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  • Kate 08:18 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is planning a ban on sales of bottled water in its own facilities. It had already planned to end sales of sugary soft drinks.

  • Kate 08:15 on 2018-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend tells the story of the oldest synagogue in Canada, Shearith Israel, celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Alexis Hamel’s site says the congregation opened their new Snowdon building in 1947, abandoning the Stanley Street building, which was demolished in 1960.

    • Ephraim 09:18 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      And the building before Stanley was on Chenneville at de la Gauchetière.

  • Kate 07:57 on 2018-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Following the recent fire on the rooftop terrasse of Le Devoir’s building, firefighters are emphasizing the hazards of stubbing out cigarettes in old plant pots, where peat moss and fertilizer can catch and smoulder for hours before bursting into flame. It’s been the cause of many recent fires, and is more of a problem now that smokers are mostly banished outdoors.

  • Kate 07:39 on 2018-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has officially acquired the Notman Garden, a space on Milton behind Notman House, full of old trees and greenery, that had been at risk of razing and condo construction.

    • Chris 13:22 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      Sweet! It’s such a nice spot!

  • Kate 07:25 on 2018-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    There are brief reports this weekend, because good news never needs a lot of background, that Turcot work is coming along and the new St-Jacques overpass is partly built although it’s not expected to open till December.

  • Kate 18:54 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Toula Drimonis lambastes Urbania for putting Richard Martineau on its cover as a Quebec martyr.

    • CapitaineQuebec 19:37 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      What humourless and hectoring dreck. This Drimonis person has no sense of irony.

    • SteveQ 21:53 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      Wow, Toula is completely loosing it ! As my grand mother would say, ”get a life! ”

    • Kevin 22:29 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      Martineau is a self righteous clown.
      Anyone who takes him seriously, who believes his point of view on any issue, is a fool.
      At least his predecessor KNEW his role was to be a jester

    • Jack 00:55 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      ” While I don’t think Urbania’s editorial staff were purposefully malicious with their decision to feature Martineau on their cover, I do think it’s a glorious example of what tone deafness can look like. Lack of diversity can often lead to serious blind spots in which stories are told and how they are told.” In my view its more than tone deafness, its about the control and the weight of Quebecor. They normalize this discourse to the point in which it becomes banal…and that has consequences. The idea that Martineau can be seen as a victim in a culture war is one of them.

    • Kate 08:19 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      Nicely put, Kevin and Jack. Thank you.

  • Kate 10:12 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    As Saint-Luc hospital falls to the wreckers, Le Devoir looks back at its place in the city’s history.

    • CE 08:50 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      That’s quite a bit building to tear down. Are they also taking down the art deco section behind the 60s box?

    • Martin 11:03 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      The Art Deco section went down first, sadly.

  • Kate 10:01 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM has seen a recent surge in reported sex crimes, a trend being ascribed to the #metoo movement and its encouragement to victims.

    • Ephraim 09:21 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      The crime was always there… just not reported. So you are ineffective, now we just know how ineffective.

    • Kate 14:37 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      Ephraim, I’m not sure that it’s an indictment of the SPVM specifically, but rather a shift in perceptions. Now a victim can be more confident of being taken seriously, not just by police but by everyone.

    • Ephraim 18:13 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      Kate – Sorry, but no. It’s an indictment of the fact that the police (and specifically the SPVM) confuse the public with *reported crime* rather than *actual crime*. The uptick is in reported crime. But they are constantly telling us that crime is down… when what is down is reported crime. So, when reported crime is up and their statistics ruined, they start to explain it away by telling you that it’s reported crime. You can’t have you cake and eat it too. Either reported crime is real crime and therefore the number of sexual assaults is up, or reported crime isn’t actual crime in which case, as I have pointed out numerous times, when you say crime is down… you are lying because you have no real way to measure actual crime.

      Reality…. all crime statistics are just *reported crime* and have no bearing on reality whatsoever. This is especially true when it comes to white collar, sexual crimes and drug crimes. The banks don’t call the cops when someone embezzles money… they don’t want the public to know how often they are scammed. Heck, they hardly ever report credit card fraud…. they just let the suckers paying 19.9% interest cover those loses. You don’t see hookers calling the cops when a john doesn’t pay them, hits them or gives them counterfeit money. There is so much unreported crime that police statistics are worthless…. they just don’t want you to know that.

    • Kate 19:40 on 2018-05-20 Permalink

      Ephraim, the other side of your coin is that you imply cops are supposed to measure crime nobody’s telling them about. I’m as critical of bad cops as anyone, but you can’t expect them to know and measure incidents that nobody is reporting.

      And this opens the door to no end of claims of crime levels that can simply not be substantiated. In the past you’ve often said or implied that crime here is way worse than depicted by police and media. I’d be willing to accept that some percentage of incidents are never reported, but not to the extent you seem to want to believe. If I can’t falsify your claims that crime levels are high, it’s not science.

    • Bill Binns 08:38 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      The cops actively discourage reporting of certain types of crimes by victims and witnesses. This has happened to me and we have had many comments on this blog over the years by people reporting the same thing. They don’t dare do it with sexual assault claims in the current climate but try reporting crimes committed by the heroin class.

      We allow the performance of the cops to be measured by a report card that they themselves write. The raw 911 data would be far more revealing.

    • Ephraim 09:33 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      Kate – Simple, don’t call it crime, call it reported crime. We don’t call Diet Coke… Coke, because it isn’t Coke. And as I have pointed out (and Bill Binns reiterates) the cops play with the data by discouraging certain crimes from being reported and reclassify some crimes so they are less than they are. And of course they choose who they ticket.

      Think I’m kidding about who they choose to ticket? In 2016 they ticketed 22,304 pedestrians and 11,785 cyclists. Which makes me wonder are cyclists; committing less moving violations? more cumbersome/difficult to catch? too small an amount to bother to ticket? etc. (I’m sure that others can come up with many other reasons.) The number of tickets to car drivers (not including illegal parking) was 420,645. Montreal has a car rate of about 44%. There are 1.7M people in the city, and 3.5M in the metro area. But let’s just estimate it for the city without the metro area….. so that’s one ticket per 76 pedestrians, by these estimates there are 748K cars in the city and 420K tickets or that’s one ticket per 1.78 cars. And if you take Velo Quebec as a resource, they say that there are 1M cyclists, so that’s one ticket per 84 cyclists. But of course, we have the question of quotas, so who pays bigger tickets? How much time does it take to write a ticket? Effectiveness of the time of the officer in collections, etc. Or do we have good cops who are writing tickets based on who’s the most dangerous to society? cyclists? pedestrians? Who’s making that decision on who’s most dangerous and ticket worthy? (Hence the problem with quotas.)

      And I will be the first person to tell you that ALL these statistics are WRONG, because Velo Quebec has inflated their numbers by claiming anyone who uses their bike one a week and likely is including people in the metropolitan area. And Laval and Estrie both have much higher rates of car ownership and they come in and out of Montreal and get tickets too (the number of tickets issued to people outside the province is likely a statistical wash because Montrealers likely get as many tickets outside of the city that you can just write that off as statistical anomaly, assuming that police all over NA ticket at the same rates. And of course, there are times when both cyclists and car drivers are pedestrians. And I’m sure that there are cyclists who are also car drivers, especially in the winter.

      Take a look at http://rapportspvm2016.ca//app/uploads/2017/05/Statistiques-2016-ang_FINAL.pdf and I’m sure you can see which categories are easiest to play with or have unreported crime. Here’s a hint… what’s “petty larceny”? Under $5000 it’s petty larceny. So who defines the value of what’s stolen? And that’s just one category.

      We had in 2016 only 87 reported cases of Prostitution. So, have all the prostitutes given up their jobs? Or do you think the cops just ignore the problem?

      So, if crime is going down, we should need less and less police. I mean, we are all law abiding citizens, right? So shouldn’t they be encouraging us to report crime rather than sweep it under the table? Or do we love statistics that say that crime is going down?

  • Kate 09:54 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    According to CTV, a new park to be named after Canadiens left winger Dickie Moore will be created in Park Extension, where Moore grew up. There’s already a small play park at the corner there, with the neutral name Parc Beaumont-de l’Épée, but there’s also an unoccupied lot that will likely become the new park, diagonally adjacent. The Journal describes the location as in Outremont but they’re wrong.

    Moore died in 2015; he was a member of the team that won five consecutive Stanley cups from 1956 to 1960, thus in local terms a kind of saint.

    • Jack 10:43 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      Im really pleased to hear that, he wore his Park Ex. roots on his sleeve. I also think our toponymy reflects way too much concern with our political class and our nationalist elite.

  • Kate 09:31 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir has a weekend dossier on gentrification, not just in Montreal but outside of the metropolis as well. Florence Sara G. Ferraris looks at mixed retail and how residents respond when old businesses die off and new ones open, and at a man who works in popup summer events like the village at Pied-du-Courant and Jardins Gamelin, which by enlivening certain areas may tend, in the long run, to make parts of the city more attractive to gentrifiers.

    Is it possible to have nice things without inviting this to happen? Ferraris doesn’t even try to answer that question because the answer is probably no. You can’t easily turn over a moribund part of town without new money rushing in to profit.

  • Kate 09:15 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A river shuttle from Pointe-aux-Trembles to Jacques-Cartier pier will be tested soon. The boat can carry 45 passengers and 15 bicycles, and a trip will cost $3.25 one way.

    • Blork 10:15 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      That sounds great! But it makes me wonder why the shuttle from the old port to the Longueuil marina costs almost eight dollars. :-/

  • Kate 09:09 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A drone, probably bringing something clandestinely to Bordeaux jail, came down on the roof of a school building in Ahuntsic on Friday. Police haven’t said what it was carrying, but one expert suggests drugs and cell phones are likely. Some people are concerned about what could happen if an unintended person took delivery of a package like this.

    Update: Police say the package contained cannabis, tobacco, phones and SIM cards, and lighters. Nothing illegal, in short. Cops don’t know who prepared the package nor exactly who it was destined for.

  • Kate 02:57 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Kristian inquires into the local legend that it was Jean Drapeau’s homophobic puritanism that led to a razing of the undergrowth on Mount Royal in the 1950s. The resulting runoff and erosion damaged the park badly, so that decision still has consequences today. And the answer is: it was more complicated than that.

    • Ali Bear 07:22 on 2018-05-19 Permalink

      I can’t help thinking that a lot of this story is spin. Camillien Houde road got rammed through the mountain for “safety reasons” and it was the late 50s – the era of savage urban renewal and “ghetto removal.” So the hacking of trees in the Jungle (Vaseline Valley for most of the 80s and 90s) might have been part of the “remove and survey poor people” movement which had corporate backing.

  • Kate 02:39 on 2018-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Photographer Marc Vidal has been doing a series of black and white architectural glimpses of our metro stations, very nice and abstract.

  • Kate 19:06 on 2018-05-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The mayors of the CMM, the greater Montreal area, have replied to François Legault that they are not impressed with his attempt to stoke rivalry between the 450 and the 514.

    • Ali Bear 21:18 on 2018-05-18 Permalink

      He’s kind of a no-holds-barred demagogue which makes me wonder how solid his current support level is. Could it be that a lot of people who are polled just say “CAQ” because they hate being polled? Maybe “I’m voting CAQ” is like saying “F-off” to pollsters?

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