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  • Kate 19:49 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

    With Covid cases and hospitalizations rising, François Legault says that official approval of Christmas holiday gatherings is looking less likely. He promises a decision on December 11.

    • steph 00:07 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      How is he supposed to have our respect with all this flip flopping?

    • JaneyB 00:42 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      It’s not flip flopping. It’s changing policy in response to changing conditions. What would be the alternative? Making a decision in March and sticking to it regardless of new knowledge and events?

      It would be nice to have something to look forward to but the pandemic is unpredictable. We need hope but we also have to live in reality.

    • jeather 10:54 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      What about the cases slowly rising is all that unpredictable?

      I don’t know if this “be good or you get coal instead of parties” is sensible, but he did say from the beginning that this was conditional. I don’t have respect for him or his choices wrt the pandemic since May, but cancelling plague parties is not the mistake.

  • Kate 19:44 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

    The Impact is to become the Montreal FC. A sober name for a club trying to take itself more seriously.

    • Joey 20:05 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

      Don’t tell any of the Bonjour/Hi crowd what FC stands for…

    • Kate 20:20 on 2020-12-01 Permalink


      This list of football (soccer) clubs in France has a fair number of teams called FC. And when teams like Juventus and Barcelona are “FC” it’s not hard to defend it.

    • Joey 00:09 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      We’ve made bigger mountains out of smaller molehills.

    • Raymond Lutz 06:35 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Fried Chicken?

    • David Senik 10:58 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Hi Kate, as a counterpoint to your examples from France one should note that there are also clubs that use the local language in their acronym such as AC Milan (Associazione Calcio). I kind of like the idea of calling it Montreal CF (Club de Football) if for no other reason than that it lines up so nicely with les Canadiens acronym, CH.

    • Kevin 11:21 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      I’m waiting for the language zealots to take on Paris FC, Montpellier Herault Sporting Club, and Racing Club de Strasbourg.

    • Uatu 11:45 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Football. What’s the olf approved translation for that word? We need le leadership on this

    • Kate 12:37 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Uatu, even the OQLF’s Grand dictionnaire terminologique falls back on “football” and “soccer” as the correct words.

      All the Latin countries cope one way or another with the fact that football/soccer was a British invention. I was amused recently to find a mention of an Argentine club called Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys.

    • EmilyG 16:29 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Looks like the name change might have a big….. impact.

    • mare 17:26 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Ummm, hockey is an English word too, just like football and soccer. Since The name hockey is derived from the hook-shaped stick, the OQLF’s Grand dictionnaire could define it like crochette.

    • CE 18:13 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

      Does anyone call it football in French in Canada? I think most francophones would call it soccer so as not to confuse it with gridiron football.

      There’s also a very famous team in Argentina called “Club Atlético River Plate” named after the city’s estuary, Río de la Plata. On the flip-side, Salt Lake City’s MLS team is called Real Salt Lake (real as in “royal” in Spanish).

  • Kate 13:12 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian Architect reports that the new design for Lafontaine Park’s Théâtre de Verdure has won a prize.

    • Matthew H 15:15 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

      Is it La Fontaine or Lafontaine? I’ve always been confused by this. A quick web search shows Tourism Montreal, Google Maps, and Wikipedia all say La Fontaine, but it’s named after Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine?

    • Kate 15:27 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

      Either one. I tend to streamline La Fontaine to Lafontaine (and LaSalle to Lasalle). I also usually type St-Michel (etc) instead of Saint-Michel. Removing visual roadbumps but it may not conform to some official usages.

    • DavidH 18:23 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

      Semi-related question: does the fountain in the pond have a name? If it’s named for Lafontaine, I’m calling the park Parc de la fontaine Lafontaine from now on.

  • Kate 12:59 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

    A man died Tuesday morning when he fell from a work site in Verdun. La Presse says he was working on a roof when he lost his balance on a ladder. Some more detail later from TVA.

    • Kate 10:33 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

      A man was stabbed in Hochelaga early Tuesday morning, and there have been no arrests and not much detail.

      • Kate 10:29 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

        Villeray’s Rosannie Filato has quit her position on the city’s executive committee. Filato was in charge of public security; she’s remaining a councillor and staying in Projet – for now – but not running again next election.

        • dwgs 15:27 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          Another woman leaving PM.

        • Kate 15:28 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          Item says she’s still in Projet, she’s only leaving the exec committee. Something else may have happened since I posted, though.

        • dwgs 11:31 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

          Leaving the exec committee is one thing. Leaving the exec committee and not running again is another.

      • Kate 10:14 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

        ArchDaily talks about Montreal as Canada’s City of Design with some nice photos of mostly recent buildings and extensions, but also the Casino/French pavilion, which still looks snazzy.

        • MarcG 13:24 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          The “City of Saints”?

        • Chris 17:44 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          A reference to all the ‘saint’ street names perhaps?

        • MarcG 17:50 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          That’s what searching the internet tells me but it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

        • Kate 02:28 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

          Likewise. I don’t know where I would’ve expected the City of Saints to be, but not here.

        • dhomas 08:02 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

          It’s the city of saints, but also Sin City (pre-Vegas). Also, the city of a hundred steeples. But Quebec is secular. We just can’t seem to keep our story straight, can we?

        • Bill Binns 11:12 on 2020-12-02 Permalink

          Was it Montreal’s turn to win this thing or something? You could throw darts at a map of Vancouver and find more interesting recent architecture. I mean, a glass box conference room on the roof of a hotel? This is ground breaking design?

        • david42 02:25 on 2020-12-03 Permalink

          You couldn’t throw darts at a map of Vancouver and find anything interesting. 1990s server farm architecture.

        • david42 02:39 on 2020-12-03 Permalink

          And City of Saints is just absurd.

      • Kate 10:03 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

        Having made moves toward the Grand parc de l’ouest, city hall is now looking eastward and making plans for a Grand Parc de l’Est. There are parklands toward the eastern tip of the island, on both riverfronts, but they’re in disjoint chunks. Acquiring the land to join them up wouldn’t be cheap.

        Speaking of parks, the city wanted to create a park at Ste-Catherine and Mackay but the owner of the land fought the expropriation so hard that the city has given up, and a condo tower will go up on that corner.

        • qatzelok 12:41 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          The Developer, IMMEUBLES PRIME INC., is registered in the Bahamas.

          I wonder who the real owners are. Donald Trump or the Bronfmans?


        • DeWolf 13:41 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          Any green space created on that site would have been very small – more of a plaza than anything else. I think the problem with that area isn’t a lack of green space, it’s a lack of accessible green space. The CCA has a nice big lawn in front of it, as well as the large sculpture garden across René-Lévesque. The Grey Nuns grounds are basically a park, but it isn’t obvious that it’s open to the public. Maybe there needs to be some kind of campaign to promote the publicly accessible green space that already exists.

        • Faiz imam 22:22 on 2020-12-01 Permalink

          Are you sure grey nuns is open to the public? I used to have classes there, and I remember there were scary signs saying how the grounds were for residents only, No tresspassing, etc.

        • david42 02:34 on 2020-12-03 Permalink

          Smaller time Montreal people, nothing to do with the Bronfmans or whatever. A great victory against the city, which at one point just said “hey, final offer, then we go to court.”

      • Kate 00:08 on 2020-12-01 Permalink | Reply  

        La Presse has elevated François Cardinal to éditeur adjoint (and not Pope).

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