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  • Kate 22:42 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Maybe this is one of the problems with architecture in our time: an architecture site reviews the Evenko amphitheatre project with no consideration given to the natural site or the profit‑making enclosure of public land involved.

    In other big park news, the Olympic park is barring a return of the noisy Oasis festival that shook neighbouring housing. This item stresses that the city has no say in what’s planned for the park, while the CAQ intends to dismiss the longstanding management structure there and push it harder as a venue. I’m just glad I don’t live next door.

    • Blork 11:17 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      That architecture site (“The Architect’s Newspaper”) is a pretty informal rag which, like most trade newspapers, seems to be mostly about upbeat stuff and pretty pictures (all with Pinterest links) in order to attract advertisers. So I would not expect such a rag to say anything negative, lest the subjects of their articles choose to pull their ads.

      And to be fair, it does bill itself as “news” not “reviews” such as you’d find in a more academic journal, which would be obtuse and dry AF but at least would be more likely to take a wider view of a project.

    • Blork 11:20 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

      …although it does mention the removal of trees and references CityLabs’ article about that.

  • Kate 22:20 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada says the Plante administration wants to see a zero-waste city by 2030; La Presse cites a reduction of 85% and TVA speaks only of reducing waste by 20%. In any case, the city plans to ban the widespread practice of trashing unsold clothing and, as mentioned here recently, still-edible food.

    • Kate 22:16 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

      Collège Ahuntsic, a north-end CEGEP, has brought an end to its tradition of calling 14 of its sports teams “les Indiens.”

      • Dhomas 01:19 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

        When I was a kid, I used to play soccer and hockey for “Les Braves d’Ahuntsic”. I see they still exist (though they seem to have merged with the Montreal-North team) and they still have questionable branding: https://www.ahmba.ca/.

    • Kate 10:23 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

      CTV has specific details on street closures to be caused by the emergency repair of that chonking water main.

      La Presse gets a picture of some of the pipes in question, which are very large.

      • Kate 08:41 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

        As reader Michael Black noted in a comment, the women’s shelter Chez Doris will be opening a new emergency shelter in western downtown, which should help with the Cabot Square situation.

        • Kate 08:32 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

          The city will be buying land in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue to add to the Great Western Park.

          • Kate 08:00 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

            The city will be cutting down 40,000 ash trees in six of its nature parks. Damaged by the emerald ash borer, the trees to be axed are considered dangerous because they’re near walking paths or buildings. Some of the wood will be useful for city projects.

            • Joey 08:22 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Plus two on my block 🙁

            • Spi 08:50 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Makes me wonder if we should be proactively planting new trees near mature ones that are nearing the end of their life expectancy. We know it takes several decades for them to reach a meaningful size, let’s avoid decades of baren parks and streets.

            • Michael Black 10:59 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Jessica Deer made the point some years back that Ash trees have been used to make baskets and other traditional things, and wondered if cut diwn Ash trees could be used for that. I know someone more recently said something abkut how the Ash problem will impact traditional culture if the trees disappear.


            • Mr.Chinaski 13:31 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              The Ash trees they cut are used to create new wooden-based spec benchs by the city.

              But as with every type of infection (ex: Dutch Elm disease), natural regulation will happen or new cultivars will be created, All this is actually benefitial for the ecosystem.

            • denpanosekai 17:09 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Had my ash tree cut last week for 1500$. This week they’re already calling to replace it.

          • Kate 07:53 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

            Desjardins, which has people working on seven floors in the renovated Olympic tower, is taking over two more floors of the structure. Item says three additional floors are available to rent, which makes me mildly curious why Quebec is not moving any of its own fonctionnaires in.

            • Spi 09:01 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Because of it’s tapered shape, the upper floors (the ones available for rent) have much smaller floor plans than the lower floors (already occupied by Desjardins). It doesn’t make much sense to have so little floor space spread out over 3 floors and it’s probably too small for any governmental need.

            • Kate 09:03 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Good point, Spi.

              Wonder what it’s like working in there. There’s not really much around there for an office person’s lunch break.

            • Bert 18:49 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Here is some detail on the floor space. https://parcolympique.qc.ca/en/office-space-for-rent/

            • Kate 23:16 on 2019-10-17 Permalink

              Just what I need for the blog’s office : )

            • Dhomas 01:28 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

              About 5 times a year, they could get some food truck grub, after work:
              But I would hope they have some kind of cafeteria on-site since the closest restaurant cluster is on Ontario street, which is quite a walk for a lunch break.

            • Margaret Black 09:37 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

              There is a great little cafe near the rotunda of the stadium complex…Cafe in Vivo https://www.cafeinvivo.ca/. Also, at certain times of year, a quick jaunt up to the Botanical Gardens will get you a really nice meal at the garden restaurant which is accessible without a pass to the gardens. https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/dining-areas

            • Kate 18:24 on 2019-10-18 Permalink

              Thank you for the info, Margaret Black.

          • Kate 07:47 on 2019-10-17 Permalink | Reply  

            Some Montrealers are in the dark Thursday morning as the rain continues to fall, as it’s done overnight and is expected to do all day.

            Mid-morning, power outages are said to be growing. It’s not just rain, but wind, blowing trees down.

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