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  • Kate 15:37 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette’s Andy Riga is tweeting an on-the-ground report of competing demonstrations at the premier’s office, one group shouting anti-Bill-21 slogans, the other shouting in favour of the bill. Another anti-21 event is planned Sunday.

    • Kate 09:41 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

      Tourisme Montréal czar Yves Lalumière wants to push Verdun and the Olympic park as tourism draws, which makes me wonder who’s proposing to invest in hotels or Airbnbs in those parts of town.

      In any case, don’t they already promote the Olympic area for the whole “Espace pour la vie” package, Impact matches, and the stadium itself?

      Later note: the Biodome and Insectarium are currently closed anyway.

      • JaneyB 14:12 on 2019-05-04 Permalink

        Verdun? Verdun is a very liveable but very sleepy, mostly family neighbourhood. We have maybe three bars and no appetite for more. City Hall has zoned against chain stores. The Lachine Canal has semi-derelict factories along it at points or just houses. I’ll just put this idea in the nutty idea file along with Laliberté’s Ile-Ste-Hélène Pet Cemetery idea.

      • Ephraim 15:53 on 2019-05-04 Permalink

        First thing that comes to my mind… what’s his plan to get money out of them. Tourisme Montreal doesn’t do anything without an angle that involves them getting more money for upper management and their golden parachutes.

      • denpanosekai 09:04 on 2019-05-05 Permalink

        JaneyB I guess you forget the upcoming beach, not that I’m thrilled about it, but that may be why Tourism Montreal wants to include Verdun from now on. Also the upcoming Jazz fest offshoot. Otherwise I’d be inclined to agree with you.

    • Kate 09:28 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

      Cinar co-founder Ronald Weinberg, sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud, is out after a year and a half. If you’re gonna do crime, make it white collar.

      • Kate 09:26 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

        The water taxi between Pointe-aux-Trembles and the Old Port will be back this summer, starting in mid-June. I’m not entirely convinced the boats can carry enough people to lighten the burden on public transit, but for those for whom it’s convenient, it must be a nice alternative.

        • Kate 08:39 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

          The New York Times site is free this weekend. A detailed review of Hotel Birks offers a view of a posh setting most Montrealers will never see.

          • JP 14:04 on 2019-05-04 Permalink

            A good friend of mine was staying there this week. We had drinks at the bar downstairs, and I made a point of asking to see the guestroom, knowing I might not have another opportunity to see one. It was really nice. The sliding door between the bedroom and shower stall was both weird and interesting…

          • walkerp 11:02 on 2019-05-06 Permalink

            They did a really nice job of the design of the bar and restaurant.

          • david100 02:24 on 2019-05-09 Permalink

            That’s not a very impressed reviewer. I like how he complained multiple times about the construction.

        • Kate 08:33 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

          The Gazette has a photo essay giving us a last look at city hall before its long renovation closure.

          • Kate 08:30 on 2019-05-04 Permalink | Reply  

            Workers at Parc Jean-Drapeau have voted overwhelmingly to strike for better working conditions for two thirds of their number.

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