gardens. https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/dining-areas

  • Kate 07:47 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Some Montrealers are in the dark Thursday morning as the rain continues to fall, as it’s done overnight and is expected to do all day.

    Mid-morning, power outages are said to be growing. It’s not just rain, but wind, blowing trees down.

  • Kate 12:32 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    I have fond memories of watching election returns at the long-gone Skala. Do people still do this anywhere within hail of Villeray/Rosemont/Mile End?

    So, here’s my thoughts on the latest polls.

    Justin Trudeau didn’t live up to the hype, but few could’ve done. He doesn’t have the intellect and hard edge of his father, but he’s coping with a very different world.

    It’s very cool, very trendy to sneer at Justin, and it’s been reminding me of all those high-minded, well-intentioned U.S. lefties who wouldn’t vote for Hillary because she wasn’t perfect – and look what happened there.

    I will have trouble forgiving all the Dippers and Green voters if their stubbornness and perfectionism brings us a Tory government next week – even a minority one. When it comes to the crunch it doesn’t matter if Jagmeet Singh makes better promises and has higher ideals. What matters is not to let Andrew Scheer run Canada at a time when this country is one of the few offering a gleam of sanity. Both the US and UK are foundering under leaders who are incompetent at best and absolutely evil most of the time. We don’t want to elect them a little Canadian brother who’ll lead us down the same dangerous path.

    It matters not to let the Conservatives run this country when it’s been shown there are fascists pulling some of its strings, especially not now with fascism on the rise in many places. It matters not to put climate change deniers into high places.

    There you have it. Please vote carefully.

    • Michael Black 22:07 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      But if people always vote out of fear, no change takes place.

      I think I’ll vote NDP because I’d like to see Jagmeet Singh as prime minister. By being himself, he challenges the anti-religious symbol law, and challenges those who think it’s a good idea. Just by himself, he represents people often left out.

      There’s a lot more going on against Trudeau than than that he’s not a great leader. Lots of the cousins are disappointed about what happened to Puglaas, and things that aren’t really getting attention. It does seem that he doesn’t live up to the image he presents.

      The fact that he made promises about electoral reform, and didn’t keep them may be a good reason you had to suggest “better Liberal than Conservative”.


    • ottokajetan 22:48 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Kate, when would there be a Conservative leader situation where it would be OK not to vote Liberal? They’ll always be bad. But it’s an argument designed to keep Liberals in perpetual power. We can’t let fear stop us from voting for the more progressive choice.

    • Kate 23:03 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Damn straight it’s voting from fear! I am afraid: of four years of regressive legislation, four years of (at best) inaction and (more likely) damaging changes on the environmental front, four years of gritting my teeth while watching Scheer.

      Is it brave to vote in a high-minded way that leaves you feeling you did the right thing, even while the country slides down the tubes?

      Go be brave then. Knock yourself out.

    • Patrick 01:21 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Kate, I agree with you. The election is too close not to vote strategically in those ridings where a split progressive vote would let in a Conservative (or a Bloquiste, for that matter, if any of those ridings are competitive. As it happens, the riding in which, thanks to the new election law, I can now cast my ballot from outside the country, is solidly Liberal, but even so, I am not inspired enough by today’s NDP to vote for them, as I did years ago. Their position on Bill 21 is a big disappointment–not that the Liberals aren’t treading carefully too, but Singh’s contortions are embarrassing. Plus Jason Kenney needs a comeuppance. As for the energy question, there is no easy answer in a federal system in which the provinces pull in contradictory directions. Trudeau has made mistakes, but could any PM who doesn’t want to split the country really do better in these circumstances? If so, I’d like to hear how.

    • Tim 08:57 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Kate, what evidence do you have that “fascist” money is behind the Conservatives? Or are you casually throwing around that loaded term to reference the Oil and Gas lobby?

    • nau 09:03 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Kate, are you suggesting that there is a riding in Montreal that the Liberals could lose to the Conservatives? If so, which one? As far as I can tell, there aren’t any. Are there even any where the Cons are second outside of the far West Island where the Liberals already have more than 50% of all the votes? There seem to be a couple where the Bloq could beat the Libs, so perhaps there your vote Lib to keep the Cons away from power advice makes sense since the Bloq is the only real (if unstable) partner for the Cons. (beside the Libs themselves of course on all those center right issues where they agree). Of course, there’s at least one riding where it seems to be between the NDP and the Bloq, so there your advice could help the Cons. Plus another where it’s likely a three-way race Bloq, Lib, NDP race, so who knows which is closer to defeating the Bloq. Strategic voting is complicated and requires clear-headed reasoning and a lot of best guesstimating. Fear is not conducive to either of those.

    • Kate 09:21 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Tim, I didn’t say money. I was thinking of news stories like this. People known from far‑right entities have filtered into the Conservative party and it’s been documented, but I have not kept links to the trail nor do I have time right now to seek them out.

    • JaneyB 09:58 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I’m not sure what’s going on with this idea that JT is ‘not what he presents’. His government, with all its inadequacies, has presided over the second-best Indigenous-friendly govt in Canadian history. (Paul Martin’s was the most inclusive with the Kelowna Accord but it didn’t get passed in the end). Likewise, JT’s govt is the most environmentally ambitious in Canadian history, by far. By far! Seriously people, this imperfect progress – though serious progress nonetheless – could slip away in a blink. Strategic voting is key! Young voters: I’m looking at you.

    • Tim 10:07 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I’m much more concerned about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in our political system and in everyday life than some statistically ignorable number of fascists.

    • Mr.Chinaski 10:10 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      It’s like you never learn Kate before every federal/provincial election : that it’s not related to Montreal news. There’s enough political places on the web to talk about all this. Look at the above discussion, it’s goes nowhere and only brings the worse out of people.

    • Kate 10:35 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Mr.Chinaski, the attention of journalists is inevitably focused on election campaigns as they hot up, so there isn’t as much interesting municipal-level news as usual, and I refuse to shut down the blog for these periods.

      But more importantly, as Montrealers we need to foresee the consequences to our city of choices made at the federal or provincial level. The interaction of government levels can’t be neatly segregrated, but especially not during an election campaign. Housing, transit, environmental issues generally, have been subjects in this campaign and all have direct impacts on city life, and that’s not even mentioning the whole laïcité scrum that entangles all three levels of government.

      With all this going on, you want me to restrict my blog to potholes and teenagers stabbing each other in the suburbs?

    • JoeNotCharles 11:28 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Remember that you’re not voting for Trudeau or Singh or Scheer unless you happen to live in their riding. You’re voting for your local elected representative, and all that matters when strategically voting is what other people in your riding plan to do. calculatedpolitics.ca and 338canada.com both have riding-by-riding breakdowns (which don’t always agree with each other!) so I’d suggest checking both before making a decision.

      If you’re in a riding where the NDP has a 5% chance and the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck, voting for the NDP is useless and might hand the Conservatives a victory. But if you’re in a riding where the Conservatives have a 5% chance and the NDP and Liberals are neck-and-neck, you have a choice to make, whether to support the NDP (assuming that’s your preference) and hope the Liberals get a minority without your seat, or play it safe and support the Liberals.

      As nau says, I don’t think there are any ridings in Montreal where the Conservatives actually have a chance, but better to check your riding on the two sites I mentioned to make sure first.

    • jeather 11:49 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I have never yet voted Liberal and Marc Miller, old high school friend of Trudeau, is not the candidate to make me change my mind. Might I vote differently in a different riding? Perhaps, but so what? And I won’t feel bad if my riding goes green or orange (all projections have it an easy Liberal win at this moment).

    • thomas 11:55 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Of primary importance to me is not the local representative, but who obtains the most seats and gets to form the government. The first stated priority of a Scheer government would be to scrap the carbon tax which I view as regressive to the most important problem facing us. Talk of a Liberal/NDP coalition seems implausible since they would likely not be a majority, given the strength of the Bloc.

    • Blork 12:06 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Also remember that you are not electing a friend or neighbour; it should matter little whether or not you “like” the candidates for PM. You are electing a government with a policy platform. Ignore all the ad hominem complaints and please only pay attention to policies and platform.

    • Mark Côté 12:48 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Voting for someone you know are very likely not to get in can be a vote for the future instead. Many people will only vote for a party that has some sort of national support. That national support usually grows slowly, election by election.

    • Michael Black 12:59 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Marc Miller at least learned Mohawk since he was elected, even gave a speech in the language in Parliament. I don’t think any other non-native has done that. Maybe a minor thing, but it matters to some.


    • jeather 13:19 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I agree, he has done one really excellent thing. But he was parachuted in for the seat, I haven’t seen or heard of him other than the speech in Mohawk, and he was carefully silent throughout the brownface/blackface thing, which, given that some of the story was while JT was in high school, seemed meaningful. I was initially positive when the Libs were last elected but have been significantly disappointed with them since, and this MP hasn’t amazed me so much that I would vote for him despite not liking the party as a whole.

    • Chris 13:49 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Everyone votes strategically, we just have different strategies. Mine is to let others vote for who they want, and for myself to vote for who I think is best. Definitely won’t be for Liberals. Breaking their electoral reform promise is enough of a reason for me.

    • Faiz Imam 16:04 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I think keeping Sheer out of power is a laudable goal, but that does not mean “vote liberal no matter what”

      We are in a parliamentary democracy. We do not elect leaders, we elect MP’s.

      Its pretty clear that we are heading to a minority government situation. And its clear that even if the Conservatives have the most seats, they will not have a coalition that is able to govern.

      If ridings go ndp or bloc instead of Liberal, that does not nessessarliy mean Sheer benefits.

      I’m in a riding that is a fight between the Liberals and the Bloc, and I voted in advance polls last week.

    • DLA 16:29 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      HI everyone. This doesn’t pertain to the topic at hand but I was curious if anyone could answer this question for me: Do parties receive any type of funding as a result of votes cast for their candidates in an election? I’ve had this told to me numerous times by different people but I’ve been unable to find sources to confirm it. Thanks.

    • Alex L 16:40 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Hi DLA, your question is quite relevant to the topic. The Conservatives abolished public funding of political parties back in 2011. So now, the parties that have fans with the deepest pockets (you can give up to 1600$ during an election year) are privileged. Curiously, this decision hasn’t been reversed by the Liberals.


    • ant6n 17:49 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Nowhere in Montreal do the Conservatives have any chance, voting Liberal does not prevent a conservative government. And let’s say a riding swings NDP instead of Liberal: if the conservative have a majority, then any Montreal riding won’t make a difference. If they have a minority, and the Liberals get a smaller minority than the Conservatives, well, then there’s always the chance of a Liberal-NDP coalition. In any case, a Conservative minority government would be ineffective. The main undesirable outcomes are a Conservative or a Liberal majority government.

      In Montreal, voting strategic does not make any sense. And besides that, it’s essentially rewarding the Liberals for not getting rid of strategic voting by not implementing electoral reform.

      “rudeau has made mistakes, but could any PM who doesn’t want to split the country really do better in these circumstances?”

      Trudeau could’ve implemented electoral reform as promised, instead of scuttling selfishly scuttling the process when it didn’t go his way.
      He could try to prevent the privatization of public transit infrastructure (REM), instead of nationalizing oil infrastructure (pipelines).
      He could do proper carbon pricing instead of this watered down program the Liberals came up with.
      He could definitely treat first nations people better.

    • Faiz Imam 19:18 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Absolutely, and in fact this minority government situation gives us a historic opportunity. Having a minority liberal government, backed by the NDP, opens the door for many key policies that we had been promised but were never delivered.

    • Michael Black 20:44 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I could vote for the first time forty years ago. I voted NDP, who actually was the father of someone I sort of knew. Nobody talked in terms of “strategic vote”.

      I’m thinking we have been influenced by the internet. I never understood the strong split in US politics, until I had internet access starting in 1996, suddenly I at least saw how US posters were so adamant about their side. I do wonder if this existed in Canada, and it was onky in direct conversation, or if we’ve picked up habits from the US. I’d never vote Conservative, and thus pay little attention, but the demonizing I see in more recent tears also makes me think bad habits from the US.

      There’s a limit on how much any party can change while in.power, and between voting and new legislation tge larger changes are often reset.

      And let’s not forget that gaining power often limits how much a part can change, other matters intrude, so being in opposition often may be more effective at bringing new ideas than when a party is settled into power. The MCM were probably more effective when they had few elected councillors, as I recall tgere was disappointment when Dore was mayor.


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

    Eater has a solid piece on the best fries in Montreal.

    • Blork 12:04 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      FWIW, if you like sweet potato fries — or even if you don’t but are compelled to eat them anyway — the SP fries at Venice on Notre-Dame in the Hank (at rue du Couvent) are exceptionally good. (Probably as good at the other Venice locations, but that’s the only one I’ve been to.)

    • Ephraim 15:44 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      They forgot Decarie Hot Dog. Though it is nice to see Chalet BBQ on the list, they have an exceptional FF.

    • dwgs 09:44 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Patate Rouge on Cremazie at St. Hubert has excellent fries as well.

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