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  • Kate 17:37 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A new project involving the storage of mass quantities of kerosene in Montreal East is unsettling residents, and you’ve got to know that if something like this is disturbing those folks, who’ve lived alongside refineries and petroleum storage for decades, it has to be big.

    • Kate 17:35 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

      A five-alarm fire is blazing at Stanley and Dr-Penfield downtown.

      Update: TVA has raw video with a report saying the 1895 building – actually just above Sherbrooke – has been badly damaged, but nobody got hurt. However, 20 people have lost their homes at least until repairs can be made.

      • Kate 17:29 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

        François Cardinal says Valérie Plante is the antithesis of Denis Coderre in an interview published as part of La Presse’s encounter with Madame la mairesse.

        • Kate 14:33 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

          Did the celebrations of the city’s 375th anniversary add anything of value to the city? Le Devoir’s Jérôme Delgado considers the question from a public art angle and notes how few women artists were included; he also picks his favourites.

          The blog had some discussions and links about what the city got for the 350th in 1992. Metro and Radio-Canada both had articles, and a comment from Mr. Chinaski listed the Biodome, the Musée d’art contemporain building, the MMFA’s Jean-Desmarais pavilion, the reopening of the McCord, the opening of the Hotel-Dieu museum and the renovation of a dozen public places as memorable additions and improvements. I don’t think the 375th came close, although as a lesser milestone maybe that’s appropriate.

          I was hardly aware of the 150th of Canada, either. Anyone?

          • Kate 14:09 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

            Denis Gallant, the city inspector general, is investigating the Formula E event last summer for possibly corrupt connections to Evenko.

            It will probably come out eventually that Evenko essentially owned this city throughout the Coderre administration, despite Coderre’s constant claims he’d banished corruption forever. Money wasn’t Coderre’s downfall, though: his fondness for being a big shot and being courted by big shots was his weak spot.

            • Kate 13:51 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

              Heritage Montreal is warning about the condition of the Craig pumping station, that odd little building under the Jacques-Cartier. As shown above (in a photo I took about ten years ago) the building dates from 1887 and is quite ornate close up, although suffering from neglect.

              (Also, a view of the original city coat of arms, which included a beaver in one of the quarters. Later the beaver was swapped out in favour of the fleur-de-lys.)

              • Kate 13:39 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

                Metro scoops other media sources with a list of what’s open and closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

                • Kate 00:12 on 2017-12-16 Permalink | Reply  

                  Was tweeted this Guardian Cities list of urban white elephants, which features both the Olympic stadium and Mirabel, but is a reminder that other cities make expensive mistakes too.

                  Meantime there are plans afoot for a new train station …in Mirabel.

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