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  • Kate 20:50 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

    The ARTM, facing a general protest over the cost of its AB mode fares from Laval and Longueuil, has reduced them – temporarily – starting in October. Since July, a single fare into town has cost $5.25. The adjustment will bring it down to $4.50 till 2025.

    • steph 21:51 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

      I really hope they don’t rezone the west island as zone AB. It’s technically further from downtown than lots of Longueuil.

    • JP 21:58 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

      This AB to Laval and Longueuil is not helping to attract ridership and I too hope they don’t make West Island AB; although I don’t see it happening…they have the same STM buses as the rest of the Island. Also, $4.50 still seems like a lot to me…$3.75 sounds fairer.

    • Uatu 06:58 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      They will never make West Island ab because the whole idea is to traverse the island with one fee and that would penalize their primary clients: the condo owners of the caisse real estate development at Fairview

    • DeWolf 11:38 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      @Uatu, you mean the condo development that CF (not the Caisse) wants to build, which hasn’t started and may not go ahead because the residents of Pointe-Claire think anything but single-family sprawl is abhorrent?

      On the other hand, the massive new developments that already exist next to the REM stations on the South Shore are going to add a lot more ridership than any future projects in the West Island, and they’re in zone AB.

    • Uatu 12:50 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      All of the south shore is AB minimum. Suckers like me are ABC. And everyone between candiac and Longueuil and as far south as st.jean are forced to take it if they cross the Champlain. Ivanhoe Cambridge sold Fairview last year so you’re right about that. Still think that it’s mainly for those condo owners primarily and the rest of us are screwed

    • steph 14:20 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      Aside from the physical barrier of the river, there`s not much difference between fairvew and Dix30. Aren’t they both caisse developments? I can understand those in the AB zone feeling miffed by the tarrifs.

      ‘Forcing everyone onto the Dix30 REM’ – I wonder how long that will last before they have to re-open a bus lane on the bridge.

    • DeWolf 16:33 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      Neither is a Caisse development. As Uatu mentioned, the CDPQ sold off Fairview in 2021 and Dix30 is owned jointly by Oxford and Carbonleo. The big new development across the highway from Dix30 is owned by Devimco.

      I’m not sure it will be such a hassle for South Shore commuters to transfer to a train that comes every 2.5 minutes, gets across the bridge faster than a bus, and doesn’t get stuck in traffic when it arrives downtown. (And will eventually take you across the mountain to places that would have required an extra 30-60 minutes or more on public transit.) But I guess we’ll see whether that’s true when the first phase opens this winter.

    • Uatu 17:25 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

      It’s the last mile between my place and the train station that annoys me and most South Shore bus users. Right now the bus ride across the bridge is 20-30 min. and the stop is across the street from my place. Getting stuck in traffic is no big deal when you’re napping in your seat or even doing some work. Now I have to hope I make all the connections to catch my bus at the terminal and if I work weekends that could be a 20-30 min wait. I also work early which means I take the 5:30 am bus, but does that mean that I’m going to take a 5am bus to the train station? Well we’ll see what happens…

  • Kate 19:51 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

    A new park in the Triangle has been named after Saidye Bronfman in honour of her philanthropy. I’ve never heard the story why her name was taken down from the building now known as the Segal Centre.

  • Kate 19:37 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

    The shooting rampage by Valery Fabrikant took place thirty years ago this week. The Gazette’s Paul Cherry talks to a woman who was working her first shift as a security guard that day in the Hall Building.

    • Kate 19:32 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

      The scrum over police funding and crime just got thicker with an accusation that Montreal took some cash from Quebec intended for hiring more police and used it for something else – specifically, for paying its police. TVA even claims the city is defunding the police on the sly.

      • Kate 15:53 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

        Wellington Street in Verdun has been named the coolest street in the world by Time Out.

        I wonder what this does for property values in the area.

        • MarcG 16:08 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

          When I moved here 13 years ago Wellington was still 1990s recession Montreal – discount clothing, deps, dollar pizza, lots of mentally ill people – the change has been dramatic.

        • Blork 17:23 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

          I will admit that when I walk around Wellington these days (meaning anytime in the past 4 or 5 years) I feel like it would probably be my top pick for a neighbourhood if I were to move back to the island. Then I check the prices…

        • JaneyB 09:11 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          Coolest street…that’s a bit of a stretch. Wellington is very pleasant but I moved there about 10 years ago and though there has been gentrification, there are plenty of mentally ill folks who are in and out of the Douglas, modest earners of every kind, and people tangling with the law. Just walk along the parallel Verdun Ave. Many of them grew up there and have family ties nearby. I don’t see that going away.

          What makes Verdun coolish is that the borough council decided not to allow big commercial chains so nearly all the stores and restos are local. Any borough can do that!

        • MarcG 09:41 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          @JaneyB: When did they make that decision? The Pizza Pizza opened just a few years ago.

        • nau 14:07 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          Coolest street, whatever, but to the extent that it’s a cool street, the modest earners help keep it that way because they keep the prices more reasonable. Once it’s only expensive places (like say Greene Ave.), Wellington will suffer. What really made Wellington cool was the pedestrianization and consequent terrasses outside with no motor vehicle noise or exhaust. It doesn’t matter how good the food is at Paname if it’s non-stop cars right beside your table. Plus of course allowing bars.

          As for back in the day, MarcG neglected to mention the ubiquitous pawn shops. (Was Pizza Al Pacino still around 13 years ago, I wonder?) Back 20 years, when people didn’t try to hide their disdain if you said you lived in Verdun, if someone had suggested that one day Wellington would be rated by anybody as the coolest street in the world, you’d’ve figured they could maybe use a stint in the Douglas themselves.

        • DeWolf 18:52 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          Having worked for Time Out in the past, I can tell you these kinds of lists are not put together in a particularly rigorous way. Not that there’s any real standard of “cool” anyway.

          I’ve been to 14 of the streets on the list, though not in the past couple of years, of course. It’s a weird mix. Wellington is definitely pretty buzzy here, whereas Tai Ping Shan Street in Hong Kong was cutting edge maybe 10 years ago – now there are other, cooler streets. Same goes for Yongkang Street in Taipei. I’m certainly surprised to see Newbury Street listed. I haven’t been to Boston since 2007, but back then the only cool block was the one close to Mass Av., and the rest felt like a busier version of Greene Avenue.

      • Kate 14:45 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

        A slightly different new route has been proposed for the REM de l’Est by two experts. But it’s just talk.

        • Daniel D 15:44 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

          The Pink Line, reborn? Having it travel through inhabited parts of the East and be entirely underground seems like the right approach. It doesn’t seem to go as far into Rosemont as the Pink Line plans though, at least going by the map.

        • DeWolf 16:06 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

          It sure looks a lot like the Pink Line to me. Which makes sense because the Pink Line was a fantastic idea…

        • Daniel D 16:15 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

          Agreed DeWolf 🙂

        • Joey 09:17 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          Perhaps it’s my flawed memory but I recall the pink line being more North and west (eg new metro stations near Parc/Mt Royal, whereas this doesn’t seem to go farther west than St Denis).

        • DeWolf 11:49 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          You’re right, Joey, the original proposal for the Pink Line had it going up Park, over to St-Laurent/Rachel and then to Mont-Royal station before heading east. It looks like this new proposal would skip the western Plateau by intersecting at Sherbrooke station instead.

        • Kate 17:50 on 2022-08-26 Permalink

          I’ve pondered this and I wonder if there’s any hope of putting so much of it underground.

      • Kate 14:41 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

        QS and the PLQ are saying that the CAQ is not doing enough against armed violence in Montreal.

        Mayor Plante says the city is not to become a criminals’ playground.

        But as the Journal puts it, Qui va arrêter le Far West?

        Isabelle Hachey puts the situation in context with some numbers and facts – in 1991 there were 85 homicides – but also points out that governments need to work on reducing the number of handguns in circulation. Yes, it’s mostly two‑bit gangsters popping caps at each other, but that’s not safe and can’t be allowed to go on.

        • Kate 12:00 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

          The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) is making demands for means to face environmental change as the election campaign is about to begin.

          • Kate 10:19 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

            Quebec having ordained that all students must return to class in person, the EMSB is creating a virtual school for vulnerable students.

            After all, only 26 Covid deaths were registered between Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Quebec, and 28 from Wednesday to Thursday. It’s just a cold, folks.

            • Ephraim 15:37 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

              Since it is virtual school, it could be done provincially for all students without regard to school board territory. I therefore have to assume, that the EMSB is proposing to do this because they think they can get the Quebec government to give them money to do this. Therefore the ministry should assign one school board in English and one school board in French to do this for all students in the province, rather than establish several different schoolboards

            • John B 17:48 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

              The article says it’ll be open to students province-wide, but also says that the criteria for being admitted hasn’t been made public, (and that it’s the ministry of education who will set the criteria).

              The cynic in me thinks the EMSB has realized that if this works, they can collect foreign student money and only need the students to be here for the ministry exams.

            • Ephraim 21:04 on 2022-08-25 Permalink

              You mean like the already established https://onlineacademy.westernquebec.ca/

          • Kate 09:43 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

            Police found an abandoned car in TMR they think was probably used for the killing at Rockland on Tuesday. The Journal says the victim was a cocaine trafficker and that this was the sixth execution locally of someone in that trade over the last three years.

            • Kate 09:09 on 2022-08-25 Permalink | Reply  

              A parcours in the Quartier des Spectacles has been created to celebrate René Lévesque that involves an exhibit and the projection of a documentary called Quelque chose comme un grand homme. They wanted to reproduce a memorial garden that exists in New Carlisle but it wasn’t possible in an urban setting. Lévesque was born 100 years ago on August 24, 1922.

              CBC has an audio file with Bernard St‑Laurent talking about Lévesque.

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