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  • Kate 16:07 on 2019-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Michel Cadotte has been sentenced to two years for having administered the coup de grâce to his wife.

    • Kate 13:11 on 2019-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

      It’s bad for surrounding businesses and for the neighbourhood as a whole when storefronts are left vacant for years, but some landlords let this happen and there’s no deterrent. Eater looks into the phenomenon in the Mile End.

      • walkerp 13:49 on 2019-05-28 Permalink

        I thought that there is some significant tax incentive for the landlords who keep commercial space empty but I have never actually known if that was true. Can anybody confirm?

      • mare 16:14 on 2019-05-28 Permalink

        They probably eventually want to sell to a chain like Starbucks etc, and with the current real estate market in Mile End, renting it out is just a nuisance compared with the yearly value increase of the land and the building. Also an empty space is worth (much) more, since the new owner doesn’t have to wait until they can move in and doesn’t have to evict the current tenant with possible legal and PR troubles that could backfire.

      • Ephraim 11:23 on 2019-05-29 Permalink

        Anyone know if the city rebates the property tax for unoccupied commercial space? Maybe the city should have a maximum rebate period, for example, up to 6 months in a 10 year period? And maybe after a period there should be an unoccupied space tax or a requirement to allow it to be used for community service at no charge while unoccupied (with a condition to empty the space within 30 days if rented. Sort of community service squatters.

      • Tim 22:01 on 2019-05-29 Permalink

        I would love to know what happened to the Starbucks on Van Horne opposite the Outremont metro. One night it was there, the next morning it was gone. The place was always jammed, so it couldn’t have been lack of customers. It was only there for about a year. My best guess: the landlord jacked the rent and the multi-nationally backed chain balked.

    • Kate 12:59 on 2019-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

      Carbonleo has submitted revised plans for Royalmount but Mayor Plante is holding out for more, saying it would still have more negative effects than positive ones.

      • Kate 08:45 on 2019-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

        After years of encouraging people to engrave a number on their bike frames, which has done little to stop the pervasive bike theft in this town, police may be moving to a new system called Projet 529, which has reduced thefts in other cities, notably Vancouver where it began.

        • Kate 08:28 on 2019-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

          A story here claims that severely autistic kids who have a crisis are shut into closets to calm them down, at one CSDM school. It may be true. But this story may be being told in this way at this time to leverage more school space out of other school boards.

          It was the CSDM, or its previous incarnation as the Catholic school commission, that disposed of so many school buildings toward the end of the last century. Turned into condos, sold off for office space, or simply demolished after decades of neglect made them uninhabitable, I can think of several school buildings I know of that are no longer usable for the original purpose. Very short-sighted then – and now this.

          • EmilyG 10:59 on 2019-05-28 Permalink

            It’s terrible the way autistic kids are treated sometimes.

            Autistic adults who are considered more “high-functioning,” like me, can still find some aspects of daily life a challenge. What these kids are going through is much worse.

          • Kevin 13:35 on 2019-05-28 Permalink

            Meanwhile the CSDM got $20 million today to build a water park at Henri Bourassa school.

          • walkerp 14:03 on 2019-05-28 Permalink

            Was the CSDM the only people who didn’t know there was a baby boom in Quebec?

          • Kate 10:11 on 2019-05-29 Permalink

            There’s a baby boom now, walkerp, but in the 1980s people were leaving Montreal and the birthrate was down. My guess is they had some demographic studies that supported shedding some buildings that were under-used at the time.

          • Mark Côté 15:43 on 2019-05-29 Permalink

            The EMSB student population has also rebounded unexpectedly. Just a few short years ago there was talk of closing a couple in the West End. Now, largely due to temporary workers, they are adding mobile classrooms and rearranging schools to accommodate the influx.

          • Tim S. 20:05 on 2019-05-29 Permalink

            Mark: do you have a source on the temporary workers? ‘I’m curious as it may explain some things, but most of the families I see in the area seem to be local.

          • Mark Côté 12:22 on 2019-05-30 Permalink

            I heard it either from a school governing board chair or the commissioner. I think it was something like 30% of students at Westmount High School were children of temporary workers, with some similar figures at other schools in NDG.

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