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  • Kate 10:25 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada did a piece (text and audio) on the cobblestones in Old Montreal this week, although I’m slightly nettled by the statement “La ruelle est très montréalaise dans notre esprit, mais c’est une invention anglaise qui date du 19e siècle” – you know, it can be both.

    (I learned during a Mois de l’archéologie event a couple of summers ago that the old blue-grey cobbles are not made of stone, but of slag from iron foundries. This tailed with my mother’s observation once that broken cobbles smell bad – an iron and sulfur compound, I’d guess. The new reddish or grayish street stones in Old Montreal are definitely stone, though.)

    The Journal history piece this weekend is about the blessing of bicycles and motorcycles that used to take place at an east-end sanctuary back in the day. The sanctuary is still there.

    • Kate 09:59 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

      CTV mentions that a demonstration to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline will be held “in the west end of Montreal on Sunday” which is not informative. West end? The demo starts at 1:30 at the Quartier des Spectacles – sorry for the Facebook link. Even the Journal has the deets.

      Update: Photos from André Querry showing the crowd, first under an overcast sky and then under rain at the QdesS, including Amir Khadir, Françoise David and various First Nations protesters. (Querry doesn’t caption his Flickr work.)

      • Kate 08:53 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

        St-Laurent borough is concerned that street signs aren’t legible enough, especially with an aging population, and wants to put up bigger ones. The borough already has different ones from Montreal’s, inherited from a time when it was a separate city.

        There was a story a few years ago about Montreal’s brief experiment with different colours and lettering styles but I don’t have access to my old links any more.

        • Kate 08:15 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

          A commuter boat from Pointe-aux-Trembles to and from Old Montreal will be tested this week for the same price as a bus ticket, $3.25. I wouldn’t think a week is enough time to get a sense whether this thing would catch on, but I would encourage anyone who might think they’d use it to give it a try. Article says it will halve the time – an hour or more – that either driving or transit takes to get from PAT to downtown.

          • Kate 06:39 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

            Bixi usage is way up so far this season. And it’s free today since it’s the last Sunday of the month.

            • Kate 06:31 on 2018-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

              It’s on the island so it’s a Montreal homicide: a man was shot and killed in a Roxboro basement on Saturday morning. It’s the 11th homicide of the year.

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