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  • Kate 18:59 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Not a lot of news value here, but the McCord museum says it has the support of photographers and historians in its search for larger digs. The question of the space they wanted, but which has since been promised for a public park, is mentioned in a noncommittal way, as is the museum’s wish for public support.

    We have a lot of historical museums here. There are two in Old Montreal barely a block apart, and there’s one over on St Helen’s Island, and there are a lot of smaller more specialized ones dotted around the place, from the tiny firemen’s museum that’s open once a week, to the surprise ancient farmhouse that stands where Point St Charles peters out south of Wellington. Do we need to put public money into giving the McCord new digs? Maybe we do. I don’t know.

    • Ephraim 19:22 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      You forgot the museum at Hotel Dieu, only open for 4 hours a day from Wednesday to Sunday in the winter and for 7 hours a day from Tuesday to Friday and 4 hours a day on Saturday/Sunday in the summer.

      And the fireman’s museum is open for a whole 2.5 hours each Sunday!

    • Kate 20:23 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Ephraim, I’ve been in the Hotel Dieu museum twice, once just to look around and once before a visit to the gardens a couple of summers ago. When I visited the museum itself, a woman working there kept following me around – not, I think, from any concern I’d do damage, but just from excitement that they had a visitor. But I couldn’t relax and look at the exhibits with her hovering hoping I’d make a remark or ask a question, so I soon left.

      They have one hell of a nifty wooden staircase in there, though.

    • thomas 21:00 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      How long does the McCord Museum expect the city to set aside property? It seems that in six years they have yet to make serious effort to raise the necessary funds.

      Also, while they do have a large collection a significant portion are photographic negatives and glass plates that can’t easily be displayed in a museum and more suited for their online collection.

    • Zeke 22:00 on 2018-07-17 Permalink


      I for one would prefer that the money gets spit up among multiple small museums, rather than forcing mergers and making one get bigger and bigger.

    • Kate 06:39 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      thomas, good point about the photo archive. I assumed this was why photographers were mentioned in the article as supporting the move. I also agree with Zeke on this point.

    • Max 09:08 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Google Maps shows a “Musée de la police” in the big building on St. Urbain in the QdS. Has anyone dared to venture in there? The reviews are weird.

    • Ephraim 10:10 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      What we need in a “Musée de la police” is a building filled with old and antiquated ideas that should never be coming back. Homages to the racism, homophobia and those downtrodden by the police force.

    • Blork 10:19 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Ephraim, we have that now. In fact there are a bunch of them all over town. This web page has a map:

    • Bill Binns 15:04 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      I would donate to the McCord if they would open a permanent Notman exhibition. They own all of the Notman photographs and use them in various ways but he really deserves a permanent rotating display if not an entire museum.

    • Max 21:44 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Agreed, Bill. The Notman collection is a Montreal treasure trove that’s seriously under-mined. The low-res internet presence is nice and all, but we could stand a lot more of those beautifully detailed 4’x3′ blowups.

    • Bill Binns 08:04 on 2018-07-19 Permalink

      The online archive is nice but it is no replacement for seeing actual photographs in person. I would also like to see his equipment, maybe a reconstruction of his studio etc. I have never seen one of his big composite images in person

    • Ian 17:26 on 2018-07-19 Permalink

      @Blork tht does work under the ACAB theory but I suspect Ephraim was requesting a museum of wokeness, which of course the cops will never provide as they aren’t anywhere near that woke.

    • Ian 17:33 on 2018-07-19 Permalink

      …also amusingly I see the page title on that SPVM site link is “Neghbourghhood Police”, haha 🙂

  • Kate 18:47 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man survived an attack by three others in a park in St-Léonard on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Kate 09:41 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Idelson Guerrier, convicted of killing two people at Notre-Dame hospital in 2012 and attempting to kill at least two others, is now free, two years after being declared not criminally responsible. But some still think he represents a potential danger to the public.

    • Steve Q 09:48 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      So commiting a fraud is more important than taking people’s life in our upside down world. Applaubaum is not a danger to the public at all but he is in jail while this guy who killed two and tried to at least killed two more is free ! Insanity is among us !

    • dwgs 09:50 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Steve Q you need to work on your reading comprehension.

  • Kate 08:19 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Michael Applebaum is finding life not so easy after prison.

    • Ephraim 17:27 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Am I the only one who finds these statements perplexing? You did the crime, you suffer the consequences. No one held a gun to his head and made him violate the public trust. You stole from millions of people, you really aren’t rehabilitated, you are release conditionally…. heck, even the crown doesn’t trust you. He didn’t receive a long sentence because he’s not a violent offender. But he is an offender and frankly I see no reason why anyone, let alone someone who has their life savings on the line with the purchase of property should trust him, ever again. It’s part and parcel of being caught as a criminal, losing your licences because no one trusts you. Boohoo…. don’t take the bribe in the first place. He knew that his real estate licence required that he have a clear record…. he still took the money.

    • Blork 17:42 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      One could argue that he was imprisoned for corruption in an office that he only held for seven months, and yet he is potentially facing a lifetime of repercussions (even though he’s out of jail his career is ruined, etc.). He would say that he’s done his time and therefore he should be able to resume his life.

      One could also argue that he spent years being corrupt (charges against him were for things that went back as far as 2002) and yet he spent only two months in prison, and given the nature of the corruption he shouldn’t ever be trusted in that line of work again.

      Two different perspectives. Both with some level of validity. If I were him I’d forget about real estate and try to find some other line of work.

    • Blork 18:19 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      The other thing is that people like this often can’t even acknowledge to themselves that what they did was wrong so they develop a persecution complex.

    • Ephraim 19:26 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      That, Blork, is the problem. And the very reason that he shouldn’t have been let out on good behaviour. He doesn’t understand that he stole from every man, woman and child in the city of Montreal. As I said with the governor general of Quebec… the punishment should have been going door to door to apologize in person… not a single day in jail would get the message to him that what he did was wrong. But having to face people and apologize in person might make him realize the enormity of what he has done.

    • Myles 19:56 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      The fact that he won’t accept the consequences of his actions is proof he isn’t rehabilitated yet.

    • Ali Bear 20:37 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      He didn’t just commit a crime. Crime became his way of making a living. This is a much deeper problem.

    • Douglas 22:11 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Give him a second chance. Everyone knows who he is at this point. Should he not be able to get a job for life?

      Many non violent criminals are in same boat.

    • PO 22:49 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Instead of jail for these white collar crimes, the punishment should be repayment of the equivalent of money they manipulated, but doubled. The government should collect on every penny they earn above the federal poverty income level, and continue to garnish wages until the double-fine is paid back.

    • Kate 06:35 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Douglas, give him a second chance doing what? Surely you don’t think he has a future in politics?

      As for real estate, the man has shown us his character. As Ephraim says above, “I see no reason why anyone, let alone someone who has their life savings on the line with the purchase of property should trust him, ever again.”

      I doubt even now Mr Applebaum is poor. He’s a business guy. His Wikipedia biography says he opened his first clothing boutique at 18 while at Dawson. Applebaum will not be panhandling on Ste-Catherine Street because he’s been denied a real estate licence.

    • Douglas 07:46 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Its not about Applebaum.

      Its fun to crap on him because he was a public figure. But plenty of down and out individuals are stigmatized in life outside of prison and find it difficult to re-integrate because of lack of chances.

      We shouldn’t have the mentality of continuing to punish criminals socially after they served their time.

    • JaneyB 07:58 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      He knew the association would block him yet somehow he’s already drummed up enough media support to get an article written on his plight. He can work as a developer instead.

    • dwgs 09:44 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Douglas, what kind of second chance should he be given? He is a free man and can pursue almost any line of work he chooses, what more can he ask for? The rules for real estate agents are clear and they apply to everyone. As others have said he knew the rules going in but broke them anyway so now he can no longer pursue that line of work. He can do any other damn thing that he pleases, he can probably even run for office again.

    • Blork 10:16 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      In general, I agree with Douglas’s point that we shouldn’t stigmatize people once they’ve done their time. But there are exceptions, such as if the criminal is unrepentant, particularly if the time served was particularly lenient. Both of those things appear to line up with the Applebaum case.

      The other thing is that it’s not unfair for a profession to stigmatize a convicted criminal if the crime was one that was specific to the profession. For example, if a doctor is convicted of selling black market opium products it is not unreasonable for the medical field to say “dude you are never working in this field again.” In Applebaum’s case, his field and his crimes were both in real estate, so you can’t blame the real estate community for not wanting to touch him now.

      But that doesn’t mean everyone in all fields should stigmatize him.

    • Ephraim 11:06 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Blork – My housekeeper is going away for two weeks. If he’s willing to clean… I have work for him 🙂

  • Kate 07:08 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Must be summer, since we have pieces on water plants around the island: the threatened water-willow – the item doesn’t give the scientific name but it seems to be Justicia americana – which is fighting for territory with another plant called phragmite – and the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil aka myriophylle.

  • Kate 06:52 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The rain feels like a blessing after an exceptionally dry July so far.

    • Ian 18:38 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Not enough! I’m starting to see trees losing leaves, notably lindens.

    • Kate 20:28 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Me too. And along the canal there was a place with lovely banks of clover and vetch that have almost all dried out and died. Only a few patches of that low-lying yellow birdsfoot trefoil have survived. And according to the weather page, no rain again till Sunday.

  • Kate 06:39 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has an epic of the brutal takeover of a rental property and the merciless methods new owners have used to get rid of sitting tenants. Urbania told a similar story recently.

    • Steve Q 09:57 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Valérie said she would take good care of the ”brutal takeover” by savage real estate companies and/or owners in order ro protect ”sitting tenants” of whom many, if not most, are seriously vulnerable in terms of finding other places, finding affordable housings and even by simply moving. That was one of the main politics I strongly agreed with Projet. Unfortunately we are still waiting for anything to be done to protect and support the vulnerable ones in housing matters. In the mean time she quickly acted to raise the taxes on both commercial and private properties thus affecting the rent of the same vulnerable ones, among others !

    • Ephraim 14:07 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Valerie said a lot of things. I saw the city permit construction that took over 2 handicapped spots in front of the store that supplies handicapped equipment…. no replacement spots, nothing. I tweeted, nothing. Lots of promises for a better city, little action. Just more taxes and more bureaucracy.

      As for those tenants, if the constructions starts even 1 minute before 7 AM, they should call the cops. You aren’t allowed to work until 7AM, sharp. Enough calls and the cops will do something… remember, they hate when you ruin their statistics.

    • Chris 19:56 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Ephraim, you know tweeting a not an official mechanism to give feedback to the city, right? I grant it’s often effective, but did you report it to 311?

    • Ephraim 22:00 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      Chris – No. It was Medicus on St-Laurent at Laurier. It isn’t really my job to police the city permit department. But the reality is that the city should have NEVER issued a permit to occupy the three handicapped spots in front of the building without assigning two other spots. Oh and to correct myself, there are THREE handicapped meters in front of Medicus. When the city issued the permit they should have immediately done something to ensure handicapped parking was available. It’s one thing to take away 3 parking spots… it is entirely another to take away handicapped spots. But in the last few months the city has removed a LOT of handicapped parking spots in this city. There used to be one near Complexe Desjardins that is gone.

      You don’t realize how important those spots are until you have to deal with the need. Maybe the auditor should look into it.

    • steph 05:42 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      “the next step is to go to Quebec’s rental board, the Régie du logement”. No, this is the first step.

  • Kate 21:46 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s off-island but interesting enough to mention: one of the two remaining flight-worthy B-29 bombers has landed at St-Hubert airport and will be there till Sunday.

    • Blork 10:08 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      OMG! I am so going to see that! I wish I had the scratch to buy a ticket for a flight.

  • Kate 21:44 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse interviews Adrian King-Edwards of The Word.

  • Kate 16:58 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV has a brief item on a fire burning in a residential building on Jeanne-Mance at St-Viateur. There’s only one corner there that has a house rather than a commercial building.

    • Ian 18:04 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      It was a couple of doors south from Arahova on the west side, 3rd floor of a triplex up for sale. Neighbours spotted the smoke but there were visible flames shooting out of the roof when the crews arrived. Nobody was hurt but there are still trucks blocking the street on Jeanne-Mance, but the police told me they should be done in an hour or so. Unfortunately I can’t embed photos in these posts but S.W. Welch got a good one for those that follow him on the Book of Faces.

    • Ian 18:13 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      p.s. note that they say “Mile End”, not “the Mile End” 😉

  • Kate 07:08 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre des sciences now has a piece of moon rock which visitors are supposed to be able to touch.

    • Bill Binns 12:23 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      Interesting. Every cave I have ever visited has made me sit through a harangue about all the terrible things fingers do to stone and how we all must be very careful to not touch anything at all so that this natural wonder will still exist for future generations.

  • Kate 07:06 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A cyclist has been critically injured in a collision in Rosemont early Monday. Cops say he ran a red light.

  • Kate 07:04 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Numbers show that ridership is down by 13% on STM buses over the last five years, a trend blamed by one critic on Denis Coderre’s cuts to the STM budget in 2012 and 2013. The STM suggests it may be the frustration of road congestion.

    There are a lot more numbers in the item including some details about the most and least popular routes. If the Gazette has the whole list it would be interesting to see it.

    Sunday I rode in an STM bus driven by a guy with a heavy foot. He’d coast the bus along a bit and then apply a sudden jolt to the gas randomly so the bus leapt forward and all the passengers slewed around. His treatment of the brakes was equally rough. Even after I got a seat the ride was unpleasant, but standing had been worse. Maybe the STM could send anonymous testers around to assess their drivers occasionally.

    • Ian 09:18 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      Argh I hate those drivers! Lots of them on the 435/80 routes on Parc, too.

      I’m surprised the 435 ridership is down, it’s always packed when I take it (weekdays during the school year) and in the winter there often aren’t enough seats to let on all the passengers between Laurier and Mont-Royal!

      Reliability is definitely a big issue especially around construction, I know a lot of fellow parents of schoolchildren that used to take the 105 to Sherbrooke & University but over the last few years just gave up and either started taking the metro to McGill or walking.

      Of course on underserved routes, the terrible service is nothing new. When I worked in industrial CDN the buses often wouldn’t come, and my wife now works in the fruit district in VSL – in the winter the bus might or might not come on any given day regardless of whether there is snow or not. Then again since the crappiest, oldest buses were on those routes, it’s no surprise to hear that they may just have broken down.

      Of course everyone here has heard me complain about service to the West Island, taking a half hour bus and metro ride to LG then a rickety old bus with windows that don’t close properly, threadbare seats, and poor door seals that may take up to 2 more hours to get out to Ste Anne is ridiculous when it’s a 45 minute drive the whole way in heavy traffic – or half an hour if the roads are clear. At least use some of those nice new air conditioned buses they run on the 51 line, and no more 747 luggage buses please!

      tl;dr: there are lots of factors at play but even people that rely on the bus will find alternate ways to get to and from where they need to be if they find it’s unreliable.

    • Nicole 09:20 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      The article mentions traffic delays from all the construction as one reason bus ridership is down, but not the sometimes-extensive detours, and bus stops that are moved or skipped entirely, which contributes as well. Inclement weather is also a factor: many times I’ve stood an extra 20 minutes in a blizzard because one or two scheduled buses never showed up. (I’ve started using the metro more than the bus even though it’s less convenient.)

    • dwgs 09:21 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      Ian, if I was trying to take the 105 to Sherbrooke and University I’d probably give up too. 🙂

    • Ian 09:35 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      Haha my mistake, I meant the 24 😀 I always forget the Sherbrooke routes, which I should really know by now.

    • Joey 10:01 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      @Ian “I’m surprised the 435 ridership is down, it’s always packed when I take it (weekdays during the school year) and in the winter there often aren’t enough seats to let on all the passengers between Laurier and Mont-Royal!” – this probably goes a long way to explaining why ridership is down. Demand is the same but the supply is down.

    • DeWolf 10:33 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      This is just a personal anecdote, but before I moved away from Montreal I lived near the 80 and I was a regular bus rider in all seasons. Now I’m back, once again living near the 80, but this is post-Bixi Montreal. I cycle most places and if not, I will take a Bixi to the metro and go from there, because the metro is always much faster and more reliable. Obviously things will change in the winter but I imagine I’m not alone in preferring to take the metro now that Bixi makes it much quicker to reach the stations.

    • Emily Gray 11:59 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      The article says ” The 105 Sherbrooke St. bus in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce saw an 8.3 per cent increase in ridership last year after the STM added 15 trips per day to the route.” But didn’t they just restore some of the service that was cut on that route some years before?

      I think buses would be more appealing to people if they were less crowded, and they came more often (these two factors could help each other out too.) More air-conditioned buses in the summer could help too. And maybe more bus lanes?

    • Bill Binns 15:10 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      For myself, the one thing that would get me to take more buses is a screen or a sign at every single stop with a real time ETA for the next bus. I often do this thing when I’m walking up St Laurent where I try to watch over my shoulder to catch a bus coming and then try to scoot to the next bus stop after spotting it. Rarely works though.

      I don’t believe I would trust the bus to get to work under any circumstances though. If I had no choice, I would likely be arriving for work hours early most mornings to compensate for possible STM disasters.

    • PO 15:14 on 2018-07-16 Permalink

      I’m confident that if frequencies switched from every 20 minutes to every 10-12 minutes on certain routes ridership would increase significantly. Especially in somewhat less dense areas, it only takes one instance where a bus passes too early/late/not at all for a person to become totally discouraged from ever taking it reliably. The routes that roll every 20+ minutes… If you miss one, you’re going to be 20+ minutes late. That’s a gamble that a lot of working people can’t take.

      Sucks that on a monthly subscriber system, you don’t benefit from adding extra buses to existing lines if most of the clientele are already subscribed.

      Still though. Imagine if every bus was a 10 minute frequency. Life would be so good.

    • Bradley M 06:27 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      If they just simplified the network, and combined redundant services, and ran on a pulse schedule with the metro and trains, that would remove a lot of mental friction when taking buses, with the added side-effect of better frequency, and easier scale-ability when services are added or removed. Also, I’d like each bus to have it’s own snowplow escort in the winter.

  • Kate 02:15 on 2018-07-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The 15-year-old who went into the closed pool in New Bordeaux has died. TVA spoke to the boy’s father, who says he doesn’t understand why his son left a group of friends, climbed the fence and jumped into the water alone.

    Incidentally, no other media have reported the boy’s death, but this piece says the family took him off life support Sunday.

    Update: CTV reports his death Monday.

  • Kate 14:52 on 2018-07-15 Permalink | Reply  

    The Montreal Neuro’s Dr. Brenda Milner turns 100 on Sunday and is still doing research.

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