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  • Kate 08:54 on 2018-07-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Brendan Kelly tries to make sense of the issue of noisy smaller music venues in the Plateau. Kelly’s lack of focus is palpable here – he tries to blame Projet, wavers, then the story fizzles out.

  • Kate 08:52 on 2018-07-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Parking meter revenue is down, but while La Presse says it’s because of roadwork and celebrations of the 375th last year, TVA ascribes it to people using an app to pay, although wouldn’t these folks at least be paying?

    • Ian 08:53 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      I think the logic there is that you wouldn’t put in 2 hrs “just in case” if you knew you could just add more minutes as you go. I know that’s how I use the app.

    • Blork 10:06 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      What Ian said. Which basically means people are paying for what they use instead of overpaying for time they don’t use. But from a revenue point of view this is probably seen as a failure.

    • Roman 12:17 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      It’s probably because the new app release is terrible and not user friendly.

    • jeather 12:58 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Still better than the Westmount parking app.

    • Ephraim 13:21 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      @jeather But you can move your car and park in another spot with the Westmount app. It’s by licence plate.

    • steph 19:42 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      With the coin meters, any time unused would go to the next user without overlap as well. The only “loss in revenue” is from digital meters double billing.

    • jeather 21:36 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Yes, I know that. You can do that with the machine as well, and the machine is about 500000 times less terrible than the app, which is completely terrible on every level. (That said, I’ve never actually had to move my car to another spot in Westmount.)

    • Ephraim 11:56 on 2018-07-19 Permalink

      @jeather – The only time I ever park in Westmount is when I need a visa for Brazil. One year it was come back in a week, the next it was come back in an hour. Now you can get it electronically, but it’s not good for 5 years like the one from the consulate.

    • Ian 17:23 on 2018-07-19 Permalink

      Also worth noting the celebrations and roadwork angle makes sense on a couple of levels – not just because people will try to avoid street parking if it’s unreliable, but also because they are even more likely to use what underground or lot parking is available instead of slowly going around block after block in the hopes of finding a street that still has its metered parking available.

      I admit I didn’t read the La Presse article because the link is throwing a 404. Maybe they covered that.

  • Kate 08:47 on 2018-07-18 Permalink | Reply  

    A man named Bony Jean-Pierre died during a drug bust in 2016, and now the police officer in question will face trial over the rubber bullet that ended Jean-Pierre’s life.

    • steph 19:46 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Lets not forget that this is the 2nd time someone’s died where Dany Villanueva was also arrested.

  • Kate 21:57 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man apparently leapt to his death from the Clock Tower Tuesday afternoon, despite police attempts to talk him down.

    • Max 21:29 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      That’s an unusual deviation from the standard media policy of not reporting on suicides. I never would’ve thought of the Clock Tower as a suicide spot. Makes ya wonder how many more might follow.

  • Kate 21:02 on 2018-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man’s in critical condition after being hit by a turning truck Tuesday in Lasalle. Another victim of the limitations of visibility from trucks.

    • Brett 23:57 on 2018-07-17 Permalink

      The article has been updated; the man has died.

    • Jack 02:02 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Collateral Damage.

    • Kate 06:26 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      As Brett notes, the man has died.

    • Bill Binns 15:00 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      There goes my dump truck theory. This one was a bobtail semi.

    • Jack 17:13 on 2018-07-18 Permalink

      Yeah and that Bob tail semi could never have seen that man crossing the road. Google that corner and imagine what vehicle in broad daylight would have killed that man……..ok a Panzer.

  • 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” 😉

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