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  • Kate 23:40 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The CAQ added some last-minute toughening to Bill 21 as it passed Sunday: possible surveillance, administrative verification, and disciplinary measures have been written in.

  • Kate 19:34 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A brick wall started crumbling on the Main near Rachel but it’s on a surface beside a relatively recent demolition, so it was either not meant to be an external wall or hadn’t been exposed like that in generations. Nobody got hurt.

    • Kate 19:32 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

      Urban farming is on the rise in Quebec and particularly in Montreal, with greenhouses both on the ground and on rooftops, growing vegetables, flowers, mushrooms and various microgreens, although no mention is made here of cannabis.

      I’ve been getting a weekly Lufa basket now for a year, and I’m sold. To get green vegetables and beautiful tomatoes all winter, grown locally, seems like magic. Anyone wants to join Lufa please give me a ping and I’ll send you a recommendation, so’s we’ll both get a discount. (This is not a paid advertisement – I’m just a happy customer.)

      Update: Two levels of government are putting some funding into developing urban agriculture. The wisdom of producing more of our food close to home seems to be percolating through.

      • Chris 00:33 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        Your ‘give me a ping’ URL is borked.

      • Kate 08:26 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        Chris, have you disabled mailto links? It’s correctly formatted.

      • Jo Walton 11:31 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        I join you in endorsing them, they’re just all round great. I’ve only been doing it since November, so I am finding it very exciting as new things come into season.

      • Chris 20:50 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        Seems you fixed it, previously it was: “http://mailto:katemcdo@gmail.com”

    • Kate 11:08 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

      A new small park in the Plateau, on Mont-Royal at Mentana, honours Jean‑Pierre Ferland by referencing a song he wrote in the 1960s. Ferland’s family once owned the gas station that used to be on that plot of land. The singer is still alive at 84.

    • Kate 10:53 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

      A SPVM cop with six complaints of open racism or injurious behaviour against him has been given a recommendation to change how he interacts with citizens.

      • Blork 11:02 on 2019-06-16 Permalink

        Whereas I would recommend he change his job.

      • dwgs 09:17 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        He’ll be seconded to the Bill 21 Brigade.

      • Max 12:08 on 2019-06-17 Permalink

        Other places hold their cops to a higher standard. We hold ours to a whiter standard.

    • Kate 09:34 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

      The city razed a commemorative garden near Château Ramezay last month, for reasons that aren’t clear. Note Radio-Canada describing this area as “in the Old Port” which seems odd, as it’s not facing the port at all (although we’ve previously noted the term creeping to mean all of Old Montreal).

      • ProposMontréal 10:31 on 2019-06-16 Permalink

        Château Ramezay dans le Vieux-Port de Montréal?

      • Kate 10:46 on 2019-06-16 Permalink

        I think of the Vieux-Port as the port itself plus rue de la Commune. The rest of Vieux‑Montréal is not “Vieux‑Port” although sometimes I see it used that way. Do you disagree?

      • steph 18:20 on 2019-06-16 Permalink

        I’ve seen this too and don’t like. People calling it the Old Port all the way up to St-Antoine.

    • Kate 09:21 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

      This weekend’s Centre d’histoire piece goes back to 1959, and the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to open the Seaway, and having a procession up Beaver Hall Hill. The item mentions Beaver Hall as the house constructed by Joseph Frobisher, but doesn’t give the dates the house existed – built 1792, burned down in 1847 or 1848 (depending on your source). That’s a long time ago for a street to still be named after the building.

      Beaver Hall, from an old engraving, via Wikipedia.
      Not surprisingly, there are no photos of the house.

      The theme of ceremonial visits carries through the Gazette pieces this week: a 1962 visit from the Queen Mother; from Lord Byng, governor-general of the early 1920s, as he was winding up his term in Canada; and from Harry Truman after WWII.

      Radio-Canada has some archive video showing early adherents of yoga in Montreal in 1962, a look at the 150-year history of the SPCA and a detailed look at a TV show called Femme d’aujourd’hui which ran on the station from 1965 to 1982.

      They also have the history of a relatively forgotten electrical engineer named Augustin Frigon, who helped design the original Radio-Canada network and gave it its name.

      • Kate 08:34 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

        Nice piece by Morgan Lowrie (CP) on Point St Charles and its activism – its community clinic was the template for the CLSC network, its legal aid clinic one of the first in Quebec, and it held off Loto-Quebec’s plan to build a casino complex on its borders. Now gentrification and the Bronfman plan to put a baseball stadium in the Peel basin are looming over the area.

        I’m pleased to see that the city is flexing its muscles over the Peel Basin to remind developers it has priority over land use decisions. It’s about time.

        • Kate 08:07 on 2019-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

          Some Rosemont residents are complaining that outdoor shows in the Olympic Park are too noisy. They’re facing a jurisdictional hassle: the stadium esplanade is within neighbouring Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, although controlled by the provincial Régie des installations olympiques (RIO).

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