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  • Kate 21:53 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    St-Denis Street between Roy and Gilford is to get special illuminations, but not as soon as this summer.

    • DeWolf 11:03 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      I was walking up St-Denis at dusk the other day and it was livelier than it has been since the 2000s. Apparently, 20 new businesses have opened on the street over the past year, and some vacancies are on the verge of being filled. This is a street that is on the verge of making a big comeback and it has a lot to with the REV making it more accessible and changing the atmosphere to be more peaceful and welcoming.

      Incidentally, over the past month the St-Denis REV has been averaging between 4,000 and 6,000 passages per day, putting it among the top three busiest bike paths in the city (the others being Rachel and the path under the CPR tracks on St-Laurent). Imagine when the universities and offices reopen.

    • Blork 13:19 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      That’s really great to hear.

    • Alex 13:27 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Love to hear this!

    • Kevin 16:49 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      The city says that storefront vacancy along St. Denis was 26% at its peak, and is now at 23%, which is supposedly comparable to other regions.

      “Imagine when the universities and offices reopen.”

      Universities will have an impact, but I think the era of the office as we’ve known it is over.

      I’ve heard it from a few companies, but I expect that over the summer a lot of big employers will tell staff that if they’ve been working from home since last March, they will never again be expected in the office five days a week — maybe 2 days a week at most, and often less than that.

      The only people working full time away from home are those who have been doing it for the past 15 months. Everyone else – your daily commute is done.

    • Kate 17:56 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      I lived around the corner from that stretch of St-Denis for a long time. It was chic, but not out-of-reach posh: I occasionally shopped at Giraffe, Sena, Bronx and Sarah Clothes (all long gone) and Arthur Quentin (closed in 2019, before the pandemic). Curio-Cité got started there, eventually moved to Mont-Royal near St-Urbain, but has now vanished as well. People may have forgotten that Toqué got its start along there too.

      Crazy commercial rents drove out the interesting independent boutiques that made St-Denis a specific draw for items you couldn’t buy just anywhere. I don’t know how you can bring them back.

    • David633 20:37 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Saint Denis has never looked or felt so good.

      Kevin is once again declaring his opinion, fantasies, and possibly work situation to be universal truth.

    • dwgs 20:46 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      David stupid number crap, I routinely refrain from making a catty remark in response to some of your comments, please extend the same courtesy to others in the community. Just because you believe yourself to be the smartest guy in the room doesn’t make it so.

    • David644 21:01 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Nice restraint.

    • dwgs 21:53 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      It’s good to break the routine every once in a while, keeps me young at heart.

    • Kevin 22:20 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Hey, if you have info, please share. I would love to hear of a company that isn’t ending its lease and is telling staff they all must return.

      It would be a nice contrast to the thousands of people I know have been told they aren’t coming back full time.

  • Kate 21:45 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s inspector general cancelled $8 million worth of snow removal contracts: a contractor on the blacklist was discovered doing business with the city under the names of his wife and son.

  • Kate 21:40 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    A man found guilty of pimping, including underage girls, was freed for the moment by a judge who saw fit not to keep him locked up. Cleephord Linecker Losse then switched clothes with a friend so’s to confuse journalists, and, as the phrase goes, “a pris la poudre d’escampette.” Vivid and disturbing story.

  • Kate 18:19 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    What time is dinner in Montreal?

    • 7 p.m. (29%, 32 Votes)
    • 6 p.m. (20%, 22 Votes)
    • 7:30 p.m. (19%, 21 Votes)
    • 6:30 p.m. (15%, 16 Votes)
    • 8 p.m. or later (14%, 15 Votes)
    • 5:30 p.m. (4%, 4 Votes)

    Total Voters: 110

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    • DeWolf 19:06 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Interesting question. I’ve thought about it a lot. Summer is a good season for understanding the answer because people tend to have dinner outdoors, in their backyards or on their balconies, or at the very least you can heard the noise from open windows. I have some neighbours that regularly eat at 6pm. I have an equal number who eat at 9pm. But the real golden hours seem to be 7-9pm.

      That’s for dinner at home. At restaurants, it seems pretty clear that 8pm is the peak time for dinner in Montreal, since that’s when places are busiest and it’s hardest to get a reservation.

      It’s certainly nothing like the regions, where a shocking number of people eat at 5pm.

    • JP 19:17 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      My new work hours are from 9 to 6 pm….and I’m used to 9 to 5 pm. That extra hour makes a difference. It is extremely difficult for me to get a good meal ready before 8 pm.

    • Kevin 19:18 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Whenever it’s ready!

      Since I am at work until 6 PM, dinner will usually be slightly after seven on weekdays.
      Our weekends we eat earlier especially if I’m ordering, because waiting until after 6 PM to order guarantees I’m not eating until 8 o’clock, and that makes for a very unhappy family. Hanger is real.

    • CE 19:33 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Growing up in a rural area on the east coast, dinner (which we called supper) was usually at 5 or 5:30. If someone in Montreal invited me to dinner without specifying a time, I would assume it was going to be sometime between 7 and 8pm.

    • Kate 19:49 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      CE, did you also call lunch “dinner”?

    • steph 20:26 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      My mother calls lunch “dinner” and one day we’ll figure out how to get everyone to show up on time to a dinner invitation.

    • azrhey 21:11 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      I live with dad (and he cooks) as he is diabetic, supper is 7pm all around all the time. Left to my own devices it’s probably more like 9pm with a light snack around 5pm. Restaurant going is usually around 8:00-8:30 unless I am with dad. 🙂
      When we’re in Portugal, everything gets moved to 9:00-10:00 PM of course.

    • Blork 21:12 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Growing up down east, we called the noontime meal “dinner” and the evening meal “supper.” My Dad worked 9-5, so he’d be home by about 5:07 (I just mapped it out in Google, and it’s a four minute drive from where he worked to home, although as a kid it seemed like 100 miles distance). He’s sit in his chair and rattle the newspaper for 20 minutes and then we’d eat at about 5:30.

      To us, “lunch” was something fancy people on TV did.

    • Blork 21:17 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      BTW, I voted “7:30” in the survey because the actual correct answer wasn’t available, which is “shoot for 7:30 but usually don’t actually sit down until 8:00 or a bit later.”

      I thought working from home all the time would mean earlier dinners, but no. I wrap up around 5:00 or maybe 6:00 (I sometimes go for an hour’s walk or bike ride in the late afternoon and make up the time by working a bit later.) Then there’s the general faffing around, and I usually start putting things together around 6:15 or 6:30. Sometimes not until 7:00. Or 7:15. The time, she creeps.

    • Poutine Pundit 21:30 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      I think this changes if you have kids. I don’t know anyone who has dinner after 6:30 if they have kids under 10 in their home.

    • MarcG 22:14 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      What Putin says is true from my experience – I live next to a small park and the kids disappear fairly early. Any kids left by 6:30 are up to no good. I also agree with Blork that I aim for 7/7:30 and chose 7 in the survey but it usually ends up on the plates closer to 8pm. I wasn’t sure if the question was “what time do you eat supper?” or “what time are you walking around the neighbourhood and notice that everyone else is eating supper and you’re starting to get hungry?”.

    • David 833 23:57 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      8pm as the earliest! After getting off work, there isn’t even time for a cocktail if you’re eating before 8pm.

    • Benoit 07:00 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      @Poutine Pundit. I have 3 kids and we rarely eat before 7:30. Most of their friends eat quite late too.

      But we’re in the city; our suburban friends tend to eat much earlier for some reason .

    • Meezly 11:01 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      yup having kids makes a difference in how late one can have dinner.

    • Poutine Pundit 12:55 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      @Benoit – I live in Rosemont/Petite Patrie and there’s lots of early eating here.

      I wonder if there’s a cultural difference too. My kid’s “francophone de souche” friends are usually done eating by 6PM, whereas the European French / Latin American kids in the neighborhood tend to eat later and stay up later. Anglos are somewhere in between.

    • Kate 13:00 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Poutine Pundit, I hesitated to ask accessory demographic questions, but those are interesting observations.

  • Kate 17:51 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    I put this in below as an update, but it’s big news that bars are now allowed to stay open later – midnight for drinks, doors to close at 2.

    • Blork 18:37 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Perhaps worth noting that Boris Johnson today reversed the UK’s opening up plan (or more precisely, delayed it for a few more weeks) because of the increasing number of cases, primarily Delta variant and primarily among young people.

      Of course the situation here is different, but is it all that different? That said, I like the way the numbers are going (+123 today) but I wish they were positing the positivity rate and not just the raw numbers. The number of tests is going down (no surprise: with more vaccinations there will be fewer cases and more importantly, more asymptomatic cases), so that +123 needs to be placed in the context of the number of tests done; and that’s basically what the positivity rate tells us.

    • DeWolf 19:13 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      The situation is very different. I was just looking at the data from the UK today. Young people still aren’t eligible for vaccination – the cut off is currently 25 in England and 30 in the other countries. And vaccine coverage is very uneven. Fewer than half of Londoners have gotten their first doses.

      By contrast, at least two thirds of *every single age group* in Quebec has been vaccinated or has an appointment to be vaccinated. And the second dose rollout is happening very quickly, just like the first dose rollout went faster than anyone expected.

      Another factor to consider: around half the vaccine doses in the UK are Astra-Zeneca, whereas the overwhelming majority of vaccines in Canada are Pfizer, which has been shown to be much more effective against the Delta variant.

    • Blork 21:18 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      OK, that’s good to hear. No doubt there will be an increase in the days and weeks to come with all the resurgent canoodling, but hopefully it will just be a bump and not a wave.

  • Kate 17:50 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    A Black Montrealer who owns a hairdressing salon in Ville Émard says that police have been profiling her, including accusing her and her brother of running an illicit bar. There’s been no force, but it’s telling that their mother has told the brother to stay away, for fear of how police have been known to behave around Black men.

    • Ephraim 18:21 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Install camera. Put up video each time the police visit. Tweet about it. Show that it’s profiling online and shame them.

      I wonder, can you get a injuction against the police for harassment? Just having a lawyer show up in court to argue it would be SUPER embarrassing to the police. I wonder if Julius Grey might be interested.

    • Kate 19:36 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      There’s a video attached to that article, showing 2 bicycle-based cops (helmets) walking in and scoping the place out, but no audio.

    • Ephraim 19:59 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Yes, but she needs the audio and a bunch of clips to show intent to harass. One video isn’t sufficient

  • Kate 17:38 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has just bought some land in Verdun to construct more than 250 units of social housing. I’m pleased to see them keeping promises on this matter.

    • DeWolf 19:17 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      There have been all sorts of social housing announcements lately. A prime spot on the Plateau, at the corner of Laurier and Papineau, was recently purchased by the city for social housing, as was another plot of land at Rachel and Iberville (where the Peluso beer dep is). It’s pretty clear this is the result of the federal government opening up more funding for housing, but it’s a nice coincidence for Projet Montréal that it’s happening in an election year.

    • Kate 19:37 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      DeWolf, it was early in the days of this blog, or possibly even before I started it, that the city administration of the day sold off a whole lot of the social housing stock they had at the time into private hands. I’m not saying this will happen again, but it crosses my mind. Not sure how to look it up and refresh my memory.

    • John B 19:39 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      The article says the city bought 2 lots, but only mentions one address. Anyone know if that address has 2 lots, or where the other lot is?

    • Kate 22:19 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      I wondered that too, John B.

    • Ant6n 08:47 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      Do u have the blog history? I thought it Sitz of got lost when you changed domains, but it may still be on the old fimain?

    • Cadichon 09:15 on 2021-06-15 Permalink

      @DeWolf land purchases are done with city money, federal funds have no impact there. The main outcome of federal money lately has been the Rapid Housing Initiative, but this is aimed at buying existing rental buildings.

  • Kate 15:29 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    Rudy Barichello has a brief, insightful piece in La Presse about his multiple identities as a Montrealer; MBC (no link here, it’s on Twitter) sneers at him, calling the piece “confused and mediocre.”

    François Legault has decided not to revise immigration numbers upward as had more or less been promised, especially to the labour ministry. And no consultation about it either.

    • Kevin 16:56 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      MBC just had an orgasm on live LCN because the separatist movement is on the rise thanks to Bill 21, 96, and the feds agreeing that only the French are allowed in Quebec.

    • Kate 18:11 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Ew. But thanks for the sidelight.

    • Kevin 19:23 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      You think I’m kidding. The other guests were chanting Assez, c’est pas Bleu Nuit.

  • Kate 15:21 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    You can make five choices from 35 options on the city’s participatory budget site.

    • Ephraim 18:33 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Interesting, but just 2 directly affect the Plateau… one of which is planting trees in a parking lot. How do I enjoy a tree in a parking lot? Sure, it helps cool the air and the neighbourhood… but it’s a tree in a parking lot! And just one project to help the disabled.

    • Jeff 19:19 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      They have 35 community-sourced ideas, each with an estimate of $2-3 million to implement, and set aside $10 million to do it, out of $6 billion in tax revenues….

      This is nice and all, but can we be serious? It’s .1%. It’s like if you put aside $70 to pay for your gym membership for the year…

    • MarcG 22:19 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      A lot of the projects I voted for were under 1 mill.

  • Kate 09:24 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    The federal government is to make it official that French is the official language of Quebec. What this will mean to the remaining fringe of anglophones – all of us, from people like me who had the misfortune to be born in families with roots in English-speaking places, to indigenous groups who’ve spoken English for years, to recent immigrants from places where English was easier to pick up than French – remains to be seen.

    • Kevin 09:31 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

    • Thomas 09:46 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      If the institution known as Canada hadn’t been so hell-bent on eradicating the French language for so much of its history, we probably wouldn’t find ourselves in this situation today.

      My home province of Manitoba was about half French when it joined Confederation, today it’s less than 5%. A similiar story has played out across the country. When Justin’s dad came along with guaranteed linguistic rights for francophone minorities it was mostly too late, the trend of assimilation was already irreversible.

      As much as I don’t agree with having this enshrined in federal law, it has to be said that the position of anglos in Quebec would still be the envy of any francophone community outside of Quebec.

      We continue to reap what we have sown.

    • Kate 11:13 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Thomas, we (there’s that “we” but you know what I mean) tend to see things from a linguistic perspective now, but back in the day it was much more about religion. Macdonald and his ilk felt that Protestantism was superior, but the law said you had to let Catholics get on with their own thing. That most Proddies were anglophone and most Catholics francophone (with the exception of most of the Irish and then later the Italians and so on) was almost irrelevant.

    • Ant6n 09:58 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Who‘s „we“?

    • Thomas 10:08 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      We is Canada

    • JaneyB 10:57 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Somewhat agree, fellow Manitoban Thomas. I do agree that Anglo-Montreal is fantastically protected compared to Franco-Manitoba – but it’s mostly due to its size, the tenacity of its Jewish community, and the resources of some Old Money families. It’s definitely not being protected by the province.

      I don’t agree that the English were determined to eradicate French anywhere in this country. In QC, if the English governors and elites wanted to destroy French, they would have. Mexicans speak Spanish, not Nawatl.

      The Prairies are more complicated. Though they are English-speaking, close to 85% of the population has mixed roots of every kind, only some of the time including English. Western Canada is not really English-Canada, the way Easterners understand it – or feel it as their heritage. Basically, in the West, over the past two generations, both the English and French were assimilated by the mixed everything.

      I assume JT is doing this for election reasons. Even if the Feds affirm this, the Constitution clearly protects minority language rights in QC, even at points from the reach of the Notwithstanding clause.

    • qatzelok 12:11 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      @JaneyB “I don’t agree that the English were determined to eradicate French anywhere in this country.”

      As an Acadian, I have to strongly disagree with this. As should anyone who knows the history of Western Canada.

    • steph 12:47 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      where do I sign up for my minority privilidges

    • Ephraim 12:58 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Another way to look it at… Montreal sees itself as Montreal first and Quebec second (and in some cases even third). And the rest of Quebec thinks that Montreal belongs to Quebec. (If you understand my meaning)

      The reality, Montreal doesn’t have the same language mix, religious mix, cultural mix or ethnic mix. Just look at religion… Quebec is 83% Roman Catholic and 90.5% Christian, but Montreal is just 62.4% Christian. Almost everyone who is Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh are in Montreal. Quebec as a province isn’t multicultural… Montreal is. If you are in small cities in most of Quebec and speak English, they assume you are a tourist.

      Have you seen advertising on the French channels? The same companies do the same ads in English and French and in French… almost everyone is white, no visible minorities. I have yet to see a Desjardins ad in French that has a visible minority. Go to Youtube… the only visible minority I could find was their ad for diversity and one person in the Operation Nez Rouge ad. It’s so white! It doesn’t resemble Montreal at all.

  • Kate 09:09 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    Why do the wealthy pay so little tax? Here’s a microcosm of how laws are written to benefit them: sales of luxury condos here involve no welcome tax because of the legal fiction that the buyers are purchasing shares in a corporation, rather than a dwelling. Valérie Plante wants this law changed so all purchasers have to contribute fairly to city coffers.

    • Joey 09:22 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Especially egregious since the non-ultra-wealthy who purchase undivided co-properties are also buying shares (with only “exclusive enjoyment” of a specifc unit/apartment, just like these assholes), but of a dwelling and not a corporation.

      Just for reference, the welcome tax on a $1.5M real estate transaction is just shy of $30K…

    • SMD 14:35 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      To be added to these recently-revealed strategies that the ultra-rich use to avoid paying tax: https://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-irs-files-trove-of-never-before-seen-records-reveal-how-the-wealthiest-avoid-income-tax.

    • Ephraim 15:10 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      SMD – I’m not saying that I agree with billionaires, at all. But that article is intentionally misleading. There is a tax difference between wealth growth and income and to calculate what taxes rate based on that is disingenuous. We clearly need tax reform. But It’s not like Jeff Bezos has $100 Billion in a bank account. He has stock that he hasn’t sold and legally it only becomes taxable when sold and gets declared as income (ie Capital Gains). But the law currently says that capital gains isn’t income until it’s current, so only upon sale.

      In some cases, stock can’t even be sold. Or if you want to sell it, you have to declare openly that you are going to sell it and the market can react to that sale. Also companies that do an IPO typically have Lock-up periods of up to 180 days. For example DoorDash’s IPO lock-up period ended 7 June allowing up to 3.3B in shares to be sold for the first time.

      What we clearly need is a provisional tax system in place for capital gains above a certain amount. Maybe $1 million per annum… just to be generous. When your possible capital gains for any one year exceeds that amount, you need to declare provisional taxes on that amount, with the expiration on the provisionality of that amount being your death plus 3 years. (Given time to file.) So, if you capital gains in one year exceeds $1 million, any amount over $1 million has to be declared with a mandatory provisional tax payment. So let’s say your capital gains is $10 million, then $9 million is the excess. If the top marginal rate is 26%, you have to deposit on account with the Canadian government the amount of $1.170M (remember, capital gains are taxed at 50%). The Canadian government should pay interest on that at the rate of lending at the Bank of Canada (taxable, of course). So while it isn’t income, it’s essentially a loan until it becomes income.

      But capital gains is important for the middle class too.. it’s how we save for our pensions. So we need a top limit to allow the middle class to keep on investing, while handling the robber barons.

  • Kate 09:06 on 2021-06-14 Permalink | Reply  

    Michel C. Auger does a number on the REM. Excellent dissection of the promises vs. the reality.

    • Robert H 15:29 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Je viens de le lire. M. Auger, lance et compte!

    • Robert H 17:01 on 2021-06-14 Permalink

      Je me demande ce que pense Michel Auger de la ligne rose. Je crois que cet projet deviendrait une réalité si le CDPQ, «ce fleuron d’entre les fleurons québécois» voulait que ce soit.

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