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  • Kate 23:55 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

    A dépanneur worker was stabbed Tuesday night in Montreal North, and a suspect is already in custody.

    • Kate 23:53 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

      CBC has some advice on spotting fraudulent apartment postings.

      • Kate 23:52 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

        Radio-Canada looks at a new style of social housing in northern St-Michel.

        • Kate 11:17 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          TVA has a brief look at five construction projects that will change the city.

          • Ginger Baker 12:37 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Odd they didn’t mention the super secret space laser being retrofitted into the dome of the Oratory…

            Typical liberal media!

          • Tim F 18:47 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I’d have thought the REM would come before the Bellechasse centre.

          • Faiz Imam 20:09 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I believe the framing of the article is specifically projects that have been launched in 2019. Rem started last year.

            Anyways. I was interested to read that the royal mount folks need to present amendments by this fall. Good to know there is still room to make the project less horrible.

            I expect they’ll add some amount of residential, which will be great. The more the better. But what would really be helpful would be key social infrastructure. Community centers, schools, athletics stuff that isn’t a private gyms,etc.

            Basically, anything they can do to make it more than a glorified luxury shopping mall would be great.

          • Ant6n 23:10 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            It takes a special kind of reality distortion field to take a shit project, add the unrealistic hope for some, any improvements, and start praising that same shit project based on that wishful thinking already. I guess it’s a kind of subtle pro-developer shilling/PR (are they paying you yet or are you still doing this work for free).

          • dwgs 07:05 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Always the ad hominem…

          • Kate 09:27 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            To be fair, dwgs, Faiz Imam has a proven track record of wanting to believe the very best of any development, be it the REM or something like Royalmount.

            Faiz Imam, I have seen zero indication that Carbonleo is community-minded, nor that they are likely to welcome amendments of the type you describe. Carbonleo has one interest: a buck. Anything they concede will have to be forced on them by the city.

          • ant6n 10:42 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Okay fine, let’s put it another way: It’s ridiculous to claim that the Royalmount is the addition of an apartment unit away from being a great project.

          • Faiz Imam 11:33 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Dude, as usual you misrepresent me and take the least charitable interpretation of my words.

            I literally said “there is room to make it less horrible”

            Which is my way of saying the project sucks but there might be ways to put lipstick on the pig.

            Then I make an additional point of what could be added to actually make it good.

            In hindsight, I should have had a last line that said “but honestly given the owners, no way any real improvements will happen’

            That might have made my position more clear.

            Kate: I totally agree with you that the bottom line is the only line. But as we are seeing with the condo boom city wide, as well as the death of physical retail and many forms of shopping, it’s totally not Clear that the best money is in a classical shopping mall.

            If you follow global retail development trends, the pattern is clearly towards mega projects with mixed use faux downtowns with a ton of luxury residential next to luxury retail and experiences.

            The solar uniquartier in Brossard for example exemplifies this larger trend. And old suburbs all over North America are seeing a ton of them pop up.

            My point is that Royalmount is the weird one here. They might be leaving a ton of money on the table by not having a strong residential component.

            Also, note that residental doesn’t mean good. As you say we should not expect any sort of social infrastructure.

            My expectation is that we will get griffintown 2.0. That’s probably the best we can hope for and I’ll be glad if that happens as opposed to the nonsense planned at the moment.

        • Kate 11:16 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          We have a thunderstorm watch throughout the St Lawrence valley Tuesday, including Montreal, on top of the heat warning we already had.

          • Ian 10:18 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            So much for that. The skies were green, the wind was making the big trees creak… then nothing.

            At least it’s a little bit cooler today.

          • Kate 10:56 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Wow. Up here in Villeray it bucketed down, in several passes!

          • CE 18:42 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            I was fearing the rain as I knew I would have to bike all over the city yesterday. Luckily, I didn’t get hit by it at all despite seeing that it must have rained heavily in different neighbourhoods when I wasn’t in them.

          • Ian 08:01 on 2019-08-01 Permalink

            Well I guess that’s why it cooled down even if it barely rained in Mile End… I guess instead of the one massive rainstorm that goes on for a couple of days that was predicted we got a bunch of mini storms floating through. My garden could have used the rain, and Jeanne Mance park was downright crunchy to walk in yesterday.

        • Kate 11:08 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          A few dozen Montrealers jumped into the river Tuesday morning for the 15th Grand Splash, including a few elected officials but not, as last year, the mayor.

          • jo 11:10 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            whats the purpose of this website? you just copy what is in the news… waste of time

          • Kate 11:13 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            You know, you’re right. Thanks!

          • Marco 12:33 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Thanks for the website and all you do Kate.

          • SMD 12:51 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Kate, your links and opinions are as refreshing as this morning’s jump in the river. Don’t ever change!

          • DeWolf 12:52 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I love this blog. Thanks for curating local news in an interesting way, Kate.

          • Michael Black 13:01 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I was certainly glad that whiever added a comment the other day about the Grand Splash did so. That sort of announcement often doesn’t propagate well, so we only read about it after the fact.

            There’s a brief video at the CBC site, and Kate is credited, or maybe just for tye tweet, so in this case, it may be fresh news followed by others.

            Maybe next year I’ll attend. It can’t be too dangerous if they wear life jackets.


          • Jack 13:07 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Thanks Kate, bye jo.

          • Kate 13:11 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Oh guys! Guys! Thank you!

          • ant6n 14:10 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            On another meta note, would you consider removing the ads and adding a Patreon (or alternative?) instead. Browsing this site without adblocker has become rather scary, and I’d rather directly support with money rather than indirectly with eyeballs and personal data.

          • Kate 14:12 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            ant6n, I tell you what. I’m halfway to a Google payment now. When I hit that number I will take them down and do Patreon. It’ll be another couple of months but I tend to agree with you – the ads do detract.

          • Daniel 14:17 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            So glad you do this and so grateful for this blog. 🙂

          • dwgs 14:35 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Thanks for all you do Kate. Jo, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

          • meezly 14:51 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            If this is a waste of time, then move along. I like having a local news aggregator with a personal touch 🙂

          • Mitch Davis 14:58 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I adore this site, and visit it daily. The sorry state of Montreal media has it so that local news stories often only appear at a single outlet while being ignored at the others. Were it not for this blog, I’d be missing tons of news. I consider Kate’s work to be invaluable, to put it mildly.

          • Ginger Baker 15:26 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Kate has inspired me to kickstart a new local media endeavour

            Jo inspires nothing.

            Be like Kate

            Ban Jo to Drummonville

          • Raymond Lutz 15:53 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            EH! Ginger, there’s at least one MtlCityWeblog reader who’s living in Drummondville! Stay classy… 😎

          • walkerp 17:49 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            I would be a patreon backer to help remove the ads.

          • JP 00:12 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            I really enjoy this site too. Thanks Kate. Go to hell, Jo!

          • Ian 09:12 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            I guess Jo doesn’t understand or appreciate what an aggregate is for… their loss. I would also support bus patreon. I would also volunteer to make the site mobile friendly…

          • Mo 16:26 on 2019-08-01 Permalink

            Thank you Kate for the all the work you put into this blog over the years.

        • Kate 10:57 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          It isn’t surprising that in the city recycling centre the air is contaminated and workers easily get respiratory illnesses. Food remnants in containers are an excellent growth medium for bacteria, especially in this weather – and the status of this work means workers often can’t afford time off, or don’t want to tell their bosses they’re sick.

          • Douglas 16:46 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            This is why China stop accepting all our recycling garbage.

          • Ian 09:13 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Let’s get real for a second, China only stopped accepting our recyclables because it was no longer profitable. Life is cheap in China’s industrial zones.

        • Kate 09:54 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          The new Turcot is already covered in graffiti, not surprisingly.

          • Max 10:47 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            That’s a misleading headline. It’s a problem with one (highly visible, I admit) retaining wall. The rest of the interchange is pretty clean. So far.

          • Kate 11:07 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Thanks for the report. Not driving, it’s a part of town I don’t get to look at.

          • Ginger Baker 12:39 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Yeah but it’s always been this way and both sides are at fault… we rarely hear about all the graffiti covered in highway interchange retaining walls, more evidence of the liberal media bias.

          • Ephraim 17:29 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Is it graffiti or is it tagging? We have some beautiful graffiti murals around St. Lawrence… and some horrible tagging on top of them.

          • Max 19:54 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Dude, you only need a quick look to come to a logical conclusion. Retards whose mummies didn’t love them enough are pissing all over the escarpment below the MUCH. There is nothing artistic about that.

          • Ian 21:03 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Oh no, our pristine concrete canyons are being ruined. /s

          • Chris 22:24 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

            Ephraim, tagging *is* (a kind of) graffiti. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graffiti#Tagging

            If people keep painting them, get some of them together to draw something nice.

          • Uatu 06:21 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Hopefully they will plant trees or shrubs to hide the wall. Probably the easiest way to discourage unwanted scribbling…

          • Jonathan 09:13 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            I would like to request that Max’s offensive comment be taken down.

          • Max 23:06 on 2019-07-31 Permalink

            Did my comment hit a little too close to home, Jonathan? Lol. If you’re one of the needy little tagger pukes defacing our fair city, you’re the one that should be taken down.

        • Kate 09:38 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

          I’ve been saying we see more stabbings in hot weather, but there are apparently studies demonstrating that it’s true. The Journal counts five stabbings over the weekend, of which two were fatal (a second victim died Monday night, homicide #10); the five listed includes one attack in Laval.

          It isn’t always hot-headed young guys, either. In the second death, from a fight that happened in the Plateau, the victim was 54 and the man in custody is 62.

          • Kate 09:29 on 2019-07-30 Permalink | Reply  

            Griffintown’s Rodier building was bought in 2017 by Georges Coulombe, a rare bird among owner‑developers with a track record of elegant, responsible restoration of older buildings. But because of city work on one side and REM construction on the other, the Rodier project has become an albatross.

            Update: Radio-Canada also has text and audio on this story.

            • Ian 16:29 on 2019-07-30 Permalink

              Oh wow, what a shame! I was wondering what was going on with that building – so much potential. It’s also a shame the city is being less than helpful here.

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