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  • Kate 09:42 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s a rainfall warning Wednesday night into Thursday with as much as 50 mm of rainfall expected.

     
  • Kate 08:59 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Apparently it’s big retail news that Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo will be opening in the Eaton Centre – but not till next fall.

     
    • Mr.Chinaski 09:36 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Uniqlo falls a little into pret-a-jeter, but it has a more intemporal minimalist style which leads to wearing the clothes longer, especially at their mid-to-low price. It’s the place where when you find your style, you can pretty much go there and keep it alive and fresh for years at a high affordable:quality ratio.

    • Blork 11:49 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      As I am not rail-thin, I don’t give AF about Uniqlo. (Their clothing is all sized for tiny Japanese people.)

      I’d be much happier if Muji were to open, as it’s mostly about ridiculously adorable zen-like household goods plus a bit of clothes (my Muji demin shirt actually fits me, but I can’t buy socks there because they don’t go beyond about size 9).

      …not to be confused with Miniso (on Ste-Catherine next to Fats Billiard pub), which is basically just a Chinese dollar store made up to look like a Japanese goods store. (Cheap and badly made junk.)

    • Kate 11:51 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      I like Miniso, Blork. I carry my human chow lunch around in a Miniso glass food box. But the chain hasn’t been doing all that well in Canada.

    • Blork 12:00 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      I liked it at first, but the second and third time I went in there, after the gloss was worn off a bit, everything seemed really cheap and kitschy. I bought a hard covered blank book and the cover fell off before I even got home.

      (You can get glass food boxes at Winners, and they’re probably better quality…)

    • CE 12:11 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      As someone who is pretty thin, I appreciate that there are clothing stores like Uniqlo. American Apparel was a bit of a revelation for me when I moved to Montreal as I had no idea that it was possible for a thin man such as myself to buy clothes that didn’t feel like I was swimming in them.

      I’ve bought some jeans and t-shirts from Uniqlo in New York and find that their stuff is of much higher quality than other similar places like Zara and H&M and is just a little bit more expensive.

    • Blork 14:16 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Wow, that’s funny to read. As a not thin person, I feel like virtually all clothing stores are designed for thin people. Go through the racks at Simon’s and try to find a shirt that’s not marked “slim fit.” (There are a few, but they’re never the ones I want.)

      This is all made worse by the dominant style over the past decade, which seems to be “emaciated hipster.”

      Zara is just insane. I once tried to try on a sports jacket there. I chose a size larger than I usually take and when I tried to put it on I couldn’t even get it up to my shoulders. It was like trying to put on a child’s garment.

      (And BTW, I am neither fat shaming nor thin shaming; as a “somewhere in the middle” person I’m just pointing out that most clothing seems to be made for people much thinner than me. This used to be a female-only problem I think, but yay for gender equality!)

    • Jo Walton 15:39 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      I’m quite fat, but Uniqlo make jeans that fit me and are made of a linen cotton blend that’s lovely, wears well, and isn’t expensive. I liked them so much I bought multiple pairs. I doubt I’ll go to their shop — who shops in shops in 2019? — but they have a great website and definitely are making clothes sized for big people and not just tiny people. Really. I’m wearing them right now.

    • Blork 15:49 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Thanks for the tip!

    • Mr.Chinaski 10:15 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      Saying that Uniqlo is only for thin people makes me believe they never went there. In fact it’s probably one of the only place where you can find clothes in every size/type/color/fit, it’s how they became popular around the world, a one stop place.

      Also, Miniso probably hurts MUJI entering the Canadian market as people will think they both are the same. Miniso is the Dollorama version of real MUJI items.

    • Uatu 10:45 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I’m short and Asian. About fucking time I have a store where i can buy off the rack without going to the tailor.

    • Jack 12:16 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I’m fat and Renaissance works for me.

    • Blork 16:06 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

      I take back my comment about Uniqlo sizing only for tiny people — it’s true I haven’t been there, and I was basing that only on a few things I read a while ago.

  • Kate 08:16 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A new city bylaw may soon stop grocery stores from trashing edible food.

     
  • Kate 08:13 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    That water main to be repaired beside the Ville-Marie is no hosepipe – it’s a major source of drinking water for half the city. City council is to have an emergency sitting Wednesday to vote contracts for it to be repaired before spring. St-Antoine Street will be squeezed down to one lane for months, among other inconveniences – but that’s better than turning off the water.

    Update: Not surprisingly, council voted to award the contract and get the work started immediately. The pipe in question is 7 feet across.

     
  • Kate 07:57 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Death, taxes and the stadium roof, three unavoidable facts of life in Montreal. The contract requirements for a new roof have been made public, and involve removing the old roof, assuring good acoustics, and allowing natural light to pass through it. Fifteen years of maintenance are also written in.

     
  • Kate 07:54 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Climate protesters took to banging on casseroles Tuesday in the good old traditional manner.

     
  • Kate 07:49 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA reports that onetime Canadiens winger Donald Brashear is working in a Tim Hortons in Quebec City. Brashear has had various legal troubles since his hockey career came to an end.

     
  • Kate 07:47 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Chantal Rouleau is saying so loudly that the REM is on time and within budget that it suggests it may not be so. But even she had to admit that existing commuter trains are going to be a mess for years while the REM is completed.

     
  • Kate 07:43 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Five families were put into the street Tuesday by a fire in Petite-Patrie.

     
  • Kate 07:37 on 2019-10-16 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s not the first time this has been mentioned in the news, but a lot of fish and seafood is mislabelled in our grocery stores and restaurants. Not surprisingly, cheaper fish are sold as more expensive ones but it’s not just a question of cost: escolar, which can be substituted for tuna, can cause digestive discomfort in many people and should probably not be sold for food. We need to know what we’re eating.

     
  • Kate 21:31 on 2019-10-15 Permalink | Reply  

    The Office municipal d’habitation is getting more funding to help people find places to live.

     
  • Kate 12:25 on 2019-10-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Now that Bill 17 is law and the taxi industry is basically deregulated here, taxi drivers have launched suits claiming $1.5 billion from the Quebec government and Uber.

     
    • Blork 14:31 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      I finally used Uber for the first time last week in Seattle, and it reinforced my ideas about why it is so much better than conventional taxis. I’m not talking about the business model or the “gig economy” or any of that; simply the user experience. Specifically:

      Reliable hailing via GPS enabled app. (That right there changes everything!)

      Your ride is pre-paid as soon as you accept it. That means the driver is encouraged to get you there quickly and it pretty much eliminates the “scenic route” trick that some taxi drivers still like to pull.

      Payment is automatic and through the app. No fumbling with cards or cash.

      Tip (optional) is added later, so you don’t have that situation where the driver is staring at you while you are calculating the tip. (I don’t know about you, but I hate that, and it usually results in my over-tipping or under-tipping because of “under-pressure” errors.)

      I was a fan of Téo before they went under because that’s how they operated too, but minus the driver-level problems of job insecurity and all that.

      BTW, the Téo app has been updated and is now used for hailing (and paying) for Diamond and Hochelaga taxis. I’ve set it up but haven’t tried it out yet.

    • Ephraim 14:32 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Damn… with likely 6 years to go before we know an outcome… this is going to have me waiting with baited breath… maybe not.

    • Kate 14:48 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Blork, the Téo app works well with the conventional taxi fleet. I rarely take a cab unless I’m in a hurry, so I was hesitant to chance it a few times, but the other day I was under less pressure and find that it works fine. Nothing says it won’t eventually stop working, though.

    • Blork 17:44 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Kate, I think it might be around for a while, as it was just updated.

      My point is that Uber changed the game on hailing and paying, and taxis need to keep up. The old (now new) Téo app is a great move in that direction. There are similar taxi apps in various other cities, but from what I’ve read most of them are badly done, don’t work well, aren’t used for payment, etc.

      I was in Victoria last week and I called a regular taxi (there is no Uber in BC). To my surprise, I got a text message a couple of minutes later containing a link where I could track the taxi on a map. That was kind of cool, as you at least know exactly when it will arrive. First step…

    • EmilyG 19:46 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      I don’t have any taxi apps on my flip phone, but I did manage to manually hail a Téo recently.

    • Blork 21:11 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      That’s weird, given that Téo went out of business nine months ago!

    • EmilyG 09:19 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      I thought PKP bought it recently or something.

    • Kate 12:53 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      There are some cabs out there with a Téo-like livery, but in orange and white instead of green. I don’t know whether they’re electric like the Téo cars were. EmilyG, I don’t think you can have seen a Téo recently but you might have seen one of those.

    • Dhomas 20:15 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      I’m a fan of Eva now that Téo is sorta-kinda out of business. It’s user experience is quite like Uber’s (GPS, app-based, pre-payment, etc), but the company behind it is based in Quebec, so I don’t feel so bad funneling money to a Silicon Valley company that will contribute little to nothing to the local economy via taxes. They also do something with blockchain (the technology behind Bitcoin), but I don’t quite understand what. I’d recommend to check it out, of you haven’t already.

    • Blork 21:04 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of Eva before. (Gggl “Eva rideshare”.)

  • Kate 08:03 on 2019-10-15 Permalink | Reply  

    The Société de développement Angus has plans for a $35-million project for Montreal North because, after all, we need to start gentrifying it sometime.

    Meanwhile, cases of discrimination in access to housing are up, according to the human rights commission. Not only race but age are in play here.

     
    • JONATHAN 10:29 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Montreal Nord too dense? I question whether they are saying that because it’s filled with racialized people. Nobody is saying the plateau is too dense…

    • SMD 11:42 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      They need a new project to justify their existence, now that the Angus yards are almost all developed.

    • Spi 11:52 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      I think they may be referring to the density in regards to accessible green space. Montreal-Nord doesn’t really have any meaningfully large parks and doesn’t have any access to the riverbank.

    • Su 13:48 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      No doubt this project will be as spectacular as their prior creation on lower St Laurent Blvd !

    • Mr.Chinaski 20:03 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      If you look on Google Earth, between Rolland and Langelier, Albert-Hudon and Henri-Bourassa, about 25000 people live there without a single park space except small pocket parks.

  • Kate 07:49 on 2019-10-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Anti-suicide barriers are coming on the orange line but only by 2026.

     
    • Roman 08:10 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      In Taipei they can build an entire subway line, in seismic active region in about the same time. It’s ridiculous.

    • Kate 08:15 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      To be fair, the STM has other pressing matters, like retrofitting elevators into stations never conceived for them, the issue whether to extend the orange line now, the extension of the blue line, maybe adding trams, which it hasn’t operated since 1956, the creation of the potential pink line and more.

      I am not a fan of those barriers, but I have to accept that it’s an idea whose time has come and they’ll be installed here.

    • Francesco 03:26 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      Why are you not a fan? I agree they may change the aesthetics of the very few stations with dazzling architectural features visible from platforms, but in reality commuters are not on the metro for the architecture. I’ve seen it reported that studies show how platform screen doors could reduce delays on the Orange Line by more than 50%, and would virtually eliminate accidental or intentional access to the tracks and this save a non-trivial number of lives each year.

  • Kate 07:46 on 2019-10-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Another CBC piece on the Cabot Square homeless situation mentions the real problem in the penultimate paragraph: winter is coming. Fourteen people have died since the Open Door shelter moved away, and there’s only talk so far about creating something else to replace it.

    Update: a new support centre will open soon in that empty building at the corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherine that has housed various restaurants.

     
    • Michael Black 16:51 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Later in the day, the CBC has a story a story up that the old building that used to be the McDonald’s at Atwater and Ste-Catherine Street will become a day shelter. That’s good news, I decided there were more clothes I could give away, and this is closer than The Open Door.

      It does leave me wondering why the Door didn’t move there last year. They had been looking for a closer place, but every time they were close to signing, issues came up. But I think that location has been empty all this time. Maybe too expensive or needing too much renovation, but the Open Door seemed in decent financial shape, while a coalition of groups is doing this, albeit with government funding.

      Michael

    • DeWolf 21:39 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Michael, that building was occupied by a Japanese restaurant until August. It wasn’t empty until now.

    • Michael Black 21:52 on 2019-10-15 Permalink

      Okay, I knew it had been used more recently than the McDonald’s, but thought it had been empty longer. I’ve not been at that corner since at least February, but thought it had been empty. I must be thinking of some earlier time the building was empty.

      Michael

    • Michael Black 21:17 on 2019-10-16 Permalink

      And on Wednesday there are stories about how Chez Doris had received a donation of $1M and will open a new shelter in the area. This is for overnight, if I read it right. And for both men and women, while of course Chez Doris is a day shelter for women only. No word on where it will be, just in the area.

      Michael

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