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  • Kate 21:27 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Transit fares are going up in July: passes from $85 to $86.50, and the single fare, which hasn’t changed in some time, from $3.25 to $3.50.

    • DeWolf 09:04 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      Does this mean we now have the most expensive cash fares in Canada? Toronto is still $3.25 and a one-zone trip (or any bus trip) in Vancouver is a bargain at $2.95. Good thing I loaded up my Opus card with 20 tickets instead of 10 last time.

    • Kate 09:24 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      The on-island monthly passes are still a lot lower than Toronto’s, don’t know about the others.

    • Faiz Imam 10:53 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      Reminder that there are still 787 fare options in the Montreal region. ARTM was suppose to announce a new system last summer, but other than that survey we’ve gotten nothing.

      Fare systems have so much power to better use resources and make things more efficient, they need to get things going asap.

    • Tim 12:57 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      One thing to I miss about Vancouver transit is the ability to do round trips on a single fare. Maybe the STM could consider that option in the future.

    • mare 13:31 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      Fares will go up once the REM is opened and busses can’t compete anymore. That bus to Saint-Anne de Bellevue is not reachable on a single ticket anymore, I expect zoning to be introduced on island and for busses as well.

    • Josh 14:54 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      @DeWolf: OCTranspo’s cash fares in Ottawa have been at $3.50 since January of 2018.

    • Ian 08:11 on 2019-05-03 Permalink

      People are talking seriously about people having to spend 14 bucks a day to take the bus from downtown to Sainte Anne and back. This is where the monthly pass is an excellent deal. That said 14 bucks worth of gas will get me to Sainte Anne and back a few times, and I’m not stuck on some of the worst buses in the fleet for up to 2 hours each way.

  • Kate 19:48 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    May Day events have been taking place Wednesday, with an anti-capitalist march down Atwater as I type. Police have ordered the demonstrators to disperse, but not actually declared the march illegal.

    Update: There were at least five arrests although this brief report doesn’t say why.

    • SteveQ 00:37 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      I like the fact that it was pouring outside.

    • Kate 06:27 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      Yes, I too thought the rain showed the dedication of the protesters to ignore personal comfort for their principles.

    • Bill Binns 06:44 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

      The rain didn’t seem to put a damper on the arson.

  • Kate 13:13 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Demolition of the old Champlain will begin next year and take three years.

    (I think deconstruction is a bit different.)

    Update: TVA says 80% of the old bridge will be recycled.

    • Ian 14:23 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      Maybe they plan to first assess its historicity to determine its meaning-value as a philosophically appropriate approach toward its recontextualization as a former bridge. /s

    • Kevin 15:22 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      Demolition implies just being destroyed randomly and then thrown away.

      The people actually doing it use the term deconstruction and they contrast it as being more than just dismantling.

      I I note the term has been used in this neologistic sense it’s regards to recycling buildings for several years

    • Max 19:39 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      Most of you have probably seen this video, but I’ll post it anyway:


      ‘Deconstruction’ is definitely the ‘mot juste’ in this case.

    • Kate 19:58 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      Thanks, Max. That electronic loop music is very soothing.

  • Kate 12:47 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is putting aside a nice $90-million pot for greening up Griffintown, which has not been naturally green in a very long time.

    • qatzelok 12:51 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      The article chose a picture of condos on the canal in Petite Bourgogne/St Henri, I guess because these particualr pre-Griffintown condos actually blend with the industrial vernacular of the canal – unlike the suburbia-like catologue of styles that is currently Griffintown.

    • Ian 14:25 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      Wow you really haven’t been to suburbia lately, have you? Griffintown is practically Bauhausian compared to what’s going on in the latest Broccolini developments in the West Island.

    • qatzelok 23:43 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

      I bike through all of Montreal’s suburbs regularly.

      I especially like Pointe des Jejunes in Brossard.

  • Kate 12:43 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

    An older woman died outside her east-end retirement home overnight, police finding no signs of criminal activity. Her death is being ascribed to hypothermia.

    • Kate 12:42 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

      Shots were heard in Lasalle Wednesday morning, and a man was injured in a scuffle although not shot. There have been two arrests.

      • Kate 12:41 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

        Stéfanie Trudeau, aka Agent 728, has been symbolically punished for some of her egregious pepper-spraying back in 2012. However, she retired from the force in 2015, so a suspension is just a gesture.

        • Ian 14:46 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Who says cops never face justice. /s

        • david100 15:12 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Wasn’t there a photo of her working at a Jean Coutu or something? I’m surprised the media hasn’t done a ‘where is she now?’ story on our old friend 728.

        • Tim 22:30 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          @david100: she is enjoying a full pension based on 30 years service even though she only served 19. Pretty good result for a bully.


        • Bill Binns 06:56 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

          I would love an extensive “where are they now?” on all the major players from 2012. I remember a lot of comments about how these were the very people that were going to fix all the problems of Montreal, Quebec, Canada…..perhaps the universe. How is that little project going? Let’s start with counting how many are in jail and how many are still full time students at UQAM. Perhaps a more interesting count would be how many entered the work force, got a look at their first few pay stubs and now howl about taxes and support the CAQ.

        • Kate 09:08 on 2019-05-02 Permalink

          Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois: elected as QS MNA for Gouin in 2017, has published at least one book.
          Léo Bureau-Blouin: not currently a serving politician, but has held various positions in the PQ and the Wikipedia article says he’s completing his law studies after winning a Rhodes scholarship
          Martine Desjardins: media talking head, has a PhD

          Not idiots, Bill Binns.

      • Kate 07:59 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

        A team of soldiers and city workers narrowly averted more flooding Tuesday in Pierrefonds as a dike breach was opening up.

        TVA warns of scammers attracted by the flooding crisis.

        Assistance from some minority folks with flood work has become a political hot potato between Denise Bombardier and Rima Elkouri.

        • Ian 11:56 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Wow some people just want to find fault in everything. It doesn’t matter who you vote for or what kind of hat you wear if you’re helping in a time of need. Sheesh.

        • Jack 17:04 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Denise Bombardier is……………….

      • Kate 06:53 on 2019-05-01 Permalink | Reply  

        TVA wrenches out the numbers for the cost of the new scaled-down digs for Radio-Canada: $144 million plus $21 million yearly in rent.

        It’s in the nature of private enterprise to try to claw down a national broadcaster, but reading these numbers I’m like, “So?”

        • Brett 12:00 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Because they lied by insisting it wasn’t going to cost taxpayers anything and then refused to reveal that the true project was way over budget. Oh, and perhaps because public funds could better be spent on improving public transport, education and health care rather than on a vanity real estate project.

        • Ian 12:30 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Kate’s point stands, that’s a drop in the bucket. Consider how much money is being spent to repair Saint Kitty (for instance) and think how far 144 million really goes when you are talking about big projects. This is rehousing our national broadcaster in the second biggest city in the country and Montreal is essentially the cultural ground zero for Radio-Canada, this is no mere vanity project.

        • Brett 12:47 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          They still lied about the cost and obfuscated the report regarding cost overruns.

        • qatzelok 12:48 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          600 million in rent over 30 years, for a building that’s worth much less than that. And it’s not even being prepped for R-C.

          The private partner is obviously going to be very, very rich. And this is just one of many drops in the neo-liberal bucket. We might eventually have to sell our bucket like Greece.

        • Kate 12:50 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Did they lie? Or was it simply that they hadn’t been asked? Brett, look at who’s reporting this.

          qatzelok, reports have said that the building’s being set up for Radio-Canada.

          Also: compare what it would cost to renovate, update and maintain the Maison, by comparison. Either way, money has to be spent, and I think it’s worth it to have a national broadcaster (in both languages), wherever they’re headquartered.

        • Brett 12:52 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          I still think its a vanity project when you consider the NCC is wringing it’s hands over coughing up 40 million for renovaring the Prime Minister’s residence which is in an advanced stage of decrepitude unlike the old digs of Radio Canada.

        • Brett 12:56 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          And yes, I agree that its very possible that TVA is publishing fake news by maintaining that Radio Canada refused to deliver them the cost report. But again, why does radio canada insist that this won’t cost taxpayers anything when the reality is most certainly the opposite?

        • Kate 13:03 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          Brett, I don’t know how the cost balances out against either:
          a) what they’re making by selling off the Maison and its grounds, or
          b) what they’d have to spend anyway, whether at the Maison, or in new digs.

          Either way, “not costing taxpayers anything” can mean “anything more than we would be spending anyway” but TVA is inflating the story.

          I still wouldn’t call it fake news. But I would say that they’re angling an anodyne news story to imply a scandal.

        • Ian 14:13 on 2019-05-01 Permalink

          If only there were some lost pony we could rally around.

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