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  • Kate 19:52 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Rosemont–PP is passing a bylaw allowing it to cut bicycle chains and locks attached to trees. Anything that damages tree bark can give pests a way to get inside, and locks are especially damaging to younger trees.

    • mare 20:46 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

      Also, stealing a bike is easy when you just have to saw the tree. Believe me, it happens, the last one I’ve seen was on Prince Arthur in front of the shoe shop that’s closed now. Tree of about 15 cm diameter, what a waste.

    • Max 21:57 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

      I watched a guy in St. Henry unbolt a parking sign off a post just to lift a bike off it once. I thought of calling the cops. Then I came to my senses and thought “what’s the point”?

      Two parallel locks, people. It’s the only reasonable way to roll if you care about your ride.

    • Chris 22:50 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

      In exchange, they are also legalizing attaching to stop signs and the like, so it’s carrot and stick. Hopefully they’ll add more legit parking spaces, I don’t think trees are any cyclist’s preferred choice.

  • Kate 18:45 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

    As promised, the CAQ is going to create a French language commissioner position and, it says here, to “reopen Bill 101.”

    This should be fun.

    • Kate 12:31 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

      Have we had, in recent memory, a summer with such unstintingly pleasant weather as this one?

      • EmilyG 12:50 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        It’s been pretty good. I only remember one unbearably hot and humid day this summer.
        It might help that I’m also in a different apartment that gets less hot in the summer.

      • Sean 13:27 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        I completely agree. This is the first summer in at least the last three that I’ve enjoyed from the start… and now I don’t want it to end

      • Bill Binns 13:56 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        Huh? I spent more time hiding from the weather indoors in July than I did in February. I got up and walked out of Carlos & Pepe’s before ordering a couple of weeks ago because it was a million degrees inside. If I didn’t have two dogs, I don’t think I would have left the house while the sun was up once in July. August has been better. A glorious Montreal autumn is just around the corner.

      • CE 17:10 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        Purely anecdotal but I’ve been finding that people who live and/or work in buildings with AC have a harder time dealing with the heat than those who don’t spend much time in AC.

      • ant6n 17:54 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        What I don’t get is why the Laurier park pool season ends Aug 15

      • Kate 18:35 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        CE, did you happen to read this article?

        ant6n, that’s actually one of my annual news cycle points. The answer seems to be that the lifeguards are students, and classes start in mid-August these days, so they’re no longer free to work.

      • Joey 22:33 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

        And yet all the businesses that rely on student labour don’t shut down in mid-August.

      • dwgs 09:32 on 2019-08-14 Permalink

        And the pools could still be open evenings and weekends.

      • Bill Binns 13:47 on 2019-08-14 Permalink

        I’m not sure the pool closings have anything to do with lifeguards. As far as I have seen, mid-august is traditional time to shut down pools in Montreal. All of the apartment buildings I lived in or near shut down their outdoor pools at the same time. I think that is simply the time that the weather starts to take a turn for the cooler.

      • CE 14:54 on 2019-08-14 Permalink

        Interesting article Kate. Especially the part about how AC units contribute to climate change not just from their high electricity usage but also from hydrofluorocarbons. Also crazy that 90% of Americans have AC. I saw in a Toronto Star article about last year’s heat wave that 53% of households in Quebec and 65% in Montreal have AC. I thought that seemed high!

      • JaneyB 11:04 on 2019-08-15 Permalink

        I dunno about pleasant – there were almost 3 weeks of +30C outside. I actually finally bought an air conditioner. But sunny, yes.

        They should keep the pools open until it is too cool to swim eg: late Sept. Why not? Just reduce the hours to evenings and weekends and advertise it. People will come.

    • Kate 12:13 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

      Toula Drimonis has some on-point things to say about people who carp from the sidelines about how this city is managed.

      “The Plante administration, like any other political administration, could afford to do things better, and it has experienced its share of growing pains. But it’s the first time as a Montreal resident where I feel that decisions are earnestly being made for the long-term benefit of the average folks who live, work and play in this city.”

      What she said.

      • Kate 07:53 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

        More remnants of the tannery villages have been found near the Turcot and one historian wants to leave them as they are. I don’t know how realistic this is: this strikes me as a situation where, after studying and measuring what’s been found, a 3D re-creation somewhere else might be more informative.

        • John B 09:06 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          “on St-Rémi Street north of St-Jacques Street” ? Doesn’t St-Rémi end at St-Jacques?

        • Kate 12:22 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          I looked at the map. It’s sort of a gray area there. I think they must mean the spot where St-Rémi comes up toward St-Jacques but kind of gets lost around the Turcot and sort of curves around and turns into Cazelais.

        • John B 14:35 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          I think the current state of things in in flux, but St-Rémi has, at least for the time I’ve been in Montreal, ended at St-Jacques, and I think it’s planned to be like that when the construction is done too.

        • Max 09:42 on 2019-08-14 Permalink

          Yeah, St. Remi, St. Jacques and Pullman will all meet in the same spot they used to.


          Except Pullman will be a major artery, crossing the interchange along the bottom of the escarpment, and going over the tracks and the 20 to meet with Notre Dame West. The big overpass going up just west of the interchange is for the new Pullman.

          2.5 MB PDF:


      • Kate 07:40 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

        Ensemble has presented its candidate for the borough mayoralty of Plateau borough in the October 6 byelection. La Presse says Pierre Szaraz started his speech with “Avez-vous eu de la misère à vous stationner ?” with more to say on cars. We can see where this is going.

        Inevitably, this byelection will be seen as a midterm assessment of Projet vs. the more populist aspirations of Ensemble.

        • CharlesQ 09:23 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          Depressing…. He said stores are closing because of high taxes, nothing about abusive commercial rent increases. I’m sure taxes are part of the problem, but it’s far from the only one. If you can’t understand the problem, you can’t find a proper solution.

        • Mr.Chinaski 09:46 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          …and this is why Valérie is back for a second term : There is no real political opposition.

        • Jack 10:27 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          Cars vs People, we might be at a point of rupture.
          The personification of the automobile might be ending.
          “Avez-vous eu de la misère a vous stationer” as your political introduction to your community. This might be the bridge too far.

      • Kate 07:29 on 2019-08-13 Permalink | Reply  

        Monday, TVA had a story about Ensemble demanding a pre-electoral financial report from the city. This is in view of the next municipal election, which is in 2021. Today, there’s another story about this report, involving having the city’s auditor-general produce the report.

        Nobody but QMI has this story and I’m not getting why there’s a hurry on this matter two years before the election has to take place.

        • Bill Binns 14:01 on 2019-08-13 Permalink

          This is politics so it’s probably a cynical fishing expedition by Ensemble but at least, if they win, they will not be able to blurt out the oft used excuse of “Oh, we had no idea how bad the city’s finances were when we made all those campaign promises”.

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