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  • Kate 20:01 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

    Taylor C. Noakes has a good piece on the CBC site about the massive cost and conditions involved in hosting even a small part of the 2026 World Cup here: “FIFA demands that the host city refrain from promoting any other major sporting event in the year preceding the World Cup; that no major cultural events occur on the day of, after and before a game” – well, what about the Grand Prix? Will it have to be held in silence in the lead-up to a couple of early stage games in 2026? Will any summer festival have to go dark during that time?

    Noakes also reminds us that “FIFA also demands the city be made as attractive as possible and — astoundingly — reserves the right to rename official venues.”

    And this is all besides the many, many millions that will go into the project.

    • Kate 19:47 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

      A man who went missing during the Osheaga fest has been pulled out of the river, drowned.

      Update: The man was only 18. He washed up in Longueuil, with no signs of violence on him.

      • Kate 19:43 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

        A man was shot, not fatally in a fracas with police Tuesday afternoon in St-Michel. The BEI is investigating.

        • Kate 19:36 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

          At the risk of getting into a tar pit, I was vaguely amused today to see a piece by Lise Ravary in the Gazette, Anglos, it’s time to get over the 1995 Quebec referendum, in which she assumes all anglos are afraid of another referendum but, oddly, that this is why many of us won’t vote CAQ.

          Maybe a lot of us don’t want the CAQ because it feels like the old days, like a return to the Union Nationale, like an unnecessary turn to the right at a time when Quebec should buck the trend and push back against Trump and Ford. Maybe we just don’t warm to François Legault – maybe we already feel his lack of respect for Montreal.

          In short, anglos are diverse. I liked Christopher Curtis’s tweet today about this.

          The other side of the coin was a National Post piece entitled It’s weird how Montreal is reluctant to honour Anglos, eh?. Leaving aside that irritating “eh” (which I will be glad to see buried forever), Kelly McParland brings together Daisy Sweeney, Mordecai Richler and the memory of Vimy Ridge in at attempt to show that Montreal has a “difficult time honouring Canadian figures who weren’t separatist heroes.” The mixed facts: it was the Coderre administration that chose to rename Vimy Park* but the same administration that promised Sweeney’s family to name a street for her, a promise which has not been revoked but simply redirected to renaming a park.

          Likewise, both a library and the gazebo have been named to honour Mordecai Richler. So where’s the problem?

          *and we showed on this very blog that the park never functioned as a war memorial in any sense save for the name, which it simply got because of an adjoining street.

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

            The Bank of Montreal is going to remove the plaques on Place d’Armes that refer to Maisonneuve killing a native chief.

            • Kate 10:44 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

              It was a story here last week, but now BBC has the bit about Facebook rejecting the Museum of Fine Arts’ ad for its Picasso exhibit. I thought it would be a literal-minded computer judgment, but Facebook policy is “Nudity in paintings is currently not allowed in ads…”

              • Kate 06:57 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

                This CP piece on Montreal’s good and bad points as a filming location is in various media this week.

                • Kate 06:53 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

                  Well-known SPVM spokesman Ian Lafrenière will be running this fall for the CAQ in off-island Vachon.

                  • Kate 06:39 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

                    The Globe & Mail looks at the ruelles vertes and despite the headline “Montreal’s green laneway trend is paved with good intentions” the writer doesn’t manage to demonstrate that the trend is a road to hell, only discovering the mildest of disagreements.

                    • Kate 06:34 on 2018-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

                      A pipeline that brings kerosene airplane fuel to the airport is being closed for urgent repairs. This pipeline goes right through the city and dates back to 1952. More tanker trucks will be on the road while repairs are made.

                      Update: TVA says the pipeline should be working again Thursday but this piece suggests the thing is not in the best condition.

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